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Intended audience. This site is for those believers who sense that there may be something wrong in their individual or church lives. If you are not a follower of Jesus Christ, this site is not for you but if you do read its content, you may be surprised that someone from within the Church dislikes hypocrisy and insincerity as much as you do. Moreover, you may be surprised that Jesus felt the same way that you do, Matthew 23:13-35.
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Exaggeration. The writings of this site are not exaggerations. Personal experiences, presented in the first person, are factual but with identities changed. Some of those experiences, presented as single events may be composites of multiple ones. Those writings that are presented as fictional portrayals of the experiences of others are based on the factual experiences of mine and others.
Thou shall not judge? Jesus said, "Do not judge so that you will not be judged." Matthew 7:1. He continued to explain that we will be judged in the way we judge others and that we should not comment on the speck in a brother's eye if we ignore the log in our own. Then Jesus said, "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces." Matthew 7:6. The dogs and the swine cannot be identified without discernment and judgment. The Bible teaches us to be discerning to make holy judgments. In Matthew 7:1-6, Jesus was simply saying that we will be judged in the same way that we judge others and that hypocritical log-in-the-eye speck-inspectors should be silent. The author of this site takes very seriously those exhortations, and their accompanying responsibility and accountability.
Offense. Paul wrote, "Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God." 1 Corinthians 10:32. No offense (a cause of stumbling) is intended by this site. Warnings, reproofs, and corrections have a place in the Body as seen in the words of Jesus and those of Paul and other Old and New Testament authors. We are never instructed to silently ignore the diminishing fires of the faith in deference to the feelings of the lukewarm or the cold.
Presumptuous. That's what this site would be if its author wrote as if he knew that its content specifically applied to you. No presumption is here. The writings are posted for you to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider. If a particular writing has no application to you, pray that those who need it will access it and learn from it. If a particular writing does apply well, as the old saying goes, "If the shoe fits wear it." Better yet, "Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." James 1:22.
Bible quotations. Quotations are from the New King James Bible unless designated otherwise.
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