Posted by Gary on July 23, 2011
Deuteronomy 32:16 “They made Him jealous with strange gods; with abominations they provoked Him to anger.”
Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
We learn today that President Obama has certified the end of America’s ban on homosexuals serving in the military. Beyond the issue of political parties it must be stated plainly that President Obama is a son of disobedience (Ephesians 5:6). In virtually every way, his beliefs and policies are in opposition to the God of Heaven.
I am afraid that Americans do not understand the nature of God or His dealings. There are degrees of sin and while it is said in Scripture that God is slow to become angry (Exodus 34:6), the Bible also warns us that it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31). The verses at the head of this post reveal two things…First, God is provoked by abominations and second, men having sex with men is an abomination. Make the connection, as our nation increasingly gives its blessing to sodomy, it is increasingly provoking God to anger.
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Posted by Gary on November 13, 2009
With all our attention on the Swine Flu and the simple truth that one in four people will have cancer in their lifetime you would hope that we would all be doing some thinking.
The sad truth is that the fall of Adam has left us with hearts that by nature do not want to hear from God, to hear His word of warning of the judgment to come and even more sadly, unwilling to hear about His terms of peace through the sacrificial death and resurrection of His Son, the Lord Jesus.
We can refuse to go to church, turn off the television or radio as one of God’s messengers preaches or avoid the Christian in our work place or neighborhood but there is one messenger that God has that cannot be denied or ignored, sickness.
God will have His hearing and while every illness is not the direct result of sin, every illness preaches a sermon…sooner or later you and I are going to die and stand before the judgment seat of the holy God who made us. Are we ready to meet Him? Are we forgiven or still in our sins?
J.C. Ryle in his sermon, Christ in the Sick Room holds before us nine lessons that sickness teaches us. Won’t you do your soul some good today and read them and think? Maybe you’ll be moved to get serious about things and read the whole sermon. Wouldn’t it be something if we turned off the television, hung up the phone and put down the worthless books that we seem to have time for that do no good for our souls to read something that bears a message for our good? If you are not sick now, you will be soon and some day not so long from now with an illness that two aspirin and a call to the doctor will not remove. Take some moments now for Bishop Ryle:
I do not say that sickness always does good. Alas! We ministers know to our sorrow that it frequently does no good at all. Too often we see men and women, after recovering from a long and dangerous illness, more hardened and irreligious than they were before. Too often they return to the world, if not to sin, with more eagerness and zest than ever; and the impressions made on their conscience in the hour of sickness are swept away like children’s writing on the sand of the sea-shore when the tide flows.
But I do say that sickness ought to do us good. And I do say that God sends it in order to do us good. It is a friendly letter from heaven. It is a knock at the door of conscience. It is the voice of the Savior asking to be let in. Happy is he who opens the letter and reads it, who hears the knock and opens the door, who welcomes Christ to the sick room. Come now, and let me plead with you a little about this, and show you a few of the lessons which He by sickness would teach us.
1. Sickness is meant to make us think—to remind us that we have a soul as well as a body—an immortal soul—a soul that will live forever in happiness or in misery—and that if this soul is not saved we had better never have been born.
2. Sickness is meant to teach us that there is a world beyond the grave—and that the world we now live in is only a training-place for another dwelling, where there will be no decay, no sorrow, no tears, no misery, and no sin.
3. Sickness is meant to make us look at our past lives honestly, fairly, and conscientiously. Am I ready for my great change if I should not get better? Do I repent truly of my sins? Are my sins forgiven and washed away in Christ’s blood? Am I prepared to meet God?
4. Sickness is meant to make us see the emptiness of the world and its utter inability to satisfy the highest and deepest needs of the soul.
5. Sickness is meant to send us to our Bibles. That blessed Book, in the days of health, is too often left on the shelf, becomes the safest place in which to put a bank-note, and is never opened from January to December. But sickness often brings it down from the shelf and throws new light on its pages.
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Posted by Gary on November 10, 2008
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
The Bible speaks of sexual immorality and in terms that make it clear that it is displeasing to God. So displeasing that as the verse above declares, the sexually immoral will not inherit the kingdom of God. I am wondering today if such a thing as sexual immorality even exists to our minds? Are we willing to call anything immoral in regard to sexuality? There was a time when being unfaithful to one’s spouse was grounds for divorce in court and called immoral, not anymore. Do we believe that having sex before marriage or outside the commitment of marriage (fornication) is immoral? Isn’t it obvious that we do not?
Do we believe that men having sex with men or women with women is immoral? Far from it. Even though the Word of God condemns homosexuality and even our bodies testify to the immorality of these acts (disease, death and extinction) we still insist that the only immorality attached to homosexuality is calling it immoral.
I guess we are only left with bestiality and sex with children and in case you are not aware, having sex with children is a movement that is not without its advocates. What should be obvious is that once we depart from God’s Word which offers sex with blessing only to a man and a woman who have entered into the covenant of marriage, everything becomes allowable and we lose the very existence of immorality. After rejecting God’s Word on what basis do we call anything immoral? It is a marvel to me that we see the effects of smoking and are willing to call it wrong and seek to see it ended yet when we see disease and death result from sexual immorality we seek to find ways to continue in the behavior “safely”, yes, we urge people to have “safe sex”. Why isn’t it safe naturally?
Sexual immorality is one of the chief indicators that a person and a nation do not know God or have departed from Him. National immorality is also a precursor to God’s judgment on a nation. There is no holding steady when it comes to sexual immorality. Sex outside of God’s blessing is always the fulfillment of lust and lust is never satisfied. What once fulfilled lust loses its ability to satisfy and greater and deeper levels of immorality are needed to satisfy lust’s demands. Further and further down a person and nations go, destroying families, bodies and eventually souls for the sexually immoral will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Romans 1:21-28 “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper…”