If Not, Hell Is Waiting For You!
Our Sunday AM services are being held at the Mexico Beach Civic Center. In accordance with federal laws, we have permission to use this heated, and air conditioned, facility on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM central time. We begin with a short time of greeting and fellowship, and then TJ leads us in worship. After the service we have holy communion, a time when people can request prayer, especially for healing, and sometimes, a pot luck luncheon.
In the book of Matthew, right after the Lord's prayer, we find these two verses:
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
( Matthew 6:14-15 )
" Then Peter came to Him and said, ' Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? ' Jesus said to him, ' I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.' "
( Matthew 18:21-22 )
"And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, "I repent", you shall forgive him."
( Luke 17:4 )
"He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first."
( John 8:7 )
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."
( Romans 3:23 )
"For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all."
( James 2:10 )
What the world needs now, more than ever, is forgiveness. We are all victims, and we are all offenders of one kind or another. The writings in the Bible are very plain on this subject. Everyone on this earth is an offender, worthy of hell. That includes not only those in the clergy, who have abused the youth, who were under them, but the victims, and the lawyers, and the psychiatrists, and the members of the media, and the courts, and all those who are profiting from the grief of others.
Doesn't anyone understand what Christianity is all about? If the accusers of this world understood the judgment that awaits them, because of their lack of forgiveness, they would quickly repent of their torrent of accusations, and harsh rebuke.
Did some old men commit serious abuses? It certainly seems that they did,- but are we and our children going to be better off, by putting more and more old people into jail, for offenses committed 30 or 40 years ago? Will we be better off, if we build more jails, and pour more and more of our tax dollars, into the pockets of lawyers, and psychiatrists, and government officials?
How can we make our world better? First, it appears that forced celibacy is a failure. The Roman Catholic church will eventually reform in this regard, and allow,- and even encourage, its leaders to marry,- or suffer such losses in money and membership, that it will lose all but a trace of its influence. Other religions have married leaders. In light of all the clergy scandals, it would be hard to argue, that forbidding church leaders to marry, has brought about a better religion. Their leaders are supposedly successors of Peter. Peter was married, and took along his wife on his missionary journeys. Are they better than Peter, the one who was supposedly their first pope?
Look at 1st Corinthians 9:5:
Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? Cephas, of course, is another name for the Apostle Peter,- the one often called St. Peter. Should today's church leaders be required to be celibate, when St. Peter wasn't ?
Second, it appears that in today's society, allowing unsupervised contact with unrelated minors, especially in private quarters, is risky for any church or organization. With sex being pedaled constantly from every form of media, it is better to avoid any kind of temptation, than to invite accusation, false or otherwise.
The answer is the same, as it has always been. The prophets preached it. John the Baptist preached it. Jesus preached it. The answer is to repent of sin, and turn to God. Let Him give you a new heart, and a new spirit ( see Ezekiel 11:19 ) and guide you to live your life according to His commandments. Jesus called this being born again ( or better translated, born from above ) or born of God. The answer, is to allow God to turn you away from all the things that are in violation of the commandments of Jesus.
By the way, the worst sin is not child sexual abuse, it is idolatry,- the sin that is the most prevalent in our society today.
The scoffers of the world won't like this web page. They don't like to be reminded of the fiery torment in hell that awaits them. Sometime ago one of them e-mailed me, and tried to tell me that Jesus Christ never existed. I replied by reminding him that, at that time, the year was 2009. 2009 what? 2009 years after what? The person was so ignorant that even that didn't convince him!
Our educational system is so bad that we should be demanding our money back! An education that neglects God, and spiritual things, is next to useless. Read your Bible straight through a few times, and you'll begin to see how poor your education really was. They didn't even teach you right from wrong!
Have a wonderful season. God Bless you, and your family!
Would you like to know more about the return of Jesus Christ? Check out this page: Jesus Is Coming Soon!
The Mexico Beach Civic Center is located at 105 N. 31st Street. It is the white building with the dark green roof, which is just behind that new Mexico Beach restaurant, Mango Marley's. It is behind Parker Realty, and is on the northeast side of Rte 98. It is about 7/10 mile south of the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. For a map showing the location of the Mexico Beach Civic Center, click below the photo:
Mexico Beach Civic Center
Map of Civic Center Area