Thursday, February 02, 2006

Jesus Home

Should homosexual people be allowed to attend church meetings? The answer to this is fairly obvious. Jesus was quite happy to meet with tax collectors and sinners.

Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
The church is Jesus' home, so sinners should be welcome in it. Every Christian is a sinner, so if sinners were excluded from the Church, it would be empty of people. A Church that excludes sinners is deluded and will die.

The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts people of sin. He is also the one who restores sinners to wholeness. This means that sinners will benefit from being at a place where he is present. Hopefully he is in attendance at our meetings, so we should want sinners to be there to encounter him.

A church meeting should be a place where sinners feel safe. They should find people who understand their struggle and pain. Most Christians will be struggling to overcome a sin, so no one should be condemned because they are not perfect. Mature Christians will leave the Holy Spirit to the convicting. Christians who need to confront every sin, run the risk of becoming Pharisees, who can see the sins of others, but cannot see the plank in their own eye. A Church that can welcome sinners without condemnation will have a very powerful witness to the love and grace of Jesus.

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