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Jun 30

It's A New Day

The highest court in the land has spoken. The Supreme Court by a slim majority of one judge now has passed into law that same sex marriage is a moral right for all Americans.
This decision to exchange of one set of values in favor of another does not come as a surprise to us who already know that the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe (2 Cor. 4:4).

June 26th, 2015 stands as a significant milestone in our nation.
Like or not the redefinition of marriage by the Supreme Court has been brought about through deception and moral compromise from political leaders eager to please homosexual interests which represent only 1% of our nation. Sadly this secular humanistic narcissistic world view has come to characterize America.

That's an indication of the success of the gay agenda. And some Christians, including some national church leaders, have for many years wavered on this issue. But sadly, when people refuse to acknowledge the sinfulness of homosexuality--calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20)--they do so at the expense of many souls.

How should you respond to the success of the gay agenda? Should you accept the recent trend toward tolerance? Or should you side with those who exclude homosexuals with hostility and disdain?

In reality, the Bible calls for a balance between what some people think are two opposing reactions--condemnation and compassion. Really, the two together are essential elements of biblical love, and that's something the homosexual sinner desperately needs.
Homosexual advocates have been remarkably effective in selling their warped interpretations of passages in Scripture that address homosexuality. When you ask a homosexual what the Bible says about homosexuality--and many of them know--they give you an interpretation that is not only warped, but also completely irrational. Pro-homosexual arguments from the Bible are nothing but smokescreens--as you come close, you see right through them.

God's condemnation of homosexuality is abundantly clear--He opposes it.

(Genesis 19:1-28) (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13) (Ezekiel 16:46-50) (Romans 1:18-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Jude 7-8)

Why does God condemn homosexuality? Because it overturns God's fundamental design for human relationships--a design that pictures the complementary relationship between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:22-33).

Why, then, have homosexual interpretations of Scripture been so successful at persuading so many? Simple: people want to be convinced. Since the Bible is so clear about the issue, sinners have had to defy reason and embrace error to quiet their accusing consciences (Romans 2:14-16). As Jesus said, "Men loved the darkness rather than the Light, [because] their deeds were evil" (John 3:19-20).

As a Christian, you must not compromise what the Bible says about homosexuality--ever. No matter how much you desire to be compassionate to the homosexual, your first sympathies belong to the Lord and to the exaltation of His righteousness. Homosexuals stand in defiant rebellion against the will of their Creator who from the beginning "made them male and female" (Matthew 19:4).

The world tries to make us feel ashamed if we disagree with its opinions, but the Bible tells us not to be ashamed of the gospel (see Romans 1:16).

Don't allow yourself to be intimidated by homosexual advocates and their futile reasoning--their arguments are without substance.

Homosexuals, and those who advocate that sin, are fundamentally committed to overturning the lordship of Christ in this world. But their rebellion is useless, for the Holy Spirit says, "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 effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; cf. Galatians 5:19-21).

So, what is God's response to the homosexual agenda?
Certain and final judgment. To claim anything else is to compromise the truth of God and deceive those who are perishing. In the Bible, one of the surest signs that God was passing judgment was when He gave a nation over to what it wanted. Read Romans 1:24-32. God is judging America as we live and breathe right now.

God's justice demands a payment for sin. It was His love that compelled Him to pay it Himself—this is what the cross is about. If God simply acquitted the guilty, He would be unfair, unjust, and unloving. Without punishing sin, God would be unjust in forgiving sin.
As you interact with homosexuals and their sympathizers, you must affirm the Bible's truth. You are not trying to bring damnation on the head of homosexuals, you are trying to bring conviction so that they can turn from that sin and embrace the only hope of salvation for all of us sinners--and that's through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Homosexuals need salvation. They don't need healing--homosexuality is not a disease. They don't need therapy--homosexuality is not a psychological condition. Homosexuals need forgiveness, because homosexuality is a sin.

There is a reason Romans 1:26 calls homosexual desire a "degrading passion." It is a lust that destroys the physical body, ruins relationships, and brings perpetual suffering to the soul--and its ultimate end is death (Romans 7:5).

First Corinthians 6 is very clear about the eternal consequence for those who practice homosexuality--but there's good news. No matter what the sin is, whether homosexuality or anything else, God has provided forgiveness, salvation, and the hope of eternal life to those who repent and embrace the gospel. Right after identifying homosexuals as those who "will not inherit the kingdom of God," Paul said, "Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God" (1 Corinthians 6:11).

God's plan for many homosexuals is that they come to salvation. There were former homosexuals in the Corinthian church back in Paul's day, just as there are many former homosexuals today in faithful churches around the country.

With regenerated hearts, they sit in biblical churches throughout the country praising their Savior, along with former fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, coveters, drunkards, revilers, and swindlers. Remember, such were some of you too.

You see, it’s the people who know they’ve been forgiven the most who are able to forgive.
It’s the ones whose chains have been broken and been set free who love the most and forgive the most.

What should be our response to the homosexual agenda?

Make it a biblical response--confront it with the truth of Scripture that exposes homosexuality and promises eternal damnation for all who practice it. In doing so our tone in proclaiming the good news is important. Be kind.

Love! Yes we are to love. However, if our love has no boundaries, it's dangerous; true love requires a love for truth. "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth" (1 Corinthians 13:6, NIV).

Yes, Jesus loves people, but there must be balance. Without balance, the love of God becomes license to sin. We need to balance the love of God with the holiness and justice of God. Stay faithful to the Lord as you respond to homosexuality by honoring His Word, and leave the results to Him.

Stay Calm. God is still on the throne!!
Pursue Christ with all of your heart. Make it your desire to be conformed to His image. (Romans 8:29)

Walk Worthy, Rick Edwards

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