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Mon, Sep 26 2016 - 03:01 PM

What, I'm Not Really Forgiven, I Must Beg Everyday?

I am not a “No Good for Nothing Low Life! I do not have to Beg God to Forgive Me! I am Not Demanded by Jesus to Live in Total Depravity!”

I sat in a church yesterday, September 25th, 2016 and heard this preacher tell his congregation this in his sermon. He also said everyone in there was horrible and would never amount to anything. This whole sermon was putting the people down, not lifting them up. He talked about Christians being sexual deviants and that no one did anything good at all. He made sure he included all Christians!

Now I had a real problem with this as I strive every day to make sure I walk as Jesus did and no, I am not perfect, but I try. My belief is that “What you feed grows and what you starve dies” and in that lies my faith in God. I believe that the more of God I get inside of me, the less evil can prevail. If I starve out evil, sexually wrong desires, and other horrible things like that, then they will die. I gave all those things to Jesus many years ago so now I don’t struggle with them because of James 4:7 “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you!” After turning it over to God, I resisted and the best way to learn how to do that is fill your mind with the Word of God! Reading God’s word, daily, will help you overcome these things.

You see, I starved out those bad thoughts and then filled my mind with things of Christ, so now I don’t struggle with these things, they don’t even enter my mind anymore! I decided to believe that the Word of God was true, not one false thing in there, so I put 100% of my trust in what it said. Now, I do not walk around with a depraved mind, I don’t have sexual impure thoughts, and I have never had to “Beg God” to forgive me, I just asked Him!

I couldn’t find any example in the Bible that would back this preachers word up. Not one place could I find where Jesus demanded us to live in Total Depravity, or a single place where we had to “Beg Jesus” every day to forgive us. I looked at example after example of how Jesus dealt with people like, the woman at the well. He didn’t put her down and belittle her, no, it was done very privately and all He just spoke to her, asked for a drink of water, then explained the kind of water she could have. Finally when Jesus asked her to go get her husband and tell him, she replied that she didn’t have a husband, Jesus gave her words of knowledge about not having a husband and that she had been married before, etc., but Jesus did not demand her to live in total depravity, He didn’t tell her to beg for forgiveness, etc. Jesus was filled with compassion and wanted to help this woman, not condemn her. All the examples I found from the bible where Jesus confronted people, it was out of love and compassion and no one had to beg Jesus. Jesus would heal someone then tell them to go and sin no more. When He forgave us our sins, He forgot them, washed them under the Blood of Jesus, so why should we bring those things up and keep begging God to forgive us?

The only reason a pastor would preach these kind of sermons would be to put himself on high. Here’s what I mean by that. If you keep telling everyone that are a bunch of sinners and they are no good and you aren’t teaching them how to get out of that way of thinking, you then become the one who will rescue them. Truth be told, you keep them that way so they will think you are closer to God than they are and they need to keep coming to your church so that you can be the only person that can help them. This was not my first church like that, I’ve seen others. Every one of them were small, they will never get any bigger because the pastor can only manage a small flock that way. If he keeps you down and he keeps telling you how horrible you are, that you can never be a good person, then sooner or later they start believing it because that is what they are being fed. What you feed grows, what you starve dies.

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praizeop2 - 1 year ago

Great post, Ivan. Thanks. We all need to be praying for that church and the people there-in, as well as the pastor. Blessings ~ Sarah

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