Some people confuse uncompromising truth with “hatred”

Most of us have been watching the news from Charlottesville, Virginia regarding the demonstration last weekend by White supremacists. Clashes with counter-demonstrators sadly led to injuries and death.

Christians must follow the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. There is NO PLACE for hatred or discrimination in our hearts. To consider a person or group of people as inferior because of their race, nationality, or ethnicity is antithetical to God’s Word and the Gospel.

“…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

It was because of accommodation to hatred and entitlement that some White Christians in the past were able to justify slavery and later join or support the Ku Klux Klan* and other pro-segregationist groups in America. That memory will always be a regrettable stain on the history of the church in America. But feeling superior to someone else is a sin we have all shared at one time or another.

All those who are spiritually reborn in Jesus Christ and humbly take His name must reach out in love with the Good News! to men and women of all races, nationalities, and ethnicities.

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” – Mark 16:15

As our post-modern society becomes more accepting of racial and ethnic diversity, a good thing, there is also a tendency for society to become more accepting of diverse religious beliefs and most popularly, the lack of any religious convictions. Religious groups that proclaim that they alone have divine truth are increasingly frowned upon. As in all other areas of life, tolerance of all religions is “in,” exclusivity is “out.” This attitude has even taken hold within the Christian church. It’s now considered unseemly and ungracious to criticize a religious group that calls itself “Christian” but teaches a false gospel. Those who point out that a religious group is not preaching the Gospel of grace are looked upon by some in the same way as polite society views members of the KKK or other extremist hate groups.

But no one will be able to recognize truth if it becomes so muddy and indistinct that it’s unrecognizable, and yet that is exactly what is happening within the church.

A person’s race or ethnicity makes no difference to  the Lord, Jesus Christ. We are all sinners in need of the Savior. But the Gospel is never to be watered-down or compromised. There is only ONE WAY to salvation and that is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE. Baptism doesn’t save. Church membership doesn’t save. Trying to obey the Ten Commandments doesn’t save. The Lord marked false teachers as did His apostles. Yes, we are to love people of all religions and false churches and reach out to them with the undiluted Gospel. But to accommodate and cooperate with those who teach a false religion and false gospel is not love. We don’t do anyone any favors by accommodating their false beliefs.

It’s certainly not popular to tell anyone, “Your religion is not the right way.” It will quickly get you classified as a “hater” and that’s the LAST label anyone desires these days. But if you believe salvation is by anything other than God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE, even if you go to a church regularly and call yourself a “Christian,” you are outside of Christ’s salvation looking in.

Forsake all churches and religions that teach you must be “good” in order to merit salvation. Repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” – Matthew 7:13-14


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*For those who think the KKK was/is strictly a Southern phenomenon, I live less than one mile from a field where Rochesterians (New York) used to gather for KKK cross-burning rallies back in the 1920s and 30s. In 1933, some Rochesterians were so upset that the newly erected Monroe Community Hospital was designed by Black architect, Thomas Wilson Boyde, Jr., they burnt a cross nearby in protest.

6 thoughts on “Some people confuse uncompromising truth with “hatred”

  1. I know you are not going to post this, as you never do, and I really don’t care, but this post is such a contradiction in terms. You speak of “feeling superior to others,” yet that is all you reflect, when speaking of Catholics. Of course you do excuse yourself by referring to, “If we believe any differently than you, that is okay, as it makes you very holy and correct in the eyes of God.” I doubt that very seriously.

    You never give Catholics on your blog the time to defend ourselves, when what you are reporting are in fact lies. You delete most all of our comments according to myself and other bloggers. You say, “You have let go of the Catholic Church,” yet all you do is research and post anything negative about us that you can find, always adding in your thoughts and opinions as well. It seems to me you could be happy being a Protestant, leave the rest of us alone, and bring hope and love to your Protestant brothers and sisters.

    You do not, as one of your feet are still stuck in the Catholic Church, be it in a positive or negative way. If you are done with it, then let it go. To me that would be the sane thing to do, as no true Catholic is listening to you, only those who agree with you do, which again is such a contradiction.

    You are supposed to be “trying to save us from hell,” aren’t you, because you “love” us so much. Cough, Cough! It is not us you care about, only yourself and those who are in total agreement with everything you say, which is fine. Just quit making yourself holier than thou, as you are no holier or any more special to God, than any of the rest of us. You are a sinner just like the rest of us, and have failings and faults, just like the rest of us. God had to send Jesus for you, just like He did the rest of us.

    As St. Bridget said, “God does not love a queen more than the lowliest of servants.” You have tried to set yourself up as a “King” over us all. Well, you are not.

    Yes, how superior you feel to us all. You have hurt many of us. That does not bother you, but I know it bothers Jesus. He will be our justice, by that I mean “to make it right,” when the day comes. St. Paul remember, “Scolded Peter for not eating with the gentiles,” or did you forget that Scripture? Jesus, “Died for Catholics just as He did Protestants,” or did you forget that Scripture too? Jesus also said, “If we have anything against our brother to leave our gifts at the altar and go make peace with them.” I know you have forgotten that one, as no Catholic can have any peace with you.

    I pray you stop all of this, let us and the Church go, and bless those who are in your life now and your new found Church and faith. We will all, including yourself, be at more peace and live happier with one another. That is what God wants, if that matters to you at all? God Bless, SR

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    1. SR, Thanks for your comments. I am going to answer your concerns one at a time below.

      SR: I know you are not going to post this, as you never do, and I really don’t care, but this post is such a contradiction in terms. You speak of “feeling superior to others,” yet that is all you reflect, when speaking of Catholics. Of course you do excuse yourself by referring to, “If we believe any differently than you, that is okay, as it makes you very holy and correct in the eyes of God.” I doubt that very seriously.

      Tom: I have posted MANY comments from Catholics over the past two years and I am posting this one although I am under no obligation to do so. Some have attempted to draw me into long debates that are of no value, but I must be a good steward of my time. You accuse me of conveying a sense of superiority in regards to Catholics, yet I have always stated that salvation is by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone. I do not come to God with one single plea of my own because I have NONE, however it is Catholics who claim they bring their bountiful good works as means to salvation. Who thinks they are spiritually superior?

      SR: You never give Catholics on your blog the time to defend ourselves, when what you are reporting are in fact lies. You delete most all of our comments according to myself and other bloggers. You say, “You have let go of the Catholic Church,” yet all you do is research and post anything negative about us that you can find, always adding in your thoughts and opinions as well. It seems to me you could be happy being a Protestant, leave the rest of us alone, and bring hope and love to your Protestant brothers and sisters.

      Tom: I delete some comments because I’m not led to endless debating as I stated above. Catholics who desire back-and-forth discussions should find an internet forum devoted to such. That is not the purpose of this blog. I know from God’s Word that Catholicism teaches a false gospel and I fully understand that Catholics who are blindly loyal to their religion do not appreciate my posts. But if I do not warn Catholics that they are lost, the Lord will hold me accountable.

      SR: You do not, as one of your feet are still stuck in the Catholic Church, be it in a positive or negative way. If you are done with it, then let it go. To me that would be the sane thing to do, as no true Catholic is listening to you, only those who agree with you do, which again is such a contradiction.

      Tom: Let’s suppose a person embarks on what is advertised to be an enjoyable vacation journey. But instead the trip is rife with dangers and perils and comes close to ending in death. What kind of person would they be if after returning from their “vacation” they told no one of the dangers but recommended to friends and family that they embark on the journey as well?

      SR: You are supposed to be “trying to save us from hell,” aren’t you, because you “love” us so much. Cough, Cough! It is not us you care about, only yourself and those who are in total agreement with everything you say, which is fine. Just quit making yourself holier than thou, as you are no holier or any more special to God, than any of the rest of us. You are a sinner just like the rest of us, and have failings and faults, just like the rest of us. God had to send Jesus for you, just like He did the rest of us.

      Tom: I’m very sorry if I conveyed a “holier than thou” attitude, something we already discussed above. But, once again, I have no holiness in and of myself. The only righteousness I have is the imputed perfect righteousness of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, I am a sinner. Probably much worse of a sinner than you. It’s actually the Catholic church that teaches its members they must become holy enough to merit Heaven. I could never do that. I commit mortal sins every day either in thought, word, deed, or by omission.

      SR: As St. Bridget said, “God does not love a queen more than the lowliest of servants.” You have tried to set yourself up as a “King” over us all. Well, you are not.

      Tom: I am actually the lowest of low and I profusely thank Jesus for saving a vile sinner like me! Catholics are taught they must achieve a “state of grace” in order to merit Heaven, but I know I could never do that. Once again, I have no righteousness of my own, only the imputed perfect righteousness of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

      SR: Yes, how superior you feel to us all. You have hurt many of us. That does not bother you, but I know it bothers Jesus. He will be our justice, by that I mean “to make it right,” when the day comes. St. Paul remember, “Scolded Peter for not eating with the gentiles,” or did you forget that Scripture? Jesus, “Died for Catholics just as He did Protestants,” or did you forget that Scripture too? Jesus also said, “If we have anything against our brother to leave our gifts at the altar and go make peace with them.” I know you have forgotten that one, as no Catholic can have any peace with you.

      Tom: Catholics will continue to think they can merit their salvation by trying to obey the Ten Commandments and by being “good” when God’s Word tells us no one is good, which is why Jesus had to pay the penalty for our sins. I must warn Catholics that they cannot merit their way to Heaven. Won’t you let go of your proud religious feelings and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior? It’s interesting that you bring up Paul’s rebuke of Peter in Galatians. If Peter was the first pope and was infallible in all matters of faith and morals, why was he leading the brethren astray with his compromise with works justification? You are right. Holy God will dispense His perfect justice to all someday. Will you stand before Holy God with your many sins and your tainted “goodness” or will you stand before Him covered by the imputed perfect righteousness of His Son?

      SR: I pray you stop all of this, let us and the Church go, and bless those who are in your life now and your new found Church and faith. We will all, including yourself, be at more peace and live happier with one another. That is what God wants, if that matters to you at all? God Bless, SR

      Tom: Actually, Jesus promised that His Gospel would bring strife and disharmony, even within families (Matthew 10:34-39). Loyal Catholics love their church and love their Catholic heritage. I understand that completely. But the Catholic church does not teach the correct way to salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Repent of your sins and ask Jesus to save you and lead you to an evangelical church in your area that teaches God’s Word without compromise. Your church teaches members of non-Christian religions can merit Heaven if they “follow the light they are given.” That is not Christianity. You mention the apostles, Peter and Paul, and that is not the type of Christianity they preached. They gave up their lives so that everyone could know salvation in Christ. They certainly did not believe Roman pagans would merit Heaven if they “followed the light they are given.” Your current pope says even atheists can be saved if they “follow their conscience.” That is not Christianity. Accept Christ. Religion, including the Catholic religion, does not save.

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  2. I do thank you for finally posting one of my comments though you know I disagree with most all of what you say. Tom, I do want you to think about this. How I will stand before God on my day of judgment is between God and myself, alone. The same goes for you. We are both created by God and we are both His children. And as you think and believe that the Catholic Church is not the “authority on all matters,” I have to ask you, “What makes you think you are?”

    I had rather live in peace and love with you, as a child of God, though sinners we are.

    You have good gifts, Tom. I see it underneath all of this other stuff. You do have knowledge, and I as you am a convert to the Church as well, so we both have knowledge of both sides. I am not going to take the good and bad knowledge that I have concerning some Protestant Churches and those who go to them, and continually over and over, make them feel lower than dirt. To me, that in no way glorifies God.

    All I am asking is that you use the knowledge you have to build us all up, Protestant and Catholic alike. Stop this. We all have to work out our “own salvation.” I do and so do you. You see some things in Scripture one way and I see it another. God is big enough, to work it all out for the both of us, if we just let Him.

    As I said, “Love your new faith, Tom.” “Love your Church.” I love mine very much, because I love my “new faith,” and my Church, I am not going to get our here and try and destroy everyone else’s. I just have a hard time believing that is what God wants any of us to do. Believe me, I could say a lot about some Protestants. That is none of my business, just like my life, my faith, and my Church is none of yours. The main thing is, at the end of the day we have done something to show someone how much God loves them, by our words and actions. This world needs that more than anything. God Bless, SR

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    1. SR, Below are my replies to your comments from today:

      SR: I do thank you for finally posting one of my comments though you know I disagree with most all of what you say. Tom, I do want you to think about this. How I will stand before God on my day of judgment is between God and myself, alone. The same goes for you. We are both created by God and we are both His children. And as you think and believe that the Catholic Church is not the “authority on all matters,” I have to ask you, “What makes you think you are?”

      Tom: The New Testament following the four Gospels is all about the apostles, disciples, and followers of Christ sharing the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The Gospel is not a private gift but something Christians are called by the Lord to share. There are also many warnings in the NT about false teachers. The authority of the church comes from God’s Word through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The church is made up of all who have accepted Christ as Savior by faith alone. We have many different churches with secondary differences but we are united in our trust in Christ as Savior by faith alone. There is no central church administration or hierarchy according to the world’s standards and as Catholicism has. But, as you know, the Lord strictly forbade such a system in Matthew 20:25-28. As you also know from my blog, the Catholic magisterium has been far from consistent in its teachings throughout its history. The pope and conservative cardinals are currently fighting over allowing communion for divorced remarrieds. Who is right? The pope teaches that atheists can merit Heaven if they are “good.” That is not right but is heresy. Popes of 100 or 200 years ago did not teach this.

      SR: I had rather live in peace and love with you, as a child of God, though sinners we are.

      Tom: All who repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone are born-again as children of God. I invite you to accept Christ as your Savior by faith alone, also.

      SR: You have good gifts, Tom. I see it underneath all of this other stuff. You do have knowledge, and I as you am a convert to the Church as well, so we both have knowledge of both sides. I am not going to take the good and bad knowledge that I have concerning some Protestant Churches and those who go to them, and continually over and over, make them feel lower than dirt. To me, that in no way glorifies God.

      Tom: Thank you for your kind words. Any goodness or talents that I have are from my Lord and Savior!

      SR: All I am asking is that you use the knowledge you have to build us all up, Protestant and Catholic alike. Stop this. We all have to work out our “own salvation.” I do and so do you. You see some things in Scripture one way and I see it another. God is big enough, to work it all out for the both of us, if we just let Him.

      Tom: The Lord has given me somewhat of unique perspective after having been a Catholic for 27 years and studying Catholicism quite a bit since then and the Lord has called me to share this knowledge for the benefit of “whosoever will” come to Christ.

      SR: As I said, “Love your new faith, Tom.” “Love your Church.” I love mine very much, because I love my “new faith,” and my Church, I am not going to get our here and try and destroy everyone else’s. I just have a hard time believing that is what God wants any of us to do. Believe me, I could say a lot about some Protestants. That is none of my business, just like my life, my faith, and my Church is none of yours. The main thing is, at the end of the day we have done something to show someone how much God loves them, by our words and actions. This world needs that more than anything. God Bless, SR

      Tom: It’s exactly Christ’s love that compels me to share the Good News! of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone. I have no choice in this. Nothing else I do compares to sharing the Gospel of grace with unbelievers. Sure, many evangelicals have done bad and terrible things. No surprise there. Christ had to die on the cross for us because we are such sinful people and there is no way we could ever become holy. Come to Christ and ask Him to save you. You will never be able to merit your salvation, SR, as the Catholic church falsely teaches. If salvation were a matter of successfully obeying the Law, as the Catholic church teaches, then Jesus died in vain (Galatians 2:21). My wife and I are currently studying through the Acts of the Apostles. Have you ever read it? It’s very relevant to our discussion. Many of the Greeks, Romans, and Jews were extremely upset with the apostle Paul because he was teaching that their religions were not true and that they needed to accept Christ as Savior by faith. What would you say to the apostle Paul about his trying to “destroy” the faith of those people? Forsake religious legalism and ritual. Accept Christ.

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  3. To this I say goodbye Tom. Yes, I have read Acts many times, asking me if I have is what makes you seem so arrogant. I am a Christian Tom, there is no way I could be one without reading the Bible???? In fact I have read it many times also and do daily. Please do not go to your continuing statements that “Catholics do not read their Bibles.” Are you in every Catholic home to prove that statement? No, yet you say it all the time.

    Take care and thank you for your responses and taking the time to respond. I am not saying that all you do is bad, it is just so much the way you do it. I just do not believe the continual condemnation is what Christ had in mind.

    Goodbye Tom. I give you the last word. May God be with you. God Bless, SR

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    1. SR, I asked if you had ever read the Acts of the Apostles because your remarks would indicate you are not familiar with it. That’s not arrogance. You rebuke me for sharing my faith and attempting to “destroy” the faith of non-Christians but that is exactly what Paul and the believers did when they spread faith in Christ to an unbelieving world. They said Roman paganism and Judaism without Christ were wrong and did not save, unlike your church. You counsel me to keep my faith to myself but that is not what Paul did. How could you have read Acts many times and not understood this? Because you have not accepted Christ and are spiritually blind. Accept Christ.

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