by Kevin Rutherford


What do Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzer, Hamon, Edom, and Herod have in common?  They were all arrogant, and each one of them was destroyed because of his arrogance (Daniel 5:18-31; Obadiah 1:1-4; Esther 3-7; Acts 12:20-24).

The book of Proverbs is filled with all kinds of warnings concerning arrogant pride.  Proverbs 11:2 tells us pride leads to shame.  Proverbs 13:10 shows us that pride produces contention.  Proverbs 14:3 tells us that arrogance is in the mouth of fools.  Proverbs 16:18 states that pride goes before destruction.  Proverbs 29:23 sums it all up by telling us that a man’s pride will bring him low.

The worst kind of pride is found among those who are proud of their sin. They flaunt their sin openly and boast of their debauchery.  A current example of this kind of arrogance is known as “Gay Pride.”  In “Gay Pride” parades all over the country nudity and perversion are practiced that would land heterosexual people in jail.  But in the name of political correctness public acts of indecency are sanctioned by city governments.  The homosexual must understand that God will hold him accountable for his arrogance and his actions.  Ezekiel told us that pride was one of Sodom’s problems (Ezekiel 16:49). Sodom was also known for its homosexuals.  God destroyed them for both their pride and the immoral behavior they were proud of.