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God expects that those who love Him will also hate sin. He wants us to turn from our wicked ways and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. This Good News includes the fact that we can be free from the things that once held us in bondage. So part of our message should be to proclaim freedom to those who cling to sin and the sorrow that it brings.

Yet while God hates sin, He loves sinners so much that He sent His Son to save us. Paul wrote, “Christ died for the ungodly. . . . God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6, 8). Likewise, we are to love those who reject the absolutes of God’s Word, even if they reject us.

To show our love and His, we must pray for those who are in error. We must speak the Truth and be bold witnesses to the Truth that we know. We must refuse to repay evil for evil. If we are maligned, slandered, or mistreated for standing strong for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we must continue to stand in peace and refuse to seek retaliation.

Paul wrote, “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,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

When you are called intolerant for proclaiming Jesus as the only Savior and Lord, smile and refuse to back down, refuse to give in. Speak the Truth lovingly and persistently, and then trust God to move in the hearts of those who are in error.

When you’re called ‘intolerant’ because of your faith, remember that the Gospel is for everyone—regardless of age, gender, nationality, culture, or race. The gift of the Gospel is a treasure of great worth—it is a promise of eternal life for all who believe.

Prayer: Father, help me love those who don’t know You, just as You do. Help me pray for them and lovingly speak the Truth to them. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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