Fifty years ago, religion was public and sex was private. Today, it has flipped: religion is private and sex is public. The sodomites used to be in the closet. Now they’ve come out and Christians have gone into the closets to hide.
Archive for May, 2006
These are the two most important things a person can know:
- That he is saved
- For how long he is saved
A person may know he is saved but not know for how long. It will be a blessing to him when he finds that out.
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. John 20:19-25
We are often quick to criticize Thomas calling him “Doubting Thomas” because he said he would not believe until he saw the resurrected Lord with his own two eyes. However, we often overlook something in this passage. Notice in verse 19 it says the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews. Those in the room were there because they were afraid of the Jews. Why wasn’t Thomas there? Was he not afraid? Was he out doing what he should have been doing: preaching the gospel?
If your faith won’t take you to church, you don’t expect it will take you to Heaven, do you?
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Luke 4:18 through Luke 4:19
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3
Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lordâ€™s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. Matthew 21:42-44
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Timothy 2:25-26
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:3 through 2 Corinthians 4:4
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Luke 10:30
Maybe there is some hope: Kentucky grads unite in prayer at graduation ceremony.
If you try to witness to people with the happiness gospel – that is, you tell them if they want a wonderful life, then they need to come to Jesus – what do you tell a rich, young, healthy man who is married to a beautiful wife and they have healthy, well-behaved children? To him, his life is already wonderful. What do you tell him? Do you tell him that one day he will be old and then he will need Jesus? Do you tell him that one day his wife may divorce him and take all his money and his children and then he will need Jesus? Do you tell him that one day he may be stricken with a terrible disease and then he will need Jesus?
None of those things make sense and none will impress upon the man the urgency of salvation – that today is the day of salvation – not some day in the future when his life isn’t so good. The one thing that will make him aware of the urgency is if he sees that he has violated God’s law – the Ten Commandments – and he is guilty before God awaiting an everlasting punishment in the lake of fire. Take him through the Ten Commandments and show him that he has broken God’s law. Then once he trembles at the thought of his condemnation, he will gladly receive the good news that the fine has been paid for him.
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Leviticus 18:22
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. Romans 1:26-27
God clearly tells us the “homosexual lifestyle” is wrong. The sodomite crowd tells us they were born that way. Are they born that way or is it a choice to live that way?
If they are born that way, why are there many former homosexuals? Here are the possibilites:
- They were not born that way and chose to live the homosexual lifestyle for a short while.
- They were born that way and chose not to live that way.
If 1 is true, then the lifestyle can be chosen – it is a choice. If 2 is true, then they can choose to overcome their “hard-coded” desires – it is a choice once again.
If they are born that way, don’t they get their genetic information from their parents? If there is a gay gene, then obviously since they cannot reproduce without choosing to go against their nature, the gay gene cannot possibly be passed on to the next generation. If they do choose to go against their nature to reproduce, then we must conclude once again that the homosexual lifestyle is a choice.
If we give protected status to homosexuals and homosexuals are born that way, how do we tell the difference between “real” homosexuals and those who are just choosing to live that way at the moment? If we cannot tell, then we open the door for abuse – people will claim to be homosexual to gain benefits.
If homosexuals are born that way, we need a test so we can distinguish between the authentic and the pretenders. I think this test is a good first step in identifying them.
One last thought: I have met former homosexuals, but I have never met a former black. This issue is not the same as the civil rights issues from the 20th century.
God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?