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Welcome to The Pastor's Study. Here you will find our monthly pastoral letters containing observations and teachings regarding not only doctrinal issues but also social and philosophical issues of importance to Biblical Christians in today's rapidly changing world. We will be posting a new letter each month and will be offering the past messages in the archives linked below. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on these issues also. Your input is important.
Volume 2, Issue 3
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
THE WORD -
HEB 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
THE MESSAGE -
I have mentioned isolating to some of you more
than once. The answer I get is "I am comfortable being alone; I am not isolating;
Being around others is painful, people are cruel; etc. There are many reasons why we
.not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.
Joining in fellowship and relationship with other believers, although uncomfortable, painful, and sometimes embarrassing is essential to our continued growth and maturity.
For many of us living as gay men was
comfortable. We accepted ourselves for who and what we were. We were confident in our
abilities and our relationships. Living in gay society we knew the rules of conduct and
Scratch any Christian and you will find a sinful past that will embarrass him if others knew the truth. No man, no matter what his position has lived a totally righteous life. No Christian has the right or authority to place any of us outside the veil of Christian fellowship. I do not know about the rest of you, but I am a loving, compassionate, helpful person who is walking in fellowship with my Lord. Jesus has called us to be like Him, and those who will not accept this are the losers, not us. I have a lot to share with the Body of Christ, as do all of you. You were created to complete the Body of Christ, not to be removed from it. If we allow ourselves to be isolated, either by choice or by rejection, we are the losers. We must not allow the bigotry of others to take the peace, joy, and victory that are ours in Christ. Our very presence in the Body of Christ enriches those we fellowship with, as we are enriched by fellowshipping with them. Each one of us is a unique person with talents and abilities that the Body of Christ needs to be complete. This is not my opinion, it is a Biblical fact!
When Christ called us, He called us for WHO we are, to help us change WHAT we do and HOW we live. Our personalities and abilities can be enhanced as we mature in our relationship with Him. And like steel that must be annealed with fire to be strong, so He allows us to go through the fire of life to grow strong in Him.
Isolation is an attempt to avoid the fire that is designed to build our strength. Pray for those who abuse you for being the called of Christ. For it is those who need the Lord because they do not understand He came to call sinners, not the righteous to repentance.
I pray the Spirit of our Living Lord will touch each of you and encourage you to walk in fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Love, your brother in Christ:
Robert (Bob) Stephenson
Thank you Bob for your fine message.
Please keep Bro. Bob in your prayers. Take time to visit his website and drop him a note of encouragement as he ministers in this very difficult (and at times physically dangerous) mission field. Thanks.
And now, "Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen." (Ephesians 6:23-24)
Until next month, keep on lifting up the Name of Jesus!
God Bless you and yours
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