Any exclusiveism is sin

Friday October 6th, Mark 9: 38 "Teacher," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us." 39 "Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. The disciples didn’t get it, and as such they are good teachers for the rest of us. We all tend to fall into the sin of exclusiveism. Most of our reasons would be very silly if they weren’t so sinful. We sing all the verses of the hymns. We sing the liturgy. We use the blue/green/red/purple book. We only use the KJV/NKJV/NIV/RSV/NASB/Message version of the Bible. The ultimate sin of exclusiveism is practiced in communion. That is where we say that you cannot sit at God’s table because; you are too young/you have not had a class/you do not belong to this church or synod/you are not worthy/etc. All excuses for exclusiveness are sin. The table is the Lord’s. If God invites them, I serve them.


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