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>Pray for ‘Christians’

>I received an email from a Muslim friend of mine with a video attached.  The video was in response to the “Quran book burning” that was supposed to take place.  The woman on the video was one of the ministers of First Community Church in Ohio. 

While I agreed with her that we should break down the barriers and stereotypes we have put on Islam, I did not agree with her when she said, “We should all go out, buy Qurans, read them, and follow their paths to love”.  She harps on the fact that she is a Christian.

I am personally astounded by this.  How can you call yourself a Christian when you decide to read the Quran and follow it’s teaching?  One of the main points in the Quran is that Muhammad is the last prophet in the line of the greats; Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus & his disciples.  If you live for Christ, and you have felt the power of the Holy Spirit, you have then surely come to realize that the Bible is whole and complete.  No need for another prophet. 

Below are the beliefs of the church the minister came from, as well as the Unitarian church founded in the heart of Houston.  I am writing this not to show the faults of others, but to show you how close the enemy is to you.  Pray for our city, our country, and our fellow ‘Christians’.  What is most disturbing to me is the children that are raised to believe that they will go to Heaven because they are in a church environment.  We should not only be reaching out to people less fortunate than ourselves, but to our neighboors, who believe whole-heartedly, that they are following the right path to salvation.

First Community Church

 is “the church of the infinite quest,” as described in 1924 by The Reverend M. H. Lichliter of First Congregational Church. Remaining true to that spirit, our church believes …

  • All people are included in God’s unconditional love and grace.
  • In Jesus Christ whose life revealed God’s love at work in the human family.
  • In the Holy Spirit as the power by which we are brought into closer harmony with our Creator. Therefore we …
  • Strive to follow the path of Jesus Christ, while recognizing other pathways to the Divine
  • Encourage each person’s spiritual journey, embracing a variety of spiritual disciplines.
  • Understand that the words we use to express our faith are to be lived out by loving and compassionate action.
  • Take the Bible seriously, not literally; finding more grace in the search for meaning than in absolute certainty.
  • Agree to differ, unite to serve, and resolve to love.

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First Unitarian Universalist Church

We believe that spiritual understanding is a lifelong journey and we encourage our children, youth and adults to be curious and explore.

Inspired by beauty, nature, science, great writers, religious texts, we gain insight from many sources.

Believing in the inherent worth and dignity of each individual, we celebrate the individuals experience of spirituality.

With a history of activism and social justice, we find ways to put our faith into action.

Unitarian Universalism is a faith that welcomes people of diverse ages, sexual orientation, gender identities, theologies, ethnic backgrounds and religious heritages.

From all over this great sprawling city our members find their way on Sunday morning to be together. We are theists, humanists, atheists, agnostics, pagans, doubters and seekers sitting in the pews together so that we may stand and sing, reflect on our lives and find strength to be our best selves as we head back out into the weekdays of our lives.

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Matthew 7:

15″Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

21″Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

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