The Muslims and his family weren't going to find out he was a Christian by his fruit and confession of faith?! It seems like he should be blaming Islam and not the church. They aren't the ones who tortured him and stole his property.
I'm afraid that Reformed churches have way to many people in them who think they were chosen by God and really aren't because they were never taught how to be saved. One could go to these churches thinking, I believe there is a God, I attend church, and I try to be nice, therefore I am saved. There is no favoritism with God! If He loves one sinner then He loves them all.
I'm married and still love other people. We are even commanded to love our enemies! If you consider homosexuals your enemies or friends, then you should love them either way. To me, that would mean you are okay with protecting them from violence or death. If that is even what this official is doing.
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him BEFORE THE FOUNDATION of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having PREDESTINATED *US* unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will"
Who are in Christ? Believers.
It's not like you were in Christ before the foundation of the world! A person is in Christ through faith and by the Holy Spirit upon faith. Once a person is in Christ, they are then adopted, holy, and without blame.
1) John 3:16 shows the means of salvation is Jesus who was sent because God loves the world. There is no limit given to God's love in this verse.
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity. Psalms 98:7‚Ä≠,‚Ä¨9
That was hundreds of years after both men died! God was talking about Edom. Even if He was talking about Esua, Esua had died and gone to hell by that time. I don't know if God has any love for those people anymore.
1) I gave you a few already!
2) Do you love anyone who is not saved? Do you think God's love for them is any less?! Get for real! When God says to love your enemies, do you think He does any less?
3) That is their fault, not His.
God draws believers and Jesus will raise them up on the Last Day. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. I Corinthians 13:12
I may not know Greek, but I know God. He loves the world! What, you think there are people out there that you love and God doesn't?! That your love is somehow greater than God's? How arrogant of you! Is God's love somehow lacking? Lol. Think again!
Yes, God loved the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and kept them around along time before finally putting a stop to their lifestyle. He allowed Abraham to talk Him down from 50 to 10.
Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?‚ÄĚ says the Lord God , ‚Äú and not that he should turn from his ways and live? Ezekiel 18:23
Say to them: ‚Äė As I live,‚Äô says the Lord God , ‚ÄėI have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?‚Äô Ezekiel 33:11
Why would He care if He only hated them?
When I pointed out that God first loved us, it was while we were still sinners who you suggest God only hates. If John 3:16 was the only verse that mentions God love for the world, that would be enough!
And what does all that have to do with the topic of this thread? Are you saying God hates gays? Are you going to join Westboro Baptist Church and protest at gay people's funerals? Or do you believe sinners have certain rights under the law not to be attacked or killed? Again, I don't believe Christians are doing those things anyways and those laws can and will be used against believers. However, we need to try to protect the safety of all people.