Greetings, I'm curious as to your thoughts of Proverbs 17:5? Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. When Louis Theroux asked a WBC member if she rejoices in calamities her response was "definitely". What would your interpretation on this verse be? Thank you for your time.
Dear friend – The verse is clear on its face. Don’t do it. Our members did not and do not do it. Glad is not the same as rejoicing. The Word of God is a perfect, blessed symphony of goodness, purity and safety, all day, every day, and nothing incongruous or inconsistent about it! He with ears to hear will hear the still small voice saying “This is the way, walk ye in it”. So take your verse and obey that. Don’t mock the poor, and do not be glad about calamities. BUT rejoice at the Work of God that fulfills ALL of His word! Rejoice when you see the judgment! Rejoice that you have been spared because you KNOW that you deserve death and hell, and except for the saving blood … the redemptive blood that was spilled to pay that debt that I owe, giving me right and title to the righteousness of my Lord Jesus Christ, which covers me like a cozy and wonderful robe, I would suffer the same exact fate, i.e. walking through this earth without hope and without God, then die in hopelessness, never to see the glories of heaven, never to be permitted to sing the praises of my Lord, a fate worse than anything. Rejoice that there IS punishment for the wicked, in line with the plain Word of God, keeping His pronounced promises that judgment SHALL come! Please consider these words carefully, and see the distinction between – HA HA!, Serves you RIGHT, YAY, Gotcha! and Thanking God with great rejoicing for his unfolding providence that confirms His words, ever so perfectly: Psalm 58:1 ¶ To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David. Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? 2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. 3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. 4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; 5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. 6 ¶ Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD. 7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. 8 As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun. 9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath. 10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth. Shall: It WILL happen. 😊 Thank you for asking. Your thankful, friends at WBC, who fear God.