It seems odd that with so much to say about so many really important issues, that the first blog on the new “Pastor’s Blog” section of our website would be to address the recent redefinition of marriage by our Supreme Court. And yet, I really have no choice. Biblically it is only one of many very important issues, but socially there is nothing more important in the U.S. right now. The Bible is God’s Word and there is precious little that comes spinning through our lives that isn’t directly addressed and many times, corrected. As I have told you in the past, I don’t know anything except the Word of God. I don’t trust anything or anyone except the Word of God. I don’t have any opinion except the Word of God. My lifelong goal is to never open my mouth and say anything before I have considered what God says about it. In most cases, I prefer to actually quote scripture.
In the years and years of counseling people as their pastor, I have moved to the place where my favorite method of counseling has been to listen to someone, look up a scripture in my Bible, hand them the scriptures and ask them to read it aloud. Then ask them what it means.
So here goes. I am against any redefinition of marriage that would allow men to marry men or women to marry women because…(this is the part where I am putting the scripture in your hands. Please read it aloud.) 1 Timothy 1:8–12 “8 But we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately. 9 We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching 11 based on the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me.
What does the above scripture mean to you? What does it bring to the current upheaval in our nation and ultimately the world? Why does God treat homosexuality as one of many sins?
The scripture above is not from the Old testament, it is in the New Testament. Why is it there? Did God make a mistake? Did Early Christians make a mistake in including it in the New Testament? Obviously, I believe there were no mistakes and the Bible is inerrant. However, I can’t say the same thing about man or human history.
The worst mistake that has ever been made in the United States was made by the Supreme Court in 1962 and 1963. In three landmark cases the Bible and Prayer were removed from the public arena. Since then there have been hundreds of mistakes where various courts quoted those three Supreme Court mistakes, to the utter destruction of everything that really matters in this Nation. In a study of the educational system done from 1940-1962, the biggest problems with students were, “talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls, and getting out of turn in line.” I don’t need to tell you how much has changed since the three Supreme Court decisions in 1962 and 1963. Those who attended public schools in the 1960s and 70s never saw a police officer at school, much less saw one stationed there everyday as an armed guard. The recent rulings concerning homosexual marriage will have the same far-reaching effects as time goes by.
I don’t agree with the decision of the Supreme Court because it infringes on my and your Freedom of Religion. I am guaranteed the right to practice Freedom of Religion by the Nations Founding Fathers. It was their intent that no one would ever be persecuted or jailed for reading the Word of God aloud. And yet, there will come a time when I and other pastors quote the following passage of scripture, that this passage will be labeled “hate speech” and will be illegal.
1 Corinthians 6:9–11 “9 Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, 10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. 11 And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” And yet it is not hate speech. God loves homosexuals. God loves all the sexually immoral. God loves all adulterers. He loves all thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people. He even loves politicians, presidents, and supreme court justices. He loves all of us sinners. We are all sinners. Notice verse 11. …some of you used to be like this… The clear meaning of this New Testament passage of scripture is that God rescues sinners from destructive lifestyles. He loves us enough to give us a list and say for us not to participate in these lifestyles after we become believers. It even goes as far as to say that those who continue in such lifestyle choices will not …inherit God’s Kingdom…
As I said before, I don’t have any opinion, I simply believe God said what He said for a reason. The reason is that He loves us and wants to save us. The last New Testament scripture I want to share with you is a bit lengthy. But please, as I asked before, read it aloud. Consider what God is saying… Romans 1:16–32 “16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power or salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 17 For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith. 18 For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, 19 since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to
Romans 1:16–32 “16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power or salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 17 For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith. 18 For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, 19 since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. 21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles. 24 Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen. 26 This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 The males in the same way also left natural relations with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error. 28 And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong. 29 They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful. 32 Although they know full well God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die—they not only do them, but evenapplaud others who practice them.”
Why does God approach homosexuality as sin? Why does this passage open up the book of Romans in the New Testament? In the other passages I quoted God treated Homosexuality as one of many self-destructive lifestyles. Here in Romans God singles out homosexuality as the ultimate expression of self and sin. Why does He do that? I asked this question of a young man who had decided He was born gay. He had been told that by the gay community and eventually he believed it. I read him this passage of scripture and asked him why God says it way. He replied that he had been in contact with a “pastor” of a church that ministers to the Homosexual population. He told me that they simply didn’t read these passages. That the “pastor” had said that this passage was outdated and shouldn’t be read or followed. This is what the Bible refers to as a false teacher. You can read about them in Matthew 7:15-23.
People can always find someone to tell them what they want to hear. But as the Bible says, “What will it profit a man to gain the whole world, but lose his own soul?” God loves you and I enough to know exactly who we are, exactly what we think, exactly what we feel, but then to rescue us from ourselves, through Truth. One day every person who has ever lived will recognize God’s Word as Truth. They can deny it every day in this life, but they cannot deny it one moment in eternity. The blinders will be off and everyone will see Jesus as He is. For some it will be too late, because they repeatedly rejected God’s Word in this life. Everyone will stand before Him as sinners. Everyone will have sinned, in many ways. Those who have agreed with what the Bible calls sin, and have accepted Christ’s forgiveness for their sin will inherit eternal life. Not because they deserve eternal life, but because they confessed that they didn’t. In the end, God wins, Jesus wins, and those who are forgiven and covered in the Blood of the Lamb win.