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An Open Letter to my Black Evangelical Friends

amonk7 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 11:31 AM
Jesus taught care of the poor and oppressed, ending war, and broad tolerance for the beliefs and lifestyles of others. He didn't say a word about abortion or gay marriage. Michael Brown is just trying the old trick of driving a wedge between Jesus' real teachings and black voters for political gain. Jesus overturned the tables of the social conservatives of his day and reserved some of his harshest language for them.
Joseph64 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 6:52 PM
Jesus taught what he did directly to the people, not the government in power at the time. Jesus would never have advocated the use of government coercion to bring people into line. When you do something in Jesus name, it must come from the heart or it is meaningless. Government run social programs will not get anyone into heaven. And Jesus did not attack social conservatives in the temple, he attacked defilers of the temple who were using it for business purposes rather than as a house of God. Social conservatism had nothing to do with it.
Curtis104 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 1:09 PM
Really? Think you should look again pall! While it is true that he taught care of the poor and oppressed, it also says in the bible that there is only one way into heaven, and that is through belief in Christ! And when he saved the women who commited adultery, he told her to go and sin no more, not to go and continue with your self-destructive lifestyle! We are given the choice, if we make the wrong one we will pay the price for it! I don't believe in abortion because plain and simple, it is murder, I believe there is a commandment about that one! See. the psalms " I knit you together in your mothers womb, " or, " I knew you before you were born." all of which tell me that that unborn child is more than a FETUS in the womb!
mmgv Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 10:01 PM
We can't sin "no more", since the fall of Adam. If we could sin no more we wouldn't need Christ. Christ will forgive a repentant heart. Although abortion is snot your sin, as long as you're human you have plenty more. Let me guess lying and a hateful heart are two you're struggling with.
Andy544 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 11:50 AM
baloney.. more lies left-wing spin, twisting scriptures to justify its own ends. Jesus said, "Til heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or tittle of the Law will pass away, until ALL be fulfilled. He who breaks one of the least of these COMMANDMENTS, and teaches men to do so, will be called LEAST in the Kingdom of heaven. But he who does and teaches others to do so, will be called GREAT in the Kingdom of heaven." The 'LAW' Jesus was referring to was the Jewish Torah, with ALL its requirements. JESUS fulfilled the requirements of the Law by His death on the Cross; but those who despise the Law, as you and your free-wheeling 'anything goes' buddies, will find that Jesus will be your JUDGE, not your SAVIOR
Andy544 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 11:52 AM
the Scripture reference is Matthew 5:18-19, if you care to look it up..
mmgv Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 9:55 PM
"LEAST in the Kingdom of heaven..." not in hell or on earth

Once you're saved, you are saved unless you denounce Christ as your savior. Your judgement will be your status amongst the saved. You should strive toward the highest, but if you fall short you do not lose grace."

mmgv Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 9:57 PM
When asked, Jesus said LOVE is the greatest. "“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Why because love brings more souls to God than hatred speech, fire, or brimstone. Change hearts not laws, and let God's law reign supreme through salvation. No matter what the world says is right, as Christians we are accountable to God.

I am not writing this letter to accuse but rather to advance understanding. And even though I am white, I am not writing as an outsider but as a fellow evangelical, part of the same spiritual family. May I pose some candid questions?

Are you guilty, on any level, of blind allegiance to the Democratic party? And, on Election Day, did any of you compromise your convictions out of racial solidarity?

I have been very open in my criticism of white evangelicals, pointing out how we often put our trust in the Republican party and how we look to the latest...