Would Jesus be welcome?
I read with interest all of the Open Forums and try to see what each writer wishes to get across to the readers.
From what I've seen, Jesus wouldn't be allowed in the local churches, or at least a majority of them, based on what I read.
I was wondering, Mr. Anderson, would you and others like yourself welcome Him and His followers? If a man led a group of people to the door of your church, who were in rags, would you make them welcome?
Would you and your church welcome them if it were made known that some had AIDS or HIV, were prostitutes, alcoholics, drug users and others who were less than you?
I can't answer that for you, and wouldn't know your heart if you choose to respond. The One whom you claim to does, though, so be careful how you answer.
Are you and others like yourself Lambs of God, or are you all the ravening wolves in sheep's clothing mentioned in the New Testament? Jesus warned His followers to beware, lest they be led astray by such.
Revelation says that Michael and his angels shall do battle with a world church which refused to recognize Jesus as the returning savior.
According to what I read in the paper, there are three religious groups vying for control: Jews, Muslims and Christians. The Jews will accept Jesus as the long-awaited Savior, so that leaves them out.
I read the King James version of the Bible. Let me stress "version." It is Not the original, just a copy. It was translated from the Greek so it is as accurate as the translators who wrote it.
In my discussions with one minister, it came out that King James may have been a homosexual. I don't know if this is true or not; I wasn't there. If in fact it is true, all it does is reinforce the idea that God hates the sin but loves the sinner.
Another minister I spoke with had something else to offer me at a crucial time.We were discussing the Ten Commandments and I mentioned the one saying "Thou Shalt Not Kill."
This pastor said that while in the seminary, he studied Greek and that the original statement was "Thou Shalt Not Do Murder."
One minister was Presbyterian, the other Baptist. I also remember which one said what, and it doesn't matter here.
In closing, Jesus said "Whosoever believeth in me shall be saved."
He didn't say you had to be Republican or Democrat. He made only one distinction, and that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the gates of heaven. Thanks for the space, Mr. Crosby.
Robert A. Yost