The number of times statements have been made for the tolerance of sin by some Christians cannot be counted. One of the reasons used for sin justification is “Christ hung out and ate with sinners,” as if by this line of reasoning we can tolerate transgressions against God’s law without righteously making evident of the wrong that’s being (or has been) committed.
Admittedly, Christ did eat with sinners (Luke 5:29,30). However, He was not dining with them for the purpose of showing tolerance to their sins and excusing them. When questioned about it He stated a few verses later, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick… I have come to call the sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31,32).
Christ ate with them for the purpose of showing compassion and love in order for them to repent and believe Him to be the Messiah. He never tolerated transgressions. Likewise, when we as Christians hang with unbelievers it is to be with a purpose of sharing the Gospel or being a light in order for them to see the love and compassion of Christ in us as we go about our daily lives so they will glorify God (Matthew 5:14-16). We should not excuse ourselves and others when a sin has been committed; we are to judge with righteous judgement (John 7:24), using the God-breathed word for reproof and rebuke and doing so out of love, not for the sake to be quarrelsome (2 Timothy 3:16).
One theist correctly stated, “A Christianity that loses its ability to rebuke falsehood and sin is no longer Christianity at all.”
One of the most misused passages in God’s word is John 10:10, where the Lord Jesus Christ speaks to the people saying, “The thief only comes to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” What’s being taught is that Christ will bless us with wealth and prosperity in this life, and that all of our struggles would vanish when we allow Him to rule in our lives and become Christians. So when people come to Christ with all of their turmoil, they believe all of their troubles will immediately be over to live in prosperity. But such is far from the truth, and, unfortunately, when one comes into Christ with this mindset and see that it doesn’t happen, they forsake Him and leave His church to go back into the world.
On August 24, 79 AD the people of Pompeii lived their day to day lives as usual. The day begun at sunrise like any other day; the bell-tower struck and the town’s population of free-people and slaves went to work. Merchants carried their valuable items to the main trading sea port, slaves taught the wealthy to read and write, marketers shouted their wares, friends met at public bath houses to chat, and the women weaved and sold fresh produce. The paved Roman roads were bustling, the people were noisy, but just nearby was Mount Vesuvius–the once-quiet volcano that began to groan and release its magma. The Romans were completely unaware of this as they continued to do their daily routines; it was by the end of August 25 that the volcano covered the town in ashes and molten rock. The people of Pompeii were no more.
For a lot of women, the outer appearance means everything. So much time, effort and money goes into clothing and makeup that we don’t stop to think about what’s on the inside in our hearts. Sometimes we place our focus on only our apparel to please others or feel as if the outer appearance will determine our beauty. However, in the eyes of God, He cares nothing about our appearances, but what’s within us. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Whatever is going on inside of us ultimately determines who we TRULY are–good or bad.
The apostle Peter wrote to the women of God struggling with this issue of trying to be beautiful; which is why he wrote in 1 Peter 3:3,4: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as braided hair or gold jewelry or fine clothes, but from the inner person of your heart, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Continue reading
God. The very word alone stirs up emotions among believers and nonbelievers regardless of it being positive or negative. It’s a powerful word, and He’s a powerful Being. Such a Creator has been worshiped, praised, and reverenced since the beginning of creation, and He’s also been provoked, tested and questioned. One of the most commonly asked questions by both believers and nonbelievers is: If God created us, who created Him?
“Einstein introduced his revolutionary General Theory of Relativity. In this, space and time were no longer Absolute, no longer a fixed background to events. Instead, they were dynamical quantities that were shaped by the matter and energy in the universe. They were defined only within the universe, so it made no sense to talk of a time before the universe began.” – Stephen Hawking, Origin of the Universe.
Einstein and Hawking stated the undeniable fact that time started when the universe began and that it would be silly to suggest that time started before the universe came into existence. Therefore, we can come to the conclusion that the things before which are not bound to the universe, space and time are eternal since everything bound by time has a beginning and an end. The fathers Continue reading