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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

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You guys really need Jesus up in here talking all this mess about other folks. Here's an idea, worry about yourself and what yourself is doing because on Judgement Day, U will be giving an account of your life. Not you and whomever u down here running your mouth negatively about, but U, all by your lonesome. Pray for those who struggle. How about trying to be CHRIST-like and practicing the love factor? God bless those of who are saying and in this case, typing things, you ought not.

You guys really need Jesus up in here talking all this mess about other folks. Here's an idea, worry about yourself and what yourself is doing because on Judgement Day, U will be giving an account of your life. Not you and whomever u down here running your mouth negatively about, but U, all by your lonesome. Pray for those who struggle. How about trying to be CHRIST-like and practicing the love factor? God bless those of who are saying and in this case, typing things, you ought not.

I just want to say for the record that I am an African American preacher: 26 years old, and going to Seminary to obtain my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Homiletics and Bible Scholarship. I wanted to point out that even in my strong stance against homosexuality, it is still a sin that God is able to forgive once repentance is enacted. I do not struggle with homosexuality; I am married and am heterosexual to the core. But I also have friends who are wrestling with homosexuality or are homosexuals. I'm not going to get into cliches' about sockets and plugs and all of that, but I do know that God forgives sins if we are willing to repent and change our wicked ways...that's whether you're homosexual, a car jacker, a liar, a gossip...whatever is not in line with the will and Word of God. People have to understand that we all have faults...I read one post that said that preachers and Christians "can't be hypocrites and 'we' allow them to get away with it." Well, if you check your lifestyle with a grain of honesty and self discernment, I'm sure that you will find that everyone is guilty of saying some things that they regretted - guilty of acting in a way that they were ashamed of later...and since preachers are still human, we have to hold them to the same accountability that we hold other non - clergy to. However, we should not condemn the preacher, the deacon, the choir member...any Christian who just so happens to struggle with any sin...because as long as we are alive in this mortal body, we will continue to sin. The blood of Jesus Christ makes it possible for us to NOT INCUR the penalties of sin now, if we follow the prescription for forgiveness. So I want everybody to encourage each other instead of bashing each other. I preach on some areas that I still struggle with - like debt...when God gives you the message, it's intended to help you as well as the people you're preaching to.

CCG

I'm just wondering if you all have checked into the Grand Ole Church of God in Christ? I say this because there are deep roots in homosexuality running throughout the church. There are rumors of Bishop Blake of West Angeles being a homosexual.

Further, as a seminary graduate, I was told by my preaching professor to watch what I preach, because what we preach is the main thing that we struggle with.

D

This happens so often and the church will just sweep it under the rug. These occurrences are more justification for calling them out for who they are! They're human, just like us, but they can't be hypocrites and get away with it!

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