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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by SaggyWoman, Dec 1, 2007.
Are the following people welcomed to attend your church, if willing to do so?
I wish there were a selection for "All of the Above."
Certainly all of these types of people need to hear about Christ.
Most of them probably haven't received Christ as Savior; other of them may need to return to God's loving and welcoming arms.
I Corinthians 6:9-10 lists a number of sins quite similar those citied in the poll, but God's Word then goes on in verse 11 to remind us: "And such were some of you..."
If we don't welcome these people to hear how they can be saved and rescued from a life of sin and an eternity in hell, how then will they learn about Christ?
Under state law, a pastor may be required to turn in a child abuser.
I would turn them in/have turned them in in a minute.
But, can they attend your church?
To me personally, all of the above are welcome to come. To many in my church, well that's another story.
There needs to be a qualification:
do they want to come and repent and worship or spread their sinful lifestyles?
Oh, of all of the questions though, there is nothing sinful about riding a motorcycle.
Can people repent of getting AIDS? Or of riding motorcycles?
let's just say for the sake of answering this poll, the person's been tried, convicted and has served their time. Now what?
Is that getting aids, or HOW they got aids?
That is one way to look at it. Under this situation, they would be welcome to attend, and if fully repented, they could hold certain offices in the church ie clerk, trustee ect. But definitely, no position where they directly work with children.
The other way, suppose a man calls you up and says, I have molested children. I would like to come and talk to you ( the pastor). But if I come and you know my background, would I be welcomed at your church and would you turn me in?
Would you tell him to come but not disclose his past or ...:tonofbricks:
Attending church is one thing. I would never put a convicted child molester/abuser to work with children. I would have a hard time putting an accused one back there.
But attending church? Come hear the Word preached.
Getting AIDS in and of itself isn't a sin. There are a variety of ways to get AIDS, some of which are not "sin". Some are.
All people are welcome. We all have sin in our lives. If we're going to keep the 'sinners' out, I would have to stay home too because I am but a sinner saved by grace.
We have Reformer's Unanimous and many people have graduated from that and become some of our most ardent members (child abusers included).
That does not mean that they can work with children, it means they are not shunned...
I would have no qualms about inviting this person to bike ride with us, or inviting them into our home for a light lunch after the service.
They are allowed to as long as they will eventually turn from their ways and accept Christ as their savior.
You would have to disclose their past. It's the law and The people of your church would need to know. They have to be voted in.
I can't stand rapist, child or other wise. I believe the death penalty should be used for all rapist and murderers.
I cannot put conditions on anyone coming to church since God is the only one who knows if someone will eventually accept Him...not me.
I just welcome everyone. There has to be a reason they are there.
God loves them just as much as He loves you and He died for them just like He did for you. Who are you to hate someone that God loves...
The blood either covers ALL sin or NO sin. :godisgood:
I don't think that is law here in California. Imo, it would cause a panic in church if everyone was told. I gotta take off riding now, be back later.
I looked around my office once and 1/3 the people there drove
1. One was crippled drivng a motorcycle - he drove a special
2. One was dead
3. One couldn't speak properly - bad neck injury
(he was also a bit loopy, but that might have caused
the motorcycle ilnjury instead of being caused by the
4. One still rode a bike
I like something around me when I drive.
But who am I to judge motorcycle riders?