My friend quoted this passage to me in support of being stucked in his religion knowing his married Pastor has an illicit relationship with his 2 female brethren.
John 9:24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
John 9:25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
See, said the Pastor, just look on the good things that I am doing.
I was shocked that a wicked pastor of religion can use the bible to justify his evil doings.
What my friend consider as of now is the charitable and medical missions conducted by their group in the remote areas. It feels good to do charities, he said.
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
1 Corinthians 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
It is sad to note that my friend is still drinking and smoking but boastfully saying that he's not a drunkard.
That due to the nature of his business, a salesman, drinking and cigarette smoking is part of his representation. Additionally, he doesn't want to be branded as gay.
Gays don't drink and smoke? What a f..k "freak".
A couple of beer isn't bad, he said, and it is not excessive. He quoted this verse:
1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,Galatians 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
The word "and such like" includes all vices. If you ask me, where is smoking there?, then I will ask you also, where is illegal drugs there? - Shabu or Ecstacy.Galatians 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Are you blind and still don't see? For wrongfully interpreting, that such vices are not written "word for word", then go ahead, smoke, drink and be a drug addict too.
Accordingly, where the wine is, there is disorderly gatherings (revellings) - for drunkards are just around the corner.
Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.