Tuesday, June 27, 2006

God Does Not Love Homosexuality !

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - "A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) national assembly voted Tuesday to create some leeway for gay clergy and lay officers to serve local congregations, despite a denominational ban on partnered gay ministers."

"Thirteen evangelical caucuses issued a joint statement that the assembly's actions "throw our denomination into crisis." They said this "marks a profound deviation from biblical requirements, and we cannot accept, support, or tolerate it. We will take the steps necessary to be faithful to God," the groups said. But Jesus was cited from the other side, too. Oregon youth delegate Jamie Moon said she found the assembly debate disheartening. She said she became Presbyterian because "Jesus Christ was love. Jesus Christ was acceptance. He said come to me and be my disciple.
"He wants us to love everybody. Raise your hand if you're not a sinner," she told the assembly." ---- Quotes taken from an article by Richard N. Ostling, AP Religion Writer, June 20, 2006

Now the Presbyterian Church is going to allow leeway when it comes to homosexuals being ordained. One thing I find interesting, and I comment a lot on, is how man is attempting to mold God into his image rather than molding himself into God's image. Times have changed, but God has not. Yes, God is love. Yes, Jesus did say, "Come to Me." Jesus Christ did accept sinners. He hung around sinners. But He also told them, "Go and sin no more." (John 8:11)

Many like to quote John 8:7, "But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." The problem is they fail to read the rest of the story. You need to look at verse 11. "And Jesus said, "I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more."

What is sin? James 4:17 says, "“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."” REPENTANCE causes true salvation, and salvation gives a person the power to live free from sin. Today, America calls evil good and good evil; " ”she puts "“darkness for light, and light for darkness."” (Isaiah 5:20)

One can not come to Jesus, ask for His forgiveness to receive salvation, and continue to willfully sin. HOMOSEXUALITY IS A SIN! In 1 Corinthians 6:9, Paul wrote, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind." The Greek word from which the King James Bible gets the word "“effeminate" is malakos, which literally means something soft to the touch, but is used as a negative metaphor to refer to a boy kept for homosexual relations with a man. The "“abusers of themselves with mankind"” are those men who engage in unnatural sexual relations with other men ,-– homosexuals. That is also how the NASB, the NKJV, and the NIV translate that verse. Also in the New Testament is verse 7 from the book of Jude, defining exactly why Sodom and Gomorrah were punished -– homosexuality.

In the Old Testament homosexuality was clearly a sin, punishable by death. Leviticus 18:22 reads, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." The seriousness of this sin to God is apparent from Leviticus 20:13. "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." I think that makes very clear God's opinion of homosexuality.

God loves all people, but He hates sin. He desires that everyone choose to come to know Him. The Bible is VERY CLEAR about the need for REPENTANCE, and turning away from our sins to receive salvation. Yes, we all make mistakes and we all sin, but there is a difference between making mistakes and willfully practicing sin.

Those who calpreacherslves prachers and teachers, who are telling others it is okay to be gay and practice homosexuality, will have to answer to God one day. The Bible is very clear in warning us against false teachers and preachers.
  • Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
  • Matthew 7: 21-23 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
  • Romans 16: v 17-18 "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple."
  • II Corinthians 11:13-15 "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
  • Galatians
  • Galations 1: 8-10 "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
  • 1 John 4:1 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
  • 2 Timothy 3:1-7 "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
  • 2 Timothy 4:2-5 "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."
  • Ezekiel 33:6 "But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."

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Duxbury Ramblers said...

Did our Lord not tell us that these things would come to pass, just keep looking for the blessed hope. Rejoice for the Word tells us these are the end times - you know the end, you have read it Praise the Lord.

Anonymous said...

Precisely! You couldn't be more correct, as I argue on my own blog.
We have moved into an apostate era of Christianity where we are gathering teachers who will speak to our own desires.

In a way we should rejoice! It means that Christ will be coming soon.

HeartnSoul said...

You have some very truthful and enlightening posts on your blog, and Amen to all of them. I'll be stopping in again soon.