I want to write a response to Pastor Durham concerning his devotion for Nov. 3, 2023, "Are you following Jesus or concerned about what other people are doing?" We are to do both. We follow our Savior, but we are to also be concerned about what others are doing. We are not just to be concerned about our sins, but also the sins of others. Jude verses 20-23 - "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh."
Jesus said in St. Matthew (Matthew) 28: 19-20 that we are to go and teach all people to observe all things He has taught. John the Baptist told people in St. Matthew 3:2, "To repent for the kingdom heaven is at hand." The same words Jesus used in St. Matthew 4:17. Jesus said in St. Matthew 5:13 - "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." In this verse, salt means discipline, and as saints, we are to live disciplined lives. But if we keep that discipline just to ourselves, we become salty and no good to others.
If we do not tell the world it is in a reprobate state (Roman 1:16-32), who will? If all you preach at your church is for them to worry only about themselves, they are missing the Gospel message: "Go into all the world and preach the good news." Jesus is coming back; are you ready?
MINISTER ROBERT JOHNSON
Word Of Faith
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