Apprising Ministries continues to warn you that there’s a very dark and deviant same sex storm, which is reaching hurricane force and is now only just slightly off the coast of the mainstream evangelical community.
If you need any further convincing of the power of the pro-homosexual lobby consider the recently concluded presidential inauguration where a decades old sermon snippet from ostensibly evangelical Louie Giglio surfaced.
Though I’m no fan of Giglio, in that sermon he rightly called the deviant lifestyle of sexual relations with members of the same sex, i.e. homosexuality, sin. It’s always sexual union outside marriage, which is sexual immorality.
Immediately upon this sermon surfacing Giglio was no longer welcome to give the benediction for Obama’s inauguration. Sadly, Louie Giglio missed the opportunity to bring the hypocrisy of Barack Obama et al to light.
Pastor Giglio should have said: “Go ahead; do whatever you want to me publicly.” That would’ve brought liberals into the open and he could’ve then preached the real Gospel, which would’ve been headlines in the secular news.
Instead he chose to cower under the threat of enemy fire and acquiesce to them as I previously covered in Louie Giglio Is No Hero To Be Admired. The bottom line in this matter with Obama and Giglio is really pretty simple.
For all their blather about tolerance and equality for all Americans, for liberals like Barack Obama, we now see that all Americans are considered equal or tolerated…except those of us who happen to hold a Biblical world-view.
We never truly were equal; nor will we ever be this side of the return of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Which brings me to a quick lesson I feel led by Him to share with you concerning homosexuality and the Gospel.
Warning precious souls, for whom Christ died—who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT)—of their sin and telling them the truth is not unloving. Even so, yes, you’re likely to be labeled homophobic.
However, I offer that Homoppression Is At Least As Bad As Homophobia. The homoppression to which I refer here would be lying to these LGBT people, and thereby, leaving them under oppression trapped in their sin.
In closing this, for now, let me help you to, simply, blow up a pet argument today by those who try and drive a wedge between Jesus and the Old Testament, which clearly does condemn the practice of homosexuality as sin.
Let me offer you some encouragement here; remember, our job as ambassadors of God in Jesus Christ (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:20) is to faithfully proclaim what the Lord has said in His inerrant and infallible Word in Scripture.
1) The message isn’t ours, so we have no authority to change it; and 2) be encouraged because it’s not our job to argue people into submitting to it. The results of our proclaiming His truth in the Bible is entirely in God’s Hands.
And the Lord has said — so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
Dear Christian, we are His mouth as we faithfully share with people what He has said in Holy Scripture. Now, as you discuss the subject of homosexuality with people today there’s one argument that will eventually come up.
It will usually come at you in a fashion similar to this: “Yes, I’m aware that the Bible does speak to the issue of homosexuality in the Old Testament. However, did you know that Jesus never said a word about homosexuality?”
I’ll make this simple; and we’ll merely concede that Jesus never mentions homosexuality pre se. A solid stance you can take here would be to remind the person to which you’re speaking what the Christian view of the Bible is.
As Christians we hold the view of Scripture that Jesus does; the Bible is revealed Word of God, whatever it teaches is true. Then you can politely share with them that the Bible indeed teaches Jesus is God Himself in human flesh.
Since they’ve earlier agreed that the OT addressed the issue of homosexuality, then you can now simply remind them that God has already expressed His views on that subject. Next, you make them aware God cannot change.
And so, there wouldn’t be any need for any new revelation on homosexuality. Then explain that, since Jesus is God, whatever God says concerning homosexuality in the OT—by definition—Jesus also says about this issue.
What is more, in the New Testament Christ Jesus tells us that God the Holy Spirit would speak for Him. The teachings in the NT are in complete agreement with the OT because God can’t change, so Jesus can’t change.
There’s simply no way around it for one who holds to the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God and to the Deity of Christ. God has spoken in both the OT and the NT condemning the practice of homosexuality as sin.
You cannot separate God the Father and God the Son on this issue of homosexuality, and Jesus did speak against sexual immorality. He likely felt that as God He didn’t stutter the first time so His view was already clear enough.
Don’t let those practicing homoppression obscure the issue. Homosexual is not a gender; a person is either a man or a woman, and each of us who are Christians are but forgiven sinners ourselves. We’re not saying we’re better.
In fact, one of the passages of Scripture LGBT people and their advocates consider “clobber verses” is found here:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
However, the very next verse makes it clear that, but for the grace of God, we’d also still be a prisoner of our sin:
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
Did you catch that; such were some of you, Christians. Sharing this with LGBT people not only disarms their argument that you’re being arrogant to speak to their sin, it also offers them a glimpse of God’s glorious Gospel.
There is repentance and forgiveness of sins, no matter what it may be, in Jesus’ Name. For anyone who’ll believe and turn away from it, the blood Christ shed on the Cross covers—and frees them from—any sin under the sun.
Sylvester Stewart aka Sly of Sly and the Family Stone spoke the truth many years ago in his treatise on tolerance entitled Everyday People. Sly stated, “I am no better, and neither are you; we are the same, whatever we do.”
He’s actually right; apart from Christ — I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh (Romans 7:18). The flesh here is the Greek word sarx, and it means our body in total, i.e. who I am—me, personally.
Yes, this sure does sting our pride; it cuts. Well, it’s meant to. However, it’s once I finally realize this inescapable fact then, with the great Apostle Paul himself, I’m driven to cry out:
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? (Romans 7:24)
And now, you’re ready for the Good News —Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 7:25)! The question to ask the liberals is: What kind of person would ever want to keep this information away from someone?