Will The LGBTQ Agenda Divide Your Church?

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Dallas Morning News reports today that SMU is planning to bolt from the Methodist denomination. How will the LGBTQ impact the Lord’s Kingdom?

Southern Methodist University is aimed at teaching their traditional theology. They are taking a stand against a person of the LGBTQ community serving in the Methodist ministry. The denomination is splitting over the hot debate.

This past November USA Today ran a story on the issue. “After years of debating gay rights, the United Methodist Church is probably headed for a big split.” Global leaders of the denomination voted ruled against LGBTQ rights this year. Then, in a November 6 statement five bishops released a statement in favor of the LGBTQ clergy. The bishops represented the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. (Lindsay Schnell, USA Today, November 22, 2019).

The “divorce” of SMU from the Methodist denomination is the consequence of an erring movement. The debate will have ripple effects for Texas churches, both in the Lord’s church and in the denominations.

From the biblical point of view, God loves everyone, including the LGBTQ community. Christians are to have the same unconditional love. We respect those with a sexual disorder because they are people. We do not endorse practicing homosexuality. The Bible does not let homosexuals, transgenders, or any person practicing fornication or adultery to be in the preacher to serve in the body of Christ. See 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10. Every church of Christ will have the choice to stand with truth or disobey the God of justice.

LGBTQ community folks are welcome to study the Bible with us. They’re even welcome to visit worship services. God commands all people whatever their sins, to repent and turn to the Lord to find refreshment to their souls. Have you obeyed the Gospel call? (Acts 2:38; 17:30; 22:16)

~ Donny Weimar

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Do All Religions Have Access To God?

Religious pluralism is the movement that says all religions have a measure of truth and none of them are condemned. Some believe all religions should be treated the same. Traditional Christianity is threatened by this socialist propagation.

God sees each individual soul without favoritism. All humanity is equal at the foot of the cross. But, He also says to disciples who are abode in His Word, “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). Father God’s grace is the undeserved favor of God. Nobody practices any alien religion to God has truth abiding in them because they have not yielded to the teaching of grace. The Gospel commands all people in all places to repent and turn to the Lord (Acts 17:30).

No other God than Jehovah God. The Lord is not Allah, and He’s not Budah. Biblical religion pleasing to God is singular in focus and faith. Jesus says about Father God, “God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 8:24). Christians trust the truth of God and worship so.

Islam may teach morality as they define it. They cannot produce the fruit of the Spirit, since they do not even believe in the Holy Spirit. Hindus may teach moral good but since they embrace reincarnation, no promise of eternal paradise in the Heavenly awaits them.

It’s not that Christians mistreat people of different religions. Rather, we follow Jesus instruction to love our neighbor. That includes evangelizing their souls to serve Jehovah God. Jesus is the access to God.

Cannibalism and the Doctrine of Transubstantiation

By Donny Weimar

The doctrine of transubstantiation

“At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ’s Body and Blood.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1994)

1. The alleged proof texts

The passage the doctrine of transubstantiation is derived is “Jesus therefore said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have not life in yourselves. 54 He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he that eateth me, he also shall live because of me. 58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven: not as the fathers ate, and died; he that eateth this bread shall live for ever.” John 6:53-58 (ASV)

Catholics and religious groups closely tied to their traditions believe that when believers partake of the eucharist, as they call it, the unleavened bread literally becomes the actual flesh of Jesus, and the fruit of the vine literally becomes the actual blood of Jesus.

2. Paul referenced Jesus’ lesson in 1 Corinthians 11:23-27

For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread; 24  and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, This is my body, which is for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 In like manner also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord’s death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.”

3. Jesus was not teaching transubstantiation.

He was speaking metaphorically. The bread and the wine are symbols intended for us to remember and proclaim the Lord’s death until His second advent (1 Corinthians 11:26). Jesus did not say there is chemical alteration of the food within the body that becomes the Lord’s blood. He had been teaching He is the bread of life (John 6:48). He has come down to be the spiritual nutrition for believers just as the manna was physical nutrition for the Jews in the wilderness wanderings. Transubstantiation is a doctrine that makes what we call the Lord’s supper among my brethren into something carnal, fleshly and physical. It is not the physical blood of Jesus coursing through our veins that saves. The blood was shed on the cross. What saves is the spiritual food we hunger and thirst for. Communion among believers and their Master in the symbolic acts of the Lord’s supper (eucharist by Catholic definition) demonstrate our dependent relationship upon the Savior who has promised to return and redeem us. We are proclaimers of His death. We acknowledge the sacrifice He made for us.