Thursday, October 4, 2007

Homosexuality as a Prophetic Sign

Hate the sin, but love the sinner...

This is always the correct position for Christians to take while we go about doing what the Lord has put us here to do. Of course, the number one purpose He has put us here for is to preach and teach whatsoever Jesus preached and taught while He was here in the flesh as the God/Man. God left us His Word – the Bible — so we will have written directions, directly from His perfect mind to our yet imperfect minds, on how to navigate through life. We are to look to Jesus for example. He is our Savior, but He is at the same time our Shepherd, to whom we should look for guidance during our every moment of life.

Jesus, throughout His ministry on earth, taught us to love others more than ourselves. So, we know, right up front, without having to pray about it, wring our hands over it, do any ritual, or do any other thing, that Jesus wants us – commands that — we love the person who is caught up in the sin of homosexuality, which the Word of God calls an abomination.

Let’s be clear: Every person ever born was or is a sinner. Although God hates sin with a perfect hatred, God is love and therefore He loves every person who has come into the human family because each person bears God's image and is specially created by Him. This also means He loves the person who is homosexual. But God did not create that person to be homosexual, which is nothing but a tragic and immoral choice to live in a horrendous sin. Homosexuality is a death-style, not a life-style, in God’s holy, omniscient eyes. Unless the person trapped by his own sinful choice into this way of death repents of the sin, and submits to Jesus as his or her Lord and Savior, there is a tremendous, eternal and fiery judgment to face. The Word of God says about homosexuality:

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 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. 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: 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 recompense of their error which was [fitting]” (Rom. 1: 24-27).

God’s Word says that those who engage in this practice against the laws of God will receive payment that will bring them great harm. And, God says, it is righteously so. To repeat, homosexuality is a death-style, not a life-style. Beyond the spiritual sickness caused by this sinful choice, we can also see the temporal diseases associated with such unhealthy and immoral sexual activity today. AIDS, Hepatitis C, Karposis Sarcoma, and many other deadly diseases can be attributed directly to homosexual lifestyle (death-style). Not only is this death-style deadly to individual homosexuals while they go about their debased activities, it has tragic effects on families and entire cultures – even civilizations.

Think for a moment about the nations of Africa. Some have more than 50 percent of their entire populations infected with AIDS. It is feared that every person in some of those countries could die from this disease. Edward Gibbon, the author of the volumes on “The Decline And Fall of the Roman Empire,” has implied throughout his histories that homosexuality is one of the last key indicators that a civilization, culture, or nation has sounded its death-knell. Egypt, Greece, Rome, and many less-known empires had at the time of their expiration the abomination we call today homosexuality. As Dr. J. Vernon McGee said: “God spoke to what He thinks of homosexuality. If you want His opinion, just look at Sodom and Gomorrah, and you’ll know.” God speaks very surely with judgment and wrath. But, He lays out His laws for avoiding that judgment carefully, because He wants men to repent and be cleansed so judgment and wrath can be avoided. He warns about homosexuality and consequences in verses such as follows:

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Lev. 18:22).

“If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them” (Lev. 20:13).

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse ... For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Rom. 1:18-19 and 26-27).

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:9-11).

Jesus told us that just before His sudden return, the world would again be like it was in the days of Noah. The world was, in the pre-flood era, just before the waters came, totally debased, and contaminated in most every way possible. Our world today is rapidly approaching - perhaps in some ways even surpassing - such debauchery, and contamination. Homosexuality is a raging sin-force, as we can see from the daily news.

Church leaders are also caught up in the practice, as we know. Hal Lindsey writes: “One of the signs of how far America has fallen is the case of Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson. He's lived in an openly homosexual relationship with another man for 13 years. In spite of this, Robinson was elected as bishop by his diocese. But the church requires that a majority of convention delegates ratify his election. After the Anglican House of Deputies approved him as bishop by a vote of 128 to 63, the House of Bishops later approved him as bishop by a vote of 107 to 62".

Now don't get me wrong here, the Episcopal church is hardly the model for ecclesiastical faithfulness, but the fact that the majority of Episcopal leaders ratified him as a Bishop in direct defiance of the clear statements of the New and Old Testament is simply appalling. The Bible clearly warns that the great moral apostasy of the last days would be caused by the failure of so-called "Church leadership":

"But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth [the Bible] will be blasphemed" (2 Pet. 2:1-2).

Most all of those in the elite media and the liberal-minded in Christianity are pushing homosexuality as being a normal life-style. They are blaspheming the very God who created all things. They are calling Him a liar. Yet, He loves them and wants to bring them to their senses. God came to earth as the Savior for the express purpose of bringing lost and hopeless sinners into Christ’s fold for His own glory and good pleasure. We, as Christians who are appalled at what is happening all around us, must love those who would bring God’s judgment upon America and the world through legitimizing, enabling, and even encouraging this abominable sin, yet simultaneously we must remain strong and steadfast in our opposition to the deadly sin itself. Rampant homosexuality is a very troubling signal that the judgment of God is upon our generation.

It is time to “Look up, and lift up your head, for your Redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28).