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JIM ‘PAPPY’ MOORE: Heap Coals of Fire on Their Head

By Jim “Pappy” Moore

My father was a preacher of the gospel of Christ. He was not some fake or phony Christian. He lived what he preached. He had many wonderful Christians in his churches. But he also had some who never really seemed to get the notion that you cannot fool God. You can go through the motions of obeying God because it’s good for your business or your social standing, but He knows your heart.

One thing that brand of fake Christian never comprehends are the various warnings God gives about hating others, about being spiteful, about never, ever forgiving anyone for anything. No, the fake Christian holds their anger close like it was their ticket to heaven. 

I’ve all but said “you’re not going to heaven with that bad attitude,” but many don’t get it. Do they think God gave these instructions lightly? Did He send his only begotten son to preach His messages, and to die a horrific death on the cross for no reason? Why did Jesus look down on his wretched tormentors from the cross and say “Father forgive them, they know not what they do”?

If you don’t get this, if you want to snarl instead of correcting your bad behaviors, you had better start praying for God to deliver you. 

Proverbs 25:22 we are told in the King James Version “For thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord shall reward you.” What does this mean?

For guidance look first to the verse before, Proverbs 25:21, where we are told “If thine enemy hunger, feed him with bread; And if he thirst, give him water to drink.” The practice of placing coals of fire on someone’s head was a treatment for certain ailments. The coals did not literally sit upon the person’s head. There was a fixture of some type involved. The heating of the head was believed to be a way to treat some ailments. Imagine someone sick with a bad chill, for example. The second verse must be read in the context it was written, and the verse which it follows. In summary, you are to help those who you consider enemies, not hurt them. If you are spiteful, if you are hateful – especially to another Christian – woe be unto you. 

I have tried to get this message across to people who regularly carry grudges. They usually are non-responsive. They do not comprehend their chronic hatred for others who displease them is a sure way to lose the Kingdom of Heaven. You’re not getting in. How many times does a person need to hear that? Your cash contributions won’t save you. Neither will the number of times you sat through a service. Jesus said it as clearly as it can be said: You may say you were acting in my name, but I never knew you, and therefore he would “spew you out of my mouth,” like bad water.

Come to Jesus, folks. He’s waiting. He’s always waiting. You can fool your friends, and your preacher, and your relatives, and the people you do business with, and even your children, but you cannot fool God. He knows your heart, and he’s not letting you in heaven if your heart is wrong. So repent and sin no more.

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