The Church of Christ:
“Neither do I condemn you. Now go and sin no more.” – John 8:11
The Synagogue of Satan:
“You will not surely die.” – Gen. 3:4
Ref.: 1 Cor. 6:9-11, Mark 4:9
There is a VAST difference between:
- feeling ill and wanting to be better; and
- being ill, not wanting to get well and DEMANDING that others NOT SAY that you are ill.
You wondered aloud how many Biblical characters would be allowed to be full-fledged members of the church, pointing specifically to Noah, David and Solomon. Yet, you forget their contemporaries: Ham (who was cursed), and Saul (who was rejected).
Concerning Solomon, it is written (1 Kings 11):
"But King Solomon loved many foreign women … of whom the Lord had said …, You shall not intermarry with them … they will turn away your hearts after their gods. Solomon clung to these in love.
So the Lord became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not keep what the Lord had commanded.
Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant."
BUT the people of God WILLFULLY, STUBBORNLY, DETERMINEDLY, FOOLISHLY, STUPIDLY forget this thing so that the curse looms over their heads still.
The Bible makes references to slavery, but it does not advocate the practice. With regards to Paul’s admonition which you quoted, you should be aware, he said elsewhere in 1 Cor. 7:21, “Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it.”
And in the Old Testament, God freed Israel from slavery. The fact is ensconced in the Ten Commandments, Deut. 5: “I AM the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. …” Further, He gave them His Sabbath day, saying, “Remember too, that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.”
God knows where we were born, but He calls us up to higher ground. It is
utterly contemptible to say to a pedophile, “I know the desires of your heart; and I tell you, God loves and accepts you just the way you are. See? He has provided the little children for your delication and delight.”
INNATE DESIRES, wrongly directed, are not free passes through the pearly gates. You cannot say on that day, “Lord, here is the talent you gave me. I buried it and now here it is.” A seed, unless it dies, is a useless thing.