Memo To All Non-Believers In Christ-From Us Christians-Our Bad.

10616149_10152908852638324_339800007471134323_nIts been on my heart and mind a lot that the pulpit and many Christians are totally pushing people away from God. New Christians like to pretend their problems have suddenly gone away, they have no sin, and they are too good to hang with old dirty friends.
What is even more discouraging, is that Jesus never paid attention to the ” good doers” or the righteous ones who thought they had it all together. He went directly to the hopeless, the helpless, the prostitutes, drunkards, thieves. Not to encourage them to keep sinning, but to give them the news that they no longer had to be in bondage to sin, as He had come to take our place and pay the price for it all.
Today, it is difficult to find a church that teaches that truth, the teaching seems more like a list of sins you may no longer be a part of as a Christian. How stupid. We all struggle with sin. We don’t have what it takes to overcome the sins out there. The idea is that when we receive the forgiveness and mercy of Christ and realize the work on the cross paid it all- we understand that only by His power can we change. I would burn out in a month if I tried in my own power to never sin. But when I spend time in Gods Word, and with people who know Him, I feel things dropping off me, bondages, sins, hang ups, etc.
So, let me tell you, if you are the nastiest, most vile sinner around and would be ashamed to set foot in a church, you are the kind of person God wants. You just get in there, He will clean you up!
In closing, the most powerful, useful, mighty men God used in Bible times, were once the most ugly, murderous, hideous, and disgusting men. But God knew, that if He changed their hearts, many would come to know the Grace of God. All are welcome, and nobody is too much in sin. When we die- God will look at 1 thing only to determine our eternal destiny. Are we covered by the blood of Jesus, that washed away our sin. Or, did we reject Him on earth, and now must spend eternity apart from God. I don’t know about you but this offer God has made to us is a no brainer. You think about that!
tj
http://www.dontlabelmykid.com

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I’m tired of being a Christian

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What A great post about a persons struggle with God and life- Click ” Im tired of being a Christian” then read my comments.

http://http://purposefulfaith.com/power-of-christ/Source: I’m tired of being a Christian

This an article I read that really speaks to what Christians are going through today. One critical issue that was not mentioned, is that it is WE the CHRISTIANS running people away form church. Walking around acting as if we are better then others when the only difference is that we are forgiven for our sins by accepting what Christ did on the cross. It is sad to me that the entire post from this person referenced issues that are nowhere mentioned in the Bible. That’s called bad teaching in the church.
Jesus came to set the captives free, not put us in bondage. Fear, worry, anxiety, doubt, shame, and all that can be gone when you turn it over to Christ. I cannot fault the author for the feelings written. I can only pray that God will raise up some Bible preaching leaders so the world will get the truth, that Jesus is the key to freedom, not a ball and chain of religious activities. If you recall, Jesus shunned the ” Good Doers” who bragged about their righteousness. He went right to the dirty nasty sinners and used them. Why? Simple. people who have been bound in sin would never take credit for the miracles God does through them. They know they are unclean. But now, they are clean, for Christ to use them. Sometime check out the men and women God selected to use greatly in the Bible. Murderers, thieves, prostitutes, and the like. They were humble, they knew they needed a savior. They were honored to be chosen to serve God. On the other hand, the Pharisees wandered around with their long robes with scripture etched on them, bragging of their deeds and putting down the ” sinners “.
Until we get to the point that we understand we all have this disease called sin, we will never be searching for a savior. Some try Buddha, but he is dead, some Mohamed also buried and some make up their own religions, thinking maybe that will earn them a spot in Heaven. There is this problem. Jesus said ” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man shall see God except through me”
He also said to the disciples, ” if you have seen me, you have seen the Father”- Not to mention the verse in the Bible that assures Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. There are too many to list. The point is that we all are sinners and we all need a savior. God put a plan together that was discussed some 800 years before Christ was born about this was going to go down. Isaiah 53 speaks of the life and death of our savior, and he lived 800 years before the birth of Jesus. Whether its a cult, a ritual, a religious activity you do, or whatever- none will get you into heaven. When you die you will only be evaluated on one issue regarding heaven or hell; Are you washed in the blood of Christ, or did you reject that offer on earth. That is it folks. Lastly, made up funky cults don’t fool God. Jehovah Witness, Mormons and all the hundreds of man made clubs will lead you straight to hell as well. If you stand before God, who gave His son to suffer and die to forgive us our sins, and whip out some lame story of why you have another reason you should be allowed in, you are basically spitting in the face of God- implying that the work on the cross and the rising from the dead was not necessary since you came up with another plan. On paper it looks pretty stupid doesn’t it?
Guess what, it is. If you haven’t begged God for forgiveness in Christ, consider that you will live eternally. There are only 2 places to go. One is total separation from God with the knowledge that you had opportunities on earth to be forgiven. The other, is to spend eternity with the Lord and all those who had accepted Christ as their savior. Let me double dare you to sincerely ask Jesus into your life and to reveal Himself to you, and make it known He is real. After all, what is there to be afraid of? If its a big fairytale, you move on with your life. But if you suddenly have change in your heart, you have your answer. God loves you, even if you call yourself an atheist. Listen, I am no better then anyone reading this. I just know I am forgiven and try to seek Gods plan for my life. You see, my plan – well it didn’t work. God Bless You and contact me anytime about anything. tjpetri16@gmail.com
tj
http://www.dontlabelmykid.com