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

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Has Judgment Begun in the House of God?

1 Peter 4:17: "For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God..." Written some 2000 years ago and slighted today. The god that is worshipped in a "church" building would never do such a thing; ask any of the attendees. Yet there is ample evidence to show that He has long ago begun this very judgment that is so vehemently objected to by those who worship idols in His house. Romans 1: 18-24 shows the root of man's problem begins with the suppressing of the Truth, man 'evicts' God from His throne and worships multiple idols instead. "Professing to be wise, they became fools" (v. 22); they became evolutionists & environmentalists (v. 23) supplanting God with anything except Him. God rightly gave them over to this lust (v. 24). Continuing to the end of Romans 1 we find the progression of the fruits of this initial discarding of God as seen in the world, but more importantly in the "church" that presents itself to the world as vicar of Christ on earth (not just Rome, but ALL "churches"). [There may be exceptions to this blanket accusation, but they are few and far between, and thank the Lord for them.] When God is no longer worshipped as the Sovereign Creator of His own universe and idols of every description have replaced Him in a man's heart it is unavoidable that all manner of uncontrollable lusts be unleashed from within that man. Lusts that place that man in full charge of his fate with no responsibility to choose right over wrong, good over evil; to him, there is no such thing as sin, especially against the God he now ignores. Some may object and say "Surely, Darrel, you speak of the lost world and not God's people." True, the evidence is overwhelming that such is the case in the world, but it is just as stark in nearly all who name the Name of Christ in our day. The root of all idol worship is self, a refusal to bow the knee to God. No matter the object of worship, carved wood, chiseled stone, other art work, all of it in the end worships self. Most especially is the case of the god created from one's imagination.

Many are the charges that could be leveled against what calls itself a "church" today. The following is by no means all-inclusive nor exhaustive and in no particular order:
501 C 3 is the designation for a 'non profit' tax exempt status for church to be declared 'a charitable organization' allowing the contributions by members to be deducted from personal income tax. It has been used as a 'draw' to get members to give money in the first place, increasingly so over time. Is there any real church that has not succumbed to this idol? I know of none. It also restricts what can and cannot be taught by the church, most notably from the pulpit---no political statements or endorsements are allowed. So much for separation of church and state. In Europe, Canada, and the US, some have been arrested for such political activities, and worse, arrested for speaking the truth from the Word on a variety of politically incorrect topics like the sodomite agenda and islam, "hate speech" being the charge.

Acceptance of the homosexual as being "normal" (so says the APA), the 'marriage' thereof, the "gay" Christian fully accepted in the church, etc. is more than enough to show the current judgment of God on His house. This abomination is left unabated to run wild, I fear that forced participation may be in the near future as a sign of genuine acceptance.

Then there is the fruit of Matt. 23:15 being displayed on grand and growing scale. Bible colleges and seminaries are churning out hireling "pastors" and  assorted types of self-important teachers who are, indeed, twofold more a child of hell than were their instructors---no denomination or institution is immune from this as is evidenced by the product they produce. When doctrine (Biblical Truth) is thrown out in favor of the mystical notion of love and unity as it has been for many a year now, the result is more Biblically stupid men trying to teach as 'truth' the fantasies of their mind that they were taught by their teachers. Amazingly, many of these highly educated and learned men claim to be infallible---challenge one and be prepared for the unveiling of their wickedness.

Then there is the Jesuit/Arminian/Ecumenical clap-trap that has been successful for hundreds of years in deceiving men into believing the lie and now finds itself a new and rejuvenated friend in nearly every pulpit in the land---not just the USA. Seminary taught men have long ago abandoned the Scriptures in favor of their fantasies, you know the one that says a man can determine his eternal  destiny by a simple decision. The former stalwarts were the Baptists, even the SBC and the Reformed types, but nearly all have abandoned this heritage for the sake of unity---and that with Rome---and have blasphemed God by degrading Him to a creature like unto a man, like themselves, like their idol.

What of the Jezebels of our day, who parade themselves as being "anointed by God" to do all manner of things and that in the Name of Christ, while they discount and ignore Matt. 7:21-23. They claim the status of prophet, teacher, pastor and preacher (just like their male counterparts) but only spout more lies that lead men and women to hell. They even scream "touch not God's anointed and do His prophets no harm" while they themselves have no call, no anointing, no unction from God to speak in His Name. Their gatherings are nothing more than spiritual orgies with demons, while they promise life, they administer death. The Jezebels and their male counterparts are being given time to repent, but they won't, they can't, until they are humbled before the God they mock and receive the gift of repentance and eternal life. Said recipients to be determined only by God Himself.

It is necessary to revisit the notion of free will that can obtain salvation by it's exercise. I know of no greater blaspheme than this one against the Father and His Son. The ceding of God's final authority, His eternal plan for each individual person, and His ultimate bowing to the desires of His creatures is all incumbent in this fantasy that is a lie. These liars teach that a man must "cooperate" with God in order to put the sacrifice of Christ into action, otherwise, it will lay dormant, and therefore a sacrifice that is subject to the likes of those who killed Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. This leaves God out in cold, powerless to save unless and until a man avails himself of the opportunity. Gone is the Sovereignty of God in ANYTHING. Gone is election; oops! Christ was and is God's Elect. Gone is the need of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin and lead a man to Christ. Gone is eternal life since it was man's choice that got him into heaven, he can just as well choose to leave (this is the demented 'reasoning' I have seen). Gone is the need for Christ to be High Priest since man has usurped that position. Christ is no longer King, since man dethroned His Father by an act of his will.

All of the above and all that could be added to it are a product of depraved and demented thinking brought on as a judgment from God when we reject and rebel against Him. No one is immune. The things mentioned in Romans 1 are easily seen in the world, but remember, the judgment of God begins at His House FIRST. Look carefully and you will see this is so.

"Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen." 1John 5:21.

God's unsparing wrath on the land's abominations

A sermon from William Greenhill.

This is Greenhill’s Commentary on Ezekiel 9 ” 5 : Go ye through the city after him, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity; 6 slay utterly the old man, the young man and the virgin, and little children and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark: and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the old men that were before the house. 7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and smote in the city. 8 And it came to pass, while they were smiting, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord Jehovah! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy wrath upon Jerusalem? 9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of wresting of judgment: for they say, Jehovah hath forsaken the land, and Jehovah seeth not. 10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will bring their way upon their head.
The commentary of this is very powerful. “It was music to the enemy (The Chaldeans) to slay them in the temple itself, to dash out their brains against the ark and altar. ”

Friday, January 26, 2018

A solemn warning

This sermon from C.H. Spurgeon is a must hear for this present day. I've posted excerpts from this sermon a while back, this is the whole sermon and it is well worth your time to give it a listen. If you prefer, you can read this sermon at http://www.romans45.org/spurgeon/sermons/0068.htm


Biblical love


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Church unity

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

the sacrifice of Christ

William Nicholson, 1862

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed!" 1 Peter 2:24
These words are full of joyful interest to the people of God. They contain the sublimest doctrine of the Gospel — the sacrificial death of Christ! To this subject the believer can apply in every moment of spiritual anxiety and embarrassment, and find strong consolation.
Vain are your accusations Satan, vain are your lightnings and thunderings O Sinai, and vain are your scoffs O children of sin and folly! Christ is mine! He undertook my case of guilt and condemnation; he voluntarily became my surety; he stood in my place, and "bore my sins in his own body on the tree."
The design of Christ in coming into the world, was not merely to become an example of virtue, or to die as a martyr for the truth — as some affirm who deny his Divinity and atonement. What a meager view is this of Christ's work!
It is impossible to consider, with unbiased mind, the phraseology of the text and context, without considering that the death of Christ was sacrificial. Contemplate,
 
I. Christ as a Sacrifice for Sin.
Our redemption was mercifully purposed and devised by Jehovah. It existed in the fathomless depths of Infinite wisdom and love. The Son of God is the great efficient and meritorious author of our redemption. God redeemed us by the righteousness of his Son. "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law." Galatians 4:4
1. Christ was possessed of the highest dignity and glory. He was the Son of God, co-equal with the Father, infinitely endeared to him by an ineffable union, and a full participation in all the attributes of a Divine nature — and therefore must be infinitely superior to, and higher than angels. Yes, he is the object of angelic adoration, Hebrews 1:6. He is represented as being one with the Father, "In whom dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead," etc. He is called the Creator of the universe — the ruler of worlds — the Lord of Providence, and the Judge of all! Hebrews 1:2, 3.
The works of Christ on earth proved that he was more than man. Witness,
you blind, whose eyes he opened;
you deaf, whose ears he unstopped;
you paralyzed, whose legs he made whole;
you demon-possessed, who were saved;
you stormy winds, which he calmed;
you raging sea, whose rolling waves he stilled;
you grave, whose barriers he burst, etc.
2. Christ, that he might offer himself as a Sacrifice, became incarnate, Hebrews 10:4-8. "The word was made flesh and dwelt among us." John 1:14. And this was absolutely necessary, that he might have blood to shed, "for without shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin." This was absolutely necessary, that he might enter into the feelings and trials of his people, weep with those who weep, etc. Hence he was in all things, excepting sin, made like unto his brethren. He was seen and conversed with, as a man. He had all the members and faculties of a man; all the appetites and infirmities of a man. He was God manifest in the flesh. That body which was prepared, was the temple of God. As a Sacrifice,
3. As a Sacrifice, Christ was perfectly holy, "Such a high priest meets our need — one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens!" Hebrews 7:26. ""He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." 1 Peter 2:22. His friends ever beheld him as sinless; his bitterest enemies could never accuse him of one sin; he always did those things which pleased his Father, and the infinitely holy Jehovah announced from the most excellent glory, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Therefore the death or sacrifice of Christ, was associated with perfect innocence. In every other instance, death dips his darts in guilt, before they can inflict a wound — but in the impeccable Savior, he found none. Where then, O where, did death obtain the poison which rankled in the heart, and caused the death of him who expired on the cross? The only answer that can be given, is the sin of others — this it was that furnished the weapon by which the Lord of Life was slain. "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree!" "He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed!" Isaiah 53:5. This leads us to observe that,
4. Sin was the cause of the Savior's sacrifice. "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree!" The sin and guilt of the transgressor, separated him from God, and exposed him to the curse.
There is an evil in sin which no language can describe. It is more deadly than the venom of the adder, or scorpion. It is more ruinous than the famine or pestilence. What myriads of souls has it consigned to damnation! Sin has insulted the Divine Lawgiver by breaking his laws, and despising his authority. Sin incurs his righteous displeasure, and binds over the impenitent, like a criminal condemned by law, to the day of deserving punishment.
Behold, what sin has done!
The image of God has departed from your soul,
your affections are sensual,
your will is stubborn,
your heart is callous,
your mind is dark,
your judgment is erroneous,
your whole soul is deformed and defiled,
and you are treasuring up wrath!
Hence the unparalleled nature of God's love in delegating his only begotten One to die for the lost, the ungodly, the perishing! "Christ died for the ungodly. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us!" Romans 5:6, 8
From this mass of evil, remember man could not emancipate himself.
5. Christ, as a Sacrifice, stood charged with the sins of his people, as one who had undertaken to put them away by the sacrifice of himself. In fact, he took the sinner's place, "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all!" Isaiah 53:6.
This undertaking was a voluntary one, "No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord." John 10:18. It is as if he had said, "Let me be bound for the vile criminal — let me suffer for him! Let the sword of justice pierce my heart — and not the sinner's heart! Let me drink the bitter cup for him, and suffer the vengeance of eternal fire for him!" Yes, and the awful mandate was given, "Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me! Strike the shepherd! declares the LORD Almighty" Zechariah 13:7
What a burden he sustained! It was the heaviest burden that ever was carried — heavier than the weight of the universe — heavier than holding up the pillars of a boundless creation — so heavy that its weight was sufficient to have sunk unto endless perdition, all the sinful subjects of the Divine dominion. But, amazing love and power! He "bore our sins!"
He bore them His Own Self. "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree!" This expression is very emphatic, and necessary to show that he fulfilled all the ancient prophecies — and also to distinguish him from the Levitical priests, who offered the blood of other sacrifices. But Christ shed his own blood, and offered himself as a sacrifice. "He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption!" Hebrews 9:12.
The language also indicates that no other participated with him in his work. It was done by his own self! "Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? 'It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.' Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress? 'I have trodden the winepress ALONE; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing!'" Isaiah 63:1-3
Hence it is said, "He bore our sins in his own body on the tree." He became our substitute, but by so acting, he subjected himself to degradation, extreme sufferings, and an ignominious death. The death of the cross was the most dreadful of all others, both for the shame and pain of it. The death of the cross was so scandalous, that it was inflicted as the last mark of detestation upon the vilest of people, robbers, and murderers.
The manner in which Christ interposed for man was by suffering. This is corroborated by multitudes of Scriptures. Types and sacrifices prefigured this — prophecies foretold it, and the narrations of the Evangelists confirm it.
"Christ suffered for you" 1 Peter 2:21
"When he suffered, he made no threats!" 1 Peter 2:23
"Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body." 1 Peter 4:1
His sufferings were most acute and overwhelming. "Just as there were many who were appalled at him — his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness!" Isaiah 52:14. "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death!" Mark 14:34. "And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground!" Luke 22:44. See Psalm 22.
6. The Sacrifice of Christ was effectual. This is proved by the testimony of his Father, "This is my beloved Son," etc. Also by his resurrection by his exaltation by his intercession and by the determination of Jehovah to crown his undertaking with the possession of universal empire. "He shall see of the travail of his soul, and be satisfied.
The death of Christ shook the empire of sin, and insured its final destruction. "The Son of God was manifested," etc., and the day of vengeance was in his heart when he died for the redemption of his people. The crucifixion, by which the enemy hoped to overwhelm the illustrious Sufferer — became the serpent's defeat. No sooner was the doctrine of the cross proclaimed, than Satan fell, like lightning from Heaven, and the descent of this fiery meteor shall still be continued with increased velocity, until it reaches the deepest point of perdition! Briefly consider,
 
II. The DESIGN of Christ's Sacrifice: "So that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed!"
The design was great and glorious, being no less than to rescue the deathless soul from the defiling, withering, destroying, and damning effects of transgression; and by its effectual power, to clothe it with Divine "righteousness" here, and then to present it faultless before the eternal throne.
The fruits of Christ's sufferings are,
1. JUSTIFICATION. Christ was bruised and crucified as an expiatory Sacrifice, and by his stripes we are healed. Whatever guilt, condemnation, and misery sin has produced — it is all destroyed by the sacrifice of Christ. The children of God die legally to sin in their justification. By the exercise of faith in the Redeemer's sacrifice, their sins are blotted out — the guilt is removed — they are made free from condemnation. Romans 5:1; 8:1; etc. There was a very remarkable type of this under the law. Leviticus 16. "Your sins and iniquities will I remember no more."
2. SANCTIFICATION. Having been the servant of sin, the regenerated is now set apart to a life of "righteousness." This implies the mortification of sin, and a new, holy life of righteousness, according to the example which Christ left, that we should follow his steps.
Principles of a new life are communicated to the believing soul in the day of conversion — the principles of "righteousness," or in other words, of holiness, of love, heavenly-mindedness, confidence in God, and a reverential, filial awe of his Majesty.
Thus the guilt of "sins" is forever removed from true believers when they are justified — but the power also is taken away by sanctification. He who gave his Son for us, gives also his Holy Spirit to us. He will not allow sin to rule over his people. They are united to Christ by faith, and "sanctified by the faith that is in him."
Finally, he will finally remove sin altogether, its existence, as well as its effects! "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Revelation 21:4

APPLICATION.
1. Behold Christ as the only Source of salvation. "By his stripes we are healed!" By his sufferings and death . . .
the legal wound of guilt is healed,
the spiritual wounds of the soul are healed,
and also its spiritual sorrows and sufferings.
2. Behold the amazing love of Christ. "He bore our sins in his body on the tree!" "By his stripes, we are healed!" What love! Comparisons can give but a very imperfect view of this love which surpasses knowledge. Though we should suppose all the love of all the men that ever were, or will be, on the earth, and all the love of all the angels in Heaven, united in one heart — it would be but a cold heart, compared to that which was pierced by the soldier's spear!
3. Show your gratitude by a life of righteousness. "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed!" 1 Peter 2:24

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

There are many aspects of the Christian Faith that set it far above the manmade religions of the world that only seek to justify themselves by themselves while ignoring their Creator, His eternal holiness, and His just demands and requirements laid upon all men. The Trinity, three Persons that are one God; the Son of God taking upon Himself the flesh and nature of a man via His birth into this world by His Virgin mother, Mary; the Son's simultaneous duel nature, fully God and fully man who lived on earth a completely sinless life before man and His Father; the predestination of the Lord Jesus Christ to lay down His life for the sins of the elect (John 10:38 and Acts 2:23); the direct action of His Father to "...make His soul an offering for sin" Isa 53:10 and 2Cor. 5:21; "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" and "He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you" Rev. 13:8 and 1Peter 1:20; the final, complete, and unabridged plan of God to redeem His elect was thought of, put into action and finished before time began, 2Tim. 1:9, Titus 1:2, 1Cor. 2:7, 1Peter 1:20, Heb. 4:3; and the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Man, in his manly wisdom, has brushed all of this aside, considered it all to be foolishness, hearsay, and even blasphemous to the god of his choosing. Little do they know that just as the Elect have been chosen for salvation, they, the reprobate, have been chosen for eternal destruction.

It seems as though the Doctrine of the Resurrection has fallen prey to neglect as have many other doctrines that get so little "air time" from today's jackal infested pulpits. It is just one more symptom of the 'falling away' that rolls on unabated like a juggernaut (fulfilling the Father's will). It is impossible to categorize the importance of the Resurrection in respect to all the other necessary 'ingredients' of the Gospel; any attempt to do so would be sheer folly. The Gospel, with all of it's attending aspects, is a "package deal" with no one part of it being superior in rank to any other part. Beginning with the predestination of Christ and His death note that it was 'before time began.' It was not an afterthought or an 'oops' or a plan "B"; no, Christ's death (and resurrection) was and is God's only thought for all eternity and all of the attending events are for His glory. The 'overshadowing' of Mary by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35) was an integral part of the Gospel, how else would her Offspring be declared Holy? No human male has produced anything holy. The same holds true for any and all of the 'parts' of the Gospel: no one aspect supersedes another; no one aspect can be altered or deleted; nothing can be added. These very "don'ts" are the same ones employed by man to debunk all of our Lord's Character and His Work---but only in their own minds and that of their blinded followers.

As with all the other aspects of the Gospel---the Virgin Birth, God incarnate in human flesh, the shed Blood of Christ, His death by the determined counsel of His Father, etc.---the Resurrection is unique to the Gospel and our faith in Christ. Why the fact that the Resurrection is virtually passed over by most people of our day is unfathomable. Of the many times that Christ spoke of His pending death only a few instances can be cited where His Resurrection was not also brought to light. Sadly, it is recorded that even His disciples did not understand what He meant by His Death or His Resurrection. The great sermons found in Acts by Peter, Stephen and Paul all include reference to the Resurrection of Christ. But the wisdom de jour passes by the Resurrection with a seeming occasional nod at "Easter time" and a bent to a 'take it or leave it' attitude. According to Romans 10:9 it takes more than a mental ascent to realize salvation. "Belief in your heart" goes far past a nod to an historical fact, it is just as key to salvation as is repentance---both of which are gifts from God.

Interesting Scriptures can be found that that tells us just who is responsible for Christ's Resurrection. Many verses tell us that it was the Father who raised up His Son. Gal. 1:1 is quite specific but so are other verses like John 2:19 and 10:38 where the Lord Jesus is just as instrumental in His own Resurrection as is His Father. 1 Peter 3:18 tells of the specific action of the Holy Spirit as Christ was "made alive by the Spirit." This should not be seen as some sort of competition or each Member of the Trinity acting independently of the others, rather the blessed continued eternal unity found in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This same Unity can be seen at the Creation in Genesis, but it is eternal, unending, and unchanged. What a comfort to see Their Unity in action!!!

No where in Scripture is the absolute necessity of the Resurrection spelled out any better than what we find in 1 Cor. 15. Verses 12-17:

"Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some of you say [overtly or by omission] there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty [vain] and your faith is also empty [vain]. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up---if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!"

Many evil men and women have tried to empty the Gospel of it's power to save by finding fault with it, by picking it apart one piece at a time, by causing doubt, unbelief, and out right heresy to be offered in it's place, but the Word of God will endure forever, no matter the challenge. Acts 2:24: "whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was no possible that He should be held by it." The last enemy, death, was not strong enough to hold Him, will the efforts of mere men to deny, thwart, or delete our Lord's Resurrection have any effect upon His glorious triumph? Never!

May the Lord open our eyes to all that He has done and guard our hearts against the creeping coldness of the world.

"I am the Lord, there is none other."

Monday, January 1, 2018

The sin of homosexuality

As I went through some old posts, I found this and pulled it out to re-post....



I want to make clear that homosexuality is not genetic; it truly is a sin of choice. Homosexuality is birthed out of lust. Romans 1:24 says, ‘wherefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves’. God gives them over because they refuse to repent and believe. It is a form of wrath to be given over to your own sinful desires, yet all fail to even see this.  
An interesting find on a word study of the word ‘lust’ took me from the Greek word ‘epithumia’; meaning -‘a desire for what is forbidden’-, to the root word ‘thoo-mos’, which translates ‘the wine of passion, inflaming wine, which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with it’s strength.’
Sin is maddening, and yet, we all pursue it with all our might! The bondage of sin and the love of darkness cause this madness.
~ The more I read God’s word, the more I come to understand just how wicked and vile the human heart truly is, which is where lust lies. In Matthew 15:19, Christ teaches this, “for out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies; these are the things which defile a man”. The word fornication is from the Greek word ‘porniea’ from which we get our word ‘porn’. It means ‘to act as a harlot, or indulge in unlawful lust, things that are forbidden’, it is defined by Thayers Greek definitions as ' adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc.' You can take it all the way back to the root word ‘pe-prasko’- which metaphorically means ‘sold under sin, entirely under control of the love of sinning’ .  Christ himself stated that all who sin are slaves to sin, and all love darkness more than light. So no one is a 'victim', for every single person ever born only desires to feed their sins continually until the day they die.

Homosexuals are acting out and living out what lies within their own hearts! This is true with all sexual immorality; it is birthed out of the lust of the sinful human heart. It is also what defiles man, or makes unclean, as Christ Himself teaches. The bible is clear, nothing defiled will enter God's kingdom. 

~Another key verse is found in James 1:13 and 14. James says,” Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed {or allured, deceived} by his own lust {or forbidden desires}.” God’s word makes it clear that all sin is chosen and acted upon by the sinner, as he/she gives in to the forbidden lust within their own hearts; not one person will escape accountability apart from repentance and believing in the Gospel. The body of Christ must understand this in order to prevent from compromising the truth when proclaiming the Gospel to homosexuals. The Gospel is the greatest need for all sinners- the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is indeed good news. Yet, the world rejects this good news. All live for the here and now and all have no concern for  what will happen to them when they die- they  do not consider such 'morbid thinking'. 

The world needs to hear of Christ and His atoning sacrifice, and of God's undeserving mercy on sinners. The short amount of time left will soon be gone, Christ will come, and all hope will be lost.