Sunday, June 21, 2009

Always a Mixture

A Christian community will always be a mixture. We must not try to exclude non-Christians from our local communities. We actually want unbelievers living among us so we can bless them, and so they can see the benefits of the Christian life.

We must not force unbelievers to live by Christian standards. Forcing people who have not experienced the love of God to love each other is pointless. However, we can expect the unbelievers among us to live by the standards of the law. If they rob or assault people, we should expect them to make restitution. If they refuse to make restitution, or refuse to give up theft and violence, we might need to ask them to move out of our community.

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