“We all tend to think that our own story is different, more important or special than the next, yet we all have, share, and need the same ingredients and solutions to natural problems and lessons.” ~ Jon Barnes
I’m no better than you, as we all need to do our best work that we can pursue. Each day is just a test to do better than the rest, when our turn comes to execute our personal path. Then you are defined, each and every time, by your thoughts and what work you completed. Then comes the day, our story ends this way and a new person begins to tell their story.
Fixing problems can be poetic, others can be pathetic, making the same mistakes each and every day. Some can get ‘mo better’ at writing personal letters to communicate new solutions at hand. Though solutions tend to ride the waves ebbs and tides from the love letter stories of old. It takes lots of guts, not to run amuck and produce your best fruit and Christmas Cheer through the Year.
Each lesson seems personnel in the game of choice, when each solution rests on your own personal voice. The bell chimes for thee as it does for me and you will be personally responsible for your own party. Lessons Less traveled, learned best from all of the personal issues of the rest. Less can mean more, since God is Pure? Good Spiritual health is music to my ears!
Did you learn something?
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Romans 14New International Version (NIV)
The Weak and the Strong
14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself.But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died.16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil.17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean,but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves.23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[c]
“It is God’s policy to cut out the confusion and get straight to the point; Love and live for Christ or die in your sin.”
Joy to the World, the Lord has Come. Let earth receive Her King. We sing Christmas songs to remind us all about the reason God sent His son, in addition to showing us the policy and plan of salvation. This daily joy of Christmas, giving, and eternal gift can only be given by God to the people He chooses to show mercy.
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and find some time to learn the words to this amazing song, which is full of mercy to help you save your soul from hell. We study and pass on the old standards and traditions of truth to the next generation, so that they don’t fall pray to the devil’s playground of ignorance and stupidity. Teach these standards to your family– which will help them fight the ways of evil.
God Rest Ye
May you find comfort and rest in God’s Grace, Biblical Christmas wisdom, and loving truth. It is your job to understand, know, and teach the Christmas Policy of God’s love and charity to a dying world full of many sinners. Don’t get cut off or cut out from God’s Rest, for the rest of eternity.
Are You cut out for being Good or evil?
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Romans 12New International Version (NIV)
A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith;7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,faithful in prayer.13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord.20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
“When you are honest with God, you can be honest with people, otherwise your non-profit status with God is non-existent Roman status, along with your fake charity.” ~ Jon Barnes
Love is a non-profit gift and entity all unto itself. God is love and love is God. God gives us love and we take it. Few learn to give it back. Did you pass the non-profit test? Are you really a blessing in your service of God or are you blinded by your own arrogance, greed and selfishness? Don’t X out your blessing and eternal inheritance.
Shut your mind off and turn your heart on so that you can listen with your spiritual ears inside your heart. God is speaking to you, if you are listening. What is your profit to gain the world, money, and power, only to lose your soul? Meet the needs of God’s Will for your life and God will hook you up.
Silent Night Service
Judgement will be a personal thing, just as Jesus was born, quietly in a barn. Few people were on hand to witness the birth of our King and the simplicity of God’s Faith Memo; which is for everyone to love God and your neighbor as yourself. Be truthful each night to God in Silence, rejoicing in your closet and making adjustments.
Did you check your motives and ask your loved ones and God to examine your love, motives, and actions of honesty and integrity?
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Romans 11New International Version (NIV)
The Remnant of Israel
11 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.2 God did not reject his people,whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel:3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”[a]?4 And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[b]5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
7 What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened,8 as it is written:
“God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.”[c]
9 And David says:
“May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them. 10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever.”[d]
11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!
13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envyand save some of them.15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.”20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble.21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
All Israel Will Be Saved
25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,26 and in this way[e] all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 And this is[f] my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”[g]
28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience,31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[h] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you.32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[i] knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”[j] 35 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”[k] 36 For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
“It seems a bit strange and unfair to give God the little crumbs from the table of your Thanksgiving during our massively commercialized Christmas spending and gluttony.” ~ Jon Barnes
Crumb Cake Kindness
Not too long ago, I use to offer up my crumbs of Thanksgiving to God, after eating a full course meal at my table. This would happen at each meal of my life until I realized that God is the food, cake, substance, order, water, air, life, and dirt that is used to sustain all of us and our existence. Scraps and crumbs of kindness, love, and substance are for a doG, not God! Don’t let the devil fool you with dyslexic tendencies and symptoms with your kindness and Thanksgiving.
We Three Kings
Giving real quality gifts of good service can be a daily challenge, in a world full of takers, fakers, blind believers, phony, fast food faith-based posers, displaying laziness and no love works. A Good King or average person of honest quality gives real gifts of honor and substance of love to God and all people around them. They will follow the star of righteousness in their prayer closet, no matter how far one travels.
Milk This X
The details of your faith are between you and, God but the fruit of your salvation shines like the bright morning star. God knows His loving Kids! X marks the spot to hit your target. So, why do we tend to milk it for all we can get, never giving of ourselves and doing what is best to hit the mark? I finally had to make up my own mind to leave the milk, crumbs and cookies alone, so that I could chew and eat meat, like a man and king for God!
Today’s Question X
Got Milk or Meat?
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Romans 10New International Version (NIV)
10 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.”[a]6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”[b] (that is, to bring Christ down)7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’”[c] (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[d] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e]12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[f]
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”[g]
16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?”[h]17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.18 But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:
“Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”[i]
19 Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says,
“I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.”[j]
20 And Isaiah boldly says,
“I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”[k]
21 But concerning Israel he says,
“All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”[l]
“Take God’s Culture wherever you go, being who you are, doing what you do, living your lifestyle, and enjoying God’s Joy, Peace, Blessings, and Goodwill towards men.” ~ Jon Barnes
You have the power to share life changing information about who you are, what you stand for, and how it works in your life. Connecting with others and learning about our similarities is more interesting than noticing the small differences. You have the freedom of the Spirit to walk and set upon your mind and practice the things that are right. Go right ahead, with God’s mercy and cultural grace.
In Rome, You Roam
In Rome, there is a better way to your search for the truth. You don’t have to follow the typical romans choices and traditions blindly without asking questions and verifying the truth. Following the crowd is not the best solution for thinking people looking for the best solutions in their lives. It can be a challenge to be honest with yourself and your choices to make, when following your path with God. Rome is all over the world, so roam around to sniff out your own good way and bless God.
Roman World Traveler
The world traveler doesn’t merely go around making people change in their lifestyle and mindset. A Good Person connects, communicates and inspires all people with a smile, wisdom, warm greeting, with dignity, honor, love, and respect. Considering yourself and how you would feel in a land with no friends can give you the proper perspective on how to make new friends. Your Good Culture and lifestyle will stick out all by itself, with life, light, and love, from your personal experience and mindset of God.
Which mindset are you roaming around with, in your Rome-like culture?
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Romans 9New International Version (NIV)
1I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— 2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, 4the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
God’s Sovereign Choice
6It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. 7Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 8In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. 9For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.” 10Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 17For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. 19One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” 21Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? 22What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25As he says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,” 26and, “In the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ ” 27Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved. 28For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality.” 29It is just as Isaiah said previously: “Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.”
30What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
“I have a secret to confess and I love you all with my best, which may come to you as quite the surprise, when it’s time for me to close my eyes; I love your all madly and the same. So Love God the same way!” ~ Jon Barnes
You Now Know
You now know the intent of my heart is pure and my passion for Love is eternally yours. The very first thought of me is you, which makes each day, my love for you brand new. It’s like a pyramid, yet smooth as a baby’s heart, drawn so perfectly, a symbolic love heart. Click the love light on or off, with your true intentions now known, even before you start. You now know that God knows what’s in your secret heart.
Long Lived King
Forever King Jesus shall live and your soul shall reap and give– fuel for fire or eternal rest with God’s desires. The fruit of your soul’s tree will continue to grow and bear to yield your crop as it knows and our soul’s fate will expand and grow. Forever Your King, Jesus, shall live and give the fire, burning HOT! An evil soul shall live and give an account for evil deeds. The fact is and The Secret is God cannot be burned and loves the fire the He created to burn evil forever!
Love God’s Secret
When you love your King Jesus, you love Father God and His Fire of Righteousness. Love God’s ways and judgement by mastering biblical content of forgiveness, life, death, obedience, lifestyle, work, and ethics. God’s love is not effected by the limited bottomless pit, designed for the evil ones who quit on God’s loving provisions. Your secret is out and exposed.
Your spit, I’ll admit, cannot quench the heat of your fate at hand as you continue to follow your own plans. Unless you commit, and acquit your heart from sin and shame, with the Blood of Christ, what will wash your skeletal remains? Your alternative is Hell’s fire and brimstone of God’s love, since you rejected the Blood of Christ in God’s plan.
Are you going to Hell with your Secret Love of disobedience, which is obvious for all to see in your lifestyle of lies, lust, greed, arrogance, and sin with humanity?
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Romans 1New International Version (NIV)
1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,[d] that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faithfrom first to last,[e] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”[f]
God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.