WHAT IS 13-7 OR 1 OUT OF 5
According to statistics, 13-7 or 1 out of 5 says that if you introduce 100 people to any sin, 13 people will have a problem with that sin and 7 people will become addicted to that sin. 13 plus 7 equals 20 out of 100 people that will struggle with sin. Therefore, the odds say that 100/20 or 1 out of 5 people that are introduced to any sin will struggle with that sin for the rest of their life. The devil knows about these odds, and this is why christians should never introduce or cause anyone to sin.
Let me illustrate the 13-7 or 1 out of 5 theory. If you give alcohol to 100 people, 13 will become problem drinkers and 7 will become alcoholics or drunkards. If you give drugs to 100 people, 13 will develop a chemical dependency for drugs and 7 will become drug addicts. If you show pornography to 100 people, 13 will become obsessed with pornography and 7 will become sex addicts.
Therefore, never introduce anyone to sin saying a couple of beers won't hurt or allow anyone to see you at a wedding sipping some wine during a toast. It might not hurt you; but it could cause your friend to become an alcoholic drunkard saying I can drink alcohol all the time because my pastor sips wine at weddings and says a couple of beers won't hurt. God will punish that pastor for causing his friend to sin unless the pastor repents. The bible says it is a sin to introduce or cause anyone to sin. And God punishes people for causing anyone to sin unless they repent.
When 100 people go into a casino for the first time, 13 will become problem gamblers and 7 will become gambling addicts. Don't introduce anyone to casinos and gambling saying let's have some fun today and see what the casino looks like because last year there was 34.1 billion dollars of losses at gambling casinos just in the USA. Wow, what a waste of money that leads to a dead end of lifelong poverty. Just get saved with Jesus and avoid losing money gambling at the casino. Right now get saved, repent, stop sinning, confess Jesus to be your God, and believe daily that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again.
If you give cigarettes to 100 people, 13 will become problem smokers and 7 will become nicotene addicts. The cigarette companies know about this statistic and therefore try to get children to experiment with cigarettes. These cigarette companies know that they can make millions of dollars off the 13 problem smokers and 7 nicotene addicts. And why would anyone want to waste their money and pay $6 for a pack of cigarettes? Wow, what an expensive habit and a waste ($42 a week and $168 a month for anyone that smokes a pack of cigarettes a day). Just get saved with Jesus and don't smoke.
Statistics also say that when parents introduced TV to 100 kids, 13 had a problem turning off the TV and 7 had to constantly watch the TV all day long. It's not wise to give a kid under 12 a cellphone with access to the internet and a TV in their room. This can cause the child to sin because 25% of all websites on a cellphone are obscene.
Brother Bob put his TV in the trash 30 years ago and now every day I just listen to christian preaching every day on my computer at home. The devil told me I'd be bored without TV. But, hallelujah I'm not bored with listening to the Word of God daily because it's like a christmas present that is always new with blessed mysteries to learn daily. I recommend listening daily to Pastor Art Kohl of Faith Bible Baptist Church on the internet who has thousands of sermons available. Art has sermons on facebook, youtube, and his personal website. John 21:25 says if you wrote down everything Jesus did, the world couldn't contain the books that should be written. In other words Jesus and the Word of God is not boring with infinite knowledge to learn forevermore. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out.
And advertisements mislead people saying cellphones are great because they bring the entire world into your hands. But, the last I heard, the bible says to be separate from the world. 1 John 2:15 says Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. When parents let a little kid have a cellphone or TV in their personal room, they are guilty of causing their kid to sin if he views sinful pictures on the cellphone or TV. Parents, just watch or listen with your kids to websites about Jesus on a computer.
Finally, note that the bible says that there will be certain people that cannot cease from sinning. 2 Peter 2:14 describes these people saying Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls; an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children. Therefore, never introduce or cause anyone to sin because they might be that person that cannot cease from sinning. Let us never be the cause of introducing a sin to anyone that causes them to constantly sin.
I heard a story about a pastor who was introduced to his first joint from a church friend. At a carnival, the friend pulled out a joint and said have you ever seen one of these and lit up the joint. This triggered a three year downward spiral into sin and a backsliden carnal state for the pastor who left the church and stop praying. Fortunately Jesus delivered this pastor and today he is drug free and a blessed preacher.
Notice God's Punishment For Introducing
Or Causing Anyone To Sin
Now let's look at what the Lord Jesus said about anyone that causes their brother or sister to sin. Jesus said at Luke 17:1 It is impossible but that offences (defined as temptations to sin) will come; but woe unto him through whom they come; It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend (defined as to cause to sin) one of these little ones.
In other words, Jesus is warning everyone that He will punish anyone that offends or causes their brother or sister to sin unless they repent. Jesus is saying at Luke 17:1, if you offend anyone by introducing or causing them to sin, it would be better to wear a millstone necklace and be cast into the sea than to experience Jesus' punishment for this sin. And since a millstone is a huge heavy rock, you would probably need a great chain to make this millstone necklace. Therefore, according to Jesus, it is a serious matter when anyone is introduced to sin. Jesus will punish people that cause others to sin, unless repentance occurs. Wow, What A Warning. Wow, What A Necklace. Don't ever be the one to introduce or cause anyone to sin.
After reading this, let's never lead anyone into any sin. Abstain from all appearance of evil and be good examples of living holy for Jesus around all people. People are always watching the saints daily and christians are the only bible that lost sinners read daily. The bible says we are a gazingstock and spectacle seen daily by this world. 1 Corinthians 4:9 says For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. Wow, the world, angels, and men are watching us daily. Therefore saints let's be good examples where people see us always reading our bibles; always going to church; always praying and witnessing Jesus to multitudes on this earth; and always loving and forgiving everyone (even the unloveable and our enemies).
Watch what you say, text, and the pictures you post to facebook or any website on the internet. Make sure that your words and pictures don't cause anyone to sin. Romans 14:13 says Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Somebody might say there's nothing wrong with playing a scratch off and buying a lottery ticket. It's only a dollar and a dream; And I'm gonna give the money to the Lord if I win. I've never seen that happen. And I wouldn't want the money anyway because it's filthy lucre. People that buy lottery tickets are only thinking about getting money instead of looking to Jesus. Matthew 6:24 says No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (money).
Somebody told Brother Bob there's a good buffet at the casino. I said I would go to the buffet if it was by the casino. After they told me I had to walk through the casino to get to the buffet, I said no way I'm not going into that place of idolatry called a casino. I didn't care that they said Brother Bob you're a religious nut that won't eat good food. People in the casino playing blackjack, poker, slot machines, and the roulette wheel don't want to hear sermons from Brother Bob. Idolatry is defined as covetousness (defined as the greed and lust for money) and therefore casinos are places of idolatry to avoid where people only think about money instead of Jesus. And I don't want people saying all over town that Brother Bob went into a casino causing people to become gambling addicts. I don't want a millstone necklace around my neck.
Remember, how we act daily affects everyone around us. Romans 14:7 says For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. It would be a bad witness if Brother Bob drove his car with a cigarette in one hand and a bottle of beer in another hand blasting hard ungodly rock that shook the whole street. People seeing this would say that Brother Bob is a hypocrite and I don't want to hear him preach. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving and delivering Brother Bob from a former sinful life where he drank 10 bottles of beer a night with his hair down to his waist. Hallelujah, Brother Bob has not sipped one drop of alcohol for 36 years and is no longer an alcoholic. My sins are under the blood of Jesus and remembered no more.
Instead of being a bad witness introducing anyone to sin, introduce everyone to the bible and make bible addicts; Introduce everyone to prayer and get them addicted to prayer. Introduce anyone to church and get them addicted to going to church. Be like Stephanas and become a ministry addict that loves to attend church all the time. Wow, there is only one time that the word addiction appears in the bible where Stephanas was described as being addicted to the ministry. 1 Corinthians 16:15 says I beseech you, brethren (ye know the house of Stephanas that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints). Let's all be like Stephanas and get addicted to the ministry and work with our churches to tell everyone everywhere about the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
And there is yet another scripture that tells us not to introduce or cause anyone to sin. 1 Corinthians 8:9 says But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols. And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish for whom Christ died. But when ye sin (notice Jesus says again that it is a sin to cause anyone to sin), against the brethren and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
In other words, people during Paul's time could buy meat at a discount price from an idol's temple. But if anyone saw a saint buy the cheap meat, they would think it's OK to worship the idol and stop serving God. Therefore Paul warned the people at Romans 14:20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence (causing someone to stumble and fall by their actions).
And think about all the movie producers in Hollywood that need to repent for introducing millions of people to sin through filthy ungodly movies and television shows. I'd tell these Hollywood movie producers and actors you better repent for influencing millions to sin; It would be better for you to have a millstone around your neck and be cast into the sea than to be punished in judgment before the Lord Jesus for causing millions to sin.
The bible speaks about the witch Jezebel who caused her husband Ahab to sin and agree to killing an innocent man named Naboth to take possession of his vineyard. 1 Kings 21:25 says But there was none like unto Ahab which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. The Lord Jesus punished Jezebel for causing Ahab to sin by having the dogs eat her leaving only her skull, feet, and palms of her hands. When Jehu saw Jezebel in a tower, he told some eunuchs, boys throw her down, and after the old bag, biddy, and hag hit the ground, Jehu rode over the witch with his chariot while the dogs ate up Jezebel. God gave Jezebel her payday punishment for causing Ahab to sin.
And how can we forget Jeroboam who the bible says made many to sin. 1 Kings 14:16 says And He (God) shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin. Jeroboam made the people worship idols at Bethel and Dan instead of allowing them to worship God correctly at Jerusalem in Judah. Jeroboam and his false priest Amaziah persecuted the prophet Amos for warning them to allow the people to worship God at Jerusalem. The Lord Jesus punished Jeroboam for making many people in Israel sin by placing a curse on him and his family.
To close out this bible study, if you have ever been guilty of causing anyone to sin, ask Jesus to forgive you, and the blood of Jesus will cleanse you of all your sins. Now, let's all spend the rest of our lives encouraging others with prayers for blessings and peace. I pray in Jesus name we all obey Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace and things wherewith one may edify another. And let us never introduce or cause anyone to sin.
I pray in Jesus name that this little bible study blesses multitudes everywhere. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.