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How do the purposes, goals, and principles of a group determine whether a Christian may join it or not?


The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

- Deuteronomy 24:16

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

- Ezekiel 18:20

For every man shall bear his own burden.

- Galatians 6:5


    "Yes," his teacher replied. "The type of groups you mentioned are not seeking to unite all false and true religious beliefs into one world religion; they are organizations in which people unite to combat a certain problem or promote a certain truth in society."

    "What do you mean?" Roger asked. "I don't understand."

    "Take an anti-abortion organization for an example," his teacher replied. "The death of unborn children is the focal point of the organization. There is a war against the unborn taking place in today's society. Therefore, people who value and respect human life recognize this common enemy and form an organization to unite in battle on this one issue. This is good.

    "Imagine that war broke out and you were drafted into the armed forces. You are placed in a front-line trench and the enemy is attacking. You are firing in return, shoulder to shoulder with your fellow soldiers. Would this be wrong if the soldiers you served with were from different religions? It would not be, because you were united to fight a common dangerous enemy, not to unite various false and true religions."

    Why should Christian people be active in various worthwhile causes such as Pro-Life, Citizens for Decency, and anti-pornography associations?

The second commandment concludes with the words, "For I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments" (Exodus 20:5b-6). Love is jealous. Love requires and jealously guards the full devotion of the one it

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