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Church That Teaches Grace
  
My concern, Nana, is that a LOT of Christians today resemble the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus' day more than they do Christ himself.

They loved to point out reasons why some people werent true followers of God rather than looking at themselves. How many times did Jesus chastise them for this by calling them hypocrites and we still do it 2000 years later.

Men's hearts were changed towards God because Jesus was offering grace to ANYONE that believed in His ability and WILL to do so. Matter of fact those that considered themselves righteous He didnt even bother with. Since when does being repentant mean that we no longer have sin in us? 1 John 1:8


Church That Teaches Grace
  
Pastor Jim, sorry but I have no idea what churches and elders your are talking about.


Church That Teaches Grace
  
Ya know Mike thats something that I think a lot of people miss in the gospels. Jesus didnt ask people if they were sorry for their sins and tell them to come back when they were more virtuous to receive their healing. One woman He didnt even speak to until after she had touched his garment in faith and was healed.

What a wonderful, merciful, gracious God we have!


What Is A Christian
  
Actually, Curious, there is a way to know who is right.

The one that exhibits the true love of Christ is the one who is right. The one who produces the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus didnt turn anyone away for their sins. If he didnt heal or perform miracles on someone it was because of their unbelief. Not because of the depth of their sinfulness.

Yet we as "christians" tend to do things quite differently than Christ would have himself. It seems to me that Christs anger was more directed towards unbelief in Him and those who were too busy putting people down for sinning instead of looking at themselves. I think there are more 'scribes and pharisees' in Christianity than we would care to admit.


Church That Teaches Grace
  

Hebrews 2:14,15
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same, that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil, And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

If you try to do what right out of fear of death, you havent been saved by grace. With grace and total freedom comes thanksgiving and a heart that serves God out of LOVE instead of fear of judgement.

1 Cor 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.


Church That Teaches Grace
  
Ive been on both side and I promise you this...you will NEVER hold the proper LOVE for God if you are afraid of Him. When the day comes that you realize you are going to be with the Lord because of what HE has done for you, if will change your attitude and heart towards Him. You will then WANT to serve Him and stop doing those things that are against his will.

Jesus asked his disciples once which man has the most to be thankful for and they replied.. the man who has been forgiven the most.

We love Him ***because*** he first loved us. And THAT is straight from the Bible.

The goodness of God leads a man to repentance - not the fear of his judgement. The devils believe in God and tremble with fear.


Claim You Are Christian
  
Nice verses Cluney.

Seems we have millions of scribes and pharisees in the christian world today.

"I do this good and I do that good and youre goin to hell and arent saved because you arent as good as I am or follows Gods laws as I do...blah blah blah blah"

Judgement day will bring a lot of surprises


Is Wearing A Cross Wrong
  
NO way its wrong. Its a beautiful reminder of just how much God loves the world in spite of our sin.

You never know when a man might see that cross around your neck and start asking questions. That might be the glorious day he finally meets his Lord and Savior.


Anti-Christ Will Be An Alien
  
Something deep inside me has always believed he will be an alien or appear as one. If you wanna deceive the world, do it through what we worship the most - television. We spend more time on television than probably anything else.

Television is saturated with alien fiction. Some claim that Ezekiel saw an alien ship instead of God. Just look at movies such as "Knowing" and "Mission to Mars". People would love to believe we were created by an alien race... which may have 1 leader, who would be our 'god'.

No christian god = no sin right? If the whole world believes there is no sin they wont seek salvation. Satan has won



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