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Are You Sure?

Christian Living, judging, Sin | Posted by Inpulse1
Jan 26 2017

When you stand before God, how will you explain your support for Abortion, when God show you all the aborted babies that you supported (via your support for the Democratic party)?

When you stand before God, how will you explain your support for leaders who have overwhelmingly shown their disdain for God?

When you stand before God, what excuse will you use for not speaking out on the things that matters the most to God?

When you stand before God, do you really think that your excuses will matter to Him? Do you think that you’re going to be able to con your way past His all-knowing judgment seat?

When you stand before God, how will you explain how you got more upset at this post, than you did at your relationship with God?

Are you SURE that you won’t hear Jesus say, “depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 23:7) ?

You better make darn sure. It will be too late once you die to find out how wrong you were.

Truth, Boldness, Damnation and a Sword!

Christian Living, Discouragement, Encouragement, judging, Sin | Posted by Inpulse1
Nov 28 2016

I spoke the harsh truth, out of anger and love. But what did I get? Separation and finality?

We all must risk this when we are on the straight and narrow. Sometimes we do speak out of anger when we see something that our brothers are doing wrong. When I attempted to correct the brethren with nothing but the truth, I got locked out.

They may be awesome in the Lord, carrying much truth with their words. But wielding a sword carries a burden with it. Once you take the first swing with a two edge sword, the cut is often final.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe there is a place for boldness in preaching the gospel truth. I believe that fire and brimstone preaching is still needed today, but I don’t believe that calling anyone a devil, nor calling out a Christian brethren as anti-Christ is showing biblical love, or for that matter biblical truth, and I don’t believe that calling a person a devil is part of the fire and brimstone message, and never has been!

Let me allow the Bible to shed some light on what I am talking about:

“And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other; and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.” Acts 15:39-40

Nowhere in the bible, in the midst of disagreement between the disciples, do we hear one of them calling their brother a devil. We can surely find a brother perhaps “back-sliding”, and thus becoming angry at their sin. But this is never righteous justification to call a brother a devil, nor a demon. Yes, perhaps we don’t like them going up against our beliefs, going up even against the Christian beliefs, but that is never reason enough to call someone a devil.

Choosing in our own anger to call such a brother a devil is damaging to the soul…perhaps not our own, but surely to the brethren. God always loves even the backslidden Christian, always calling out to them to draw nearer to Him.  But even the boldest Christian, who in their own anger basically curses their brethren, is in danger of hell’s fire!

Calling another Christian a devil will have the consequence of alienating them not only from you, but also poses the danger, possibly, of alienating their Christian walk. They can veer off the straight and narrow, which is already difficult enough for most Christians, and go into the twists and turns of despair and anguish, even unwanted and unnecessary depression.

How would you personally feel if a brother all of a sudden called you a devil even if you were in error? Is there grace in their message? Is the message from God? Is this what the love of God conveys, that a person in error is a devil?

We often talk about how the modern day church is too sugar-coated, but the opposite can, and always hold true:

No one wants to go into a church that condemns the soul! No one wants to be around a Christian who condemns the soul!

I’m not saying you should not rebuke a brother. A rebuke should be firm but leave room for God’s grace, and where grace abides, love abides even more! God’s grace will always end with the soul reconciled to God, this is God’s love we are talking about after all!

Am I wrong? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them!

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Italian priest blames earthquakes on gay unions

Christian Living, Encouragement, judging, Rememberance, Sin | Posted by Inpulse1
Nov 05 2016

Why are his words offensive to believers though? I could never understand that reasoning. God Can Do Whatever God Want To Do, especially when Sin is present. Anything touching the topic of Homosexuality is an abomination to God. Even a man putting on a woman’s clothing is an abomination. Should God not react? I guess it’s true that many Catholics just don’t read their Bibles, even the religion’s own priests. If they did perhaps they wouldn’t make such absurd and ridiculous statements!

An Italian priest has said the recent earthquakes that have shaken the country, killing hundreds and leaving tens of thousands homeless, were “divine punishment” for gay civil unions, earning the Vatican’s wrath.

Father Giovanni Cavalcoli, a theologian known for his hardline views, made the comments on October 30, the day central Italy was struck by a 6.6-magnitude quake — the most powerful to hit the country in 36 years — according to Italian media.

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© Provided by AFP Map of Italy showing zones most at risk of earthquakes.

It was the third major quake in the same region in just over two months.

Cavalcoli said on Radio Maria that the seismic shocks were “divine punishment” for “the offence to the family and the dignity of marriage, in particular through civil unions”.

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© Provided by AFP Hundreds of buildings were destroyed after Italy was struck by a 6.6-magnitude quake — the most powerful to hit the country in 36 years — on October 30

The radio station distanced itself from his views and late Friday the Vatican issued a stinging rebuke, saying the idea of a vengeful God was “a pagan vision” dating from “the pre-Christian era”.

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, number two in the Vatican’s powerful Secretariat of State, said Cavalcoli’s comments were “offensive to believers and disgraceful for non-believers”, in remarks reported by Italian media.

Becciu asked for forgiveness from quake victims and reminded them they had the “solidarity and support” of Pope Francis.

But Cavalcoli has refused to back down, insisting to another radio station that earthquakes are indeed caused by “the sins of man” and telling the Vatican to “read their catechism”.

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© Provided by AFP New Italy quake sows terror, devastates historic buildings

Legislation allowing gay civil unions in Italy only took effect last month, making it the last country in Western Europe to legally recognise same-sex relationships.

One final thought on todays post: Many people, including Christians are under the sad impression that God swiped Sodom and Gomorrah for sins that do not include sodomy/homosexuality. This is entirely false, as it were the threat of homosexuality was the very last straw before God’s ultimate wrath that saw the end of those two great cities: Just moments before the visiting angels told Lot to flee the city, the angels blinded the men knocking at Lot’s door. This appears to be the chief reason today why many Homosexuals either deny their sin, or deny God altogether: God has blinded them!

Here are the Bible verses that the Vatican, and other people simply choose to ignore:

Hebrews 13:1-5 (King James Version)

Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Romans 1:26-28 King James Version (KJV)

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Jude 1:5-8

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

1 Timothy 1:8-11

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Mark 10:6-9

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

1 Corinthians 7:2

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

Romans 13:8-10

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.