Starting with a prayer..Lord give us Your love in our hearts to love everyone like you loved, to pray for those who persecute us and for those struggling, fallen and backslidden. Help us not be quick to judge, condemn, criticize, cast stones but reach out to others in prayer and love.In Jesus Name, Amen!”John 8:10 “Woman where are they? Has no one condemned you? Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and sin no more.”In this day and age of “tolerance” and NOT wanting to offend someone…are we tolerating a soul to HELL?orAre we willing to STAND up for THE TRUTH and SPEAK THE UNCOMPROMISING TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD AND LOVE ANOTHER TO HEAVEN…NO MATTER THE COST?May we always do everything with this fact that we too were once sinners but it was because someone reached out to us, prayed for us, showed us the way to the cross, that we came to know the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that saved us. And when He looked at us, our repentant heart, He never condemned us, but did forgive us and sure said, “Go and sin no more.”God’s Word says…1 Corinthians 6:9 “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders.”When the Bible says these people will not inherit God’s Kingdom, I am sure God meant it! Then why not warn people involved in it?The God-ordained institution of marriage is under attack in courts all over the world, and your help is needed to save it before the one man-one woman definition of marriage is completely and radically redefined. Homosexual marriage/relationships will soon be a reality if you fail to get involved!What we ‘tolerate’ we can never change!!LET’S PRAY AND DO ALL WE CAN TO PRESERVE THE ONE MAN ONE WOMAN COVENANT RELATIONSHIP~”MARRIAGE”It’s sad to see some so called ‘Christians’ justifying Homosexuality.There are “Homosexual Churches” ” Christian Gays”Lurpus a young 25 year old man of God asks,“How can one believe that a person can be a Christian while wantonly engaging in habitual sin; such as homosexuality, fornication, adultery in mind or body, the support in any way whatsoever of the murder of the unborn, or any other sin.”One Ronnie writesDo we next also accept incest, blasphemy and finally murder? Why should we compromise our values and the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus just to accommodate roughly 2% of the population?Mankind advances while God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow for eternity. If it was sin in the beginning, it’s still sin now. There is no compromise. I don’t care if anyone disagrees with me or what they may think of me for my stance on this issue. I WILL NOT compromise and accept what I know to be a sin. When I accepted Christ as my savior I vowed to be as much like Him as I possibly can. This is what Christian means, Christlike.”What does God’s word say about this?Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.Romans 1:26-27 “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.1 Timothy 1:10 “for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, “Jude 1:6 “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”I write this not because it is related to “conforming or not conforming to the norms of our society” but because it is totally related to the “Word of God”. So how can I take a compromising stand and call white black or black white? There is no grey area when it comes to the Word of God….!
My prayer is the Lord pours His love in our hearts so that we can pray and reach out in love and with the truth of His Word to those who feel rejected, unloved and struggle to be set free from anything that holds them down.
But truth does hurt….
But quoting God’s Word is not to “CONDEMN” but it is just speaking the “WORD OF GOD” as it is!
Some people will love us if we HIDE THE TRUTH.
Some will hate us if we SIDE THE TRUTH..
But God sure will be pleased with us if we ABIDE BY THE TRUTH.
My intention was never to condemn but share the truth of God’s Word! I don’t want to either debate….
I like what Max Lucado writes ,..QUOTE>>“It’s easier to talk about a person than to help a person. It’s easier to debate homosexuality than to be a friend to a gay person. It’s easier to discuss divorce than to help the divorced. It’s easier to argue abortion than to support an orphanage. It’s easier to complain about the welfare system than to help the poor.
It’s easier to label than to love.
Is that to say we should be unconcerned for doctrine or lax in a desire for holiness?
Absolutely not.”<<UNQUOTEMay we love like Jesus did to all who need His touch.This love is not a love that ignores the dirt that destroys and defiles God’s Masterpiece, but a love that recognizes that the grace of God can cleanse heal and restore any messed-up person like you or me!
Loving does not mean we take stand for that which contradicts God’s Word.~Time to stand up fot the truth..and Say “NO” to sin!~Be willing to “FLEE AND RESIST” temptations,~Stop “COMPROMISING”,~Be willing to “GIVE UP” things that hold us back,~”STAND UP” when we fall and keep moving forward,~Let us “NOT DELIBERATELY SIN” after we know the truth,~Let’s say “NO” to anything that in the long run will harm our BODY, SOUL or SPIRIT.Have a blessed day..YSICJulia
•.¸¸.♥ Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. 29 They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”
•.¸¸.♥Luke 11:52 “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.” 53 And as He said these things to them,[a] the scribes and the began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, 54 lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him.
The more we’ll love it’s Author.
The more we meditate on His Word…
The more we’ll know Him.
Let’s enjoy a knowing relationship with our Savior.
that I might not sin against you.
PROVERBS 3:32 “He takes the upright into confidence.”
9 But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. 10 Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.
(Notes: Paul is telling Titus as well as the other church leaders on Crete to stand aloof so that he will avoid foolish unprofitable and worthless speculations. Those who taught these things listed below not only polluted and corrupted the churches but, by their sinful lifestyles hindered the credibility of the gospel. How does this type of leaven corrupt the church? The NT gives several effects of false teaching — It unsettles the soul (Acts 15:24), shipwrecks faith (1Ti 1:19), leads to the ruin of the hearers (2Ti 2:14-note), produces ungodliness (2Ti 2:16-note), and spreads “like gangrene” (2Ti 2:17-note).
2 Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.
(Notes: Paul is commanding young Timothy to
turn yourself about so that you will avoid worldly, empty talk. Continually place yourself at a distance from it and stand aloof from it. It is unprofitable for the things of eternity and in fact actually leads to ungodliness!)
Acts 25:7 And after Paul had arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him which they could not prove;”
(Notes: Acts 25:7And when he was come>>
the Jews which came down from Jerusalem;>>
along with Festus, perhaps the high priest with the elders, and Tertullus the orator, as before:
stood round about;>>
either the Apostle Paul, or the judgment seat; the witnesses and accusers were to stand, as well as the person accused;
And laid many and grievous complaints against Paul; which they could not prove;>>
for his moral conversation, both before and after conversion, was very strict and conformable to the laws of God and man; and yet as pure and inoffensive as he was, he was not exempt from the calumnies of men; and these many and very grievous; but it was his happiness, and to his honour through the grace of God, that his enemies could not make good anyone thing against him.)
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
(Notes: Watch Out for Those Who Cause Divisions
The first command in verse 17 is to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles or stumbling blocks. “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles.” So it is clear from this command that Paul is concerned about unity. He wants to promote unity. Watch out for those who cause divisions. These are enemies of unity. Watch out for them. I don’t want them to have that effect on you.
The second command in verse 17 is to avoid these people. The last phrase in the verse: “Avoid them.” Stay away from them. Now the reason I said these two commands sound contradictory is that the first one is driven by a passion for unity: Watch out for those who cause divisions. And the second one is, in fact, a call for division. When you spot such a division-causing person, divide from him. Avoid him.
The Dividing Line of Doctrine
What is it then between these two commands that helps us see how they are not in fact contradictory? It’s Paul’s reference to doctrine. Verse 17: “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught.” The issue here is not the same as in chapter 14 where Paul is dealing with different convictions about non-essential things. There he said, in verse 5, “Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” There was no talk in chapter 14 about avoiding people. The whole point was to help the strong and the weak Christians live together in mutual respect and understanding.
But now here in Romans 16:17, the approach is dramatically different. Here Paul says: Avoid them. Divide from them. Why? Because they are promoting doctrine contrary to what they had been taught. Now Paul’s response to this could have been: Well, nobody has all the truth, and everybody has a piece of it, and unity is more important than truth, and so don’t divide. And we would say: That impulse would not be all bad, would it? Unity is a good thing. Paul cares about it. His first command is: “Watch out for those who cause divisions.”)