WHEN TOLERANCE IS A SIN
– Mary A. LaClair
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We must not let Non-Christians define Christianity for us, or for the world. Strangely enough, I do see this happening. Many have listened to the lie for so long, they begin to believe that they are supposed to be tolerant. Was it Hitler or Stalin who said, ‘Tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will begin to believe it’ ? There is a time when tolerance is a sin, and we need to be aware of that fact.
Rev. 2:20-26: “Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality … I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, Unless they repent of her ways.
I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): Only hold on to what you have until I come.
To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—“ (NIV) (emphasis mine)
This is pretty strong language regarding the consequences.
Much the same way cities and ships, etc., are referred to in the feminine, this is symbolic. It is NOT about women or even a woman. For instance, I came out of a denomination which is solely run by male hierarchy but which still refers to itself as Holy Mother Church, therefore, the feminine prophetess descriptive could be self proclaimed. This is the same church which was the forerunner in having hidden male sexual sin, sodomy, and pedophilia finally exposed in its ranks. I am sure God gave her time to repent prior to the exposure. Exposure of this in several other church organizations soon followed.
Time is short and God is now demanding the repentance of all churches worldwide – but be careful for the warning applies also to those who will, in a manner of speaking, commit adultery with her, specifically for those who TOLERATE sexual sin in their ranks, just as it says above.
* Note well This does not mean the youthful victims who (a) had no choice (b) repented.
These victims, mostly young at the time, did not and do not qualify, unless they have gone on to adopt that lifestyle in an unrepenting manner. Please rest assured on the innocence of the then youthful victims. For any victims who have become strugglers because of it, there is deep remorse. There are several ex-gay organizations who specialize in helping strugglers who may have developed these tendencies through abuse. Please visit web-sites: http://www.regenbooks.org or http://www.exodus-international.org.
Vladimir Putin set what I think IS a proper example of intolerance when he stated that homosexual Olympians would be safe as long as they left the children alone; he also stated what they would NOT TOLERATE – that they were NOT to promote – their lifestyle on the streets in his country; he also stated that more of our states in America disapprove homosexuality than approve and that Americans need to be reminded of that. Good for Putin! I don’t know if he is familiar with Revelation 2:20-26 but I’d say that he has more of an innate understanding of it than some American churches, whether he knows it or not.
A Scripture which might come to mind concerning this Russian’s opinion is this: “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.” (Hmmmm…)
The referenced Scripture at the beginning of this article (Rev. 2:20-26) is definitely a warning for those in the churches who TOLERATE those who lead others astray into sexual sin and who TOLERATE such. Please be clear on that point. Good for Vladimir Putin! He declares no tolerance for their homosexual activities in his streets.
When Christians are chided by Non-Christians that we must be ‘tolerant’ of gay pride, who will be the ones to bring attention to the fact that PRIDE was the sin for which Lucifer was cast out of heaven and into hell?
Who will remind them that PRIDE remains a deadly sin to this day?
Will Christians – even Non-Christians – be bold enough to ask them why they are PROUD of having PRIDE, and why they are proud of being gay?
Why is it that they seek man’s approval…is it because they know they are doing something wrong in God’s eyes?
“Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.” Leviticus 19:17 NIV
“Don’t hate your brother. Rebuke anyone who sins; don’t let him get away with it, or you will be equally guilty.”
Leviticus 19:17 TLB
“Open rebuke is better than love that is hidden.” Proverbs 28:23; Galatians 2:14
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are lavish and deceitful.”
Proverbs 27:5-6 AMP
“He who rebukes a man shall afterward find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.”
Proverbs 28:23 AMP
For further study on Rev. 2:20-26 I offer the following from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
(2.) Now why should the wickedness of this Jezebel be charged upon the church of Thyatira? Because that church suffered her to seduce the people of that city. But how could the church help it? They had not, as a church, civil power to banish or imprison her; but they had ministerial power to censure and to excommunicate her: and it is probable that neglecting to use the power they had made them sharers in her sin.
3. The punishment of this seducer, this Jezebel, v. 22,23, in which is couched a prediction of the fall of Babylon. (1.) I will cast her into a bed, into a bed of pain, not of pleasure, into a bed of flames; and those who have sinned with her shall suffer with her; but this may yet be prevented by their repentance. (2.) I will kill her children with death; that is, the second death, which does the work effectually, and leaves no hope of future life, no resurrection for those that are killed by the second death, but only to shame and everlasting contempt.
4. The design of Christ in the destruction of these wicked seducers, and this was the instruction of others, especially of his churches: All the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and the hearts; and I will give to every one of you according to your works. God is known by the judgments that he executes; and, by this revenge taken upon seducers, he would make known, (1.) His infallible knowledge of the hearts of men, of their principles, designs, frame, and temper, their formality, their indifference, their secret inclinations to symbolize with idolaters. (2.) His impartial justice, in giving every one according to his work, that the name of Christians should be no protection, their churches should be no sanctuaries for sin and sinners.
5. The encouragement given to those who keep themselves pure and undefiled: But to you I say, and unto the rest, &c.,
(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)
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For worldly reasons why homosexuality should not be tolerated please see common sense revisited in the article regarding Michael Sam and the NFL at: http://looklistenthink.wordpress.com/
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