Vipers - Religious Vipers

Vipers- Poisonous Snakes

What is a viper? I looked it up and the key things I learned are: they kill their prey by injecting them with a venom from fangs in their mouth. Also, vipers are nocturnal (work at night) and ambush their prey. What is in the venom viper's inject into their prey? It's a protein-degrading enzyme. It causes a break-down of the proteins in a person's body and reduces the flow of blood.

Viper - Religious Vipers, Usage by Christians

I know a man who was concerned that vipers would get his daughters. On his deathbed, he referred to a certain man as a viper. I know the man knew his daughters were not being talked to by a snake, but he was referring to the man to be like a snake, particularly a viper. Is it scriptural for a Christian father who cares about his daughters to call a man a viper? And how does a viper's attributes parallel a religious person who is called a viper?

Viper - A Person who is a Viper

Luk 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

John the Baptist used the word "viper" to refer to people who had heard "a gospel" and were wanting to be baptized (an outward symbol of dying to yourself and becoming alive to Christ), but had not repented. There were not fruits of repentance. I believe John the Baptist is a righteous man.

Undoubtedly, it was when I learned the holy law of God that I saw that I was a sinner and didn't know God. At the same time, I was grateful for truths and absolute right and wrong by which I could be judged and judge myself. I repented.

But here, these people who came to John to be baptized didn't have fruits of repentance, but still wanted the outward form of baptism. John asked them "Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?" That was a great question. Who did they get their gospel from? Weren't they warned to flee from the wrath by forsaking their sins and repenting of them? Or did they think they could just continue on in their offenses and sins and just outwardly claim the baptism of John the Baptist? John knew that these people had heard a different warning then what he was preaching.

I have seen and watched people who want to be "Christians" but have been taught a different gospel of "just say you believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved." This is a false gospel. Sometimes this gospel is taught to a boyfriend or girlfriend just so they can say "Look Dad/Mom, so and so says they believe in God now." But John the Baptist called these people vipers.

Vipers - Name Calling - Was John the Baptist Correct?

Was John the Baptist correct in calling these people vipers? Did Jesus Christ teach that men should repent? Or can you just say to someone "I believe in God" and become "saved" by there words. Can we be saved by works without faith in God? I'm going to look up the word "repent" to see if it is something Jesus Christ teaches.

Vipers versus Repentance as Taught in Gospels

Mat_3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat_4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mar_1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Mar_6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
Luk_13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Luk_13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Repentance is Taught in Acts also by Apostles

Act_2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act_3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Act_8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Act_26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

Repentance Taught in Revelation

Rev_2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Rev_2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Rev_3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Vipers - Usage

It's clear to me from the scripture and the little research I've done on the topic that when the man on his deathbed referred to another man who was trying to entice his daughter, that he scripturally and correctly used the term viper. John the Baptist used the term viper to refer to people who had been taught some other gospel, who hadn't repented, but yet wanted to be baptized, to join the church. Vipers work in the darkness and ambush their prey. They work to destroy their prey by venom from their mouth. How fitting.

Vipers - Parallel to Religious People

I've found several parallels to vipers (the snake) and pseudo-Christian, religious people. First, the snakes are dangerous. Religious people who don't have faith in God can be dangerous too. Second, snakes kill through venom out of their mouth. Religious people who deviate from the scripture work through the poison/lies/deception of their mouth too. Vipers work in their dark. Evil religious people work with the powers of darkness to attack people also. Vipers ambush their prey. Religious people ambush unsuspecting folks and teach them their lies also. Vipers secrete a poison that breaks down tissues. Unrepentant religious people tell lies that break down churches and people who are victims of their lies and deceit. Viper's poison causes loss of circulation. Religious vipers try to isolate their victims through lies, break down friendships and cut people off from a true relationship and true faith in God.

I've concluded that the use of the word "viper" to describe evil religious people who want to appear to be Christians is very scriptural. It is also accurately descriptive and informative. Also, just as vipers can be deadly, so can unrepentant people be who try to join the Christian church. Just as John the Baptist publicly warned people about religious vipers, it is scriptural for a father to warn his wife about a man trying to date his daughter who is a viper. The warning comes from a concerned father trying to protect his daughters.

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