Sharing in the work of the antichrists

The type of lunacy that recently took place in one Memphis church actually kinda makes me laugh:

When pastor Steve Stone initially heard of the mosque and Islamic center being erected on the sprawling land adjacent his church, his stomach tightened. Then he raised a 6-foot sign reading, “Welcome to the Neighborhood.” . . . . “What would Jesus do if He were us? He would welcome the neighbor,” Stone said. . . .

While the 4,000-square-foot worship hall is being completed, Heartsong has opened its doors to its neighbors throughout the monthlong observance of Ramadan. Under a gigantic cross constructed of salvaged wood, nearly 200 area Muslims have been gathering each night to pray.

This pastor has opened his doors and allowed local Muslims to come celebrate Ramadan within the walls of his church. For the express purpose of helping us avoid this type of situation, Jesus gave us two Prime Directives instead of just one:

Matthew 22:36-39
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Loving your neighbor is not the be-all and end-all. Loving God must take priority. And for that matter, if you’re actually assisting your neighbor to commit evil and incur the judgment of God and pursue a false gospel that will ultimately lead to hell, then you’re not even being particularly loving toward the neighbor, either. And you’re certainly not being very loving toward all the other neighbors that this first neighbor is attempting to lead down the same false path!

2 John 1:7-11
Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.

But I guess maybe this “tolerance” stuff is the type of instruction a person is basically asking for when he attends a church called “Heartsong.” He gets to learn from a man with a song in his heart but no brain in his head.

Do not be like this pastor.

Comments

  1. Wintery Knight says:

    Awesome post Drew. We all have to decide if want to be liked by other people or by God. If we’re in a relationship with him, we have to care what he thinks. We have to show him some recognition and respect, not just project our personality onto him. He isn’t us. What we may want MAY BE different from what he wants. And seeing as he so loving of us, I am inclined to give up my selfishness as best as I can.
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  2. +eleventy, Drew.