"The nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes." ~ Ezekiel 36:23

Thursday, September 15, 2011

taking sexual sin lightly is a trap

Pastor Rocks Church With Sexual Sins Sermon

I've never heard it put like this, and he draws a great comparison.

"Noble said he has been studying homosexuality for a year and emphasized that it is never endorsed in the Scriptures. "Anytime it's mentioned ... it's always condemned." He also pointed out that he doesn't disagree with homosexuals who say they were born this way.  "I believe it," he said. "Because the Bible says that we were all born sinners." Heterosexuals were born into heterosexual sin, the pastor added.

"I was born with a desire to have sex with every pretty girl that would let me have sex with her and so was every man," he said. "Just because you were born that way doesn't make it right for you to act on the way you were born."
The temptations we are born into, the sinful acts are a choice, and it doesn't matter which side of the fence you're leaning on.  Homosexual sin and Heterosexual sin fall into the exact same bucket, according to the God who loves us.

"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it."  ~ 1 Cornthians 10:13

It always has been and always will be about choice.  Our "pro-choice" God makes it clears to us.

"Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.   "If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."   Joshua 24:14-15

It is time for the "Christian" community to stop throwing rocks at the homosexual community.  Should we tolerate and make allowances for them?  No.  Should we stop speaking the Truth of God, in love?  No.  Should we stand our ground against the wave of "tolerant" legislation penned to make intolerance of sin a "hate crime"?  Absolutely.  If the homosexual community chooses to wage a battle of for "gay rights" in the public arena then we must also stand for our rights in this same arena, but only in the same manner that we would in the battle against the legalization of all sin, be it abortion or the promotion of sexual freedom to our children in the school system; in truth and in love. Not one of us shall carry the "first stone" of aggression but we all must stand in defense of righteousness.

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.   Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.   For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.   Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,  and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;  in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.   And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."  ~ Ephesians 6:10-17

I take exception with a point Pastor Noble makes, "For those who take sexual sins lightly, he made it clear to them: "You're not saved.".

Its not up to one man to make a declaration to another of the state of one's salvation.  That's up to God.  God gives us a way to become righteous in His eyes; through Jesus and Jesus alone.  The style of sin we choose to struggle with is between us and Him alone.

When I stand in church on Sunday morning and seek to worship God in corporate fellowship my mind should be on him and on my own sinful state, not on the state of the man, woman or child standing next to me.  We all seek Him for restoration and we will all need to continue to seek restoration on a daily basis until the day of our home going.

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