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On the Sin of Homosexuality

I wish that the sin of homosexuality was just another sin that we must deal with as people.  Along with the sins of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21), I would that we only had to deal with this sin like we do all sins.  But our society forces the disciple to have to address this sin (more than other sins it seems).  Of course, I believe that all sin is grievous to a holy God (1 John 3:4).  I believe that the Bible teaches that wickedness cannot be in God’s presence (Psalm 11:5).  I believe that God detests all sin including this sin.

Yet we find ourselves having to address this sin.  Why?  I don’t believe it is because we are opposed with seeking to “attack” homosexuals.  Our job is simply to preach the biblical truth concerning any and every doctrine including sins.  We the Bible pronounces something as sinful, we must do the same.  Titus 2:15 says that disciples must “Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority.  Let no one disregard you.”  Our job is to preach the Bible and if this runs contrary to the culture then so be it.  We must be faithful to God alone (Acts 5:29).

I do believe we must be careful with this sin.  We must not make homosexuality the worst sin of all.  It is sinful.  It is wrong.  It will keep people from salvation but the promise of God in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 is that God is able to deliver people from this sin (along with others).  While we must preach that homosexuality is a sin, let us be faithful to also preach the grace of God in forgiving sinners who repent of their sins (Acts 2:38).  Let us be faithful to the gospel message that there is hope in Christ Jesus and forgiveness in Him.  Jesus offers the sinner freedom and we must warn all sinners of the wrath to come and that their only hope for redemption and salvation is found in the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for our sins (1 John 2:1-2).  There is no salvation found in merely telling people to “stop sinning” apart from revealing to them the precious truths of the gospel (Ezekiel 36:25-27; John 3:3; Ephesians 2:4).  Sinners are only set free when the blood of Jesus washes away their sins and they have peace with God along with the precious gift of the Holy Spirit who enables us to live a godly life (Galatians 5:16-17; 1 Peter 1:15-16).

I watched Ray Comfort once share the gospel with a homosexual.  He took the man through the Law to show him he was guilty of breaking the law of God (Romans 7:7).  When he was done sharing the good news of the cross (Galatians 3:24), the man asked Ray if he believed God had a problem with his homosexuality.  Ray answered the man, “Friend, you have confessed here today that you have violated the third, sixth, seventh and eighth commandments from God’s law.  I think you realize that you have other worst sin other than just homosexuality that you must deal with.”

And that is the truth.  People love their sins (Romans 1:18).  People are not naturally seeking God (Romans 3:10).  People want to steal, to cheat others, to kill, to hate, to blaspheme, and other sins.  It isn’t simply just one sin that condemns us.  It is our wicked hearts (Jeremiah 17:9).  Homosexuality is simply another evidence of our sinfulness but it is not the worst sin nor the only sin we should preach against.  All sin is wicked before a holy and pure God.  All sin!  And the answer for all sinners is the gospel.  It is not simply to stop sinning apart from revealing to them the fact that God is able to give them a new heart, a pure heart, a holy heart.  A person can truly repent only if the Spirit of God enables them to repent (2 Timothy 2:25).

My prayer is that God will save homosexuals but also all who love sin.  Paul the Apostle reminds us disciples in Titus 3 that we once were wicked as well (v.3).  We must, in the words of Steven Curtis Chapman, “remember our chains.”  We must not forget what God has saved us from.  Perhaps we have not stolen or murdered or done this sin or that but we must remember that we still needed God’s saving grace to be saved (vv.4-5).  None of us can earn salvation.  Jesus alone must be our salvation (John 14:6).  Jesus is our righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9).  Jesus is the only reason that we are saved now (Hebrews 7:25).

So let us preach against all sin (and not just homosexuality) but let us also be faithful to preach the grace of God to save sinners.  The Lord is faithful to save the lost.  He is still saving people by His grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Psalm 110:1 promises us that God will continue to save sinners till His enemies be made His footstool.  I pray that the promise of Psalm 110:1 and Matthew 6:10 are the cries of our hearts.  I long to see sinful people come to salvation in Christ Jesus (Revelation 5:9-10).  It is the cry of my heart (Psalm 2:8-9).  May the Church of Jesus Christ offer the sinner the grace and goodness of God through the faithful preaching of the cross (Romans 1:16-17; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:1-5).  May the world not just hear the message of condemnation toward their sins but also the message of reconciliation that God has given us in the gospel (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/19/2014 at 2:22 PM

The Disciple’s Reaction to Cultural Issues

I have no doubt that the United States Supreme Court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage this week.  I would be utterly shocked if the high court ruled against the issue.  At the heart of the debate is Proposition 8 in which the measure was passed twice by the residents of the state  of California to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.  The Supreme Court will hear the case of whether this is unconstitutional.  If the Supreme Court rules against Proposition 8 they will in essence abolish state bans on same-sex marriage or will overturn the 31 states who have written into their state constitutions that marriage shall be between a man and a woman.  It would be a landmark win for the homosexual agenda and would almost overnight turn the United States into a nation that must permit same-sex marriage.

I believe the court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage for several reasons.  First, we are under the judgment of God and according to Romans 1, homosexuality is one of the evidences of this judgment.  How can God not judge the US with the millions of unborn that we have murdered?  We tolerate violence in popular culture and we give approval to all forms of ungodliness.  If you read Romans 1:18-32, you’ll no doubt know that we are there.  Our culture is full of sin.

Secondly, the rise of acceptance of homosexuality has been nothing more than staggering.  We have gone from the early 1990’s when homosexuality was tolerated but to be kept behind closed doors to full-blown acceptance and even viewing homosexuality as a better life style than heterosexuality.  Lots of things have contributed to this acceptance including Hollywood and secular media to postmodernism and the idea that there are no absolutes, no boundaries to cross.  Anything goes and YOU decide what is best for you but you must not push what is best for you upon others unless what is best is also deemed best by the culture.  In this case, homosexuality is deemed a good thing by culture and so culture wins.  The Supreme Court will listen to the culture and will ignore the Bible and thousands of years of civilization to establish a new “class.”

Thirdly, the failure of the Church to preach the gospel.  The seeker church led to the emergent church and in turn has produced nothing but liberalism all over again.  The true Church of Christ must stand and preach the gospel but the seeker church, with her eye on power and money, has produced nothing.  Therefore, we reap what we sow and thus we are now reaping 30 years of seeker church methods and teachings.  The result: sin accepted by the culture and by the compromising church.

What should true disciples of Christ do?  I believe the answer lies in being a true disciple of Jesus.  Titus 3:1-7 should be our text.  We read:

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

We must recognize that our world is under the power of Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4).  Our battle is not with homosexuals or with liars or with thieves.  Our battle is with spiritual forces at work in our world to corrupt people and keep them from Christ (Ephesians 6:12).  Our enemy is not a certain group of sinners but is the father of lies himself (John 8:44).  The world lies under the control of the enemy and people blindly follow his commands.  By nature, all flesh is corrupt before God (Genesis 6:5) and we are children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3) apart from the grace of God (Ephesians 2:6).

Paul says in Titus 3:3 that we ourselves were once just as sinful as the people around us.  We are saved from sin only by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).  We are not saved because we chose to stop sinning.  We are saved from sin and its power only by the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16).  In fact, Titus 3:4 reminds us that it was God our Savior who saved us by His own mercy.  We are now regenerated by the Spirit (John 3:3) because of the work of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:30) and not by our flesh.  Sin is so powerful that it takes the supernatural power of God to break us and save us.

Is this not the sinful world around us?  Our world is so sinful, so corrupt.  Yet we too once were lost in this world.  If you are a disciple of Jesus you can testify that you once were bound in your sins and without hope.  You didn’t go seeking after Christ.  He came seeking after you (1 John 4:10).  It was the grace of God that intervened in our lives and this is why we are saved.

Our reaction then to this sinful culture should be to preach Christ.  Christ is the hope.  I don’t believe the answer lies in politics or in the Supreme Court or in the White House but in the gospel.  The cure for the United States (and all nations) is the gospel.  Our hope lies not in a leader or a group but in the gospel.  The Church must preach the gospel to all sinners and we will see the glory of God as He saves sinners by His grace.  Our battle is not with any one sin.  Our battle is against Satan and thankfully he is a defeated foe (Hebrews 2:14-15).  Let us preach this truth, that Jesus saves sinners and we will see a mighty revival in our world.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/26/2013 at 10:28 AM

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