Even while on earth in his humbled condition, the Lord Jesus had the power to forgive sins (Mark 2:10). Though that is indisputable fact, not everyone got forgiven by him even though the Lord commands all to enter through the narrow gate to life (Mt. 7:13,14) and is not willing that anyone would perish (2 Peter 3:9). Why are some forgiven but not others or even all? The answer is, man has to qualify for his own personal forgiveness and salvation. If there were no conditions placed upon man, then everyone would automatically come to salvation and no one would go to the lake of fire. Those conditions for forgiveness (and initial salvation) are shown to be repentance towards God and faith in Christ Jesus (Acts 20:21). That means the recipient must turn from his idols to serve the true and living God (1 Thess. 1:9) regardless the cost. One must love Jesus more than his own family members to be worthy of Jesus (Mt. 10:34-38).
There is no doubt that alcoholism has a significant effect not only on the person for whom drinking is a problem, but also for those around him. The statistics are alarming – over 14 million people in America are alcoholics, and over 3 million teens between the ages of 14-17 are problem drinkers. There are many effects of alcoholism, both physical and spiritual, and Dan Corner examines these.
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The Apostle John frequently mentioned true Christian love in his writings, but his presentation of Christian love was NOT the kind we hear today! As with the concise statement in 1 Cor. 13:6 where Paul wrote, Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, John concurred, but in a different way. After exalting love, John then warned of false teachers to the place that the elect lady was told not to welcome such into her house church or share in their wicked work (2 John 11)! That was still an expression of Christian love, but not like the typical kind in our day. Again, real Christian love is based on God’s truth and doesn’t overlook dangerous teachings to the contrary. Is that the kind of love you have?
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