There is a distrubing trend here in the good old USA that should stop. I see it in the news, online, posted in comments. With the exception of the first one I have posted their signs through out this blog. So you can see for yourself. It's hateful people who claim to be on the side of God. I say they don't know the God of the bible. They wage wars against the very sinners Jesus died for.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.---Ephesians 6:12
Say to them, 'As I live!' declares the Lord GOD, 'I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?' Ezekiel 33:11
And again in the same book of the bible.
Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked," declares the Lord GOD, "rather than that he should turn from his ways and live? Ezekiel 18:23
Let me take a moment to make something else clear. Only God knows for certain where that young man will spend enternity. Remember the thief on the cross. Humor me and read the words I underlined out loud.
One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:39-43
See that, in just moments this man repented. Jesus, forgave him immediately. Promising that the thief would be with him in paradise. We should never say that we know for certain someone is in hell. We should warn people if they don't repent, of their sins they will go to hell. That should be done with love, not judgment. Our God is merciful and takes every opportunity to save.
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb.--Psalm 139:13
Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.--Psalm 119:73
So how did Jesus handle the sinner?
When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, "Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?"--Mark 2:16
"For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.--Matthew 21:32
Wow, even after they saw the sinners turn their lives around they still rejected Jesus. They preferred instead to hate and kill the sinner than to reach out to them. Would you come to Jesus based on hatred or love?
They said to Him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. "Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?" They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:4-7
Ever committed a sin? Ever been forgiven? Then drop the stones and the signs of hate. Break bread by sharing the word of life and your testimony. How much God loves them and will forgive them too. Hate the sin, but love the sinner.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. --I Corinthians 6:9-11