First, I would like to start with a story that gives a great example for this topic.


"During a normal Sunday morning service, after the praise service was over, in
walked a young woman in dirty, tattered, and rather revealing clothes. As she
began her walk down the isle, the looks of disgust shot from every side. Instead
of finding a seat in one of the pews she passed, she continued her walk until she
reached the front, and took a seat on the floor in front of the pulpit. Well, as you
can imagine, the looks of disgust had turned to looks of horror, looks that now
had turned to the head elder of the church as if to say, "Are you going to do
something about this irreverent act by this obvious girl of the streets!" Well, to
their relief, the Elder stood up and began to walk down the isle towards the
girl. The onlooking people smiled saying to themselves, "this
embarrassing episode will soon be over." But, to their astonishment, instead of
snatching the girl up and escorting her out of the sanctuary, the man found a seat
on the floor next to her and began attentively listening to the sermon as she had
been all the while."

Why have our churches today become only sanctuaries for the clean, the
"healthy," the well dressed. Why have we not learned from the mistakes of the
Pharisees, but instead have now became as them ourselves? Did Jesus himself
not say "I came for the sick?" How horrible is it that when the unsaved of today
are questioned, the most common answer for why they do not attend church is
an experience like the one mentioned above. The Lord said He wishes that all
should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9) Guess what? That includes:  
prostitutes, drug addicts, thieves, liars, pimps, drug dealers, murderers,
adulterers, homosexuals, the promiscuous, the jerk at work that makes your skin
crawl, that includes everyone. And thank you Jesus, that included me. And  I
didn't have to get cleaned up first before He would save me, because if I did, I
still would not be saved. He came to where I was, in the miry clay and called
my name, and rescued me from a life of no hope and shame. He showed me true
mercy, true grace, and true UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.  There are many
churches praying for revival, but all the while they are still judging, looking
down at, and unwilling to love the lost of this world. Revival will not come for
these until they learn what it is to have the love of Christ in their hearts. We
should  love the sinner and give God and His sweet Spirit room and time to do
His work in their lives. May we all be challenged to take a long, honest look at  
ourselves. May we all be as Paul when he wrote in Romans 9:3 "For I could
wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my
brothers."

Your brother in Christ,
Jamie Cox


jamiecox@thatnoneshouldperish.org
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