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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pinpointing Sin

Sexual sin is damning to the soul; the word of God repeatedly warns against all sexual sin. We cannot point the sinner to Christ without first pointing them to sin, however, should we purposely go against a law of man as we proclaim God's truth? There may come a day when we cannot proclaim Christ crucified or speak of any sin, but that day is not yet here. Can we proclaim the whole counsel without specifically stating the sin of homosexuality? Yes we can, and we should. We are commanded to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves, especially in a day where laws are being enforced against speaking out on homosexuality. It seems homosexuality has been elevated to a higher status than other sexual sins, as if it were in a class all by itself. It is no longer seen as sin by the unbelieving world; it's a 'right'. As Christians, we cannot re-define sin or let society determine how we handle it. Again, it bears repeating, 'wise as serpents, innocent as doves'.

Much too much attention has been given this sin; what about the married woman or man who fantasize about someone in their thought-life? This is just as sinful as the homosexual who lusts after the same sex; both of these sexual sins are damning to the soul {Matthew 5:28; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10}. One of the most poignant verses in the Bible concerning sexual sin can be found in Hebrews 13:4, "Let marriage be had in honour among all, and let the bed be undefiled: for fornicators and adulterers God will judge." Surely proclaiming this truth would suffice in covering all the 'bases' concerning sexual sin, and no law of man is broken by the proclamation of this text. As the unbelieving world tightens the noose, we must pray for wisdom and certainly not back down. Meekness and lowliness are essential in the heart of God's people, as well as compassion for lost souls. The motive and desire MUST be for the glory of God and NEVER to draw attention to 'self'! ; if you do not desire to exalt Christ and bring Him glory, may He cause you to tremble. There are some in our day who would do more good for Christ if they would remain silent.

I close this post with commentary on Hebrews 13:4 from Matthew Henry... "Here you have, 1. A recommendation of God's ordinance of marriage, that it is honourable in all, and ought to be so esteemed by all, and not denied to those to whom God has not denied it. It is honourable, for God instituted it for man in paradise, knowing it was not good for him to be alone. He married and blessed the first couple, the first parents of mankind, to direct all to look unto God in that great concern, and to marry in the Lord. Christ honoured marriage with his presence and first miracle. It is honourable as a means to prevent impurity and a defiled bed. It is honourable and happy, when persons come together pure and chaste, and preserve the marriage bed undefiled, not only from unlawful but inordinate affections. 2. A dreadful but just censure of impurity and lewdness: Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. (1.) God knows who are guilty of such sins, no darkness can hide them from him. (2.) He will call such sins by their proper names, not by the names of love and gallantry, but of whoredom and adultery, whoredom in the single state and adultery in the married state. (3.) He will bring them into judgment, he will judge them, either by their own consciences here, and set their sins in order before them for their deep humiliation (and conscience, when awakened, will be very severe upon such sinners), or he will set them at his tribunal at death, and in the last day; he will convict them, condemn them, and cast them out for ever, if they die under the guilt of this sin."

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