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|Will Calvary welcome a couple living together whom recently became Christians?|
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|You can't be part of the church membership and be living together. Obviously, a new Christian will grow and mature in Christ. One of the first things you'd disciple them in is a biblical lifestyle. The Bible calls living together "fornication," and says rather starkly that those who practice this lifestyle unrepented of, are not going to inherit the Kingdom of God.
This is serious. Read the following: "For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. 8 Consequently, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you." 1 Thess 4:1-8
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God."
These are just two of many passages that clearly teach that you cannot be a Christian and do this. If a person were to continue in this sin, then you go back to "start" and rethink the whole issue, "Am I really saved?" Jesus said, "Don't call me, "Lord, Lord", and don't do the things I say."
Jesus would always welcome the sinner. He said, "I forgive you. Go and sin no more." We've seen lots of couples over the years come into obedience to the Word and bring their relationship into the sanctity of marriage. God has really blessed them, as I know He will bless your friends if they will be obedient to His Word. Jesus said that sometimes there's a cost to following Him. It's nothing in comparison to what He's paid for us, though. Whatever you do keep them encouraged to come and hear the Word and grow in Christ.
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