Friday, April 22, 2011

Why Don't Christians Help Other Christians?

I read a blog today which basically asked the question "Why can't Christians help...Christians?"I thought about this seriously because as far as I'm concerned Christians have been the most hands-off people I have every met. they want nothing to do with anything in which they can't personally benefit from.  And God forbid if their involvement  means suffering with another Christian.

The original post  spoke about the Christian community as a whole. but I'm speaking more specifically about the urban  Protestant Evangelical community.  I remember my mother use to say you can tell when you are in a black neighborhood because you have a church and a bar on every corner. However that is not a testimony of our (Black People) faith it speaks about our failure to support one another. 50 storefront churches in a 30 block area can not serve the community as well as 8 churches in that same area can. If the major goal of the church is to pay rent and keep the lights on than the church will never be able to serve the community. We can't expect people that grew up in less fortunate urban areas want better when our churches and expect better.

In response to what was written on the global problem with Christian supporting other Christians I wrote this more local problem specific to the African-American, and non-catholic Latino Community.
below is my response. Please feel free to comment.

This problem [Christian fail to support other Christians] runs deeper that Christians failing to support our brothers and sisters in different country. I have seen Christian fail to support a dying Christian [that lives] right next door to them. We support anything the world says is ok but we forget to support our own.

There can be two Churches on the same street. On one corner a Pentecostal church, on the other corner Baptist church they pass each other going to worship each Sunday, yet they could not tell you the name of the Pastor of the church on the opposite corner if it wasn't for the marquee [on the wall]

They act as though their church is fighting the devil all by themselves and the world is just watching and waiting for them to realize victory. Most churches are not even able to pay rent on their building so they can't meet the needs of the local community. Is there any wonder they neglect the needs of their brothers and sisters around the world that are suffering for Christ?

Five times in the Gospel of John Jesus commands us to love one another. But today the churches don’t even speak to one another. What are your thoughts on this subject what do you think can be done to correct this problem?

I welcome and desire responses to this post. 

Your Brother In Christ
T.Charves FireSpeaks

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Monday, April 18, 2011

They Will Have to Leap Over My Dead Body to Get to Hell

This is actually in response to a post on facebook that has to do with judging. I believe that Satan has used   "Judge not, that ye be not judged" as a tool to shut the mouths of the man and women of God toward revealing sin when it happens.

Please excuse my passion on this subject. as I have seen many Christians stop witnessing altogether because they have no defense against his passage. I purposely don't give the passage location because I am especially speaking to those that use it but don't even know where to find it
Be careful that we don't take on the world-view but keep or at least learn to acquire the Christ view. Fact is we are supposed to judge people (bring their sin to light) but the world-view tells us otherwise. Know your scripture so that the wicked of the world don't fool you. They find solitude, even safety  from God's law in the statement "judge yet not that you may not be judge"

Because so many Christian think they are to be loved they have departed from sound doctrine and take on the thoughts and ways of the world. But I will not have you ignorant to what the truth is. I would normally write this as a personal message but I think it is needed for everyone that says they are a Christian, and everyone that tries to hide behind scripture while rolling around in the filth of their own sin. I am not a Christian extremist, but I love God too much to water-down or  prostitute (sell out) His word to make new friends or even hold on to old friends. 

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God
Many Christians use the cliché “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” However I think this expression came about to teach us to understand our limited and sometimes just plain wrong view of love and hate.  But God's love is perfect, just as His hate is perfect.  

Because He is God, God can hate without any sinful intent. Therefore, He can hate the sin and the sinner in a perfectly holy way and still be able to perfectly forgive the unregenerate sinner at the instant of repentance and faith in Christ Jesus. Because we cannot love perfectly (without prejudice or lust) nor can we hate perfectly (without prejudice or malice) as God can, we must remind ourselves to “love the sinner and hate the sin