Believers living in the World, not of the World!

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Commentary By:  Gordon King

The world seems to be inching, or should I say running, towards the beginning of the Tribulation period.  With each step the evil is increasing by leaps and bounds.

There are many people in the world today who make evil their idol.  In fact, there are so many that I am struggling just to keep up with the news!

Evil knows no bounds, nor does it differentiate between religions, the saved or the unsaved.  Evil deeds can strike even the elect.

There are those who claim to be Christians, yet spew hatred and evil from their mouths.  I am speaking of certain churches who say “God hates fags”, and “Burn in hell”.  These people give Christians a bad name.  They profess Christ, but do they really know Him?  I suppose that is for God to know, yet we still have to live with the repercussions of such blasphemy.

Now don’t get me wrong here, I am in no way endorsing homosexuality or gay marriage, on the contrary.  What I am saying is that we should love everyone!  God loves everyone, no matter what they have done or how they may choose to live their life.  However, He does hate the sin!  As believers we were all at one time sinners, not one of us was free of sin, except Jesus Christ Himself.

Do you think that God is happy with these so-called Christians holding signs reading “God hates homosexuals”?  I don’t think so, and they will have to answer to Him!

Sometimes being a Christian, maybe most of the time, is very difficult.  Especially now in the world with so much confusion and chaos.  It almost seems at times to be an arduous chore in differentiating between what is right and wrong anymore, and how to approach the world and those living in it.

The world is turning darker, yet we are the light.  They cannot see the true meaning of what we stand for or what we tell them is the truth.  They only see us as being hateful and intolerant!

We should approach the world as Jesus would.  Ask yourself this question which you have heard before, “What would Jesus do”?  Would He hold signs saying that He hated people?  I don’t think so!  He would approach them with love and kindness, yet tell them that they should repent of their evil ways.

We as Christians need to be understanding, we should have compassion, yet we must stand for what is right.  We should share the message of the cross out of love, not hatred.

Jesus came into this world to save it, not to condemn it, people are already good at doing that for themselves!

Love the sinner, hate the sin.  We don’t have to condone sin, yet we have to live among it in the world.  We have to live in the world in order to shine our light and share the truth.  And although we live among it, we should not partake of it.

It’s hard being a believer, knowing just what to do and how to act.  That is why we must ask the Lord to guide us and be our strength.  We must listen to the Lord and follow His lead.  Sometimes that involves things which just don’t seem to make much sense to us, but God does work in mysterious ways my friends!

Love your neighbor as you love yourself, love your enemies.  Forgive those who trespass against you.  In all things give God thanks.  Ours is not to live for ourselves, but to live for God, with God, to bring Him glory and honor.

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!

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5 comments

  1. Rebecca

    Amen! I completely agree with you. I can’t fathom how someone who says they are a Christian can think it’s ok to say God hates sinners. I have even read articles where people think that sinners who are not following Gods law should not be able to go to church. How can anyone get better if they don’t go to church? How can you go forth into the nation and preach the gospel if you refuse to talk to people who don’t believe in God?
    Part of my own personal testamony is that I lived in sin and darkness. When I was high on drugs a poster on the wall turned into a fish and it had word bubbles coming out of its mouth that said “Go to hell satan is your master.” I then knew that I knew I needed God and decided to go to a christian college. I was a hurting, broken mess but gave my life to God and started going to church. I was doing so much better but still had some hangups. Even though I was a Christian I was constantly ostracized and told I wasn’t good enough to go to a campus bible study due to my past. I was treated like filth. I left that school broken in a different way and decided that if christians and heaven were like that I didn’t want anything to do with religion. I went back to the world because I was accepted. I didn’t rededictate my life to God or start following his laws (happily) until I was 27. Now when I encounter rude christians I don’t let it bug me because I go to church for God not man. I’m human so it hurts sometimes so I make extra sure I love everyone and treat everyone with respect. I have met the neatest people because I haven’t judged them.
    God would not have sent his son to die if he hated us. These haters are just pushing people away from God and away from freedom. I know because I lived it.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for sharing your testimony Rebecca!

      Your story is quite interesting, and so true for many who turned to Christ and then walked away, myself included. It’s very sad that there are Christians like that, the ones who are critical of others, who treat others, especially other believers like they are not worthy! Who are they kidding? None of us are worthy! It’s only through Jesus Christ that we are found worthy, by His blood. We ourselves are not righteous, it’s Jesus Christ in us and through us Who is righteous! It is only through the Holy Spirit that we are able to do what is right, to love, to show kindness, forgiveness, and mercy.

      We have to rely on God not man, we have to listen to God not man, He is the one who will judge us for eternity, not man! He is also the one who saves us, not man, and He is the one who loves us unconditionally, provides us with our needs, and gives us the strength and courage to overcome!

      God bless Sister!

    • Renee

      God is Love. The tragedy in Orlando is a sign. Hatred. Men have become lovers of themselves rather than lovers of God. Souls were lost. They went to this club to be free. To be what they chose to be. The Church is handling this wrong. These people need Jesus. They needed to know that He loved them and not the sin. This as shooting made me sad because I thought about: Who had time to repent? Who called out to God for Forgiveness.
      Man is a lover of themselves. The Church preaches tithes, but does it preach The Full Word of God?

      • Gordon King

        Thanks for your comment Renee!

        The sad truth about the world is that it is so focused on us, on humanity rather then on God! God loves everyone and wishes for no one to perish!

        God bless!

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