Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Friday, April 6, 2012

So Homosexuality isn't a sin? Oh really?


This is amazing, I have been reading some comments concerning a John MacArthur youtube video that speaks out against homosexuality. There are several who've commented stating homosexuality is NOT a sin and is NOT immoral, and these folks insist they are saved.  Articles like this  help promote such gross misunderstanding of what the Bible clearly states about homosexuality.
The first verse we need to look at is found in Leviticus 18:22 '  You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. '  Let's look at commentary from several men, starting with John Gill, "By carnal knowledge of them, and carnal copulation with them, and mixing bodies in like manner: this is the sin commonly called sodomy, from the inhabitants of Sodom, greatly addicted to it, for which their city was destroyed by fire: those that are guilty of this sin, are, by the apostle, called "abusers of themselves with mankind".

Matthew Henry states " A law against unnatural lusts, sodomy and bestiality, sins not to be named nor thought of without the utmost abhorrence imaginable, Lev_18:22, Lev_18:23. Other sins level men with the beasts, but these sink them much lower. That ever there should have been occasion for the making of these laws, and that since they are published they should ever have been broken, is the perpetual reproach and scandal of human nature; and the giving of men up to these vile affections was frequently the punishment of their idolatries; so the apostle shows, Rom_1:24."

David Guzik comments 'Simply put, God calls homosexual sex an abomination, even as He does in Romans 1:24-32. Additionally, homosexuality was part of the idolatrous perversions which were allowed in Israel at its times of backsliding (1 Kings 14:24; 15:12, and 22:46). Homosexual practice truly is an abomination in our present culture. 43% of homosexuals say that they have had 500 or more sexual partners in their lifetime. Only 1% of homosexuals say they have had four or less sexual partners in their lifetime.
               Homosexuals seem to specialize in anonymous sex with no emotional commitment. At one time, London AIDS clinics defined a woman as promiscuous if she’d had more than six partners in her lifetime. They gave up trying to apply a workable definition to male homosexuals when it became clear that they saw almost no homosexual men who had less than six sexual partners a year.'

Dan Fortner states ' In verse 22 the Lord God stamps his "X" upon homosexuality. In verse 23 he expands his denouncement to that which is the child of homosexuality—Bestiality! These acts of horrid wickedness are both the result of divine judgment and the cause of it (vv. 24-28. -from his sermon entitled 'abominable customs')

And lastly, from Andrew Bonar, ' Ver. 20--23. Moreover, thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her. And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord. Thou
shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast, to defile thyself therewith; neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie
down thereto: it is confusion.' The word “confusion" means probably audacious PRIVATE AND DOMESTIC depravity.  And such is the human heart that all these forms of depravity were not too bad to be anticipated by the Lord, who knew the heart. He knows the virulence
of the poisoned spring. The Syrian Hazael wonders that any should fancy, far less say, that he could be capable of a murderous deed; but the Lord Jehovah, looking on the unrenewed heart, forms this estimate of it, even in the case of his own Israel, viz. they might be tempted not
only to adultery (ver. 20), and to present  their children to Molech, in reckless inhumanity, and perhaps in order to be quit of them (ver. 21). By all this they brought public reproach on the name of Jehovah ("profaning his name"); yet even beyond this would they go. Some
might be led (ver. 22) to the grossest and most shocking lust man with man, and (ver. 23) man or woman with beasts. How awful is the Lord's judgment of the human heart! Surely in an unrenewed soul there is a secret connexion with hell and the devil, even as in a regenerate soul there is a secret connexion with heaven and with God!'

I would also give 'honorable mention' to Dr. Donald E. Curtis and his writing entitled 'The Boundaries of Godly Sexuality'; in reference to Lev. 18:22 he says, ' Following the book The Joy of Sex came The Joy of Gay Sex and The Joy of Lesbian Sex. As the outer boundary began to crumble with the destruction of children, as sex became autonomous, sexual experience between members of the same sex was an unavoidable next step. Here is why: if your sexual goal is pleasure independent of marriage, and your sexual freedom comes from denying its wrongness, there is no foundation left to judge an alternate practice'.

Can you see how this kind of thinking permeates our culture today?

This is just from one verse! Yet they claim the Bible does not speak out against homosexuality. God lays down limitations on moral behavior in Leviticus 18 and clearly forbids same sex sex. If this were the only verse that spoke out against homosexuality, it would be enough; however, there are more.

We now travel to the New Testament and stop in the Gospel of Matthew, specifically chapter 15:19-20. There is also a misconception that Christ never spoke out against homosexuality, but indeed He did.  "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.  These are the things which defile the man." Zeroing in on fornication, we find this definition, according to Thayer's Greek Definitions, ' illicit sexual intercourse
1a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc.
1b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18
1c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman
Our Lord covers all the sexually immoral bases here; any sex outside the covenant of marriage which is between a man and a woman is forbidden by God; it defiles, or makes unclean. Revelation 21:27 makes it clear, nothing defiled or unclean will enter into God's kingdom.  
The Holy Spirit inspired Paul to speak this in 1st Corinthians 6:9-10, ' Or 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 effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. ' You would think these verses would be self-explanatory! I find it interesting what Paul states in verse 11, 'Such were some of you', obviously, he is addressing born again believers who have repented of their wickedness and no longer practice the sins that they were once enslaved to. 

So how is it a homosexual can claim their sin is not sin and they are a Christian? The god of this world has blinded them, they are deceived, just like our first parents were. Satan uses the very same technique that worked so well for him in the garden, 'did God really say?' Isn't it amazing that this form of deception is still working quite well to this day? It doesn't help that we sinners absolutely love our sin; even when it makes us miserable, we still cling to it with white knuckles and suppress truth with all our might. Praise God for grace!!

Sin is damning to the soul, whatever your sin of choice is, you are bound to it and cannot free yourself. The Lord Jesus became sin for us, even though He knew no sin. He was the perfect sacrifice and appeased God's wrath for the sins of those who repent and believe entirely on what He has done...His death, His burial, and His resurrection. Christ atoned for sin, He was the propitiation for sin for all who will believe. He has completely finished His work and saves to the uttermost those who cry out for mercy and forgiveness from a heart broken over sin.
God is not only loving, He is holy and He is righteous...He must judge sin because of His righteousness and His holiness. When you only view one attribute of God, you fail to comprehend and understand who He truly is which leads to a failure to understand His white hot anger at sin, His hatred and repulsiveness of it. God absolutely hates sin, from the littlest white lie to the grossest act of sexual perversion; it is all an abhorrence to a God who is so very holy, exalted high above His creation: Psalm 96:6 states this about God, "honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary." Honor translates from the Hebrew word 'hod' meaning grandeur, an imposing form and appearance, beauty, excellency, glorious, and majesty. It gets better- majesty translates from the Hebrew hadar and means magnificence, splendor. When, one day, we lay eyes upon this Eternal Majestic being, we will be without words to describe what our eyes are taking in. That is why the meaning of ‘see’ is so exceptional; the eyes are flung wide open, in utter amazement, mesmerized by what they are taking in...a remarkable, breathtaking, never before seen sight; it is awe-inspiring, this grandeur, delightful, sweet, majestic God, in all His holiness, sitting exalted on His throne: our breath will leave us, our hearts will race, our eyes will be fixated on what we simply cannot describe and will not want to turn away from. We will be like quivering jell-o, falling at His feet, crying out praises, not wanting to ever leave His presence or take our eyes from Him.  The train of His robe fills the temple in heaven; and you think He will wink at homosexuality?!? Seeing a vision of this majestic and powerful Deity caused Isaiah to come undone; he saw how vile he truly was when he saw this magnificent vision of a God who is first and foremost holy...holy...holy. What chance do you think an unrepentant sinner has before the throne of such a mighty powerful and holy God?


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I could only stomach the first few paragraghs of the H/P diatribe of hate speech against the Living God. For those who have had their eyes opened by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit there is no debate on the issue of what is sin and what it is not. God has made His laws and will not change them to placate the wickedness of evil men. God will judge all sin. For the real Christian the judgment for our sins was taken by Jesus. For those who may think that they will simply "man-up" when they stand before the only Holy God and convince Him that He was wrong to call their actions sin, you have a rude awakening and eternal punishment in front of you. The mocking of God by those who name the Name of Jesus as Savior will not go unpunished. One's opinion of what sin is or is not is meaningless to God-He sets the rules, not man.

May the Lord bless you in your efforts to proclaim His truth.

Darrel

lyn said...

Darrel,

You got farther in the article than I did. I could only glance over it.
This type of false belief is sweeping the country like the latest fad, it is how sinners who choose homosexuality justify their sins...and the suppression of truth marches on.

You are so right, God sets the rules not man. Too bad man doesn't get that, but man does not want God to rule over him, so he denies God's authority.

Carlos said...

I was watching a video recently of a homosexual man speaking about homosexuality and the bible and he begin to go off the deep end about two minutes into his talk saying that Christian Pastors are bearing bad fruit because what they say about homosexuality causes homosexuals pain because they must deny their drives and desires. Also that God created Eve as a helpmeet for Adam because He said it was not good for man to be alone, and so when we tell "homosexual christians" (I don't think those two words go together) that they cannot live together and be married we are denying them of their helpmeet which God said was needed for man.
It is too far out to comprehend but the sad thing is that it doesn't seem to stop people who are otherwise intelligent from accepting that as possible concept and arguing for it.
When you see a person of influence stand up and speak an outright lie and pretend that it is true and adult people believe and accept, it isn't hard to see how Germany became what it was.

lyn said...

This all boils down to Satan using what he always uses...deception. The ole 'did God really say' works like a charm, truth is suppressed, evil is called good and good called evil.
You know where this is all headed don't you Carlos?


JUDGMENT

Linda said...

Well,lyn you and I know that many thinK it is "love". They make the horrible DEADLY mistake in thinking that God is love and that surely he okays any form of "love".

You and I have been redeemed and know that true love, God's love is pure and unadulterated. It has absolutely nothing to do with a sensual carnal mind.

I will never ever forget when God saved me my heart was so clean and free FROM the lustful thoughts that used to plague me day in and day out. Those sensual thoughts were all gone.

God's love is pure, holy, good and righteous. If a person has never known such love as God's love when he saves an individual then that means they've never been converted.

"Homosexuals seem to specialize in anonymous sex with no emotional commitment."---that statement is pretty scary when you think about the fact that people become very animal and also are easily angered to the point of harming people especially Christians who speak out against homosexuality. All this does is make people zombees and all that drives them is sex

People are being given over as God's judgment is slowly coming I'm afraid. They are frothing up their shame big time

God bless you sis

lyn said...

Hi Linda,

Homosexuals insist their relationships are based on love, and that they are normal. The Bible says different, it is birthed out of a forbidden lust, that is NOT the kind of love God gifts a man and a woman with. These relationships are very turbulent, very violent, and usually riddled with drug and alcohol abuse. There is extreme jealously and infidelity, the reason is because once they fulfill lustful desires, the 'love' they say they feel becomes like hate because they do not care about their 'partner', they only care about fulfilling their sexual desires. There is so much about this deadly bondage that the depraved mind simply cannot grasp.