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Opposition distorts Courtney and message on sin

I am bringing the message of Jesus Christ to the MIT community, but rather than consider the message, many have chosen to focus on the messenger and repeat the parts of the message (with and without distortion) they feel would most discredit the messenger. Not one of the Scriptures used to support God's messages has appeared in this newspaper.

I would like to motivate the message of Jesus Christ and lift up for you the most offensive part of that message -- the cross of Jesus Christ. In the cross we see God's holiness. God is pure and holy and requires those who sin to be put to death.

We see God's love and mercy -- God gave his son to die in the place of those who will follow Jesus.

We see God's power -- God raised Jesus from the dead and seated him at his right hand, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion.

We see God's kingdom come through the cross in that the temple veil was torn in two and we can have free access to the dwelling of God.

We see God's provision for man to put to death his sinful nature and put on the righteousness and holiness that Jesus demonstrated.

Had I spoken in my own name that I did not agree with certain practices, few would have been offended. But I speak in Jesus' name not only with warnings but with the promise that Christ can provide you with everything you need to meet God's requirements -- and much more.

Without Jesus' help no one can be pleasing to God. Jesus did not come for those who are righteous in their own eyes but to make righteous those who can see that they are sinners.

Christ was crucified to draw people to himself. Therefore, I do not preach myself but Jesus as Lord. Those who come under Christ's Lordship receive freedom from sin, forgiveness of sin, the Holy Spirit, God's Fatherhood, all things made new, deliverance, and eternal life as covenant blessings.

The covenant requirements are confessing, "Jesus is Lord," and believing from the heart that God raised him from the dead. As we confess the name of Jesus, we must turn from our wickedness.

"Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty" (2 Corinthians 6:17-18).

Michael W. Courtney G->