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  2. Q2. (Titus 2:14) According to verse 14, what are the two purposes of Christ's redemption? To redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own. Why do we need to purified so that we can do truly "good" works? He purifies our hearts and motives, so that we want to do good of our own free will
  3. Q1. (Titus 2:12-13) If we were convinced that Christ would soon return, what effect would that have on the way we conduct ourselves? Waiting expectantly with pure mind and separate (set apart) us only for HIS purpose. Why is this hope "blessed"? It is the DAY of the LORD. The hope, the expected waiting turn into the face-to-face physical presence (a glorious moment) of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. In what way will Christ's return exhibit his glory? The Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.
  4. I’m not sure women should strive to look their best. God does not care what we look like -- nowhere in scripture are admonitions to dress smartly, be svelte, wear make-up and jewelry, etc. In the NT, there is an admonition to be modest and not cut long hair, (most women cut their hair – hmmm.) Men are obsessed with attractive women, a huge problem for them. Perhaps we should be pointing at the cause of why women feel compelled to dress to attract – men. But ... the finger pointing goes both ways. Women are just as guilty of looking at men who are powerful, wealthy and otherwise capable of providing and protecting them. Men feel compelled to strut their success to attract us. This problem isn’t new. It's not only a feature in the contemporary West for all peoples at all times have dolled up women for men to look at – and in all cultures, women strive to woo men with success written across their forehead, however defined. I attend a all-women’s group weekly. We usually wear jeans and sweatshirts. No one bothers to look good because we’re tired and the day is over (it starts at 5pm). However ... once a month we have an “open” meeting in which men are invited, and yes, I’ve noticed that the women look at bit better when men are present! This surprised me. It is silly to self-justify or convince ourselves that we're trying to look good for God – that’s just not true. We are trying to look good for men (compete against other women in front of men). Few of us are self-confident enough to transcend this game. Similarly, men preen for women with their sports cars, worsted suits, titles, investments, etc. -- God wants us to look to Him alone. When we're in our prayer closets, we don't feel compelled to look good but are focused on Him in prayer and study. This is what God wants. Our complete attention. Our love. Our worship. If we're having a bad hair day, He doesn't care. Not a whit.
  5. I love this topic. Inspired means God-breathed: theo(s) + pneu (ma)-(stos). In the scriptural examples that Pastor Ralph gave us, the first has the Spirit "carrying along" the prophet. The second and fifth quoted verses types David "speaking by the Spirit" which was "in his mouth," and a last verse the "Spirit of Christ" within them as they prophesied. I intuit that the writers of scripture really didn't know how the Spirit worked in them and were struggling to put what was happening into words. They were certain, though, that these weren't their own thoughts being written, but the ideas of God Himself. Maybe the Spirit works in us to varying degrees. Some of us have a wee bit of the Spirit -- or, are aware of the Spirit only slightly -- while others lose their own voice as they speak His. The latter could be the prophets. The I Peter 1.11 verse is ambiguous -- I don't have my Greek with me now, so can't look it up. It could be interpreted that the prophets were scrambling "intensely" to figure out how the Spirit worked. They analyzed the times that He had spoken -- perhaps the timing was important? Then, they listed the circumstances in which He had spoken -- perhaps the place was important, or whatever was happening? It could also be interpreted as the apostles were intensely searching for when Christ would come again -- the time and circumstances of the suffering of Christ and the subsequent glories that followed. But what's important is that in either interpretation, the writer would not have doubted that the Spirit of Christ was speaking through them, somehow. They were truly prophets.
  6. Q2. (Psalm 23) Can you remember any times when God has cared for you as a Shepherd -- in times of blessing and in times of trouble? Yes I can remember times that God has cared for me in times of trouble and in times of blessings. God cares for me continuously, He’s so gracious that He even cared for me while I was still in sin. I don’t believe there is a time when God is not caring for all of us, after all He created us why wouldn’t He care about His creation. What are you facing right now where you realize your need to rely on God as your Shepherd? There is so much going on in my life I depend on God for everything. He is my everything.
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  8. Q5. (Titus 3:5-8) If "regeneration" is necessary, what does that imply about our spiritual state before salvation? ANSWER: Regeneration is God’s making a person spiritually alive, as a result of faith in Jesus Christ. Spiritually, it means that God brings a person to new life (that they are "born again") from a previous state of separation from God and subjection to the decay of death (Ephesians 2:5). Sinful human flesh cannot stand in God’s presence. a man must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God. Regeneration is not optional, for “flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” Physical birth fits us for earth; Spiritual rebirth fits us for heaven. Regeneration is part of what God does for us at the moment of salvation, along with sealing, adoption, reconciliation, etc … Prior to salvation we were not God’s children rather, we were children of wrath. Before salvation, we were degenerate; after salvation we are regenerated. The result of regeneration is peace with God, new life and eternal sonship. Regeneration begins the process of sanctification wherein we become the people God intends us to be. The only means of regeneration is by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. No amount of good works or keeping of the Law can regenerate the heart. We don’t need renovation or reformation or reorganization; we need rebirth. What is "new" after salvation? ANSWER: First, the Holy Spirit comes to live in your heart. He is the key to many more positive changes yet to come. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our salvation? ANSWER: The role of the Holy Spirit in salvation is the Holy Spirit first exposes and convicts him of his sin. This sin-confronting ministry continues through the believer’s life, as the Spirit generates deeper conviction and sincere repentance, as believers grow into conformity unto the holy Christ. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our sanctification? ANSWER: Sanctification is the process of becoming like Jesus, a gift of the fullness of salvation. The Holy Spirit is essential to sanctification, and it is a continuous process of being made perfect in the love of God and removing the desire to sin. Sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit, as he binds us to the Christ who, at his resurrection, not only overwhelms the guilt of sin (for our forgiveness), but conquers the power of sin and death (for our holiness). Sanctification is secured by Jesus; it is given to us and worked in us by His Spirit. Scripture is essential to sanctification, and spending time in the Word of God is not to make us smarter sinners but to make us more like the Savior.
  9. Q4. (Titus 3:4-5) Why is it important to stress that our salvation has nothing to do with our righteous actions? ANSWER: Good works are the evidence, not the means of salvation. Salvation and eternal life (heaven) are not obtained through human effort (i. e. our good works, keeping the law, etc.), but is according to God's mercy and grace bestowed on those who “believe” (that is completely trust and depend) on Jesus Christ. Salvation is, “not by works of righteousness which we have done.” That is because, for a lost sinner, “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Isaiah 64:6). Unless one has been born again and renewed (indwelled) by the Holy Ghost, there is nothing holy about them and everything they touch is, in God’s sight, contaminated by indwelling sin. Having been saved by grace, through faith; we are saved unto good works. We are to be careful to “maintain good works.” How can otherwise "good" works be corrupted by self-serving motives? ANSWER: Our selfishness hinders the hand of God. Selfishness stops your prayers from being answered. God can’t bless wrong motives. Your heart has to be right. God is looking at your MOTIVES. Your motives are serious to Him. If you are doing the right things for the right reasons that’s SERVICE. If you’re doing the right things for the wrong reasons that’s SELFISHNESS. We shouldn’t do anything out of selfishness, strife or pride. We should be walking in humility and looking to other’s interests. Selfishness and leadership don’t go together. Leaders are called to be SERVANTS. We serve others, we don’t have others serve us. Our motives should be to please God. Be sincere and let what you do be HEARTFELT. When He searches us He will reveal the motives our heart. He exposes the condition of our heart so He can help you correct it. We must ask God to align us with His purpose and will for our lives. How can pride and self-deceit keep us from salvation? ANSWER: Throughout the Bible, we are warned against pride. PRIDE, in particular, gives an individual the false illusion that he/she does not need God. Pride not only separates us from others, but most importantly it separates us from God. Those with pride do not seek or have room for Him (God). The problem with pride is that it is sneaky and very hard to see in the mirror. It sneaks in, and we don’t even realize it until it has already caused us to sin. The unfortunate truth is that if we allow pride to dominate our lives, we will suffer immensely. NOTE: … “PRIDE IS A KILLER!” Do not allow pride to enter into your heart and create a false sense of arrogance. Instead, repent of your pride, and ask God to give you a heart of humility and service towards others. When you feel tempted to act pridefully, do just the opposite, WALK HUMBLY walk.
  10. The way in which we live either shows our respect for God or not. Starting the day in prayer is an active way we can Hallow God, being an active member of a Christian fellowship can Hallow God. Jesus said I am in the Father and the Father is in me, so taking that step of repentence and accepting Jesus as your Savior, Hallows God by recognising the Grace he has given to me. Sharing with others either work mates or social friends Hallows God. Unfortunately, we often fail God through sin and this more than dishonours God hence our need to focus on Jesus and commit ourselves to Him, allowing the Holy Spirit to change our nature. When we begin to pray we need to recognise that we are praying to the eternal Creator God, the one who desires that we also fellowship with Him! This of itself is amazing!
  11. Actually we had no spiritual state before regeneration, We were wicked, foolish, disobedient, and in bondage to sin. We were alienated from God, His enemies, and helpless to do anything about it. After salvation we become new creatures. Although we are in the same flesh but we have a new heart, a new spirit formed in the soul, newness of life, and conversation. Our hearts have been purified by faith and our consciences purged from sin by the blood of Jesus Christ. The role of the Holy Spirit in our salvation is to keep us .It quickens us, lead and guides us, strengthens and helps us. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we first receive God's word as divine and we are saved through the washing of rebirth and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit justifies us , acquitting us of sin and then initiates the lifelong process of sanctification. In sanctification the Holy Spirit helps us mortify sin, produces such attributes as love, joy, peace, righteousness, hope, fruits of the Spirit. enables us to perform our duty, and walk in God's ways.
  12. It is important to stress that our salvation has nothing to do with our righteous actions because if we are allow to think that we are saved by our actions then we would have reason to boast see what I have done. If we could have saved ourselves there would have been no need for God to send His Son and for His Son to give His lie. Besides, all our righteousness is but as filthy rags in God's sight. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can liberate us from the captivity of sin. Our good works can be corrupted self-serving motives because they do not bring glory and honor to God. Works done through self-serving motives are not done with enthusiasm, guided by knowledge, spirited with love, nor directed to the glory of God. Pride and self-deceit can keeps us from salvation because they can blind us to our sins and the need of a savior, and hinder us from confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness,. If we are to be obtain salvation we must first confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead.
  13. Q3. (Titus 3:1-2) What should be a Christian's response to civil government, even government by those who do not share our values? ANSWER: He has ordained civil government for a purpose, to punish evildoers and to protect the liberty and security of its people, so that we may be able to “lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2). Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. From scripture, I have learned that: … 1. Christians can and should disobey a government that commands or compels them to do things that are contrary to the law of God. 2. Christians can vote or participate in any non-violent action that is within the laws of their government to effect a change in that government. 3. a Christian should not rebel against, disobey or plot against their rulers and governing bodies when what they require is not against God's law. If we revolt against our government, we revolt against God who ordained it and are subject to government punishment for such actions. Contrary to popular conservative Christian opinion, we are to pray to God: a. for all who are in authority, and that includes all those in public office, government officials and our rulers whatever party they call their own b. for all those in public office, that by God's grace we may lead a peaceful and conscience free life in obedience to God. c. that He will move them to administer their office with equity, faithfulness and righteousness. The good and faithful action is to pray for them and ask that they might receive wisdom. As the faithful prayer of old, “The Serenity Prayer,” may the Lord who is gracious above all, grant each of us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference. How does an anti-government stance hurt the cause of Christ? ANSWER: Whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. When Jesus preached His gospel of the “kingdom,” He was saying that He would return one day to institute a one-world government and a one-party system, with Him as the supreme ruler. How does gossip or backbiting hurt the cause of Christ? ANSWER: Just as a cold north wind brings rain, so a tongue given to backbiting will bring angry looks from the victims of the gossip. Gossips hurt neighbors, divide friends, and damage reputations and relationships. Negative or malicious talk may feel good for a moment, while you may get something off your chest, but ultimately it DOES NO GOOD, and can actually do great harm, even separating close friends. Backbiting is contrary to love, it is a reconciling force. Jesus said the peacemakers will be blessed, not the backbiters. How does it hurt the unity of the church? ANSWER: It harms reputations. It takes only one rumor to harm a brother or sister, and it's tough to recover once the rumor's out. We only weaken the family of God through gossip. It destroys trust. It is gossip and backbiting that is destructive to a church. Here’s are some reasons why: It’s evil. It’s idolatrous. It’s self-centered. It’s divisive. It’s often deceptive. It harms reputations. It destroys trust. It’s a stumbling block for others. It’s addictive. It’s hardly good news. It indicates hypocrisy in the church. It risks God’s judgment. If you’re a gossip, stop talking. If you like to hear gossip, you’re also guilty. Stop listening. And, if gossips continue to talk and create turmoil, it’s only loving to confront them and call them to repentance. To do anything less is to give the enemy a foothold in your church.
  14. Submission is difficult not only because of our own pride, but because, deep inside, we really don't trust enough our spouse's judgment, spiritual maturity and selflessness to fearlessly submit to him. It takes a spiritually mature husband and wife -- both -- to foster true submission and headship.
  15. Jesus is talking about persecution when He tells us to take up his cross ... daily. Clearly, anyone who is NOT persecuted is not living the sort of committed life that His sacrifice on the cross demands. If you are not persecuted, please ask yourself why, for Jesus Himself says you will be persecuted every day. Persecution is not optional, but a consequence of living a committed, Christian life. Persecution is not a stubbed toe. It's having your livelihood, reputation, future, loved ones, savings and even life threatened by those with coercive power, that is, government bureaucrats or those emboldened by state corruption. Only the government can force you to do things that are wrong. Only the government can make you pay a horrible price for refusing to do evil. Only the government can make you kill in war, in a surgical room, or by withholding life-saving measures. Only the government can freeze your assets because of your political values, particularly if these values are derived from your religious faith. Only the government can threaten you with imprisonment if you don't turn over your kids to them in government-run schools. It was the government that brutally murdered the apostles, the early church believers and countless other Christians. People who want to harm or murder Christians often get the government to do their bidding. Jesus, after all, was murdered by Jews who were influential in the government of His time. We cannot live our lives without fear any longer -- the golden era of religious freedom and Christian infused values in the culture is over. But ours is a fear tempered by the fact that Jesus will not abandon us as we die, are tortured or falsely imprisoned after being dragged through the court system. We can count on God to pull us through, to be with us, to not let us bear more than we can stand. I wonder, now, if martyred Christians had suffered so greatly that God mercifully "killed" them, bringing them home rather than let them endure more pain on earth. Why God didn't protect the martyrs and those suffering persecution is a question that deeply troubles me for which I have no answer. How He can be good without intervening to save us ... this question is beyond my mind to comprehend. A good God who is also all-powerful chose His disciples to be murdered. Why? Is this our fate, too? It may be. -- The DAILY demand of suffering and persecution, the idea that it never ends, is deeply troubling, too. I often ask God for relief and rarely get it. I'd like to have a safe space to go to, a place of peace. This place is heaven. On earth, I suffer and am persecuted -- in heaven, God rules justly. The fear of persecution ... the relentlessness of it, is spiritually, physically, and emotionally exhausting. It hinders our "soft witness" because we're too beat down to voice a cheerful, saving gospel. We need His peace and His rest, which takes faith. The "tough witness" or a direct telling of the gospel message is now difficult to do. You must carve out places in which you can witness. If you witness at the workplace, for example, someone who works for you may complain that you selectively promote Christians or make it difficult for nonbelievers to get ahead without feigning faith. Even in the few remaining parts of civil society that are outside, supposedly, the tentacles of our secular government, a Christian parent who puts his children in Christian school and brings them up in the faith can be persecuted. Men and women in the military and the corporate world must be very careful not to "insult" trannies and sexual deviance by talking about the Bible. -- I pray that my country goes through another revival and awakening. I pray that all who work for the government or it's proxies are convicted for their part in the grievous persecution of believers at home as well as the wanton, belligerent treatment of people in conflicts that could have settled diplomatically. Although persecution is inevitable -- daily persecution !! -- I pray for the safety and protection of all Christians in the West. I pray that God forgives the people in my country for turning away from Him. I ask, too, for your justice here, on earth, for those who have suffered so greatly from their persecutors. Expose and convict them, Lord. Bring justice. I pray for revival -- yes, revival, Lord! Bring seculars to their knees. Protect us. Give us great wisdom in dealing with them. Vindicate us. Prosper us. Give us places, here on earth, where we can fellowship in safety and live in peace. If we must be persecuted, Lord, then let Your presence be felt and known, not only intellectually, but in our hearts.
  16. Before salvation we were blind and lost to the ways of eternal death even unaware of it. We were living entirely in ways that were opposite to God’s eternal life when salvation came we were as if waken up from some hidden light and became aware of our state of sinfulness as the Holy Spirit brings conviction. The Holy Spirit as His name implies brings transformations in our inner being and help in the gradual but consistent process of making us live a righteous holy life as we are set apart for God that leads to eternal life .
  17. We need to guard the faith but we need to become narrow, backward-looking people who oppose changes that start limiting God. We have kicked God out of our schools, our government and made rules to kill our babies. I think it is all because we did not become narrow minded people.
  18. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus . All our works of righteousness are counted as rubbish as Paul said in his letter to the Philippians , not by works so that no one can boast. Thinking that we can do works to show are religiosity and earn the blessings of God is self presumption that keeps away from the true religion that is only through Christ in humility and faith
  19. Q4. (1 TIMOTHY 6:17-19) What kinds of actions are the best antidote for the love of money? How can we cultivate generosity so that it remains healthy, rather than let it go overboard and hurt our families? I think we should be aware of the dangers of the love of money. Instead of trusting our riches we should rather put our trust in our Lord and Saviour. Money has a way of sprouting wings and flying away. Great resources give the appearance of providing security; the fact is that the only sure thing in this world is the word of God. Many of us are experiencing this truth in our present economic crisis. To cultivate generosity so that it remains healthy, we are to be generous and ready to share. We can be rich in good deeds which will not harm our families financially. This will act as evidence of our overflowing gratitude to God for His gift of eternal life. We can be generous in giving our time and labour to help others. Not only by our words, but also by our lives, we should show that we are children of God. John Wesley has been said to say: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” Never forgetting that it is not our money, but God’s – we are to look after it as His stewards.
  20. Q3. (1 TIMOTHY 6:7-10) How does love for money grow? How does it become a trap? How do you escape this deceptive trap? We mistakenly seek the power and status that we think riches will bring, so, not content with all that God has provided there is a great desire to be rich. But we know that the love of money is a root sin (6:10); that is to say, it lies beneath the surface and nourishes any number of other sins. Such sins may include theft, fraud, perjury, gambling, speculation, and even murder. This desire to be rich leads us into being tempted to resort to these dishonest means to achieve our goal, and this then leads to: temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires that plunge us into ruin and destruction. We have to confront our love of money and remove it by the roots every time we see it spring up in another area of our life, if not we can be sucked into the desire to make more and more money. This desire starts to grow, and becomes stronger and stronger, leading us into a snare or trap which we are unable to escape from. We might have set an initial target and promise to stop once this has been reached, but we cannot stop - this desire grows as we desire for more and more. Before we realize it, this desire can completely control and destroy our lives. Things can spiral out of control ultimately ending in our total ruin and destruction. The reason the pursuit of riches deceives is that money does not last, and it never brings true happiness. It has been said: “Money will buy a bed but not sleep; books but not brains; food but not appetite; finery but not beauty; a house but not a home; medicine but not health; luxuries but not culture; amusements but not happiness; religion but not salvation; a passport to everywhere but heaven.” To escape this deceptive trap, we should first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mat 6:33), and God will make sure we have all we need for life. There is nothing we can take with us into eternity. Why then do we strive after temporal things that cannot bring us lasting satisfaction? We should realize that money will not bring true happiness; it can’t reconcile us to God, because it doesn’t deal with our sinful self-will that alienates us from God and others. Only Christ through His death on the cross can forgive our sins. Only Christ can deal the deathblow to our love of self as we enthrone Jesus as our rightful Lord. “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self” (Luke 9:25)?
  21. God knows what's best, he has his reasons, I don't think it is always because we are not receptive. Listen, wait on the Lord.
  22. I would ask God how he would want me to approach them. Yes I have. To always follow that nudge.
  23. Q3. We must obey our government’s laws unless they are contrary to God’s laws. No government is in office without the Lord permitting them to be. An anti government stance brings discredit to God because it is the law of the land to obey. If it is directly opposed to God’s law we must obey God. If we are causing trouble because we don’t want to obey the law of the land we will not attract people to our Saviour. We will be labelled as trouble makers. Gossip and backbiting are sin and we must refrain from doing either. If we are doing either we are involving others around us and drawing them into sin. And so it goes on unless someone has the backbone to call a halt. These sins cause hurt, distress, and harm to relationships which in turn badly affect the atmosphere and unity within the church.
  24. Q2. The two purposes of Christ’s redemption are: To redeem us from our wickedness and sin. Jesus wants to set us free From the bondage of sin in our lives, and also to turn around our lives and move away from being wicked. He also wanted to Purify a people who are eager to do good works. We need to be pure to do good works otherwise our motives will be wrong, we won’t be doing them to draw attention to Jesus and bring Him glory but we will be doing them for what we can get out of it, and to draw attention to ourselves and how great we are for doing good deeds.
  25. Leadership crisis among the leaders (Elders) Desires for wealth and greed Conflict within the church (Divisive asceticism) A destruction of the faith The peace and unity of the church being confused and causing controversy
  26. I have often wondered why sin is so stubborn when Christ’s death set us free from the power of sin and healed us. When I was baptized, I came out of the water … myself. I wasn’t transformed in any way but spiritually, and even that had a delay built in. Dying to sin, then, at least in my experience, is a slow grind against my own human nature and tendencies, a desperate plea to God for the strength and persistence to carry on. LIVING to righteousness is the painfully slow process of shedding a sin or two committed today, again tomorrow and the next day, until a tentative perception of change can be felt.
  27. When I was growing up, the old denominational churches were culturally dominant. Evangelicals were mocked … Pentecostals and charismatics were more derisively mocked. By the 1990s, the confidence of old line denominationalist leaders – their self-confidence – was shaken. Their churches had morphed into Grade B country clubs, a “form of religion” without power. They were bleeding member, had lost their cultural clout and were quickly sidelined. In my wee opinion, all churches tend to institutionalize and lose passion/power. They move to the cultural left, that is, adopting the qualities and values of the dominant culture. It’s an inexorable shift. Yesterday’s reform movement becomes today’s insipid, dead church. Churches die from the head … they die from the top/leadership down. When the leadership becomes sclerotic, the church eventually dies though endowments and habits can carry it along another generation or two. Death is thus delayed. UNLESS there is a viable, sincere reform movement – a REVIVAL! – there is no hope for these churches. New England is littered with lovely Congregational churches that were once vital and faith-filled and are now residences, theaters and restaurants. Pastor Ralph directed this question to individuals – how to not become hypocritical – but I see it as a corporate problem, too. One of the underutilized ways of NOT being hypocritical is to be a part of a congregation that is spiritually mature and alive. Good fellowship can be protecting. Insulating, even. If a believer is within a body and a small group, that believer will rub shoulders with people who MAY point out hypocrisy. More than likely, just being with other believers who are committed to Christ and spiritual growth will sorta subconsciously cause a change in morality and outlook – it will cause a person to head in the right direction, to be more like Christ. -- One more thing. On an individual level, the easiest way to not be hypocritical is to suffer. Suffering brings a genuine repentance and change. Nothing else seems to do it as well. It's a horrible answer, I know, but those of us who have suffered greatly know that it is true. If you pray to grow spiritually, to not be hypocritical in your faith, YOU WILL SUFFER.
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