Satan uses (Matt. 15:7-9) secular politics, social political correctness, civil law and (Rom. 1:18, Col. 2:8 & 1Pet. 2:1-6) false teachers in Church leadership positions to corrupt Church doctrine (teaching) and bring about REBELLION, DECEPTION, RECRUITMENT, AND SEDUCTION.
The first part of this offering scripturally describes how Satan uses false teachers to try to destroy God's Church. The middle part scripturally investigates homosexuality, a contemporary, 2/26/12, source of discord and conflict that is causing a rift in the Protestant Church in America. The last part scripturally shows the proper Christian attitude that should be exhibited toward homosexuals.
SATAN'S IDENTITY: Satan, the devil, is the great enemy of the church. He is identified (Rev. 12:9 & 10) as a dragon, serpent, Devil, Satan, and (V. 10) the accuser of the brethren on the job day and night. (Matt. 4:3) Satan is a tempter.
(1 Peter 5:8) The devil, Satan, is every Christian’s adversary (enemy) and is like a roaring lion, which is an active predator, seeking whom he may devour (drink down or gulp entire). If the devil devours you; you have become part of him. (John 8:44) The devil is a murderer, a liar and the father of lies and he will tell you any lie you will believe so he can murder you spiritually.
SATAN'S METHOD: (1Cor. 10:1-11) Old Testament people are examples for Christians. The King Saul example: (1Sam. 9:2 to 31:6) King Saul was proud and therefore jealous of David. Satan, "the evil spirit", entered Saul many times and magnified Saul's jealousy into hatred for David. Saul's hatred was more important than the fact he and David were on the same side in the war against the Philistines. THEN: (1Sam. 28:7) Saul asked Satan's fortune teller to forecast his future, she fed him supper (1Sam. 31:1-10) and Saul was later killed.
The New Testament Judas example: (John 12:6) Judas sinned because he was a thief (greed) which is based on lust and pride (he felt he was better than the other disciples and thus deserved more). THEN: (Luke 22:3-6) Satan entered Judas and Judas betrayed Jesus for money. (John 4:24) God is a Spirit (1John 4:3) and Satan is a spirit. (Luke 24:39) “---a spirit hath not flesh and bones,---" SO:
(John 13:26-27) The devil (Luke 4:1-13) communicates with, (2Cor. 4:4) blinds, (2Cor. 11:13-15) inspires and possesses people in the same manner the Holy Spirit of God works with people. AND: As shown, when a Christian sins he leaves himself wide open for attacks from Satan because Satan recognizes and attacks that soft, mushy, weak, sin spot in your soul!
SATAN'S PLACE AND AUTHORITY: (2Cor. 4:3-4) Satan is the God of this world and he blinds the minds of them who don't believe the gospel of Christ. (Eph. 6: 11-18) (V.12) “For we wrestle, (struggle) not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, (estates) against powers, (forces of influence) against the rulers of darkness, (world rulers of error) of this world, against spiritual wickedness, (demonically supernatural degenerately depraved malice) in high places (eminent locations)."
To aid in understanding; the above scripture is written again using the underlined definitions instead of the actual words of the scripture and no “juggling” or changing of scripture is intended: (Eph. 6:12) “for we struggle, not against flesh and blood, but against estates, against forces of influence, against rulers of error of this world, against demonically supernatural degenerately depraved malice, in eminent locations.” (2Cor. 11:13-15) “for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light and his ministers also be transformed into ministers of righteousness” and "a spirit hath not flesh and blood".
The only flesh, blood and bone bodies the devil has with which to perform his work are those people he has blinded, tempted, or by outright possession. (2Cor. 4:3-4) A Christless religion is a Satan religion. (Eph. 6:12) Satan's influence is why worldwide national governments always, at one speed or another, eventually work toward dictatorships by consolidating power while they promise service to their citizens.
(Matt. 5:10 & 22:17-21) As this develops Church persecution starts and the true Church, (Rev. 21:9 & 22:16-17) the bride of Christ, will be persecuted but the counterfeit church will bow to government edicts (2Cor. 4:4 keywords: blinded the minds of them which believe not) and for effect the governments, the Christless religions, unbelievers and the counterfeit church will kneel to Satan the god of this world.
A SATAN INSPIRED MAN: Here is an extreme example. The BTK (bind, torture, kill) serial killer was a Cub Scout leader and held a position of "authority" in a Christ Lutheran Church and none of his congregation suspected anything. He used the church computer to make a disk he mailed to the Wichita, Kansas radio station KSAS. The police traced the disk back to the Lutheran Church he attended and apprehended him. In one of his letters he claimed a monster had entered his brain and he blamed his crimes on a demon.
This serial killer, Dennis Rader, filled with unholy lust, a pillar in his church, murdered ten men, women and children. He even took one victim’s corpse to the Christ Lutheran Church and took pictures of her corpse in different forms of bondage. (Luke 22:1-5) Is what Dennis Rader did any different in principal than what Judas did to Jesus?
Both men wanted something, the Devil helped them and they both shed blood to get it! (Matt. 27:1-6 esp. V.6) The money Judas was paid, (John 12:4-6) because he was a thief and lusted after money, was gained at the expense of someone else's (Jesus) blood. Dennis Rader lusted after some sort of perverted, sexual, power of life and death over another person and that too was at the expense of someone else's (his victim's) blood.
A SATAN INSPIRED CONGREGATION: (2Cor. 11:13-15) “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for SATAN himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” An imitation Holy Spirit, imitation ministers, an imitation Church!
Read (3John 1-14) and, though unwritten, you can see Satan the tempter, the adversary, the predator, the liar working with Diotrephes' lust for preeminence (pride) just like he worked through Judas' greed for money. This is essentially a report about some church leaders both good and bad. (V.1-6) John wrote this letter to Gaius who had obviously been converted under John’s preaching and teaching because John claimed him as his child (spiritual child) and Gaius obviously did his work for God under scriptural Christian principals.
(V.7-8) John talks about some other disciples who worked for the furtherance of God’s kingdom and not earthly gain and John promotes fellowship and love between these brethren and Gaius. (V.9-11) John had obviously written a letter to the church there but an individual named Diotrephes who loved to have the preeminence (ambitious of distinction, fond of being first) would not let John’s letter be read.
Diotrephes was filled with sinful pride. He would do anything, say anything, (V.10) even to casting true Christians out of HIS church to protect HIS exalted position as top leader in that particular congregation. It isn’t very hard to see Diotrephes (2 Tim. 4:3-4) “scratching itching ears” and (Titus 1:15-16) professing that he knew God; but in works Diotrephes denied God. (V.12-14) John makes some small talk that doesn’t pertain to the import of the main message that Diotrephes didn’t care if he caused someone to go to hell including himself! Diotrephes worshipped god "self" through the power of Satan!
A SATAN INSPIRED VISIBLE CHURCH: (2Pet. 2:1) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily (privately, alongside of) shall bring in DAMNABLE (destruction, ruin) HERESIES (make to doubt), even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways;” If you deny Jesus' message you have denied Jesus.
(2Tim. 4:3-4) “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto (to follow after) fables (tales).”
It is obvious there are "Christians" with a (2Tim. 3:1-5) “form of godliness” who are selectively obeying God’s word and who preach, teach and practice doctrines (learning, instruction, teaching) that are in contradiction to the Holy Bible. The church today, 2/26/12, is locked in the struggle of whether or not to accept homosexuality as a viable lifestyle into God's Church.
(ROM. 1:1-32) Homosexual lifestyle is a perfect example to use while investigating how DAMNABLE HERESIES ARE BROUGHT INTO CHURCH DOCTRINE (teaching). (1Cor. 12:10 key: discerning of spirits) Pray, see and understand the Devil's confusing, blinding, inspiring, tempting, and possessing as he constructs this deception, recruitment, and seduction based on his own rebellion against God as he helps this group of Christians destroy themselves while they follow their own carnal desires.
(Rom. 1:6-7 keywords: called, beloved of God, saints) Paul is obviously writing to the Christians at Rome and, of course, he expects his letter to be read and studied by the whole Church. What would be the point in writing the letter if it wasn't shared by the whole Church? That is why Paul's letters still have God's wisdom, instructions and authority for the whole Church today.
(Rom. 1:1-32): (V.1-5) Paul declares his authority and apostleship are from Jesus through the Holy Spirit (the spirit of holiness). (V.6) Paul states there is a general, binding relationship between all Christians through the calling of Jesus Christ. (V.7-12 esp. V.7 keyword: saints) Paul's salutation compliments are to these Christians (beloved of God, saints) at Rome, for their faith and all Christians from then on to us; you either believe the Bible or you don't; every person must make that individual choice.
Paul states he is concerned about them by stating he always prays for them and that he desires a prosperous journey by the will of God to come to them. When we think about the word prosperous we automatically think of making money but prosperous actually applies to anything in which "gain" is accomplished. Example: If you go to Church and learn a Biblical truth that helps you become a stronger Christian you have been spiritually prosperous (to help on the road and to succeed in reaching).
(V.13-16) Paul states he had wanted to come to Rome several times in the past but was hindered as you can plainly see when you read about his journeys in the book of The Acts of the Apostles commonly called "Acts". Strangely enough Paul states he is a debtor (something owed) to the Greeks (a gentile, a non-Jew, a member of the Hellenistic Greek speaking culture around the Mediterranean Sea), Barbarians (a foreigner, a non-Greek), the wise (intelligent) and the unwise (unintelligent).
(Acts 9:10-15) Paul took his job as the Apostle to the Gentiles seriously; God had sent Paul to the Gentiles and thus Paul owed them his preaching of the salvation message of Jesus (their prosperity is their personal salvation)! These people respected Paul and his gospel message and they "helped" him on his journey to Rome (God's prosperity is the souls saved). Paul was successful in his journeys to spread the gospel (Paul's prosperity is that he gets to go to heaven).
(V.17) "For therein is the (#1) righteousness of God revealed from (#2) from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." (#1) The "righteousness of God" God is against homosexual acts in both Testaments. (#2) from faith to faith is from Judaism's faith in Moses Law to Christian faith in Jesus and grace. From faith (Deut. 32:20 Hebrew keyword faith, which means to foster or nurse) to faith (reality of the salvation of Gentiles & Jews, the church).
(Heb. 11:1 Greek keyword: faith) "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Substance is the underlying reality that comprises all things and evidence is something that proves a point to a legal conclusion. Salvation under the grace covenant is actually a Christian reality (John 14:15-26) through the indwelling Holy Spirit (Heb. 4:12-16) according to the word of God.
(V.18) "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness (to live impious or wicked) and unrighteousness (moral wrongfulness of character, life, or act) of men, who hold His truth in unrighteousness;". God's wrath is against impious, wicked lives lived in moral wrongfulness of character and acts in violation of God's truth. Though they claim to be Godly their lives call God's word a lie and that calls God a liar!
(V.19) "Because that which may be known of God is manifest (shown plainly) in them; for God hath shewed (manifestly declare, open) it unto them." The words in them shows the scripture is obviously narrowing down to a group of people.
(V.20) "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" God had made sure this group of people Paul is writing about understood God because they had clearly seen the invisible things of God even from the beginning of man! How they could CLEARLY see the invisible things of God is explained below.
NOTE about the devil: (Rev. 12:9) The great dragon, the serpent, the Devil and Satan are names for the same supernatural person. The devil's method: (2Cor. 11:3 keywords: "as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility"; the definition of beguiled is to seduce wholly and to deceive. The definition of subtility is adroit sophistry. A sophist is one skillful in devious, misleading arguments). Sophisticated means to cause to less natural, to corrupt or pervert, to use sophistry. Basically the devil causes confusion!
Homosexuals do not procreate so they must deceive, convince and seduce members into their ranks. Don't forget: (John 8:44) Jesus said the devil is a liar and the father of it.
(1Cor. 14:33) "God is not the author (causer) of confusion". The only two sources of confusion are (2Cor. 11:3 keywords: "as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility") #1) SATAN, the devil, as shown when he confused Eve. AND: #2) A PERSON can get confused about their sexual orientation (Col. 2:4 keywords: lest any man beguile you with enticing words) especially when another person who appears sure of himself beguiles (deceives and seduces him wholly) the confused person.
Of course the devil is right there in the confused person's thoughts whispering and suggesting. The point is: Suppose the devil, social acceptance, civil law, personal character confusion and weakness cause a child or adult to become confused about his sexual orientation. Then a self-assured homosexual convinces him homosexuality is the way he should go. What if the homosexual is an authority figure like a teacher, coach, priest and etc? See how the deceit and seduction can happen?
Below is how a group of Christians were seduced into homosexuality.
THE REBELLION AND DECEPTION: Back to Romans 1: (V. 21) The numbering is the writers because this verse of scripture must be divided into four parts to be more clearly understood (V.21) #1) "Because that, when they knew God, #2) they glorified (honor, esteem, magnify) him not as God, neither were thankful; (to express gratitude) #3) but became vain (empty) in their imaginations, (internal consideration, external debate, reasoning) #4) and their foolish (unintelligent, by implication wicked, without understanding) heart (soul) was darkened (obscurity)."
Here are the four parts again and they are explained in the light of related scriptures. #1) (John 14:15-26 esp. V. 17 & 20 keyword: know) The only way to know God in this "Church Age" (John 3:1-21 & 14:15-18) is to be saved. So, the group of people addressed in this scripture (Rom. 1:21) ARE DEFINATELY CHRISTIANS.
#2) (Heb. 10:26-31 esp. V.29) This group refused to honor, esteem and magnify God for the horrible and wonderful price Jesus had paid for their salvation and they were ungrateful to the point of counting God's blood covenant an unholy thing in spite of the fact they had the Spirit of grace (Holy Spirit) living in them.
#3) (2Tim. 3:1-9) (V.5) "Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (V.7) "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (V.8) "Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith."
(V.9) "But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was." SO: This group became empty and profitless to God due to their internal thinking and external debate and they had reasoned and debated themselves out of grace and back into sin.
#4) (John 8:12) "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (Acts 26:15-18) (V.15) Jesus is speaking to Paul. (V.18) "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."
So, this group of Christians had abandoned the light of Christ and entered back into the darkness and the power of Satan from which salvation had brought them.
SATAN'S METHOD: (Luke 4:1-13) When the devil tempted (scrutinize, entice, examine) Jesus he first tempted (V.3) Jesus' soul to see if pride was there by challenging Jesus to "show off" His power by changing a stone into bread which Jesus must have desperately craved since He had not eaten (V.2) in forty days.
(V.5-7) Second, the devil tempted Jesus' human nature by offering to "buy" Jesus' loyalty with earthly things. Can you imagine the gold, silver, precious jewels, sinful and pleasurable activities of people, cities, kingdoms and etc. the devil showed Jesus? Third, the devil (V.9-11) tempted Jesus' intellect by using God's Holy Word drawn out of context.
In each assault Jesus defeated the devil by using and obeying God's Holy Word in the context of its true meaning and we can too. When a person starts rebelling against God's Word so he can fulfill his unholy desires (Gen. 3:4-6 & Luke 4:9-12 Jesus wasn't and didn't) the devil will be right there to help that person deceive himself through God's Word taken out of context.
EXAMPLE: (Gen. 3:1-6) Study how the devil deceived Eve from what God said in (Gen. 2:16-17) and then she shared her sin with Adam. People always share their sin with other people by the things they say and/or the things they do.
Read (2Pet. 2:1-22 esp. V.14-15 & Jude 10-13) to see how the devil uses his people to seduce other people into sin by teaching them how to sin. (Eph. 5:1-20 esp. V.11) Christians are to have no fellowship (co-participate in, be partaker of) with the works of darkness but rather reprove (admonish, rebuke) them.
Back to Romans 1: (V.22) "Professing (asserted, affirmed) themselves to be wise (sinister acceptation cunningly devised), they became fools (as a simpleton)." (Acts 13:8-10 & Gal. 1:6-8) People pervert (distort, corrupt) God's Holy Word so they can do just as they wish but the fact remains (Heb. 13:8) they cannot pervert God (2Cor. 5:10) nor change His judgment! Surely you can see the devil's work here because it is the same as it was to Eve; (Gen. 3:4-5) "You're smart. Go ahead and eat the forbidden fruit; God didn't mean that you will really die!"
(V.23) "And changed (to make different) the glory of the incorruptible (un-decaying, immortal, not corruptible) God into an image (statue or representation) made like to corruptible (perishable) man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things."
It is obvious these people started practicing idol worship. A Christian or any person can make an idol out of anything; self, sex, intoxicants, a ball team, a vehicle, a sport, job, bank account, yard, house, a social position, political position, another person, a relationship, a physical or emotional desire, club, secret organization, denomination, church building, or anything else that is more important to you than God!
Your destiny in eternity (John 14:15-23 esp. V.18 & 23) depends upon you being in a living relationship with God through the Holy Spirit! At whatever speed a Christian moves into idolatry that is the same speed God removes His blessing from their life and their relationship with God gradually turns into a cold, impersonal, religious rote. And why not; they are worshipping another god!
(V.24) "Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:" Do you see and sense the reluctance in these words "gave them up"?
(Luke 15:10) Since God exhibits joy (an emotion) in the presence of the angels of God when a sinner accepts salvation (Psa. 86:15 & 2Pet. 3:9-11) can you imagine the heartfelt grief and sadness God feels when a Christian starts (2Pet. 2:20-22) the long slide back into sin and back to a lost condition? BECAUSE: God will not force you to love, worship and serve Him against your will.
(V.25) “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature (created thing) more than the Creator who is blessed forever. Amen." Satan again; "Take these good things you can touch and see. God was only an emotional moment at a bad time in your past."
(V.26) "For this cause God gave them up (reluctance again) to vile (disgraced) affections (passions): for even their women did change the natural (physical, implying instinctive) use into that which is against nature (unnatural):" Satan again; "If it feels good, do it. Do your own thing. You've got to have your own space."
(V.27) "And likewise also the men leaving the natural (physical, implying instinctive) use of the woman, burned in their lust (coveting) one toward another; men with men working (accomplish, to finish, cause) that which is unseemly (shame), and receiving in themselves that recompence, (return correspondence) of their error which was meet, (impersonally as is necessary)."
Note: (Heb. 6:4-6) The word impersonally in the definition of meet means God has no personal connection to these people anymore because that was the exact time God removed His Holy Spirit from them forever! (John 13:21-27) Just like the devil said to Adam and Eve; "See? See? God didn't kill you. You're free. Show the world your freedom! Change your congregation or, better yet, start your own church." Investigate the homosexual church on the internet.
NOTE: Of course (V.26 & 27) are written about female and male homosexual acts. These definitions are from the American Heritage dictionary: Homosexuality (sexual desire for others of one's own sex), Heterosexual (characterized by attraction to the opposite sex) and Homophobia (fear of homosexuals or homosexuality).
(V.28) "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate (rejected castaway), mind (soul), to do those things which are not convenient (becoming);" God has judged them, He has removed His Holy Spirit from them and they have become rejected castaway souls. For effect God has said; "You don't want to know Me so I don't know you." What can be more fair than that?
No changing of scripture is intended, just the desire to understand the meaning of the content, so the above quoted scriptures (Rom. 1:25-28) are written below and the Greek definitions which are underlined are used in place of the scriptural words:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the created thing more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto disgraced passions: for even their women did change the physical use into that which is unnatural.
And likewise also the men, leaving the physical use of the woman, burned in their coveting one toward another; men with men accomplishing and causing that which is shame, and receiving in themselves that impersonal return correspondence which was necessary. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a rejected castaway soul to do those things which are not becoming. SO: The REBELLION AND DECEPTION have been and are being accomplished.
RECRUITMENT AND SEDUCTION: (V.29, 30, 31) These three verses give a very graphic list of sins this particular group of people are committing. (V.29) The word fornication is used in this verse and the only sexual activity mentioned in this chapter is homosexual so that classifies how the scriptures view homosexuality.
(Matt. 19:3-12) (V.4-6) The only sexual activity sanctioned by Jesus in the scriptures is the sexual activity between a male and female who are married. And then (V.9) Jesus defines the difference between fornication and adultery. Fornication is a blanket word that covers all scripturally forbidden sexual activity. Adultery specifically forbids entering into a scripturally forbidden marriage.
(V. 30) The words proud (haughty) and boasters (braggart) are used in this verse so this group was proud of their "successful" rebellion against God. "I guess we've showed God and them fundamental, conservative, Christians boys!" ALSO: The phrase "inventors (contriver) of evil things" used in this verse implies a recruitment and seduction (because homosexuals cannot procreate).
Jesus said in (Matt. 19:3-12 esp. V.4 & 5 then Gen. 1:27-28 keyword: multiply) that at the very beginning of man God had created them male and female and He intended them to be together in a heterosexual relationship and beget offspring and thus multiply (reproduce).
(V.31) The use of the word covenantbreakers in this verse reinforces the fact this group of people had been Christians because the only way to be in covenant with God in this (Heb. 9:15) New Testament, (Heb. 12:24) New Covenant, Church age is to be saved through (1Pet. 1:23) the born again experience.
(V.32) "Who knowing (to become fully acquainted with, to acknowledge) the judgment (majesty of God) of God, that they which commit (do) such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure (to think well of in common, assent to, feel gratified with, be pleased) in them that do them."
No changing of the scripture is intended, just the desire to understand the meaning of the content, so the above scripture is written below and the underlined Greek definitions are used in place of the scriptural words:
(Rom. 1:32) Who have become fully acquainted with and acknowledge the majesty of God, that they which do such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but think well of in common, assent to, feel gratified with and are pleased in them that do them. SO: The RECRUITMENT and SEDUCTION also have been and are being accomplished. End of (Rom. 1:1-32).
(Rev. 21:8 & 1Cor. 6:9-10) These scriptures give a list of sins done by people and they plainly state the people who commit them will not inherit the kingdom of God. When a thief accepts salvation he must stop stealing. The same thing applies to drunkards, liars, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, (1Cor. 6:9) effeminate, abusers (Greek word arsenokoites ar-sen-ok-oy-tace and means a sodomite) of themselves with mankind and etc.
AND they must stop sinning when they accept salvation. SO, according to scripture, homosexuals must also stop performing homosexual acts after they accept salvation. I personally know a homosexual who has accepted salvation, stopped his homosexual activity and is working and thriving in his church; so it can be done.
A Christian's successful relationship with God depends on how much they love God and how they cultivate Holy Spirit power through study, obedience and prayer. Yes, it would be easy to start a "thief church" that teaches stealing is accepted OR: a "liar church" that teaches telling lies is accepted OR: a "murder church" OR: a "homosexual church".
OR: a "whatever church" that okays any sin (Matt. 15:7-20 & Mark 7:6-7) but, according to God's word, that doesn't make it holy and (Prov. 21:15-16), according to scripture, they are the congregation of the dead. (John 14:15) As has been shown many times in this website the only "true Church" is composed of blood washed, born again, Holy Spirit led, Holy Scripture obeying, believers in Jesus Christ.
THINK ABOUT THIS: (James 1:12-16) "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried (approved, by implication to be accounted), he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:"
"But every man is tempted," #1) man's part, "when he is drawn away of his own lust," #2) the devil's part "and enticed (to delude, allure, entrap). Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren."
There are two forces described above; #1) man: (1John 2:16) Pride will cause a man to resent being told he cannot do something he wants to do OR: to be told he must do something he doesn't want to do. (James 1:14-15) Lust will cause a man to desire and take a forbidden thing, regardless of the cost, even if it causes him to lose salvation and Heaven.
#2) The devil: (John 8:44) is a liar and murderer and (Matt. 4:3 & 1Thess. 3:5) a tempter: (Rev. 12:9 keyword: Devil---a traducer) a traducer transfers across, to lead, SO: the devil encourages, aids and leads the rebellion, deception, recruitment and seduction listed above!
But Jesus (Matt. 9:4-7) has the power to forgive sins and (Acts 26:15-18 esp. V.18) Jesus has power that is greater than Satan because (Matt. 28:18-20) ALL power is given to Jesus. (John 14:6-23) Once a person experiences salvation that person can tap into Jesus' power through the Holy Spirit to resist temptation. You do not have to sin!
The social and political aspects of homosexuality. The Supreme Court of America is constantly defining what the writers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights intended when they wrote those documents and the Supreme Court's decisions become civil law and homosexual marriage will ultimately be decided there. SO:
Each Christian must scripturally decide how they will vote in civil elections concerning homosexual civil unions and if their congregation accepts practicing homosexual members each Christian must scripturally decide whether to remain a member of that congregation. Every Church congregation has some type of by-laws that guide their organization.
Every such by-law MUST be preceded by the scripture upon which it is based because the Holy Bible contains the instructions that guide how a church congregation is to be organized including the causes for the dismissal of a member of that congregation. If an individual is "singled out" for dismissal without scriptural backing a "civil rights" lawsuit for violation of a person's civil rights can be filed against that congregation by a "civil rights" organization such as the ACLU.
Basically, under civil law, any person, Christian or non-Christian, is allowed to join and/or contribute money and time to a protest movement. Any qualified voter is allowed to vote his conscience or belief in civil elections. God simplified it and made it plain when He inspired Joshua to say; (Josh. 24:15) "---chose you this day whom ye will serve;-------but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
As of 2/26/12 various votes and polls show a minority of non-church affiliated society agrees that homosexuality and even homosexual marriage is alright but the majority of non-church affiliated society is against homosexuality and homosexual marriage as evidenced by the Proposition 8 Bill vote in California. There are two major reasons the majority of non-church affiliated society rejects the concept of homosexuality as displayed by their rejection of homosexual marriage.
#1) There is a "societal Christian memory" left over from when the church had much more social influence and its Bible teaching that homosexuality is a sin. #2) The Bible says homosexuality is against nature so non-church affiliated people simply reject homosexuality through the (Rom. 1:26-27 keyword: natural---physical, by implication instinctive) natural instinct that directs people.
In other words people just naturally "emotionally feel" homosexuality is wrong and these two reasons for rejection are what "political correctness" is seeking to destroy in both the church affiliated and the non-church affiliated population. (Mark 7:7 keywords: commandments of men) Paraphrased: Just because its legal doesn't make it right!
(Matt. 19:4-5) Jesus said man and woman were made for each other from the very beginning. SO: Civil marriage (unions) between homosexuals does not right their sin according to God's word. Part 1 of the Introduction to Sin in Church explains how constitutional civil law will help bring on the destruction of America.
God's Word says (Rom. 8:7) "the carnal mind is enmity (hostility, by implication a reason for opposition, hatred) against God" and (Rom. 8:6) "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." (1Cor. 3:1-4) The scripture plainly states these (V.1) brethren (Christian brotherhood) (V.3 & 4) are carnal (flesh, unregenerate) because of envy, pride, stubbornness, strife and divisions. So there are carnal minded Christians who bring division within the church.
A Christian, a congregation, or a denomination that teaches a scripturally forbidden act or lifestyle is permitted is, in reality, embracing sin, justifying sin and giving "scriptural advice" that is wrong and will cause an individual to be lost.
READ (1Tim. 6:1-11 keywords: (V.5) withdraw means remove, depart & (V.11) flee means run away, escape) If you are a Holy Scripture believing Christian and your congregation or denomination has embraced the acceptance of homosexuality as an acceptable Christian lifestyle withdraw from that, flee for your eternal life and find a congregation or denomination that preaches and teaches the truth.
CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE: There is another aspect faced by Christians, especially the "hardliners" against homosexuality, concerning Christian attitude toward homosexuals. The Old Testament (Lev. 20:13) says Homosexual acts are an abomination and the New Testament (Rom. 1:26 & 32) calls homosexual acts vile affections against nature and both scriptures say homosexual acts are worthy of death so the performance of homosexual acts is obviously sin.
(Matt. 18:11) Jesus came to save the lost. (Luke 11:23) Jesus said; "He who is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth." (1Cor. 2:16 & Phil. 2:5) Christians are supposed to have the mind (soul) of Christ residing in them and the soul of Christ is (John 14:5-26 esp. V.9, 17, 18 & 26) the Holy Spirit and Christians should be occupied with getting the lost people saved.
PERSONAL NOTE: I have an acquaintance who is a homosexual and I have asked him to go to church with me many times. He and I have discussed Jesus, salvation and God many times. One day when I once more asked him to go to church with me he started crying; not the boo hoo type, but just a pouring of tears and a desperately wounded expression on his face. With those tears pouring down his face and dampening his shirt collar he recounted this story.
"I went to church a few years ago. After service the Pastor was shaking hands and saying goodbye at the door. My turn came and he asked me to come back again. I said; Are you sure you want me to; I'm a homosexual?" That Pastor jerked his hand back from our handshake like I was nasty and made a great show of quickly walking to the bathroom in the church foyer where we stood. He left the door open so everyone could see him while he thoroughly washed his hands. The crowd's eyes were boring into me and I've never been so embarrassed in my life."
(Matt. 23:13) That pastor acted in a carnal, (unregenerate) manner toward a homosexual because he let a human frailty (homophobia) guide his reaction. He did not act like a Christ representative. The Pastor was probably guided by his pride when he made a "show" of his religiosity by washing His hands of a lost person (sinner) in front of people and humiliated my acquaintance right out of church (Psa. 1:1-6) without inviting him back for an opportunity to repent and be saved.
If a homosexual comes to your church seeking salvation he or she deserves the same love, kindness, courtesy and respect you would show any other lost person such as a thief, liar, adulterer and etc. A Christian should show a homosexual the same courtesy, kindness and respect outside the church house as he does any other lost person. But, a Christian can join and/or support a political/social organization that is against the institution of homosexuality as long as he maintains his Christian life, through the Holy Spirit, according to the guidelines given in the Holy Bible.
"Homophobia" is defined as the fear of homosexuals or homosexuality. I have had people, both Christian and non-Christian, tell me that they don't want to be seen with a homosexual because they are afraid someone might think they are a homosexual too. This is for Christians. (1John 4:8 then V.18) "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." THEN: (V.18) "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love."
Remember this about God: (1John 4:19) "We love him, because he first loved us." (Rom. 5:8) "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (1John 4:17) "---: because as he is, so are we in this world." A Christian is expected to love sinners, period. Christians are not supposed to be a victim of homophobia; we are supposed to be a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and show God's love. The discussion concerning the rebellion, deception, recruitment and seduction accomplished by people and the Devil ends here.
(John 3:16 & Rom. 5:8) God loves all people. Salvation is open to you no matter who you are or what you have done. What you do after salvation, succeed or fail, is between God and you, as determined by God’s word, through the Holy Spirit of God.
(Phil. 2:5-8) Jesus, though equal with God, came as a servant. (John 12:26) Christians are saved to be servants of Christ and through that service (Gal. 5:13) Christians are to serve one another. Christians are free and our servitude to Jesus and one another is voluntary because we love.
Every opportunity to serve Jesus and each other, every day, 24/7/365, is a choice and Jesus said (Matt. 6:24) “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (wealth, avarice).”
(Matt. 25:14-30) Jesus spoke a parable about servants and their service and at the end He said unprofitable (useless) servants would be cast into outer (exterior) darkness (obscurity) where there will be weeping (lamentation) and gnashing (grating) of teeth. That sounds like hell to me; what do you think about it?
GOD BLESS YOU.