Blessings to you, the readers of this page, in Jesus Christ our Lord. May He guide you and protect you always.
PUT GOD FIRST - ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST - LOVE ALL PEOPLE AS YOURSELF
FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE - FORGIVE EVERYONE - DON'T JUDGE ANYONE
This is the "Doctrine Of Radical Christian Love" in its clearest, simplest form. If you accept this doctrine and live by it, (1) You will be pleasing and acceptable to God; (2) You will have a blessed life here on earth as a citizen of the Kingdom Of God; and (3) You will go to Heaven when you die. This is the true "straight and narrow path" spoken of in the Bible. If anyone is misled by this doctrine, I pray that God will punish me instead of them for any sins they may commit because of it.
Rev. Bill McGinnis <>< Disciple Of Christ
1. PUT GOD FIRST IN YOUR LIFE.
He is your Creator, and the Creator all things. As Creator, He is the ultimate owner of you and everything else in the universe. As Creator, He is the highest legitimate authority over you and everything else in the universe. As your Creator, He is entitled to your highest love, your highest honor, your highest respect - the best of everything you have to give.
_____________________________________________________________ "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1 RSV) _____________________________________________________________2. ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR OWN PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR.
Recognize Him publicly as Son of God, risen from the dead, your own personal Lord and Savior. Invite Him into your heart to rule, and follow the promptings of His Holy Spirit, Who will now be dwelling within you.
_____________________________________________________________ "because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9 RSV) _____________________________________________________________ To accept Jesus now, please click HERE!
The most important single thing you can do in your life is to establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, in which He is your personal Lord and Saviour, and you are His trusting follower. If you do this one thing, you will find joy and happiness now and forever. If you do not do this one thing, you will continue to deprive yourself of the many blessings God has intended for you to receive. If you have not yet accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, you can do so now by clicking HERE!
3. LOVE ALL PEOPLE AS YOURSELF, WHICH IS THE FULL MEANING OF "LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." (THIS IS SOMETIMES CALLED "THE LAW OF LOVE")
Understand that "your neighbor" includes all people everywhere, as shown by the Parable Of The Good Samaritan. For most people, this is impossible to do without the Holy Spirit dwelling inside them. This is radical Christian love: counting the other person's happiness and well-being the same as your own. This means that in every situation, you must consider the needs of others as equal in importance to your own needs. "You have food, they do not. You are hungry, they are hungry. You must share." Simple as that.
If we truly love our neighbor as ourself, we have fulfilled all of God's requirements for us.
Love For Neighbor Fulfills All Of God's Requirements For Us --------------------------------------------------------------- Galatians 5:14 (RSV) For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Romans 13:8 (RSV) Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:9 (RSV) The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet," and any other commandment, are summed up in this sentence, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Romans 13:10 (RSV) Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. James 2:8 (RSV) If you really fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well. ---------------------------------------------------------------God counts our love for others as love for Himself. So when we give love to our neighbor, we are actually giving love to God Himself.
"And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'" (Matthew 25:40 RSV)NOTE: IF YOU TRULY LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, you will not lie about him, steal from him, murder him, have sex with his spouse, or desire to take over his possessions - all of which are prohibited by the traditional Ten Commandments.
4. FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE, WHICH IS, "TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED." The Golden Rule puts The Law Of Love into practice.
_____________________________________________________________ "So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12 RSV) _____________________________________________________________ For more about the Golden Rule, please click HERE! Also recognize that What You Do Comes Back To You.5. FORGIVE EVERYONE, ALL THE TIME, FOR ALL THEIR OFFENSES AGAINST YOU.
Only then can God freely forgive you of all your offenses against Him. Even if they don't repent, forgive them anyway. Even if they intend to do it again, forgive them anyway.
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:14-15 RSV) For more about Forgiveness, please click HERE!6. DON'T JUDGE ANYONE, EVEN IF THEY ARE CLEARLY WRONG.
Judgment belongs only to God. You are wrong yourself, in many things. Be sure of it, no matter how righteous you may think you are. Each person is responsible for his own life, and each person will be judged by God for his own actions. You may advise others. You may teach others. You may share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. But you may not judge them in any way for any thing. They don't belong to you; you are not entitled to judge them. You may be a guide and an inspiration to them. But you may not be a judge. God gives people what He wants them to have, even some evil desires and practices. God has His own reasons for everything He does, even if we do not always understand them. Our job is to love others, not to judge them.
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get." (Matthew 7:1-2 RSV) <><
Some sincere Christians might oppose this doctrine because they consider it to be a "license to sin." In their view, I should be teaching the need for sexual purity, mortification of the flesh, denial of the self, perhaps tithing, and various other traditional requirements of Christianity.
I love these people, and I respect their understanding of God's Holy Word. Nevertheless, I disagree with them, and I believe that the strongest Scriptures clearly support the Doctrine Of Radical Christian Love, as I have shown above.
But even if this doctrine is wrong, and you do sin because of it, your sins are covered or forgiven because of your love and forgiveness toward others.
"Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8 RSV) "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:14-15 RSV)
To those who have ears to hear, let them hear.
Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord. May the Lord God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, richly bless you and all who read these words. May He guide you, protect you, comfort you, provide for you, and lead you in all things. This I pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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