To clip a thing's wings so it can't fly will ground it, but to also cut off it's legs so it can't move will kill it and is cruelty; you've gone too far. The same prophets who spoke "woe" also spoke "comfort".
ISAIAH 40:1-2 (KJV); "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 2) Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins."
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
"GRACE" is not spiritual toilet paper to wipe your crap for which you had no true intentions of stopping until you got caught. People often talk heavily about grace after they've been caught in something, or they talk about it while they are in it to excuse them doing it. You might as well as spit in God's face because that is what you thought of his grace. It was grace that let you get caught when conviction from the Holy Spirit wasn't enough to make you stop.
If you are convicted of a crime the judge never leaves it to you to determine your own sentencing. Often you also have to pay restitution to compensate the victim, or their family, or the state. You may have asked for forgiveness but will still have to deal with the consequences of the crime such as being incarcerated for what can be a lengthy time depending on your crime, and before the state will grant you parole or release they want to see proof of contrition and restitution to be convinced of your rehabilitation. When a spiritual leader like a pastor or such commits a lascivious or egregious sin, especially over an extended period of time, it has damaging effects on everyone who looked to them for leadership. It is even more damaging when the leader is also the one deciding their own discipline and restoration. A lack of accountability is usually how they fell in the first place, and now even after their fall they continue the same way by being accountable to no one.