Only Two Paths

Written by Joyce C. Lock


Once upon a time, there was a retarded young man whose heart's desire was to go out on church visitation. One might wonder what good a retarded person could accomplish. But, it was decided to let him go.

He walked up to a strange door, in a strange neighborhood, and knocked. A man answeredrepparttar door. The young man asked, "Are you going to Heaven?"

The homeowner answered, "No."

Then,repparttar 126889 young man responded, "Well, go to Hell then."

They tell me this was a true story andrepparttar 126890 stark shock of that incident causedrepparttar 126891 man to realize his need for God. Thus, he became saved.

Though we might get our lights punched out for tryingrepparttar 126892 same, it would be just as good were we to look atrepparttar 126893 "either ors" in our life with just as much boldness and honesty.

Restoring the fallen Believer

Written by Pastor Ray Stark


Restoration ofrepparttar Fallen Believer

Ray Stark

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What doesrepparttar 126888 New Testament teach concerningrepparttar 126889 restoration of believers who have been involved in some sort of moral failure? That isrepparttar 126890 subject of this paper. It will not be a long dissertation becauserepparttar 126891 answer is simple Ė forgiveness.

Our primary text on this subject is found inrepparttar 126892 writings of Paul

Gal 6:1 ∂ Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one inrepparttar 126893 spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

The Greek terminology Paul uses to describerepparttar 126894 manner in whichrepparttar 126895 sinning believer is faced with his wrong doing is extremely pointed.

Overtaken: 4301 prolambano prol-am-baní-o 1) to take before 2) to anticipate, to forestall 3) to take one by forestalling (him i.e. before he can flee or conceal his crime) 3a) surprise, detect

A couple of modern translations bring out Paulís meaning even more clearly thanrepparttar 126896 King James.

Williams: Brothers, if anybody is caught inrepparttar 126897 very act of doing wrong, you who are spiritual, inrepparttar 126898 spirit of gentleness, must set him right; each of you continuing to think of yourself, for you may be tempted too

Phillips Even if a man should be detected in some sin, my brothers,repparttar 126899 spiritual ones among you should quietly set him back onrepparttar 126900 right path, not with any feeling of superiority, but being yourselves on guard against temptation.

This is reminiscent ofrepparttar 126901 words of Jesus whenrepparttar 126902 Pharisees brought before Himrepparttar 126903 woman caught IN THE ACT of adultery.

John 8: 1 ∂ Jesus went untorepparttar 126904 mount of Olives. 2 And early inrepparttar 126905 morning he came again intorepparttar 126906 temple, and allrepparttar 126907 people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 3 Andrepparttar 126908 scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her inrepparttar 126909 midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, inrepparttar 126910 very act. 5 Now Moses inrepparttar 126911 law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote onrepparttar 126912 ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote onrepparttar 126913 ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning atrepparttar 126914 eldest, even untorepparttar 126915 last: and Jesus was left alone, andrepparttar 126916 woman standing inrepparttar 126917 midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none butrepparttar 126918 woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

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