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What should a Christian say if someone asks, “Do you believe gay people are going to hell because they’re gay?”

We should say, “Let’s back up a bit. Do you know why Jesus came?”

Their answer will indicate where you should go next. If they actually say, “To die for our sins,” then you can ask, “Who are these sinners He died for?”

You can then explain to them that everybody—everybody—is a sinner. Jesus told us that if we hate people, it’s like committing murder. He said that if a man looks at a woman with lust in his heart, it’s the same as if he’s committing adultery. Everyone is a sinner—including you and the person asking the question. Everybody has lied. No one has loved God like he should, with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength. We have all failed.

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What is the “me-centered” gospel? It takes a bit to identify it, since it’s so prevalent in the West.

The me-centered gospel makes a subtle shift at its foundation about what—rather, who—is at the center of the gospel message. Well, it seems subtle. It’s actually a fundamental, seismic relocation. Jesus is removed from the center and is replaced by…you.

You have a destiny. God has a destiny for you.

You have a purpose. God has a purpose for you.

You can have your best life now.

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A word of caution. People in the church do not have the place to go up to church leaders and tell them that they are nothing. Leaders, though they are nothing, deserve respect.

“We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves” (1 Thessalonians 5:12–13). Paul reiterates this in 1 Timothy 5:17: “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”

Everybody is to be respected. We are to respect one another. “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10). Peter says, “Honor everyone” (1 Peter 2:17a).

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A couple of days ago, I posted an article expressing my sadness about the recent changes in the United States in regard to the funding of international abortion clinics and the change at the FDA in its policy about research on human embryos.

I rarely post about issues like this, because they tend to take the focus off of what is most important in life: a relationship with a living God. However, these recent changes have indeed saddened me, and more than saddened me—I see them as an ominous degradation of our culture. It’s not surprising that several have disagreed.

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The post today is from the writings of man named J. Preston Eby, and the subject is the book of Revelation. As the book of Revelation itself states, it is the revelation of Jesus Christ, not of the devil or the antichrist. After using an interesting illustration, Eby makes a thoughtful point at the end. As you’ll soon determine, the writing is a bit dated, but I think you’ll be rewarded if you push on to the end.

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img_0127One of my wonderful blog friends sent an inspiring email to me. It’s one of those slideshows accompanied by music and encouraging statements and words of wisdom. I loved it. In fact, it’s one of the few pass-along emails that I’ll actually pass along. (For those of you who send such emails, take note. I’ve found almost nothing that I find worthy enough to put into a friend’s mailbox.)

There was one statement in this presentation, however, that I disagree with, and I related that to my blog friend. It was, “Time heals everything. Give time, time.”

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A couple of days ago, one of the responders to my mindsay blog gave me a link to a movie called Zeitgeist and suggested that I watch it. I don’t watch movies on my computer, and the thought of sitting through the presentation wasn’t exactly enticing. It became even less enticing when this supposed debunking of Christianity began with a mocking joke by—George Carlin.

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