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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Everything Outside of Christ is SIN

Kind of tough isn't it, everything is sin?

You give a bit to the poor, you work hard, you talk up your political party. - How can those good things be sin?

An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin. - Proverbs 21 :4
The plowing of the wicked is sin.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. - Ephesians 2: 8, 9

Grace, the love of God that you did not earn, is the source of a relationship with God.

Any sin separates you from the just and holy God, once separated nothing you do has the blessing of God upon it. Even plowing a nice straight furrow to grow crops is sin.

The only route to salvation, to a fully rewarding life, is through Christ Jesus.

That is why it is so misguided for Christians to harp on gay marriage, they might as well ban hard work marriage, and give to the poor marriage. A civil marriage is outside of the Church, and is in sin regardless of who is involved. To ban gay marriage is to select one sin and say it is hideous, all sin is hideous, for it destroys. Ban any marriage in the Church that has its focus on sin; ignore all marriage outside the Church as just one part of a world in sin.

If you are looking for a relationship with God, know he will require change in your life, if you are gay or straight.

If you are part of the Church, know that God requires change in us, we need to get ourselves straight before we look at others. We need to preach on the quest for holiness to believers before we condemn those outside the Church.

They are already condemned.

We need to show them the route of escape.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. - John 3:17-18

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