The Christian Argument for Tolerance

Posted Monday, September 22, 2014, at 9:18 PM
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  • You have only talked about loving those that sin but you have not even talked about getting them to understand the sin in their lives and how it separates them from God. You seem to indicate that church should be a sanctuary for sinners and nothing more. But the reason to gather together is to worship and mature. The church should be doing its best to get folks to realize their sin. How is this done? It is done through the preaching of the word. Not a sugar coated word. Not a shades of gray word and definitely not an "everything rosy once you accept Jesus Christ" word.

    Inviting all to church should be a goal for all, but it cannot stop there. The word has to be preached no matter who is sitting in the pew. Just look at the passage you have detailed. If this word was preached then those that are practicing the sins listed would learn that doing these things and calling yourself a Christian do not go hand in hand. You will not inherit the kingdom of God. If the person hearing this message is outside of Christ, then I want them to come to a right relation with him and accept Jesus Christ. If they have accepted Jesus Christ then I want them to realize that these sins can take away the promise of eternal life. In either case a personal decision needs to be made and the church cannot shy away from messages like this. Unfortunately some churches have and it is because they want their place to be a sanctuary of sinners who are never getting the real messages from the word. Instead they are getting society's message and they are leading many down the road to hell.

    I know I have rambled, but here is the problem I see and I will use homosexuals as an example. Not because their sin is any worse than those listed in the passage you detailed but just because this is a topic society is dealing with. Suppose I know someone who is living a homosexual lifestyle and I talk to them about coming to church because I want them to hear a message from the word. They come one Sunday and it just so happens that your passage is being preached on. They hear the message but only come away with the fact that our preacher hates homosexuals or he would not be talking about how bad the lifestyle is. They need to justify their sexual decisions by labeling the church as homophobic and the preacher as hating homosexuals. So this homophobic label keeps spreading and sometimes the root of the label has nothing to do with hating a person but pointing out their lifestyle is contrary to God's plans and wishes for them. More and more churches are being labeled as homophobic when in reality they are just preaching from the word. An unfortunate consequence of this is that more and more churches are giving into society's pressure and sugar coating the message while looking the other way on sins that the word of God clearly spells out.

    A church cannot just be a sanctuary for sinners but it has to be a place where the word is actually preached, studied, memorized and lived out.

    We all are sinners and I am no different from anyone. I am a sinner saved by God's grace through Jesus Christ. I make mistakes and I have fallen short of what God expects of me, but I turn to God and ask forgiveness and help in getting back on the correct path that I decided to walk when I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and Lord. God's word and His commands are there to guide us all and must be preached to all. Sure we are to love all but just when do you step up and talk frankly to them about sin in their life that will take them to hell? That is the 64 thousand dollar question. Love can be shown in many ways and one of them is to show them the word without any sugar coating and let the Holy Spirit convict them and send them on the road to change.

    -- Posted by bhobbs on Fri, Sep 26, 2014, at 11:40 AM
  • Amen. Well said bhobbs.

    -- Posted by Sue62 on Wed, Oct 8, 2014, at 10:55 AM
  • With respect, Mrs. Hollensbe specifically talks about pointing them to Christ more than once. Also, I also couldn't find where she mentioned or indicated that we should invite them to church and nothing more.

    I think it would be good also to go back a little further starting with 1 Corinthians 5:9 and learn that we all need to stop associating with all of the above mentioned sinners that call themselves our brothers in Christ. We need to seek out those outside of Christ and lead them to Christ and call out our fellow Christians for their continued sin as well as ourselves.

    -- Posted by LCWilhoite on Mon, Oct 13, 2014, at 9:58 AM
  • Thank you. There should be more thinkers like you in the world.

    -- Posted by el08 on Sun, Nov 2, 2014, at 10:03 PM
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