Homosexuality vs. God's Holiness
The Ordinance of the Amorites
Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 1:7
Today the Church is faced with a crisis it never had to face before in its 2000 year history. The crisis comes from homosexuality being presented as acceptable behavior by factions within the Church. Certain denominations such as the Episcopalian are promoting homosexual pastors and marriage. Bold homosexual ministers, actually living with a partner, stand in the pulpit promoting this lifestyle. On June 15, 2008, two Anglican Church, male priests "married" in an official church wedding ceremony.
On June 26, 2003, homosexuality was defined by the Supreme Court of the United States as a Constitutional right of privacy. This has opened the flood gates to advance the homosexual agenda. Soon after this, starting in San Francisco and then spreading to many other states, homosexuals were "married" in civil ceremonies.
In November 2003, the Supreme Court of Massachusetts demanded that the state legislature enact homosexual marriage legislation. On May 17, 2004, homosexual marriage became legal in this state. On May 15, 2008, the California State Supreme Court ruled that homosexuals were entitled to marry. On June 15, 2008, homosexuals began to legally marry. The floods gates are now wide open throughout America to advance the homosexual agenda.
Pastors within mainline denominations are "marrying" homosexuals. These denominations seem to lack the resolve to stand up against this trend. The Episcopalian Church among others is leading the way in promoting homosexuality. On August 6, 2003, the Episcopalian Church voted to install Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire . Robinson is a man who divorced his wife with whom he had two children and now lives in an open homosexual relationship. He remained a minister and then was voted a bishop. This is only one of many examples of how denominations are either passively or outright promoting homosexuality by not disciplining ministers who are advancing the homosexual agenda. The "church" has become a leader of the homosexual agenda.
There are now movements both within civil government and religious circles to sanction homosexual marriages. This never happened before in our history. This is unchartered waters for America . It is not unchartered waters according to the Bible because it states what happens to a nation that promotes sodomy.
Those who stand against this act are now being branded as narrow minded religious bigots who are against diversity. There is now a social tidal wave going on to promote, encourage and protect the homosexual act. Leading the way in this movement are both politicians and clergy who claim to believe the Bible.
In the very first chapter of the Bible, God ordains the union of a man and woman and the family unit. He ordained the marriage between a man and a woman. This was the plan of God from the very beginning: one man and one woman and a family. This plan of God has not changed and no law of man including the Supreme Court of the United States can alter Godís family unit.
Genesis 1:26-28 "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply..."
Genesis 2:24 "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."
In the New Testament, the Bible states that marriage is honorable in all things and that those who defile it by adultery and whoremongering will come under the direct judgment of God. The Greek word translated whoremongering is the same word translated fornication. This word is very important in defining what homosexuality is and will be developed shortly. Remember, marriage as defined by the Bible is a union between one man and one woman. You must always keep in mind how God defines marriage: one man and one woman.
Hebrews 13:4 "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge."
The Ordinances of the Amorites
Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again:
for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
God told Abraham that his descendants were going to leave the land of Canaan for 400 years because the iniquity of the people living in the land was not complete. There is a process for a society to be taken over by iniquity. In the case of the Canaanites, God gave these people 400 years to stop iniquity. God knew that after 400 years the iniquity of the people would reach its peak. The people would not turn from sin, but they would completely embrace it.
When studying Genesis 15:16 there is a key word in this verse. It is the Hebrew word translated full. This word is directly connected with the idea of friendly or friendship. The concept of this word is that when a society is friendly with iniquity at that point it is subject to judgment from God. Iniquity is no longer shameful or a disgraceful. It is not hidden or done in the dark. The people are friendly with it. They are accustomed to it. In Genesis 15:16, the Bible does not define iniquity: it simply states that there is a time for it to mature in a society and become full.
After the 400 years, the Jews left Egypt and came back to the land of Canaan . Today it is called the land of Israel . At this time, the Bible identifies what is iniquity. In Leviticus 18, God warned the Jews not to follow the ordinances of the Canaanites who lived in the land. The Canaanites and Amorites blended into one people; therefore it is also the ordinances of the Amorites that are mentioned in Genesis 15:16.
Leviticus 18:3 After the doings of the land of Egypt , wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan , whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.
In the above verse, the key word is ordinances. The Hebrew word means an enactment and is also translated custom, manner, and statute. By using the word ordinance the Bible is describing a society that is "friendly" with iniquity. Iniquity has become ingrained in the Canaanites by both customs and laws which makes it a way of life. For this reason, God is about to judge the Canaanites and drive them off the land. The judgment comes because iniquity is an ordinance of the society and not because individuals are committing iniquity. When a society makes iniquity an ordinance, this is extremely serious with God.
Later in chapter 18, the Bible defines iniquity. It includes such acts as: adultery, child sacrifice, homosexuality and bestiality. Homosexuality is singled out from this group and described as an abomination. Without any doubt, God strongly condemns the homosexual act as iniquity. There is no section in the Old Testament where God approves or condones homosexuality. The homosexual act is a very serious offense to God. It is linked with child sacrifice and bestiality. The Scriptures to show this follow:
Leviticus 18:20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her. (Adultery)
(21) 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. (Child sacrifice)
(22) Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Homosexuality)
(23) 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. (Bestiality)
The Bible warns that when homosexuality becomes an ordinance, social custom or norm, it will bring God's judgment on that nation. When the Bible defines iniquity, the homosexual act would automatically fall under the description of this word. In the strongest language possible, the Bible says because of iniquity the land will vomit out its inhabitants. The Scriptures to show this follows:
Leviticus 18:24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
(25) And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
(26) Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:
(27) (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)
The United States now is enacting, by both custom and law, the Ordinances of the Amorites; therefore the nation is defiled before the holy God of Israel and faces His judgment. By promoting homosexuality, America has become like the ancient pagan Amorites and has now come under the judgment of God.
America promotes homosexuality by custom with events such as Gay Pride Day, Gay Awareness Month (June), Gay day at Disney land, Gay Day at sporting events and events like Southern Decadence in New Orleans . There are gay clubs in high school and colleges. The political parties are pandering to the homosexuals for their votes. By custom, homosexuality has woven into the fabric of America .
America is continually making ordinances to advance the homosexual agenda. Sodomites can legally marry in California and Massachusetts while many states recognize civil unions. Homosexuals are now able to adopt children and gain custody of children during a divorce. There are now numerous hate speech laws which are being used to silence opposition to the homosexual agenda. America is a long way down the road to enacting all the Ordinances of the Amorites.
The Bible warns of God judging a nation that walks in these ordinances. When the corporate attitude of a nation is friendly toward homosexuality then at this point the iniquity is full. It is apparent that "the cup" of America ís sin is rapidly filling up. Americans hardly blush anymore at fornication and adultery. The nation kills over one million babies a year with up to 50 million killed since 1973. The legalizing of abortion was an additional Ordinance of the Amorites. Homosexuality is fast becoming a constitutional right. The only ordinance left to fulfill Leviticus 18 is bestiality. This is probably next on line to become an ordinance!
The New Testament
The New Testament also uses very strong language when dealing with homosexuality. In the book of Romans, it is described as uncleanness, vile affections and a lust of the heart. Those that practice homosexuality dishonor their body. This act is condemned in the strongest terms. The person with the homosexual drive is described in the Bible to have: "burned in their lust one toward another." Homosexuals do not have the love relationship that a man and woman share for each other. They have what the Bible describes as a "burning lust."
Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves
Romans 1:26 "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: (27) 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 meet."
The Scriptures indicate that when a person engages in homosexuality it is an indication they are under Godís judgment. The judgment is described as, "God gave them up." This happens when a person is in deep rebellion against God. This rebellion manifests itself in homosexuality which would then cause God to give them over to this act. They can be sealed into homosexuality.
A homosexual can repent and trust Jesus Christ as Savior just like any other sinner; however, those that are in deep rebellion against God and not just caught in the power of this sin are given over to it. There is a huge difference between being under the power of sin and being given over to it in judgment by God. A homosexual that is not a reprobate is one that knows the act is wrong and is under condemnation.
There are numbers of homosexuals who are not reprobates as they struggle against this iniquity. There is hope for them in the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ has more power than the lust of homosexuality or any other iniquity!
The reprobate has lost any conviction that the act is sinful. The conscience of a reprobate is dead to Godís conviction of sin. When someone is given over to homosexuality, they have what the Bible calls a reprobate mind. This mind is devoid of God and His word. The Greek word translated reprobate means unapproved rejected, worthless. It is also translated castaway and rejected.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient"
It is very serious to be given over by God to a reprobate mind as it has eternal ramifications for that person. The modern definition of the word gives a powerful description of a reprobate:
A depraved, vicious, or unprincipled person: one whose character is utterly bad.
This mind then is at war with God and hates with a deep seething all that is connected to God. God is holy: therefore the reprobate mind is opposed to all that is holy and righteous. God instituted marriage between a man and woman; therefore the reprobate mind wants to destroy it. In a real sense, the reprobate mind is a war with God. A person is given over to this mindset in punishment for not wanting God in their thoughts.
Ephesians 4:17-19 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
A reprobate mind is not limited to the homosexual act. The Bible goes on to say that the acceptance of homosexuality by a heterosexual is an indication of also having a reprobate mind. It is an overwhelming indication that this person has rejected God in his mind and is now living with a reprobate mind. This means a person who is a heterosexual but supports, defends or encourages homosexuality is also a reprobate before God.
Supporting the homosexual agenda shows a deep rebellion against God and classifies that person as a reprobate. To God there is no difference between an active homosexual and a heterosexual who condones this act. They both are linked to the reprobate mind. This means the American society is loaded with reprobates. They are clergy, politicians, judges and college professors. They are news analysts and Hollywood stars.
Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (The Greek word translated pleasure means this: think well of in common, i.e. assent to, feel gratified with)
God Gave Them Over To A Reprobate Mind
The Bible devotes an entire chapter to the process of becoming a reprobate. The book of Romans, the first chapter gives the process by which a person develops a reprobate mind. The first step is the failure to acknowledge God and being unthankful:
"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." Romans 1:21.
This is followed by denying the truth of God and His Word and believing lies:
"Who changed the truth of God into a lie" Romans 1:25.
Following the living of a lie, the presence of God departs from a person's life leaving a huge void. This void is filled by turning to sexual immorality and ending with homosexuality:
"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 women, burned in their lust one toward another" Romans 1:26-27.
When a person lives a lie, he drives the knowledge of God out of his mind and becomes a reprobate:
"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient" Romans 1:28.
The explosion in America of pornography, lewd movies, fornication, adultery, divorce, and homosexuality are all clear signs that the nation has become reprobate before God. The acceptance and promotion of homosexuality as being an alternate lifestyle is the key sign and the "end of the road" of becoming a reprobate. To God, those that give consent that sexual immorality is an alternate lifestyle, are as guilty as those who live the lifestyle. They also are reprobates - "Not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." Romans 1:32.
America as a nation is a long way down the road to developing a reprobate, national consensus. In 1963, America turned from God when the Supreme Court removed Bible reading and prayer from the schools. Since then the knowledge of God has been systematically removed from all areas of our society.
In direct proportion to the removal of the knowledge of God there also has been the acceptance of fornication, adultery and the promotion of homosexuality and child killing. The media and Hollywood glorify these lifestyles. The courts have established them as "rights." The college campuses are a fertile ground for these lifestyles. Even political parties promote them.
It seems the collective thought of America is now almost very close to being reprobate. As the nation has turned from God, multitudes of people now live lies and America has become nearly a reprobate nation. This has happened in a very short time. Let no one try to fool you. If a person accepts or promotes homosexuality, to God, he is a reprobate. The education, position of power, social standing - including position of religious authority, or wealth, of this person does not matter to God: he is a reprobate. America has many reprobates in very powerful positions of authority.
There appears to be no let-up from those of a reprobate mind to promote this deadly lifestyle. To those who promote this lifestyle, this issue has become as a religion. Homosexuality looks so normal to the reprobate mind. Following Godís Word brings blessings, health, and long life; following the reprobate mind brings disease, death and destruction.
The Lord Jesusí View of Homosexuality
There is no mistaking that in both the Old and New Testaments the homosexual act is identified as iniquity or a vile affection which is a grievous sin to God. In an attempt to neutralize the Bible, homosexuals and their supporters claim Lord Jesus never mentioned or condemned homosexuality. In their thinking, because He did not use the word homosexuality, then it must not violate God's word. This argument is constantly used by homosexuals and their advocates.
It is true the Bible does not use the word homosexual or homosexuality; while it is not true the Lord Jesus never condemned the act. The word homosexual was not coined as a word until the late 1800s or just a little over 100 years ago. The word was first used in Germany and then picked up later in 1892 in the English dictionary. The King James Version could not use this word because it was translated 300 years before the word was coined in the English!
The Lord Jesus very clearly condemned homosexuality. He used the word for His day which would have identified the homosexual act. The New Testament uses the word fornication to identify homosexuality. Once it is understood the New Testament used this word to identify homosexuality, then it is clear that the Lord Jesus condemned it.
The Book of Jude ties together homosexuality with the word fornication. The homosexuality of Sodom and Gomorrha was identified as fornication. The Bible warns that the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha was an example to those who would practice this same fornication.
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
The Greek word for fornication is ekporneuo, and it means to be utterly unchaste. It is the Greek word from which English derives the word pornography. A person who is utterly unchaste would have continuously unclean thoughts. That is why pornography is so dangerous because it can completely control the mind and make ones thoughts unchaste.
The Bible then defines fornication as any sexual activity outside of marriage. It is an inclusive term. Remember, marriage is between one man and one woman. The definition of fornication would then include: heterosexual relations before marriage, homosexual relations at any time, incest, bestiality, prostitution and pornography. All sex outside of marriage is considered fornication by God.
With this understanding that the New Testament identifies homosexuality as fornication, let's look and see what the Lord Jesus said about it. The Lord said that what comes forth from the spiritual heart of a man defiles him. Sin originates from the heart and then proceeds to action. Fornication is one of the sins that He listed which defiles a man.
Sin first originates in the heart, then is dwelt upon in the mind and then acted upon by the will. The Lord Jesus said that the act of fornication defiles a man. Fornication is lumped with the evils of murder, thefts, lying, etc. Both the books of Matthew and Mark record the Lord Jesus condemning fornication. He clearly addressed homosexuality and how evil it is. These Scriptures follow:
Mark 7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. (21) For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, (22) Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: (23) All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. (19) For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: (20) These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
The New Testament has more to say about fornication than just the Lord Jesus' statements that it comes from the evil of man's heart. In Scripture after Scripture, the Bible warns about the sin of fornication. The Bible in several places lists fornication with many other sins. These sins would include: adultery, idolatry, drunkenness, witchcraft, hatred, heresies and the list goes on and on. The sin of fornication/homosexuality is always listed with these other sins. In fact, fornication is usually one of the first sins listed. These Scriptures follow:
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness Ö and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 5:3-7 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints Ö For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
All the above Scriptures give a severe warning to those who practice fornication/homosexuality and the other listed sins. Each section of Scripture states the wrath of God will come upon those who practice fornication and they will not inherit the kingdom of God . The Bible leaves no doubt that homosexuality is unacceptable to God. These verses first condemn homosexuality and then gives a stern warning to those that commit this act.
Galatians calls homosexuality the works of the flesh and those who practice it will not inherit the kingdom of God . Ephesians calls those that practice fornication the children of disobedience. And, a person is not to let anyone fool him with vain words about fornication because it will bring the wrath of God. In Colossians, we are told to put to death fornication because it will bring Godís wrath. Look at these statements from the Bible, warning not to commit the sin of homosexuality.
Colossians 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Galatians 5:21 Ö and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God .
Those that practice homosexuality are called the children of disobedience, and they will not inherit the kingdom of God . This is all clear and straight forward. A person does not need a doctorate in theology to understand that homosexuality is a sin that will block a person from the kingdom of God . It is so clear that a youngster can clearly understand this.
If it is so clear and easy to understand, why then is homosexuality being presented as wholesome and loving? The answer lies in that the homosexuals and their advocates have rejected the authority of the Bible. Their minds have become blinded. There appears to be no fear of God in them, and the stern warnings of the Bible are ignored if not outright mocked. This is an extremely serious state to be in. The warnings are still there as they were 2,000 years ago. God in His mercy holds back judgment, but His mercy can only last so long until eventual judgment.
Why is homosexuality so special of a sin that it deserves promotion as a constitutional right? Is there a move to say that prostitution is no longer a sin? Or, that adultery now is wonderful and no longer wrong? How about drunkenness; is it now permissible and sanctioned by God? Does God now condone bestiality? The reason homosexuality is so special is because it is the sign of a reprobate mind. Those who have developed this mind or are in the process of developing a reprobate mind flock to defend and promote homosexuality. In a real way, the promotion of homosexuality can be viewed as the end of the line of rebellion against God.
In our day, homosexuality has been plucked from the list of iniquity as being a vile affection. It now has been decreed by many factions of civil government as being a right. In many Christian denominations, it has been declared a loving relationship that is acceptable and blessed by God. God never changed His mind about fornication!
There is a move on within these denominations to even "marry" homosexuals. One of the leading forces in America for advancing homosexuality comes from within these religious denominations. What is the final authority? Is the Bible the final authority or some clergy that states homosexuality is now acceptable to God and then conducts a same sex wedding? The Bible's warnings are the same today as they were thousands of years ago. God's plan for a family unit is one man and one woman with children. Anything outside this plan is either adultery or fornication as there is no middle ground.
The Supreme Court of the United States or some denomination can create an Ordinance of the Amorites, but this in no way alters what the Bible states. Many religious leaders are in rebellion against God and are false teachers. They are now deceiving multitudes of people about the character of God, His word and homosexuality. They have developed a reprobate mind and are trying to indoctrinate others with this mind set. They are wolves in sheepís clothing. It is startling to think that reprobates stand in pulpits of churches and speak 180 degrees from what the Bible teaches. Seminaries are now producing hundreds if not thousands of reprobates.
We now live in a time of terrible deception when fornication can be promoted as wholesome and accepted by God. The Bible warns of false teachers who will bring in awful heresies. These false teachers will speak evil of those who follow the truth of God's word. The Scriptures warn about false teachers who lie in wait to deceive. The following verses warn about false teachers and their heresies.
2 Peter 2:1,2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Why God Never Changes About Homosexuality
Because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy 1Peter 1:16
God never changed His prohibition against fornication and never will. The reason for this is very simple. God's very nature is holy. The very heart of God is holiness. Fornication is against His character, and He could never condone it or He would cease to be holy: just as God could never condone prostitution, pornography, abortion, hatred etc. God is not going to make an exception for homosexuality.
It seems that many people have completely lost the concept of God's holiness. Or, that God maybe be offended by the homosexual act. It seems that God is out of the picture and what replaced Him are the feelings of man. The modern thinking is, if a minister blesses homosexuality then God must accept it.
God will never accept fornication because it is sin that goes against His holiness. People can deny God's word. They can try and deny the truth of His word about fornication. They can lie about the Bible's teachings. They can twist the word to suit their own agenda. They can do all this, but it will never change the nature of God who is holy. God is holy and will always be holy.
Both the Old and New Testaments give us a glimpse of heaven and God on His throne. On both occasions there are angelic beings around Him. These beings are before the very presence of God. In His presence, they praise and acknowledge His holiness. The following Scriptures reveal this:
Isaiah 6:2,3 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Because God is holy, those that believe in the Lord Jesus are called to follow Him in holiness. That is why the Bible says that fornicators, adulterers, drunkards, idolaters, etc. will not inherit the kingdom of God . The Bible leaves no doubt that those who practice fornication/homosexuality will not inherit the kingdom of God . It really comes down to a choice of the will. The choice is God and holiness or fornication and uncleanness.
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
A person cannot have both God and fornication because God is holy, and He will always remain holy. Whoever thinks he can practice homosexuality, encourage or condone it, and be accepted by God is horribly deceived: "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am the holy." These people are living a life in total deception.
Godís Way of Dealing With Homosexuality
1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Because God is holy, He can never accept homosexuality. Fornication is against both His nature and plan for man. However, God does not leave homosexuals or anyone for that matter condemned to hell. He provided all that was needed to deliver fornicators from the powerful grip of this sin. Through the death of the Lord Jesus to pay the price for sin and the power of His resurrection to overcome the grip of the sin, homosexuality can be broken in a personís life.
The Bible explicitly states that fornicators can be freed of this sin. They can be washed, cleansed and justified from homosexuality. Justified means that the person can be treated by God just as if they never had sinned. The Bible in Corinthians starts off by stating that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God . Then it lists a series of sins which start with fornication. And, then it goes on to end by showing the believers are no longer in bondage to these sins. This section of Scripture from 1 Corinthians follows:
1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God ? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind Ö
(11) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
God is able to break the hold of fornication in a person's life. This is the glory of the gospel of the Lord Jesus. It is powerful enough to break the hold of any sin in a person's life. It is almost criminal that clergy preach that it is acceptable with God to be a homosexual, and yet the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus is there to free homosexuals from this sin and give them eternal life. These religious leaders are truly wolves in sheepís clothing. The Bible is clear that the homosexual can be free and live a life of holiness in which the end result is eternal life with God. The end result of fornication is spiritual death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. The verses to show this follow:
Romans 6:22,23 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Bible states that during the time just prior to the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ the majority of the people in the world will turn to wickedness. Not all the people will turn but the majority will. One of the sins they refuse to repent from is fornication. This sin is going to be in full bloom immediately prior to the Second Coming. It seems the world is heading into this time period with the explosion of homosexual acceptance and promotion in all areas but especially in the Christian denominations. The "church" is in the leadership of promoting the Ordinances of the Amorites.
Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
This is an unprecedented time in history. The acceptance of fornication/homosexuality is actually being preached from pulpits. Homosexuals are standing boldly in pulpits pretending to be preachers of righteousness. They are deceiving and being deceived. God never changed His position on fornication.
Those that practice this sin will not inherit the kingdom of God contrary to what false teachers may say from the pulpits. The Bible is the final authority not false teachers. The Lord Jesus said His word is the final authority:
"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 12:48
By John McTernan
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