When Did The Gospel Shift? 

In recent years, whenever people try to preach the message of salvation, they try to transfer it from Christ crucified as a result of His love for us to a message used to endear people to God by preaching fear (terror, dread)—thus, listeners are guided to come to Him through fear rather than opening the Message of Christ as a display of God’s love for them. Then, we ponder why people come to Christ and experience no transformation in that affection He has for them. No doubt, it must have been really simple to see them express through their lips—He loves me—but do they love Him? When did the Gospel revolutionize from a message of love through His death to a terrible message about hell? 

This doesn’t mean hell doesn’t exist but it only means we are setting people’s eyes to see the wrong personality. Their salvation experience will have its foundation on dread of Him, and most do come to Him because they fear if they don’t, Father would throw them into hell. In a sense, there’s a hell people will get to if they die in their sins, but hell was never to replace the salvation mainly Christ crucified. 
If you read through the account on the Pentecost, you’ll realize how different the message Peter preached —so different from what we preach today. He gave an explanation of God’s love for humanity by sending Christ to die for the sins of man. There’s no mention of words pertaining to a mix of the true gospel and a threat to come to God lest He dumps them in great furnace of fire. Those who came to realize that it was love for a person to die for them came to love Him too after they saw He loved them to have done that. 
The human mind is so notorious that no matter how well we preach the message of Christ crucified and add some threat about hell or like a warning, they would suddenly grab the part about threat, not the information of His love. In fact, salvation wrought for humanity was mainly to save men from the world and make them sons and daughters of the Kingdom of God. 
In the days of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, a minister was visited by an officer and this minister was threatened. He didn’t deny Christ but testify he loves Him. The soldier was too and confessed Christ is a pretty nice chap because He was able to love him while he couldn’t love Him. He was touched by His love and was willing to die for Him too. It was about love, not preaching hell as a part of salvation Message. 
His love is where we get transformed; love is His Fingerprint. 
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BOB’S CONVERSATION WITH WYLE WALKER — A Loving Father 

We arrived the Lovestream Interview quite early than we expected. Wyle Walker was already there having conversations with some fellows whom he had met. Wyle was an ER doctor at Wisconsin hospital in Madison, but besides that travels round the country to reach souls whom God was guiding his heart to. 

Our conversation was based on his past and recent journeys and how it blessed the lives of fellow believers whom he had been with in the last twenty-five years. 
Bob says, Hi Walker. It’s good to see you after many years. I doubt you had any idea we would be talking again. 
Walker replies, (laughs) I think I had an idea about that last week or so before you emailed me. Hey, you’d need to see how much Carlin laughed then. It’s amazing! How’s Diane and everyone else?
Bob answers, We’re doing good these days with all the help Father is sending us. Diane travelled to South Africa after we visited Ohio a couple days ago. You know, we discovered some poor, destitute fellows whom God was guiding us to. I’m sure they needed the help right away. However, Spurgeon and Brenda would be sending some help to her days from now. 
Walker says, Quite similar to what Carlin and I are doing in Paris. The last time we checked you in Brent, we’re told you had gone to Paris. . . 
Bob comments, And that makes some sense, if you ask me. But I don’t recall if we met. Did we? 
Walker answers, No, we didn’t. The moment we got to the airport, news reached our ears that you’re off to New York. It was quite a miss then. Though, Father already had things for us to do, different places to be at that time. We met lots of believers who were hungry to meet other believers who loved Jesus and are not on that track of people who castigated those who don’t do what they do and favor those who do what they do. It was a journey I hope to have again. 
Bob assures, If Father wills, you will. I know how well those whom you talked with are feeling blessed. I do. I met Jesse the other day and she told me how blessed she was to have discovered that there’s certainly nothing for her to do to make Father love her so much and nothing to make him love her less. . . 
Walker completes Bob’s unfinished statement, He just loves her so much.

 

Bob agrees, Exactly, Walker. So tell me what you talked about over there that drew Jesse’s heart to that extent of really discovering that freedom. Was it most of those things you talked about on T.V. or the radio? You know. . . church. . . fellowship with Jesus. . . or. . .? 
Walker replies, I think what we talked about was the last you mentioned. When we got to the home of a couple who had been running a local church but had it closed down because of the problem of finance to run it, I met about sixteen persons or more who were just so desperate to know what I was bringing with me. Some thought I was coming over to preach and share tracts of invitation to believers in Paris to come to a certain meeting or so. I told them I came with Jesus. If anything, I wouldn’t have cared anyway but I discovered they knew little about the life Jesus had really offered them. Some talked about fellowship and how far they really miss meeting God at church ’cause it looked like they were just missing out on everything. 
Bob agrees, Yeah, I agree with you. I felt that way twenty somewhat years ago. I thought I was really missing out, couldn’t reach God or even make him love me anyway. 
Walker continues, (laughs) Haha, learning to live in the Father’s affection is a bit of a process. Realizing his love, there are times when we oft think his love depends on how mechanical we just get to be. If we do this stuff, he’s gonna give us all the bogos blessings we are looking for, and if we don’t do as much as we can, he’s just going to love less. 
Bob says, Yeah, that’s true. John captures more of what Jesus told his disciples about his Father’s affection for them. He never gave any requirement for them to meet before they know they were loved. They’re already, if not there would be no need to have him come to die for humanity. I can’t tell how many times I’ve heard it rephrased as being loved based on meeting some requirements. Imagine if anyone who heard the story just rephrased like this would ever want to go close to such a God. Would anyone ever love his neighbour if the Father loved us because we met a certain requirement? 
Walker replies, I don’t think I would. A friend of mine whom I knew in New Zealand once told me that if Jesus loved him because he met a certain obligation, he thinks there would be thesame action for him to express toward others. We are to follow his example and if he ever did that, we would just be doing thesame. 
Bob comments, That’s right. 
Walker continues, God is so loving, even if there are words spoken by many to pose him as an angry God who throws fear into people’s lives to endear them to him. 
Bob agrees, Even if. I recall meeting some folks in Wisconsin University who called me over at lunch and said, Bob, we don’t know if the God you’re talking about is quite different from the Old Testament. The one you talk about is so filled with love and compassion. I was like, no difference. 
Walker laughs and gives a nod. No difference. He’s the same who was in the OT and still is. You know how many people struggle with that? God is just so wicked! Why should he order Israel to destroy other nations? He even destroyed Israel through Babylonia, and bla and bla. No difference. There was just a reason and it was the same that made the sacrifices as oft as possible with the High Priest walking into the Holy of Holies to offer sacrifices once a year. I tell those who argue about this: first sin came, he brought the law but no one was freed through it. He made every attempt to blot sin and each moment he tried to, it always had to affect the human life. He really can’t tolerate sin. . . 
Bob comments, He can’t. And he loved them but they were just too misguided by their leaders, so they couldn’t notice. 
Walker says, Exactly. He was just trying to push through sin to get to them. He loved them really. I think God was trying to terminate sin from the human race but each time he did, it wasn’t at all working. It kept spreading again and again, and those sacrifices were results of the presence of sin. If sin was blotted once for all as Jesus did, those sacrifices would be no more. 
Bob agrees, Yeah, I agree with you. Jesus’ death was all that was needed. Since then, I’ve not heard any news that God was requiring sacrifices again to get sin out. Or have you? 
Walker replies, No, I haven’t. There’s none at all. God is the loving one he was in the OT just as he is now. I went through scripture some days ago and looked at Jesus’ compassionate heart in dealing with people. Why should he have told the crowd to sit while there was possibility that he could just send them away? Five thousand was fed from a little boy’s lunch and four thousand too. Why would Jesus ever sit in a Gentile’s house to eat bread? Or why didn’t Jesus kick the woman who was a prostitute but had her perfume on his feet? He didn’t kick the adulterous woman either. . .

 

Bob interrupts, I bet, he didn’t. . . The first time I came across that, I was wondering how the city would look like if Jesus was the Judge in our courts. When he should have done the same, he helped her understand that he was the compassionate Father he always had been. Imagine him saying, I’m not going to punish you either. From this day on, sin no more, for you’re forgiven. 


Walker laughs, Certainly. It’s the love of God when we realize how unconditional it is that liberates us from having any doubt. God never requires anything from us before he loves us. He already does, and that’s why he came to guide us to safety. We don’t need laws anymore for that. John was well convinced about his love and there was no fear in him about that. 
Bob says, Yeah. . . you know what you get if you tell an Evangelical that? I worked as a pastor, though just training, but there was much experience. 
Walker cuts in, Hallelujah! 
Bob laughs, Yeah. We’re oft taught that the best way to keep people coming was to let them have the fear of God. Note, we’re all to have it. But it took me years later after being kicked from Inner Life City before I even had any idea what this fear of God was. It had nothing to do with being so afraid of him or filled with dread that we don’t even realize when it shoves us from him. It was wrapped in the love in our heart. Fear means respect for someone, not dread or feeling or the feeling of terror. I think that’s the difference between biblical, godly fear and the other kind of fear. The fear of God is built on our affection for him. Love isn’t built in fear ’cause you can’t find love in it. If you love him, you will respect him. 
Walker agrees, Sure. And most Evangelicals do argue that too. 
Bob continues, They do. Most do. Was John having that fear toward him or he was fully convinced that God loved him and all he could do was to love him in return? He was fully convinced about it. While Peter entertained fear that night, John was bold enough to ask the question. 
Walker exposes, True. There’s no way we can respect God without loving him. Though some feel they are respecting him since they try to do all they can, so he won’t get angry with them. Certainly, that’s not respect at all. It’s a way of life that gets people into those claws of trying to respect God, not because they love him but are just so scared of what he might do to them. John said, Perfect love cast out fear. True respect comes from loving God and loving others just the way he loved us. 
Bob agrees, You’re right. It seems loving others conditionally is the result of thinking we had to love God by being in dread of him before he ever could love us. Being at church was really history, if you ask me, but I can’t forget those things which took place there. It looked as if most who were doing the auditorium cleaning, organizing the service or taking over Sunday school were doing God that just to earn his favor and make him love them than he did previously. There were arguments on who’ll sing the songs, who’ll play the drums and which pastor in the church do you like most? 
Wyle comments, Yes, we had a lot of that in the congregation I pastored. I did that too. Actively working as senior pastor, committed to the institution because I believed those were the things necessary to build up Christianity. They’re just bags of activities. 
Bob agrees, Bags of doings which we try to carry out to meet those standards. Believing that I had to love Father first before he would get himself to love me was the very reason why I never could love others freely. People needed to be tied to certain obligatory requirements or tests which they are to meet before there’s any symbol of love. 
Wyle says, That’s really conditional! 
Bob continues, It is. John said God first loved us before we ever could love him. He’s certainly not saying ‘if you don’t, I will get that whip on you and anything else that concerns you’. That’s going to be a kind of statement excluding the truth about willingness. 
Wyle comments, And a bargain, certainly. 
Bob continues, Yes, that’s exactly what it is. Father intends that we become convinced of his love for us and fills our heart with love for him. Realizing the wonderful point to which he loves us, we will freely love others the same. 
Wyle says, I had dinner with a friend a couple of weeks ago. Collins Smith is a Technician, self employed who’s struggling in that side of loving others. Smith told me that day that he had tried to love others affectionately without expecting anything else from them. But each moment he does, he always felt hurt when he realize people do things which he never believed they would ever do. I believe we will get hurt in the process of loving others especially when we love them so they can love us in return. 
Bob agrees, Yes. That’s for sure. And when we love so deeply, we’ll also get hurt sometimes. 
Wyle continues, Oh, yeah, I never thought of that. We are able to love others because God first loved us even when we were filthy. To the measure to which we recognize his love in our heart, we will be able to freely love others the same. Smitty was actually trying to love. He was certainly giving out what he felt he didn’t have. 
Bob comments, That hurts. 
Wyle continues, Of course. He was giving out what he didn’t have and that was the reason why he felt hurt when others didn’t love him in return. It’s like searching for love which is impossible to find with men.

 

Bob agrees, Yeah. This Century has more people trying to find love in the wrong side. If someone could just step out and say, You’re searching for love. I can love you but that’s not the love that can fill your heart. You just have to stop searching. 


Wyle agrees, Yeah, and the one in search of love can be pointed to the Father to realize he already loves him. There’s always joy in knowing he does, and most people don’t realize the freedom it brings. These days what people need isn’t some stated principles to guide them to freedom. What they need is to know that someone loves them and no matter what happens, he’s not going to give up on them. 
Bob says, You know, from what you just said, you remind me of several friends who came and explained how they found freedom in Jesus. Most people do all the stupid things because of the feeling of rejection, no sense of love and all that; and the institutions which they attend spend time placing much obligations on them, redefining rules to prevent them from even doing those crazy things. . . 
Wyle states, Pornography, getting drunk, nightclubbing . . . 
Bob continues, Yeah. And there was no sense of freedom. Three months back, one told me he felt he was free but it was just fables. He got back to those sins when he got bored and was having no institutional needs to meet that day. 
Wyle says, Which means those obligations only kept him from those sins for a short time. 
Bob agrees, Yes. And it never brought the freedom he needed. Jesus invited everyone to come to him with their imperfections, just the way they are. 
Walker stretches, Just the way they are. Don’t try to change yourselves, it just won’t work. I’m all the way here to do this job you can’t do for yourself. Just come to me. If I had a dollar for that. . . 
Bob laughs, Oh, that’s funny! But I agree. He will give rest. We can’t find freedom when we continue in the wrong thing. The love of Jesus liberates and builds in our heart the desire to freely love him in return. When we discover that men may build in us the feeling of rejection and sense of worthlessness, we may act too bad with all that. However, freedom comes the moment we realize that Father loves us the way we are and is willing to help us get past that point to a life of freedom and maturity. 
Wyle says, People mayn’t want to understand that though. This may drag their hearts to imagine if the fault is with God or others who reside around them. It’s his love—when we get into a full knowledge of it—that heals the hurt in our lives. Every other thing we do will just help hide it. 
Bob agrees, Yes, that’s right. 
Wyle continues, His love is the healing balm we can ever receive from such a loving Father. I was 15 when I began smoking. At 18, I had become a professional who could direct the smokes through my ears as most professional smokers do these days. I wasted many years doing that because I was badly affected by my mom’s death when I turned fifteen. 
Bob comments, I never knew you smoked before. You don’t look like one who did. 
Wyle smiles, Yeah. Not everyone have an idea of that dark side but I only tell it to those who are going through the same at a moment. My mom died of cancer three days after my birthday was celebrated. I was a Christian guy then, but all of that slipped away after mom died. I thought that since God loved her, he won’t let her suffer so. I prayed many times for God to heal her but I felt he never did. I remember thinking how foolish my dad was when he said God loved my mom a lot and that we don’t have to expect things to be good everytime. 
Bob says, I bet that did choke your ears those times. 
Wyle laughs admittedly, It did. 
Bob confesses, But he was right. 
Wyle agrees, He was. That’s the truth! We took her to three hospitals. The doctors gave us the same reply. Her disease was incurable. Dad fell to his face and wept for his wife and praised God for loving her that much. It was as if I was watching a movie. Why would dad thank God when mom died? There was nothing so precious to him like mom. He would call her sweetie, and mom would reply with the love of my life. To think how dad could thank Jesus in spite of all that happened amazed me. 
Bob says, I’m really sorry about that. I can tell how many people struggle with the same or something different but still point them to a moment when they must make a choice. I’m sure you saw something that moment, right? 
Wyle continues, Yeah, I discovered we’ll surely go through such in this broken world but that doesn’t tell God ceased to love my mom. She knew he did which was why she still held on to that love, knowing if she died, she would have the freedom from it all to rest only in his arms. But not everyone end in death in such moments—God does heal some and he chooses not to heal some. 
Bob agrees, Yes, and that’s a big stuff to wonder too. Perhaps, we’ll explore that in another podcast. 
Wyle continues, No problem. I’m open for that. God’s affection for us doesn’t mean we won’t go through troubles. He permits them and assures us of his love to guide us through each circumstance if we will just trust him. When we come out on the other side, looking back at all we went through, we’ll be grateful. We become more compassionate to others when we realize how compassionate he had been to us; especially when we made errors. 
Bob agrees, Of course. It’s deception to think that Father’s love is a place to hide from circumstance. He didn’t promise that we won’t go through moments like that. Paul needed freedom from a thorn in the flesh. God replied him ‘no’ and promised sufficient grace to go through the moment. His love will always release the strength needed for the moment.

 

Wyle says, His affection and the prayers of my mom was what captivated my heart. If my dying mom could love God so much, in spite of all she was going through, then she was convinced of his love to a degree I’m still exploring. 
Bob agrees, As long as we’re on earth, we will continue exploring the depth of his love toward us and others whom he will draw closer to himself. 
Wyle laughs, That’s for sure. 
Bob asks, So what will you be doing this weekend? Will you be shopping, taking rest at home or. . .? 
Wyle replies, Neither. I really don’t spend time shopping. Most times, I’m in a home or restaurant helping people sort out what it is to follow Jesus in spite of what they have gone through in the past or what they are going through in the present. There are so many people to help, and I don’t think I will have time doing anything else but simply living as Jesus lived. 
Bob confesses (as he laughs), That’s a lot more pleasant than I would say, Walker. 

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From Bob’s book—SAILING THROUGH THE OCEAN OF LIFE 


 

When This WALK Becomes PRAYER 

  Occasionally, some people teach another kind of prayer which takes the nature of activity that is completely different from the time we spend with God every morning or night before we go to bed, but in some way, there seem to be a prayer so intimate that it can’t be separated from quiet times. It’s more like an interaction with Jesus that goes on continually, not just at special moments. 

    Is it really possible for our walk with Jesus to be so much like prayer? Is prayer just a lifting up of our needs to God without knowing his heartbeat? Can this awesome fellowship with him be completely separated from our prayer life? It’s easy to try to distinguish both from each other without realizing that both can’t be separated. 

    I grew up with people who teach that prayers aren’t permissible in a quiet time, and all that’s necessary is just get the required books, study and meditate on them i.e think on them. That sounds incredible, but it has made most people serious critics, rather than people so loving to know prayer as breathing. Although, we can separate prayer from quiet times, we can’t remove prayer from it. 

    Prayer isn’t about swinging the hands as a demonstration of binding, casting, asking all about needs, healing, etc. Although, those are involved, I speak about intimacy in prayer. What do we call it? Talking to God, right? No, prayer is talking with God as he speaks and you reply and you speak, he answers your deepest questions and guides your heart to his will. 
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. . . 

OR, PRAY WITHOUT “SEASON“? 

    It’s not so easy to count the number of times I listen to these words, Quiet time isn’t prayer time, so don’t pray at that time. Just take up these books or the Bible and read both; perhaps, one or the other. 

    When I began having a personal moment with Father every morning, I spent some time reading the Bible and other times, I didn’t, but one thing I always found myself doing was talking with Jesus and amazingly, he was replying me and asking me questions which I couldn’t answer and he answered all my questions in the process. But, was this prayer or just a little bit of some conversation? It was prayer, no doubt! One problem such people have is the establishment of tradition in the name of quiet time — this is the way to do it, and that becomes more like a rule and less a Spirit-spirit communion. I could be in a quiet time and suddenly find myself pasting questions like: 

    “Lord, let your love fill me always,” which is completely a prayer, no less. 

    And Jesus replied with words like this, “You’re filled with My love because I AM Love and you’ve given Me your heart to show you how much I love you. Thus, out of the abundance of My love in you, you’ll freely love others. You can’t give what you don’t have.” 

    And I was like, “Oh, God this is amazing! You’re so great and awesome!” 

    Sometimes, my major encounters with Christ started up with a prayer-conversation like that. 

    So, is that prayer? Or is that some religion of some sort as some people call it? 

    Paul wrote to the Ephesians, PRAY AT ALL TIMES (on every occasion, in every season) IN THE SPIRIT, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. . . (Ephesians 6:18). He wasn’t advising them to put-in a “prayer time” which they could only use as a time to conversate or walk with this God who loved them so much. He was instructing them to PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, and I call it PRAY WITHOUT SEASON in terms of no particular season of prayer but all seasons is a season of prayer, of opening our lives to God, to talk with him, walk with him closely as he breathes upon us. I do translate PRAY AT ALL TIMES as, Talk with Jesus at ALL times. 

    Isn’t it possible to pray At ALL TIMES? 

    Prayer has no season, rather it’s all season. It’s not necessarily the public demonstration and point given in the arena, or auditorium, but the opening of our lives to God as we talk with him. 

    While on the way, a bus, at work or at home, in a quiet time, we can talk WITH him as we listen for his replies. We can sense him in and around us as we walk with him each day. 
Just A Part Of Walking With Him

    Both prayer outside and inside a quiet time is just a part of walking with him. To walk with him isn’t all about the time we spend alone with him. Instead, it’s our openness to him each moment of the day. Now, prayer comes in, but we can’t really comprehend how that works if prayer is limited to a certain time or separated from talking with him. Prayer is the casting away of our will to him and embracing his will, decisions and guidance as we go through life. This is what makes Paul’s words, PRAY AT ALL TIMES to be translated to LET PRAYER BE AS BREATHING. 

    How does this become like breathing? 

    Jim, a colleger, wakes up early every morning to read the Scripture, then he thinks on what he’s read as he talks to God and God talks to him (prayer). He gets bathed, dresses himself up and grabs a great breakfast before he runs to school. In the process, he talks with God about the day, asking for his guidance in every bit of situation that might come his way. He’s more concentrated on Jesus and open to his Spirit. So, a girl gets sad, alone on a bench during break and he asks God if he would help him get to her and when he does, he finds out she’s in a great moment of need. Both pray together, before he walks her back to her classroom. Again, he finds himself giving out several words to God without realizing so. 

    However, one thing becomes clear! It’s impossible for Jim to do this praying everytime, just like everyone else can’t. We can only pray at all times if we give the Spirit the chance to do the praying (talking with God) through us. It becomes more understandable that our body is busy externally, but our spirit stands before God as the Spirit prays through us. 

    Therefore, trying to lay down a rule that one must not dare to pray in quiet times isn’t only a tradition, but also an obstruction to let the Spirit pray through us at will. 

    Don’t get surprised when someday one follows this rule and the Spirit does otherwise, so you’ll just have to realize that praying in the Spirit at all times isn’t a tradition and can only be done through the Spirit of Christ. 

TAKEN FROM: Your Walk with Jesus by Bob Hernandez. 

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Where Do You Go To Church? 

Oh, it’s quite a day with some extra-stuff-stuff-stuff; much hopes on my side on finishing my secular novel — Secret Devils — which details much consequences that could arise when parents hide important secrets from their children and those secrets become devils good enough to destroy the family. No doubt, all are God-believing people residing in the Philippines. 

That’s just a hint of what I’m working on. . . 
Where Do You Go To Church? has been a real question in people’s minds when they spot a fellow not taking his pew every Sunday morning. First, in the early 300 years of the Church, there was no structure other than the homes of the believers where they met to build each other up, though, they met in the temple too simply because they were other believers who had duties as well as several priests among them also believed and some were constantly there, but the home was actually the perfect place they shared God’s life together. Then, Constantine, a Roman Emperor came in and united Christianity and paganism as one, a State Religion as well. However, some time later he ordered the construction of church buildings so believers and pagans could have this points of worship and gradually, the thought of church as a body of Christ shifted to a structure which everyone was commanded to attend as compulsory by his successor Emperor Theodosius. Church attendance became compulsory. 

That’s why we now have branded names as if we are so divided and all these I’m a member of the Gospel Source Church, and which one do you belong? Which church do you attend? As if church attendance is what determines our followership of Christ on this journey. The early Christians only had an idea of an organic church, not an organized one built with polished structures and millions or billions of dollars, peso or pounds but it was a group of people often citywide or each person recognized as a part of it. 

Since these believers never followed this attendance is compulsory, if you don’t go, you go to hell it’s most likely our tradition is based on a Pagan Roman Emperor’s law and less a God-ordained fellowship, or network of believers. New church, old church, another church, former church: all these are just fake terms that doesn’t relate to the church. They are related to buildings which we have called Church. 

Do you realize that the church isn’t any place or building but you? Since you are, how can you go to yourself? The church isn’t something you go to but a body which God has grafted you in. So, you don’t need this talk of joining a church, starting up a new one as if it’s some woods we can fix. Instead, be a part of the body which you already are and love other believers, share this journey of fellowship with them. You won’t be able to describe it when you finally see that the church has always been around you! 

“Not Your Quotes” 

It’s not necessary that when you approach a brother encountering painful circumstances, you render your bogos quotes and rebuke them for one lack of faith or the other. Most don’t even know how to react to situations like that which they find streaming up in their lives. They just want to be understood, not your long sermons. They just want to feel loved, not a scary environment of condemnation and demands for accountability to you. 

    Where love is substituted with all these actions and what we think they need to change them, people end up frustrated and they get shoved away from the loving hearts they hoped brothers and sisters possess. Instead, they don’t need you to change them because we just can’t. God is the one who does! Rather, love them and open and leave for them an environment where they can be loved and sense the Presence of God enveloping them, coming into their pain to show them he’s right in it with them. An environment where they are free to be known for who they really are and where such lifestyle isn’t guarded by ethics but a Love that transforms them in the loving arms of Christ to make them into the wonderful people he wants them to be. 

    People are changed when they are led to follow Christ and listen to him guide and show them that they are already loved, no matter what they go through. Our job is to encourage them on the journey to see Christ as victorious in all circumstances. Many will end up abandoning our laws to live in this freedom and peace that abides in him; where their lives can free others to hurt when they are hurt and joy when they are joyful. 

    Most of these don’t need an over-quotation of Scripture to have them bend to what you think they ought to do to stand such circumstances. They ought to know that loving heart who beats for them each moment. They will discover it in the process of following him. 

    When we let ourselves get in the way of the Spirit, we prevent him from freely doing the touching through us. We don’t need to struggle to touch them to try to change. Sometimes, it could be ‘struggling’. Let the Spirit touch others through us. When we let him do, we’ll be doing the loving as he speaks the words. Sometimes, our being there loving them is more than a thousand words struggled out. 
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Blessings!