Standing by Truth vs. Finger Pointing!
“God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one, and the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze (burning out, consumed) with lust for one another...” (Romans 1: 26, 27 AMP)
Good to have you back again for today’s “Truth for the Journey” - fourth in a five part series surrounding the subject of “Abnormal Sexual Behaviour in the End Times.” Now as we know there are many different sexual “orientations” nowadays but the most commonly known are; heterosexual, bisexual, and homosexual (including lesbian) however there is also a newer term that is not so familiar, which is called “metro-sexual.” According to the online “Urban Dictionary” this terminology is defined as, “...a normally straight male who possesses qualities of a gay male without being attracted to men. A metro often appreciates the finer things in life and enjoys making himself look good; be it through styling his hair or wearing fashionable clothes.”
Apparently “metros” are often, “mistaken for being gay because of their fashion sense and hygiene habits...!” It goes onto say, “An American metro-sexual is like your average European male. In France or Italy, men can be manly and work on cars and know about art and fashion at the same time. They are cool with that and don't need some special name for their less "masculine" side. In the U.S. we think men all have to be either dumb gorillas or homosexuals. There is some grey area!” (See http://www.urbandictionary.com/) Interestingly most folks are unaware that this terminology even exists!
Nevertheless whether “homo/bi/hetero or even metro – sexual” - we are “all” sexual beings – in fact we were all created to be “sexual.” Here I must also add that “every” orientation that exists can be guilty of “perversion” in fact I emphasise that “all” forms of sexuality has gone array - not just homo-sexuality. Therefore if we adopt a self-righteous posture, something that never has or ever will help anyone – least of all effectively reach homosexuals for Christ!
Instead we must humbly but steadfastly present the truth (without compromise or fear) even though the truth has the potential to “offend” we must never forget that it also has the “power-to-liberate!” We must never take the option/opportunity to receive or reject the truth away from people. We must never try to protect or rescue folks from the truth; because this is only motivated by self-preservation and fear not a genuine passion for their salvation. (Remember Jesus had the opportunity to “rescue” or “preserve” himself from the cross but He didn’t take it!) Therefore truth must never be concealed or muzzled and as scripture says we should never be “...ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth...” (Rom 1:16 (KJV). Consider that those very people that we might be tempted to try and protect from being “offended” by the Gospel, might just believe it and become set free!
In addition the very reason that I continually point out that we are “all” capable of “perversion” is because what we are really discussing here is the basic manifestations of “fallen nature” (or “the human condition” without God). Something which affects EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US! Not just singled out people groups or certain sexual orientations! And I say this in order to avoid any sense of “finger-pointing.”
We all come into the kingdom with an unregenerate mind; perhaps even with some demonic strongholds or oppressions. But the process of sanctification – putting off the old man and putting on the new – is a chance that we have all been given; to yield to God’s Spirit by living our lives from the “inside-out” rather than vice versa – when the flesh dictates. We all have the opportunity to stubbornly follow our “earthy-animal-instincts” or surrender to the Holy Spirit and be convicted by His purity - where we can be forgiven, our minds renewed and our lives transformed (see 1 John 1:9).
Its always good to know that we can not only be forgiven but also purified – which all of us have needed! In fact nowhere does religion give us the right to be “superior.” Instead we better keep our own lives in check because nothing separates us from anyone else – other than the cross of Christ. In other words the only difference between us is that we have accepted Christ death burial and resurrection and they have not yet! Yet 1 John 1:9 stands for all of us who are still in the sanctification process; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (NIV).
Today even many so called “believers” no longer come to Christ for forgiveness because they don’t see that they have sinned or done anything wrong. However whether we are sinner or saint; once again the Message Bible helps us out with its awesome clarity, “If we claim that we're free of sin, we're only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won't let us down; he'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we've never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.”
To continue however it has to be said that the gay community vehemently resent being seen as “perverse” or “diseased!” To prove this point I quote again from the “urbandictionary.com” where it’s definition of a homosexual states; “Homosexuality is not a perversion or a disease, but merely an aspect of sexuality that has been around for thousands of years...” (Note: this online dictionary is very raw in places so take caution when you read, yet I chose to quote from particular dictionary because it adequately represents a general view from off the streets...) It goes on to say, “Why are so many people homophobic? Homosexuals are great! Men should like gays... homosexuals by default don't add to the already grossly swollen human population” (bizarre perhaps but an opinion currently held by many... and I will refrain from quoting their more flowery speech used to “defame” the bible and its stance on homosexuality!)
Now I don’t say any of this to “elevate” or “advocate” an argument “for” homosexuality (such as selective ministers have recently done while “coming-out” on TV - confessing that after years of marriage with multiple children, they were gay all along). By no means! Nevertheless there is much that we tend to forget as believers (which does us no justice out there in the public arena) and our behaviour is usually based on ignorance rather than wisdom, but I am not suggesting that we compromise ourselves. Even if Jesus was seemingly “silent” about this specific gay issue, He was not silent however when it came to “fornication” or to “sin” as seen in Matthew 5:32 where it says, “...whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery...” The Greek word porneia is used for fornication here means: idolatry, harlotry, adultery and incest as well as fornication (see Strong’s # 4202). And fornication basically is; “premarital sex” or “any” willing sex outside of marriage – including extra-marital (adultery).
According to the bible fornication is SIN. And this is what Jesus specifically had to say about SIN, “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Whoever commits and practices sin is the slave of sin” (John 8:34 AMP). The rest of the bible has much to say about fornication, as seen in the following scriptures: Rom 6:12-14; 1 Cor 6: 9-10; 13 +18; 7:2; 10: 6-8 7:2; 2 Cor 10:3-5; Eph 5:1-3, 5; Gal 5: 19-21; 1 Thess. 4:3-5; Rev 21: 7-8. According to John 1:1-4; Jesus Christ is the Word of God. So even though Jesus while in person did not have oodles to say about sexual sin – the rest of His Word does. And HE IS THE WORD! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4 KJV).
Nevertheless let me further clarify by saying this; the word “homosexual” is just another “name-tag” that people use; whereas “fornication” instead identifies the “sin” and “spiritual-influence” that is behind certain sexual behaviour. So if Jesus did not focus on “name calling” or “finger-pointing” but focused more on the “root” of the issue – then we must do likewise.
All of us must continually submit our sexuality back to God, trusting Him. As most of us have found out the hard way that - “all flesh” is corrupt without Christ – especially our own! “Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands [who feels sure that he has a steadfast mind and is standing firm], take heed lest he fall [into sin]” (1 Corinthians 10:12 AMP). What a warning for all of us! We must handle all such issues with a deep sense of humility (again not false humility or self righteousness!)
The fact that none of us are “immune” is a point that brought out brilliantly by “The Message” translation of the Bible, “...we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don't be so naive and self-confident. You're not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it's useless. Cultivate God-confidence (1 Cor 10:12).
We saw this point brought out clearly in previous articles within this series – that usually the same folks who display much outrage for such “sensitive and controversial issues,” can be some of the biggest offenders! So let us not fall into the same chasm of hypocrisy. As I keep repeating – we are all sexual and all capable of sexual vice – regardless of orientation or name tagging. It is all just one big deception of the enemy to “distort and pervert” reality!
So it is certain then that a vast amount of sexual and emotional confusion exists today, mainly due to the fact that folks are essentially “disconnected” from God. They have lost their “natural affection” one to another - but also their “true spiritual and eternal identity.” In addition to this, it is true to say that “ANYTHING” THAT IS OUTSIDE OF ITS “ORIGINAL ORDER” WILL FAIL ITS “ORIGINAL DESIGN.”
In closing it could be said that while the whole world is in confusion about this issue – however the Bible seemingly is not! In fact the following scriptures could not be clearer! Take for instance the Old Testament in Leviticus 18:22 where it says “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” Or as our opening scripture in the New Testament read, “For this reason God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one, And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze (burning out, consumed) with lust for one another--men committing shameful acts with men and suffering in their own bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was [their] fitting retribution” (Romans1: 26, 27 AMP).
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father You have set in motion what is normal or abnormal. Your ways are perfect. You decide normality. Humanity is incapable of knowing right from wrong without Your guidance. Our moral standards are perverse without Your righteousness. Help me today to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness that all else will go well with me and be in divine order as You planned it. Amen (Matt 6:33).
CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Father according to Your Word in Matthew 6:33, I confess that I will “seek (aim at and strive after) first of all Your kingdom and Your righteousness (Your way of doing and being right)” knowing that true order will reign in my life and “all things taken together will be given me besides.” Amen
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WE LOVE YOU…!
Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’
Copyright 2010 © Alan Pateman Ministries