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Sometimes we must be harsh


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There are times that we must be harsh, if done with the good intentions of God behind the harshness.
This is why in 2 Timothy 4 we are instructed to reprove, rebuke and exhort.
This is reinforced by Proverbs 13:24 in which it says clearly we are to punish our child for if we do not we in reality hate them.
There are elements within the community that call themselves “Christian” that find being harsh to be wrong. These elements wish to placate and cater to the common mass. To make “Christianity” appealing like it is some social group that is alienating the masses.
Here is the thing. Those that truly understand “Christianity” are not trying to appeal or welcome more in just to get them in the door. That is the act of a social club. We are here to serve God, but by doing so we do it with love and kindness, but from true love there are times when being harsh is needed to make someone realize they are not doing things for God, but for themselves and the world. The two things that any true Christian will avoid doing. For when they welcome the self and the world they usually stumble and fall into sin. True Christians seek to bring people out of the world and out of sin and into the light of salvation that can only occur when people awaken to the fact that only through Christ is this possible.
We must remember that it clearly states that the wide and easy road leads to damnation, and the rough and narrow road leads to true eternal life. If it were easy ALL would make it into heaven, but that is not reality. Being a Christian is not easy, it is a daily struggle to not only address getting rid of major sins but addressing little things that people take for granted yet is still a sin. An example of this is speeding. Most speed, because everyone else is, but this is not what we are told in Titus 3:1 to do. We are to follow these “inconvenient” laws.
Now why did I place the word “inconvenient” in quotation marks? Here is why. It is only inconvenient to you if you think only of your own life. Speeding because you wish to sleep longer or stay up and watch this show or that show or that sports event. These are acts of selfishness, which is counter to the teaching of the Bible. We are to humble ourselves and work within the system, but if the system is counter to the Bible we must work within the system to return it to the Bible. For if the system makes it impossible to be a Christian then it is against God and needs to return to its origin.
Now here is where someone will say that no government is from God, but I will counter with this. All laws are based upon the laws of and the values from the Bible. In recent events these laws have been twisted away from the Starting point. Many here will state this is due to humanity changing and evolving and advancing. I will state then why are they returning to actions and behavior that is documented within the Bible from before the Ark of Noah and was the cause of God’s wrath that the floods came and destroyed that civilization. It was seen in Rome and was called decadent as it should be called now. We are not advancing we are declining in to depravity all of which were originally against the laws based upon the Bible.
These laws were placed to be harsh and to teach people that to sin leads to actions that could result in punishments. These sins are sins that if you were now in the Middle East would result in your death or dismemberments. Yet many in this country praise and cherish those that would kill them. Why? Because it is a way to discredit and dismantle the laws of this land based in the Christian faith.
What many refuse to accept is that Christianity is kinder than those practicing apocalyptic Islam. All we ask is that you give up living in your sin, but they do not give you the option. They just kill you.
Will it be hard to leave major sins? Yes. But when you truly ask Jesus to be our Savior then it will happen. We will leave the major sins in our lives behind. Will we completely eliminate them? Most of the time yes, but time to time will we stumble and fall, because we are merely human. But here is the kicker. When we do this sin we will feel regret and sorrow. It will bring us anguish and pain, but from it we will become stronger in our faith and belief in God and strive harder not to stumble again. Then we will see the lesser sins and change that in our life. Each time we will step closer and closer to God. Each time a more pure image of Jesus Christ. For that is the ultimate goal, even though it may hurt and may have been harsh.
2 Corinthians 7:8 I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. 9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

P.S. btw that is 2nd Corinthians not Two Corinthians.

Is your church a place to glorify God or those within it?


One thing I hated about High School was what they called “Clicks” in my time. I do not know what they are called nowadays, but a “click” was a group of teens that only associate with those of the same group. The “jocks” with the “jocks;” the smokers with the smokers; the druggies with the druggies.
I never fit into any of these and so was an outsider. This allowed me a unique perspective on things though. Sometimes I thought on it sometimes I did not.
This look from the outside view has allowed me to look upon religious organizations in the same light. It is a light I feel most of these groups would not like if more had such insight.
What I find most interesting is that Christianity has survived so long. However, I can say this without doubt, the very fact that it has is prove of God, for if it was something made of man it would have fallen long ago like many countries; for example Rome and the Soviet Union.
Religious organizations in my eyes take advantage of those that find God. In the time of Jesus, what made him the most upset was the religious organization of the time. He scolded the Pharisees and in the letters of the apostles there is references to rituals being made by men and not by God.
Jesus only gave us one ceremony, which was done on Passover, the taking of bread as a symbol of His Body and wine a symbol of His Blood. Men make all other ceremonies and rituals. So why do them?
Jesus did state that when two or more gather in His name, he will be there, but that does not say gather and perform ceremonies. Why? Because to Him this gave way for men to attempt to glorify themselves, be they at the front of the church or sitting in the pews.
That is why when I look at some “churches” especially the larger ones I have been to I see the “click” system in full swing.
I come into a church as an outsider seeking a place to call home in the sight of God and I am ignored. After several visits, I try to become a part of the “church” and since I do not dress a certain way or say the right things I am politely pushed aside, so I leave in search of a new place.
This is how many of those in today’s churches behave.
It is this behavior why many especially the youth seek other places to find that hole in the soul. It is a hole that is in all of us since we can only be whole through Jesus, but is Jesus present in these “churches” I have described? Maybe, to a degree, but I personally doubt it.
The church I attend now is small. At the max, there are thirty people in the Sunday service. Do I feel the presents of God there? Yes. Do I feel welcomed? Yes. Do I feel I can be a part of this church? Yes.
Why? Because all are there to worship God and His Son Jesus.
We are not there to be in a social club. We are not there to make ourselves feel that we are better than those outside. Many “click churches” say all the right things to make those that sit in the pews feel that they are better and separate from the world. Nevertheless, we are not. We still sin; we will always sin until we are dead or taken into the sky and given our immortal and incorruptible body. Until then we are corrupt. The only true difference in us is that we know this. We accept it and try to change it, but we know we cannot change it by ourselves. We turn to Jesus who died for our sins upon the cross. To be hung upon a tree or cross is considered a simple of the most deplorable of crimes. This was why Jesus was amongst us. To learn what it was to be human. To know what goes through our minds, but He being the Son of God did not give into the temptations that we go through every single day of our lives. We falter, we fall, and we give in, because we are human. Through Jesus’ actions, we can overcome this. When we fall, He is there to pick us up, brush away the dirt, and call us clean once again until we falter once more. Hopefully not for the same sin, and He is there once again. He wants us to learn and grow in our faith and believes. To honor Him by doing what He taught us while He was amongst us.
Therefore, the next time you are at church. Look about you. Is there a woman saying to another woman “I like your hat.” Is there a group that stands in the center of the entry not allowing other to get by? Is there a group of people talking about others within the church in a derogatory manner with their head turned in such a way that they are trying not to be heard yet eye the person they a talking bad about? Then this is not a church, but a social club.
We are to meet together to praise, worship and give glory unto God. How can those that call themselves Christian be able to spread the glory and love of God if all they care about is their own little world. The church is to be for the entire community, not just those that attend their particular social club.
We are to serve the community in whole. We are to honor God through service to others. Acts of selfishness and self-glorification does nothing for God and show those that do act in this fashion for what they truly are. Someone who has lost his or her way from God if they ever truly found Him.

Revelation Chapter 3
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.