“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts )
“And he said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark )
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hearest say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev.22:17)
Then Peter opened his mouth and said, “I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.”
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The second great commandment is the royal law to ‘love thy neighbor.’ “If ye fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well. But if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”(James 2:8-9) Oh, if the church would let their light shine and show this country and the world that in the church, we’re no respecter of persons, but all who are born again are accepted into the church – regardless of skin color. Not only accepted as church members, but appointed as teachers and deacons and pastors.
Some say, “I love people of all colors,” but they don’t have anything to do with a certain color. We need the courage to do the truth and preach the truth. “Let us not love in word neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (I John 3:18)
Jesus tells us to preach the Gospel to EVERY creature (Mark ) not just to white people but EVERY person and when we preach to them and they get saved, they should be allowed to join our church- Amen. Both Jew and Gentiles (the whole world) has the right to hear the gospel and be saved and join the church. God is no respecter of persons and neither should you be.
Segregation means ‘to set apart from the flock’ ‘to separate.’ The only separation for a Christian is segregation from sin. We are never told to be separated from anyone because of the color of his skin. We are to be separated from fellowship with the ungodly. “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness. Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you.” (II Cor.6:14,17)
But when a person (no matter his skin color) gets his heart washed as white as snow in the blood of Jesus Christ, we have fellowship with him. We are all separated and segregated from God by sin (Romans 3:9) and this is the only segregation we need to fear. Our black hearts, full of sin, need to be washed white as snow. Sin separates us from God, not the color of our skin. Sin is the problem, not skin- Amen.
We are segregating the black sheep from the
flock, not wanting them in with the white sheep. But we keep looking on the
outward black and white and not the inward. “For
the Lord seeth not as man seeth:
for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the
Lord looketh on the heart.” (I Sam.16:7) Our
black and white hatred in the
Segregated churches will soon push the
blacks toward the law for relief and we know that righteousness comes not by
the law. The love of Jesus Christ is the answer, not passing new laws in
The Jewish nation was segregated (separated) in the Old Testament from the Gentiles because of their uncleanness. Gentiles lived filthy, rotten sinful lives. They were to be separated from infidels and unbelievers and the ungodly. And kosher food (clean) was just one way for God to show us this. That’s why Peter (Acts 10) was fasting and had a vision of unclean creatures and God said, “Kill and eat.” In Acts 10 God was cleaning up the unclean Gentiles and washing them clean from all their sins and filling them with the Holy Ghost, and accepting them into the church. The church, Jews and Gentiles, are to be one in Christ Jesus. The wall of separation is broken down in Christ. “For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” (Eph.2:14) Is this wall still there in your heart? Are you prejudiced and bigoted? All are one in Christ. It makes no difference if you are a white Jew or a Black Gentile.
It is as if God wrote on the great sheet in Peter’s vision – NO DIFFERENCE. “Put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.”(Acts 15:9) For there is no difference between the Jew and Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10;12-13) And finally “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all that believe: for there is no difference.” (Romans 3:22)
There is no difference between blacks and whites inwardly – only outwardly. There is no difference in God’s sight.
God chose Cornelius, a Centurion and a soldier, to break the ice between the Jew and Gentile. A soldier has more free thought. He has seen the world and he is not isolated in one city. He sees different hates and laws around the world. I, myself, have seen less prejudice in the churches near armed forces bases. I am trying to show the stupidity and the sinfulness of segregated race doctrine – are you listening? The Roman soldier was the worst abomination to the Jew. For he enslaved their nation.
God is no respecter of persons. All born again in Christ are made the bride of Christ. All colors are married to Jesus. Jesus is not prejudiced. He will marry a black person as well as any other color. It is the color of the heart that counts. All saved people are brothers and sisters in the church. The church is an integrated church.
Bible colors – white and black – are heart colors. White doves for clean Holy Spirit and black ravens for unclean evil spirits. White is clean and good and righteous as white robes washed white as snow. Black is evil and unrighteousness and death and darkness and sin. But this is never in God’s word pertaining to the color of skin but to the color of the heart. God cares not about a black skin but a white heart. It is sin not skin.
There is no such thing as
the curse of Ham in Genesis 9. The curse is not on the whole race of Ham, but
on the Canaanites. Cursed be
Word of Truth between the Old Testament and New
Testament. Don’t let anyone
place you back in the Old Testament. The
Even though we consider Cornelius the first Gentile brought into the church, the first Gentile saved was the Ethiopian eunuch ( a black man). (Acts 8) I think God is trying to tell us something. Maybe when God told the evangelist Philip to go and preach to him, he should have said what many white preachers say, “Not me, Lord. I don’t preach to niggers.”
I have been an evangelist and had pastors
tell me not to knock on doors over there because that’s “
In Galatians 2:9-15, Peter, because he feared the Jews, quit fellowshipping with the Gentiles. He segregated himself and wouldn’t eat with them. He fell back because of fear (not fear of God, but fear of man).
I have sat with blacks eating together at a table, but when my white brother preachers came into the restaurant and because I feared them, I left the table and joined the white brethren. And fellowship around the table, especially in our homes and around the Lord’s table (at church), is where real love and fellowship is found and this will break down the wall of hatred between black and white. And preachers must have the guts enough to preach the truth and be the example and keep evil from abounding and threatening to burn our nation down.
Do you eat with black brothers and sisters? Do you have real fellowship together? Check your hearts. Why? That is why Peter’s vision had to do with food.
See the word dissembled (Gal.2:13) – (it means to disguise the true feelings; to conceal), and there is a lot of dissembling going on today. Some say, “I will do business with blacks, and I don’t object to blacks living in our neighborhood. I don’t care if they come to my church, but I don’t want to eat with them.”
In Numbers 12, Miriam and Aaron dissembled with their brother Moses. They concealed and disguised their prejudice of Moses’ black wife. Instead they spoke against Moses’ authority. God shows us the real reason and names it twice – “For he had married an Ethiopian woman.” (Num.12:1) They made a black leper out of Moses’ black wife trying to separate and segregate her from the flock. Well, God made Miriam a white leper (white as snow). The skin sin was punished with a skin disease. They never mentioned the real reason to Moses. They concealed it. They felt that a Jewish slave was better than a black.
There’s a lot of dissembling today in this area. When a black couple shows up to look at an apartment for rent, the owner makes an excuse why he can’t rent to them. He dissembles.
In Acts 13:1, we see the early church is an
integrated church. Not only did it have black members of the church at
Our Master in Heaven commands the earthly
masters to give equal rights to their servants. “Masters give unto your servants that which is just and equal: knowing
that ye also have a master in Heaven.” (Col.4:1) I trust you can see the
white master and the black servants in the
Yes, God’s Church is an integrated church – no doubt about it. Has your black heart been made white in the blood of the lamb? Has the bleach of the blood of Jesus Christ washed all your sins away? Are you saved? Are you born again? Jesus said, “Ye must be born again.” (John 3) “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.” (II Cor.5:17) If you want eternal life, call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus).
“Love Thy Neighbor”
Woe to my people in these Untied States,
Can you not see the quickening times of late?
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars
Be not troubled- for these things must be bore.
The end shall not be yet, for nation must go against nation.
There shall be famine, pestilences and earthquakes in secession.
God has not let any nation stand
That has so apathetically fallen from His plan.
Why do you think six million Jews died
If the very reason was not Genocide?
God’s great commandment in the law was to love thy Lord thy God with all thy heart and all thy soul and all thy mind
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
How could we have been so blind?!
We have not followed these in law or giving.
The Father shall render his wrath – He is just in giving.
O’ God, my people, don’t you know
The Lord thy God has foretold it so?
People get off your merry-go-round
And pray to God you go up – when many go down.
Listen and intelligently heed what I have to say
Have you ever considered the black-white situation today?
Look my God what happened to six million of God’s own Jews.
Somehow I see a parallel in this that is about to fuse.
What a shame when you consider what happened to the Country of Brotherhood
For this country was built upon the firm foundation of God – it slid!
Now is the time to change your mind
Don’t go on being so foolish and blind.
God made life move only a certain way.
The Mussolinis, Stalins and Hitlers had their day
But soon, as grass, died and blew away
But God said an evil one shall arise another day
The word segregate was not of God – but of man
So get back to loving your neighbor – You Can!
Be watchful and ready God only to obey
For the hour is quickening on this day
Sharon Rose Storti