The difference between being a Christian and Calling yourself one

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Dear Precious Friends,

This may be a hard letter to read, but please read to the end and honestly evaluate what I am saying because this letter was harder for me to write than it will be to read.. 


I pray this letter finds you all well and prospering as your souls are prospering... I find myself in a very difficult position today.

I have to write a letter that may offend or anger some of you. Let me assure you, that is NOT my intention. I deeply respect everyone on activerain, and I pray that you are NOT one of the ones who need to read this.. 

In evaluating my presence here on A/R, there are many reasons, at the top of the list however, may be the letter I am writing right now.

Ok, enough of my delaying the inevitable... Here is the topic..

I have had a burden from the Lord to write this letter for months. I have talked to Mike Frazier about it, and he has given me the green light to share some hard truth here... Please don't flame Mike, I take FULL credit for what I am writing here.

As Christians, we are challenged to do things God's way, and not our own.. Our life in Christ is based on what He did in hanging on the cross for each and everyone of us.. Our salvation is completely based on the work that Jesus did when He hung on the cross, died, and rose, so the burning question I have to ask here is WHAT IS OUR PART?

Jesus said: "If any man will be my disciple, he must first deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me". We as "Christians" are called to do just that.. 

The Bible tells us: "Submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he must flee." We are called FIRST to SUBMIT to God, everything else in our lives as "Christians" flows out of obedience to Him.. 

The Bible tells us: "We are to be separated from sin and unrighteousness"

Ok, I am going to get to the point here... Let me state my position clearly, this is NOT a political agenda, it is a GOD agenda!!

I am NOT telling anyone WHO to vote for, I am saying that if you call yourself a Christian, you should not vote for people who OPPOSE God!

This nation is coming into a place  where we are prime to be judged by God for our un-godly actions..

Why would anyone who calls themself a "follower" of Jesus side with someone who:

  1. Kills innocent babies
  2. Has made it clear that their agenda is toward the homosexual movement,
    even when God said this lifestyle leads to death and destruction.
  3. Has clearly sided AGAINST the nation of Israel, knowing that Israel 
    is the "Apple of God's eye".
  4. Would not allow Godly expression at a convention, but would have muslim prayer.

Ok, let me go over the above one point at a time..

1: I know many reading this letter right now may have at one time in their life had an abortion. I am not attacking you, you need to know that there is forgiveness in Christ, and that God loves you dearly. NO sin is un-forgivable. Just ask Him to forgive you, and move on with your life in Christ.. What I am attacking is the fact that the current administration made it clear before the last election what their stand on abortion was yet many people who CALL themselves Christians still went ahead and "winked" at the terrible truth and went ahead and voted for un-godliness rather than siding with Christ (LIFE)!

2: I know that many reading this letter now may have been (or currently are) involved in a homosexual lifestyle. I am not attacking you, I am saying that this is not the way that leads to life.. I am saying that the Bible commands against this. I am saying that God loves you, and He sent His son to die on the cross so you could be free of sin and live! I am saying that God hates sin, but LOVES the sinner. I am saying that the sin of homosexuality is no worse than telling a lie, but SIN is SIN, and it takes people to HELL. Why would anyone who CALLS themself a Christian vote for an administration that would propagate and endorse this lifestyle while punishing those who stand for the truth?

3 and 4: There is NO denying the stand of the current administration in these areas. Are you for God, or for the devil my friends?

Back to points 1 and 2 for a second... If everyone in the world today sided for abortion, and homosexual values, mankind would be extinct within 90 years or less... Is that enough in itself to know how God stands on these issues?

In summary, what I am saying (as gently as I know how) we can't just call ourselves Christians if we live like heathen.

Salvation is a FREE gift of God for everyone who chooses. The 70 or so years we live on this earth do not compare to all of eternity. We are all going to leave this earth, and we are going to one of 2 places.. Which will you choose my dear friends.

The bible says "Boast not thyself of tomorrow for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth" No one is promised tomorrow.
The bible says "It is appointed for man once to die, and then the judgement" Everyone will eventually die, and the second we leave this world, we will be standing in the presence of a HOLY God who loves us, but will not judge us on what we say in that hour, but what we choose in this life.

If in the last election, you KNEW what the administration stood for yet voted that way anyway, you need to ask God to forgive you for voting against God and siding with the devil. It doesn't matter what your reason was, just ask God to forgive you, and move on with your life, but DON'T make the same decision again!

In closing, let me make 3 statements:

Jesus loves you, and wants control of your life.
We are NOT to side for what LOOKS good to our flesh, but MORAL and Godly stances.
I am NOT judging anyone, because I don't have the right to judge any man, I am trying to share God's perspective on this.

Have a blessed day, and I welcome your comments and I stand accountable to God and man for my words here!
I welcome your comments, but will not fight with anyone over these issues... If you have a problem with what has been said here, I would suggest you take some time and read your bible. If you don't have one, or don't believe that the bible is 100% true, you have no basis to rightly divide the issues spoken above.

Joe Smith 


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Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Joe, I really appreciate you impressing on us the importance in acting like a Christian. You and I must have been reading each others minds when both of our posts hit spiritualrain.

Thank-you for standing for the truth my friend!

Sep 05, 2012 05:09 AM #1
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

That is the Dem difference. They cannot separate the act (sin) from the person.The Sin defines the person and makes that person who they are and gives them the only value they have to the Dems, that and 1 vote.

The Dems let a religion speak that condemns homosexuals to death and believe that lying to non-believers is not a sin and believes non-believers must either be killed or become slaves (kafir)  <--- I have seen this spelled numerous ways, so don't know what is correct.

How anyone can say that killing a child after they born (if the child is born alive) during the attempted abortion is okay is beyond me. I won't even get into the moment of conception being life, in my opinion.

Sep 05, 2012 08:08 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joe, sorry I came here so late.  I think that regardless of whether or not any of us agree, disagree, have no opinion or don't care I respect that you have put into words your feelings and that you wanted to share them with us.  All politics aside, it is time to step back and evaluate our paths.  

Sep 08, 2012 08:59 AM #3
Bob & Bonnie Horning
Mount Joy, PA

I second that Joe. If I could force my will on America, the first thing I'd order is everyone buy and watch October Baby... out now on DVD. The second thing is I'd require all high school students to read Original Intent by David Barton which describes in great detail our constitution and laws, laid down by our founding fathers who were heavliy Christian and not Deists as revisionists would have it.

I wish I could say the Republicans have the answers but after President Bush had a majority of the House and Senate for 6 years in office and not one bill ever crossed his desk repealing Roe V Wade it leads me to one conclusion; Nobody wants to repeal it. Why? I believe it's because of our welfare system and the belief (fear) that it will be overloaded if we should stop using abortion as contraception. But by all accounts, we've murdered over 54 million babies to date since the law was enacted. That is the total population of all of the West Coast of the US combined. For those who want to argue rape and incest pregnancies... look to James Robison, an internationally known Pastor, Evangelical, Author and provider of so much care and relief for 3rd world nations through his organization. His mother was raped by an assailant and she decided not to punish the baby forming inside of her womb for the crime. How many people would never known the love of God had she gone ahead with the abortion. As Horton from Horton Hears a Who knew... A person's a person, no matter how small. And no matter how many flaws a candidate has, you must look at the body of work and the fruit from their tree. I believe Romney/Ryan will produce the better fruit in so many ways and I can never pull the lever for anyone who advacates what you preach against here.

Sep 15, 2012 01:40 AM #4
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Let me amen what Brother Bob says here. You cannot please the Father and the devil at the same time. We have to pick sides and this time not for the perfect candidate but one most likely to adhere to Christian principals,

Sep 25, 2012 10:03 AM #5
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Joe, it is time for one more great post before the election arrives.

Oct 31, 2012 06:17 AM #6
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Ok Joe, I just did a follow up to your post about Christians voting for Obama. Upate me on our interrupted conversation by phone yesterday please(just call back).

Nov 01, 2012 01:32 AM #7
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