Throughout history, religious persecution and violence have been common. Millions and millions of people have been tortured and killed in the name of religion. This is sad and a shame on the name of religion. It’s going to get much worse as we approach the end-times. But, there must not be a hint of hatred and betrayal among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.
The Apostle Paul wanted believers to be “filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” If your fellowship is filled with this kind of gentle instruction, then thank the Lord for his many blessings. But, if your fellowship is filled with “foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights,” that is not what God wants. If you cannot “gently instruct those who oppose the truth,” then maybe it’s time to “have nothing more to do with them.”
Christians know we are supposed to love one another. Christians know we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren. The world will know we are Jesus Christ’s disciples by our love for each other. But, in an excuse to avoid doing what we know we should do, it’s easy to ask, “Who is my brother?”
Never before in the history of mankind has there been more diversity in the body of Christ, which gives more opportunity for disharmony, distrust, disunity, and even outright hatred. If you think the early church suffered persecution, if you think the protestant reformation suffered persecution, if you think the Jesus grace movement suffered persecution, you haven’t seen anything yet. When will Christian’s learn to fulfill the first commandment?
“one of the biggest hindrances to being happy is too much thinking about one’s self, research shows” Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Continue reading
This has been a very divisive subject for many years because men have bent and twisted the scriptures to support their personal doctrines. I do not want to bend or twist them any way so I am going to quote passages and leave the teaching to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so Continue reading