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

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Homosexuality and bestiality

Sexual sin is spoken out against in the word of God; it is forbidden outside of the institution of marriage between one man and one woman {see Genesis 2:24}. With that said, is it fair to state that homosexuality is as bad as bestiality? Does the Bible differentiate? The Lord Jesus Christ addresses sexual sin in Matthew 15:19, which I have brought to light before. Do to recent events concerning this subject, I feel it necessary to bring it up again.

Let's start with verse 18, 'But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, railings: {19}these are the things which defile the man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not the man. {20}
Verse 19 is where the Lord zeroes in on the list of sins that defile, starting with the thought life, and continuing on from there. He refers to sexual sin, proclaiming adultery and fornication as sexual sins that defile. Adultery is sexual sin committed by an unfaithful husband or wife, including the thought life {Matt. 5:28}, so what is fornication and what does it include? 
 We will look at Strong's definition first; the Greek is - πορνεία - porneia; meaning 'harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively idolatry: - fornication.' It stems from 'porneuo', which means 'to act the harlot, that is, (literally) indulge unlawful lust (of either sex)'. It goes all the way back to the root word 'pornos' which means 'a prostitute, a debauchee'- a word that refers to indulging in pleasure to the point of harming oneself, which is an interesting definition. It brings to mind a post I did from the book 'when the wicked seize a city' which is graphic, but it also reveals the animalistic sexual behavior of the homosexual. Of course, they don't want to bring this part of their lifestyle out in the open, it would not help advance their agenda.
Pornos is akin to the base word 'piprasko', Thayer's definition of piprasko is 'sold under sin, entirely under the control of the love of sinning'. I recall speaking with a co-worker, she is a lesbian. I had given her the Gospel and we talked a bit afterwards. In our conversation she admitted she loved her sin. This is a picture of what 'piprasko' is.

Now we will examine Thayer's definition of porneia...
1) illicit sexual intercourse
1a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc.
 Here we get a clear understanding that fornication encompasses all sexual sin outside the marriage of one man and one woman. There aren't any distinguishing words that separate homosexuality from bestiality; they are both vile, sinful and will condemn those who practice such sins to eternal punishment.

It's interesting that, in Leviticus 18:22, we see this direct command, ' You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.' This is in reference to 'men with men' in a sexual way. Notice what follows, ' And you shall not lie with any animal and so make yourself unclean with it, neither shall any woman give herself to an animal to lie with it: it is perversion.' One is an abomination, the other, a perversion. One is 'a disgusting thing', the other, 'confusion (violation of nature or divine order) 1a) perversion (in sexual sin) - {Brown/Driver/Briggs Hebrew Definitions}. We have two commands, back to back, concerning what we shall not 'lie with'. The Bible does NOT distinguish, in either Testament, between these defiling sins as one being better/worse than the other; they are equally abominable and perverse.

To think that Christ died for sin, including the aforementioned, is quite amazing. There is reconciliation back to God, who is holy and exalted high above His creation. The shed blood of Christ cleanses from all sin; may sinners flee to Christ for cleansing, forgiveness, mercy, and salvation. May His death, burial, and resurrection be made known to them. May grace be poured out; may the sinner bend the knee before the throne and plead for this grace. The sinless Lamb of God suffered for the ungodly, the Just for the unjust. What a picture of mercy and grace! The great Jehovah Rapha!!


Darrel said...

Thanks for the reminder. Lev 20 gives the penalty for such behavior which is mostly death, with a few exceptions.

The end game of the LGBTQ crowd is the forced acceptance of all the forbidden sexual activities spelled out in the Word. Going beyond simple acceptance is a forced apology from Christians for pointing out the sins committed by these people and denial of the Word of God and God Himself. We will very likely be called upon to deny our Lord in this matter and say that it is not only possible, but imperative that being gay and Christian at the same time are compatible and even mandated in the Word (when the exact opposite is the truth).

May God grant His grace to all who speak the truth about homosexuality.

lyn said...

This is a touchy subject, and can cause division. That's only because Christians do not have a right understanding of this sin, and because it isn't labeled as 'sin'. May we NOT fail to stand boldly on His truth, calling sin what it is, and warning of the wrath that is soon to come.