The theme of sodomy/homosexuality is a hot button topic today, frequently coming up in conversation. President Obama is doing everything he can, in order to promote the acceptance of this sinful lifestyle throughout our country. Rainbow colors have been splashed on the White House, as the Supreme Court advocated “gay marriage” through a 5-4 vote. The Bible is replete with scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments, that label sodomy as not only a sin but an abomination. All three monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) unequivocally condemn this sin. The Christian church needs to show love for people engrossed in this lifestyle, but there is a dire need for those who engage in this practice to repent. There is no free pass – this is not a “special” sin we overlook. The challenge the church has, in my opinion, is dealing with those who engage in this lifestyle, and erroneously interpret God’s demand for repentance as hatred. The church needs to be consistent in revealing the sinners’ need for contrition in order to be saved. Helping people to see their sin is love. If there is no repentance on the sinners’ part, we continue to show them unconditional love, yet they will not be allowed to join with the body of Christ.
Now here is where it gets dicey. If we were to converse in church about the aforementioned paragraph, we would all be on the same page. But if I am presiding over conversation and I mention the sin of fornication, then things get quiet. All of the sudden, the aura of self righteous condemnation dissipates. I observe changes in body language, inflection of tone in speech, and even stone cold silence. Fornication, of course, is the generic sweeping term that includes any kind of sexual union outside of holy matrimony. Any relationship outside of marriage is absolutely forbidden. As the old joke goes: “Preacher, you have left preaching and gone to meddling.” No, the message is now focused on your sin or your struggle. This is the premier sin that I have run into in the church for well over three decades. Our culture is so base today, that in many a church, fornication flies under the radar. I have seen many who are living this lifestyle, come to church consistently, and never come under conviction! The Bible tells us that an unrepentant fornicator will not go to heaven. We are glad when all people come to church, but the desired effect of anyone’s attendance is for their repentance, without which one cannot be saved! If blatant sexual sinners are consistently attending church without a change in their hearts, it is evident that the entire counsel of God is not being preached or adhered to. If they keep living in sin without a change of heart, they become “leaven” in the church, and they convince visitors and enquirers, that this must be all right, because absolutely no one confronts the issue! This also gives the enemies of God a chance to blaspheme, since they look inside the church and conclude that if their lifestyle is no different from mine, why should I be a part of the church? Good question.
The church in America will continue to decline dramatically until if/when we once again become the church the way the Lord meant for it to be – described graphically in the book of Acts.
Ephesians 5:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
If you take issue with this article, your problem is not with the blog author. It is with the Author of the first book run off the Gutenberg printing press – the Bible. i.e. Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, I Kings 14:24, I Kings 15:12, Judges 19:22-30, Genesis 18:20, Genesis 19:4-14, Genesis 13:13, I Timothy 1:10, I Corinthians 6:9, Romans 1:26-27, Hebrews 12:16, Hebrews 13:4, Jude 6-7, II Corinthians 12:21, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5, Revelation 21:8, Luke 13:3, Luke 13:5, Matthew 4:17, etc., etc., etc., etc.
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