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2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV)
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear
It seems there is some confusion the more I talk with people or see certain posts on Facebook from "Christians" that are contradictory to the doctrine of Christ. First off, let me say this. This letter is in love. So please.. don't see it in any way shape or form other than in the action of love. I have great concern for some Christians out there hence why I'm writing this letter.
I first want to say that... if you are not reading your Bible and never really have made it a part of your everyday life... you can and may very well be a baby in Christ still. You could of accepted Christ 43 yrs ago.. and still be a babe in Christ. I take that into consideration as I write this with hopes that you may start picking up that Bible and reading and reading and reading it until your thoughts revolve around it and Christ becomes the core within you so you may discern false doctrine and be able to say... "That's a lie!". Why is that so important? First.. it's because it's what you are claiming. If you are claiming something such as Christianity... know your Bible. If you are a Christian... Christ has graced you with life and the Holy Spirit that lives within you to be A WITNESS to the non-believers and an encouragement to the body of Christ. You're role on this temporary earth is to be an ambassador. To be a disciple. To make... disciples. How will you do that with no knowledge of the Holy? How will you do that without a relationship with the One True Living Christ and be praying for discerment, wisdom, knowledge and a heart that is cleansed and can resemble our Savior? The Bible and a good prayer life is so important for the Christian. Please. take this into consideration.
There are friends that I have. Brothers and Sisters in Christ that are defending gay rights and are for it. To my dismay I am shocked at such ignorance. They grasp the love of Christ and the grace of Christ and forget that God has made things straight that no one can make crooked. God has made things crooked and no one can tell Him to straighten it. We cannot go around acting like we are loving the sinner by not telling them the truth. Of course.. you will be called names such as bigot. Sure you will be called a hypocrite. Sure.. you will be hated. Did Jesus not say that they hated Him first? Did Jesus not suffer? Did God really say that Homosexuality was acceptable? As I'm reading my Bible... I'm wondering what Bible some of you are reading. Let me give some Scripture.
God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Did you see that last verse?
Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
I beg you.... repent from approving of what God has clearly deemed inappropriate in His eyes. Are we to hate these people? Call out names? Treat them unfairly? NO! We are to love them. We are to listen. We are to treat them as we would like to be treated. Homosexuality is a sin. Not a lifestyle. It really doesn't matter what anyone thinks against this. Honestly. This is God's Word. He is sovereign over all things. He tells it to rain here... and the wind to blow over there.. and the ocean to set its boundary there. Who are we to tell God what is wrong and what is right? He has put the moral law in all of us. (created in His image) Of course we are going to sin. Of course we are going to rebel. We are humans with a sinful nature. At our very core... sin is right there. Here's a repeat from the scriptures above so you can again see what we are since sin got passed down from Adam.
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.
Christian.. the great news about all of this is JESUS. God knew our eternal punishment. We deserved death. Deserved to be stoned. One lie... could send you to hell. Just ONE sin... could've given you over to an eternal hell. (and yes.. as a Christian.. it is mandatory you understand the doctrine of hell. It is real. Jesus mentioned hell more than anything else) An infinite God gives infinite judgment. He knew what was ahead of you and that's the last thing He wanted. He sent His SON to be crucified as being the ONLY sacrifice that could've fullfilled the law of the prophets and save you from an eternal separation from Him. HE SAVED YOU from that. THAT IS LOVE. The reason I bring up the homosexuality issue is only because it's mainstream media as of now. Sure I could bring up abortion. Sure I could bring up lying. Sure I could bring up adultery, idolatry, blasphemy, and the list goes on. It's all the same in Gods eyes. Sin.. is sin. People are people. GOD IS GOD! The only difference between a Christian and a non-believe is that we are forgiven and our Father is the Father of Heaven and not the father of lies. That's it. We're still sinners. We still mess up. We still need mercy, forgiveness, grace. But we have the Holy Spirit to build us, encourage us, comfort us, and help us be a light in this dark, messed up world that we've all made it.
Your job as a Christian is to speak truth. Truth in love. Not to be hateful. Not to be a critic. But to see things as God see's them with the heart that Jesus had for those same people. Their salvation is on the line. You're gonna tell them it's okay and support them and say you're showing love and not judging? Really? That's love? If you claim Christ... wouldn't showing love be more on the lines of giving truth? A Truth that will set them free? Will they listen to you? Probably not. Will they remember deep in the pit of their souls? They sure will. You're job isn't to please people. You're job is to please your commanding officer, The Holy God in Heaven. Who's given you each and every single breath you've ever breathed. Here's a fact. Right or wrong. Heaven or Hell. Satan or Jesus. Don't compromise. Don't give these people what they want to hear. Rather.. give them what they NEED to hear. Just as YOU needed to hear it and as we all still do!
Stop compromising scripture. Fight the good fight. You will be hated. You will be persecuted. You will be mocked. You will be called a hypocrite. That's okay! Christians will suffer. We have been told this by Jesus Himself. It's time we start believing it and throw caution into the wind. It's time we rise up and show TRUE love.
Christian... put your gossip away. Put your slandering away. Put your backstabbing away. Bring truth and life and stand firm on the Rock we are so very blessed to have who is Christ. Love so much that you can't help but tell the Truth to all who ask. Pray God gives you opportunities to disciple and give hope to all who are in their sorrows or trapped in bondage. Pray that you are able to encourage the body of Christ because YOU have been set free and God has broken your heart for what breaks His. Yes... God is a God of love and mercy. But God is also just. He showed His Judgement on the world and His undying, unconditional, unquenching love on that Cross.
Yes.. I know many will not like this letter. Yes. I know many will have something to say. But I hope.. and I pray (as i did before writing this) that Truth has sparked. That you have become restless to DO SOMETHING for the Lord. To look outside of yourself and look to the hurting world around you and be so bold to spread the Gospel of Christ to a dying world.
Christian.... RISE UP!
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