A funeral director once confided in me, “Everyone (needing our services) who comes to us is ‘going to Heaven.'” Implied was: We (by nature of our profession) are accommodating, nonjudgmental, and with open ears and properly smiling, are as silent as possible.
When Bible passages are called for, much of Jesus’ wisdom is skipped over.
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“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.
“…[E]very good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons…?
“And I will declare to them, I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS¹…
“…[W]hen Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.” –Mt. 7:13-14, 17-22, 28
The only words of own that we will add here is that the Bible teaches that a person’s salvation is not determined by one’s works, but by personal trust in Jesus Christ as Savior. That trust, however, leads to good works in obedience to God’d will.
Don’t be surprised if in the future such out-of-favor Biblical passages are banned from being read in public because they conflict with the “correct assessment of secular morality.”
¹ Be careful if we, or anyone else, presents the Bible in brief, or edited, segments. Here we have added color and modified the paragraphing. The caps here, however, came with the English text of the NASB version.