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1) Honor Yahshua’s sacrifice by repenting of and fleeing from sin, and asking God for forgiveness even as we learn to forgive others (Mark 11:25; Luke 24:46-48);
2) Learn not to love the world or the things in the world, but to focus on the
rather than the kingdoms of men (Matthew 9:35; Matthew 24:14; 1 John 2:15-16); Kingdomof God
3) Give what we own in excess of our needs away to our brethren in the Body of Christ - which is NOT the Church building, but the people in it - so that we can become spiritually rich, and take up Christ’s Cross and follow Him (Matthew 19:21-30; Mark 10:21);
4) Love one another and show kindness and compassion to our neighbors - especially our brethren in Christ - by teaching them how to understand and do God’s Will. Furthermore, we are to extend the same kindness to our enemies and preach the Gospel to them in love (Matthew 7:20-23; Luke 6:27-28; John 13:34-35; Galatians 5:22-23); and last, but by no means least:
5) Love Yahweh God with our whole hearts and souls. What loving God this way calls us to do is to keep our minds and bodies free from desecration from carnal excesses such as gluttony, inebriation, sexual sin, the love of pleasure, and other forms of immorality (Matthew 22:36-38; Romans 8:6-8; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; 1 John 2:15-16).
In Luke 6:39-42, Yahshua laid the groundwork for teaching his disciples how to judge everything by God’s standards. That is why He said that we would be ready to remove the speck of sin from our brother’s eye once we had removed the plank of sins from our own. He also told us how to remove the plank of sin in our eyes by using the things that Yahshua “says”, or His Word, to judge ourselves! Yahshua clearly says this in the same Chapter of the Gospel of Luke:~*~ Luke 6:39-42 ~*~“And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”
To reinforce this teaching, Yahshua also said: “If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the Law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath? 24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:23-24). In this way, Yahshua was scolding the Pharisees for judging His works without viewing them as acts of compassion in keeping with God’s loving-kindness to His people. As such, healing others is a thoroughly acceptable work to do on the Sabbath!~*~ Luke 6:46-49 ~*~“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
~*~ Matthew 18:15-17 ~*~According to our Messiah's own words, we are to treat unrepentant sinners within the Church like we would wicked outsiders. We should keep apart from them and pray that they would repent and return to the fold. This is also likely why the Apostle Paul called believers to judge the behavior of fellow believers and stay away from those who are still engaging in sin:
“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.”
~*~ 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 ~*~
“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person. 12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17Taking the two preceding Scriptures into consideration, we should not allow adulterers, fornicators, liars, pedophiles, homosexuals and other immoral people who call themselves believers to fellowship with other believers until they repent and stop sinning. It also stands to follow that we cannot do this unless we judge believers by God's standards! In short, we cannot instruct, reprove or correct anyone unless we know how to make righteous judgments based on a balance between God’s Laws and God’s compassion and mercy, which is an extension of His Grace (i.e. God’s unmerited favor), when dealing with others.
“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life!” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:1-3
A sad example of this includes the legalization of abortion on demand at any time, for any reason, which violates the Sixth Commandment: “You shall not murder”. Likewise, the acceptance of homosexual “marriage” violates the Fifth Commandment to “Honor your father and your mother”. These are two glaring instances where our government, and our courts have failed to live up to the standards set forth in the Bible, which defines all true morality.