Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People
Most excellent article. You lay it all out beautifully. My husband and I say often to one another how more and more evident it is that the Beast power is at work. We so look forward to God's Kingdom and the Final Reset!
Marina, I agree with you that we need the Truth from God's Word that the church offers to us. I suffered alone for 30 years and because I believed that I had destroyed my aborted baby forever, I could not even imagine talking about it with another person. I couldn't even pray about it, it just overwhelmed me with pain. It was only when the pain got to be too much that I reached out to another. The result was not the endless pain I expected, but it was the* beginning* of a whole new life. I understand that most of those in the abortion recovery world don't understand the truth of the resurrections but those who have been down that road are filled with compassion. If you do feel the need to reach out, don't hesitate to talk to someone at SaveOne or Ramah International. I know many of those people and though they are not UCG members, they understand the pain and the loss we feel and they are there for one purpose--to see people healed. You are always welcome to contact me as well. God bless you Marina, in your walk of faith!
What a well written article! I actually just stumbled upon it this evening while reading Breaking Free. I am so glad that I did. I am humbled by your understanding and the honesty that you express in this article. I agree with you that the church did not handle homosexuality and SSA in an understanding way in the past and individually I am guilty of the off-handed comments and/or bad jokes. Thank you for your clear love for God's people and especially for those who struggle. Thank you for this: "We’ve learned that all of us are messed up—we all have our unique combination of insanity—yet we are still tempted to minimize our own flaws and maximize those of others. We’re learning that we had better be merciful because we increasingly see our need for God’s mercy!" I think that could be a plaque in every home! Thank you so very very much, Mr. Hooser!
I am cheering right now! Thank you, thank you! So much truth and wisdom in your article!! These words are so much needed in our world (and church) today!
Penny, the pain is real. I do understand. It is a grief and a loss and longing that is hard to describe and it is even harder to carry. That is why our Savior has carried our griefs and our sorrows. We weren't built to be able to do so. I have found great encouragement in reading through the example of David and his sin with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11 and 12. David did unspeakable things and though he somehow had sort of papered over it, God could not let that go on. God's desire was to have a real unobstructed relationship with David. And so He sent Nathan to confront King David with that sin. When Nathan came and said "You are the man!" David immediately took responsibility "I have sinned against the LORD." David repented and then was able to come afresh to worship God. (2 Samuel 12:20) That example is so personally comforting. David is not left to wallow in his sin but God makes sure he is confronted with it--not to condemn but for the purpose of repentance. David acknowledges his sin and repents & immediately God gives Nathan these words: "The LORD has taken away your sin." Our sin brings sorrow but Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation. I am praying for you!
Mr. McNeely, I wanted to compliment you on your truly fine article "America and the Return to God." I knew that you and several others from the BT staff had attended The Return and for that reason, I watched the coverage on-line. What I saw was a very moving and passionate demonstration of people who do want their lives and their country to be more in line with God; longing for a true revival. You handled the coverage of that event in a beautiful way. You were very gentle and encouraging of their efforts and you acknowledged the sincere nature of the event and the people who attended. You also stated with perfect clarity how many can be sincere and yet worship God in vain. I really compliment you on this coverage of The Return. Excellent journalism in the truest sense of the word!
I read this book many years ago when it was first published because many of my co-workers had read it and hailed it as a tremendous book. It was certainly a captivating read but I agree with your assessment 100%. It is a wholly blasphemous fairy tale! It's a sober thing to treat God so lightly! God denied Moses entrance into the promised land because he did not treat Him as Holy.