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FORGIVE

Pastor Solomon L. Williams

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The word forgive represents a principle of Christianity that has (in some instances in the C.O.G.I.C.) been over shadowed by pride. Pride is demonized to the extent that it prohibits a person professing to be a Christ like individual experiencing the evolutionary nature of God in his or her life when born again. The Bible says “…that pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16.  Also…”Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Prov.16:18. Why is it so hard to tell a person I am sorry. Please forgive me, and mean it. The Bible says “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the Well- advised  is wisdom.” Prov.13:10.

We do not have to look very far to see the pernicious effects of a confused church that is not spiritually unionized. It leads to “physical proximity without spiritual affinity.” It gives us a church where we are physically desegregated and spiritually segregated, where elbows are together and hearts are apart. It gives us special togetherness and spiritual apartness. It leaves us with a stagnant equality of sameness rather than a constructive equality of oneness. Therefore, our topic leads us to an analysis of “hypocrisy” of righteousness.

Most hypocrites do not see their own sins. They have actually deceived themselves. Despite being guilty of terrible sin, they continue their religious activities in the belief that God accepts them. They believe they are good enough and do enough good works that, in the final analysis, God will never reject them. No matter how deeply sin is rooted in their lives, they still believe they are acceptable to God. They are convinced that they are eternally secure. Throughout the Bible God has much to say about hypocrisy and false religion. “Now I beseech you, brethren, Mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which we have learned; avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17-18.

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