Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:27:30 PM
Matthew 18: 7-9 "Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 8:48:06 AM
At my Church, if you publicly embrace and continue to practice things which are bad for you and the community, you get told off publicly, and eventually, yes, you get shunned. Any of the sins will do. Its accepted to have told a lie for example, we are human and seek mercy and forgiveness (all sins are equally bad, not just sexual ones), but not accepted to say 'Yeah Im a lair, Im not gonna change that, and yall should get with my lying program`. Then you have no reason to be there anymore except to fight against all that the Church was created for. Obviously you will not be welcome with this attitude. I dont think this is odd or fanatical, it common sense. Churches exist for a purpose after all, and its not to congratulate people for doing whatever they feel like doing. You dont need Church for that, plenty of other groups for you if thats your thing. Pastors can often be wrong about such judgements,they have human failings too, blanket condemnations on both sides not neccesary thanks