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MY GREATEST FEAR IS “CHRISTIANS” WHO DO NOT LOVE JESUS.

Written by WilliamWBirch from his blog “WilliamWBirch.net” on September 27, 2011

The apostle Paul closes his letter to the church at Corinth with these words: “If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha” (1 Cor. 16:22 NASB). “Maranatha” (μαράνα θά) translates, “Our Lord, come.” The word for “accursed” in Greek (ἀνάθεμα) refers to “a thing devoted to God without hope of being redeemed” (link). I give you the original Greek words here so that you can see how nearly every letter used to make up “anathema” is also used for “Maranatha,” mentioned only here in the New Testament. Speculation has been made about the connection of the two terms, but this post is not meant to further that conversation.

I do wonder, however, if those who profess to be followers of Christ but…

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