1 John 5 says: 19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true,
2 Corinthians 4 says: Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practicecunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-15 says: But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruitsto be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of
Romans 9 and 10 says: 30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousnessdid not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith,
Jesus says in Matthew 7: Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall
Seven or eight years ago now, I was teaching Confirmation to the eighth graders in our Lutheran, parochial school at my last congregation. I asked the kids to raise their hands if they though homosexuality was ok. An overwhelming number raised their hands in affirmation. So I told them that the Bible said that homosexuality