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How should the church reach out to the LGBT+ community?

I recently got into a rather heated discussion posted by a priest who wrote an article for TIME magazine that was saying that we need to accept the LGBT+ community in the church. I disagree with it based on the implied idea that the word accept brings to the table, that the church would be signaling that homosexuality and those forms of sexual immorality are ok. While the article itself was only talking about reaching out and welcoming the LGBT+ community into the church instead of excluding them like some churches are accused of, I doubt people were reading it fully and just running with the headline, much like I did in the first part of this paragraph. The question I want to pose is, how should the church reach out to the LGBT community? What I want to do here is to look at some scripture in the old and New Testament to show that homosexuality is indeed a moral sin, and not just a ceremonial law that was fulfilled when Christ came and that Christians are picking and…

13 Things Mentally Strong Christians Don’t Do

Don’t worry, this isn’t a topically late post about 13 reasons why. My mother and I were actually talking about a list she found on Linked in titled “13 Things Mentally Strong People don’t do.  It’s talking about mental habits that we should not do in a professional sense. We got to thinking how to apply this list to Christians, because we suffer from mental health problems like everyone else. What I would like to is to go through this list and apply scriptural principles to it and change the list to 13 Things Mentally Strong Christians Don’t Do. 1)They don’t stay in their comfort zone- Go and make disciples of men (Matthew 28:16-20). Jesus called his disciples from fishing boats, medicine, and tax offices to follow him and to spread the gospel. If we consider Paul, he was called from the religious Jewish elite to support a new faith that many were trying to kill, literally and figuratively. I can see this parallel with the Christians who are converts from Islam. 2)They don’t give in t…

Do the needs of the many, or the few, outweigh the needs of the one in the view of God?

Now that I have your attention with the Star Trek quote. Let’s seriously think about things. In the United States, everyone was talking about how Hilary won the popular vote and how she should have won because that was the democratic way. By the way, the United States is not a democracy but a constitutional republic so that the little guy is protected from being ruled by the big cities, but that is starting to get off topic from where I want to be tonight. I don’t want to go terribly political here, but instead that I want to talk about how God can value us all as a people, but still be able to care about us all as individuals. Allow me to bring a few examples from scripture to mind to show that God is indeed capable of this duality.                 We can look three parables that Jesus taught during his ministry to show that God does care about the individual and will do everything in his power to seek and save the one. First, we can look at the parable of the lost …