Anxiety Is A Sin That Should Worry You

Written by Doug Giles on June 12, 2022

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This excerpt is taken from Doug’s latest book, Dear Christian: Your Fear Is Full of Crap available now on Amazon.

“There are three persons living in each of us: the one we think we are, the one other people think we are, and the one God knows we are.”

– Leonard Ravenhill

2020-2021+ saw a spike in stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, domestic violence, and suicidal ideation which we are all traceable to the climate of fear stoked by public health authorities and the fake news spewers according to Dr. Mark McDonald. Big government and their lackeys in the media sold fear and America bought it – even Christians. Here’s what Jesus had to say about the sin of living in fear. Enjoy.

25 “For this reason, I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather crops into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more important than they? 27 And which of you by worrying can add a single day to his life’s span? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Notice how the lilies of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin thread for cloth, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matt. 6:25-34 (NASB)

I’ve spoken at, and have attended, many, many, “Christian Men’s Conferences.” Most, if not all of them, usually boil down to one message which is: “quit masturbating.” Yep, that’s what they all seem to deduce down to; namely, love God, love your family, and stop whipping the bishop.

Seldom, if ever, have I heard the pastors, who chair these “Men’s Meetings,” talk about the sin of worry which is a big sin in Jesus’ eyes.

Matter of fact, in the aforementioned text, Jesus jackhammers those who wallow in worry because that vice eviscerates one’s trust in the nature and character of God, the Father, and that ain’t cool with Jesus, the Son.

When Jesus smelled worry, doubt, and fear in His boys, He fish-slapped that out of them, PDQ. To Jesus, worry was an egregious affront to the faithful love and care of the Father.

Jesus was not saddled with worry.

Why wasn’t He?

Well, it was principally because He wasn’t a tinkerpot and He knew and trusted His heavenly Father’s rock-solid dependability.

Worry is definitely not masculine.

Think of the pathetic and emasculated images that worry and anxiety spawn. It’s stuff like biting fingernails, chewing your lower lip, sweating like Adam Schiff at a Trump rally, fidgeting, tapping your feet and fingers nervously, jiggling your keys and change in your pocket while getting ready to bolt like a quail on point by a bird dog.

Jesus didn’t roll like that. He was bold in the face of Cat5 hurricanes, lack of food, no place to live, going toe-to-toe with el Diablo, hostile mobs, cruel beatings, and ultimately His brutal death on a cross.

Worry was not a part and parcel of His holy repertoire, and He was not going to tolerate it in His disciples. It was a sin and when it manifested in His disciples, He rebuked it out of them.

Instead of truly believing and trusting in the provision and protection of God, nowadays Christian men pursue what they believe will secure them, i.e., material things, 401k’s, tribulation shelters, mommy and daddy, and of course Visa, MasterCard, and American Express all the while numbing their anxieties with Xanax, Klonopin, Librium, Valium, and Ativan in order to offset their worries which the scripture calls the sin of unbelief.

Speaking of sin.

Much of the Church has a totemic view of vice. The Catholics definitely do.

The Evangelicals do as well but we haven’t organized them officially under such monikers such as “Mortal” and “Venial” sins.

Within the Medieval Church’s definition of “The Seven Deadly Sins” worry and anxiety — which the scripture deems and damns as unbelief — isn’t even mentioned. Hello.

So, why does worry get a pass from the Church and not from Christ?

I’ll tell you why. It’s because we all do it and worry doesn’t have the scandalous “buzz” sins like lust and wrath gin up.

Jesus rebuked His boys and exhorted them away from sweating the necessities of life like food, drink, and clothing, which were hard to come by back then as there were few grocery stores, zero shopping malls, no Papa Johns, or Starbucks, and Evian wasn’t even invented until the 20th century.

Christ’s crowd were farmers and ranchers in an arid locale that could see brutal droughts and in the face of inclement conditions Jesus said, effectively, “don’t sweat it… God’s got your back … He likes you better than birds and grass which are well taken care of and beautifully adorned by Him.”

Jesus said your focus should not be on fretting about such things but on His kingdom concerns and He promised when your sights are locked-on to establish His will and way on the earth that God will float your boat.

Men, when they are worried, are refusing to trust God and thereby they let Him, their family, the church, and their nation down by curling up in the fetal position versus standing forthright, in faith, against everything Satan, life and a bad cold can toss at them.

Run from the sin of worry, my brothers.

Be bold.

Be strong and trust God in the face of adversity and watch your heavenly Father show Himself mighty on your behalf.

Dear Christian: Your Fear Is Full of Crap

by Doug Giles

Beginning in March 2020, many Christians went into lockdown-freak-out mode.

They “socially distanced” themselves from corporate worship and from pretty much everyone and everything else, except, of course, liquor, and grocery stores.

Uncut, irrational, unbiblical, and not to mention, unconstitutional, fear gripped many churches and church leaders.

Should pastors publicly repent if they obeyed Fauci in regard to how they conducted their ministry instead of adhering to the clear commands of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

That’s a legit question, eh?

Get your copy of Dear Christian: Your Fear Is Full of Crap now. Better yet, grab an extra copy for any petrified pastor who dutifully put obedience to the unconstitutional edicts of Mayor McCheese ahead of obedience to the explicit commandments of the LORD God Almighty.