We can only "get rid" of non-believers by evangelizing them and them coming to Christ. We are in the world but not of it. It is God's plan to see all men saved even if they don't want to be.
Now, preaching the truth to them and just hanging out with them are different for corrupt companions corrupt good habits.
God uses us in many ways to speak to non-Christians. We just need to follow the Holy Spirit.
---Ardith on 1/12/08|
We are to love others true enough but love encompasses so much more than just "getting along". Sometimes we have to tell the truth even if the truth hurts. For the flesh cannot be saved only the spirit of a man. For our soulish realm wars against God because it cannot perceive the things of the spirit.
Do not be afraid to tell others the truth for we are accountable to the truth. If we seek only to please people what does it profit? We are all suppose to be God pleasers.
---Ardith_Kay_Tolson on 1/11/08|
Elyse, you sound like Rudy Guiliani's aid, saying, Get rid of the muslim...... to the cave????
"He's got I believe the knowledge and the judgement to attack one of the most difficult problems in current history and that is the rise of the Muslims, and make no mistake about it.....................
We need to keep the feet to the fire and keep pressing these people until we defeat or chase them back to their caves or in other words get rid of them."
---Sheila on 1/10/08|
Al-Kafirn (The Unbelievers)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Say: Oh you who turn away
I do not worship what you worship,
nor do you worship what I worship.
And I will not worship what you worship,
Nor will you worship what I worship.
Your way is yours, and my way is mine.
Don't worry about Muslims not being "saved"
Look, how many "saved" christians don't go to church anymore!
---Sheila on 12/30/07|
Blessings friends, if we were to remove all non-Christians from our life, how will the lost see Christ shining through us? We are the lights of the world and the salt of the earth. So many people are dieing without recieving Christ and not even giving thought about where their souls will go upon death. We as God's people have to get the message to those who do not believe in Christ, that there is eternal life after death, IN CHRIST JESUS.. God Bless friends!
---Cynthia on 11/19/07|
No, that would be foolish. I always thought one big reason God put us here is to help/serve our fellow man. How can we help if we remove them?
---sue on 11/11/07|
** Isn't that what the crusades tried to accomplish? Get rid of them so we can have a Christian world?**
As a matter of fact, NO!
Christians were--and still are--being oppressed in Muslim nations. This is what the Crusades were about: to liberate them.
Look up this word--dhimmi--on the web, follow the links, and weep!
---Jack on 11/18/06|
Isn't it the other way around?
1 Peter 4: 3For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
4Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
---kathr4453 on 11/18/06|
I've just come across this blog for the first time.
I think we should not. How else will we share the gospel? We are meant to be IN the world, yet not part of it. We must not hold ourselves 'above' or 'beyond reach' of the world. We are to live our daily lives amongst those who do not know so that they might know.
---laure5759 on 11/17/06|
I agree in FULL with the Spirit you all have poured into this blog!
FULL because it means to me more than 100%. "Be ye holy...".
This day you are holy, Amen! May you always be in this Spirit! : )
---Nana on 11/17/06|
NO! If it weren't for Christians I'd still be lost! Set an example for the non-Christians.
---sue on 11/16/06|
Why should we presume to be in such a position to seperate wheat and tares when the angels (who presumably are in a better position to do such) are not.
---chad6498 on 11/16/06|
Isn't that what the crusades tried to accomplish? Get rid of them so we can have a Christian world?
Do what you can to win them, baptize them, and teach them without getting all wrapped up into them. That's our commission.
---john on 11/16/06|
This world is made up of more people who are not Christians than people who are. It is unrealistic to get them out of our lives. We live with them as our neighbours. Love your neighbour!
---Helen_5378 on 11/16/06|
I wouldnt have a job, plus how would we win the lost. Jesus said the sick need a physcian and dealt w/all. Plus we all were non christians at one time and someone took time on us.
---Jeanne on 11/15/06|
if you remove all non christians from your life how are you going to further His kingdom?
---Jared on 11/15/06|
Heck, why don't you just remove all non-christians off the face of the earth while you're at it...
---Reiter on 11/14/06|
Roman 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher. 15,16,17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 2Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
---Ulrika on 8/25/05|
No. If all saved people stayed away from the unsaved, who is going to lead them to Christ.
That doesn't mean hang around places and people who would tempt us.
I am not better than the unsaved, just better off.
---Ulrika on 8/25/05|
1 Timothy 1:16, 1 Timothy 4:12, Titus 2:7, We are to be example to the lost, to save them, Rom 11:14, 1 Cor 9:22. What if we where removed, how could we find salvation? How did you come to the knowledge of Christ? We are surrounded by NON-christians and FALSE-christians daily. Through our zeal for the Lord, may we provoke many t come tothe Lord, 2 Cor 9:2. Pray for the lost.
---geraa7578 on 8/25/05|
Ditto all. Wow! -- 100% Biblically-correct agreement. With the diversity of personalities & levels of Christian maturity, it is understandable to see us constantly colliding like bubbles in hot water. But, I've not seen this before on the blog & it does my heart good. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!!!
---Leon on 8/24/05|
The only time we should 'remove' non-Christians from our lives is if they are dragging us down to their level and really we should not be allowing that to happen. If we are weak though and find ourselves going along with things we should not be doing it is better to remove ourselves totally from that situation and that person. When that has been done we should pray, and pray more, for that person.
---F.F. on 8/23/05|
no we can wittness to them
---graham on 8/23/05|
Like runs with like; and birds of a feather flock together. But we are commanded to go to the nonChristians, into the highways and biways and into all the world, and preach to them so that they too can become Christian as we are. But if you as a Christian are encouraged or pressured to sin by a nonChristian, then yes, you should remove yourself from that detrimental person. Please read Psalm 1:1; Mark 9:43-50.
---Eloy on 8/23/05|
If we did what you ask there would be no-one around to witness to. I would never have become a Christian if someone who was a Christian hadn't befriended me and told me of the Lord. What we must be careful of though is HOW involved we get in the lives of non-Christians. We'll all have different views here but I personally would not be comfortable going away on holiday with another couple who were non-believers, even if they were relatives.
---Xanthi on 8/23/05|
Our purpose in life as Christians is to save & to serve, if we remove non-christians form our sphere of life then who will we save? i believe we should not bar non-christians but should try to influence them into joining us. But take care not to follow their ways.
---runya9977 on 8/23/05|
Looking at it from another viewpoint. Yes that can be possible..or isn't it suppose to be! How? Be a christian, help the non-christian turn to Christ, so he or she will become a christian.. Then, there will be no Non-Christians in your life..:)
---cesar on 8/23/05|
No,we should NOT remove Non-Christians from our life. Jesus didn't and he is our example of how we are to live our lives
---EJ on 8/23/05|
Yes, By leading them to the Lord.
---a_friend on 8/22/05|
What are you thinking about? Not associating with or actually doing worse? Please explain?
I venture to say NO! God lets the wheat and tares grow together until the end; so who are we to even think of eliminating a group of peope ?
---Pierr7958 on 8/22/05|
how sad. I wasn't a christian and it was because of my christian friends that I got saved and became a believer in OUR LORD JESUS! So don't look down on the non-christians they came from the same place you came from.
---missy on 8/22/05|
Then what Elyse, sit around and entertain each other?
We couldn't do that if we wanted to, we work and have neighbors who are not Christian.
We are here to bring in a harvest, some of us sew, some water, some reap. We MUST reach out to everyone in love and witness to them, and be an example of Christ's love. God bless you.
---NVBarbara on 8/22/05|