The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

November 11, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Sunday Nov. 11, 2012

 

Christians should not compromise Christ

This letter is written to encourage Christians and to let everyone know that as pastors, we love and care for all of you — Christians and non-Christians alike.

There is increasing pressure in this country on Christians to compromise — we are being asked to compromise nothing less than Christ Himself. We must not compromise Christ or His words.

Jesus said, “If you are ashamed of me and of my words I’ll be ashamed of you” (Mark 8:38). The Bible teaches that God cannot be separated from His word (The Bible). We must, therefore, accept the totality of what is taught in Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16). Below are some areas that Christians are asked to compromise.

1) Homosexuality and sex outside of marriage. The gospel writers condemned the acts of homosexuality, adultery and fornication (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). It must be said here that there is always forgiveness, deliverance and healing in Christ for those who will embrace him and come to him for help. To embrace him means to accept fully the person and authority of Jesus Christ. As Christians we are saved, healed and delivered because we found refuge in a relationship with Christ (Hebrews 6:18).

2) Abortion is always wrong except when the mother’s life is at risk. Abortion is always wrong because murder is always wrong. Each human life is God’s majestic masterpiece, and he has great plans for everyone (Psalm 139:13 and Jeremiah 29:11). The only time when someone is permitted to take another person’s life is in self-defense — in this case the life of the mother.

3) Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved. Jesus said “no man cometh to the Father but by me” (John 14:6). Everything we have is in Christ and everything in Christ we have (Hebrews 1:2). Everything outside of Christ is Anti-Christ. All other religions, philosophies, cults, creeds, social-orders, clubs, etc., that offer a substitute for Christ or his church are antichrist. These were condemned by Jesus and all the gospel writers (Galatians 3).

These issues and others constantly confront, tempt, test and war against Christians. As Christians we belong to Christ and His power is alive in us. Our challenge is to be faithful, confident and true. Our calling is to give God’s love to those outside the faith that they may know the joy, peace and love found only in a relationship with Christ Jesus.

Pastor Clinton C. Van Horn

Living Water Church International

Beckley

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