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One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to come to his home for a meal, so Jesus accepted the invitation and sat down to eat. A certain immoral woman heard he was there and brought a beautiful jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who was the host saw what was happening and who the woman was, he said to himself, "This proves that Jesus is no prophet. If God had really sent him, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!"

Then Jesus spoke up and answered his thoughts. "Simon," he said to the Pharisee, "I have something to say to you."

"All right, Teacher," Simon replied, "go ahead."

Then Jesus told him this story: "A man loaned money to two people–five hundred pieces of silver to one and fifty pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, cancelling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?"

Simon answered, "I suppose the one for whom he cancelled the larger debt."

"That’s right," Jesus said. Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t give me a kiss of greeting, but she has kissed my feet again and again from the time I first came in. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. I tell you, her sins–and they are many–have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love." Then Jesus said to the woman, "Your sins are forgiven."

The men at the table said among themselves, "Who does this man think he is, going around forgiving sins?"

And Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." Luke 7:36-50

Many churches today miss it. Many of us have become like Simon. God brings people like this prostitute into our churches and we stand in judgement and say; "Who let that person in the door? Could we get some ushers to escort them out or a least sit them in a place where they are not going to be so noticeable." We have become blind. Is it no wonder many churches have trouble bringing in the lost when the lost see that type of attitude?

I am tired of seeing pictures so called believers carrying signs saying "God hates queers" or "Kill the fags". Do you really understand what you are doing? Do you understand that you might be the one destined for judgement because the hatred you carry.

What if two hurting men entered into your church holding hands. Are you going to stop them at the door and tell them they are not allowed in? If so you have just lost two souls that could have heard the word and been set free, but now they will probably never look to Christ again because if that’s the way His children are then we don’t want anything to do with them.

What if a prostitute with needle marks up and down her arms, hardly dressed at all, staggers into your church and sits in your seat? Are you going to have the usher toss her out? I’ve seen it happen. Not with a prostitute. In a church I used to attend some people would get really upset if they saw somebody form outside the church sitting in their seat. More than a few times I saw those new people leave the church never to return.

As children of Christ we are to be accepting of everyone. How dare we turn anyone away. We are not to be accepting of their lifestyle. But we have to let God take care of that. He is the one who will bring conviction and change if the person is sincere.

In Pastor Jim Cymbala’s book "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" He talks about an encounter he had one day after a service. Pastor Cymbala is the pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, home to the world famous choir. As he was greeting people bumped into what he thought was a very attractive woman. He said excuse me and they answered back in a man’s voice. It was a transvestite who went by the name of Sarah. It turned out his real name was Ricardo and he was responsible for turning a lot of young kids on to crack cocaine and prostitution.

Ricardo’s lifestyle was beginning to get to him. Imagine hustling most of the night just to make the $400 to $500 needed for your addiction, falling asleep under a bridge and then searching garbage cans for food in the morning. He was looking for hope.

Now they could have turned Ricardo away, but they let him keep coming into the services. Ricardo sat in the meetings, and it dawned on him that maybe he could be different. This Jesus could actually set him free from crack. Perhaps this Jesus could even change him into a true man, not this half-half person he assumed was his nature. He had been teased from childhood about being effeminate. His mother had pleaded with him to forsake homosexuality, and he had tried, to no avail. His will power had failed him countless times.

But the idea that God was stronger, that God could in fact change him on the inside…. that was a new thought. Ricardo kept listening, and after about a month, he gave his heart to the Lord. It was not a dramatic conversion. But it became real on the inside.

God changed Ricardo and he embraced who God created him to be. A man. He went on to marry a beautiful woman named Betty. But he was dying of aids. A few years later as he was dying he spoke to Pastor Cymbala and said "I will never forget how you loved me and took me in. Thank-you so much!

Brooklyn Tabernacle is not ashamed of who they let into their church. They welcome them with open arms of love. And because of that lives are changed and given a new hope.

People are looking for hope. Are you willing to do all it takes to show them there is a hope? You are an ambassador for Christ. Don’t stand in judgement but let Christ in you shine for all to see. Be an example of His love. You do the loving and leave the changing to Him.

 

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Comments on: "Who’s Welcome In Your Church?" (44)

  1. I think it is great about what you did the people who wrote before me obiously dont know christ but keep trying because if you dont get your reward here you will get it in heaven.

  2. Hi, my name is Tracy and I was just wondering if I could have your MSN or hotmail. 🙂 It\’s hard to find honest Christians these days, epsecailly teens. I am a strong one myself:) I would like to talk with you sometime!thanks, I will look forward to hearing from you. :)Trace

  3. Hallelujah! Beautiful message showing the heart of the Friend of sinners.Jason

  4. The-Country-Cowboy said:

    Gerry,How sad it is when the Church forgets that it represents Christ, and should be working towards Christ likeness.I personally think that you could even go beyond the church into each individual believer’s life and ask the same questions that you are asking of the church.

  5. Hey Gerry,I totally agree with your blog!Just had one question…on my space I have music but I\’m just wondering where you\’ve placed the code for your music on your site. I\’m asking because every time I create a new blog and it goes above the blog where I have the code for my music, the music stops playing so I have to create a new blog for my music every time to get it to play again!SiYa LaTeRRyan

  6. How do you get music to play when people view your space? I\’ve tried contacting MSN help about this, but they claim it\’s not a feature they offer. If you could e-mail me about this, that would be great.

  7. Gerry, This is serious and not a debate. If Jesus was executed in modern times… would everyone walk around with electric chairs around their necks?This question\’s really been bothering me. Thanks.God Bless

  8. God bless you GerryAMEN AMEN…Without love we are as sounding brass. Just noise.

  9. I\’ll take the stand! add me to awesome msn spaces!!!!

  10. KyleYou miss the point. The cross was chosen because it was the cruelest way to die. He suffered the worst death you can imagine. Why? For you and I. Your question about Him dying today is moot because Jesus came when He was supposed to come.

  11. Can you tell me how I can post the song that you have playing on your site so that I can post a link on my blog so that people can hear it, it really touched me when I heard it on your site. See I am a christian who has fallen along the way and I heard the song while browsing your site and it touched the deepest part of me, it was just like God was talking to me. It makes me cry everytime I hear it because it means so much to me, it\’s like what I should really be saying to you. Hearing that song on your website has touched me so Thank you for Giving to the Lord.

  12. Awesome post!It\’s been a while since i\’ve seen a message like that! Paul preached grace and it makes me so happy to see that here, especially when you are now in that position. Here on this space. You have many people visit, and come to this online "church"(for the sake of my point) and you either have the oppurtunity to welcome all those that come and share Jesus or turn them away. You\’re doing an awesome job for Jesus here. Later

  13. hi there nice space there!! 😀 jesus is the best!!love geoffgar 😀

  14. Valarie said:

    Wonderful! Tis true…we are supposed to imitate Christ…love the unlovely…reach out to the unreachable. Thank you for sharing this with us. Gerry, you are doing a fantastic job. Keep up the great work!I too would like to know about the music part. I can\’t seem to figure it out…and I am pretty computer savy. :)Talk to you soon,blessings to you and your family~Val~

  15. hey, came back here, I really enjoy reading your blogs. I am one of those people you speak of in your blog. I had a bad experience at a church once, everyone laughed at me because I couldnt find a part in the bible fast enough, so I never went back. Thanks for talking about this, it has always been a question in me that I have been to afraid to ask, does God care if you cant find things in the bible fast enough?! thanks again,jasmine v.

  16. Kyle, Just for your information, there is nowhere in the Bible that says to wear a cross around your neck.Jason

  17. Jasmine: Instead of laughing they should have been helping you find the passage. That\’s one of the most immature things I\’ve ever heard of in a church. Sorry Jasmine, but those people don\’t have a clue what God is about if that\’s the way they behaved towards you. Truthfully, I still sometimes have trouble finding a chapter. (Don\’t tell anyone ;-)) But I wouldn\’t care if they laughed at me. It\’s between me and God, and I seriously doubt God cares about superficial things like that. Man, I wish someone would laugh at me when I can\’t find a verse. They might get a holy slap in the head. :PJasonPS: My daughter\’s name is Jasmine, so you\’re cool already in my books.

  18. Hi Gerry,What you are saying in this post is true.. but to only apply it to church and not to life is leaving of peice of the lesson outmy church is a very accepting church I know they would never do that in the church they would never act like that towards someone in the church.. but the problem is everywhere else.When you see someone in the bus station or on the street or in your school or work that like thatyou cant just brush them aside… give them a look and make them feel uncomfortable even if they\’re not going to a church chances are they\’re still hurting.The same applys to how we treat other people who.. in your words.. "Say they are believers". I\’ve noticed a post from a while ago and I\’m not trying to atack you on how your trying to minister (I know my two and only posts have been to a point negative) but we need to teach even if its the teacher that needs teaching.first I\’m gonna put the post that botheed me a bit:JenniferI deleted your comment. You say your a believer, let me tell you something. Even the athiests show more respect for this space then you just did. I thnk you better take a good look at your own relationship with Christ if you really have one.ok first off I know your trying to teach but there is a line between teaching and belittling someone.. the first part you said that I dont agree with was the "Even the athiests show more respect than you just did." how is that teaching someone when your telling them someone that the church considers "more sinful than us" (which by the way I myself dont belive we sin just as equally) is better than them when they are trying to be christian.Also who are you to judge wheather or not she has a relationship with God or not?? "I thnk you better take a good look at your own relationship with Christ if you really have one." or how good of relationhip she has… I dont know what she posted but whatever it is wheather it be swearing, blaspheme, (sp?) or saying something crude about the Lord God almightly it doesnt give you a right to sudjest that she doesnt have a good relationship with christ. She may have been hurting or having a really tough time in her life and you just did what in your recent post you were teaching not to do. once again I\’m not here to give you heck cause no one can be the perfect christian we are at the same level as that person who is a struggling homosexual, or exploiting themselves, or doing whatever other exteam.. you know why. Cause all sins are counted as equal in God\’s eyes..When we do that were putting down our brothers and sisters in christ even if they havent acceped him yet it doesnt mean he hasnt accepted them becuase the only difference between us and them is they havent accepted the truth.. think about it next time it hurts me to see other christian attaking people who are trying even if thyer\’re not doing the best job… There was no need for that comment. I\’m sorry if in anyway during this comment I\’ve offended you.Charity-Faith

  19. Blue_Liquid_FaithI appreciate your comments but…. God has given us diescernment and I can usally tell where the spirit of a person is coming from. I have seen these people like this person go on other beleiver\’s spaces and totally try to destroy them. There have been a few that wanted to close down their spaces because of comments left like thiers. I\’m sorry but for a somebody who says they were a believer to come and try and tear down another in front of all the non-Christians that visit this space I have a deffinate problem with that. Jesus didn\’t mince words and try to placate those Pharisees who attacked Him and what He was doing. I would appreciate as a believer that if you want to critisize, ask for me email, but don\’t do it in front of those that are looking for hope. As far as our witness on the outside I agree with you, but this post was not dealing with that.

  20. Charity-Faith: I\’m not sure what went on between Gerry and that girl. But the truth is sometimes love gets in your face. To say that even athiests have more respect that her I think is an awesome thing to say. It should speak to her shame. It should wake her up, and make her stop playing games. And even if she was hurting, maybe that would be the wakeup call for her to get out of her hurt and straighten up. You\’re assuming a lot. The church does need to accept people yes. But if they are in sin, there comes a point where either they have to choose their own ways or Gods ways. Is this not love? Or is it better to not confront them and leave them in deception, when their life can be snatched away from them at any second, and it may be the very issue that decides their fate. Love is not this pallatable, oversensitive, cushy cushy thing people make it out to be. True love is to love someone enough to tell them the truth. Different people need different doses. Sometimes you have to take out the scalpelOn the note of what love is and what it isn\’t. Just a few quotes from Jesus, Our Lord of Love to "believers"Luke 11:40:"You senseless (foolish, stupid) ones [acting without reflection or intelligence]! Did not He Who made the outside make the inside also?"Matthew 17:17:And Jesus answered, O you unbelieving warped, wayward, rebellious) and thoroughly perverse generation! How long am I to remain with you? How long am I to bear with you? Matthew 12:34:You offspring of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.Luke 13:15But the Lord replied to him, saying, You playactors (hypocrites)!Any my personal favorite to Peter, who he used to build His church:Matthew 16:23But Jesus turned away from Peter and said to him, Get behind Me, Satan! You are in My way [an offense and a hindrance and a snare to Me];

  21. Why do u keep deleting my messages do u believe that if they chose to go to the site they will be turned?

  22. Because this is my space. If you want to promote satanism (although I don\’t know why) through a link, do it on your own space.

  23. Charity said:

    Jason_Lochanonce again I\’m not trying to attack anyone. I do believe what you say about telling people the truth is vallid but there is a fine line between telling the truth and being criticizing toward a person. Yes jesus said those things to those people but he had a right, we was perfect. for us to do it would not be right because we are just as much in sin as they are. *All sin is equal in Gods eyes, all people are equal in Gods eyes*Jesus also said "he who is without sin cast the first stone" I found that what what said was hurtful I know that I would loose hope if I heard that.When you tell the truth to someone you dont have to be hurtful about it. It is not our place to say Your doing wrong when we are doing just as much wrong as they are.It is only our place to relate to others the word of God and the truth of God and plant the seed so that it can grow in them when God chooses they\’re ready to accept it.I am a strong believer in God and his word. I evangalise where I can. I am also a strong believer in having faith in God but having faith in God is not doing what is for him to do. we should tell them the truth about God and have faith that he\’ll do the rest. Sometimes people arent ready to hear certain things and it only pushes them away. I know because I grew up in a christian famly but strayed. My parents kept preaching at me and telling me "the hard truth that I needed to hear" it only pushed me away making me not want to listen and not want God if he was going to treat me like that. eventually they got the hint and used love. That was what got through to me not the harsh truth but the simple message god loves you and will always be there for you even if no one else is.I\’m just asking that you try to use love and the message of Gods love instead of "what they need to hear" or what >you< think they need to hear. -Charity-

  24. Kristal said:

    Hi Gerry!! K, here is the thing, u dont no me, but i have left comments on ur space before and i just thought u wood like to no that i am starting 2 read the bible more often, and i think that u r one of the reasons y i am doing that. i wood just like 2 say thank u 2 u. Well, bye 4 now!!!!

  25. Charity-Faith: If I\’m hearing you correctly, because all are guilty of sin, then none have the right to speak to it. And because Jesus was perfect, that gives Him permission to speak the way He did? Dead wrong. When Jesus told the one that was guilty of no sin to cast the first stone His reference was to EXECUTING JUDGEMENT upon another. That is God\’s job, not man\’s job. There is a difference between executing judgement, and speaking the truth to someones life. The purpose of christianity is to become *LIKE JESUS*. It means to walk the way he walked, talk the way he talked, and touch the way he touched the world. For better or for worse. The Bible even goes so far as to say if we go far enough enough Him, we will do GREATER things than even Jesus did. Can you imagine that? I\’m sorry, but this is where I draw the line between man-pleasing and God-pleasing. God has called us to uphold His standards and to serve *HIM*. Not man. There are certain people that will *NEVER* be ready to recieve the truth. Does that mean we should never speak it to them for fear of hurting their feelings?! No!! We serve God, we speak His standard, and either you serve Him or you don\’t — Your choice, your problem. Not ours, we\’re not God. (As much as many of us like to play Him.) If we are fearful to speak the truth, then we are hiding in the caves of Beersheba as Elijah did. We must uphold His standard, *especially* to believers and keep His bride as white as snow. The whole issue is timing and dosage and sensitivity — to a point. You don\’t expect a new christian to drop all their sin the first day they come in. If someone is in the church and they are intentionally hurting everyone else in the church and have been doing it for years, should you not address it? Or do you piously "Hope and pray" that they get "the revelation" of "love". Should you not even go so far as to tell the person to take a hike if they refused to listen? Jesus said it would be better that a millstone were tied around our neck and we were cast into the sea than if we were to cause someone else to stumble. I think Gerry\’s challenge was kind compared to God\’s judgement. I\’m sorry, but if you expect the voice of God to always be this composed, peaceful, loving and compassionate voice you are only seeing one minute facet of our God. He is powerful, terrible, and fearful. Who can withstand His *wrath*! Are these not attributes of our Lord? No one wants to hear this about our God. Is He a condemning God? No, but we cannot deny the ferocity of our Lord. When Jesus went into the temple and turned it upside down, do you think he just skipped around the temple and gently turned things over? No!!! He had a fit! He was *FRUSTRATED* with us. Can you believe that our Lord displays these characteristics? We were made in His image. I hear where you\’re coming from, and I\’m in total agreement that the mercy and compassion of God is missed by a lot of "believers", but at the same time, do not reject the SEVERITY of our Lord. In rejecting His severity, you are rejecting the severe and consequential nature of His ways and His Word. Is that all there is to Him? Of course not, but do not be decieved. If we do not recieve this side of God, we will forever be a slave to being a "good little christian", playing the "good little christian game", or what I like to call "church-ianity". So many christians wonder why they have spent so long witnessing and believing for someone and why this person won\’t take the next step. Umm… Maybe that person is taking advantage of you? Hello!?!? Maybe this person knows how to play the "church-ianity" game better than you. Have you ever considered that? Jesus told his own mother "What have I to do with you?"…. "Who is my mother or my brother, those who do the will of the Lord." His own mother?!?! Christians think they are so much better than unbelievers. They don\’t believe that they can be decieved or underestimate an unbeliever. They are human just like you and I. Trust me — If they can dish it out, they can take it. Jesus was cold hard steel to those who tried to dish it out to Him. The number of seats filled in the church does not equate to the church\’s success in God\’s eyes. How many people get saved through you, does not equate to your success in God. It\’s the love, sincerity, and the TRUTH within His people that He looks for. On a final note, if that simple challenge from Gerry would have caused you to lose hope, you need to question the strength of your own walk. If you are so easily swayed from your walk in God, especially when what Gerry said was truth, because of the delivery, I have to question. Do you serve the truth of God, or man? Some of the best revelations and steps I have taken in God were from the nastiest kicks in the pants I could ever have imagined from Him and People of God. Even the story of your parents having to use love to get you to God. What happens when God shows up to you in an "unloving" way. Will you be able to stand, or do you expect God to cater to you too? Hard questions — I know. God will *never* serve our offences. We\’re on our own there.Job 6:25 [King James Version] How forcible are right words! I could go on forever. Man-pleasing is one of my *hugest* pet peeves.Jason

  26. Charity-Faith: One more quick thing. If you can believe it, this was all said out of love for Him and for you. Please don\’t confuse passion with hate.Jason

  27. Blue_Liquid_FaithIf there is one thing that does tick me off is those who are self-appointed watchmen and women who go from church to church looking for some fault in the pastor or minister. I don\’t no how many like that we had to say goodbye to. Some not very nicely, but we had to do it for the sake of the body because they were poisoning it. You will always find things to critisize if you look hard enough. Like Jason I disagree with you about Jesus. We are called to be like Him. I have been a believer for many years, probably longer than you\’ve been alive. There have been many situations where there was just no way around it but to bring in heavy discipline. And sometimes harsh words must be spokan. As a parent I\’ve had to the same with my children at times.I have no regrets what I said to the person. I recognized exactly where it was coming from. It wasn\’t out of a hurt or something like that. It was because of a critical spirit. I never said to her don\’t come back. She is welcome anytime as long as she can keep her spirit under control.I hope you are not one of those as well that feels that they need to go around and look for things to critisize. Look around and see how many people have been helped. Read the comment by K.S. Now if you find something that is biblically unsound on this space than yes by all means let me know.It is one thing for bad comments from those who don\’t believe, but it is another if the comments from those who profess to be believers and try to destroy you in front of an unbelieving world and lose many souls because of it.

  28. Hi Gerry…I like what you said here. It\’s so true.We need to be more open to people. He is open to us even when we may be unsightly in various ways. And we are His hands and feet here…so we need to do the same. Have a heart like Jesus.Hope all is well with youGod blessNess

  29. We re all fine. Tim will still have surgery on 25th. He seems less coughing now… look like getting better. I shared your msn space with my church deacon /friend Paul , he saved your msn web including pastor Paul , too, so that he will read your teaching daily smile… he just started to learn using his new msn space smile! its great to share gospels more more! What a team! *wink* Take care , bro!Lisa

  30. Okay, this isn\’t a post specific comment…If you want to post a MSN Space about your religion, power to you… But don\’t have, as a sidenote, condemnation about other religions (ie, the truth about wicca)…Sure, anyone can spin their enemy\’s story to be a bad one, but why can\’t you celebrate diversity in religion, and accept that they are different?Wiccans accept your religion, even though they see the core faults in it.

  31. Joe_Thomas_McDonaldThe bible is very specific when it comes to condemning witchcraft. I see absoulutly nothing good in it as it is leading people to hell.There is only one way, one truth, and one life, and that is Jesus. I won\’t comprimise the gospel to please others.

  32. GerryI didnt come here to look for an arguement or to looks for faults in your teaching or to discredit you.. I saw your space on the recently updated spaces checked it our and the things I commented on stood out to me. If theres one thing I dont like to do is argueing and I find myself doing that.. I\’m sorry if I have angered, upset or caused you ill feelings toward what I posted.. we obviously have different opinions on the subject. so I\’d rather not argue about it instead I\’d rather accept it. and acts as friends. This is to you too jason 😛 I havent read the whole bible but I\’m getting there and I havent developed full opinions on everything yet I\’m still learning. We all make mistakes.. and in the future if I find myself with a different opinion thats similar to yours I\’ll let you know 😛 It was nice having this disscussion with you and seeing your sides of it. God BlessI hope I didnt cause too much trouble *L*-Charity-

  33. An excellent piece about acceptance and forgiveness. I feel this is an important lesson not only in the context of church, and the teachings of Jesus, but also in our everyday lives. Acceptance is progress, exclusion is ignorance, and to forgive is divine. Peace

  34. To the reply to my comment:(as a sidenote: I have never been wiccan.)Wicca is a naturalist spirituality, almost paralled to North American aboriginal beliefs that focus earth and life as points of prayer and faith.It stressed a naturalist, holistic approach to life that is in no way what witchcraft should have been.Witchcraft, in your minds, if I understand it correctly: convening with dark forces, demons or satan in order to cast spells, etc. etc.Somewhere along the line (primarily around the witchhunts) those who practiced herbalism, meditation, communiques with souls (much like christians\’ praying to their departed… actually, exactly parallel.) to be witchcraft.If you are to take this interpretation of witchcraft, then Wiccan are witches, along with every person who has ever bought something from a health food store.And if htat isn\’t your interpretation of witchcraft, then maybe take a second to talk to a Wiccan to LEARN WHAT THEIR BELIEFS ARE.

  35. GOOOOODDDD NNNEEEWWWSSSSSS!!!!WE got a new sister in Christ tonight!! We went to Tim\’s aunt Gina \’s house for dinner tonight…. we talked about the gospels and led her to Jesus tonight. She is 63 yrs old….a born again christian! Please pray for tim\’s aunt Gina…. to keep her faith in Jesus till he takes her home… Gina is half blind and deaf. We just found her as a long-lost aunt three years ago…tims father never met her. Till we found a lost aunt ( she was so lonely, thought she had no family since the mcf ( child worker) took her to the foster homes in her life…and she rejoined with Tim\’s family… i believed God purposed for us to find her for her saved soul which was a right time tonight! Thank God!Praise the Lord… i cried joyly. Smile.. AND i need your prayers for me and Tim to teach Gina God \’s word… we need the strength, wisdom and guide that our Lord can provide us while we help and teach Gina… we were talking about start a bible study at our home again that Gina wants to know more ….. I NEED the strength because of 6 kids! Ha ha ha .. thanks for praying… cheers

  36. this is an awesome space…..keep up the work!

  37. Charity-Faith: If you wanted to be friends and accepting etc, you would have sent your last post via email as Gerry requested and out of respect. It\’s clear you have none. As nice as your post sounded, I think you need to give your little christian halo a rub. It\’s looking a little rusty.You said:"we need to teach even if its the teacher that needs teaching"Then you said:"I didnt come here to look for an arguement or to looks for faults in your teaching or to discredit you"Huh? Then you said:"I\’m sorry if I have angered, upset or caused you ill feelings toward what I posted" That is the *classic* christian answer when they are questioned. Translation: "Sorry you can\’t deal with what I said" or more to the point "Sorry that the problem is you". I call it the christian sucker-punch apology, it\’s best friends with the christian sucker-punch compliment (I\’m sure I\’ll get into that one day). This type of christianity chokes and kills our brothers and sisters. Please don\’t operate like this!Argh. You\’re on a roll sister.Then you said:"and in the future if I find myself with a different opinion thats similar to yours I\’ll let you know" Umm… According to you I thought we were all entitled to our "opinions"? Translation: "When you get it right, we\’ll talk" You don\’t know how many of your type of christian I have run into in my walk. They can speak "christianese" better than anyone, and if you do not know your God, you will walk away from them feeling dejected, oppressed and intimidated. Never give into intimidation my brothers and sisters. But the trick is to not let the sun go down on your wrath either. 😉 Be angry, but sin not. Christian lady, the way you operate is not the way of our God.1 Peter:16-17 [Amplified] [Live] as free people, [yet] without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness; but [live at all times] as servants of God. Show respect for all men [treat them honorably]. Love the brotherhood (the Christian fraternity of which Christ is the Head). Reverence God. Honor the emperor.The King James Translation is more to the point: As free, and NOT USING YOUR LIBERTY FOR A CLOKE OF MALICIOUSNESS, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. I hope you can stop playing the game enough to actually read what is said this time.In *His* love,Jason

  38. Hey Gerry and Jason,If it\’s not too much trouble, I\’d like to talk through email about something with you both. For the life of me, I can\’t find an address to email either of you at on either of your spaces (which means I\’m speed reading and keep missing it, or it\’s well hidden in plain site like when I need to go shopping for something *L*). My email should be listed with this comment. If not, it\’s liquid_glory@hotmail.com. I would really appreciated hearing from either or both of you to discuss a certain matter off-blog. Thanx, God bless.

  39. Christian said:

    I really love Jesus a lot. But it seems that people are becoming overly sexual with God. Listen to some Christian songs. Thats all I can say.

  40. Christian said:

    To Joe McDonald. I think that you have it all wrong. If you pray to God asking to help you through a disease. He won\’t cast a spell and you\’ll be healthy again. It does not work like that.

  41. to the reply on wicca:wiccan believes are not "casting spells" any more than praying is.It\’s a ritualistic way of paying homage to your faith embodied. Just like you pray to god…You praying to god for a cure could EASILY be construed in the same light as someone praying to spirits to heal them, or someone praying to satan for power.I\’m not saying those things are the same, but the "spell" process is much the same, and it deserves recognition of being so.

  42. Joe_Thomas_McDonaldComparing wicca to what Christians do in prayer. Boy are you way off. Wicca is an abonimation to God. Even if you say you are not, you are dealing with demonic spirits. Spirits that laugh at you as you play their little games.Come out of it and into the truth. Jesus loves you and His love is real and sincere.

  43. Thank you som much for this. You are right one hundrend percent. I believe we are not to judge. We are just supposed to help people except God in their hearts. All we can do is pray and not act like we are better than anyone or know it alls.

  44. Gerry, Hey thanks for the comment on my space. Sometimes I bite my proverbial tongue because I know people are expecting answers from you, and I don\’t want to intrude. When you give me the release like that, it\’s like sending a bloodhound after a fox. 😉 Thanks for your generous and giving spirit.Jason

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