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Recently I got an email from a young man from a group called “Power To Change.” He wrote:

“My name is ….., I’m with a Christian campus club at UofT St. George called Power to Change (or P2C).

 

“I, and some other P2C members, have noticed posters about the event of Films for Queer Christians that will be running each Thursday of December, and we were wondering if there were any more details you could provide about what the event will be like?

 

“Will the whole night be dedicated to screening films? What will these films be like and about? (I think a big concern is whether these films will be appropriate for all audiences, considering the posters indicated 19 and over only, so we weren’t sure exactly what that entailed). Is there discussion beforehand or afterwards? What is hoped to be achieved through this event?

 

“I know we may certainly have differing positions on obvious issues, but I’d love to know a little more about this to better understand where you are coming from, be able to discuss the topic some more, even in person, and potentially come attend with some others from P2C!

 

“Hope to hear back from you soon, and I hope any work you may have in this coming exam season would go well! Thank you!”

My reply was, “Why are you asking such silly questions?

I included this from Luke:

8 When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

What almost all people who say they are Christians fail to see is that their brand of “Christianity” is identical to the religion of the pharisees, Sadducees and scribes. It has nothing to do with Jesus.

This is true from The Pope in Rome right on down to this fellow.

POWER TO CHANGE grew out of CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST.

Power to change what?

Look at this familiar passage from Luke 2:

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

What just about everyone does not know is that those shepherds were despised by the orthodox because their work kept them from carrying out their religious obligations.

As well, who knows what those men were up to alone in the hills with no women?

David had after all, loved Jonathan as a man loves a woman and only the willfully ignorant don’t know what that means. David was a horny fellow.

Yet the angels did not appear to those who saw themselves as righteous. The angels appeared to those the “righteous” despised.

Who do today’s “righteous” most despise?

The Pope has told homosexual priests that if they can’t be celibate they should leave.

Yes, they should but there is a better reason they should leave.

Conventional Christianity has nothing to do with Jesus. It is everything HE despised.

That is why homosexuals should leave.

Jesus, when asked by someone, “Be my teacher” replied, “You have one teacher, GOD.”

John in his first letter wrote, “You have no need that any man should teach you.”

In the Sermon On The Mount Jesus said, “Call no man teacher.”

Conventional Christianity is full of people who see themselves as teachers.

In 1970 enroute by bus from Toronto to Hollywood I read THE NEW TESTAMENT through cover five times.

I looked at what it takes to accept God alone as our teacher.

I realized that to do that calls for Faith, absolute faith.

I knew that unless I did that I was wasting my time.

Do you think when Jesus returns he will find faith?

If in my time he will find me.

If not in my time the answer is no, he will not find faith.

–Reg Hartt 12/20/2018.

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