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The Truth about Tolerance

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I’ve been praying and thinking about this the past few days.

I have been called intolerant so many times because I stand for Christ, I stand for His Holy Word. The world hates me (Good!). There’s been a lot of talk about tolerance lately but something struck me as off center or not quite right. I could not put my finger on it, but something was really nagging me about that whole “tolerance” issue.

Then yesterday I just asked the Lord to show me what it was that troubled me about this. His response was swift and it took my breath away.

The act of tolerance (to allow (something that is bad, unpleasant, etc.) to exist, happen, or be done; to accept the feelings, behavior, or beliefs of (someone))

Creates a state of tolerance (to endure or resist the action of (as a drug or food) without serious side effects or discomfort)

It is time to start thinking instead of listening to the world. I stopped buying what those in the world were trying to sell me and they don’t like it, but I stand on the Word of God. The world will tell you that in order to be Christian you must be tolerant – but they don’t tell you the whole story.

Think people!

When you give yourself over to the things of this world, the evil, the godlessness, then you open yourself up to become numb or desensitized to the wicked effects of those things. The lines between what is right, good, and holy and what is carnal, worldly and displeasing to God become blurred. Eventually they simply fade. That way of thinking will keep you bound to the world because it is of the world.

The world wants you to sit by and leave them to their sin as they corrupt others with their wickedness – so they push for tolerance. They try to intimidate and degrade those who are opposed, attempting to discredit them by labeling them as bigots or intolerant.

Some Christians give in just to avoid the attack.

That is not Bible, though. None of it.

Tolerance will not get you anywhere but in the same wicked place as those who are demanding you be tolerant. As Christians we are called to be bold and to stand for the Word, to be a LIGHT in this dark, dark world.

You never know who is watching you, waiting to see how you will handle situations. You never know who you will influence. Your very actions as a Bold Christian could be the very thing that leads them to Him.

When we choose to live for Jesus we become His representatives. It is our job to reflect Him in every single thing that we do. Yes, Jesus loved people. But I also remember a Jesus who turned over some tables in a temple. We have to be willing to turn over some tables, to offend some people, as we stand up for our faith.

This living for God stuff is non-negotiable. Either you are all in, or you are all out. There is no sitting on the fence. God does not compromise and He wants all of us, our hearts and our minds.

So tolerance is not what this world needs.

This world needs Jesus – and some tables turned over.

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If you are a Christian then you don’t Support Gay Marriage – and Here’s Why

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I have watched this issue of gay marriage unfold, not just over the past few days, but over years. I have studied scripture, but more importantly, I have prayed about it. The more I pray and study, the more convinced I am that this is very contrary to God’s will and grieves Him to see His people going in this direction – and so many who profess to follow Him supporting something that is definitely NOT of God.

If you are a Christian, then you do not support Gay marriage. There are several reasons why and I am certain that, except for the rock solid, sincere Christians who truly want to live for God, at least one of these will offend you. I do not apologize. I will never apologize for following the prompting of the Holy Spirit which is exactly what I am doing.

This legalization of gay “marriage” is just another step toward not just a Godless nation, but another step toward the decline and destruction of our nation.

1.  Throughout history every nation that has fallen has experienced an uprising and promotion of homosexuality prior to the fall. It is the spirit of perversion, plain and simple – and it is devastating to a nation. When we look throughout history at nations that have fallen, the rise, promotion, and acceptance of homosexuality was a precursor every time. This Supreme Court decision is just one more step in the direction of living in the times of Noah – in complete and utter Godlessness – right before God flooded the earth, destroying it and the people on it. As a nation we are headed for a fall.

Some people ask why did we (Christians) “choose” this cause to be upset about, doesn’t the Bible teach about other sins? Why are we up in arms about them?

Well, if you have been paying attention, we have been. People were upset and railed against divorce, they were upset and railed against the legalization of alcohol (the Bible speaks against it). People were extremely upset about the murder of innocent lives from abortion, yet it is not legal – but still we fight.

You see, though, our morality is slipping bit by bit. Each time a portion has been destroyed people did get upset about it but this is really the first instance where we have had the internet to make the response and protest much more public. Yes, we have internet now to rail against these things, like abortion, but this is the first time such a significant decision has been handed down and the internet has seen us through it all. When Row v. Wade was handed down there was no internet. Just because you have not see the fight does not mean it isn’t happening.

2.  The Bible has a LOT to say on the subject of homosexuality. This is an abbreviated study guide with scriptural citations.

Genesis 19:1-13 – God destroyed Sodom because of the SIN of homosexuality.

Leviticus 18:22 – The SIN of homosexuality is an ABOMINATION unto God making it more than “just” a sin. It is worse. It makes God sick; he hates it and disgusted by it (which is what abomination means).

Leviticus 20:13 – Those who commit the SIN of homosexuality which is an ABOMINATION unto God will die in their SIN (unless they REPENT and seek deliverance – but they have to want to turn away from it).

Romans 1:26-27 – God turned his back on those who continued in the SIN of homosexuality.

1 Corinthians 6:9 – Those who practice the SIN of homosexuality are UNRIGHTEOUS in God’s eyes and will not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 1:10 – Homosexuality is CONTRARY to sound doctrine.

1 Corinthians 7:2 – Each man should have his own WIFE and each wife should have her own HUSBAND – marriage is between a MAN and a WOMAN.

Jude 1:7 – Those who commit the SIN of homosexuality and do not repent will be punished in the eternal fire.

Mark 10:6-9 – God made MALE and FEMALE and when they marry they become one flesh – marriage is between a MAN and a WOMAN.

Still, there are pastors who teach tolerance and acceptance of the sin. True, we are called to love the sinner, the person, the SOUL and to be a witness to them. But the scripture also says that we are to hate sin.

These pastors are wrong to teach such unsound doctrine. They are leading their congregations into the world instead of toward God; but I suppose they know this. Somewhere deep inside, if they ever try to touch God at all, they know.

Those who live in such blatant iniquity are usually fully aware but choose to remain in rebellion. The Word of God is irrefutable and timeless. You cannot serve two masters, either you love God and live for Him or you serve the god of this world and give in to carnality and wickedness. The Bible warns the saints of people like that. We are to avoid them.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 2 Timothy 4:3

I don’t want my ears tickled. I want TRUTH! I want God’s truth no matter how difficult it may be. We have been called out of the world to be separate and apart. We are not supposed to be of the world. Jesus said that.

So where do we go from here? Fortunately, Praise God, His Word gives clear direction on how we are to proceed.

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29

For the sake of your own eternal soul you need to wake up! If you are teaching these lies that are contrary to scripture, stop.

If you are being taught these lies that are contrary to scripture, find someone who loves you enough to tell you the truth, to reveal the truth of scripture to you, to tell you about the Holy Ghost and how your eyes will be opened if you will just repent of your sins then submit to Him and allow yourself to be filled. This is the first step in salvation.

If you are going to represent yourself as a Christian then you must follow scripture. What is happening in our country today is contrary to scripture and very dangerous. This is placing many people at a crossroads: do they follow God or follow the world? You too may be in the throes of that decision.

I teach truth! My door is always open and I have several ways that I can be contacted. If you earnestly want to know truth, to understand more about this, about living for God, or even who Jesus is, I am happy to help you any way that I can. Know, though, I don’t teach just to teach. I teach to raise up disciples for we are all called to a royal priesthood when we separate from the world. I teach to prepare you to go out and lead others to Christ. Once you have the truth you have a responsibility to be a witness and always be ready to share that truth with others.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19

So, do I hate homosexuals? Absolutely not! I hate the sin but love the souls. I live my life according to scripture – there is no higher law. Therefore, I love what Jesus loves and hate what Jesus hates. That is what happens when you live for Him.

And I am opposed to this gay lifestyle and its promotion in our society. I am opposed to the sin and the serious, detrimental impact it has on these individuals’ eternal souls. I am opposed to the sin and the serious, detrimental repercussions that it will have on our society.

So, can these people be saved, delivered from their sin? They sure can, anyone can. If they repent (true repentance with sincerity and a real intention of going forth and sinning no more) and are baptized by immersion in water in the Holy name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins (His blood will wash away the sin and erase it from their history). The Bible says that at that time they will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And as long as they stay submitted to God and strive to do His will, have a desire for His will in their lives, the Holy Spirit will guide them and provide ever deeper understanding of their walk with Christ.

Praying that every person who reads this will come to know Christ on a deeper level and gain a greater understanding of His truth.
God Bless You.
Stephanie A. Mayberry

Identity Crisis

This is an incredible lesson on holiness and separation from the world. It is geared toward young people, but really applies to anyone, regardless of age, who wants to live for Christ.

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Identity Crisis

Are You Who People Think You Are?

How Does Your Attire Identity You?

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Studying Out Baptism in Jesus’ Name

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If you are not familiar with Jesus name baptism I encourage you to research it for yourself. I have provided brief Bible study to help you see for yourself how important, how vital Jesus name baptism is. Revelation 20:12 tells us that on judgment day we will stand before God and will be judged by how closely we tried to live our lived according to the books- the books of the Bible. In the end, it doesn’t matter what your mother taught you, your pastor, you grandpa, no one – it only matters what is written in the Book and how closely you tried to live your life according to scripture.

So, for those who have a heart for Christ and hunger for a more intimate relationship with Him, I have provided this brief Bible study. Please study it out for yourself. If you want to know more feel free to reach out to me. My contact information is at the end of this book.

Matthew 28:19

Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Question: How is this command demonstrated throughout scripture?

Answer: You cannot find a single person anywhere in the scriptures that was baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. There is not a single one.

There are thousands, however, who were baptized by full immersion in water in the NAME – the Name of Jesus.

Acts 2:38-41

Acts 4:10-12

Acts 8:12-16

Acts 8:35-39

Acts 10:46-48

Acts 16:14

Acts 16:32-34

Acts 19:1-5

1 Corinthians 1:13-16

Philippians 2:9-11

Colossians 3:17

Jesus said that NO ONE comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

The Father and Holy Spirit did not die, were not buried and were not resurrected. It was Jesus who did that.

Romans 6:3-6

Galatians 3:26-27

Yes, Matthew 28:19 says that we are to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the one, single, name, the ONLY name that saves – Jesus Christ.

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What does the Bible say about Suicide?

 

There has been a lot of talk lately about suicide. The media is glorifying the taking of one’s life and turning those who do it into some sort of heroic icons.
In truth, there is nothing heroic or brave about taking your own life. In fact, it violates the Word of God and is the one sin that you cannot repent for. Saved people do not kill themselves. If they are truly saved, then they know the true nature of God and they know His Word. They know what God has to say on the topic.
The ones who kill themselves are the lost.
I am sorry; it is truth because it is written in the Word.
If you are a Christian you will not commit suicide. This is what the Bible has to say on the subject.

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Is your church ready for growth?

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We pray, “Lord, bring people to our church. Bring those who are hungry for your word. Bring the people who need you the most.  The ones nobody wants.”

But what would we do if God actually answered that prayer?

Think about it.

Jesus walked this earth for three years, giving us a perfect example of how WE should be—He showed us what living for God looks like.

He hung out with adulterers, murderers, lepers and demon possessed, dirty, naked people. He never flinched—He just showed them love and acceptance. He healed them and cared for their souls. He was concerned with where they spent eternity and that overshadowed everything else about them – even the unpleasant or, yes, disgusting parts.

He showed US how we are to love and accept these people no one wants. He cares about their souls, not their filth or disease. So should we.

He said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me (Matthew 25:40).” Yet how do we treat the ‘least of them’? Do we embrace them, show them love and share the hope of Christ so that they can be born again?

We may be the very last chance for them to hear truth, feel the love of Christ and experience a new birth. Jesus told us to love people (Mark 12:31), spread the gospel (Mark 16:15) and baptize them in His name (Matthew 28:19).

How we doing with that? How are we really doing?

Are the showing them the love of Christ or are we recoiling in horror at their disease, their tattoos, their filth, their bondage, their sin? Do we draw them into our church family, love them and pray with them or do we shun them and drive them back out into the world?

We are asking for God to send people to our church, but are we giving Him a laundry list of what we will accept and what simply is not ‘right’ for our church?

It’s His house. Doesn’t He get a say in all this?

I grieve. I grieve tonight. My heart breaks because we have some wonderful churches with passionate, anointed pastors. Churches where God moves and lives are changed. But when the ‘least of them’ shows up these same churches fail the test.

We are praying the prayer “God send them” when we should really be praying “God make us ready.”

Because from what I have seen, most of us are NOT ready.

The Holiness of BEING a Godly Example

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I have seen a Facebook trend recently that seems to be gaining popularity where people are cutting folks off of their friends list because they don’t comment or interact. They say that in order to be their friend you have to comment and interact. And these are Christian people doing this.

Not all people comment, but many people read. You never know what ‘quiet’ person you are impacting.

I have learned this myself. I never remove people from my friends list unless they are a problem – and they it has to be a pretty big problem.

You have people watching you that you don’t even realize they are doing so. I have learned to be very careful; you may be the only Jesus they are exposed to.

But when presented with this, their hearts remain hard. They say they don’t want anyone watching them. I am sorry, but this is not Biblical. The Bible tells us that we are to be an EXAMPLE to others. When we made the decision to live for Christ we signed on to a pretty big and important job.

It is our job, our duty, to reach the lost. It is our JOB to lead others to Him, not shut them out because they don’t express themselves according to some set of parameters that we have in place. You cannot escape this job no matter where you go. You are either filled with the Holy Ghost and live a holy life (the best you can of course) ALL THE TIME or you don’t do it at all. God does not compromise!

I have seen people who are quiet (like me) contrasted by people who are ‘alive.’ That is not a fair comparison. People who are quiet are not dead. That is a very mean spirited assessment.

I have also seen Christians assume that quiet people do not pray or communicate. That again is not true and certainly not fair. I am a very quiet person but my relationships do not suffer. I pray daily – without ceasing. I have a strong, very good marriage – better than most. But being a quiet person I tend to think about things, take time to process them. I know I am not the only one.

But it isn’t all about me (although I do read a lot of peoples’ posts without commenting – I am autistic so I don’t always know what to say – but I do read). And like it or not people are watching you too. What kind of example are you setting? Some of the people I read, I would be afraid to walk through the door of their church. So many are judgmental and so hard. Where is the Christ like love that Jesus said we should have for one another?

Where is the operation of the body that draws people in – especially those no one else wants? And, yes, even the quiet ones?

What about the people who may not be in the same spiritual place as we are?

Do we reject them all? Do we shun them? That isn’t what my Bible says we should do.

I know in my own experience I have had people contact me who have been reading me for years – people I never knew – who have said that what I wrote had an impact on them.

I have even had several who have reached out to me after reading to ask questions, seeking a deeper relationship with God. I have done Bible studies online and on the phone. I have helped several find churches in their area, they have been baptized in Jesus name, received the Holy Ghost. It has been beautiful.

I am not saying this to be boastful, just to illustrate the importance of being very careful what you say and do and especially how you treat others.

But that is just me, how I operate. I understand that isn’t for everyone. It is my own personal conviction that when I made the decision to live for God I would let Him shine through me – in fact I pray for that every day. It is my own personal conviction to reach others, to influence and plant seeds no matter what that looks like – even if it means putting things out there and no one responds.

I don’t need an ego boost. I don’t need people responding to everything I write. I don’t do it for my ego. I do it for God.

I guess I just see things a little differently. For me, living for God is full time and it isn’t done on my terms. I gave my life over to Him and I just do as He directs. I have seen enough people hurt by what I assume (I hope) is unintentional rejection by their Christian brothers and sisters – I have even been there myself, hurt.

So many have what looks like lofty attitudes but really I believe that they have just forgotten that not everyone is at the same spiritual place that they are. They simply need to be reminded (at least I hope that is all it takes).

There are a lot of hurting people who need to feel accepted and if we don’t draw them in hell sure will.

 

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