A lot of people see Christianity as a free land that comes with no responsibility. This is so partly because of the nature of sermons they hear from the pulpit. People must be told that accepting Christ is the first step. Knowing Him for yourself afterward and doing His will is the second step.
You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither high church nor low church, Catholic nor Protestant, citizen nor alien, capitalist nor communist, gay nor straight, beautiful nor ugly, East nor West, theist nor atheist, Israel nor Palestine, American nor Iraqi, married nor divorced, uptown nor downtown, terrorist nor freedom fighter, for all are made one in Christ Jesus.
For in the figure of Christ we are confronted with an atomic event that does not destroy the world, but rather obliterates the way in which we exist within the world. In concrete terms, this means that the darkness and dissatisfaction that make their presence felt in our lives are not finally answered by certainty and satisfaction but are rather stripped of their weight and robbed of their sting.
A faith that can only exist in the light of victory and certainty is one which really affirms the self while pretending to affirm Christ, for it only follows Jesus in the belief that Jesus has conquered death. Yet a faith that can look at the horror of the cross and still say ‘yes’ is one that says ‘no’ to the self in saying ‘yes’ to Christ.
William Marrion Branham, Pastor Mensa Otabil, Martin Luther King Jr., William F. Kumuyi, Dag Heward Mills, David Ibiyeomie, Peter Nii Korley, Benson Andrew Idahosa, Kenneth E. Hagin, Brian Houston, Smith Wigglesworth, Bishop Tudor Bismark, Jerry J. Panou, John C. Hagee, David O. Oyedepo, Ikechukwu Joseph, Benny Hinn, Chris Oyakhilome, Mike Murdock, Ravi Zacharias, Priscilla Shirer, Paul A. Adefarasin,