The church cannot "steal" Jesus when it does not condone sin. Even in this flesh, the church must strive diligently to accurately profess what God’s Word teaches.
Many violators and that is precisely what all of us are, we are all violators, sinners in need of God’s grace, are ignorant. When we know something is sin, according to God’s Word, and only according to God’s Word, are we allowed to continue in that sin? No, of course not! When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:10-11)
Jesus did not condemn the harlot, but he told her, “Go and sin no more.” The Apostle Paul said, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:1-4)
What does Paul mean? Wait, before we answer that; what did Jesus mean? What did John the Baptist preach before Jesus started His ministry? The answer is REPENT! If we continue in any sin, willfully, without sorrow, are we truly repentant? If our heart has turned to stone, we are no longer able to feel the Holy Spirit’s convictions.
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. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:26-32)
This is what all churches must do! If a church allows any sin to be practiced, that church will be guilty of guiding sinners into hell, rather than into the loving, saving arms of Jesus Christ.
David, you can twist the words all you want; Kat Cooper’s family should always love their daughter, but neither they nor any Christian can agree and condone the sin which she is living in.
What if just one unbeliever sees these crosses, realizes the symbolism which they represent, feels the conviction of the Holy Spirit, accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, later becomes a preacher of the Gospel and witnesses to thousands of lost souls? How much would these crosses then be worth? For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. (Mark 14:7)
AMEN! As Leviticus clearly explains, we are blessed with liberty! Let us be joyful! And fighting for liberty, fighting for our Constitutional rights does not violate God's law of submitting to authority. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it. -- 16 Am. Jur. Sec. 177 late 2d, Sec 256
The day will come when every knee will bow; every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. And then daytonsdarwin will be reminded of this discussion of a very real God and how he (daytonsdarwin) rejected the Truth. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. (Luke 16:22-25)
Angry? No! Grieved? Yes! For I know what God's Word says. I will continue to love the sinner and hate the sin. God will take care of the rest. And if He doesn't, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. And make no mistake; my God apologizes to no one!
In respectful response to Mr. Willis Martin's letter published Saturday, June 5th: Thankfully, the idiots in the Tennessee Legislature were in the minority when pro-gun legislation was passed once again over Governor Bredesen's veto.
And yes, God did give us the "inalienable right" to protect ourselves. Jesus said, "But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." (Luke 22:36) If guns were invented, Jesus may have said gun instead of sword. Inalienable rights are rights you cannot surrender or transfer; without the consent of the one possessing such rights. (Morrison v. State, Mo. App., 252 S.W.2d 97, 101.)
When are these gun-phobia, ill-informed people going to learn? Criminals and psychopaths don't obey the laws! Tell Suzanna Hupp, who lost both of her parents at Luby's cafeteria, October 16, 1991 to a lunatic with a gun. She had left her gun in her car to comply with Texas state law at the time, which forbade carrying a concealed weapon. Twenty-three innocent people were killed that day at Luby's. College campuses are usually gun-free zones. How did the Virginia Tech massacre happen? Because no law abiding citizen, with a gun permit, could stop Cho Seung-hui before he killed 32 people.
Guns and alcohol don't mix. What a lame excuse to keep me from protecting myself and my family. I don't drink, but I do carry a gun. And because I do, other Tennesseans should feel safer.
It's obvious that Comcast has not realized a significant threat, competitively speaking, from satellite television providers, as they have raised cable TV rates nearly 100% in the last 15 years. As a 32 year employee in the telecommunications field, I totally support AT&T's entry in this market, which will only benefit all Tennessee consumers. Let’s work hard, play fair, and win in the marketplace.