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    • If that is what you think then you need to go back and read it carefully, I was very clear that the the unbeliever needs to repent!  Firstly you need to look again at your definition of believer and unbeliever - an unbeliever is not someone who simply denies the Son of God, an unbeliever is someone who does not faith in the son of God to save them.  Secondly, again I repeat, my post was clear and you are misreading it. Now I have spoke clearly once, and I have clarified my position twice, if you continue to refuse to acknowledge what I am saying and insist on taking your 'perceived' meaning to be what I actually meant then there is nothing I can do about that however to my mind it is bearing witness.    
    • LK 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.   I'm guessing "strength" is probably a reference to our physical abilities, though I'm open to a more spiritualized interpretation, like strength of character/will.  But, what about heart, soul, and mind? 
    • I think it's good to keep this in mind, but there are times when it just feels right to blast a brother/sister who's teaching something contrary to what Jesus taught. I guess the best way to know what to do is to be constantly asking God, "should I be soft or hard on this person".
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