I think that most Christians stay quiet about their Faith, and we need to change that. I do understand that those who know me, know this is not a problem for me. However, this is where I will post the things that are on my mind
When I was growing up, most people realized how bad things had become in our country and thought it could not get worse.
Now 50 years later our country is much worse . . . Things ridiculed just a few decades ago, are now becoming the norm fighting to force homosexuality into marriage, gross immorality on TV, movies, radio, and even in public. God taken out of government, schools and public life.
America is a country which accepts and promotes people who try to force us to accept what we know is bad or wrong as being good.
Violent Islam promoted, and excused from their actions, and it is on the rise. Yet the love, passion and support of Christianity is "NOT" tolerated
Christians within the military who speak of their faith very soon could be prosecuted as enemies of the state. The evil forces are trying to force Christianity into the closet
We need to pray and to remind those who are not in church just how important Jesus is.
God is Love
God is Love, and we should celebrate it daily in public. Let me share something with you. Have you noticed when a team wins, somebody likes to do a victory dance.
When someone wins a trophy, they hold it up for everyone to see.
When a lady is engaged, she shows everyone her ring . . .
For those who have accepted the greatest gift ever offered "Jesus Christ" what public display is given? Dedication of our life to Christ; usually in a building, Baptism; usually in a building, Visitation; usually in a building, Worship and praise; usually in a building. What do you do in public to display your love for Jesus?
One of the things I do is on Monday morning, during rush hour I stand on side of the road with a sign that reads " Questions, Ask Me, Smile, Jesus Loves You. I smile and wave. . . for those who stop, I offer free hugs, prayers, answers, or just be a friend.
This is not to get people to our church, this is to tell people about Jesus. I would like to see every person who says they follow Christ to do something like this. . .
I am blessed every week for doing this. Please, share the love of Christ to those who may not go to a church building. You could do as I am or greet people outside a building or store, or have a Worship in a public place, just do something in public.
I ask that everyone join us for a National Prayer Day the first of every Month as we pray for our Nation, and for our World.
I would love to hear what you are doing in public, to show the love of Jesus. I look forward to your post, and you can e-mail me anytime.
God Bless, Bro Jay - Servant of Christ
National Prayer Day
I would like for you and everyone you know to join us the first of each month for a National Prayer Day as we pray for our Nation, and for our World. http://national-prayer-day.webs.com/
I hope everyone who reads this letter will think hard about what is written here and pray on it. We need to show the public the Love and Grace of Jesus, and most Americans seldom go into a church building anymore.
Thank you and God Bless, Pastor Jay Randolph, servant of Jesus
The end of the American Family
America has always been a Christian Nation and has done very well as a Christian Nation. However we have allowed the Federal Government to get out of control, and this may very well be the year they put an end to American Families.
On April 28, 2015 the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for and against redefining marriage in America. Though marriage between a man and a woman has existed since the beginning and is the cornerstone of ordered society, the time-honored institution is in serious trouble. Before federal judges began to overturn marriage laws, 30 states had protected natural marriage in their Constitutions. Now the High Court is poised to decide for us all.
LGBT Activists believe victory is at hand. From the firestorm over Indiana and now Arkansas, they sense blood in the water. They are on the offense and hope to quickly squash any opposition to their agenda, which is no longer simply legal recognition in the law but to silence people of faith from dissent and even force us to celebrate what God has clearly called sin.
If there was ever a time for the Church of the Lord Jesus to speak up lovingly but firmly for marriage, the family and our freedom, that time is now.
STATEMENT ON FAITH
1. The Scriptures The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.II. God
2. There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image.
He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.
B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.
All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-8; 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:68-79; 2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45,65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6,12,17-18; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19; Hebrews 11:39–12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2.
5. The Church
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. Both men and women are gifted for service in the church. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.
7. The Lord's Day
Saturday is our day of rest. The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities on the Lord's Day should be commensurate with the Christian's conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-12; 28:1ff.; Mark 2:27-28; 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-3,33-36; John 4:21-24; 20:1,19-28; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:5-10; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; 3:16; Revelation 1:10.
8. The Kingdom
The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God's will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.
Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 3:2; 4:8-10,23; 12:25-28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29; Mark 1:14-15; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31-32; 17:20-21; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36; Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31; Romans 5:17; 8:19; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 11:10,16; 12:28; 1 Peter 2:4-10; 4:13; Revelation 1:6,9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22.
9. Last Things
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.
10. Evangelism and Missions
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness under girded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. Moreover, the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ's people.
In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtor ship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemers cause on earth.
Christ's people should, as occasion requires, organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies designed to elicit, combine, and direct the energies of our people in the most effective manner. Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ's Kingdom. Christian unity in the New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for common ends by various groups of Christ's people. Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations, when the end to be attained is itself justified, and when such cooperation involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and His Word as revealed in the New Testament.
All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.
Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 5:13-16,43-48; 22:36-40; 25:35; Mark 1:29-34; 2:3ff.; 10:21; Luke 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25; John 15:12; 17:15; Romans 12–14; 1Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; Philemon; James 1:27; 2:8.
15. Peace and War
It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. In accordance with the spirit and teachings of Christ they should do all in their power to put an end to war.
The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel of our Lord. The supreme need of the world is the acceptance of His teachings in all the affairs of men and nations, and the practical application of His law of love. Christian people throughout the world should pray for the reign of the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 5:9,38-48; 6:33; 26:52; Luke 22:36,38; Romans 12:18-19; 13:1-7; 14:19; Hebrews 12:14; James 4:1-2.
16. Religious Liberty
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.
Genesis 1:27; 2:7; Matthew 6:6-7,24; 16:26; 22:21; John 8:36; Acts 4:19-20; Romans 6:1-2; 13:1-7; Galatians 5:1,13; Philippians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 4:12; 1 Peter 2:12-17; 3:11-17; 4:12-19.
17. The Family
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Why Teach and Proclaim in the name of Jesus Christ?
10 Let it be known and understood by all of you, and by the whole house of Israel, that in the name and through the power and authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom you crucified, [but] Whom God raised from the dead, in Him and by means of Him this man is standing here before you well and sound in body.
11 This [Jesus] is the Stone which was despised and rejected by you, the builders, but which has become the Head of the corner [the Cornerstone].
12 And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.
O Sovereign Lord, You are He Who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything that is in them, give us a heart to do your will and your purpose. Amen
Why do we give to others ?
32 Now the company of believers was of one heart and soul, and not one of them claimed that anything which he possessed was [exclusively] his own, but everything they had was in common and for the use of all.
33 And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace (loving-kindness and favor and goodwill) rested richly upon them all.
34 Nor was there a destitute or needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses proceeded to sell them, and one by one they brought (gave back) the amount received from the sales
Why we obey God, over man ?
19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and, leading them out, said,
20 Go, take your stand in the temple courts and declare to the people the whole doctrine concerning this Life (the eternal life which Christ revealed).
29 Then Peter and the apostles replied, We must obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our forefathers raised up Jesus, Whom you killed by hanging Him on a tree (cross).
31 God exalted Him to His right hand to be Prince and Leader and Savior and Deliverer and Preserver, in order to grant repentance to Israel and to bestow forgiveness and release from sins.
41 So they went out from the presence of the council (Sanhedrin), rejoicing that they were being counted worthy [dignified by the indignity] to suffer shame and be exposed to disgrace for [the sake of] His name.
42 Yet [in spite of the threats] they never ceased for a single day, both in the temple area and at home, to teach and to proclaim the good news (Gospel) of Jesus [as] the Christ (the Messiah).
I want to do the right thing to all people according to His word, not popular human opinion that changes with the wind.
First off, what does any kind of sin result in? It results in being separated from God; He does not allow any type of sin in His presence (See Revelation 21:4 and 8). If someone continues in any of these acts, they will suffer the 2nd death, no eternity for them with God (result is a mortal soul). There will be nothing in heaven that causes tears. He is not a respecter of persons according to Acts 10:34; which means He does not discriminate by showing partiality to anyone. We all get what we deserve, good or bad. He judges fairly based on our individual choices. In other words, we get exactly what we ask for based on our choices and resulting actions, see Deuteronomy chapter 28. Verses 1-14 deal with blessings; verses 15-68 deal with curses. Each are based on our choices.
Have you ever heard the saying, actions speak louder than words? You can tell what is important to any person within just a few minutes of being in their presence, based on their actions of course, what they do or talk about, etc. It becomes really plain after a short time.
No hate of another human being promoted here, only truth from God's word which [all] need to hear and heed, it is called tough love. It may be something many don't want to hear, but really need to hear concerning their soul. What someone does with that truth after they hear it is totally up to them. Is there something more important?
Now, let's get into the meat of it. Some people [choose] not to even think about or believe what God's Word says. But, does it really matter what some people think or believe? It only matters what God thinks and says is true when you boil it all down! Another humans opinion really doesn't mean much. You can try to convince others your actions are acceptable till you're blue in the face, but you still have to face God on judgment day! All of us are sinners, every human being ever born, we are all in the same boat! [Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23] That can't be denied by anyone. We each stand before God, [alone!] And we will get exactly what we deserve, good or bad! So, [if] and when someone comes to realize they are a sinner, it is up to them whether they get right with God, or not. I'm sad to say, many never come to the realization that they are sinners in the eyes of God. It is totally an individual choice still! God does not hate us, just our sinful actions. He loves us all [we aren't alone], and wants all of us to come to repentance! Not just some, but all. 2 Peter 3:9 [all is a key word!]; What does John 3:16 say? Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, right? Are homosexuals excluded from this whosoever? No one is excluded! Might want to study the following, also. Jeremiah 33:8 [God forgives you]; Romans 3:23, 5:12 [all have sinned, not just some, all], [all types of sin separates us from God]. Why were we created? Revelation 4:11 tells us. We are all included in this as well. Does everyone please Him? Not hardly.
Let me ask you another question, is sodomy the unpardonable sin? Not even close. A different subject for a different day.
Also, it is quite evident in the following verses what God thinks about this particular course of action. Have you ever wondered why He feels the way He does about this? This kind of behavior goes against everything humans were created for.
God's opinion: Genesis 13:13, 18:20, 19:4-7; Leviticus 18:22 (abomination), 20:13, 1 Kings 14:24, 15:11-12, 22:46; 2 Kings 23:7, Isaiah 3:9 (your actions speak louder than your words; what is at stake?), Isaiah 5:20 [call it what you want, sodomy is still abomination unto God]; Romans 1:21-32 (Again, what is at stake? Your soul of course.), 2 Peter 2:6, Jude 1:7. The above verses give you an idea about how God feels about this particular sinful action. After learning what God thinks about sodomy, I believe it would be a bad idea to condone such behavior. Being truthful about God's word with someone would be the better choice, show a little tough love, you might save a soul.
Abomination: extreme hatred, detestation, the object of detestation, [the act itself, not the person], defilement or pollution in a physical sense.
Man's opinion: We are told by many that homosexuality is only an alternative lifestyle and should not be rebuked. Says who? The doctors? The scientists? The individual who wants to live that life? Well, God says NO, it is abomination to Him!! It is a choice; whether a conscious choice or not, you don't [have] to be homosexual. God didn't make you that way. Do you believe God made a mistake? I surely don't!!! Most people have swallowed the popular 'scientific' theory, hook, line and sinker. The exact same way that most of the world has been taken in by the evolution theory, as if it were proven fact. Many are deceived on many subjects.
Rebuke: To chide; to reprove; to reprehend for a fault; to check by reproof. To check or restrain. To chasten; to punish; to afflict for correction.
What can a person do? The same thing as with any other sin; choose Jesus Christ, truly repent, have a change of heart! [Matthew 7:21, 18:3; John 3:16 [whosoever]; Romans 10:9-10, 13, etc.]. There are many more verses that apply.
Psalm 145:18; The LORD is nigh unto [all] them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. [You can't con Him. All means all. To call upon Him means to ask Him for forgiveness]. Also, see Psalm 32:2, 5, and Proverbs 28:13.
Revelation 21:7-8 (second death, death eternally of the soul). [What happens if you don't believe in or obey Him? You just read it in verse 8. But, do you actually want to find out?]
To live this earthly life like there is no God and then die and find out He does exist would be the wrong choice to make, don't you think?
Where else will you hear the truth always? Will your so-called friends (fellow homosexuals and those that agree with you) be truthful with you always?
I would also share the following truths with anyone that would listen. Only in God's word will you find truth always. The one that shares that truth with you, truly cares about you! If someone lets you continue in sin without lovingly warning you of the consequences, do they actually love you? Think about that. I feel this applies to all of us.
Now about the marriage side of it. Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
When a male and female become man and wife they become one flesh. This is also manifest in their children (one flesh from two). How can two of the same sex be one and produce a child? They can't, obviously. You can call it anything you want to, in my opinion, but it is not marriage as defined here in God's word. It is impossible to become one flesh (produce children) if you are the same sex. The opposite sex must get involved some way. Two males need a female; two females need a male. Is there another way?
What do most homosexuals do? Deny God even exists! They go to great lengths to convince others that they are right, trying to impose their beliefs on others. They work overtime trying to take any and all references to God out of their daily lives; they attack from all angles. They don't want to see or hear anything about God, it makes them uncomfortable. All they are interested in are their own fleshly desires and gaining your approval of those desires. They don't want to be accountable for their actions, thus their denial of God. Does their denial affect God and the fact they are accountable for their actions? I don't think so! Little is spoken of God today, except that which is negative. Many don't believe in the eternity, and they do not believe in or revere God, but, believe everything happens by chance; with each generation growing worse. See Psalm 94:16 [will you stand for God]?
We are subject to our Government, even marriage laws! Romans 13:1-7.
1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
[Submit to government authorities, because all authority comes from God, and those in position of authority have been placed there by God. (Titus 3:1, I Peter 2:13-17), Obey the laws of our government and you will have freedom of religion, plus many more freedoms. Be a good citizen and bring forth God's Word, not your opinion. The lawmakers are here to protect those who are doing good and can protect you to further God's Word. Are the lawmakers misguided sometimes? More than likely. Am I saying you have to be a doormat and let people walk all over you? No way. A true child of God is not a wimp. Do things according to God's word. I'm wondering if 2 John 1:10-11 applies here. If we support the same sex marriage law, are we supporting a doctrine that is not God's/Christ's? I think so; I definitely do not condone supporting the same sex marriage law. But, I certainly don't condone any display of violent, physical opposition to government authorities, either. Try opposing our government and see what happens. Again, might be a good thing to show a little tough love and share what God thinks about this matter, when possible. Definitely something worth thinking and praying about].
Now, I would like to share my thoughts and feelings on this matter. When I think about this, I try to make it personal. In other words, I think about if some relative of mine was a homosexual (child, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc.). How would I approach this matter? Well, I know this, I would love them, regardless. I could not condone their behavior, for sure!! But, I would love them still; I would do my best to separate the action from the person, I would not shun them. I would do my best in sharing God's word on this matter with them. I truly care about their soul. Will it be mortal/temporary or immortal/eternal? That would be my true concern.
We could go on and on concerning this topic and others that are related, such as: forgiveness, judging others, hypocritical attitudes, supposed contradictions in His word, unforgivable sin, etc. Too many to even name.
I hope this helps. Let me know if any questions pop up on this or any other matter. Please remember, I am quite able at making mistakes. I do not want to mislead you or anyone else. What does 1 John 4:1 say? Check me out in God's word, the only real test of truth.
Why did Jesus come to earth? What was His ultimate goal? One of His goals was to be the perfect example to us in how to lead others to salvation. Might be the best example to try and follow.
Homosexuality. (GLBT) Society and Government makes a big deal about Homosexuals. The sin of
homosexual acts are like other sins, only we also sin against our own
bodies. I love everybody and that includes homosexuals and those of
other sins. As a Christian, I follow what the Word of God says. Lev. 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination." Lev. 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them"
1 Cor. 6:9-10, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not
inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor
thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers,
shall inherit the kingdom of God."
Rom. 1:26-28, "For this
reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women
exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in
the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman
and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing
indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of
their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any
longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which
are not proper."
Homosexuality is clearly condemned by the
Bible. It goes against the created order of God. He created Adam and
then made a woman. This is what God has ordained and it is what is
right. Unlike other sins, homosexuality has a severe judgment
administered by God Himself. This judgment is simple: They are given
over to their passions. That means that their hearts are allowed to be
hardened by their sins (Romans 1:18ff). As a result, they can no longer
see the error of what they are doing. Without an awareness of their
sinfulness, there will be no repentance and trusting in Jesus. Without
Jesus, they will have no forgiveness. Without forgiveness, there is no
salvation. I have a special prayer for all who are trapped in homosexuality.
LOVE GOD - LOVE OTHERS - MAKE DISCIPLES
Our Purpose as the Church:
The main emphasis comes from what we consider to be the primary commands given to the church by our Sovereign Lord. These are the Great and second commandments as spoken of by Jesus in Mark 12:29-31, and the Great Commission given to the disciples by Jesus upon His ascension to the right hand of the Majesty on High. Matthew 28:18-20
The Great Commandments:
Jesus answered, "The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:29-31
The Great Commission:
"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen." Matthew 28:18-20\
Why Home Church?
Home Church provides a simple and wonderful alternative to attending traditional church. The churches in the New Testament were home churches. Throughout the centuries, many people have met in homes. There are millions of people having church in homes today, but you rarely hear of them because they are not advertised or high profile. There are many reasons to have church in homes. Here are a few of the primary reasons:
1. Home Church is Biblical.
2. The essence of Christianity is easily accomplished in simple and uncomplicated settings.
3. Group participation with all people functioning should be the primary dynamic of any church meeting (1 Cor. Chapter 14), This is the backbone of the home church setting.
4. Connecting with others and developing meaningful relationships is easily accomplished in a home church atmosphere.
5. "Being the church" and sharing life together in community with others, instead of just attending a meeting, is the desire and purpose of most people who home church.
The challenge to people who want to participate in home church is to be able to "undo" what they’ve been taught church is really all about. Prayer, worship, reading scripture, outreach, encouraging one another, and sharing life together in real and meaningful ways are all part of the home church experience.
Home Church is provided to help those who are wanting more out of church life and more out of Christianity. We have our service in the afternoon, so you can still attend traditional church.
Research has shown that older members are drawn to home churches because they are devout Christians who desire deeper, more intense relationships with God and other church members. Younger members who are drawn to home churches are those who are interested in faith and spirituality but uncomfortable with traditional forms of church.
The church represented in the New Testament is a Home Church, a biblical church.
Christians who meet together in homes usually do so because of a desire to return to early Church style meetings as found in the New Testament. The New Testament shows that the early Christian church exhibited a richness of fellowship and interactive practice that is typically not the case in conventional denominations. They believe that Christians walked closely with each other and shared their lives in Christ together. Others believe that the early church met in homes due to persecution, and home meetings were the most viable option to the early adopters of Christianity.
What is Home Church?
To put it very simply, we are Christians seeking to BE the church, instead of just attending a church meeting only.
We are made up of Christian families who are wanting to meet around the Lord in simple, New Testament ways.
What We Are About? We are about Jesus!
And we desire to follow the New Testament example. So, rather than church being:
1. A service or event I attend
2. A denomination or organization I become a member of
3. A program I fit into and help build
The New Testament example tells us that church is:
1. A way of life (sharing life together focused on Christ)
2. A simple community of faith (a spiritual family that gathers with full participation)
3. Natural and organic leadership that is not controlling or running things, but is loosely facilitating.
We Are Not About Money
The early Christians we read about in the New Testament didn’t need money to be the church. They didn’t need expensive buildings to meet in and they didn’t need a paid staff.
Where and How Do We Meet?
We primarily meet in homes. The churches in the New Testament met in homes. There are millions of people having church in homes today, but you rarely hear of them because they are not usually advertised or very high profile.
There are many reasons to have church in homes. Here are a few of the primary reasons:
1. Meeting in homes is Biblical.
2. The essence of Christianity is easily accomplished in simple and uncomplicated settings.
3. Group participation with all people having the opportunity to contribute to the meeting time if they want to should be the primary dynamic of any church meeting (1 Cor. Chapter 14),
4. Connecting with others and developing meaningful relationships is easily accomplished in a "living room atmosphere."
This is not a church, it is a part of The Church, just one part of the much larger Body of Christ.
And it is so good.
I wonder, how many others are tired?
How many others think worship is just a song you sing?
How many others need to leave their fancy clothes behind and just come as they are?
As I wonder, I am still so grateful because I am here, and I needed church
Just as so many do, to give up the obligation of duty
And just to come, experience Jesus, experience His Body, The Church.
The Home Churchis a biblical church
Churches that meet in homes are booming around the world. No wonder! They fill a room and then grow by starting another similar church. They are simple to begin and to function. They never have to worry about buildings, politics, salaries, maintenance, or complicated organizations. And anyone can do it. We are!! You can, too.