The Sinfulness of the Despiser
1 Thessalonians 4:8
He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also given to us his holy Spirit.

Here is a man who says to his poor wife who is a Christian, who, because she sometimes has a slip in temper or does now and then what he does not approve, "Ah, that is your Christianity, is it? Well, if that be your church and chapel going, I will have none of it." Beast, fiend! There are such creatures to be found. They are to be found amongst men and amongst women. Oh, the unkindness, the cruelty, the heart slaughter! It were nothing to kill a man — stab him right through the heart and let him die. But when he is struggling towards light, towards God, and has to fight with all these demoniacal passions and influences round about, over which he seems to have little or no control, when he just stumbles on the road and they point at him and say, "Ha, ha, that is your Christianity, is it?" that is thrice dying, that is intolerable pain! We know we are inconsistent, we know we are selfish, we cannot boast of ourselves.

(J. Parker, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

WEB: Therefore he who rejects this doesn't reject man, but God, who has also given his Holy Spirit to you.

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