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Friday, October 31, 2008

Thinking Biblically About Homosexuality

This theme has so been upon my mind, that I would like to address it here from several different Biblical angles. Following are eight Biblical truths that I have been mulling around in my mind. These are truths we need to remember as we face the ever-increasing tide for society to not only accept, but also celebrate, homosexuality as a normal and moral sexual appetite and lifestyle.

1. The Christian's struggle is not against flesh and blood (other men and women), but against the powers of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). Homosexuals are not the enemy.

2. The current surge to define homosexuality as a relationship worthy of the sacred union of marriage should be a wake-up call to the church to pray for revival, that God would pour out His mercy and grace in salvation upon the individuals who are enslaved to this lifestyle that is a deviation from God's design (2 Chronicles 7:14).

3. The current trends in our country that are leading to the dissolving of religious freedoms in favor of allowing sexual freedoms are just the natural outcome of a society bent on removing God from their corporate conscience (Romans 1:18-32).

4. Homosexuality is not an unforgivable sin, nor is it a greater sin than any other sin. Jesus died for and actually redeems those caught in this sin, just as He does those whose habit it is to destroy lives through malicious gossip (1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 2:1-10; Colossians 3:5-10).

5. Marriage is designed by God to be a sacred union that expresses through both one man and one woman His image. As such, God therefore designed marriage to be very specific in its conditions. This Divinely defined model of marriage has been recognized by all cultures for all time. Since it is exactly the opposite of homosexual unions, these unions (gay) cannot fulfill and therefore can never come under the universally recognized Divine definition and intent of marriage (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:18-25).

6. Committed marital love on earth, as designed by God, is also to be a picture of the wedding of the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) to the church in eternity (Ephesians 5:22-33; Revelation 19:9). The enemy of our souls seeks to distort this picture and thus do damage to God's good design, which in turn dishonors the church and her union to Christ.

7. We are to work and pray for a society in which we have the freedom to love and obey God. Our work: As Christians, we are called to hold up God's standard of holiness, not only in our personal lives, but also in society by not taking part in the unfruitful works of darkness and by exposing those unfruitful works for what they are (Ephesians 5:11). The privilege and responsibility of voting is one way we can do this. Our praying: We are also to pray for our governing leaders so that we may lead a tranquil life in all godliness and dignity (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

8. Come what may, God is still on His throne. He sovereignly raises up and takes down nations and leaders (Dan. 2:21; Psalm 9:5 & 20; 10:16; 22:28; 33:10; 47:8; 72:11). As Christians we must do our part to hold up His standard in order to protect or bring about religious freedoms. But when the tide turns against those freedoms, we must remember that God is still in control and He is bringing about His purposes. During times of religious persecution, the church is purified and the Christian made more fervent in his love for Christ and more bold in his witness of Him.

That's it for now from me. But please watch this excellent video addressing these concerns (click here for video).
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