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Question: What do you have to give up in order to become a

1. Some say that you don't have to give up anything. Some churches
say that the homosexual can continue to practice his sin and still
be a Christian (Rom. 6:1-2, 13, 16; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:16-21).

2. Everything sinful must be laid aside (1 Pet. 2:1).

3. God's commandments are for our good always; always in our best
interest (Deut. 6:24).

4. One may have to give up the approval of family or friends in
order to become a Christian (Mt. 10:34-37). He certainly must give
up the approval of the world (John 15:18-19).

5. It is a matter of complete commitment (Lk. 14:33). Ill. Man who
after 15 frustrating years turned his business over to the Lord.
When it burned, he was asked how he could be so calm. Said: "I gave
this business to the Lord; if He wants to burn it, it's His

6. Giving self to the Lord (2 Cor. 8:5; Gal. 2:20). Moving from All
of Self, none of Thee, moving from mostly self, some of Thee, to
None of Self, all of Thee.

7. This is where true joy is found (see book of Philippians).

8. Related passages: Eph. 4:20-24; It is a walk, a life, of ever
becoming more and more like Jesus 2 Cor. 3; Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:27;
Eph. 5:1ff.

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