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Do Not
Pick &
Choose
This was my response to a posting I received on Facebook that accused
Christians of picking and choosing passages when it came to hating
homosexuality, and forgetting the passages which teach us to love one
another.

The problem is, too many “Christians” do pick and choose passages to obey,
either in terms of homosexuality, or in terms of loving all men, or anything else
the Bible teaches. Too many “Christians” grab a proof-text and build their
philosophy or religion upon it, not considering what the rest of the Bible has to
say about that subject.

Non-Christians, in turn, do the same. They build their case against Christianity
upon the basis of isolated passages, and do not take the time nor the effort to
examine all that the Bible has to say on the subject. But, it is hard to blame
them when “Christians” do the same. They are many times rebelling against
both the rhetoric and actions of those who claim to speak in behalf of God.

Jesus proclaimed to the apostles:

“ … Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
(MATTHEW 28:20 KJV)

The apostles were to teach men to obey everything that Jesus commanded.
That includes:

“… Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” (ROMANS 12:9 KJV)
And it also includes: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one
another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all
men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (JOHN 13:
34-35 KJV)

And:

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to
them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and
persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on
the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward
have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren
only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye
therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
(MATTHEW 5:44-48 KJV)

For whom did Jesus die?

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came
into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 TIMOTHY 1:15 KJV)

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of
man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the
world through him might be saved. (JOHN 3:14-17 KJV)

God loves each and every person upon the face of the earth, throughout
history. Jesus died for each and every person upon the face of the earth,
throughout history. Therefore, how can we claim to be godly and like Christ
and not love those whom They love?

Does this mean we excuse sin? Does this mean we condone sin? No, it means
we love the individual, while despising what they do. WE LOVE THE SINNER,
BUT HATE THE SIN. We are to mimic the emotions, thoughts and actions of
God and of His Son Jesus Christ.

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be
not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor
covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the
kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are
sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit
of our God.” (1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-11 KJV)

Unfortunately when too many people read this passage they stop after the
words “the kingdom of God,” and miss the point Paul was making here. He was
telling them, they may have been this way in the past; but, now they had been
cleansed, they had been made holy, they had been forgiven by the authority of
the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God. They had been among the most
corrupt of the world, but now they are the children of the King. Therefore,
rather than being a passage of condemnation, it is a passage of
encouragement to do the right thing. Yes, it points out that sex before of
marriage is wrong, worshipping idols is wrong, sexual affairs are wrong, using
boys for sex is wrong, homosexuality is wrong, stealing is wrong, greed is
wrong, intoxication is wrong, speaking evil is wrong, and bribery is wrong;
but, it does not elevate any of these items to the position of irretrievably
condemning someone. After all, “such were some of you.”

On the other hand, non-Christians, and many “Christians” are confused by
passages from the Old Testament which call for animal sacrifice, or stoning, or
the killing of everyone at a location; thinking that if you call for obedience in
all things, you must call for sacrifice or stoning, etc.

The Bible is comprised of 66 books. 39 books are in what we refer to as the
Old Testament, and 27 are in what we refer to as the New Testament. To
understand what God wants us to do, and to understand the Bible, it is
necessary to understand two things: 1) everything the Bible says about the
subject from Genesis to Revelation; and, 2) the New Testament is the law that
we live under today.

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