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Affirming Sin!

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Deception is the greatest tool of the devil.   Revelation 12 describes the Great Red Dragon who deceives the entire world.   We know this initial deception was the one that took place in the Garden in Genesis 3.   But the devil continues his attempts at deception even today.   What is truly despicable though is how little it seems he has to work to do so.   We live in a day where man is all too eager to allow himself to be deceived by lies.   The truth can be staring a person in the face and they will cling to a lie no matter how absurd.

A recent example of this is the recent story in the news titled:  Growing Number of California Churches Believe Homosexuality not Sinful.   According to the article “More than 800 Christian churches in California affirm and support gay members, a number that has risen 50 percent since 2005, according to the latest survey from gaychurch.org.”  The deception that is involved in this story is a pretty clear example of a self inflicted wound.

The Bible is not very ambiguous when it comes to the issue of Homosexuality. There are many who would like to make it seem as though it is, but there is not one iota of evidence that the Bible anywhere encourages, supports or affirms homosexual behavior.   1 Corinthians 6 is absolute in its affirming that homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.

Gaychurch.org is the organization that is the source of this information.  I decided to visit their site, and read some of their material.   One of the pages that can be linked to is a page called “Homosexuality and the Bible.”   A question they ask on that page is “Are Homosexuals condemned to Hell?”  This question is one of those questions that is important to ask, however, the answer that is given shows a complete lack of understanding of the way that God’s grace works.   Let me explain:

The following is an excerpt from the article titled “Are Homosexuals condemned to Hell?”

When I was “coming out,” most in the church believed that homosexuals were condemned to Hell. Because of this, I too struggled with this concept and wondered if my very salvation was in peril. After all, I had no one else telling me anything different. My heart was telling me that God loved me ‘just as I am’ yet the Church was telling me something entirely different. Which was right?

Not wanting to lose my salvation over my sexual orientation, I started my journey here to find God’s truth and will for my life. Aware that my own biases would probably cloud my judgment, I decided to start my search using the worst possible scenario. That being the premise that the “anti-gay” contingent was correct and that homosexuals were destined for Hell. If I could find any way to Scripturally back this premise, then I had determined in my mind that I would accept this as the truth. After all the weight of the Church stood behind this idea and I surely didn’t want to risk my relationship with God. No matter the personal cost.

After much thought, I came up with only two possible scenarios that would support this notion.  The first is that salvation is reserved for a select group of people, and that homosexuals are somehow excluded from this group. The second possibility is that homosexuality is such a terrible and perverse sin that salvation is beyond our grasp. On the flip side, if neither of ideas could stand up to Biblical scrutiny, then there is nothing left to support the notion that salvation hasn’t been extended to everyone – including the gay community!

OK, before answering this answer I would like to quote a Bible verse.   1 Corinthians 6:9-11 reads:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  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 and by the Spirit of our God.

Clearly from this passage we can see that Homosexuals are excluded from the Kingdom of God.  However, and this is critically important, so too are fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, coveters, drunkards, etc…What is so different about the way the Gaychurch.org crowd is going about their argument is they are pretending that one can have a relationship with God and yet not have God change their life.

Read the following statement and see that I have made it not about homosexuality but about being a thief, and see if it makes any sense at all.

When I was “coming out,” most in the church believed that thieves were condemned to Hell. Because of this, I too struggled with this concept and wondered if my very salvation was in peril. After all, I had no one else telling me anything different. My heart was telling me that God loved me ‘just as I am’ yet the Church was telling me something entirely different. Which was right?

Not wanting to lose my salvation over my kleptomania, I started my journey here to find God’s truth and will for my life. Aware that my own biases would probably cloud my judgment, I decided to start my search using the worst possible scenario. That being the premise that the “anti-theft” contingent was correct and that thieves were destined for Hell. If I could find any way to Scripturally back this premise, then I had determined in my mind that I would accept this as the truth. After all the weight of the Church stood behind this idea and I surely didn’t want to risk my relationship with God. No matter the personal cost.

After much thought, I came up with only two possible scenarios that would support this notion.  The first is that salvation is reserved for a select group of people, and that thieves are somehow excluded from this group. The second possibility is that thievery is such a terrible and perverse sin that salvation is beyond our grasp. On the flip side, if neither of ideas could stand up to Biblical scrutiny, then there is nothing left to support the notion that salvation hasn’t been extended to everyone – including the thieving community!

This argument is ridiculous.   Of course, stealing is a wicked and a perverse sin.   No one expects that a person will continue to steal once he has been saved.  But for some reason, the homosexual denies the power of God’s grace.  They want to proclaim that God changes lives, but they don’t believe in the actual change.

Do we affirm thieves?  Do we affirm adulterers?  What about liars and drunks?   No, or at least we shouldn’t.  We should call them to the cross of Christ where they set aside those besetting sins and call them to look to Jesus.   One of the problems of the Affirming movement is they believe that people are identified by their sin.   To identify yourself by your sin is to completely miss the idea of the Grace of God.

1 Corinthians 6 begins with the command to be not deceived? Well, any movement that attempts to affirm people in their sin, rather than in the grace of God is using the devils playbook. They are engaging in the worst kind of deceit. The deceit that claims that God didn’t really say exactly what God said. This “Affirming Movement,” has exchanged the truth of the Word of God for a lie, and they have done it in such a way that actually attacks and slanders the true Church of Jesus Christ. Our friends and family members who have been ensnared by the Sin of Homosexuality do need our compassion, however, what they do not need is a lie that pretends to be sanctioned by God.

Homosexuality is a sin, but Jesus came to forgive sinners. Jesus told the woman caught in the very act of adultery to go and sin no more. Her past was a life of adultery. Her future was identified by who she was in Christ. Don’t be deceived into allowing the lies of the affirming sin movement to rob you of the glorious future that Christ has for those who are His.

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Ducks, Homosexuals, and Cowards!

phil-robertson-p11 Well, the Duck Dynasty issue has certainly grabbed a hold of the interest of a lot of people. Some have called it a free speech issue, and I guess to some degree that is accurate, but far more important than free speech, this seems to me to be an issue of the credibility of the Word of God.

If you are not aware, Phil Robertson said something so shocking that the A&E Network suspended him. What was the shocking and unbelievably crass thing that Phil Robertson said that got him in so much trouble? Well this Huffington Post Headline summarizes the issue better than anything I have read on it. “’Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Makes Anti-Gay Remarks, Says Being Gay Is A Sin.”

What is Shocking and unbelievable is that anyone who has ever read their Bible could possibly think otherwise. News flash – Adultery is a sin. Is this shocking? No. Murder is a sin. Again there is no shock and awe when the obvious is stated. Then again, adultery and murder are not sacraments of Modern American Christianity.

I have dealt with the issue in the past, but the fact that Homosexuality is a sin, is irrefutable. Is it a far worse sin than the many other sins that haunt the American Church? No. But, It is the only one that attempts to justify it and make it o.k. by creating special interest groups.

If you have a friend who is involved in the sin of adultery and you tell this friend to repent and come back to Christ are you accused of hating him? Maybe sometimes, but all Christians are aware that to call some one back from danger and to tell them to repent is not hatred, in fact it is the only loving thing a person can do.

Homosexuality, at least the way it is treated in today’s church, seems to be the exception to this rule. If you tell someone there is healing in Jesus, and that Jesus forgives even homosexuality well, that is just being a hater and being judgmental. So rather than risk offending the person we coddle them. We patronize them and contrary to all Scripture, we tell them that Homosexuality is different. God made you that way after all. Well, to say that is to run contrary to the teaching of the Word of God.

One of the quotes that people are dredging up to demonize Phil Robertson is the following: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” Apparently this quote is so off the chain, because Phil is judging who goes to heaven and who does not. Well, l hate to shock people, but other than maybe a Louisiana slant to the passage this quote is from the Bible. It is from Paul’s letter to the Church at Corinth where he warns them to not be deceived. You see Corinth had a lot of the same problems we have in the Church today. They prided themselves on their open and accepting ways, and Paul let them know that what they were doing was practicing a wicked type of self deception.

Please note, Phil, quoting Paul, did not only condemn the homosexuals, he condemned the greedy, the idolatrous, and the adulterers. Why is it that we don’t have special interest groups clamoring around Adulterers of the World? Well I definitely have my theories, but let me say it plainly. Phil Robertson Is a Christian man who has flaws, but he also loves people enough to tell them the truth even if it costs him. The accusation that when a person speaks the Word of God without apologies is that his speech is hateful. How hateful? I saw Phil being linked with the likes of Hitler for his statements today. I know, we Americans love to engage in hyperbole. but what is amazing is so called Christian people are coming down on Phil for quoting the Bible and they are comparing him to Adolph Hitler. Be careful what you get angry at.

I guess it you are the so called victims in a society you can get away with making wicked comparisons. Well Christians, Jesus said if the world hated him they would hate you as well. Does the world swoon over your every word or are you hated for the sake of Christ’s words?

Speak up for truth and it is likely you won’t be invited to certain functions. But Jesus said if you were ashamed of Him before men, he would be ashamed of you before His Father.

I am glad that Phil Robertson is not ashamed of the Word of God.  I am also pleased that he loves people enough to proclaim God’s Word without reservation. even when it is about issues that some people consider off limits. In doing this he is being accused of being a bigot and an unloving person. I say what he is doing is putting love to action. To quote the Word of God is not too hate. The most pathetic people in this contest are the ones who claim the name of Christ but are not willing to follow its commands. They are nothing more than pretenders and cowards. They claim to love, but by their actions they show themselves to be nothing more than cowards and wimps.

Revelation 21:7-8 says that “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

All of the sexually immoral will take part in this second death. Phil Robertson unashamedly proclaims this when he quotes Paul in 1 Corinthians. It is common today to leave the homosexuals off this list, after all, how can you judge someone for who they love? Well, if the Bible is your standard, you will realize that is not the question. The question is why are you apologizing for or “correcting” God’s Word? The answer is that you are either an unbeliever or a coward, and if you read the above passage you will realize that your fate is the same.

May we all be given a strong dose of the courage of Phil Robertson, along with the love of our fellow man to show them that Jesus Saves from all sin.

What the Bible says about Homosexuality

Go out and start the Homosexual, Adultery, or Murderers Club

Homosexual Lies and Mistruths

We live in an age of lies. Not just homosexual lies. We hear lies from the time we are very small and by the time we are of the age where we should know better we are desensitized to the truth. This should not be so stunning to us. After all, our politicians, both Democrat and Republican have made their careers through lying. It’s ok though, because these lies are something we have agreed to accept. Every 4 years, every 2 years, or every 6 years, depending on the office they are campaigning for, they shell out the same old lies-and when we elect or re-elect them we give tacit agreement to the game.

I can think of countless examples of lies we have grown to embrace, but what makes me most sad is that the people who should stand for the truth, the Church of Jesus Christ, have embraced their own set of lies.

Our Foundation: Sola Scriptura

Christians are supposed to be a people of the Book. One of the cries of the Protestant Reformation was “Sola Scriptura.” By this it was meant by Scripture alone can we arrive at truth. After all it is God’s Word, as found in the Bible that we can know truth. Jesus prayed in His high priestly prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth.”

Theological debate and argument are fairly common place amongst Christians. There are arguments about all kinds of things. However, there are certain areas and topics where the Bible has spoken as clear as can possibly be. It is true that you may have disagreement amongst people as to whether or not Jesus rose from the dead, but the argument is not truly a Biblical argument, because the Bible clearly says that Jesus rose from the dead. One of these people is arguing from a non-Biblical viewpoint, and those who claim to hold the Bible as a standard should easily know with whom to side.

Homosexuality SinThe above argument is of course very simple, but we see similar things all the time. I use for example the idea of Christian homosexuals. There are some who say that there is no contradiction between the two. I do not doubt their sincerity, however, I can assure you they did not reach their conclusion from the Word of God. The Word of God, clearly and without any equivocation states the Biblical position in 1 Corinthians 6, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 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 and by the Spirit of our God.”

Why do I single out homosexuality of all the sins listed in the above text? Well, last I checked, there were no Christian fornication advocacy groups. There were no groups going around claiming that drunkenness was their special gift from God. There are no churches that minister specifically to the extortioner. Now, I may be wrong. With the growing perversions and delusions of many American Christians there actually may be a Christian Adultery Club, but I think any Biblically minded person will realize that Christians do not condone or advocate adultery.

Such Were Some of You

Please note, I am not saying that anyone who has committed any of these sins is lost. What I am saying is if a person continues to identify himself, or herself by their sin they have a problem. “Such WERE some of you, but you were washed you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God.”

David was a man after God’s own heart and yes he committed adultery and murder. But David confessed his sin, and repented. He did not embrace his sin and call it his gift from God. He did not go out and start the Covenant Adultery and Murderers Club. And when Nathan the prophet told him that He was the man, David did not respond with, “don’t judge me buddy.”

The Scripture is clear, all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. And Christ Jesus died as a propitiation for our sin. One of the things we must continue to do, however, is to confess our sins. We are promised that He is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we embrace our sins instead of the cross then it is apparent who we are.

What We Need

We need to stop lying to ourselves and embrace the truth of God’s Word. Abortion is a national sin, the nation is being judged for it. Homosexuality and homosexual acceptance are national evils. The fact that there are so few willing to speak the truth of God’s word about the issue is evidence of God’s continued judgment upon us.

Christians need to repent of their idolatry of reputation and conformity and let their mind be transformed by the washing of the Word of the Lord. Until this happens we will continue to walk in darkness. May the truth of the Word of God give us strength and the boldness to declare it to a world that loves the lie more than the truth.