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A Facebook friend of mine responded to something I posted with the following:

” If my bible is correct, God made us all the same and loves us all. So with that in mind, regardless of being gay, straight, cross eyed or whatever, God loves us all. God made us all. We are all perfect in his eyes because he does not make mistakes.”

Let’s get to the point:  This is total nonsense and not supported by the Bible.

The best lie has a seed of truth and there is a seed of truth here—maybe more than one.  Yes, God made all of us and yes, God loves us all.  No, God does not make mistakes.  However, we are NOT all perfect in his eyes.  If we were all perfect in his eyes, then Jesus, as a perfect being, is no more or less than we are.  And if we were all perfect, then we would have no need for Jesus, perfect or not.

The writer was suggesting this argument with regard to homosexuality.  I still insist she is mistaken.

As a heterosexual male and as a Christian, I am not free to sin sexually.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t–doesn’t mean I won’t.  What it does mean is that I choose to live my life to the best of my ability in accordance with a book and a teaching that says certain things are wrong.  I don’t get to vote on it or to change the text to suit my inclinations.  However, I do have the right to ignore that book and do what I choose.  That’s called sin.  Homosexuals don’t get a pass either.  Sexual sin is sexual sin.

So let me go down a dangerous path:  Is autism perfect?  Is spina bifida perfect?  Is cleft palate or hemophilia perfect?  I don’t know anyone who would say yes, yet millions have been born with these conditions.  Science and medicine have worked to identify the conditions, study them, and research in search of cures.  If these conditions were “perfect”, then no need to cure anyone with them.  Yet one would contend that we were “made that way” by God if we were talking about homosexuality.  You can’t have it both ways.

Homosexuality is NOT normal and is not a standard God created in nature.  You may argue that there are homosexual examples in nature.  Show me two dogs with homosexual tendencies and I’ll ask you to show me the pedigree of that dog.  I’ll guarantee that you cannot prove mans’ intervention over millennium in creating the breed even if it’s a mutt.  Show me two wild animals exhibiting homosexual tendencies and I’ll show you the same species licking its own rectum—and then I’ll ask you how their behavior relates to humans!

We are not mere animals, relegated to base instincts.

We are God’s creations, made male and female for the propagation of the species.  Sometimes that special privilege of creating offspring doesn’t work.  That’s because we’re NOT perfect.  We live in a broken and sinful world and have broken and sinful bodies.  The same God that so many hate, despise, and reject allows us to choose our own paths.  From time to time, those paths are evil.  Occasionally, they’re hurtful to others.  And there are times that what we do impacts others beyond what we can comprehend.  But don’t blame God!

 

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The Bible teaches us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  But there are a few problems with this teaching:

  1. We’re afraid to tell others that they are sinners
  2. Others don’t like being told they are sinners
  3. We keep changing the definitions around what is a sin

One of the issues at play here is how we tell others they are sinners.  Put gently and in a non-judgmental way, it’s received far better than if the message is delivered, finger in the face and Bible in the other hand.  But each of us who is saved had to be told and/or convinced at some point that WE were sinners in need of Christ.  Our basic job as Believers is to share that message in love and to share Jesus as the answer.  Remember that this Christmas!

Now, if we aren’t sinners, and if we don’t sin—or if we simply deny calling sin “sin”, then we don’t need a savior, that is, assuming we’re correct.  And if we are correct, then Jesus died for nothing and the Bible is a lie:  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

The way of America seems to be this:  There is no Biblical moral code and there is no sin.  There are no moral absolutes.

This is why homosexuality is such a hot-button issue these days.  Those who are in it don’t want to be called a sinner or be made to feel “unnatural”, and those who know and love these people don’t want to be judgmental.  They genuinely want to be supportive and loving.  I get that.  I’m there too!

But that begs the question:  What do you tell your friend or family member who is sleeping with a married person, not their own spouse?  It’s called adultery and the Bible says it’s wrong.  Do you not call it sin and try to correct the person who is trapped in the relationship?

I hope you would!  You see, to the people involved, it feels GOOD!  It feels NATURAL!  It’s a case of “Don’t tell me who I can love!”  You see, I’ve been there!  I know!  And someone was bold enough to call sin what it is!  This person came and knocked on my door and told me that what I was doing was wrong.  Thing is, I KNEW it was wrong!  And so did she!  But we went there anyway!

Sin is easy!  Sin is fun!

The consequences in this life may not always be so fun.  Her husband wasn’t all that thrilled and the fact that I’m able to sit here today and even type this is a blessing!

We must call sin what it is whether it is heterosexual sin or homosexual sin.  WE ARE ALL SINNERS AND FALL SHORT OF THE STANDARDS GOD HAS ESTABLISHED!

We cannot pull God’s standards down to our level, and we cannot pull OURSELVES up to his.  If we could pull God down to our standards, the wide range of what’s acceptable would be as varied as there are people.  There would be no point in God being Holy if each person could establish his or her own standards.

If we could pull ourselves up to His standards, Jesus’ life and death would have been needless.  Point is, we need him and his atoning death to bridge that gap.

A few times over the years I’ve taken my young son to the playground.  He tries to do a pull-up on the bars but isn’t strong enough.  He simply didn’t have the strength to pull himself up.  He joked once that it would be cool if he could stand there and pull the bar down!  Indeed!  Not much of a pull-up and not a very strong bar if that were possible.  As his dad, I was happy to lift him up to the bar.  Relying on a strength outside of his own body, he was able to crest the bar.

Let’s be bold enough to call sin what it is.  Let’s be bold enough to tell others, in love, that the bridge ahead of them is washed out—that they need to stop and turn around!  But let us also be resolute in knowing what a sin is.  Society doesn’t get to move the goalposts in this game.  We didn’t invent the game, we didn’t mark the boundaries, and we just don’t get to change the rules whenever we want to.

 

 

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Look! Homosexuality is not the pet sin of the day or of the year. It’s been around for a long time and opposition to it has been too. If you’re tired of hearing the opposing view, consider that those of us who oppose it are tired of having it thrown in our face everywhere we turn!

We’re tired of the notion that those in favor have more right or reason to express themselves than we do!

Sexual sin, hetero or homo, is a sin! Call it what it is… I didn’t make the rules! Be glad about that! BUT I have broken them too! No-one of us in opposition is saying we’re perfect. What we don’t do, hopefully, is flaunt OUR sin and expect you to wink and nod and accept it–so don’t expect us to do that for you either.

The culture of the day accepting something doesn’t make it OK.

You have a belief system that teaches a point of view. You also don’t get to pick and choose which points are right and which are wrong–God didn’t make a mistake on making MAN AND WOMAN in HIS OWN IMAGE to be together and to form a union. (Phil Robertson is right on that point as well!)

A faith that has us cowering in a corner out of fear is what Peter had. I get that. But it’s time to stand up boldly and stand firm on our faith. Otherwise, it’s time to abandon the faith and just go off and try to be nice people–Humanists!

I’m not judging anyone here except myself. I’m admitting I’ve sinned sexually.

If I’m judging anyone or anything else, it’s God and the Bible. I’m judging them to mean what they say and not be open to revision by cultures that want to do whatever.

If I murder someone or steal, both called out as sins in the Bible, is someone judging me if they then say “murder is a sin” or “stealing is a sin”? Can you imagine a society where BOTH are OK and you are called a hater for saying some sinned by killing a person or by stealing?

Things are a bit crazy when good is called evil and evil is called good!

Isaiah 5:20

New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.

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People have asked this question perhaps as long as bad things have happened to people.  The answer is not simple—there is no glib reply.

In the shadow of the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, people have been asking this question once again.  I read one person’s comment that pointed out the irony of how we tell God to get out of our lives and then expect him to intervene when we think he should.

American society has pushed God and Christianity into a little box and tucked them away on a closet shelf.  No prayers in school, no mention of God at public events like graduation ceremonies, and no nativity scenes or crosses on public lands.  There have been attempts to eliminate “one nation, under God” and “in God we trust” from the collective conscience of Americans.  But when the worst happens, people question where God is.  Amazing!

Apparently, people want God to sit on his tower on the beach and to let them enjoy the day, only engaging them if they’re in danger of being hurt or killed.  Their behavior on the beach should be none of his concern.  The way they treat others is none of his concern either unless that person’s life becomes endangered and then, God can intervene on that person’s behalf.  You get the picture.

In order to satisfactorily address where God was on Friday night, one has to answer the question “What did you want God to do?”

If the answer is “Stop the gunman“, then you likely misunderstand the spiritual and physical worlds completely.

Occasionally, God intervenes and we call it a “miracle” when he does.  He chooses when he will and when he won’t intervene.  But as a whole, God has not been in the business of stopping every person from committing every sin.  And if you’re reading this, you’re a sinner (not because you’re reading this but because you’re human):  YOU  DON’T  WANT  GOD  TO  STOP  PEOPLE  FROM  SINNING! 

Truth is, some sins are “fun” and others have been relegated to “harmless” or “lifestyle choices”.  It’s a safe bet that you only want God to stop SOME sins and even then, probably only the sins of OTHER PEOPLE.  In short, you want to be free to do whatever you want to do.  Your will—not God’s will.

So when someone else ISN’T stopped and they do something bad or evil, we blame God for not jumping down and stopping THEM—not us for our sins but the other person for THEIR sins!

We all have free will.  We can choose to obey God or not—His will or our will!  But on this side of the grave, don’t expect for things to change anytime soon.  One day God will abolish evil and Jesus will return to rule over the earth and those who have accepted him as their Lord and Savior.  Life, in the meantime, will be filled with pain and suffering at the hands of nature, evil people, and at times, our own stupidity.  Don’t blame God!

MORE:

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/where-was-god-in-aurora-massacre/?hpt=hp_c2

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Gay?

Sorry!

I don’t believe or accept that for one moment.

The author of the opinion piece on CNN.com, Candace Chellew-Hodge is openly gay, the daughter of a Southern Baptist minister, and herself the pastor of a small church in South Carolina.  Gay issue aside, she really needs to check her theology.  No, I’m not talking about any verses that we typically hear trotted out to bash gays.  I’m talking about her understanding of real love.  She says, in the article, “that real love heals and never divides.”

I read an NIV Bible I picked up in England in ’84.  Here’s how a few passages in Luke 12 read:

Not Peace but Division

49I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!

     50But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!

     51Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.

     52From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.

     53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.

Apparently, Candace reads a more gay-friendly version that interprets Jesus’ words differently or maybe she doesn’t believe Jesus represents true love.  Of course, he is the epitome of love.  He is Love incarnate.  And while he did heal many, he also divides.

But one more thing:  As he healed, he told people to stop sinning.  He didn’t tell them to be taller, shorter, prettier, thinner, or less sensual.  He simply said to stop sinning.

That applies to the heterosexual sinner and the homosexual sinner.  To say “I’m gay” (which I personally am not) and therefore I am free to sexually debase myself by indulging in homosexual love and lust is equivalent to saying “I’m straight (and I am) and therefore I am free to sexually debase myself by indulging in heterosexual love and lust!  That simply isn’t the case and doesn’t hold water.  A “gay” person is Biblically called to sexual purity just as the non-gay is.  There is no double standard here—behave yourself and be sexually pure.  There is no gay option for being in a gay relationship and being sexually pure.  It just doesn’t work.

There are paedophiles who say “I like children” but we reject that as a society.

There are those who love animals and act on their lusts—bestiality is still a crime here.

But with so many gays in the land—with curriculum in schools telling our children it’s normal—with every network cramming it down the line to our TVs—and with so many celebs coming out, it feels normal.  With so many people cowering in a corner lest they be threatened, fired, or attacked for speaking out, it’s no wonder it’s being pushed on us.  But it still isn’t right!

Back to the teaser on CNN:  “God Made Me Gay”

Bull!

You (Candace or other gay readers) don’t know what made you gay!  I don’t believe or accept that God did that to you.  God allowed it but it’s most likely a hormonal imbalance that occurred during gestation that “caused” you to be “gay”.  It’s a fallen world and no-one is perfect, physically, medically, mentally, or hormonally.  Your extra testosterone in your female body (or lack of adequate testosterone in your male body) could just as easily have been caused by hormones in milk your mother drank during her pregnancy, how long she was on birth control before you were conceived, or any other number of medical and environmental factors.

Do NOT blame God for your condition or the immoral way you decide to act based on the condition you claim!  You have a choice as to how you act, even given your condition.  In that condition, you too are called by the same God to not sin.  It isn’t any less sin simply because you want to do it!

MORE:

http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/17/opinion-gay-people-dont-need-your-kind-of-love/?hpt=us_t5

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The church sign said:

God loves gays but hates a perverted life style     Romans 1:26-27    Turn or burn

The church sign was smashed by someone who apparently didn’t appreciate the sentiment.  The news article here questions whether the sentiment is free speech or hate speech.

This is something I’ve touched on before in a few posts:  Society has become increasingly intolerant and/or hostile toward Christianity.  The sign is not reflecting the view of that particular church, pastor, or congregation as much as it is reflecting what the Bible teaches on the topic of sin.  The point that is maybe missed by that church is that it’s not about one sin or another—it’s about sin.  It’s so easy to pick out one particular banner sin because of its prominence in the world around us, but sin is sin and this is but one.  The church also misses the point that no sin is better or worse, lesser or greater than another:

James 2:10. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

More broadly, Romans (1:18-32) says:

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness,  19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools  23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.  27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

 28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.  29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,  30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;  31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.  32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

I support the right of the church and of Christians to speak out on our Bible-based beliefs without fear of prosecution under Hate Crime laws.  Indeed, such laws seem to protect those who hate God and Christianity more than anything else.

But Prosecution and Persecution come hand-in-hand and the Bible tells us we will be persecuted for our beliefs.  When Christians are hated, derided, sued, and attacked for speaking our beliefs, it should come as a surprise to no-one.  Jesus helped and healed, spoke of love and forgiveness, and asked people to believe and live a sinless life.  For that he was attacked, arrested, stripped, beaten, insulted, abused, and killed.  And what was his crime?  Hate Speech—God hates sin! 

The church sign does not promote gay hate.  It promotes love for all people including gays.

The point of the sign is that our lusts and desires should not drive our behavior. 

We do not accept that a man who lusts after an 8-year-old girl is natural, good, or legal.

We do not accept that a man who lusts after a cat or dog is natural, good, or legal.

We generally don’t accept that a man who lusts after a woman other than his wife is ok.

But yet we accept that a man who lusts after another man  is ok.

When we agree that “man” can and should be allowed to follow or pursue his natural desires wherever they may take him, we will find ourselves in a society where anything goes.  The argument of morality based on anything other than a perfect standard can be argued away through Relativism and Cultural Acceptance.

The point the church should be making is that “God loves us all but hates a perverted life style     Romans 1:26-27    Turn or burn

MORE:

http://www.wect.com/story/15246917/church-sign-causing-controversy?hpt=us_bn5

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It’s a hot day.  You’re tired and sweaty.  Nothing would be better than a nice tall glass of some ice cold sweet tea.  So you stop at your favorite restaurant and order a glass.  Its brought to your table and just before you pick it up to drink it, the waitress adds a teaspoon of a dark liquid to it.  A bit surprised, you ask what she put in your tea.  She tells you it was a teaspoon of raw sewage.  The tea is pretty sweet she tells you–you shouldn’t notice.

So you drink the tea?

I think not.

Outraged, you leave and go to another restaurant and order a tall glass of ice-cold sweet tea.  The waitress brings you a glass of some dark liquid and adds what appears to be a teaspoon of iced tea to it.

You’ve had it—you leave.  You go home and make your own.

Whether it’s a teaspoon of sewage in a glass of tea, or a teaspoon of tea in a glass of sewage, neither one is worth anything to you.  A little bit of the bad stuff ruins the batch, and no matter how good the good stuff is, it can’t make that glass any better.

Fact is that a teaspoon of raw sewage added to a swimming pool full of water would make most people decide to get out!  And no amount of fresh water being added to a pool full of sewage would temp the average person to jump in.

So why is it that when it comes to our religious beliefs, we’re willing to compromise and accept pollution?

A family member visited a Unitarian Universalist (UU) church recently.  As I looked into what the church stands for, I was not surprised to find a doctrine of universal acceptance of religious and world views—a hodgepodge of beliefs that are not espoused by the church, but are condoned for the individual in his or her search for spiritual value.  The church holds to a belief that no one church or religion has a monopoly on the truth.  If that’s true, then the UU church must fall under that same statement.

The problem is that there is a truth out there.  And I believe that truth is what is in the Bible.

Paul, in his letter to the Believers in Rome, said “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”  (Romans 1:20)

What I believe is that man has been aware of the existence of a creator since man set foot on the Earth.  In his rebellion against God, man has found other things to worship and looked for other things to explain the world.  Anything but God!

Whether it’s Zeus and his followers, Jupiter if you prefer—or Odin—or a Great Spirit—man has attributed the creation to false creators. Man has looked at the evidence Paul speaks of and has made his own gods to explain the world.  Man has worshipped the creation rather than the creator.  And churches along the way have been adding their teaspoon of sewage to the glass.

I don’t believe God would set His mark in nature and a yearning for a significance beyond ourselves in us unless He also was going to give us some way to put it all together and come up with the right answers.  But just in case, a couple thousand years ago, He sent someone to help confirm and finish the story.  His name was Jesus and he told us that no-one comes to the Father except through him.

Jesus did not say we could get there through Brigham Young, Jim Jones, David Koresh, Sun Myun Moon, Bhudda, Hare Krishna, the Dalai Lama, Muhammad—the list of pretenders could go on and on.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6)

So here’s a challenge to you if you seek the truth.  If you really are seeking the truth, it is found in Jesus.

If you are seeking the truth anywhere else, you are looking for that teaspoon of water in a pool of sewage—you’re not going to find it.

If the UU church values the teachings of Jesus, then they cannot ignore his statement in John 14:6.  They are hypocrites to accept any other teaching.  

If they do not accept what Jesus said about himself in John 14:6, then they are fools to allow what they believe to be a false teaching in a church that wants its faithful to find spiritual truth.  They would be allowing what they may consider a teaspoon of sewage in their swimming pool.  

They can’t have it both ways and have any credibility.

True religion is typically not taught by any church.  Once a Christian denomination gets you to the point of accepting that we are all sinners and need the saving blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins—they add in all the other garbage that has come along with centuries of man making his own rules based on his own views on what the Bible says—or doesn’t say.

But the Bible itself says that “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  (James 1:27)

As for what we should do, it tells us that too:  “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

In simpler terms, as if the Bible needs to be explained any better, the Christian faith is (or should be) about our relationship to God through His son, Jesus, and our relationship to others through Jesus.  It’s that simple.

It’s not about where you go to church, if or how much you give, or whether you sing a hymn or recite a prayer when prompted.  It’s about having the right relationships with those around us based on the guidelines given by the One who created us and knows what is best for us.

Of course, so many of us think we know what’s best and what’s right…

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