This question misses the point entirely. The sole and complete purpose of Christ's church on earth is to continue the work Jesus started. We have all heard it said that the church is not a building but people. This has never changed.
My job as a Christian is not just to provide education in the truth of the Bible, or to provide a place and atmosphere for worship, or to provide for the social or physical needs of the community. It is all of this and much more besides.
But none of these are the most important. No, the most important purpose of the Church is to proclaim and preach the Risen Christ, to witness to the Gospell, to be living examples of God's love on the earth.
All that other stuff springs forth naturally from us when we do this. They are a consequence, evidence if you will, that we are following in Jesus' footsteps; not a "purpose" at all, but a sign.
Obviously the Governor does not realize as Christians, when we pray we come to the only true God through Jesus Christ His Son.
To ask one to pray without mentioning Jesus, our intercessor, is without logic. We must pray for the Governor that he may understand why Christians pray using the name of Jesus. For we ask it in Jesus name AMEN
It seems quite simple to me. The believer is sanctified not by his own act but by the will and grace of God. God doesn't do things by half measures. Therefore whatever God sanctifies is completely and unreservedly sanctified.
As far as I am concerned, with regard to fairness in the workplace it doesn't matter if wearing the cross is idolatry or not. BA is setting a deliberate anti-Christian double standard. I for one don't buy their excuses about the impracticalities of refusing Muslims and Sikhs the right to wear the Hajab or Turban. If they have a policy against religious symbols then they must enforce it equally and without prejudice or abandon it as unfair.
I will be writing a letter to BA informing them of the fact that I find their double standard reprehensible, and that neither I nor any of my family will be using their airline until they reverse their decision regarding Mrs Eweida, and apologise publically.
I invite anyone who values integrity, freedon of expression, and fair play to join me in this. The address for the BA registered office is:
British Airways Plc Waterside PO Box 365 Harmondsworth UB7 0GB
Solemnising a gay couple's marriage in a church service is a blasphemy.
Is it right to bless adultery or theft or false witness or any other sin? Because that is what homosexual union is: a sin. By performing the marriage rite, the minister or priest is saying that God blesses the act of homosexual union, which is clearly not the case if you spend even a few moments looking into God's word.
Look, I don't think it is right to villify homosexuals more than any other sinners but that does not mean what they are doing is righteous. It is sinful and earns the same wages as any other. To imply that God has changed the rules is, as I said before, blasphemy.
Who are any of us to judge? No one knows any man's heart save the man himself and God. I cannot in honesty say I know if the Pope was saved or not. I tend to doubt it but it's not for me (or any of us) to say.
I prefer not to step on God's toes, if you don't mind. He makes his own mind up without my help - or yours.