Archive for March, 2015

Can the Homosexual Change?

March 8, 2015

Title: Can the Homosexual Change?
Text: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Time: February 8th, 2015

 

 
A few weeks ago I was in a discussion with someone about these silly and foolish laws, such as in California, that ban therapy and counseling to people seeking to transition out of the homosexual lifestyle. Yes, that’s right. In California and now other places, there are laws in place to make it illegal for counselors and therapists to attempt to help a person break free from the sin of homosexuality. These laws claim there is nothing wrong with homosexuality, therefore, any attempt to change a person from homosexuality to heterosexuality is harmful and dehumanizing. As Christians, we should be greatly alarmed by this legal development because it contradicts the biblical command of God to confess, repent and turn away from sinful lifestyles – whatever sinful activity it might be, including homosexuality. However, in the course of the conversation, I was shocked to find out the person I was talking to agreed with the laws banning so-called reparative therapy of homosexuals, saying, “They’ve shown that people can’t be changed, that they’re probably born that way, maybe it’s in the genes.” But that again contradicts the Bible outright, because God’s Word says clearly that sinners are not only called to confess and repent of sin, but also called to turn towards God in holiness. So if homosexual activity is a sin – which the Bible clearly says it is – then it must be, obviously, possible to cease from homosexual activity and live a godly, holy life. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.” I’m going to look at this verse closer in a few minutes, but to put it briefly – if this passage in the Bible is true, then it is not impossible for homosexuals to walk away from the gay lifestyle, it is possible for counselors and therapists to help people transition out of homosexual activity, and people aren’t “born gay” making it impossible for them to do anything but live out that orientation. No. According to this verse, it is possible for homosexuals to cease living immorally and live lives as God intended for them to live, either single or in a heterosexual marriage. We need to listen to God’s Word rather than gay activist propaganda. So let’s turn again to God’s Word and hear the truth on this subject. (more…)

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Valuing the Baby in the Womb

March 8, 2015

Title: Valuing the Baby in the Womb
Text: Exodus 21:22-23
Time: February 7th, 2015

 
A couple of weeks ago we passed the forty-second anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court decision Row v. Wade that legalized abortion in all fifty states. February 22nd, 1973 was the day the decision was handed down by the infamous Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Ever since that sad day Christians in the United States have been struggling in respect to what to do about the abortion holocaust. Well, abortion is still with us, it’s still legal, and Christians haven’t come up with any solution to eliminate it yet. As a pastor, I’ve decided that I would preach a pro-life or anti-abortion message every year in order to keep up the protest against abortion until it’s outlawed in the United States. So this year I’ll continue that tradition whether it has any immediate effect or not. For me, it’s about truth, it’s about principle, it’s about bearing witness for what the Lord God teaches us is right and wrong. Abortion is wrong; it’s murder. So I’ll keep on teaching against the murder of abortion until something changes or until I die, whichever comes first. The problem with the law as it now stands is that once passed and once the law is established it becomes nearly impossible to change because then it becomes a kind of precedent. We hear politicians, both Republican and Democratic, say that Row v. Wade is fixed law – that’s what I mean. It almost becomes something that gets fixed into the system and then it becomes almost unthinkable to reverse it. That’s the problem with bad laws, they just get established and their errors perpetuate generation after generation. It will almost take some great big revolution, either spiritual or social, to change something that’s so fixed in the legal system. But recently there have been some signs of hope for our cause against abortion. Not that progress has been made to overturn it, but there is marked progress in restricting it of late. The good news is that more and more states are restricting access to abortion, especially the gruesome late term abortions where viable babies are killed, sometimes even outside of the womb after they’re born. These kinds of abortions are more and more being outlawed in states. But even other kinds of abortions are being restricted through regulations and legal stipulations. That’s a positive sign. So it’s not all negative concerning abortion today. But what we need to do as Christians is continue to protest the whole idea of abortion, because, as I said before, it’s murder plain and simple. There are plenty of biblical references to murder or unjustified killing that can be applied to abortion, but let me talk about just one today, Exodus 21:22-23, “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life.” Let me say a few things about this passage. (more…)

Inventing New Ways of Sinning

March 8, 2015

Title: Inventing New Ways of Sinning
Text: Romans 1:30-32
Time: February 6th, 2015

 

 
I’m reading my email one day and I get an advertisement from Amazon.com, the online marketplace for books and electronics, saying, “Celebrate Transparent with us.” What is Transparent? It’s a TV show that Amazon.com produces and shows on its Amazon Prime streaming video system that just won a Hollywood award for best new show or something. So for the next few days I get these advertisements. What is this TV show? So I happen to have Amazon.com Prime so I check it out and I can’t believe what I see. It’s about a grown man who has a wife and kids but who transitions from a man to a woman because he thinks he’s really a woman trapped in a man’s body. That’s where they get the title of the TV show Trans-Parent, because he’s a so-called transgender and a parent. It’s the most disgusting show I’ve ever seen. This guy dresses up like a woman, wears make-up and says he’s being who he really is. He wants his family, his kids, to accept it. It’s pure propaganda and an effort to manipulate public opinion in favor of gay marriage and homosexual rights. It’s part of the filthy floodgates that were opened when the so-called U.S. president Obama affirmed gay marriage a few years ago. Evidently, that’s all that these Hollywood people needed to flood America with their moral filth. Next, I’m watching TV and all of a sudden I see an ex-Olympian Bruce Jenner dressed in make-up and wearing women’s clothes. This man was a decathlon winner in the Olympics, but now the news report states he’s transitioning into a woman – and it’s all being video tapped for a reality TV show. Again, the fruit (literally in this case) of Obama’s opening of the immoral floodgates of homosexuality. Now we have to put up with looking at pathetic men trying to be women and telling the world to accept it and get over it. We are literally seeing the complete moral meltdown of the American character. We are witnessing a moral free fall right before our very eyes. We are alive when our semi-Christian nation of the United States turns away from God and the moral slide into the abyss is witness to it. I can’t help but think of the New Testament book of Romans, where the Apostle Paul makes this statement in a discussion about when people abandon God, “They invent ways of doing sin,” Romans 1:30. What new way of sinning will we see, hear or read about in the news today or tomorrow? What new lows will people arrive at as they work out their total depravity before a national television audience? If Jesus hadn’t risen from the dead he’d be rolling over in his grave. Let me say a few more things about America’s self-destruction. (more…)

The Boy Who Didn’t Come Back From Heaven?

March 8, 2015

Title: The Boy Who Didn’t Come Back From Heaven?
Text: 1 John 4:1
Time: February 5th, 2015

 
A few years ago I read a Christian book about a surgeon who claims he died and went to heaven. He then wrote a book describing his experiences and explaining how his brain had zero brain wave activity yet he was perceiving objects and having mental experiences nonetheless. He argued for the survival of the soul after physical death. I was very impressed with the book. About the same time I was aware of some other books that were out in the Christian publishing world, books that also recounted experiences of heaven, in particularly a few books recounting the heavenly experiences of a number of different little boys. The one book, which I never read, came out as a full-length motion picture, and I was able to see the movie. It was interesting but not all that impressive as far as stories go. But, because it didn’t contradict anything I knew about heaven from the Bible, I categorized it as something that might have indeed happened. There was another book about another little boy who supposedly died and went to heaven and then returned. I was given this book to read, but I never got around to reading it. As it turns out, this little boy, whose story is recounted in the book I never got around to reading, as it turns out the story is false. The little boy admitted recently to making it all up. He also made the comment in the same statement that Christians shouldn’t look to anything or anyone except the Bible for information about heaven. That’s exactly true, and it’s just what I wrote a couple of years ago in a message about heaven concerning the topic of reported heavenly experiences by people who claim they’ve visited and returned from heaven. But I’m afraid Christians routinely fall into the trap of reading and believing too many supposed personal testimonies about heaven and other things, and they begin to put far too much weight in these stories rather than in God’s Word the Bible. I’ve seen it time and time again. Now I’m not against testimonies and recounting spiritual experiences. I find them interesting, inspiring and often helpful to my faith. But I’m always aware, nonetheless, that I don’t need any testimony to convince me of something the Bible already teaches me. I don’t need testimonies about heaven to convince me of heaven because I believe the Bible and it teaches me all I need to know about heaven – or any other subject. But the question is, “Why do Christian keep turning to these kinds of stories to strengthen their faith when they have their Bibles to do that?” Let me say a few things about this most recent disappointment about the little boy recanting his testimony about heaven and see what we can learn from this experience. (more…)