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Holiness, Wrath and Other Pastor Stay-Aways

Try to live peacefully with everyone, and try to live holy lives, because if you don’t, you will not see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

Heard this taught in church lately? Have you been urged to be holy? Have you been warned to work out your salvation with fear and trembling? Probably not. And you also have not heard about the dangers of sexual sin, the enormity of the global sex industry, the increasing number of child prostitutes available in your hometown, the growth of homosexual gangs that pimp out their new recruits, the population of teens, both boys and girls that regularly commit sexual sin while viewing pornography. No? But, you’ve heard about grace. Have you heard the warnings about using grace as an excuse to sin, as a safety net? No?

Hebrews 12 and 13 address holiness clearly. Has it been taught from your pulpit? Do you even have verse by verse teaching available to you…from any book of the Bible? Why are we so perplexed of the sexual compromise found in our churches today…and the depth of perversion in the culture at large? Why are we shocked at the numbers of elders involved in sexual sin? Who is warning them of the wrath to come? Or do you not believe they will be judged? Perhaps you believe they are covered?

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in every way, so husbands and wives should be faithful to one another. God will judge those who commit sexual sins, especially those who commit adultery.

When I present these ideas to others, I get something like, “I’m glad God doesn’t give us what we deserve.” I agree, now back to the subject at hand.

Warnings are given in scripture, therefore warnings should be given from the pulpit.

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About K.R. Dial

Christian. Justice Advocate and Writer.

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3 thoughts on “Holiness, Wrath and Other Pastor Stay-Aways

  1. I do attend a church where truth is taught. I teach it myself. But – until reading your book The Lotus Keeper (which I purchased on Kindle for $4.61) I have been ignorant of these things. I started the book onSaturday evening and finished it this morning. Could not put it down except for overnight visitors. I was shocked by what is happening in the 3rd world countries and even on our doorstep right here in Atlanta – it’s going on right under our noses! By the time I finished the book I found myself so ashamed at the things I have complained about in my personal life. I was so ashamed at my shallow Western version of Christianity. I am so ashamed of most of the Christians I know, all wrapped up in our safe and cozy churches with not even a glance at what is going on all around us. We have been content to learn about the Bible without living out what it says. James 1 – “Do you want to know if you are a believer? Do you take care of the widows and the orphans?” (widows and orphans – that is an idiom of the poor and needy of any age, sex and gender – the helpless ones; the ones who cannot protect themselves).

    I have been so restless since living up here close to Atlanta, GA in beautiful surroundings and in our lovely, very comfortable home. Now I know why. There’s a desperate world out there just waiting for us to discover it and pour our lives into it – pour out, like Jesus did, pour out while He pours in.

    I would love to know more. This is the first blog I’ve ever looked at so don’t know my way around yet. KR Dial – can you contact me?

    Posted by vivianmm | June 18, 2012, 4:51 pm
    • Hi Vivian,
      If you have not done so already, please check out the website of the International Justice Mission http://www.ijm.org Also for the Atlanta area crisis check out http://www.streetgrace.org And one of the best ways to work with kids at risk of being trafficked is to volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Georgia check out http://www.gacasa.org This allows you to directly work with kids in the foster care system and as these kids become young teens they are in great risk of getting involved in Atlanta prostitution. I did this work in North Carolina and working one on one with “widows and orphans” is very hopeful work. God likes to show up in supernatural ways when we “extend our arm to the poor”.

      Posted by K.R. Dial | June 18, 2012, 7:18 pm
  2. I am checking out your sites. Thank you. Want to share from my journal this morning:

    Last night, listening to Fox network. Hannity full of glee over the Contempt of Congress charge again Att. General Eric Holder for not turning over files in the Fast and Furious case, where a border official was killed by a gun that we – the US government – had made available to the Mexican drug cartel. It is good that justice is about to be done because a crime has been committed and a death was the result and now they are trying to cover it all up…but glee? Mockery, scorn of our government officials, including our president, if he is indeed found to be involved in this cover-up?

    This morning I thought about Paul and what he said to the Corinthian church in1 Cor 5 about the exposure of the man who “had his father’s wife,” a sin that even the pagans do not commit. “Rather than mourn over his sin and his refusal to repent, you are boasting.” God holds us accountable for our glee, for pointing the finger in scorn at the exposure of the evil of others, as if evil is not present in us too; as if we are free of sin and the power of sin. We ought to be on our knees with anguish at the revelation of evil in mankind. We ought to be interceding – and then we need to bring justice where justice is due. The wages of sin is death, not only to the sinner but often also to those sinned against. A man died because of this government’s mistaken “solution” to the problems of drugs entering into the US – and it appears that our government refuses to come clean about it all. Yes, justice must be done. But let’s not rejoice over the exposure of their corruption, let us mourn over it in fear, knowing that one day our own words and deeds – including the cover ups of our own sin – will be exposed at the judgment seat of Christ.

    I was praying about it all this morning, and The Lotus Keeper came to mind. There was a part about a little 12 year old girl who was delivered to a hotel room in Thailand to have sex with a paying adult. My stomach was churning as I remembered it and thought about the fact that this is happening all over the world, all the time. And then I saw the cross, with my Lord upon it. His arms were spread out wide and He was gathering into Himself not only the sin of Eric Holder and other government officials, but also the sin of adults who enslave and rape little children, breaking their souls and their spirits as well as their bodies. I saw Jesus taking into Himself that sin, His own soul opening up to receive it, so great is His love and His desire for all men…all men, no matter what we’ve done… to be free of sin. My heart broke. I wept before Him. I do not have a love like that within me.

    Anger rising up at men who cover up their sin…tears pouring down because sin is in us all, and a lot of the time we embrace it’s presence, even when we and others are all so horribly affected by it. Justice needs to come, yes; repentance needs to accompany it, yes; so that freedom can be released, lives redeemed and saved, hearts healed and restored. Such is the love of God and the justice of God. Weeping…weeping…weeping…there is a weeping in my spirit today.

    Posted by vivianmm | June 21, 2012, 11:26 am

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