Archive for the ‘Morality’ Category

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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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…)