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September 27, 2007

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Dave Hendrickson

Here's a legitimate, honest question in regards to these types of things: at what point does the church cross the line in how they reach and assist the community at large? At what point does what we do make us indistinguishable from the rest of the world?

In the examples above, for the poker tournament, it seems more of a "means to an end" type mentality is present. They raised $6000 for a charity, but the methods used can be called into question, as gambling can often be a vice leading to the breaking of the Tenth Commandment concerning covetousness. For the church that meets in a bar, this goes against the principles in Romans 14:21 that says, "It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak."

Does the church need to be active in the community, helping to save the lost, feed the poor, and caring for the uncared? Absolutely. But when we use conveyances that appear to go against the grain of our faith, is what comes out of it holy and approved by God?

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Dave

Michael

dave,

great question. i think there IS a line. i don't think we can sin in order to reach people. in the case of this particular tournament, it wasn't gambling. people could not have spent more than $50 (which went to charity). i think there are lots of verses about gambling and ill-gotten gain that are pretty clear. but playing cards isn't necessarily gambling.

as to the bar thing, i do admit that it blurs the lines. but it's really not much different than our church that meets in a movie theater. there are movies shown there that i would not see or advocate. but the church is not a building...it's people. the building is just where we meet. a building itself can't be christian or non-christian.

i'm sure people questioned jesus methods - hanging out at weddings where there was drinking, going to the homes of sinners, etc. of coursse, his motives were pure and he wasn't encouraging sin.

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