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Former and Present General Overseers of
The Church of God
Top Left: A.J. Tomlinson
Top Center: M.A. Tomlinson
Bottom left: Robert Pruitt
Bottom Center: Stephen Smith
Current Overseer: Oscar Pimentel, (Pictured at Podium)
1651 Bryan Road Sumiton, Alabama
Pastor: Rick Flippo
1209 Sullivan Road Sumiton, Alabama 35148
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Oscar Pimentel, General Overseer
P.O. Box 450 Charleston, Tennessee 37310
Bishop Jerry Cox
901 9th Ave. SW Bessemer, Alabama 35022
State Web-site: www.thechurchofgodalabama.org
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The Clothes of Summer 7 June 2019
Well summer is almost here, School is out, the sun is shinning, and the beaches, pools, or wherever water you prefer us beckoning you, calling you, it's calling out' "let go all your worries, go, and come down and lie beside me for awhile.
Having said this, there will be plenty of people at these "watery locations with men, women, teenagers and children in in bathing suits that would make the fig leaf look like a raincoat. You may laugh at this if you want to. Go ahead it doesn't bother me. The truth always does something does people because they are the ones wearing those skimpy bikini, and by the way there are a lot of places that they actually go nude. And if you were walking on the beach in a shirt and pants you would be on of the few who they though was dressed funny. Why is that?
My point is I know a lot of people are going to disagree with my stance on the subject of modesty dress. All I want is my voice to be heard as to why I do what I do and then, you can agree or disagree.
We know from the bible (1Tim 2:9-10) that God wants us dress in modest apparel. I am aware that this principal forbids overdressing as well as undressing. We also know that men are (and many women to) usually are visually stimulated and can have very difficult times controlling their thoughts when something is put in their face. I understand that if a man or women cannot control their thoughts, then he or she is sinning (Matt 5:28). On the flip side, its or you pushing someone else to sin (Matt 18:70, Romans 14:13).
We cannot ignore that modesty was called for in the Garden of Eden. After Adan and Eve sin the Bible said that'... the eyes of both were opened, and they knew they were naked.." Gen 3:7). The Bible goes on and says that they made coverings for themselves out of fig leaves. But it appeared that God was not please with the covering, so he made them clothing out of the skin of animals. I then personal believe that this shows that there is a point were we don't have enough clothes to please God with bikini's or slings, that he requires for modesty. The here comes the old question "What would Jesus do? But I am here to ask a new question. What would you wear physically if Jesus was standing by you? I cannot answer that for you, but I cannot image anyone who professes to be a Christian standing with Jesus at the beach or pool in bikini or sling! Can you? The though makes me laugh-or cringe inside. I would also like to point out that Jesus is with all the time, and if you are a Christian brother or sister while you are almost naked, it is with Jesus mostly naked, because Jesus lives in you. (Gal 2:20)
I have heard the argument that we can wear whatever we want because we have liberty in Jesus. I believe that we do have liberty in Jesus, but it should not be abused 1Peter 2:16 says... yet not using liberty as a clock for malicious (immoral conduct), but as servants of god." Also Gal. 5:13.. do not use liberty as an occasion for the flesh..."
As I close I would like to share one more thing. The Devil uses lust as his number one tool to destroy a marriage, a home and your soul. One lady e-mail me I guess you are against "mixed swimming"? I said yes I am unless it is family and that can become a concern. But most of all I am against any time of half nudity or nudity itself
I hope you have a wonderful Summer with Jesus. Just stray away from bikini's and slings or any else that looks like nudity
Bomb Threat (13 May)
Arriving at work one morning a lady witnessed, what she believed was a terrorist sneaking into the building. As he fled, she passed her fellow workmates coming into the office and wondered if she should warn them. She hesitated and though "What if they don't believe me and nothing happens, how foolish I will feel, and if I speak out and am wrong, everyone will think I am and idiot". As she quietly agonized what to do, the office suddenly exploded into a great ball of fire.
Later the police took her statement. She told them everything she had witnessed. When the police asked why she did not warn her coworkers, she said weakly, "I was too embarrassed-I didn't think they would believe me and think me a fool."
The threat of judgement looms over all who have not Accepted God's gracious gift of salvation. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)
If we as Christian believe there is a "hell" awaiting for those who do not accept God's gift by believing in Christ, we should quickly warn our family, friends and the world. If we are wrong, nothing will happen, but if we are right, there will be a judgement day, As it is appointed for men to dies once, but after this the judgement . (Hebrews 9:27)
While we are alive,we have a golden opportunity to spread the gospel of Salvation, not only to our loved ones, but to anyone who will listen. This is the commission God gave us.
Alternatively, if we keep quiet about our beliefs for fear of embarrassment or peer pressure, how will we feel on Judgement day if we if we witness friends and family being condemned to the Lake of fire? If they see we are saved form eternal damnation( by believing in Christ) and yell at us "Why didn't you warn us, I too may have been saved? Won't you feel the cowardly friends if our only answer is, "I was too embarrassed, I didn't think you would believe me and label me a fool.?
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
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