Are you a friend of God or an enemy of God?

It is one or the other.

 James 4: 4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.

If your church teaches otherwise, it isn’t a church.  Jesus is the only way to salvation.

1 John 5:12-13 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

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11 thoughts on “Are you a friend of God or an enemy of God?”

  1. Seek to move people to the right? That’s good advice politically as well.

    As to the point, I was just told recently that I am bigoted, ignorant and deviant for suggesting that non-Christian religions are worthless. I had to make a distinction between salvation and society. Without Christ, who proclaimed there is no way to the Father but through Him, what value does belief in non-Christian religions have for believers of those religions? It makes them feel good? As your blog title states, eternity matters.

    As to society, a faithful Jew has value by virtue of living according to the tenets of that religion. The same can be said for Buddhists. But neither gets you to Heaven if Christ isn’t the Way.

    I’d prefer that all citizens abide some mainstream religion, even if not Christianity, as opposed to no religion. But not all religions or belief systems have worth or value to the adherents as does belief and faith in Christ.

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  2. I’d prefer that all citizens abide some mainstream religion, even if not Christianity, as opposed to no religion.

    I’m not so sure about that. It seems like followers of non-Christian religions are even harder to reach than are atheists and agnostics. Why? Because they think that their faith, whatever form it takes, already has answered all of the Big Questions. Have you tried witnessing lately, to a Buddhist or a Muslim or a pagan?

    Worse still are the religions that masquerade as Christianity, but aren’t the real deal. You know the ones I mean.

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    1. As my last statement after the quote you highlighted suggests, Matt, I’m in full agreement with you as to the eternal implications. But for the sake of society, those who adhere to the tenets of their faith, insofar as what they teach about how to live in the world, society is better of than if they were without any faith at all. I don’t believe Mormons are Christians and pray they convert. In the meantime, I’ve met a lot of Mormons that are really great citizens and they are so because of their adherence to their faith. See my point? For THEM, it would be better if they were actual Christians. For society, it is better they are practicing Mormons than totally godless, self-centered people.

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      1. Mormons are one of those groups which are hard to reach with the truth, unfortunately.

        But, I have to agree that for society’s sake, it would be better if all people were believers in some religion, but even better for society’s sake if all were Christians!

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      2. Probably.

        On the other hand, the minute you say that…some atheist will say, “Yeah, that worked out real well in Northern Ireland, didn’t it?”

        I would have no answer except to point out the obvious – real Christians don’t kill one another over political power or differences in theology.

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      3. Atheists and lib Christians will always refer to anecdotal exceptions as if that proves a point. Worse, they will expect a level of perfection that only Christ manifested, and the lacking of same is all the proof they need to carry on with their false convictions. The fact is that being a Christian doesn’t mean one has attained worldly perfection. “Real” Christians can and do commit sinful acts, even of the worst kind. It’s the attitude about the sin that matters; the admission that it is indeed sinful and something for which repentance and forgiveness is necessary, and the effort expended to prevent re-occurrence.

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  3. As long as theists behave themselves, I have no problem with their delusions and do not go out of my way to disabuse them of their notions. Actually, that goes for anybody, atheist as well as theist. When theists behave badly (e.g., insisting that marriage equality is not a civil right), then the belief system that led them to that behavior is fair game. Fair enough?

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    1. When theists behave badly (e.g., insisting that marriage equality is not a civil right),

      You are cheating by redefining marriage when the debate is about the definition of marriage. Sadly, your fallacy is obvious to me but it works on far too many.

      Then you abuse the word equality by saying that relationships that can, by nature and design, produce children and that can provide a mother and a father to a child are equal to relationships that cannot.

      You make a universal claim about behavior without any grounding for it.

      Then you repeat the lie that we are saying gays can’t get married. I regularly note that they can get “married” in all sorts of fake churches. What we oppose is gov’t giving special benefits and recognition to these relationships.

      That’s a lot of bad reasoning in one sentence.

      then the belief system that led them to that behavior is fair game. Fair enough?

      So you are fine with us as long as we agree with you. Thanks.

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      1. Only an atheist could take a discussion like this and turn it into a debate on gay “marriage.” But as long as we’re on the subject…

        I regularly note that they can get “married” in all sorts of fake churches.

        I take a step further. I point out they can get married in all sorts of *real* churches as long as it’s to someone of the opposite sex. In like fashion, a straight person has no God-given right to marry someone of the same sex.

        I have never understood why gays insist they don’t have equality. I say they do. Straights can’t marry someone of their own gender either. The fact that they wouldn’t particularly want to, isn’t relevant to the discussion of what is “equal.”

        The other thing I fail to grasp is where anyone gets the idea that marriage is a “civil right.” No, it’s not. And until a half-dozen or so states passed laws granting it (either by legislative action or judicial fiat – and as yet, ZERO times at the ballot box despite 22 tries)…it didn’t exist on the books as a right, civil or otherwise. Until the gay marriage movement got rolling, I never heard anyone claim to be entitled to it. Not once.

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