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What About Them Cowards?


It is easier and common for the Body of Christ to openly condemn sexual sins such as acts of adultery, fornication and homosexuality. Make no mistake about it; these are indeed sin. However, I have a problem when we ignore other sins. Now I know, I know, homosexuality is an abomination before the Lord, but is it the only sin that is considered an abomination? gives a long list of sins that are considered an abomination before the Lord. Richard concludes by saying, “It is abundantly clear from scripture that ALL SIN is considered an abomination by God. While one can debate degrees of seriousness and punishment for sin, it is clear that, according to the Bible, ALL sin is an abomination!”


         But today I want to address a sin that is commonly ignored, even as it is the first one mention in Revelation 21:7-8


He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (NKJV)


         What about them cowards? The total contrast of a coward is found in verse 7; the overcomer is the opposite of a coward. The word overcomes here means, «Victory. To be victorious, prevail” [1]

It comes from the Greek word “Nike”; yes, the Nike’s name came out of the Bible.


         A coward will never overcome anything. They don’t take risk because they fear failure. A coward has no faith, trusting God is nonexistent. They calculate every move and stay within the boundaries of their comfortable zone. A coward will never fight for anybody for fear of loosing his/her place in society, job, status and the routine and comfort of her life. A coward will avoid fighting for anything because fighting is too risky.


   In his message “Cowards And Conquers Of The End-Times Church”, Steve Gallagher ( essentially describes the cowards as selfish people. I never saw anybody describing cowards that way, but I definitely agree with Bother Gallagher’s definition.


         I mean, we know that a coward will never win a popularity contest, but it was not until recently that I was able to really see how damaging and evil cowards are. It is easy to see somebody afraid and not fighting back overwhelmed by fear. In a way, we can feel sorry for him or her, but, what about those that do not speak up against injustices, having the power to do so? What about the guy that sees an elderly getting beat and does nothing? What about those who witness a rape and turn their heads? What about those who, for the sake of keeping their jobs and status, are willing to betray a friend?


         We don’t feel sorry for those who witness atrocities but still refuse to intervene, do we? The Lord either, that is why they will not make it. A coward is a facilitator and accommodator of evil. What about “them” cowards?


         A coward is the rapist; a coward is the bully; a coward is the false teacher and false prophet that you allow to teach and prophesy for the sake of not offending and the embrace of political correctness. A coward is the injustice and any adjective you want to add! Are you a coward? Am I a coward? Our faith here in America has not really being tested, but if we can’t even stand for the little issues of our local congregations, can we really give our lives for the Gospel’s sake?


         How about them cowards? Lets us pray that we don’t become one of them or perhaps we already are!


[1] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

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