Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. - Titus 3:1-3
But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, "Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him." But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. - Hebrews 10:32-39
Good point. I speaking more about the tone (seems inflammatory) of the article vs the action of sending sermons. If the sending of the sermons is some type of vengeful action, then it is wrong (Matthew 5:39-41, Romans 12:19, Titus 3:1-3).
Unprofitable Servant wrote: Because they are sending sermons and Bibles it means you know they are not praying for her???
What does the Gospel of Jesus Christ have to do with the First Amendment? Martin Luther attacked false doctrine. Our weapons are not carnal. The Gospel, not the US Constitution, is the answer. 2 Cor 5:17
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For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Galatians 3:10
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10
Legitimate Discussion Good Discussion. Legitimate questions. Because most people incorrectly believe that good works get you into heaven, they believe that if a celebrity does charity work, this means they are saved. Not necessarily.
The full gospel would be better. The law cannot change anyone's heart, though if they do this, it would probably best to also include the correct and full application of that commandment, which was given by Jesus. Murder starts in the heart.
"My Hope _America_". This is one of the problems in modern American Christianity. It is myopic and essentially is looking for some utopian society in this present age. It is hope in a temporal nation, rather than in our Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ.
james19 wrote: Young abults who leave the faith were not saved to begin with!!!
Agree. Two James' that think alike. These polls/statistics get old to me because they lead people into a deterministic belief system. e.g. If I bring up my kids in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4), they WILL be saved. Salvation is of the Lord.
Had some typos. A true believer can and should leave a church if that church is not acting or teaching as a church should, though there are no perfect churches. Nothing can separate a true believer from the true church.
Though one could take Jucir's comment as prideful (depending on your point of view), if you do not believe in the sovereign grace election of God, but instead believe in a type of synergistic salvation where man must make the first step and meet God half-way, or if you believe that man can lose his salvation, then you will be worried about these stats. Nobody in theor right ,ind would argue that a believer has a right to leave 'a' church if that church is corrupt or does not feed its sheep. That is not the issue. The issue is will a true believer, a sheep of Christ, leave 'the' Church. From Scripture, the answer is no.
John Yurich USA wrote: But it is not impossible for one who is Born Again to remain in the Catholic Church or any other Non Evangelical church that worships Jesus as God because they will remain saved as they worship Jesus as God.
The gospel is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our salvation. It is not just about His deity. Just because a church 'worships Jesus as God', and just because you are born again, does not mean you should stay in a church that teaches false doctrine. A true believer is repulsed by any false doctrine, especially one that distorts the one true gospel or presents a different gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).