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Don't Eat the Hot Wings

Decision Making Deceived/Deception Sin

Source: Personal Experience

Contributed By: Anthony Johnson | Date Posted: 2023-08-24

Scripture: Matthew 24:11 ; Matthew 7:13

Author: Anthony Johnson


At work one day we were having a potluck and one of guys had brought his special recipe hot wings.  His recipe was to blend the habanero chili peppers into a paste, mix it into a little Tabasco sauce, and bake it into the chicken wings. 

So he called one of his buddies over saying, “You’ve got to try my hot wings and tell me what you think!” 

His buddy grabbed a wing, stuck the whole thing in his mouth, and got about half way through pulling the bone out when the realization hit him that his mouth was on fire!  Finally, after lots of water and stuffing anything other than those chicken wings into his mouth to try and put out the fire, he dried the tears in his eyes and got himself composed. Then you know what he did?  He went looking for someone else to try those fiery chicken wings! 

After the first couple of guys were fooled into eating those wings, with the same predictable results, enough people had gathered and witnessed their demise that they weren’t going to be able to fool anyone else.  But then the strangest thing happened. 

Guys who had seen for themselves what the others had gone through decided to try the wings for themselves!  They were a little more cautious, not sticking the whole thing in their mouths, but kind of nibbling around the edges, yet the results were still pretty much the same.  And it went on until all the chicken wings were gone!


You might think the moral of this story is “guys are stupid,” and given the facts, I would have a hard time arguing with you.  But as all this was playing out, I started thinking how the spreading heat from those wings was just like the way sin spreads.

The one who made the sauce, knowing how hot it was and what would probably happen, still called out to his friend, “Hey, come on and try my chicken wings!” – He is like the false prophets spoken of in Matthew 24:11 seeking to mislead. "And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray" (NIV). 

There are many people who will mislead you if you let them. 

The one who first tried the wings and burned his mouth still called out for others to come and try them too – He is like the one who has fallen, and rather than picking himself up and putting up warning signs to keep others from the same fate, he calls out to see if he can get others to join him in his misery.  As Proverbs 4:16 says, "For they [evil people] cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble" (ESV).

There are those who take pleasure in causing others to stumble.

And what about the ones who saw what was going on, but just had to try it for themselves?  They are the ones who blindly follow the masses, even when they know they are going to suffer.  And the result?  Matthew 7:13 says that … the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it” (NASB).

There are those who beckon to you to follow them on their road to destruction.

On that particular day I was one of the few who didn’t eat the chicken wings. But in my life, in the things that truly matter, that hasn’t always been the case.  What about you?  

The Problems Of The Two-Headed Snake

Worldliness Unreliable Decision Making


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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-09-27

Scripture: James 1:7 ; James 4:8

Author: Neal Pollard


A woman in Woodbridge, Virginia, saw a rarity in her front yard: a two-headed copperhead snake. The snake only has one heart and one set of lungs, but each head has its own brain. This leads to multiple problems.

Both heads want to eat, but since eating takes time, the snake is vulnerable to predators for twice as long. Further, each head wants to go its own way. That means they can't respond as quickly when under attack. Even getting water can be precarious, as one head can drag the other down when drinking.

An expert at the Wildlife Center of Virginia said, "Based on the anatomy, it would be better for the right head to eat, but it may be a challenge since the left head appears more dominant" (Dana Hedgpeth, The Washington Post, 9/24/18). Experts also say that these internal conflicts prevent these rare "dual-cephalic" creatures from living very long.



James tells us that the double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (1:7), and implies that double-mindedness reflects impurity of heart (4:8). 

Jesus taught, "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth" (Matthew 6:24). We must choose to whom we will listen if we are to avoid spiritual peril (Joshua 24:15). 

Paul wrote, "They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Romans 8:5-6).

We cannot live for the world and the Lord. It is an either/or proposition. Jesus says, "He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters" (Luke 11:23). 

Don't let double-mindedness leave you more vulnerable to spiritual attack, steer you the wrong way, or drag you down. Make the right choice to be single-minded in your dedication and devotion to the One true Head of the Church, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:22).

What Is Your Trajectory?

Christlikeness Eternity Decision Making

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2016-03-29

Scripture: Matthew 7:14 ; Matthew 25:46

Author: Neal Pollard


The New Oxford Online Dictionary defines trajectory as “the path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces” (n/p). The term is used of everything from ammunition to astronomy, but in its figurative sense can be used to speak of the law of sowing and reaping or cause and effect.  There appears to be three elements to this definition: the path, the object, and the action of given forces. Apply this to a person’s life and the discussion takes on eternal significance.


  • The path: Jesus teaches that there are really only two paths to take, “the broad way” and “the narrow way” (Mat. 7:13-14).  Some have given no thought as to which road they are taking. Others convince themselves they are on the narrow way when an honest, objective look reveals it to be the other way. Some change roads, for good or bad. However, we cannot successfully argue that we are not on a path leading somewhere, whether the destination is “destruction” or “life.”
  • The object: Friend, the object (projectile) in this path of trajectory is the individual. It is you and me. We are moving closer to our eternal destination every day. God created a never-dying soul within us (Mat. 25:46; Ec. 12:7). As it was with the rich man and Lazarus (Lk. 16:19-31), we will lift up our eyes in either Abraham’s bosom or in torment. That soul was precious enough to God to pay the highest price to ransom it (John 3:16), but we may choose to give it away by allowing the trajectory of our life to miss the intended target (cf. Mat. 16:26).
  • The action of given forces: We are not helpless regarding this, but force implies pressure, resistance, and influence. The decisions we make, the people we allow to have influence on us, our choices, what we prioritize, and what values we establish become the forces moving us to the destination.  It is seen in our attitudes, words, and actions.

The earlier we figure this out, the sooner we will make it our aim to do everything we can to head in the right direction. We can change paths, but the longer we are aimed at the wrong target, the harder we make it on ourselves to change course. This is true with our finances, our physical health, our occupation, our marriage and family, but nowhere are the stakes as high than as concerns our eternal destiny. Let’s give thought to the trajectory of our lives and be sure that where we are heading is where we really want to go.

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