Tuesday, July 24, 2012

We Are In A War

This is a hard post to write. We live in a society that wants to embrace everything and call it right. The lines of right and wrong have been blurred by our society and sanctioned by our government under pressure from voters. This is the longest post I have ever written but please read it all the way through. It is for your benefit. God is reaching out to you.
            Let me begin by saying that I do not hate anyone. This post is not to condemn. It is to encourage and exhort those who are blinded by the evil one to turn to righteousness for their very soul's sake. This life is temporary but there is a hereafter. We will not stand before the god of our own making, the god we want to serve with our own rules and values, but the God of the universe, the great I AM.
            Jesus Christ, the only BEGOTTEN Son of God, died on a cruel cross for our sins. We do not get to define sin. God's Holy Word defines sin. We cannot, must not, change God's Word to suit ourselves. Hell is a real place as described in the account of the rich man and Lazarus (Jesus never used real names in His parables) in Luke chapter 16. If we worship a god of our own making our end will be like that of the rich man in this account. A god of our own making is a false god, not Jehovah God.
            The Bible teaches us that homosexuality is one of many sins, but sexual sin of any kind is a stronghold. Pedophiles can't seem to help themselves. Society condemns pedophilia but something has happened in that person's life to cause them to have a twisted view of what love is. In fact, it is lust, not love. Yet, when it was introduced into that person's life, it was most likely under the guise of love. That does not make it right. It is a stronghold.
            Incest is the unnatural love a brother has for a sister, or a sister for a brother, or a parent for a child. It is still a very strong feeling and the enemy coats it in feelings of love (at least on the part of one party) but it is against God's law. It is not natural. Likewise, homosexuality is an unnatural affection. These feelings are very strong, I know. But we must not mock God, nor take His grace for granted. If we are to claim to be His children, we MUST live by His Word.
            Know your enemy. Satan is bidding for your soul. He wants to destroy you. He does not want God to have you. If you are a child of God and have been tempted to, or have been, engaged in a homosexual relationship, for your soul's sake, you MUST put on your spiritual armor as described in Ephesians chapter 6, verses 10 through 18. Your eternal destiny depends on it. Jesus Christ hung on a cruel cross, was tortured prior to that beyond normal human endurance, that He might deliver you. Please, don't be deceived. This kind of love, according to the Word of God, is perversion. Jesus wants to set you free.
      2 Corinthians 6:12-17 says, "2Co 6:12  Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.
2Co 6:13  Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
                  Did you catch it? Did you understand it? God is not divided. He cannot be God and Satan. Verse 12 says you are caught in your own trap, not in the truth. You cannot serve yourself and your own fleshly desires and serve God at the same time. (verse 16). Only by walking in the light of God's Word will He be your God, and you His people. He will not receive you if you demand to go your own way, following the lusts of the flesh.
                  Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them.
Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

                  I don't believe these verses need any explanation. It seems pretty clear how God feels about these things and I believe it is clear what sins He is talking about. God can forgive anything (except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit) but forgiveness follows repentence. If we repent of our sins we turn away from them toward God's righteousness. I Peter 1:15, 16 tells us to be holy as He is holy. This life is not about us. It is about Jesus. Why would we want to crucify Him afresh and put Him to an open shame by our lifestyles?
            Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Heb 6:7  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
Heb 6:8  But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
Heb 6:9  But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

                  I Corinthians 6:9, 10 says, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
                  Please, please, for your soul's sake and the for the sake of the Savior who loves you, seek His deliverance. I know it will be hard. I know it will hurt. Don't try to figure out why you have these feelings. The why is irrelevant to the cure. It will take diligence on your part. The Bible tells us to die to ourselves daily. You must daily yield yourself to God. You must daily, perhaps several times a day, repent of your unholy feelings and ask God to help you deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him. You may stumble and fall from time to time but don't give up. Keep renewing your commitment to Christ. You are precious and special in His sight. He knows you and He loves you. When He was on the cross you were on His mind.

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