Why Christians should not be critical

There is no excuse for Christians to be critical of one another. Jesus’ only prayer for the entire church is that we would be unified. Perhaps that’s why the church is divided into so many denomination and so many congregations are divided into cliques. As soon as we recognize that we have gotten into habits inspired by the devil, why, we just have to break them and develop new ones in their place.

In Romans 12:1-2, Paul instructs not to be conformed to the world but to become a living sacrifice. In one way or another, every word from their to the end of the book describes or defines what a living sacrifice acts and looks like.… Read the rest

Examine yourselves

“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Prove yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?–unless indeed you are disqualified.” — 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NKJV)

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. — 1 John 5:13 (NKJV)

My mother had an uncle named John. He was  one of the leading businessmen in his town, and active in one of the Methodist churches.  When he was in his late 80s, a Baptist friend suggested he should really do something about his baptism; “You’re too good a man to go to hell.”

That’s but one example that immediately comes to mind of people assuming that someone else will go to hell for some perceived failing.… Read the rest