GCMWatch put the Word out about gays in gospel. It is a stunning and sobering reminder that music in the church is not as holy as one would think.
It’s horrific to know that sin could sound heavenly when coming from the belly of a person immersed in hellish sin.
Is your pastor permitting practicing homosexuals to play keyboard and organ in your church? Is there adultery and fornication going on in the choir? Are your musicians promiscuous? Are they watching porn and gratifying themselves?
Such was the case early in my teen years as a born again believer that this was happening in several Baptist churches in Brooklyn.
Case in point.
Over three decades ago, I witnessed something that I had no knowledge about.
Gays in the church.
While I knew that something wasn’t right, I wasn’t really privy to the horrendous activity that gays, excuse me, homosexuals, were doing. Even though it seemed innocent, the Bible is clear about the fact that homosexuals (catamites), sodomites, adulterers, fornicators will not inherit the kingdom of God (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
As a reminder, even, thieves, covetous, drunkards (defined as “tipsy”), revilers, (defined as “foul mouth abusers”), extortioners (defined as “people that prey upon others with violence”).
They will not inherit the kingdom of God.
If you think they are, you got another thought coming.
John said it like this in 1 John 3:7-8,
“Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.”
Then verse 10 says,
“In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God…”
So if you practice what Paul listed, you stand no chance of inheriting the kingdom of God.
You only knew that something was going on because of the way that males act or reveal the sinful nature of their father, the devil.
It’s not like this with all homosexuals because there are masculine males that would act masculine and the only way that you would be able to tell is when you are with them in the places where homosexuals congregate.
Any way, in church, we had homosexuals that played keyboard and organ. That’s right. In my first home church over 30 years ago in Zion Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. As a just recently saved teenager in the 70’s, I was propositioned by one of these homosexual musicians on two known occasions. He died a few years later, presumably of HIV/AIDS.
Then we heard of one particular church in Brooklyn that catered to homosexuals in the choir. This wasn’t isolated. It appears that this was almost every where.
In the many churches across all denominations, it just wasn’t homosexuality. Choir masters would be sleeping with choir members. Pastors would be fornicating or committing adultery with church secretaries. Deacons would have harems. Junior deacons from two local churches would be fornicating. Youth ministers would be sleeping with teen girls and molesting young boys. Music Ministers would be promiscuous, be involved in porn, and self gratification, commonly called masturbation, as well as fornicating, adulterating, and be bisexual in some cases. Praise and worship singers would swap husbands and wives, or be involved in orgies.
Perversion knew no limits.
And they would play, preach, and sing in church like the anointing of God never left them at all.
Yes, even in the 70’s and early 80’s, sexual immorality was rampant.
Here we are in the 21st Century, and it is MOAB. The Mother Of All Battles.
Sadly, we have grown accustomed to having music and sin in the church.
The two seemed inseparable. Pastors seemed not to get along without good music and good singing. The risk to do without it would cause attendance to suffer and offerings to decrease.
But what about God?
The church doesn’t deserve the presence of God today except in places where holiness is lived. The presence of God is something to be desired. We have reached the dry places and a famine of God’s presence is evident. We are desperately looking for ways to produce a worldly sound to attract the wrong crowd.
Homosexuals, adulterers, adulteress, fornicators, bisexuals and all sorts of lewd people feel safe and comfortable in church. The laws of the land have changed and they are challenging the church. So much so that LGBT is finding deceptive ways to set up house in churches that stand against the sin of homosexuality.
The church that stands will see the mighty hand of the Lord overturn their wickedness. The prophets of Baal in this day is in for a big surprise.
The sexually immoral are so comfortable that adulterers, fornicators, homosexuals, and lesbians kiss and hold hands during services, and they lift up unholy hands before the presence of the Lord without any conviction. They come to church intending to sin after service is over. They come in after they sin and the leave with every intention to commit lewdness.
Anytime a carnal saint feels safe to walk into the house of the Lord after a “night on the town,” it is clear that the mercy of God is in operation because when God’s presence is truly in the house, the stench of dead bodies would be unbearable.
If you are a pastor, it is time to make a stand and clear the deck.
1. If you have known sin in your life, it’s time to repent the right way. You cannot attack sin in the house of God if you are in sin yourself. Take time away if necessary to get it together. If you are clean, put your neck on the line and tell the congregation that you will resign if you fall.
2. Any currently serving in the music department must be confronted and challenged.
Pastor, if you permit their sin in the house, you are a co-conspirator. You are no different than Eli who never disciplined (killed) his sons for lewdness. The sons of Eli were also called sons of Belial (compare with 2 Corinthians 6:14-18). The name Hophni in the Hebrew root means “pugilist.” And Phinehas is defined a “mouth of a serpent.” It is clear that Hophni was a rapist and Phinehas was a smooth talking adulterer. His wife gave birth to Ichabod.
Pastors that fail to rein in the sexual immorality in the house of the Lord, stand to be disciplined by the Lord. The Lord might kill you with your overweight with sins self.
If they aren’t telling the truth, and they are lying, they may be in for an Ananias and Sapphira moment. No one gets away with lying to the Holy Spirit. If you think you can get away with lying to the Holy Spirit, would you like to be the first to try?
The intent is not to embarrass them but to offer the grace of God. The job of the pastor is to ensure that the proper respect for the house of God is in place. Second, the pastor must not respect the gift over God. Thirdly, the pastor must make sure that the house remain clean for the presence of the Lord. Otherwise, it’s not church. It’s a bar.
Should they refuse to Come Clean, you must compel them to quit and step down. Cut them before God either cuts you or removes them Himself. The latter is preferred because God always looks to extend mercy where a person needs it the most. God gets no glory by destruction. He gets glory when they repent and turn from their wicked ways.
Jeremiah chapter 7 reveals the current condition of the church.
THE MESSAGE BIBLE
The Nation That Wouldn’t Obey God
The Message from GOD to Jeremiah: “Stand in the gate of GOD’s Temple and preach this Message.
” Say, ‘Listen, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship GOD.GOD- of- the- Angel- Armies, Israel’s God, has this to say to you:
“‘ Clean up your act– the way you live, the things you do– so I can make my home with you in this place. Don’t for a minute believe the lies being spoken here–” This is GOD’s Temple, GOD’s Temple, GOD’s Temple!
Only if you clean up your act (the way you live, the things you do), only if you do a total spring cleaning on the way you live and treat your neighbors, only if you quit exploiting the street people and orphans and widows, no longer taking advantage of innocent people on this very site and no longer destroying your souls by using this Temple as a front for other gods– only then will I move into your neighborhood.
Only then will this country I gave your ancestors be my permanent home, my Temple.” ‘Get smart! Your leaders are handing you a pack of lies, and you’re swallowing them! Use your heads! Do you think you can rob and murder, have sex with the neighborhood wives, tell lies nonstop, worship the local gods, and buy every novel religious commodity on the market — and then march into this Temple, set apart for my worship, and say, “We’re safe!” thinking that the place itself gives you a license to go on with all this outrageous sacrilege?
A cave full of criminals! Do you think you can turn this Temple, set apart for my worship, into something like that? Well, think again. I’ve got eyes in my head. I can see what’s going on.’ “GOD’s Decree! ‘Take a trip down to the place that was once in Shiloh, where I met my people in the early days. Take a look at those ruins, what I did to it because of the evil ways of my people Israel.”
‘So now, because of the way you have lived and failed to listen, even though time and again I took you aside and talked seriously with you, and because you refused to change when I called you to repent, I’m going to do to this Temple, set aside for my worship, this place you think is going to keep you safe no matter what, this place I gave as a gift to your ancestors and you, the same as I did to Shiloh.
And as for you, I’m going to get rid of you, the same as I got rid of those old relatives of yours around Shiloh, your fellow Israelites in that former kingdom to the north. ‘ ” And you, Jeremiah, don’t waste your time praying for this people. Don’t offer to make petitions or intercessions. Don’t bother me with them. I’m not listening. Can’t you see what they’re doing in all the villages of Judah and in the Jerusalem streets?
Why, they’ve got the children gathering wood while the fathers build fires and the mothers make bread to be offered to’ the Queen of Heaven ‘! And as if that weren’t bad enough, they go around pouring out libations to any other gods they come across, just to hurt me.
“But is it me they’re hurting?” GOD’s Decree! “Aren’t they just hurting themselves? Exposing themselves shamefully? Making themselves ridiculous?”
Here’s what the Master GOD has to say:’ My white- hot anger is about to descend on this country and everything in it– people and animals, trees in the field and vegetables in the garden– a raging wildfire that no one can put out. ‘”The Message from GOD- of- the- Angel- Armies, Israel’s God:’ Go ahead! Put your burnt offerings with all your other sacrificial offerings and make a good meal for yourselves.
I sure don’t want them! When I delivered your ancestors out of Egypt, I never said anything to them about wanting burnt offerings and sacrifices as such. But I did say this, commanded this:” Obey me. Do what I say and I will be your God and you will be my people. Live the way I tell you. Do what I command so that your lives will go well. “
‘But do you think they listened? Not a word of it. They did just what they wanted to do, indulged any and every evil whim and got worse day by day. From the time your ancestors left the land of Egypt until now, I’ve supplied a steady stream of my servants the prophets, but do you think the people listened? Not once.
Stubborn as mules and worse than their ancestors!’ “Tell them all this, but don’t expect them to listen. Call out to them, but don’t expect an answer. Tell them, ‘You are the nation that wouldn’t obey GOD, that refused all discipline. Truth has disappeared. There’s not a trace of it left in your mouths.”
‘So shave your heads. Go bald to the hills and lament, For GOD has rejected and left this generation that has made him so angry. ‘”The people of Judah have lived evil lives while I’ve stood by and watched.” GOD’s Decree. “In deliberate insult to me, they’ve set up their obscene god- images in the very Temple that was built to honor me.
They’ve constructed Topheth altars for burning babies in prominent places all through the valley of Ben- hinnom, altars for burning their sons and daughters alive in the fire– a shocking perversion of all that I am and all I command.” But soon, very soon “– GOD’s Decree!–” the names Topheth and Ben- hinnom will no longer be used. They’ll call the place what it is: Murder Meadow.
Corpses will be stacked up in Topheth because there’s no room left to bury them! Corpses abandoned in the open air, fed on by crows and coyotes, who have the run of the place. And I’ll empty both smiles and laughter from the villages of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem. No wedding songs, no holiday sounds.
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