FROM THE DESK OF THE ARCHBISHOP AND APOSTOLIC HEAD
Sir Godfrey Gregg
To our Patriarch Sir Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson, Crowned Queen Abbess Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick, our Cardinal Sir Eric Alleyne, Patriarch McGillvary and the Queen Abbess of England, Clergy, brothers, sisters, friends and well wishers greetings.
As I was preparing to edit a message for posting next week, I thought of pride and immediately pulled my dictionary to see what I was thinking and how it will affect my writing. I want to write about me and how pride affects my life as an individual. I will try to break it down as I see it and I hope you understand the message in the word “PRIDE”.
Pride is an infectious and dangerous attitude affecting so many people in this day and age. Where does pride come from? How does this kind of attitude affect us and our walk with God? How does it affect others around us every day? Let us search the scriptures together for knowledge, wisdom and truth that comes only from God, Himself.
Pride is a Sin
“For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:21-23) Pride is indeed a sin and as the passage says, it “defiles a person.” Pride makes us unclean and impure. The sin of pride must be handled consciously. If we don’t take it seriously, we won’t even recognize our prideful attitude. It will infect many of the decisions we make. This is so true in our day and pride has pulled a wool over our eyes that we fail to see the dangers that lies before us.
What Does God Think About Pride?
“Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13) “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord. Be assured, he will not go unpunished.” (Proverbs 16:5) These verses really gripped me. God hates it when we are proud. Why does God hate pride? God hates it because it comes from inside of the heart. A proud man thinks of himself as higher than someone else. Are we too busy to hold the door for someone? Is our circle of friends too classy to go and help feed the homeless? Is our car too clean to give someone a ride somewhere? Do we avoid people that we don’t want to associate with? Believers in Christ are called to be servants (Mark 9:35) and if our lifestyle prevents us from serving in any capacity then repentance must be made with God. We may have to give up some things in order to really fight the temptation of pride. Pride tells us we are better than the other person. We have more that the other, and all we want we must have it. Even if we have to secretly borrow to make the gains. We have to be like the people across the street. We need special seats in church. Pride comes before the fall.
Where Pride Started
The Old Testament is filled with two-fold stories, where a present story is told, while a different story is also portrayed (usually in the form of prophesy). Ezekiel 28:11-19 is one of those passages. It is being written presently to the King of Tyre, but it is also prophetic about Satan’s end because of his pride while he dwelt in heaven as an angel of God. “You were an anointed guardian cherubim.” (vs. 14 a) “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you.” (vs. 15) “Your heart was PROUD because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of splendor. I cast you to the ground.” (vs. 17) That verse also refers to Genesis where Satan was literally cast to the ground, “on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.” (Gen 3:14) “By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries.” (vs. 18) “All who know you among the peoples (God’s children) are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.” (vs. 19) It is because of Satan’s pride that sin started. Satan wanted to be God. God cannot be in the presence of sin, which is why He cast Satan into his own realm where he could be king, in hell. Satan is coming to a dreadful end, indeed, because his fate in the lake of fire is approaching quickly.
Verses About Pride
“In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised, for the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’” (Psalm 10:3-4)
“One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.” (Proverbs 29:23)
“For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:16-17)
As I conclude this message I trust that you will read the word and see for yourselves the directions where God wants to take us. Pride is a device that can be so easily woven into anyone’s life. It is an abomination to God and it must be kept in check. We all fall prey to it and we need to repent when we do fall. God bless us as we live out a life worthy of the calling.
I trust that you will take these words and look to God the Author and finisher of our faith. I love you and God bless.