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My dad was kept out of the church (the building and the community) for several years because of the quote "Hypocrites" in the church. Now I don't disagree that there are hypocrites in the church, nor do I disagree that they were the reason for his not going to church. However I believe that he was thinking about it wrong. Even the newcomers in the church, one of the first things you'll here about is the liers and the hypocrites in the church and to not be one. after all Jesus taught specifically of the subject of hypocrites in referring to the Pharisees. (Matt 6) but I would suggest that he couldn't go to church because he couldn't be one: and you technically have to become a hypocrite when you first get saved. I know that sounds really ridiculous, but consider this for a second. When you get saved through Christ's death He says that you are: In your sin before Christ you are: sick, disgusting, dirty, dead, and lustful. (Scarlet) but through Christ you are made clean (White as snow) Instantly; if you died the second after you accepted Christ into your heart you would go to heaven, and not be held accountable for your sins. as the man did at Christ's execution. (Luke 23:42-43) But suppose you didn't die... What if a drunker went to a bar every weekend for a year. and then he got saved, and went to the same bar, and the bartender who knew him asked if he wanted his usual. and the man said: "No thanks I don't drink" Wouldn't he be a hypocrite in the bartenders eyes? and yet the man committed no sin, spoke no lie, and had a clean conscience. As Jesus said (Matt 13:57) So I say: You have to be a hypocrite (In man's eyes) to go to church, or to get saved. Does anyone disagree? If you do please site scriptural evidence for your disagreement. P.S. Take close note that I am not defending hypocrites, the Pharisees were at fault. and the hypocrites I'm talking about were hypocrites as seen in man's eyes not God's eyes.
Hello, Hello Everyone! As some of you know, I am not new here, I have been a member for a little over a half year. But I am a new person then I was when I joined. And this is the introduction to the new me. If you would look on my profile you would see that I'm 15. I was and am being raised in a Christian home. And God is leading me to start a ministry to reach this generation. See, I know what this generation is going through, I've been going through it too. What I am about to say, no one knows but God. And it's about time I share my story. I have told you I was raised in a Christian home. But I never thought about what it really meant to be a Christian, I just always said I was one. My life all I had ever known was God. I never questioned it. I just agreed, for lack of better words. But I wasn't a real Christian. Statistics say a large part of children and teens grow up being raised by a single parent or their grandparents. As of ten years old, I became part of the statistc. That's right, my mom was given the task of raising my brother and I alone. No, my dad didn't leave willingly. He died of a heart attack Thanksgiving day 2005. You might be expecting me to say this made me hate God, you'd be wrong. I was saddened by it, I wondered why it happened. But I never thought about God's part in it. You're again, probably expecting me to say I had some holy- God, life altering experience, but no. I did decided I wanted to be a true Christian. It just never happened. I would catch on fire for God, but then the fire would fizzle out. The year the year I was 14, that's what happened. I would catch on fire, then I would get caught up with what was happening at school, and being cool, and my fire would fizzle out. You're now saying 'So this is the part with the holy-God, life altering experience' Well, sort of.God did speak to me. He told me that this generation was falling behind and so was I. I knew the truth, but I didn't accept it. I wouldn't let it set me free. He told me, I could make a difference. That I know what this generation is going through. I've experienced it first hand. And I accpeted it. I now Know the truth and the truth has set me free. And I am free indeed! I guess the whole point of this, was to let anyone out there hurting or addicted to something like I was, that you become free. God will set you free! He sent his one and only son, so he could set you free. And he loves. So, so much. He thinks the world of you. He gave the world for you, created the world for you. He just wants you to love him back!