7 Important Bible Verses About Corruption

7 Important Bible Verses About Corruption August 9, 2016

Here are seven important Bible verses relating to corruption.

Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

We don’t have to look very far to find historical accounts where corruption brought down a nation. Just prior to the fall of Rome, there was so much corruption, that few even cared to hide it. It was even joked about. Is there any doubt that political, governmental, and corporate corruption are at an all-time high? There are so many loopholes in the tax laws that lawyers have no trouble finding them. Members of our Congress do all they can to avoid paying taxes, yet these are the same who want to raise taxes. According to the Congressional Budget Office, Social Security’s cash deficit is expected to reach $361 billion in 2025. Compare that to what it was in 2014 at “only” $74 billion in 2014 and there are cuts coming in 2017. Friends, that’s malfeasance if ever there were. Congress’ care of Social Security has been a violation of the public trust. Has our nation reached the point of no return? Is the economy really just a “house of cards” waiting to fall?

Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

It’s not all Congress fault; it takes two parties to pay a bribe or receive a kickback. The Bible is absolutely clear about how Christians must react to such things when exposed to them (at work, private, wherever). We are to have “no part” or take no part in it, meaning not even a little, and tiny part. Having “no part” means avoiding the “works of darkness” altogether, and that means avoiding those who do them. In fact, we’re told to expose them, because whoever breaks man’s laws, also breaks God’s laws (Rom 13:1-5), and if you break God’s laws, in time, they’ll break you (and me) too. Even though we’re not saved by keeping the law (Eph 2:8-9), which we couldn’t keep even if we tried, we’re not to be arbitrarily breaking the law.

Isaiah 1:4 “Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly!”

If there is anything more evil than taking a human life, I don’t know what it would be. Imagine a nation which permits (and indeed in some cases, funds!) the slaughter of babies. That’s about 60 million babies dying since Row v Wade in 1973. How corrupt can you act? Is it any wonder that the children have grown up to be corrupt too? They’re only taking up their father and mother’s sins, even outdoing them in some cases. Isaiah 1:4 is where God rebukes the nation of Israel, but the same applies to any nation whose people are laden with sin. God is no respecter of persons or nations and what He did to Israel in His righteous judgment He can do to any nation. The consequences for Israel would be the same for any nation that is laden with iniquity; it will lead to God’s judgment; unless they repent.

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Genesis 6:5 “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

When Jesus was speaking about the end of the age, He mentioned that it will be like in the days of Noah and said, “For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matt 24:37-39). Could you have imagined how hard doing business would have been in Noah’s day when all that they thought about was evil, continually, and every intention (business or otherwise0 was always with a wicked heart. Do you see similarities today? Everyone’s going about their business, just as in Noah’s day, when the flood of God’s judgment came sweeping them all away.

Hosea 9:9 “They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah; he will remember their iniquity; he will punish their sins.”

The “days of Gibeah” are like those of today. When a “Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, “I came to Gibeah that belongs to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to spend the night. And the leaders of Gibeah rose against me and surrounded the house against me by night. They meant to kill me, and they violated my concubine, and she is dead” (Judges 4-6), so the days of Gibeah are like those we live in today with increasing violence in American cities and suburbs. The point Hosea makes is that God “will punish their sins” and no one will get away with anything on Judgment Day (Rev 20:12-15).

Ephesians 4:22 “Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires.”

When we put on the Lord Jesus Christ, we must put something else off, and that’s the old self. That old man and woman has passed away and now we are new creations in Jesus Christ (2nd Cor 5:17) with new desires to obey God and new passions to serve Him, but our former way of life (still is for many) was a life lived in corruption and deceitful desires. Now that the old man or woman is put away, the new is come to live within us.

Proverbs 28:15 “Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.”

This is a great proverb because that’s what it feels like when wicked rulers are governing the land and it seems to be what’s happening today in many cases. Proverb 14:34 says “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” and that’s what this nation and many other nations are before a holy and just God; a reproach. The late President Ronald Reagan once said that the most frightening words ever heard were, “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.” When the wicked are in power, it’s often a judgment of God, just like He did with ancient Israel. It’s like the nation gets the leadership they (and we) deserve and so He may be using evil rulers as part of His holy judgment against the nations.

Conclusion

When a nation exalts God, God will exalt that nation, and it’s obvious that He has the United States for hundreds of years, but has that ever changed. Today, we exalt ourselves as a nation before other nations and we’re often telling other nations what they ought to do, when we can’t even keep our own house in order. Pray for God to send repentance to this nation so that revival can begin in the churches and spread into their neighborhoods, into their cities, throughout the state, throughout the nation, and even spreading around the globe. It is God Who “removes kings and sets up kings,” (Dan 2:21) and the nations are nothing to Him, so let us pray for God to send His Spirit through this land so that many might be saved…before another judgment comes, not with water this time, but with fire and by then, repentance will be too late.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    Hey Jack…Good to see you back blathering more absurd nonsense. If your “god” sets up kings and takes them down then there really is very little to beg him about don’t you think? Omnipotent puppet masters do not “need” anything jack. Creators of universes (through magic incantations) would be infinitely petty if their only business was tinkering with their human toys. Is there any hope for you jack? Any hope at all that one rational brain cells can still fire?

  • pud

    ” He mentioned that it will be like in the days of Noah and said, “For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matt 24:37-39). Could you have imagined how hard doing business would have been in Noah’s day when all that they thought about was evil, continually, and every intention (business or otherwise0 was always with a wicked heart. Do you see similarities today? Everyone’s going about their business, just as in Noah’s day, when the flood of God’s judgment came sweeping them all away.”

    There was NO global flood, no deity genocide, no “noah” no ark no incest to repopulate the denuded earth.

    Only the most simple minded imbecile would willfully “believe” one of the most absurd “claims” in your lunatic book.

    “RELIGION” People believing by the billions what only lunatics could believe on their own.

  • Oliver

    “kings” (Presidents, Prime Ministers, other “rulers” ) terms are a real problem fomenting trouble and corruption.

    God tried to tell them they didn’t need one. The system of judges was sufficient.

    We are living with this legacy now. Our country is crumbling. The past 8 years were lead by a dictator Alinskyite. Read who Alinsky dedicated his book to. “Is it any wonder our country was grown corrupt?
    Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals
    http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/communism/alinsky.htm

    1 Samuel 8 English Standard Version (ESV)
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+8+&version=ESV

    Israel Demands a King

    8 When Samuel became old, (A)he made his sons judges over Israel. 2 The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. 3 Yet his sons did not walk in his ways (B)but turned aside after gain. (C)They took bribes and perverted justice.

    4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at (D)Ramah 5 and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. (E)Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” 6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, (F)for they have not rejected you, (G)but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8 According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. 9 Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them (H)and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”

    Samuel’s Warning Against Kings

    10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11 He said, (I)“

    *** These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: (J)he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some (K)to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 (L)He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men[a] and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, (M)but the Lord will not answer you in that day ***

    The Lord Grants Israel’s Request

    19 But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, 20 (N)that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 21 And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord. 22 And the Lord said to Samuel, (O)“Obey their voice and make them a king.” Samuel then said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”

  • Oliver

    America’s Spiritual Slide Chart and Explanation from God’s blessing to Occult Oppression.
    { in part, go to the link for more]

    http://www.crossroad.to/charts/spiritual-slide.htm

    When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. Be careful that you do not forget… Otherwise… your heart will become proud…. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ … If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods… you will surely be destroyed.” Deut. 8:10-20

    1. Christianity. America’s laws were based on God’s Law, as written in the Bible
    The downward journey of the Old Testament became a pattern for today:

    2. Humanism. This stage of the downward slide serves as a bridge between Biblical faith and paganism.

    “You have eaten the fruit of deception… you have depended on your own strength.” Hosea 10:13

    “Help, 0 Lord, for the godly are no more… May the Lord cut of all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, ‘We… own our lips – who is our master?” Psalm 12:4

    3. New Age. The New Age movement promised unconditional spiritual power to self-centered seekers.

    “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns — broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13

    “…the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

    “In later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.” 1 Timothy 4:1

    4. Neo-paganism. “Human administration of the universe is far too great a task…. What we need… is the sensitivity to understand and respond to the psychic energies.

    5. Babylonian paganism. Biblical morality is despised, banned or forgotten. The masses imagine new gods — or enticing distortions of the true God..

    Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
    At the time I punish them…’ says the Lord.” Jeremiah 6:14-15

    “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth…” 2 Thessalonians 2:9

    6. Global dominion. [The New World Order} The Old Testament shows that in times of mass rebellion and idolatry, God withdrew His protection from the land He loved [Numbers 14:9; Mic. 1:11; Isaiah 22:8-9; Deut. 8:6-20, 31:17; Ezra 8:22; 1 Cor. 10:1-11] and allowed enemies to enslave His foolish and rebellious people [Deuteronomy 11 and 28]. Suddenly, the old presumed “rights” to free speech, private property and Christian child-raising are fading away.

  • Oliver
  • Oliver

    We’re at the beginning of a long process of breaking down the walls of national sovereignty.”[1] Assistant Secretary of State William Benton, 1946.

    “…the UN jealously guards the freedom of certain people and completely neglects the freedom of others.”[2] Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    “The future society will be a totally new civilization which will synthesize the experience of Socialism and Capitalism [the Third Way]…”[3] Mikhail Gorbachev, 1996.”The Third Way agenda,

    4] “Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”[5] William Penn

  • Oliver

    Purging the Memory of our Christian Roots
    How America lost its way & freedom
    http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/009/memory.htm

  • Oliver

    REAL HOPE for Christians

    The Armor of God
    http://www.crossroad.to/Victory/Armor.htm

    My High Tower: Seeing the World from His perspective
    “The Lord is… my High Tower and my Refuge.” 2 Samuel 22:2-3

  • Oliver

    2 Chronicles 7:14 [Full Chapter]

    if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

  • NathansFather

    Part 1

    We have 2 wicked rulers at the moment.

    Those would be Ryan and McConnell.

    I view one victory today is Judge Roy Moore as the Rep candidate defeating the elitist Strange
    man. Judge Roy Moore exemplifies what a man of principle can do. He defied
    man’s law when it violated God’s law. The people of the conservative Alabamians
    understood this.

    Now we need to stand for a GOOD plan for Health Care such as a very skinny bill
    that repeals IDONTCARE and goes with the simple plan of Dr. Rand Paul’s and Dr.
    Ben Carson’s. We lost the initiative of the populist movement by not standing.
    Knuckling under to the special interests is NOT what we should be about.

    Our best chance is to get involved in the state races to bring out more
    candidates such as Judge Moore and campaign like never before at the primary
    level.

    • Princess1013

      Wow, wow! I have to say I so appreciated reading the content of this article and then as I went to review the comments, became very dismayed. How do you reconcile your comments with that content/context of this article? We shouldn’t look to our politicians at all in this manner R. Moore is actually no better than Ryan, McConnell,Strange based on their actions and in same cases much worse. Veering into the direction to praise a politician, who has shown himself to be something quite interesting. As a part of my life’s journey I was raised in a home w/ a pedophile who to others was a high standing citizen who told it like it was, to us he was our stepfather. My older sister & I behind closed doors knew who this man really was. I learned this lesson at the age of 10. Your Mr. Moore appears a man more bend on exalting himself & using faith and the Bible merely as tools to illuminate him.Very disheartened by your take on things.These such examples are the perfect way to defile something as sacred as religion is and our relationship with God & those around us. Who you should know actually are our brothers & sisters no matter how we’d like to highlight the difference rather than our role as God’s flock. God unites and rejoices in our uniting not putting on a pedestal representations of satan’s influences to highlight our biases. Jesus had quite an issue w/ both the politicians and the clerics, do you remember why?
      To God be The Glory – Amen!

  • NathansFather

    Part 2

    As I began many years ago when I repeated over and over PRIMARY THEM OUT. This
    has spread! Now we need to pump the cesspool of DC out. Get rid of the floating
    turds and feces that has corrupted our country from the power positions of
    mammon they hold so dear.

    I am THRILLED beyond belief that Corker (TPP traitor) is going to retire. He is
    an embarrassment to our state of Tennessee. Now if we can force out Alexander
    (UN common core traitor along w/ his buddy Jeb Bush) a complete victory.

    We had a great candidate in Joe Carr who ran against Lamar… Slogan Carr not
    Lamar.

    This kind of populist movement can work IF we have the tenacity to stand. Carr
    was supported by “tea party” forces. I really think we should call
    ourselves populists. The left has done nothing but attack that label and has
    made it sound ugly. So let’s adapt and name our movement for what it is…
    populist.

    So get busy. The Health Care issue is NOT dead despite the propaganda.
    Dingy Harry gave us a weapon we can use.
    The “nuclear option.” It requires far less votes to stop filibustering.
    Get a bill to the floor to be voted for early.

    Let us remember the Christian values of which we should stand. Jesus Iesous
    Y’shua was a revolutionary. He took on the government of the Sadducees and
    Pharisees head on.

  • NathansFather

    Part 4

    Get the MeMyselfIers to the fellowship. Our church is about to take
    to the streets of our community walking to ask people who are jogging along to
    come with us. I am excited at this. This Sunday begins our walk.

    Let us stand and be the man and woman Christ Christos Jesus would have us be.
    The time of choosing is growing short. We look forward to seeing Our Lord and
    Savior soon. Nothing else in this physical life should matter given the opportunity
    we have for eternal life.

    Praying: Father GOD we praise your name! Please Father if it be your will, wake
    up the sleeping. Give us your strength because we are weak and lowly of heart.
    Help us to stand and be your children that you would have us be. In Jesus
    Iesous Y’shua’s Holy Name. Amen.

    • Princess1013

      My church too here in GA is about to take to the streets to share love and togetherness for 2018. You came on here to a Christian based site to spew a political message after an article about Bible verses on corruption…Christian values you say huh? I will continue to pray for my brothers and sisters of this world &
      ask our Father for healing. So much for staying clear of social media and then to come here & see this type of venom.
      For me & my house I worship the Lord thy God & will continue to spread messages of love, peace & likeness. I will say a prayer for you.