Civil Disobedience; Biblical Examples

When we started our series entitled “Stand or Cower” the intent was to identify those issues that today’s society so readily embraces as acceptable and even normal. We have seen that these include abortion, homosexuality and ungodly civil authority. It is very obvious and easy to understand what God’s view is with regards to the first two but civil disobedience is not quite that simple. We saw that God’s view of civil authority requires us as Christians to obey those in authority over us because he has put them in that position. However, we have also seen that scripture tells us that there are exceptions and that is when those in authority are attempting to require us do something that God commands and instructs us not to do. Last week we looked at the three basic views that we may have concerning this issue with the Biblical view being the one we are to follow. That view basically is that we obey unless it is contradictory to God’s laws.

With today’s post we will take a look at some biblical examples that will give us an insight as to when civil disobedience is acceptable in God’s eyes. As we do so it should serve as a reminder that the day is coming if the Lord tarries that we may very well have to make a decision if we will stand or cower in the face of very similar circumstances.

The first example involves the Hebrew midwives that Pharoah commanded to kill all of the male Jewish babies but did not do so. In Exodus 1 we are told that they feared God, disobeyed the command of Pharoah, and the lied to him as to why they did not kill them. The Bible also said that God was good to them and the people multiplied. We also know that shortly after that was when Moses was born and was hidden in a basket in the Nile river. And we know how God used Moses to lead His people out of Egyptian.

In Joshua chapter 2 we see where Rahab disobeyed the command of the King of Jericho to produce the Israelite spies. We see that she was rescued from the destruction of Jericho because of her previous actions. In 1 Samuel we see where King Saul’s own son Jonathan ate honey for refreshment not knowing that Saul had ordered that no one could eat until he had won the battle. When Saul ordered that Jonathan be put to death the people rose up against the king and Jonathan was spared.

The Bible says that Obadiah “feared the Lord greatly” and hid 100 of God’s prophets while Jezebel was attempting to have them all killed. This was certainly in defiance of the queen’s authority. And the book of Daniel records several acts of civil disobedience. The two most prominent are when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down to the golden idol and subsequently were thrown into the fiery furnace and when Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den because he prayed to someone other than the king. In both cases God spared them and in fact Jesus was present with them during their time of trial.

In the New Testament, the book of Acts records the civil disobedience of Peter and John towards the authorities that were in power at the time. After Peter healed a man born lame, Peter and John were arrested for preaching about Jesus and put in jail. The religious authorities were determined to stop them from teaching about Jesus; however, Peter said, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19–20). Later, the rulers confronted the apostles again and reminded them of their command to not teach about Jesus, but Peter responded, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). 

There are certainly other instances that can be found in God’s Word that are considered to be defiance to civil authority. And every one of them is because the rules or the actions of the authority are in direct opposition to God’s commandments and expectations. In each instance it required courage on the individual’s part and God’s presence in their lives. In each of the examples we have seen the individual chose to stand and not cower. May God give us the courage to stand!

As we draw this to a close let’s review the possible conclusions we can come to with regards to the this subject. Below are just a few:

• Christians should resist a government that commands or compels evil and should work nonviolently within the laws of the land to change a government that permits evil.
• Civil disobedience is permitted when the government’s laws or commands are in direct violation of God’s laws and commands.
• If a Christian disobeys an evil government, unless he can flee from the government, he should accept that government’s punishment for his actions.
• Christians are certainly permitted to work to install new government leaders within the laws that have been established.

We should also be reminded that we are to pray for our leaders and for God himself to intervene in His time to change the ungodly path they are pursuing. May we then have the urgency to pray for them and the patience to wait upon the Lord.

Civil Disobedience; Three Views

Although there could be others there are at least three major views regarding the subject of civil disobedience. These are the anarchist view, the extremist patriot view, and then the scriptural view. Let’s take a look at each one of these, one at a time.

The anarchist view takes the position that a person can disobey the rules of government whenever they wish and certainly anytime they feel personally justified with their choice to do so. However, as we saw last week, in Paul’s writings in Romans chapter 13 he consistently reminds them and us that God expects us to be in submission to those in authority over us. And that includes the government and it’s representatives because they have been placed in those positions by God himself. So, it is therefore obvious that this view has no biblical support and is certainly not God’s view at all.

The extremist patriot viewtotally opposite position as the previous view, says that a person should always obey the laws of government, without consideration of what the law is, be it right or wrong in God’s eyes. This argument has been used many times by those who commit atrocities by orders from someone else and then takes no personal responsibility or accountability for their actions if they are morally wrong. Again, this view has no biblical support because we realize that there are laws higher than mans laws.

So that leads us to the third view which is the scriptural view. This view expects us to be in submission to the civil authorities but allows us to act in civil disobedience to the government if their commands are evil in nature, such that they would require us to act in a manner contrary to the clear teachings and requirements of God’s Word. In other words, there truly are laws higher than mans laws and God’s ways are higher than our ways.

I’m sure there are other views concerning this subject and many opinions to be offered by people holding on to various beliefs. But as we have said before, it really doesn’t matter what any of us think or believe it only matters what God has to say about the subject. And the way we find out what He has to say is through the reading and study of His infallible Word.

Next week we will share numerous biblical examples of civil disobedience and we will see how God responds to the actions of the characters in the examples. We will attempt to summarize what we have learned and hopefully all come to the same conclusion on this elusive subject. 

 

Civil Authority; God’s View

In our last post a couple of weeks ago I informed our readers that we would begin a new topic of discussion which I entitled “Civil Authority and The Christian.” This will be the third issue we will have considered since we began the series “Stand or Cower.” It may not seem to carry the same weight as the homosexuality or the abortion issue but you can rest assured it is just as much a threat to our way of life because the time is coming that, like the other issues, we will have to take a stand if we intend to defend our faith. So tonight let’s start from the point where we should begin and that is what God thinks and says about the subject.

The most familiar passage of scripture with regards to the subject can be found in Paul’s letter to the Romans in chapter 13. We must remember that the words were penned by Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and therefore they must be considered as God’s very words. I have included these words below which were provided from my New American Standard Bible translation, verses 1-7:

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor”

Paul actually wrote this letter during the reign of the notorious Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Nero), the Roman Emporer from AD 54 to 68. He was known as an ungodly man, engaged in a homosexual marriage and many other illicit acts. He also was considered the who, by arson, started the great Roman fire in AD 64, which destroyed a huge portion of the city. The great Roman senator and historian wrote the following words: “To get rid of the report [that he had started the fire], Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace”. If Paul had not been writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he may well have encouraged his readers to rise up against the oppressive ruler but his writing was the exact opposite.

Peter, in one of his letters, writes almost the identical words. Again, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he pens these words in 1st Peter 2:13-17:

“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king”

We have seen in Paul’s and Peter’s teachings what is described as God’s view concerning how we are to respond to civil authority. However, a major question arises from all of this that we must address. It is one concerning civil disobedience. Does the verses we have included here mean that we, as Christians, are always to submit to whatever the government commands, no matter what is asked of us? What a dilemma we have if that is so!

We will attempt to resolve this dilemma over the next couple of weeks in the posts to follow. Next week we will consider at least three views on the subject of civil disobedience and come to a conclusion as to which view we should embrace based on God’s Word as a whole.

 

 

 

Civil Authority and The Christian

We ended the month of June with a post that I had entitled “Stand or Cower” with the intent of determining how we as Christians should respond to the many evils of day. It was further noted in the post that immediately followed in early July, the issues that we would later discuss would show us that evil is the real enemy, not the folks that may be adverse to our perspective and opinion. However, we have certainly attempted to prove what God has to say about the issues and I think we have been somewhat successful in doing so. Our discussion on homosexuality in the series “The LGBT Deception” we saw that God considers that lifestyle as sin and even more than that, an abomination. The series “Abortion, America’s Genocide” that we just completed answered the two main questions that surround that issue. It was first determined that human life begins at conception and secondly that abortion is murder. As a reminder to us all, it is always God’s perspective that ultimately matters and His perspective is well documented in His Word.

The next topic we will cover is that of civil authority and how we as Christians should act towards such authority. I’m sure there will be a number of questions that will arise but I believe that we will find the answers we need in God’s Word. I want to make sure that we understand the intent of our civil liberties and how those liberties interact with civil authority. And we want to also understand when it may be necessary to engage in civil disobedience, but do so in the proper way. There are a number of scriptures that we will take a look at and what they mean in context. We will also see some examples of Bible characters that defied civil authority and why and then what the results were. This should be an interesting study and maybe we will become more confident in how to respond when we have to make a choice between government and/or our Creator God. So next week we will jump in with both feet.

Romans 13 contains a few verses that most of us have heard and read so that is where we will probably begin and then see where we go from there. You might want to read ahead and see what God has to say about the subject.

I look forward to what God is going to reveal to us as we consider this issue in the new series. 

 

   

Abortion; Is It Murder?

Last week we posed the first of two questions surrounding the abortion issue that we attempted to answer from both a biological and biblical perspective. The question as to when human life begins was unequivocally answered as the moment of conception in the mother’s womb. With that settled we can move on to the second question and in fact the ultimate question surrounding the whole issue. So here it is; “Is abortion murder?” And this evening we will attempt to answer the question based on what the Bible affirms as God’s perspective of this atrocity. As we stated in last week’s post the only thing that matters is what God says. What anyone else thinks, says, or does is of no value.

Let’s begin by taking a look at what society accepts as the definition of murder. The one of the most recognized dictionaries defines murder as “The unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought.” And most legal definitions of the word are very similar with some variations that result in the categories of first degree and second degree murder. This certainly creates additional confusion in the basic definition. However, we must realize that based on a legal definition of murder, legal abortion does not fit the requirements. Therefore, that is to say that under the law of man instituted by civil government, abortion is not unlawful and would not be defined as murder.

With that said, we need to realize it has not always been that way. But we also know that legal definitions can change as laws are enacted. And, as a matter of fact, that is exactly what happened in the case of abortion. We all are familiar with the famous Supreme Court Decision (Roe vs. Wade) in 1973 that made abortion legal. However, before that time abortion was legally considered a crime in many if not most states. Even under common law rules abortion was illegal. Because of all of this a strict legal definition can no longer be universal, timeless or absolute. Therefore legal definitions can then change the undeniable and accepted principles of “morality.”

We see from the previous paragraph that man can change whatever he desires to change in order to satisfy his selfish desires. So let’s consider what is really behind the abortion mill. Statistics prove that a very small percentage of abortions are performed because of rape, incest, or danger to the mother’s health. As a matter of fact it is less than .2% in the state of Florida which likely represents the national average. So the question becomes “Why are there so many abortions (1 every 30 seconds)?” I believe there is one major reason. Convenience. Any way you slice it or spin it the simple explanation is just that. Convenience. That’s why the argument has become it’s about the woman’s right to choose what she does with her body. The discussion contains no moral sustenance to it at all. It’s not about when life begins, it’s not about the question of murder. It’s only about the woman’s right to choose.

Let’s now consider the possibility that there may be a far greater and more accurate definition of murder. It is not only a possibility it is a fact. There is a definition that transcends the law of man and is determined by the law of nature, nature’s true God, and God’s Word. Men of every civilization has understood there was a universal law that all reasonable people intuitively understood. The Bible says it is written on the hearts of men. There is no doubt that there are irrefutable, universal, and absolute evils and murder is one of them. The fact is that since this moral law exists then there must be a law giver. It stands to reason that it can only be Almighty God Himself.

Before any laws were ever written down by humans God had already defined murder. By taking a close look as what the scripture calls murder it becomes obvious that it is the willful killing of an innocent human being. In John 8 Jesus described Satan as a “murderer from the beginning.” In Exodus 20 God instructed Moses to write this law down when He commanded, “You shall not murder.” So from God’s perspective murder has existed from the beginning and is a universal wrong that applies to all people. This is reinforced in the book of Romans where in the second chapter Paul explains that each person has a moral compass embedded in our minds and we know it as our conscience.

So let’s get down to the brass tacks. We have already determined that human life begins at conception and therefore a fetus is a human being. Now we can answer the main question. Is abortion murder? And the answer is an emphatic yes! Abortion is the willful and unjustified killing of an unborn child. It doesn’t matter if abortion is legal by human laws it is a violation of the universal law of God. And His law supersedes man’s law. So, abortion is morally wrong and a sin according to Almighty God.

As we come to the end of our discussion about abortion there are some other facts we need to consider. If abortion is murder as we have shown, there must be a murderer to be charged. Is it the woman who elects to have the abortion? Is it the person performing the physical act of killing the baby? Is it the one who assists the abortionist? Could it even be the ones who made it legal? Or the ones who defend it? The answer is yes. Yes to all who have had a part in this atrocity. And one day they will stand before God and give an account of every life they took and hear Him say “Depart from Me you workers of iniquity, for I never knew you.” However, if they repent and put their trust in the only One who can save them from God’s wrath He will hear their plea and forgive them of all unrighteousness. May it be so.

One last word. We also are going to be held accountable for how we leave this society and this world for our children and our grandchildren. Homosexuality or abortion. Are we going to stand or cower?

Abortion; The First Question

In order to continue our discussion of the issue of abortion there are two basic questions that must be answered. As a matter of fact these two questions go hand in hand because the answer to one question supports and resolves the issue found in the second question. So tonight we are going to spend our time answering the first one: “When does human life begin?” We will attempt first to answer this critical question from a scientific, biological perspective because this seems to be the only perspective that proponents of abortion want to consider. Then we will answer the question from God’s perspective which is the only perspective that ultimately matters.

As we consider this question we can start by making a number of observations. First, if the unborn is growing, it must be alive. I’m not aware of anything that is dead that continues to grow. We know that from the moment of conception there is continual cellular reproduction and division that occurs with the fetus and growth is the result. It is also a well-known fact that the unborn fetus can react to external stimuli and internally metabolize food that creates energy. So it is obvious that what is growing inside a mother’s womb is certainly alive.

Now some would say all of that may be true but animals and plants are alive. Well, they certainly are but they were not conceived by human parents. We must remind ourselves we are talking about the beginning of human life not some animal or plant. The Biogenesis Law states that all living things reproduce after their own kind so therefore two human parents can only reproduce another human. And the DNA of the human fetus is undeniable proof that this is so.

There is another argument raised that goes something like this. Although the fetus is human tissue and DNA it is no different from the sperm or the egg that also contains DNA. What a weak position this is. It is true, of course, that both the sperm and the egg contain human tissue and DNA. However, they are not a whole human organism because neither can function or even survive alone. We know that at the moment of fertilization the sperm nor the egg continue to exist and a new and unique human organism begins to exist. In addition there is no more essential material or DNA required to be added for the fetus to develop.

I think we all can agree that at the moment of conception a new human being is created and will continue to grow and develop if allowed to do so. Biologically speaking, the human fetus is a growing human being. Therefore, there should be no doubt in any rational thinking person’s mind that life begins at conception.

Now that we have answered the question from the biological perspective let’s move on to the perspective that counts. God’s perspective. And to get His perspective we must turn to His word, the Bible, and see what God has to say about when life begins. There are numerous biblical passages that prove that God sees unborn babies as human beings. There is no mistaking this. The word “children” that is used for unborn babies is the same word that is used  for young infants and young children in both the Old and New Testaments. Examples include Exodus 21:22, Luke 1:41, and Luke 1:44. The word used for child or baby in these passages certainly indicate that the unborn is alive.

The Bible also states that the unborn are created by God Himself. Psalm 139:13 says ” for You formed my inward parts, You wove me in my mother’s womb.” And in Genesis 1:27 it is very plain that we (man) are created in the very image of God. If you read further in Psalm 139 it becomes obvious in verses 15 and 16 that the unborn are known intimately and personally by God just like He knows those already born. This same revelation was given to the prophet Jeremiah which can be found in chapter 1, verse 5 of his book.

In Luke 1:44 we see that unborn babies can have personal emotions such as joy which is an emotion that is unique to humans. In Matthew 1:20-21 the Bible uses personal pronouns to describe the unborn as if the child has already been born. The previous passage in Jeremiah also uses personal pronouns. Over and over again in His word we see the undeniable proof that life begins at conception. David in Psalm 51:5 describes himself as being alive at the moment of conception when he writes “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity. And in sin my mother conceived me.”  This is God’s perspective and He never changes.

It seems to me that we have answered the first question I posed both from the biological perspective and from God’s perspective. And as we have previously stated, the truth is that the only thing that matters in any issue is what God says. The truth revealed in His word holds the key to the answer to any question. His word is absolute. His word is the standard to live and die by.

With all this said, next week we will address the second question. And I think we will all agree that the answer to the first makes the answer to the second a slam dunk. But you will have to wait until next week for the rest of the story.  

    

 

 

Abortion, America’s Genocide

In late June we started on a journey to the dark side to expose and illuminate a number of today’s moral issues that some would have us believe are now acceptable and should not be brought to question. It is my intent to call them out for what they really are. As I stated in that beginning post, Stand or Cower, I plan to stand firm on the fact that when God calls it sin it is sin no matter what anyone thinks or says. The follow-up post, EVIL, The Real Enemy, makes it plain we are faced with all kinds of evils in today’s world and we need to recognize those evils as what they are. The last few weeks our posts have revolved around the sin of homosexuality and the LGBT movement that seems bent on forcing their perverted ideas down our throats. And I admit that it has been very difficult to maintain a sense of sanity about the matter and not go into some sort of rage. However, I remind myself every time I feel the anger coming on, that we should certainly hate the sin but we are still to share God’s love with those who are so deeply mired up in it. So as we begin to look at the next moral issue, abortion, I’ll be careful not to be too hasty to condemn the sinner but stay on the real issue, the sin itself. 

Abortion. The word has become a common word these days and we hear it quite often in varying contexts and by a hodgepodge of different circles. All of us are quite familiar with the infamous ruling by the Supreme Court that opened the door for unfettered abortion on demand. We hear it discussed over and over but we never hear what the real meaning of the word is and the actions that go hand-in-hand with it. So let’s just start out by compiling a very simple definition of abortion so that when we hear the word or see the word we understand what it really means. By looking at a number of resources I was able to come up with this simple statement. Abortion is the willful act of terminating a pregnancy at any point in time from conception to just before birth. Pretty simple isn’t it? But yet so controversial. And the controversy is rooted in the fact that the question of when life begins has never been answered to the satisfaction of all sides. So many just can’t seem to get their arms around this issue as if it is just an answer that can be resolved by science or some other intellectual means.

The next few weeks we will attempt to resolve the above question and then look at the further questions that will surface when the determination is made about the beginning of life. We will use God’s Word as our standard to rely on to see what He has to say about the whole thing. This going to get pretty deep so roll up your britches legs and be ready to wade through it.

The LGBT Deception, Final Observations

I believe without a doubt that the Word of God declares homosexuality a sin and that God himself has described it as an abomination and a stench in His nostrils. No matter how you slice it, dice it or spin it the fact is it is sin. As I stated again and again last week, it was sin in the Old Testament days and it is still sin today. However, we must also remember that sin is sin and God hates all sin. That includes every act or even thought that is contrary to His character and commandments. But the good news is that in spite of the sin God still loves the sinner. And that includes those that are living a life of homosexuality. But by the grace of God that could be any one of us.

With all that said let’s turn our focus back on the fact that the level of acceptance of homosexuality as a natural alternative lifestyle has certainly increased and is still on the rise. With regards to that, there are a couple of observations I have made over the last few years that I would like to share in the following paragraphs.

First of all, it is obvious that the LBGT community has an agenda to continue to push their perverted dogma on everyone else and it is to the point that if anyone opposes their viewpoint they themselves are the perverted wretch. The question is, why are they pushing so hard instead of just living their life of perversion and not bother with the rest of us? I believe they have convinced themselves that if they can get others to agree with them that it is a natural and acceptable lifestyle then somehow they will be more justified in thinking and living so. Remember what Paul said in his letter to the Romans. Not only were they practicing homosexuality that were giving hearty approval to others that were doing the same.

The other observation centers around folks I know or have known that don’t necessarily believe that homosexuality is a natural occurrence but yet can’t seem to recognize it or call it sin. This is usually because someone they know or love are caught up in that way of life and they don’t know how to deal with the situation. They are torn between their love for the person and their beliefs and it must be a terribly difficult position to be in. We have recently heard a new phrase coined that seems to take all of this into consideration. The term “gay Christian” is beginning to be used quite often in religious circles as if it is a fact. But if anything ever fit the term oxymoron then that one does. Based on God’s Word, having a continuing homosexual lifestyle and being a Christian in the true sense is a total impossibility. The scriptures are very plain concerning salvation in that we are a new creation at the point of conversion. We are no longer in bondage to sin and our desire is to be more like Jesus every passing day. So again, we need to call it what it is. Sin. Nothing less.

In response to these observations I would like to remind each of us that God expect’s us to live a life of purity and has made provision for us to stay clean. He said if we will confess our sins that He will be faithful to forgive us. This is the real lifestyle of a Christian. On the other hand, even though we may not practice homosexuality, if we approve, condone or refuse to take a stand against it we become accomplices to the sin just as if we committed it ourselves. I know that it is very difficult to hate the sin but not condemn the person who continues in that lifestyle. But this is exactly what God expects us to do. Hate the sin, any sin, but not condemn the sinner. We should understand and  realize that God loves them just like He loves us and we would should make every effort to be like Him. The Bible says that before we are saved we are already condemned and so there is no reason for us to engage in that activity.

As we end our discussion on this subject I want to take us back to our post a few weeks ago. We made the assertion that evil is our real enemy. We do not war with flesh but with unseen things. We must dress ourselves with the armor God has provided and stand, not cower, in the presence of evil.

 

The LGBT Deception, A Closer Look

Well, I hope all of you had an opportunity to review the scriptures that I included in last week’s post and gather your thoughts as to what the they not only say but what they really mean. With this week’s post I hope to take a closer look at these and give some insights as to how different people view them. In addition I want to add some examples along with personal comments that may help shed some light on the subject. So hang on to your seat and let’s go for a ride.

I think all of us are familiar with the passages in Genesis in which Moses relates the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and God’s reasoning for bringing such harsh judgement against those wicked and perverse people. Included in the list of sins they were involved in on a continuing basis was that of homosexuality. In Genesis 19 this perverse sin is made very obvious in the story of the two angels in the likeness of men that came to visit at Lot’s house. The Bible states that the men of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house and demanded that Lot send the men out so they could have relations with them. Some scholars say there was no single word at that time to describe the term relations with men but it is obvious our word today sums it up, homosexuality. It was sin then and it is sin now.

The passage in Leviticus 18 states plainly that a male is not to lie with another male as he would lie with a female, i.e. have sexual intercourse. I find this passage very interesting because it says that this is abomination but just calls having sex with an animal a perversion. The Bible here emphasizes how horrible the sin of homosexuality really is in His eyes. In Leviticus 20 the punishment for the sin of homosexuality between two is death for both men. Some scholars want to make you believe that because the Levitical law is no longer the standard then the sin of homosexuality is not really condemned in the Bible for those of the present generation. It was sin then and it is sin now.

In Paul’s letter to the Romans as seen in chapter 1, Paul writes that although men knew God in that day they did not honor Him as God.  In that passage he describes one of the sins as men burning in their hearts for other men and performing indecent acts with them. He also points out that women were leaving their natural affections for the unnatural obvious describing lesbianism as we call it today. In both cases it is the sin of homosexuality and the Bible says here that God turned them over to a depraved mind. He also calls off a long list of many other types of sin that apparently went hand-in-hand with these perverse act in order to drive his point home of their total disregard for God’s commandments. He goes on to point out that they not only were doing all of these thing they gave hearty approval for others to do the same. It was sin then and it is sin now.

In his first letter to the church at Corinth in chapter 6 Paul calls off another list of sins and perversions of which homosexuality is one and how those who practice these on a regular basis will not inherit the kingdom of God. We know that he was writing a group of people who where a part of the church there but were doing these thing. However, he also pointed out that some of them no longer should be in bondage to these things because they had been washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit. There is hope for anyone in this situation but just like it was sin then it is sin now.

When Paul wrote his first letter to Timothy he again associated the sin of homosexuality with the lawless and the unrighteous which by inference means that is not a practice of a true believer. Paul was encouraging him to be strong, stand on God’s Word and not let the false teachers mislead the church he was responsible for. It was sin then and it is sin now.

I realize that this has been a rather short look at these scriptures but I also believe we can come to the conclusion that homosexuality is sin no matter how you slice it. God hates sin and this particular sin carries with it a condemnation like no other sin in the Bible. It is an abomination in the eyes of God. But writers to-day want to dilute and even deny what God’s Word really means on the subject. I copied the paragraph below from an article I found online recently and if you read it you will have a better understanding  of what I’m talking about. 

In his book “God and the Gay Christian”, Christian LGBTQ activist Matthew Vines challenges LGBTQ-condemning interpretations of these Scriptures — sometimes referred to as “clobber passages.” But these clobber-texts aren’t the only Scriptures that can guide faithful Christians as we seek a godly understanding of sexual and gender identity.

In another article I found a quote by a former United Methodist pastor of nearly 30 years that is a strong supporter of the blessing of gay and lesbian unions in the church. This quote is taken from his response letter to a question from a young woman concerning the Bible’s view “that homosexuality is forbidden by God?” and it can be found on the Human Rights Campaign website at http://www.hrc.org/resources. The quote is as follows:

Sexuality is a wonderful gift from God. It is more than genital behavior. It’s the way we embody and express ourselves in the world. But we cannot love another person intimately without embodying that love, without using our bodies to love. And that does involve genital behavior. Sexual love is for the purpose of giving and receiving pleasure with our most intimate partner. It is a means of deepening and strengthening the intimate union that exists. This can only be healthy and good if our behavior is consistent with who we are and with whom we love, and when we are true to our own sexuality and orientation.

Are we getting the picture? How about this one? Former president, Jimmy Carter,  Southern Baptist, and long time Sunday School Teacher said during an interview on HuffPost Live that he believes that Jesus would approve of gay marriage. I recently read an article about when Jim Nabors, a great actor (Gomer Pyle), and a great singer, passed away in recent times, his husband was by his side. The retail store, Target, now has a children’s line of clothes called Rainbow Pride but yet we still keep on buying there. The former president of the United States, Barack Obama, was thrilled to light up the White House with rainbow colors to honor the LBGT movement. We have parents on Facebook condoning and supporting the gay lifestyle of their children and at the same time profess to be Christians. Everywhere we turn we are being pushed to accept this abomination as an acceptable lifestyle. And it seems to be working. But just in case you haven’t got the message. It was a sin the first time it happened and it is still sin now.

Next week we will continue our discussion and will talk about warnings concerning the sin of homosexuality and how we as Christians should deal with the issue based on God’s Word. Until then may God richly bless you. 

 

 

 

The LGBT Deception

Two weeks ago the title of the weekly post was “Stand or Cower” and my intent was to encourage the reader (and myself) to become more aware of the evil that seems to be taking over our country and begin to make a stand against it. Last week I tried to point out in the post entitled “E-V-I-L, The Real Enemy” that this evil is certainly the real enemy because it is being ordained, organized and orchestrated by Satan himself. He is using his resources to undertake an all-out, no-holds barred attack on Christianity in general and each of us individually that are believers. However, keep in mind as we look at some of the manifestations of this evil that we are not at war with people but with forces that are not of the physical realm. But in turn, we must also realize that it is necessary to show that this evil is carried out by blind humans that have never come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and that, I believe, we have an obligation to warn them of their predicament. So our discussions will require us to describe who those individuals are in addition to an in-depth look at the evil itself.

In a previous post I stated that I try very hard to stay out of the political arena but it seems to me like many politicians seem to be the ones leading the charge. Although they can come from either sector, by far the majority are liberal leftists and almost everything they stand far is in direct contradiction to God’s Word. They are called by the term “Progressive” but in my opinion the better name for what they stand for would be “Perverted”. Their perversions are taking this country down a road that the ultimate end is destruction and unless we stand and be counted there is no hope for our children and grandchildren. As I said before, a lot of this is going to be hard-hitting but we need to call a spade a spade and tell it like it is. Not out of ill will towards any individual but a hatred for the sin that they are advocating.

The first issue I want to consider is that of homosexuality and it may take several weeks to cover everything I want to say. We know that it is becoming more rampant and acceptable in the world view but to our dismay many churches seem to be embracing it as a natural sexual behavior. So tonight I have included several scriptures for us to consider that address homosexuality in some manner. As you read these and think about what they say and the context in which they are said, I would like for you to come to a conclusion in your own mind about what God thinks about this sin. So here they are:

Genesis 19:1-11

1Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 And he said, “Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant’s house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” They said however, “No, but we shall spend the night in the square.”3 Yet he urged them strongly, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 4 Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; 5 and they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.” 6 But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, 7 and said, “Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly. 8 Now behold, I have two daughters who have not had relations with man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them whatever you like; only do nothing to these men, inasmuch as they have come under the shelter of my roof.” 9 But they said, “Stand aside.” Furthermore, they said, “This one came in as an alien, and already he is acting like a judge; now we will treat you worse than them.” So they pressed hard against Lot and came near to break the door. 10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11 They [k]struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.

Leviticus 18:22

22 You shall not lie with a male as [l]one lies with a female; it is an abomination. 23 Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to [m]mate with it; it is a perversion.

Leviticus 20:13

13 If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. 

Romans 1:20-32

20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 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. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 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 [o]crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 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. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,27 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 [t]their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit [u]to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

1 Corinthians 6:9

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicator, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 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 Timothy 1:10

8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

Next week we will get into an in-depth study and discussion of these verses and bring to light how certain people interpret them. From this we want our conclusion to the matter to be the same as God’s.