Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Inclusive - Exclusive
Bible Questions Answered:
“...I heard them say the church should be inclusive in its approach to others. What are they saying here?...”
Toby/ Auburn, Washington U.S.A.
To start right, let's be sure we know what we are talking about.
Covering or including everything: open to everyone: not limited to certain people: including the stated limits and everything in between.
Not shared: available to only one person or group: available to only a few people.
The saving gospel of Jesus Christ is all-inclusive, that is, it is open to all!
Isaiah 45:22 NKJV
“Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
John 3:16 NKJV
For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Acts 2:21 NKJV
And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of The Lord Shall be saved.
Acts 10:43 NLT
He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in Him will have their sins forgiven through His name.”
Romans 10:13 NKJV
For “whoever calls on the name of The Lord shall be saved.”
II Corinthians 5:14,15 NLT
14 "...Christ died for all..."
15 He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
I Timothy 2:3,4 NLT
3 This is good and pleases God our Savior,
4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand The Truth.
Titus 2:11,12 NLT
11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.
12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,
II Peter 3:9 NKJV
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
I John 1:9 NKJV
If we confess our sins, He is Faithful and Just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I John 5:1 NLT
Everyone who believes that Jesus is The Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves
The Father loves His children, too.
Revelation 22:17 NKJV
And The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
How wonderful that, “whoever calls on the name of The Lord Shall be saved.”
And that the gospel message of salvation is open to “everyone.”
Now having said that, we move on to the subject of the teaching of the church of
The Lord Jesus Christ.
The teachings of The Lord Jesus Christ are, exclusive!
Deuteronomy 4:2 NKJV
You shall not add to The Word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of The Lord your God which I command you.
Deuteronomy 12:32 NKJV
“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.
Proverbs 30:6 NKJV
Do not add to His Words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
Ecclesiastes 3:14 NLT
And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear Him.
Matthew 5:17-20 NJKV
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Galatians 1:8,9 NKJV (Godly Warning.)
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
Jude 3 NLT
Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to His holy people.
Revelation 22:18,19 NJKV (Christ's Warning.)
18 For I testify to everyone who hears The words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in This Book;
19 and if anyone takes away from The Words of The Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in This Book.
What is all of this saying? It is saying, that in no way shape or form, may The Word Of God, be compromised!
God is immutable, that is to say, unchanging, and so His Word! And because He is unchanging, and His Word is unchanging, it brings division among men.
Matthew 10:34-39 NKJV (Division)
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’;
36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’
37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Luke 12:49-53 NKJV
49 “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!
51 Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.
52 For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.
53 Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
Hebrews 4:12 KJV
For The Word Of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Revelation 1:16 KJV
And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
Revelation 2:12,16 KJV
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith He which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Revelation 19:15,21 KJV
15 And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
The Way of Jesus is a way of division, the darkness from The Light, the false from The True.
Matthew 7:13,14 NKJV
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
The Broadway Church, is all inclusive in its gospel, and it is because its gospel is constantly evolving, ever changing, all accepting, all embracing, because absolute truth cannot be known, it is an never ending search.
II Timothy 4:3,4 NLT
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
4 They will reject The Truth and chase after myths.
The Broadway Church explains as did Pilot... John 18:38 KJV “Pilate saith unto Him, What is truth?..."
The Broadway Church, can never know The Truth, because it has rejected Jesus Christ who is...
John 14:6 KJV
Jesus saith unto him, I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto The Father, but by Me.
The Narrow Way Church, may be few in number, yes, but mighty in power and in deed, for it lives and breathes the very Word Of God, and judges all things by it!
Acts 17:10-12 NLT
10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.
11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.
12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.
Dear friend, may Joshua's words always be yours!
Joshua 24:15 KJV
And if it seem evil unto you to serve The Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve The Lord.