Why am I reblogging this post? It is because of these words.
Brothers and sisters, do not waiver in the truth. Love, yes love, but do not compromise the truth. Jesus never did. From the woman caught in adultery to the tax collector, He preached the truth. You must repent, you must die to self and you must be born again in the truth of Christ.
There is no other way.
Unless we love another in the truth, we do the one we love no good. We merely encourage them to drag their sins behind them.
Isaiah 5:18-23 New Living Translation (NLT)
18 What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them
with ropes made of lies,
who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!
19 They even mock God and say,
“Hurry up and do something!
We want to see what you can do.
Let the Holy One of Israel carry out his plan,
for we want to know what it is.”
20 What sorrow for those who say
that evil is good and good is evil,
that dark is light and light is dark,
that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
21 What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes
and think themselves so clever.
22 What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine
and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.
23 They take bribes to let the wicked go free,
and they punish the innocent.
“Simon, Simon behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail, and, once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32
Faith demands conversion. And conversion demands repentance. Repentance demands humility. And Humility demands change. This is the way of the Christian pilgrim.
This is the way of truth.
Jesus did not pick a perfect saint to be the first pope, he picked a broken sinner, so that all of us could relate to him. The Chair of Peter sits as a universal symbol of hope, a returning home, a reminder that all have fallen short of the glory of God. The Chair of Peter is not there to remind us of our sinfulness. The Chair of Peter is there to remind us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He didn’t…
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