Friday, June 04, 2010


You cannot have unity without compromising the Truth, and to forsake Truth for the sake of unity is to betray Jesus Christ. - Charles Spurgeon

Aggression allows no room for growth, and acquiescence promotes no growth at all- both of these positions are unscriptural. but there is a third, scriptural way to love the person while standing against sin. Acceptance. Here we love the person while opposing the problem. This was the method used by the Lord Jesus with the woman at the well in John 4:4-26. ...Acceptance does not indicate approval. I tell our people that if a sharp family, carrying their King James Bibles and dressed in modest clothing comes into our church, and a tatoo-covered, body-pierced couple comes, both families should be greeted with the same smile, the same handshake and the same heartfelt welcome. We do not approve of tatoos and body piercings, and we do believe you ought to look sharp when you come into the church service. But with equal fervor, we believe that all should have an opportunity to come and hear truth. We recognize that those who experience rejection will never be open to God's correction.
Acceptance means that we love the individual because God loves them, welcome them to our fellowship, and provide for them an environment for spiritual growth. - R.B. Ouellette

Y'all are the best looking ugly crowd I've ever seen. - James Rushing

Anybody can be a critic, because everybody is imperfect. Look long enough and you'll find fault with everybody.... Critics never have the full story, and usually the grossly distort the few details they do have. Its their modus operandi. They don't want the full story because it removes their ability to imagine and distort it to their favor with their troll-ish followers. - Cary Schmidt

We didn't get running water unless you ran after it. - Rushing

Resisting God's structure of authority is wrong for you just as it's wrong for your children. Criticism of your spiritual authority opens the door for spiritual attack and it messes up your kids. - Schmidt

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain- and most do. - Benjamin Franklin

Wrong-spirited criticism is a product of an impure heart, not an imperfect pastor. If your heart was pure your criticism would not be criticism. It would be concern and it would be shared one on one with the person of concern. - Schmidt

It's not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, r where the doers of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who was actually in the arena, whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood, who knows at best the triumph of high achievement and who if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. - Teddy Roosevelt

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