You become like what you worship Imitate Paul who imitates Jesus . Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” You become like what you worship Imitate Paul who imitates Jesus . May God guide us, correct us, and reconcile us, if that is His will. God hates both, for each are a distortion of His will. We are not saved by obedience, but those who have been saved have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. But I’m convinced that doing so fills us with remorse, remorse repentance, repentance forgiveness. Because, unrepentant sin suggests that the Holy Spirit isn’t there and persistent unrepentant sin exposes counterfeit salvation. No, faith given by the God who wrote the bible, created the world, judges sin and sends the unrepentant to hell, expects obedience and mercy, can save me from my slavery to sin and by the Holy Spirit makes me His bondservant and loves me as no one else can. For the heathen, it defines our separation from God and helps us see our need for a savior. When he discovered that the potatoes were rotten, he ran home to wash the decay off and put on clean clothes. I don’t assume that I always interpret the bible correctly. While Jesus became sin on the cross and died to take away our sin, he doesn’t want us to be sinful to be liked by the sinner. We will be sanctified by this process and look, think, and act more like christ.
We deface ourselves with sin, but god saves us and restores us to something honorable. It puts godly people in a place of temptation -step back. I am defined by my sin.” By it’s very nature its goal is to mock God, and pull down positive culture with a sub culture that is provocative, hateful, fowl, debased, hurtful, selfish, criminal, and destructive.
I require the church to honor God and church leadership to be humble, wise, and patient enough to justly reconcile all perspectives with the bible and members. The counterfeit Christians are exposed by God’s standard and either leave, are removed or saved. Politics, media, and Hollywood are actively eroding the approapriate and promoting the debased, profane, and sacrilegious. If you don’t stand for godliness, you fall for anything. He used to push back on teen fashion and trends such as “someone who looks like he fell into a tackle box.” Members were encouraged to dress snappy casual to honor God and not offend most members. Members were encouraged to attend the institute and develop a deeper understanding of the bible. Perhaps thats why you took the bible out of the name.
While it is also true that no one is without sin (except Jesus), the BEST we can do (as a church) is to defend the biblical standard and repent when we fail to meet it. Woe to everyone (especially leaders and teachers) who leads others to sin by ignoring it or lying about it by saying that God no longer calls it a sin – if he hasn’t. John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. Only God (and certainly not culture) can change His will. I reject the authority of the pope, the Mormon prophet, and any other leader who teaches counter to what the bible says. Many churches including ours chooses to de-emphasis passages fairly interpreted to normalize sinful behavior.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. Only true followers can by the indwelling Holy Spirit. While my family and I really really do not want to leave the redemption church, I follow Christ. Sure those in sin may be offended, but let the sinner be offended by the bible, not by us. It seems quite simple in theory and hard in practice.
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Your response, lack of response or attitude will reveal Christ or arrogance. Draw the line biblically, council those that sin to stop, and support Christian standards by enforcing them with staff/ leader standards and gracefully council members that are overly provocative or offensive.