Repent and Turn to God

                A few weeks ago, I mentioned from the pulpit that a person was asking online for the locations  of local churches who welcomed LGBTQ, had good music, and an “uplifting” service.  Let me state emphatically that such a person would certainly be welcomed here at Church on the Bluff!  I want everyone to know that we would not turn anyone away from our services or fellowship. We welcome adulterers, thieves, drunkard, liars, idolaters, those who are greedy, sexually immoral, and causers of division.  We would welcome you, hug you, even invite you to breakfast.  But the message you will hear is this:  “Repent and turn to God”!
                I’m sorry if that isn’t as uplifting as you want.  But it is Biblical.  Read the sermons Jesus and the apostles. Read the directives for the churches by Peter, Paul, John, and the others. They didn’t preach repentance from sin because they hated anyone. No…it was because they actually loved everyone and wanted them to experience a closeness with their creator that wasn’t possible with sin in their lives.  They knew of the destruction of families, the misery of a life lived apart from God, and the lack of joy and satisfaction away from God’s will and purpose.  And thus, they believed with all their heart and soul that turning away from sin would grant everyone a peace that passes the understanding of mortal man.
                So yes, all sinners are welcome.  Jesus said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”(Matthew 11:28-29 NIV).  That is our cry also. But….we will not affirm sin. Jesus also said to those whom he loved “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:5 NIV).
            So…welcome sinners!  Come and feel the freedom of repentance.

Say good things about your Savior and His Church on the Bluff.

Bro. Tony