February 27, 2015

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“Yes, Homosexuality is still a Sin” (let’s chat about the chart below)

Homosexuality - Is it still Sinful

Homosexuality sin bible verses

1 Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”

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I am looking forward to having this discussion with you.  And the reason is, You and I share the same problem.

And that problem is this.  Homosexual sin is still sin, and heterosexual sin is still sin.  Sin is still sin.  Breaking a 10 commandment is still sin.  Not loving God with all of our heart is still a sin.  Disobeying God is still a sin.  Hating someone else is still a sin.  Having sex outside of marriage is still a sin.  Lusting sexually after someone other than our spouse is still a sin.  Having gay sex is, yes, still a sin. If you are a guy, and you have sex with another guy, it is still sin. If you are a gal, and you have sex with another gal, it is still sin.  Sin is sin, always has been and always will be.  And, sin is not good for us.  Sin, any sin, goes against what we were created for and goes against the One Who Created us.
Homosexuality sin bible verses

Sin is anything that opposes or offends the holy nature of God!

Homosexuality sin bible verses
Sin is anything within our nature (spirit, soul, and body) that destroys us and leads to our demise.

One of the reasons God gave us the Bible was to clearly define sin for us, because, according to God, sin results in death.  That being said, let’s take a look at the chart above created by an unknown author.

The chart challenges the Bible in 5 ways:

  1. Jesus’ words
  2. The Old Testament
  3. The New Testament
  4. The Creation Story in Genesis
  5. Human History recorded in the Old Testament

Is Homosexuality still sinful?
Homosexuality sin bible verses

Because Jesus said so:

Homosexuality sin bible verses
Jesus actually did utter words about homosexual sin, just as he did heterosexual sin.  In Luke 17:28-30 Jesus said “Likewise AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF LOT: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.  Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

Clearly, Jesus knew exactly what THE DAYS OF LOT looked like (same-sex relationships, gay sex).  Genesis 18:20-21 “And the LORD said, ‘Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.'”

Jesus also made another, perhaps surprising, reference to Sodom and Gomorrah in Luke 10:1-16.
Homosexuality sin bible verses

Because the Old Testament said so:

Homosexuality sin bible verses
Have you thought about the fact that homosexuality existed before the Old Testament was written?  Homosexuality was practiced long before the Old Testament was written (Sodom and Gomorrah, as an example).  If God was a-okay with the practice of homosexuality, if God did not view homosexuality as sin, He wouldn’t have written it into the Old Testament as being a sin.  Does that make sense?  God wrote in the Old Testament that homosexuality was sin so people would stop doing it, and if they didn’t, they would be without excuse.

Now, we’re not just picking on homosexuality here!

Everyone us on the planet struggle still to keep the OT 10 commandments straight, let alone shellfish and different fabrics.  It is true that in Leviticus chapter 11, God gave the Jewish people some limited dietary restrictions; God did forbid them from eating certain meats and insects.  But, who wants to eat a camel anyway? or a cockroach? (if you really want to know, God actually removed these dietary restrictions once the Jewish people reached their promise land 40+ years later – read Deuteronomy 12:8-32, Acts chapter 10).  In the bigger picture in the book of Leviticus, God gave the Jewish people very clear and specific instructions on how to eat, treat infectious diseases, socialize, keep a stable and sustainable society, raise a family, care for others, and most importantly, be holy and forgiven before Him, and know and love Him personally.

It is true also that in Leviticus chapter 18, God gave very clear and specific instructions on sex.  You should read it for yourself.  Don’t have sex with others.  Don’t ‘sleep around’.  Don’t have sex with family.  Don’t have sex with your neighbor.  Don’t have sex with anyone other than your wife, Guys.  Don’t have sex with anyone other than your husband, Gals.  Don’t have same-sex sex: Leviticus 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman.  It is an abomination.”  Don’t have sex with animals, either.  All of this sexual sin, “It is wickedness”.  Leviticus 18:24-25,30 Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you.  For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants.  Therefore you shall keep My ordinance, so that you do not commit any of these abominable customs which were committed before you, and that you do not defile yourselves by them: I am the LORD your God.”
Homosexuality sin bible verses

Because the New Testament said so:

Homosexuality sin bible verses
The New Testament, originally written in Greek, and then 2500+ other languages, talks about sex and purity many, many, many, many times (including Jesus words).  Once again, it talks about both homosexual sin and heterosexual sin.

Reality check.  Gotta have a reality check.  I have never met a homosexual guy (or human for that matter) that has only had sex or lusted only after their one ‘committed’ ‘relationship’ ‘partner’, etc.  Have you?  Let’s be very honest.  None of us have never committed a sexual sin.  All of us have committed sexual sin, especially when you consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.’  But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”  Are you kidding me?  You think the Old Testament is tough, try keeping that one.

The simple point to consider here is that God is holy, and we are far from it.  We are sinners who need a savior who can save us from our sin.  We all need a redeemer who can rescue us from sinful little selves.

Let me give you one of many New Testament passages on homosexual and heterosexual sexual sin (sexual immorality).  This one is good for today’s discussion since it was written by God through Paul.  1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.  For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.  For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.  Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.”
Homosexuality sin bible verses

Because God made Adam and Eve:

Homosexuality sin bible verses
Yes.  God did make Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.  Genesis 1:27-28a “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  If you’d like to read Bible verses from the Old Testament to New Testament, Genesis to Revelation on Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, see ‘Sex is life, not a lifestyle!

God made us spirit, body, and soul to be a perfect complement and equal value to each other – male and female, man and woman, husband and wife.  God made unique spiritual qualities and attributes specific to males, and equally unique spiritual qualities and attributes specific to females.  God made unique soul (personality and emotions) qualities and attributes specific to males, and equally unique soul qualities and attributes specific to females.  God made unique bodily (physical and chemical) qualities and attributes specific to males, and equally unique bodily qualities and attributes specific to females.

If it gets too confusing for you, just look down.  Trust me, God is fully aware of how He made you, and He made you for a unique and specific purpose and value.  First and foremost, God made you for Himself, not you for you.  God made you either an Adam, or an Eve.  And, He wasn’t confused when He made you, and He’ll help you get unconfused with yourself, if you’ll let your Loving Creator recreate you.

God didn’t make Adams to abuse and/or misuse Eves.  God didn’t make Eves to abuse and/or misuse Adams.  And, God didn’t make Adams to abuse and/or misuse other Adams.  And, God didn’t make Eves to abuse and/or misuse other Eves.
Homosexuality sin bible verses

Because the Bible clearly defines marriage as one-man-one-woman:

Homosexuality sin bible verses
It is true that in the Bible GOD CLEARLY AND ONLY DEFINES MARRIAGE as one-man-one-woman.  The Bible was written across 1500+ years, and whether you read God’s instructions to us in the Old Testament or New Testament, or every single book in the Bible marriage and sex is only defined for marriage between one-man-one-woman.

It is also true that in the Bible God recorded many, many one-man-multiple-woman marriages.  And, none of them, none of them resulted in God’s desired outcome for marriage and family.  None of them created a stable and sustainable home that God created us to have within the definition of marriage and family.  God openly showed in the Bible that every one of these marriages resulted in a family mess.  Much like the mess we have made of ‘family’ in our ‘modern’ culture today.  And, much like the mess other cultures before us made of ‘family’ in their ‘modern’ culture of their time.

You see, the Bible is God’s recording of His story (history) and the Human story.  His story – how He created it to be.  And, unfortunately, our story – how we de-create it and call it progress.  I hope you will think through human history again.  We are not in a new NEW; we are not doing things that have never been done before relationally and sexually.

This is all the same sin and sinfulness being repeated by us again.

History repeats itself.
Homosexuality sin bible verses

This is why Jesus came to save us.

Homosexuality sin bible verses
Don’t miss these critical words from Jesus during His life (God’s life) on earth, Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”  Matthew 9:13 “But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE MERCY AND NOT SACRIFICE.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”  Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

You tell me, is your sin, is your mess really all that fun, is really light, are you really feeling free, is your soul really at ease?  You tell me?  Are you fancy free or heavy laden?  Light as a feather, or is your burden as heavy as a boulder?

Jesus came for you.  And, Jesus came for me so we could come to Him.

Back to the verse we started with, 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”

Truth is, all sin disgusts God.  God takes no pleasure in our sin.

Whether it’s homosexual sin or heterosexual sin.
Homosexuality sin bible verses

It (sin) separates us from God!

Homosexuality sin bible verses
Please, please, please, please know The great news is, the wonderful news, the real progress, the unNEW message is that beyond His disgust for our sin, God loves us.  GOD LOVES US, and God came to save us from our homosexual sin and heterosexual sin.

Forget the nonsense of the chart above, forget and leave behind the nonsense and burden of your life now.

This decision is bigger than ‘shellfish’ and ‘Steve’ and ‘society’.

Come to Jesus.

Whether you are a homosexual sinner or heterosexual sinner,

Won’t you join me in letting Jesus shepherd you to a new life, an abundant life?

John 10:9-11,14-18 “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.  As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.  And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.  Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.  No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.  I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.  This command I have received from My Father.”

Won’t you receive God’s commandment for you to be saved?

Don’t let the thief destroy you.

Don’t let sin define who you are!

Let God and your obedience to His love define who you are!

He, and only He, has the power to help you begin to really live the life He created you to live.

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Homosexuality sin bible verses

“Your LABOR of LOVE!” (God at work: how God works in our world)

God at Work

Have you seen God at work lately?
How God works bible verses

Key Bible Verse – 1 Thessalonians 1:3 “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father.”

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How does God work in our world?

How does He spread His love … to each and every one of us?
How God works bible verses

THROUGH YOU and through me!

How God works bible verses
One of the most powerful and personal ways God ‘works in the world’ and ‘spreads His love’ is through us.
How God works bible verses

God is at work through us!

How God works bible verses

  • Through our work of faith
  • Through our labor of love
  • Through our patience of hope

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Our faith, love, and hope activated each and every day has Godly impact on each and every person we touch.

Do not underestimate the importance and value of your interaction and involvement with the individual people you cross paths with on a daily basis. Do not underestimate the significance of your significance! Have you seen God at work lately?
How God works bible verses

How does God work in the world?

How God works bible verses

  • God loves the world one person at a time.
  • God saves the world one person at a time.
  • God is at work in the world one person at a time.

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It is through our individual, daily acts of faith, love, and patient hope that God loves, hugs, saves, and serves the world. Please know that your actions are not missed, overlooked, forgotten, or insignificant.  1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”  Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

God sees your work, labor, and patience.

God sees your efforts.
How God works bible verses

It’s how God works!

How God works bible verses
You (and I) are how God works in the world. You (and I) are how God loves the world. Everyday, God wakes you up (and 700 million+ others) who are willing to follow Him to go love the world, to go work in the world each and every day!

Won’t you join the cause?
How God works bible verses

Cause the impact!

How God works bible verses
One person at a time.

One faithful, loving, hopeful act at a time.

It’s how God works in the world.
How God works bible verses

It’s God at work … THROUGH YOU!

How God works bible verses
Now, go put your faith and hope to work and go love the world like God does.

God is at work.
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To be continued: "Join the Cause!"

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How God works bible verses