Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Sin is Sin
I read something interesting this morning, note that it is not mine:
*** I went to church tonight with my family and the pastor said something I think every Christian should hear.
Pastor: Now according to a few passages in the Bible, homosexuality is a sin.
Couple of older males in the audience: Amen!
Pastor: Now wait, I’m not finished.
Pastor: You know what else the bible defines as sin? Divorce!
~ uncomfortable silence ~
Pastor: There are countless passages that talk about how divorce is wrong, and there are consequences to getting a divorce such as a woman should be stoned.
He went on:
Pastor: We choose to overlook the consequences of divorce because time has proven that they are inhumane and cruel.
The bible doesn’t say anything about the consequences of the homosexual lifestyle. Yet we seem to be spearheading a campaign to ruin the lives of people we don’t even know.
Pastor: The bible says we are to love thy neighbor. That’s it. There are no other rules or restrictions to that passage.
So WE as a church family have to support equality with a smile on our face. THAT is the true Christian way. ***
Here lately I see so much hate coming from so-called Christians. I say so-called because while they call themselves Christians they certainly don’t act like a Christian. Posting a scripture here and there does not make you a Christian, attending a church does not make you a Christian. The way you ACT and partake in living Christ-like makes you a Christian.
I saw another post:
***Love Thy Neighbor
Thy homeless neighbor
Thy Muslim neighbor
Thy black neighbor
The gay neighbor
Thy White neighbor
Thy Asian neighbor
Thy Jewish neighbor
The Christian neighbor
Thy Atheist neighbor
Thy disabled neighbor
Thy addicted neighbor ***
I’d like to add to the list, Thy Sinning neighbor. So as much as you despise the homosexual and hate the Muslim, the divorced woman must also repulse you?
Luke 17:25 “But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.”
I am a sinner. I have been cohabiting with a man for many of years. My Church just about did away with me because I didn’t bow to their rules. *I* am no different than a homosexual being turned away from a church, or for church goers to deny them/us entry because of their/our lifestyle.
I almost forgot, I’m also divorced! Stone me now! I don’t feel I committed adultery but by marrying this man I have spent thirteen years with, it is considered adultery. My ex husband abandoned his son and me and I found a man/friend who respected and honored me in ways the ex never did, nor would or could. He broke the vows by treating me as an obsession/possession that when he lost me, he never tried to file for a divorce as he said he would. He kept me hanging, wondering and dangling feeling like the most repulsive sinner in the world.
I remain committed to God. The blood of Christ washes away my sin, right? So why would Jesus’ blood not be forgiving to the homosexual? Does he only forgive certain sins, like the man who hates, despises, steals and tells white lies? A lie is a lie and a sin is a sin. You cannot paint your sin a pretty color and say that it is not sin.
My beau and I have decided to get married at a Historical courthouse. Why a courthouse? The church that is built for sinners to come to has turned us away. We are just sinners, so please, stone us now.
I think I will give up on religion for the time being. RELIGION! Not my faith in God and certainly not Jesus Christ. I am empowered by the Word and by the Word I will live, and as a sinner I will die. But Jesus will forgive me, right? "...the kingdom of God is WITHIN you."
Jas. 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Think about this:
Luke 17:  Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.