Servants of God and to the Church of Jesus Christ
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish
you, and keep you from evil.
II Thessalonians 3: 3 (KJV)
Many things are debated in the church, but the basics are what made us part of the body of Christ. Some believe every time you sin you must immediately repent or face separation from God. Others believe once you are saved you will stay saved regardless of what you do. As in all such extreme arguments truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. The only sin possibly beyond repentance is to know the fullness of God’s presence and the Holy Spirit’s power and then deny it, drawing others away from God. God loves you, once you are committed to him, he isn't going to let you walk away.
Jesus loves you, it is to your great benefit, now and always, to grow closer to him. If you feel God is far away, guess who moved.
God loves you, come back.
Every generation and society seems to find sins they feel are most abhorrent. Any sin separates us from God. If you want to know what bothers God most, look at this quote from Proverbs 6: 16-19. These six things does the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination to him. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (KJV) Note the seventh has extra attention drawn to it. Be very careful not to gossip about or attack fellow Christians.
The Church sometimes behaves like an amoeba, a single cell animal. It will reach and pull in all sorts of directions. But remember Christ is in control of his Church. He may use what seem to be extreme teachings to pull the body in a direction it needs to travel. Don’t judge a teacher that disagrees with you, God could be using him to all our benefit. Don’t criticize a brother even if you think he is wrong, pray to God to increase you and your brother's understanding. Teach as you believe and keep your spirit open to God; you may be surprised as being the one in error. An important precept; “They will know we are Christians by our love.”
We will be just as surprised in Heaven by who is there, as by who is not there.
Not all who claim to be Christians are part of the body of Christ, there are many false teachings. You must study the Bible to detect those who would use Christian words to deceive the simple and lazy. To be confused in Bible reading takes a confused teacher; the Bible speaks clearly for itself. Avoid Mormons, Jehovah’s witnesses, Christian Science, Scientology, and Eastern Mysticisms. The Bible does not leave room for Jesus to be just a great prophet or teacher, or a god among many; Jesus said "Before Abraham was, I AM." Jesus said he is God. Jesus is not just a word to give credence to the new new thing. Jesus did not leave room for anyone to patronize him, Jesus Christ said "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father but by me." John 14:6
As you grow you can use the Bible to keep yourself from error. Don't bother studying false doctrines to refute them. Study the Bible. Let God's Holy Spirit lead you into knowledge of the truth. If you encounter a false teacher, the Holy Spirit will help you recall truth you have learned in the Bible. Read the New Testament first. If a verse jumps out at you, study it. Sometimes read a full book in one sitting to get the full context. For wisdom, read a chapter of Proverbs a day and it will be finished in about a month; now do this 11 more times. Complete the Book of Psalms in a year by reading several Psalms a day, more if they are short, and discover the form and joy of praise. If you do not yet have a Bible, try the New International Version (NIV), it is an update of the King James version (KJV) with modern, easily read language. If you are unable to afford a Bible, contact us at our address below.
Sin is sin. Because a certain sin in another bothers you does not make it worse than sins God is cleansing in you. God gives us a way to escape sin; we escape sin by getting closer to him. You were washed clean of all your sins when you accepted forgiveness from God. This forgiveness was created by Christ's substitutive death. This is not a license to sin more, no one needs a license to sin, sin comes with life in this world. As Christians we are fighting to escape sin; sin is a trap that kills many and robs those only wounded. Seek the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide you on paths to edification, (building yourself up).
Sin is not a problem to worry about in the unsaved. Of course the unsaved sin, unbelievers lack a route to continual joy. Unbelievers must make do with the vaporous pleasures this world offers; even if such sin offers less pleasure each time performed. The unbelievers only escape from the trap of sin is to do as you have done; accept Christ’s sacrifice and seek God’s direction. In contrast to sin, God’s blessings and joy only grow with experience.
Travel through this life is far better in God’s company, and in the company of fellow believers. The end result should be Jesus gesturing toward heaven’s gate saying, “Enter in, thou good and faithful servant.”
A final word; salvation can be seen as a direction of travel rather than a destination. At the end of this life, God will show each of us how we have done. God sees into our secret lives and motivations. God will judge at the end of the journey.
You will enjoy performing the works God has given you in the Church, they will fit you perfectly, you were created for this purpose. Live your life on purpose and in your purpose.
God loves you, now you can learn to love yourself.
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"Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise Physician prescribes because we need them; and he proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust his skill and thank him for his prescription." - Isaac Newton
"Grief can take care if itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with." - Mark Twain
Jesus Christ is the sacrificial lamb of God that died for your sin. A simple "I love you" is always nice to hear. Jesus Loves you too!