Dogs and Swine
Mike Miller




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(Mat 7:6) Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

(Prov 26:11) As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

(2 Pet 2:22) But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

(Phil 3:2) Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

(Rev 22:15) For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

The effect of sin on man is that it turns him into a dog and a swine, with respect to the law of God. It makes man antagonistic to the truth and he snarls at the truth if it is presented to him. The carnal mind is enmity against God. The carnal mind is the same nature that a dog and a swine have. As a swine tramples under his feet anything and everything, so will a sinner do to the truth of God, and the pearls of the Gospel. He affixes no value to the things of God, or the Gospel of Christ. He becomes a despiser of them that are good.

Sin makes men hateful and hating one another.

(Titus 3:3) For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

Sin makes a person hate God and others, also. The sinner is in love with himself, and puts himself first. Sin makes people love filthiness and uncleanness, and not only that, but they take pleasure in them that do such things. Sin makes people oppose whatever is holy, pure, virtuous, and good. This is against their own conscience because inwardly their heart approves of these things.

We need to learn to look at this like God does – He said DOGS and SWINE. Dogs are filthy animals – disgusting to any human in their right mind when they watch the things they do. Any human who acts like a dog in any way is abominable to God. Dogs return to their vomit. They go back and eat it again – the very thing that made them sick enough to puke it up once. Sinners appear to God similar to the way that dogs appear to us – disgusting, abominable, incredible, dirty, nasty, and filthy.

Thomas Watson on how awful sin is:

If you would be kept from actual sins, think what an odious thing sin is. Besides what you have heard, remember sin is the accursed thing. Joshua 7:13. It is the abominable thing God hates. ‘Oh do not this abominable thing that I hate.’ Jeremiah 44:4. Sin is the spirit of witchcraft; it is the devil’s excrement; it is called filthiness. James 1:21. If all the evils in the world were put together, and their essence strained out, they could not make a thing so filthy as sin is. So odious is a sinner that God loathes the sight of him. ‘My soul lothed them.’ Zechariah 11:8. He who defiles himself with avarice, what is he but a serpent licking the dust? He who defiles himself with the lust of uncleanness, what is he but a swine with a man’s head? He who defiles himself with pride, what is he but a bladder which the devil has blown up? He who defiles himself with drunkenness, what is he but a beast that has got the staggers? To consider how odious and base a thing sin is, would be a means of keeping us from sinning.

God created man perfect and upright – sin has turned him into a dog and a swine.

(Eccl 7:29) Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

There was nothing vile, or abominable about man in the state he was created.

(Gen 1:31) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Six times in Genesis 1 we read, “it was good” – and after man was created, “it was VERY good.” There was no strife, violence, hatred, envy, or covetousness. There was no such thing as “hateful, and hating one another.” Every thing that is wrong with man is because of the effects of sin on him. Every thing that is wrong in the world is because of the effects of sin. Every baby that starves, every war that is fought, every bit of pain and suffering is because of the effects of sin. Every hateful word, and every injustice done is because of sin.

My suffering may not be because of MY OWN sin. We are all suffering because of the sins of others. That should make people hate sin the more, but another effect of sin is to make men so depraved that they are blind to the effects of sin. In our time sin is coming to fruition in front of our very eyes. We see the utter blindness and helplessness of men to recognize and stand up against what is destroying all of us. For example, AIDS and the way they try to deal with it. Drugs, promiscuity, and violence, and the ways they try to deal with these things are obviously the ways of blind men who have no idea where the root of the problem lies.

If you want to avoid misery for yourself and your children and your loved ones – avoid sin. Don’t think that you can toy with it and flirt with it and suffer no consequences. Sin brings misery, hatred, strife, envy, and deep sorrow. Not only to you, but to everyone your life touches. Whatever misery you are suffering right now can be traced to sin – if not your own, then the sin of someone near to you. Adam’s sin affected the entire human race forever – although not in the way that most people believe, so don’t think your sin will have no effect. The fact that one person’s sin is so far-reaching, and effects all of us ought to make us hate it enough to resist it.

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