Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
on the one hand some churches have tried to become all inclusive, throwing God's Word out the window. There is no absolute right or wrong, just some nebulous good feeling that comes from being politically correct. They have become so open minded their brains have fallen out.
A couple of the churches addressed in Revelation 2 fell into this category. Pergamum had its adherants to the Nicolaitanes and also the teachings of Balaam. Thyatira had fallen for a Jezebel, who may have been teaching that you can't help people out of sin if you haven't tried it yourself.
On the other hand, as you say, a Christ centered church looks on the inside of a person, not his external looks, and asks God to use them to build that person up, to find out where that person is in his relationship with Christ and take him to the next stage.
Paul chose to go to the gentiles because all the Jews had heard about Christ and either accepted or rejected Him. The gentiles were new territory; at least that's what I'm reading out of Romans 15:20-21
Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.