For helpful ideas many have been imprisoned or murdered. The man who posted these ideas of hopeful helpful insight I do not know, nor his intentions. My first take was mixed. I though wow he covered a lot of topics that the church struggles with. Then I though, wow he has some judgementalness too. However we are all human and I see no toxic intent in anything he posted.
Any who know scripture would understand the keypoints that this man is trying to express. He is simply urging us to be more like Jesus. Many of you jumped to shameful conclusions and chose to bash this man instead of taking it as helpful criticism. Some of the responses reminded me of the High Priest Ciaphas and his cronies. Examine yourselves that you may be approved. If anyone would post the malignant responses left with Jesus to your side or over your shoulder while doing so, may not have the right Jesus with them. Jesus walked caring and compassionately. He was gentle…not barbaric, jumping down throats or keyboards.
The fact of so many hate filled responses proves the man who posted this subject hit home and the responses are out of rage and guilt as well as possible self-loathing. A few thousand years ago it may have been these repliers who held the spikes, hammers, and scourge in their hands. We ought not judge one another.
We should take critique with humbleness and openness. We should seek guidance and pray for direction. Christ is not belligerent so none who say He is their Lord should be either. I do not know a lot not am I highly educated but I do read my Bible and pay attention as Jesus tells us to. How can we as followers of Christ change things and make a difference in the world around us that we are not of but sent into if we are no different from it. One reason sexual sins are singled out is because homosexuality is a lifestyle, fornication is a lifestyle, adultery is a lifestyle, all accepted by those committing those same offenses.
And lastly, Christians need to be involved with politics. This comment is true, but as a caveat to this, Israel were in fact the actual Grand Children of Jaxob. There is a people. Most of the crap on this site, deals with the traditions of men. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Why even you are on the internet! Stop your hierarchy wearing funny and expensive clothing and hats as a power play and personal vanity. For example the outsider might say things like:. A real life but not Christian example of this projected or perceived judgment concerns alcohol. I drink maybe once a year, sometimes not even that much.
To make me feel part of the group? No, because I already do and am happy with my water or juice. Yes, absolutely. My not drinking makes them believe I am judging and looking down on them. Does not God charge us to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves? We can still encourage those we run into about the Bible references to such sins in order to save them but the Bible makes it clear that those things we see today are inevitable.
If a non Christian is living a good non sinful life? How is that even possible????? Cheryl, you are wise, and you are right! We are NOT called to sit idly by and allow evil to run unchecked. Thank you, Jack. Another stupid thing to stop doing: stop criticizing Christians for being human. Everyone is learning and on their own journey spiritually. If you are so tolerant, then BE tolerant and try to focus on their message or communication. If you vote for political candidates that uphold anti-Christian values, then you are a hypocrite essentially. The world does not come in compartmentalized political, cultural and religious boxes to be neatly stored away and ignored depending on where you are.
I see nothing wrong with that either. Everyone is entitled to believe, worship and lead in the manner they choose. Yes sometimes Christians CAN be ignorant and uneduacated, but thats doesnt mean we are perfect. We are just as like the world. We can try our best to be perfect but we never will. I am naturally a very critical person and I have been trying to work on that. So when I read this article, it really ministered to me. I have also read all the discussion with keen interest and I admire the maturity of all participants regardless of widely divergent views. However, I would like to highlight a number of points.
The Old Testament which constitutes more than one third of the entire Bible was about sin, warnings and judgement versus righteousness by the law , repentance and mercy. Most of the prophets were sent with specific damning messages for individuals and the nation of Israel. Elijah was so vocal in condemning the activities of Ahab and Jezebel that he almost lost his life. I am aware that the circumstances are exactly the same now as then, but God has not changed. The Lord Jesus dedicated one of his longest sermons to the denunciation of the Pharisees. If a pastor preached that message today, he would be labelled seditious and unchristian.
The great Apostle Paul exhibited a measure of critical and controversial tendencies as evidenced by his epistles. He quarreled with Barnabas, scolded Peter openly and even went ahead to include the incidence in his Epistle to the Galatians, denounced the cretians in his Epistle to Titus the Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow belies — Titus and many other such instances. The world critizes the church sometimes rightly but most times wrongly.
The world wants the church to change but is not willing to change itself. There is somebody in the world Satan who cannot reconcile with the ONE in us, hence the never-ending conflict. God has made each of us unique and we are to submit our individual characteristics to God the great porter for his moulding and glorious use. To watch the future of a whole generation being obliterated and feel no urge to cry out or do something mitigative is baffling.
The books of Jeremiah and Lamentation were dedicated to satyrical and bitter outbursts of a concerned citizen and messenger. Jeremiah was hated and conspired against by the king and his princes. Who knows, the Lord might leave behind a peace offering. And yet they are obese. Gluttony is an enormous one ignored by the church in general. Sometimes people confuse judging with constructive feedback. In what spirit has the feedback been given should determine if it was judgmental or genuine concern.
Sometimes people do not want to hear the truth. Those that criticize Christians should look at themselves too, for signs of rejecting the Lord God, and rigidity in not being open to Christians who want to share the Word. If they are so tolerant, they should start acting like it. Of course, unless the more bodies, bucks and buildings means more people are being introduced to, and then following, Jesus Christ. If that is the goal, then those things are huge positives, not stupid at all. So appreciate this article Carey. Much needed. What stands out to me the most is pride and arrogance which really plays into all five things you mentioned.
Information can be helpful, but can also be another form of power we hold over others. If we truly want to reach others and love them like Christ then we must understand where the person is coming from first… this speaks to relationship. This means loving others different from us, accepting them where they are in their journey to learn about Christ, and continuing to love them whether they ever come around to accepting Christ or not. I love what you said about not being the judge Carey. I taught my daughters this concept years ago… if one saw the other sister doing something dangerous they were to tell me about it and I would handle it, but their job was to love their sister.
My job was to discipline behavior. They are best friends to this day. Christ also stated, if you see someone doing wrong, admonish them and attempt to restore them to righteousness; if they still refuse, have nothing to do with them, so you do not become involved in their corruption. I am sorry but discernment is very important and judging is not a bad thing. How else would anyone know to stay away from trouble and those that would bring chaos to your life? It is not just about love, but discernment, and helping others to know the way. Progressives and liberals believes in love only, with no admonishment from anyone because they want to be able to do whatever they want and be approved of for it…that really is not what Christ or God teaches us via scriptures.
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How can wrong be made right unless it is brought to the surface? Jesus said we are to be the Salt and Light of the Earth. It is a dangerous thing not to speak out against evil. Are Christians to be okay with heathens of the world to be the only ones to judge others? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
Sorry, Mike, nothing in the entire Bible commands us to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Love of our country, if placed above love of God, is idolatry. In fact, God did not even command Israel to love their country — they were to love God. That was all. There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbor?
Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? I pray every morning, every night. I no longer go to church. The true God would not approve. He would be just hoping people would be praying, helping others and celebrating life. You pay no taxes, own land all over the world, push political agenda on parish members. God is showing his wrath on us thru nature. He is angry because he brought us here. Pray my friends. Carol, your concern as to the extravagant cost for the cross may be justified. A number of factors will come into the equation as to the cost for same.
The cost may appear extravagant, however to leave the church suggest a lack of maturity and stability. The church needs your voice of reasoning as how the finances are handled. I suggest that Carol go back to the church and be a positive influence to the pastor, church board, building committee and the congregation. As to the cross, I applaud the church for installing a cross on the wall.
Some modern styled churches have removed the cross from their sanctuary and replaced it with dull, unimpressive background or a large screen where the cross used to be. The cross, to me, is a symbol of how much it cost for Christ to redeem me and show me His amazing love. Funny that you believe prayer is a substitute for Church.
Please go back to church because the church is run by human beings. The Scripture ask a question,? Give Verse with chapter , to make your point valid because, right now you look dumb. Hi pastor. For about 2 years. They celebrated Halloween. I knew it was wrong because we are light not Darkness. So I talked to the pastor the last year I was there, and I asked him if they were going to do Halloween at church again? He said yes, I got off the internet and I prayed. God told me to leave the church because of it, still I got back on the internet and I told the pastor did I was quitting the church.
Because God was pulling me out. I really loved the people their and the former Pastor that was there the year before. I said I am obeying God on this. But the Lord stopped me because I am not his judge.
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So I stayed away for 2 months when they did that. They put a huge tree right by the cross, and them out door angels with big wings ugh. To God the are an abomination. When children and parrents come to my door, I give out age appropriate Gospel Tracts inside ziplock bags of treats.
I also give an Adult Tract to their parents. I have special Gospel Tracts with treats for the teens that come to my door. I have been doing this for over ten years. Halloween is one of the BEST ways to reach children. This is the only day where dozens of children can be reached to the glorry of God. So far, over 1, children has received the Gospel. I turn on my lights and open my gate and the children see this as an invitation to ring my bell. I turn on my lights and open my gate and see this as an invitation for them to receive Christ. I accidentally stumbled on this post and was so gratified.
I agree with every word you said. I can absolutely guarantee that if there were more representatives of Christianity like yourself there would be more Christians. I agree that the church must stop accepting evil as good in order to not judge or protect feelings that may cause a non believer to leave. There is much in the world that has no affect on us but within the church: we have got to get it right according to scripture. Your emphasis may be prayer or meditation to the One true God and some stretching out exercises but the connotation is Eastern Religion.
What fellowship does Satan have with God? You do not celebrate Easter you say. I sure hope you are celebrating, Resurrection Sunday! That is the single most important event that has happened in the entire history since God created man as far as impacting us as humans! Now that IS surely worth celebrating!! He asked us to keep Passover which is a feast of Yehovah. I believe it is because tradition in the body is often more important than the Scripture and the commands of God and also, tradition is taught as the commands of God. Traditions are fine as long as they do not pretend to be commands, do not distract or point away from true commands of God.
Leaders of the Catholic church came up with a calculation for the timing of Easter. Ever notice how much it moves around? The spirit behind this should raise red flags in anyone walking in the Spirit. Thanks for your excellent thoughts. I so agree with your commentary.
I think balance is the key. We do look like an angry lot at times as do all segments of our society. We certainly have the right as citizens of this great nation to comment politically on the affairs that affect us, without fear. But, we have a higher calling and a citizenship that is greater and eternal. That is what we need to keep in mind when we present our ideas to a world that may not understand our perspective and has preconceived ideas about our dearly held truths. First and foremost , as His representatives, it is His reputation and honor that we must protect as we make our declarations.
We write with anonymity online. Keep up the good work. But as a Christian-I am the Citizen of two worlds. Freedom of speech secures freedom of thought and belief. Your job is to share the Gospel, not to change the government. Church meetings are merely preparation for that business, and the church and church meetings are not at all the same thing! Christians occupy many roles in society, and all of us in America occupy the role of being a citizen of this country. For this reason we pay taxes, vote, and respond to being drafted into the military.
One problem is that many Christians are in it to feel good about themselves. They learn about Christ, get baptized, and then -poof! You never see them except on Sundays or Church outings. What is said here is true. When you get baptized so many things can happen. I have testimony on that. I was Baptized on 2nd September Unfortunately,after baptism,my wife got angry and for that,she decided to leave me.
After baptism,I am living alone. It is very difficult to be a christian,after accepting Jesus as your savior,you harvest divorce and everlasting stress. The only solution to keep on living with my wife is to give up on Jesus. I mean to leave the Church wich baptized in the water. The reason is purely to prevent them from realizing that God is myth.
Nevertheless, Atheists, Christians or Muslims, we all err. The Church can help by helping science eliminate the genes that are responsible for our jealousy and greed. But even if it was possible, would they?
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They need to make an appointment to see him or invite them out to lunch. The time after service needs to be when the pastor can greet visitors. I hope a lot of people read this and truly consider the points you make. Thank you! I would add, get to know people as people instead of assuming you know what they believe. I came from a slightly different religion and I cannot count the number of mainstream and evangelical Christians who have spoke about my former religion, claiming to know what they believe.
Most of them were wrong. Some spoke of things only a few believe, others were flat out wrong. I was a project for conversion instead of a person worth getting to know. He allowed them the free will to choose. He offered love to those outside his religion. Communism purposed to do away with all who did not believe like them. Far more than any religious people. When the government reimburses the church for the cost of our youth and social programs then they can tax what is left over. Ever heard of United Way a secular group? Excellent piece. These are definitely the problems I have with the many of the people I know who profess their Christianity to me.
I find the first one to be very annoying. I am so frustrated by people who feel the need to hit me over the head with their religion every day on Facebook. Great article, Carey! If we would engage church outsiders with the goodness of God rather than judgment, more of them would be interested in what we have to say. I agree so much on the judgmental part. We should be all about serving and physically showing the love of Christ to our communities.
A lot of good thoughts here Carey, well shared. Like you I share a concern for the overt politicization of the church — from both the right and the left of the spectrum. We tend to spot the over identification with politics when the church leans right, but we tend not to spot it when the church leans left. When your concern for ecology is more evident than your concern for evangelism you have been co-opted. I also like what you said about social media use. Social Media is the new public square — particularly in Canada when it is too cold to sit in the actual public square 5 months out of the year!
There is so much of that and there needs to be so much less. Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. Why do we get that exactly wrong? Appreciate you pointing that out — we need to be reminded. I also appreciated the point about ranking sin. Good reminder there too. Thanks for weighing in PC. Article is a good read with some practical application to biblical truth.
Politics affect us all. I agree with you, Rob Adams. We are to love others, no matter what sin they are involved in. Great to have someone like you to point this thing out! Pointing put that something is a sin is NOT hating people. When will people start to understand this little truth. Love the lawyer and judge illustration. So true. The picture of God as judge and Jesus as our Advocate is one of my favorites in the Bible.
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There we stand condemned, but our Attorney not only defends us, but takes our place so that we can be pardoned. Love it! Love your blog and you podcast. Thank you for being a blessing to Christian leaders. I am sorry but you see that is this is another problem of Christians. What you need to do is look to yourself and work to keep the values of your religion. People can access the information if they are interested. It is everywhere. Because then what is your interpretation of everything and the person should have the same views as you?
Let them access all religions, you do not need to recruit like the army. If they wish to follow they will. No, keep to your own walk with whatever and do not lead anyone. Let them follow whatever they wish. You want to educate then educate all religions not just one. Unfortunately Cynthia, you are incorrect about this. And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? You are quoting something written in a time when people did not know. They can make their own decisions in this information supplied world!!. Stay in your little confined brainwashed system and let people discover what they want for themselves without condemnation, judgement, and bullying. Do you think that telling little children that if they do not behave they will go to hell is right?
Scaring them to the point of having nightmares and peeing in the corner of their room because so scared is a good thing??? Strangers do not need to tell my children or anyone what to believe is right or wrong!! You know what there is a multitude of other thoughts in the world.
So basically you are saying that you are not open to the Christian religion. It is part of the religion, to have faith in Christ is to be his messenger, his follower, that others may likewise follow to the kingdom of God. Christianity has no will to control morals of those who do not believe.
I wished I could quote this whole article when I shared it. Things that needed to be said. I have gotten to know some atheist colleagues of mine recently, and I have to say, this all rings true. I have had some pretty challenging discussions with them, and I have learned a lot.
I believe that sometimes God teaches us through people who are not part of our belief system. I have had my faith tested, challenged, to the point of questioning my own beliefs. I regret none of it, because in the process, I have learned so much about myself, and also about God. I learned about the extent that God will go to to prove His love to those who are searching for him. I learned that if we ask Him, He will prove Himself in inexplicable ways. I learned that my mission here on earth is to know God fully, and intimately, and that if I am to love others, I must learn to love myself.
And to know how to do that, I must ask God to show me how He sees me, and not rely on what others say to, and about me. If God truly loves me, more than I can ever comprehend, then I am trying to prove Him wrong by not loving myself. The greatest commandment Jesus gave us was to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. And to love my neighbour as myself. To answer your question — What else do I wish the church would do, or stop doing?
I wish that Christians would be more willing to explore different interpretations of scripture. Why are we so afraid of looking at what the Bible says from a slightly different angle? Do we always have to be right?! We do ourselves such a disservice when we are so dogmatic in our way of understanding. One thing that stood out in my recent discussions with my friends who reject God, is the fact that Christians are so quick to say no, and reject challenging questions.
How is our faith to grow if we have a fixed mindset, rather than a growth mindset? How can we ever learn if we are not allowed to question what we believe? Let them ask questions!
I will think about that some more. We need to explore the hard questions. Life is hard. Love is beautiful, but it is also very ugly when we allow fear to cloud it. There is no fear in love from 1 John. Fear and love are both irrational, and unreasonable. The two cannot coexist. Perfect love drives out fear.
Love each other. Love those who hurt you. I followed a link here from a pastor at a church I used to attend. I no longer believe in God. Well written article. If Christians truly want to grow the church they should take heed of what you have written. Eric…thanks for the comment. Have you tried talking to the church you ended up leaving, or another one? I really hope your faith sparks again. I merely mentioned that for you to understand my perspective for the statement.
I really wanted you to take away from this the fact that you addressed key problems with religion today. The issues with the church I attended were only a part of my change in belief. However, I will say this, with your level-headed way of thinking at least by what I can tell , you are exactly what religion needs today.
So once again I give you props! Nice to see good people from opposing viewpoints having a logical discussion. Love it. And agreed, great article. At the end of the day we may not agree with what feel is true regarding religion, but that does not permit us to be disrespectful. In fact, once a month I meet with a group of Christians who sit around, have a beer, and talk about anything that comes to mind.
We never get heated with each other. Carey — Love the article and the reminders. I totally agree that we in the church stink at conflict resolution. Yes, we need to get better at resolving conflict in the church. And I think there are principles from Matthew 18 that can inform the process. Just a thought. A pastor blocked me on Facebook in His wife did as well.
I talked about wanting to sin but tried to hide those posts from him. He never even personally talked to me and knew I wanted to talk with him. They seem like they judge the people like me who struggle in life no money, no job, no healthy eating more than those that have those things like what I mentioned above.
They may not outwardly judge but their facebook friendslist gives them away or who they simply associate with. I feel its not right. All of these things are eternal and unchanged. I am so sick of Dumbed down Common Core Christianity. Hey Carey, You say stop judging outsiders and I totally agree, but what about judging insiders. However, they have a strict membership system which requires you to agree to be accountable to the church according to Matthew If you refuse to repent you can no longer be a member.
I have limited knowledge of churches who take church discipline this seriously, so I was hoping you could speak to this. Outsiders is really off limits though! Let us not forget that long-suffering is a fruit of the spirit. Life can be hard and full of ups and downs. Performance based spirituality that seeks reward for service from God is contrary to the message of hope found in the Gospel. We should be utterly motivated to help others and make a difference out a deep and compelling love for people and God, not out of a desire to seek a particular status or anointing.
Good one, Garry. But thank God who has helped me to stand firm in the midst of their intimidation. Your comment is reasuring to me. Christ told his followers that to whom much is given much is required. About a year ago, I started attending church with my girlfriend. But nearly every Sunday I find myself almost resenting certain things that our minister says. One day in particular, he delivered an entire sermon that was laced with subtly masogynistic comments. He was talking about in a very old-world fashion the role that a woman should strive for in a mans life.
To someone already a little weary of religion, it is certainly discouraging. Thanks for sharing this Jason.
Missing the implications of our words on people like you is definitely something we should all pay attention to. Hi Jason. Thank you for your honesty. I might be able to help with that. Write me on peter skov. Wow Carey! Thanks for writing this! I can only imagine a place where people can come to belong and set free rather than a place ether you need to meet certain requirements to belong. Thanks again Carey! Much of Genesis is clearly poem and not to be taken literally.
Insisting on a young earth makes it harder for others to take the rest of your case seriously. What do you believe? Do you believe it enough to teach in love, mercy, and forgiveness? Then do that. Those values and beliefs are yours and Genesis is not clearly a poem to everyone. Love your God with all your heart, mind and soul and love your neighbour as yourself. I encounter many people taking the literal genesis view one many bible scholars would say is not consistent with how it would have been originally received.
Further, many believers act as if to believe any differently is stupid. I agree Krys. But we can really only testify to our own experience. My experience, however, in church, in Christian Society and in secular society is that it is the non-believers who are doing the lashing. In liberal British Columbia, however, in 34 years I have never once been accosted by or even heard of anyone trying to shove a literal translation of Genesis down my throat. I know, though, if I started talking about anything related to a christian belief system while out and about in the general public, I had better have a body guard.
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Discrimination as far as belief systems go is a very scary deal. Hello Krys, as a Christian I used to think this same way.. But it is very important we understand the importance of the validity and history of Genesis, as being accurate or it would totally crumble the reason for salvation and all that Christ came to do and why!
Just a thought.. Wow, I found this totally inaccurate and non biblical especially historically biblical. God puts leaders in power. Mentioned numerous times in the old testament. Our laws are to be based on the ten commandments. Also, mentioned numerous times in the OT. And even then as Jesus was fulfilling OT law and writings, He was actively changing hearts politically as were his disciples and followers.
I respectfully believe that a Christian should walk the walk and talk the talk in every part of the world God gave us …. That includes laes, politics, communitues, families and individuals. Discernment and the ability to guard against darkness is a key attribute of one of the greatest icons of a pastor, the Shepherd.
It has become such a quick way to shut down communication, to simply cry out how Christians should not judge. Ignore the poor example being set, institutionalized or breaking apart the church, or thou shalt be judgmental. That is hardly following the examples set by Jesus Christ and his Apostles.
I believe to paraphrase Reggie Joiner if we are not careful, we will move our lampstand to illuminate something other than Christ. Carey, please correct me if I am wrong. I heartily disagree with 2. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the few that stood against the evils of the Third Reich. Bonhoeffer was one man, who took a stand against the evil of his time, even unto death. Sadly, we have returned to those days, in our nation this time. I see nowhere in scripture where we are told to stand by and be silent as the unborn are murdered, or where homosexuals and transgendered people are dragging down a new generation of youth into their world of sexual confusion and pain.
In what use to be the greatest nation on earth, a nation unique in the history of mankind, which offered people the hope of a better life, we have now created an environment where more and more are being dragged into and trapped in a life of poverty, instead of helping them to lift themselves up and out. Yet, what do you do when you love someone? Do you stand by as they starve, or are beaten, or robbed? May God never find me only concerned for my own well being, hiding behind lovely sounding platitudes that tickle the ears of men as we play our fiddles and watch Rome burn.
I will stand for freedom for my fellow man, and I will stand for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Each of you reading today, God has placed you here for a time such as this. And what we must ask ourselves is this, not what would this man or this church have us do, but what would Jesus Christ have us do. We may not like what we hear, but our discipleship has a cost. The question is, are we willing to pay the cost? We are here to love people into loving Jesus Christ, who never condemned a person for who they were, never talked about abortion, never discussed homosexuality and certainly never condemned one.
Jesus is the one who welcome people as they were, forgave them and told them to sin no more. That is our call as well and yet I will always remain a sinner. One that is always seeking forgiveness and mercy and being grateful for receiving it. Just as all of us are called to do. Please stop. His goal was in introducing the arrival of the kingdom of God, and teaching His disciples to carry on when He returned to heaven.
He had to establish the teaching of the gospel during His short time on earth. And the rest was up to the disciples to write down through the power of the Holy Spirit. That is why Jesus told the disciples that the Holy Spirit would come and teach them everything they needed to know. They then wrote these things down so we would have the scriptures today.
The Apostle Paul spoke clearly on the issue of homosexuality, and the principles guiding our lives in other areas are discussed at great length. If you honestly seek the truth, then I would like to recommend this blog on judging according to the scriptures. Be sure to have your Bible handy as you read this blog.
Always bathe the topic in prayer, and then check out what you read according to the scriptures. I have also read all the discussion up to this point with keen interest and I admire the maturity of all participants regardless of widely divergent views. I love your comments Carey. I just need some clarification. I know the command of Jesus is to love our enemies and those who persecute us. I get that and accept it. What do we do or say with regards to the abuses inflicted on the vulnerable in society?
For example, unborn children are not only murdered now but their body parts are being sold by organizations like planned parenthood. The elderly can now be terminated by the will of others. Muslim believers praying in public at university while Christians are scolded for the same activity. Do we not have a role to play in defence of the defenceless as Jesus proclaimed? Finally, do you purport those involved in public unrepented sin continuing in church leadership and ministry positions? It seems to me that a leader is in more danger of censorship over proclamation of biblical truth in a non-politically correct way than he does for sinfulnbehaviour.
Interested in your expanded views on these. Very well said. To those who disagree with 2 politics : it really comes down to what we want to be known for. I think that we hurt ourselves as Christians when we constantly state what we are against and critical of. We come across as judgemental snobs. Fools expose themselves by opening their mouth, Jesus said "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks". Proverbs "A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
Proverbs "A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. Abigail in the old testament married a foolish man and was troubled by him, when speaking to David she said this about her husband. Proverbs "The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom. Revelation "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Fools have only one promotion to look forward to, and that promotion is shame, they will receive shame in this world, and in the world to come.
Proverbs "The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools. Daniel "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Fools do not control their anger, on the contrary their anger controls them. Ecclesiastes "Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Fools say so little with so many words, in contrast the scripture says so much in so few words.
Ecclesiastes " Yes, but they must humble themselves repenting of their wicked foolishness and turn to Christ, if they "die in their sin" it is to late! Conclusion: To be a fool is a miserable existence, but to die a fool is a miserable eternity! Be wise come to Christ while you still can! Summer Sermon Series. Weekly Sermon Collections.
Online Sermon Editor. View all Sermons. Pestle: An instrument for pounding or breaking substances in a mortar. What are some of the characteristics of a fool, why does the scripture say"Yet will not his foolishness depart from him" A. Stubornness to the point of taking great confidence in their sin.
Having an unteachable spirit, he will not learn that sin has its consequences. A fool is a liar and a slanderer, this is the way he attempts to elevate himself. Browse All Media Related Media.
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