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DocReits October 16, 2013 at 12:18 am

Another great article Jack. Thank you so much!

DocReits

Jack Wellman October 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Always the encourager and ever the edifier my brother in Christ. My main problem with being salt is getting out of the shaker!

DocReits October 17, 2013 at 12:01 am

Hey Jack,

Here is more proof that you are right on the HS’s contrail. This past Sunday’s message at the church I was visiting was on the very same subject, covering the very ground you shared.

I have come to realize, when God wants to speak to His people He uses various media to get His current message out there.

You were part of the Holy Spirit’s “Live Streaming” to me, my friend. Thank you for being sensitive to His leading. Just wondering…Anybody else out there heard a message about the Christian’s need to be salt lately, besides Jack’s?

Blessings,

DocReits

Jack Wellman October 17, 2013 at 8:17 am

My brother, you are more kind to me than I truly deserve and if I am any bit at all close to what the Holy Spirit seeks, then it is to His glory that all credit rightly goes and is deserved. I am only like the moon…it might appear to be beautiful but without the Son, it is dark, cold, and lifeless. Thank you nonetheless Doc.

Michael October 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Great perspective. Thanks Pastor Jack!

I pray Christ may season this world through me. Not by simply adding more flavor (distraction), but distilling down to the true “flavor” of life… Christ!

Jack Wellman October 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Well said Michael. I believe that God will answer that prayer my brother and I think that is a prayer that fits into God’s will for us and His purpose for the unsalted of the world. The flavor of Christ you have brought to this site and as I told Doc, God loves FAT people….faithful, available, and teachable which I pray I may be all 3 but I see this in you sir, and in Doc as well for which I thank God for both of you men. Please forgive me for coveting such godly men in the church that I am under shepherd of!

naomi October 25, 2013 at 2:27 am

Jack,
First I know that this really does not apply to this topic. However, I have been trolling articles looking for someone to answer some questions I have, after reading your articles and the comments you left on other articles, I decided that I would approach you(figuratively:-). Recently I left a church after I was told that “gays could not sit in our congregation” basically they had a whole class topic on what they would do if someone “like that” would come into this church (This among other reasons was why I left but this was a big one). I believe that people don’t for the most part don’t change overnight and like an alcoholic who is saved most times God works on our heart one layer at a time. That I should not condemn them or hold signs up that God hates Gays because all sins are equal. So loving them and leading them to Christ without sugar coating has always been my goal.
Though I am not gay I have had friends in the past who were, I have always lived by the philosophy that they (my gay friends) know my stance on it (that it is wrong) and that I do not approve of it and they know why (because God says it is a sin). However, these people have always been some of my best friends and because I loved them and hated the sin, I feel that I got some good ministry opportunities. When I brought this up they quoted Leviticus at me, blasted my age (21), and basically I was one of the only ones in the room that thought this way. Though I know it is a sin it leaves me questioning the church in general. However that really isn’t the question. As I said I am young and was raised by T.V., music, and media that said this is ok, so it makes me question my stance on this. What do you believe is the correct stance on this? And If the way I have seen this is right what are verses to support it, if it not then what are verses that support the other side. (Though I believe it is right and I would use Jesus relationship with multiple “sinners” to do so) I do not know verses that support, or otherwise refute this statement. If you could help me with this I would really appreciate it, quite frankly this has messed with my walk in ways I have not wanted to acknowledge until now. I honestly have not been back to a church since (6 months). I hope this is clear, probably isn’t but I tried.
Thanks.

Jack Wellman October 25, 2013 at 8:45 am

Hello Naomi…your comment is crystal clear and I am sorry you are in a church that is so judgmental. Unfortunately that does happen but so also are those who are non-believers and they are actually, from my experience, more judgmental than believers are. I would hope you would not judge all churches by this one alone. The church I am under shepherd of receives those who are struggling with their same-sex attraction, those who are battling alcoholism, drug abuse and so on. I myself came out of a drug and alcoholic past but the difference was that I repented and even though I still struggle with these temptation and they will never cease until we are received by Christ, I do not practice them. Yes, Jesus was a friend of sinners but like the woman caught in adultery He said she was forgiven and now go and sin no more is what He told her (by the way, why wasn’t the man brought too? that is a double standard). This church will not be effective for Christ because of the way it is now and so if there are other options in your area with other churches, I would at least check them out. Being young has nothing to do with a person’s effectiveness for Christ since God is no respecter of persons.

The fact is that Jesus said that He would build His church and we are commanded to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together in Hebrews 10:25 and that the gates of hell (death) will not prevail against it (will not stop it). The media, TV etc is not a good standard and what they believe and what even I believe are worthless compared to what the Bible says. I would find another church and if not, keep fighting for what is right to witness to those who are trapped by these addiction; drugs, alcohol, same-sex..hating the sin but loving the sinner.

Eric February 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Loved this Jack, thank you. Could Salt and Light also have this meaning? If we pour salt on an open wound people will squirm in pain or want to get away. The same way when we spread the gospel. Some will curse and mock us as we tell them the truth. But after they see they are sinners in need of a savior we show them the light. The light of Jesus Christ. We show them that Jesus is the only way to the Father. Am I way off on this? Thank you again Jack for your ministry!

Jack Wellman February 3, 2015 at 9:47 pm

Eric, no sir, I believe you make a very good point. Paul once wrote “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life” (2 Cor 15-16). You are not way off…you are spot on. Great observations.

Michaela Crisler September 3, 2015 at 7:40 pm

I loved this read. I wish I had had it to use as a reference on my study Wednesday night on being the light. I am however excited about my study on salt next week which will be enhanced by what I have read here! Thanks! It was awesome.

Ruokuo Mere February 21, 2019 at 8:34 pm

Thank you Pastor and Praise God! I am blessed through your message on ‘salt and light’. its going to really help me as im preparing to share a message on”brighten your corner” by referring this passage. God bless you.

Jack Wellman February 21, 2019 at 9:02 pm

Thank you so kindly sir. God bless you for your encouragement and I pray your message is well recieved.





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