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Paul and Homosexuality

Paul and Homosexuality

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While Jesus ministered to a Jewish audience who lived under the Mosaic Law, Paul was called to be the Apostle to the gentiles. His ministry took him primarily into the Greco-Roman culture, the heart of the gentile community. One of the longest passages that addresses the subject of homosexuality is the first chapter of Paul’s epistle to the Romans. Some folks try to tell us that this chapter is all about idolatry. However, this isn’t true, but it is partially true. Paul addresses the degradation of mankind’s relationship with God, and the consequential degradation of human relationships that resulted from the ruin of mankind’s bond to the Lord. Once one destroys one’s connection to the Reality, one’s image of the Reality cannot stand for long. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Homosexuality and the Law of Moses

Love of God

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For some time it seems that homosexuality was considered the worst sin anyone could commit. I know from my own experience, brethren have held out this lifestyle as the chief of sinful behavior. Yet, these same folks seem to wink at adultery and divorce. Many of us have friends, perhaps even family members, who are divorced, once, twice perhaps even three times, but, while we associate with these sinners, we don’t associate with gay people (as a rule; there are exceptions). We befriend folks we know to be adulterers and at times eagerly listen to their bragging / confession about their sexual escapades, but who would want to listen to a gay’s night out? Gay bashing is also forgivable, because, after all, they deserve it—don’t they? God hates gays—doesn’t he (John 3:16). Jesus died for adulterers, murderers, thieves, idolaters, but not gays—right? Do we really get to choose whose sins are the greatest, or who is and who is not forgiven? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Why Has God Made Me Gay?

God Made Me Gay

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Many people, who make the claim to be gay, tell us they were always gay; they were born gay; i.e. God made them gay. I have trouble embracing this idea as true, because homosexuality is defined as a sin in the word of God, and Scripture never lays the blame for sin at the Lord’s feet. He takes responsibility for our sins upon himself, because he loves us, but he is sinless and doesn’t tempt us to sin. I don’t mean to say gay folks are liars for saying they’re born gay, because I believe they are being as honest as anyone can be expected to be. The fact remains, however, that babies aren’t sexual beings. What I mean by that is: they have no idea what sexual behavior means. They’ll play together, as friends, boy babies and girl babies, without even thinking about sex or gender. The matter of being gay is, in reality, a mystery, as far as how it all begins is concerned. Sociologists don’t know why people are gay. Oh, perhaps some have strong opinions and think or say they know, but by and large no one knows why so many of us are gay. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Spiritual Babylon the Great Harlot

Babylon -- Mystery

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We are told that in chapter 17 of the Apocalypse, the angel took John into a wilderness, and John said he was in the spirit (Revelation 17:3). In other words this was not a physical experience for John. The angel brought him into a wilderness in vision (cp. Ezekiel 11:34). Moreover, the text says that John saw a woman and a beast. He described the beast as scarlet in color, having seven heads and ten horns, and it was also full of the names of blasphemy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Rebuke the Adversary Until I Come!

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Presently I am involved in a study of the seven churches of Revelation 2 & 3, specifically at this time with the church of Thyatira (Revelation 2:29). Thyatira was the smallest of the seven cities, but it received the largest of Jesus’ letters. The church there was commended for several good things it had been doing, and Jesus even mentioned they were doing more or greater works in their latter ministry than they had been doing in the beginning (Revelation 2:19-20). Nevertheless, they were guilty of permitting a false prophetess, Jezebel (the Jerusalem authorities), to seduce his disciples, removing them from his protection and authority. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The False Teachers

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God knows very well how to rescue the godly out of trouble, while still reserving the wicked for judgment. Both Noah and Lot were counted righteous by God (Genesis 6:9; 2Peter 2:7). However, at least in the case of Lot, the righteous had to be literally pushed by the angels before they would leave their wicked environment (Genesis 19:16). On the other hand, Zacharias and Elizabeth, who were also considered righteous (dikaioi – Luke 1:6), praised God for what he was doing in their lives (Luke 1:68). The righteousness of Lot is seen in the fact that both he and Noah stood alone in their respective wicked environments. God is just, and it is not his intention to destroy the righteous with the ungodly. Therefore, the believers in Asia Minor could take heart and be encouraged through Peter’s epistle (2Peter 2:9). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Grand Introduction Falls Flat

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When the Son of God entered our world, the birth announcement went out from heaven in the form of a multitude of angels, singing of the glory of God (Luke 2:13-14), but have you noticed to whom the heavenly announcement went out?[1] It was to shepherds in the fields of Judea (Luke 2:8-12). At first it seems Jesus’ birth is to be a big splash, but one would hardly send out invitations to men of questionable character and smelled of sheep! On top of all this they are told the Ruler of the universe, the Messiah, was born in a barn. A barn! That might be a good place for the shepherds to stay the night, but the Son of God? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Jesus

 

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