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September 21, 2018

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James Berry

Dear Mercy, I see some of these things differently. I would answer your question regarding weeping over Jerusalem as indicating ones' coming to God, with a "no, not within itself". I believe when Jesus wept over Jerusalem, it was at least in part - if not mostly, at that point - because they were not seeing and accepting Him as Messiah. I don't believe we come to Jesus - any of us - based on a kind heart or tender tears. We come to Him fully through the proclamation and acceptance of the Gospel; which according to Paul is "Jesus Christ crucified and risen again". A scripture brought to mind to correct the proposition of "salvation by osmosis" [attitude or works "like Jesus", yet not really recognizing and accepting Him as Messiah] is "if you deny Me before men, I will deny you before My Father.." I am saddened when the Gospel is massaged to appear more amenable to those who are in actuality rejecting it. I'll share one more scripture for consideration. The cross is foolishness to those perishing, but is the power of God to us who are being saved. God help us never compromise the truth for any reason, including trying to "include" those who truly need to hear Jesus Christ, crucified, risen. James.

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