Let’s start with the definition…….
1 in a state of mind which prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill:
• (of an action or quality) characterized or caused by madness:
• in a state of extreme annoyance or distraction:
• (of an action or policy) extremely foolish; irrational or illogical:
2 informal, chiefly US shocking; outrageous:
• astonishingly good or impressive; amazing:
mid 16th century: from Latin insanus, from in- ‘not’ + sanus ‘healthy’.
So what’s the opposite?
the ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner; sound mental health:
• reasonable and rational behavior.
late Middle English (in the sense ‘health’): from Latin sanitas ‘health’, from sanus ‘healthy’. Current senses date from the early 17th century.
So in a nut shell, insanity is “not healthy,” and sanity is “healthy.”
Regarding sex, the healthy or sane approach is to search out the opposite sex, spend time courting, plan and participate in a wedding, consummate the wedding by copulation, work at and out the marriage, have children, foster genuine family.
Whether it be adultery, fornication, porn, masturbation, zoophilia, bisexuality, homosexuality, lesbianism, transvestitism, transgenderism, sexual fetishes, etc.
Leviticus chapter 18 is the Word of the Lord regarding the immoral practices of sexuality that were common in the Canaanites. The Lord instructed the children of Israel not to practice what the Canaanites sexually practiced.
These immoral practices were outside the normal behaviors of males and females established by the Lord.
Genesis 1 deals with the creation of animals and humans.
Genesis 2 deals with God making a helpmeet for Adam and establishing the normal behavior of relationships that would follow after Adam and Eve.
Genesis 3 deals with the abnormality of original sin.
Genesis 6 deals with the universal perversion of humans and the judgment of the Lord that was imposed upon all man, except Noah and 7 others.
Remember, Noah “…found grace in the eyes of God.”
Noah didn’t want to have anything to do with the immoral perversions of man and saved himself and his family from the judgment of the Lord.
So it is with the time of Lot.
Lot was agitated or vexed with the perversion of males having sex with males.
In Genesis 18 and 19, the Lord judged Sodom and Gomorrah.
Sodomy is where males penetrate the anal of males, or participate in male on male oral sex which is…………insane.
Perforation of the large intestines is a serious occurrence.
The STDs acquired is consequential judgment imposed upon man for violating the command of God recorded in Leviticus 18.
Paul affirms this penalty in Romans 1:26-27 (NKJV Strong’s) “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
Cause and effect is a real issue.
They “…receive in themselves the penalty of THEIR ERROR which was due.”
Cutting to the chase, it’s very clear that the world wants you to accept this sinful behavior. In other words, sexual immorality is normal, and sane sexual relations.
But how could this be healthy if the results produce that which is medically UNHEALTHY?
And now laws have been passed to make this unhealthy behavior normal and if you say or do anything against these laws, you’re the one that’s insane.
If people were to warn of the consequences of this behavior, they’re the ones that’s insane, they should be sued, punished with fines, imprisonment, loss of jobs, revenue, reputation, and vilified forever.
Over the years, men wearing women clothing was a joke to laugh at, not realizing that these were the beginnings of an attempt to make homosexuality normal. If they could get you to laugh at it, they’ve achieved the goal of general acceptance.
Deuteronomy 22:5 and Isaiah 5:20 is very clear.
The world of sexual abnormality is pushed at everyone and it’s not normal.
The world no longer allows you the luxury of choice. They’ll give you an illusion of free speech and then pull the rug right out from under your feet.
Look at all the people in the entertainment and sports world that said a disparaging remark about the practice of homosexuality and everyone of them were forced to recant their statement, issue an apology, and go through some sort of “sensitivity” training.
Which is only re-indoctrination training.
I believe that true believers in the Lord should never verbally or physically attack the person but in the love and compassion of Christ, address the sin they’re involved in. Presenting the compassionate gospel of our Lord Jesus, and should they listen, lead them to the Lord in repentance and faith towards God.
True believers of the Lord hate sin and satan.
I believe that true believers should never be forced to apologize for warning the world of the prohibitions of sexual immorality.
I believe that true believers should never surrender, capitulate, or compromise the principles of the Word of God.
I believe that true believers must not accept insanity.
The Word of God tells us what’s normal and sane.
The job of getting people to accept being as insane as LGBTQ isn’t complete.
Even with transgenderism, man is changing that which was healthy into that which is unhealthy, then institute laws to protect this insanity, and if you can’t or won’t go along with their insanity, the world will penalize you.
For instance, if you call Jim, Jane, when Jim was a man before he was surgically reassigned, you’ve accepted his insanity. And you won’t be penalized by the world.
Why won’t you be penalized?
They have teeth called the enforcement of the law of man.
They knew that there would be people that wouldn’t conform to their demands.
In many indoctrination courses, it’s part of your employment policy.
If you violate their employment policy, you may not have a job.
You’ve become fearful of the man made law, and you fear offending Jane, who is Jim from birth. In other words, you’re forced by law and employment policy to be as insane as Jim.
It’s legalized immoral coercion.
If you call Jane, Jim, you’ve rejected his insanity, and that will get you in trouble with the law of man.
While you’re being normal, the world takes exception and they will do everything in their power to force you to conform to their insanity. Sensitivity classes, lawsuits, defamation of character suits, job and income loss, etc.
Part 2 coming.
First, read the statements from Tye Tribbett and then we will look at what the Bible said.
This is from S2SMagazine.com.
“Tye Tribbett shared his views on homosexuality in the April 2014 issue, and he wants to re-address statements made on the controversial issue.
“I don’t condemn homosexuals,” Tye clarified to Sister 2 Sister. “The Bible speaks against [homosexuality], but homosexuals—the person—I don’t condemn.
The award-winning, highly energetic gospel artist received some criticism for the views expressed in his Q&A with S2S Publisher Jamie Foster Brown.
Tye, who equated homosexuality with other things that can come natural to some, like a 2-year-old lying about eating a cookie, said he intended to make a hypothetical comparison.
While some were outraged by Tye’s comments, which many found compassionate towards those with same-sex tendencies, others appreciated his point of view.
Wrote one S2Smagazine.com user: “[T]hank you for your comment. As a BELIEVER, I was delivered from the homosexual lifestyle, also from sexually immoral relationships outside of marriage. YES, we are…calling it love. That is not love. WHY IS EVERYONE so afraid [to say] what GOD says about certain behaviors?”
Let’s be very clear.
The moment we fail to use Scripture, quote Scripture, and apply Scripture, we twist the Scripture to suit our thinking.
First, God is the Author of the Bible.
Jesus is the Word of God, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
So the Lord God is telling man that My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways My ways.”
In other words, you do not accept My thoughts, or My ways.
We accept and push our ways and thoughts and outright reject and suppress His thoughts and ways.
If we did accept His thoughts and ways, then we would quote what His thoughts are and walk in His ways.
Then we would tell others what His thoughts and ways are without hesitation.
Here is the thoughts of God on homosexuality.
Leviticus 18:19-29 “Also you shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness as long as she is in her customary impurity. Moreover you shall not lie carnally with your neighbor’s wife, to defile yourself with her. And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion.
“Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you (for all these abominations the men of the land have done, who were before you, and thus the land is defiled), lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you. For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people.”
Romans 1:18-32 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead,
so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four- footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil- mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
Like Paul Washer said, To those that say “Judge not! I say Twist not!”
Don’t twist the Scriptures to fit what you think because what you think is not consistent with what God said.
The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah is further evidence that God poured His wrath out to underscore His deliberate holiness.
Sin will not go unpunished, otherwise God is not just. Besides, He created us and not we ourselves (see Psalm 100).
The next question that we must ask ourselves is that did God change His mind?
Psalm 119:89 says, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.”
Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, I change not.”
Matthew 24:35 says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Hebrews 6:17-18 says, “Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.”
James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
So because the Bible consistently showed that the mind of the Father and the mind of the Son didn’t change.
So why do we attempt to change God and His Word?
The answer is found in Isaiah 55:8-9.
HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT NATURAL.
Paul, by the Holy Spirit said, “For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
If homosexuality was natural, then God would have created males to suit one another in the Garden, and a woman would not have been necessary. Then homosexuals would be exempt from the judgment and wrath of God. They would also be exempt from the Gay Man’s Disease now called HIV/AIDS.
SIN WAS CONDEMNED IN THE FLESH OF JESUS.
Romans 8:3 says, “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,”
Get this. On account of sin, He (the Lord God) condemned sin the flesh. The wrath of God was poured out on His Son. The Perfect God, took sin and placed sin on the Only Perfect Man able to handle the sin of the whole world.
SINFUL MAN IS CONDEMNED ALREADY.
JOHN 3:18-21 says, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
It is the Scriptures that tell us that man is condemned when they do not believe, therefore, we must tell man that based on this Scripture, because they do not believe on the Lord Jesus, they are already condemned. If they should say that they believe but practice homosexuality, just point them to Matthew 7:21-23 and 1 John 3:6. Sin is lawlessness and the only payment for the penalty of sin is the Body and Blood of Jesus. Then they must repent, be born again by the Holy Spirit, and walk in unquestioned, devoted obedience to the teachings of the commandments of Jesus.
As long as Tye Tribbett fails to use the Scriptures as explained above, he (and sympathizers of sin) do “greatly err, not knowing the Scriptures.”
Surprisingly, 63 percent of those who participated in this survey were female, and indicated that 20.4 percent of people masturbate at least three or more times per day. Among the other key findings: * 79.6% masturbate 0-2 times per day; 15.2% 3-5 times a day; 3.8% 6-10 times; and only 1.4% masturbate more than 10 times a day. * 48% believe that their masturbation frequency is below average; 45.4% said frequency is average; and 6% believe that their masturbation frequency is above average. * 45.4% either agreed that masturbating can cause problems in their relationships; while 29.3% neither agreed or disagreed and the rest of the participants disagreed. * 18.3% are either extremely or very ashamed of their masturbating habits; 23.8% are either slightly or somewhat ashamed and the 57.8% are not ashamed at all.
These statistics came from “Reuters.com,” and the link to this site is provided below.
It is clear that chronic masturbation is a serious problem in the Body of Christ. While these stats are not reflective of just professed believers, there is no doubt in my mind that this is a serious problem in believers today. There is no question about porn being a problem in the church among professed believers, however, the associated sexual activities are rarely discussed.
Pun not intended, porn and masturbation go “hand in hand.”
No one watches porn and doesn’t act out sexually.
As with most people, many men and women struggle with watching porn. Porn is accessible, available (free and PPV), and could be seen anonymously. Substitute porn, such as newspapers, the weather women, the early morning show of “club” dressing women,” movies and with soft porn, TV shows, and other venues where sex is readily seen can inflame lust in the hearts of people in an instant.
These trigger mechanisms are strategically designed to inflame the urges and impulses.
Listen to the Amplified Bible’s version of what Paul said in Colossians 3:5-7.
“So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin] :sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).
It is on account of these [very sins] that the [holy] anger of God is ever coming upon the sons of disobedience (those who are obstinately opposed to the divine will), among whom you also once walked, when you were living in and addicted to [such practices].
In looking at the statistics, these categories reveal how often a person masturbates in a 24 hour period.
If you note the last statistic, 57.8% are not ashamed at all of masturbation.
I know what that’s like.
The mind and the body made a very powerful statement to the human spirit.
It loves masturbation and we (mind and body) will do everything in its power to keep this going.
Have you ever thought about this?
The urges and impulses are so strong and dominating that the mind abandons any Word from God to be delivered. The mind also goes into a sense of hopelessness that it has subjected itself to accept the fact that this is the way that it’s going to be for the rest of your life on earth.
There are many men and women that deliberately made this declaration. At the same time, they also seek freedom. Regarding those in the 58.7 percentile, I could be wrong, but having been in this trap, it is clear that there might be a common form of abandonment denial that is evident in all man.
The pleasure is too strong to give up.
This is what helps the denial. The pleasure.
Sex was designed to be pleasurable. However, solo sex is more pleasurable because you make up the rules. You do not need another body. You can stop and start at anytime. Day or night. You do not have to wait for your wife to be sexually ready. You do not have to relate with another person. You do not have impregnate them. You do not open yourself to STDs.
Just before you think I am giving you the OK about masturbation, be very careful here.
This WAS the way I was thinking when I was in the cycle of sexual addiction level one.
When something has you in bondage, you are not free. Even if you are in the 79.6 percentile.
I built my whole day on watching women and filing their shape in my mind in complete violation of Matthew 5:27-30.
But all that was is just fuel for the engine of lust in my deceitfully, desperately wicked heart.
The cycle of satisfaction to climax is always the goal in masturbation. You see, you could do without the eye candy and go on muscle memory because masturbation is all about you. And you may disagree, but you are doing you and that is a form of homosexuality or lesbianism called solo sex. But this doesn’t deter anyone from masturbation. When the body seeks pleasure, reasoning yourself out of this past time is not an option.
Unless, you are serious about changing your ways.
The amount of masturbation is not really the pursuit. It’s the lust in a man’s heart that craves physical intimacy.
You see, it is always lust in the mind and flesh. All the other needs of man are secondary.
Affirmation……..secondary. Love……….secondary. For females……connection needs……..secondary.
Notice again what Paul said.
“…sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).”
Masturbation is about all of the above.
It is the idolizing of the genitals.
I know that this is graphic but that’s what it’s about. Even with homosexuality, it is about the idolizing and deifying of self.
One of the signs of the last days is that men would be “lovers of themselves.”
This is the deification of man. This deification of man is the worship of himself. The highest way that this is done is in sex. Particularly solo sex.
When you workout in the gym, there are mirrors. There are posters. In the supermarkets, there are sexually explicit magazines. Even innocent pictures give that hidden suggestion of sex. The words is just the story line but when you see what you want, your mind goes on the hunt to fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Especially when you look at someone that you want sexually. You take that back to your bedroom or whatever room you do self solo sex and the rest is history.
What is the solution?
How do we deprive of power the evil desires lurking in our members?
The Bible gives us the sexual purity of Jesus.
He regularly went to the mountain to pray.
That’s lesson one.
Jesus got up and changed His venue.
He regularly applied the Word.
That’s lesson two.
In the temptation of Jesus, He regularly said, “It is written.”
Establishing personal holiness and discipline is not easy. Anyone that told you that this is easy is a liar. Jesus was tempted in all points like us, yet, He didn’t sin. That means He was tempted to masturbate and Jesus was tempted to be a homosexual. Hebrews 4 said, “All points.”
But the way that the Lord Jesus handled business with His flesh was by prayer and applying the Word of God.
Finally, notice that the Lord Jesus mentioned in Matthew 5:27-30 the eyes and hands. Pluck the right eye out and cut the right hand. There is no question in my mind that Jesus also meant masturbation because we use our eyes to seek out a sexual object and we use our hands to masturbate. Although there are ways to stimulate yourself without the use of hands, it is still a form of masturbation because you are not involved sexually with your wife.
But you have to begin doing something about disciplining your eyes and hands.
Get up from that place where fantasy, ritual, acting out takes place and find a place to pray and put your hand on the Bible. Open the Scriptures and begin to meditate on God. Everyone has a starting point. Start there and be consistent.
Victory was already achieved on the cross. Now it is time to follow Him, deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him.
2 Peter chapter 2 speaks of false teachers and false prophets. In reading the Washington Post’s article regarding Bolz-Weber, preaching around the country regarding the new wave of liberal Christianity, this is just another gospel as Paul said in Galatians 1:8 and repeats it in verse 9.
“If we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”
Then Paul finishes it off by saying these powerful words.
“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”
That’s what “Progressive or Liberal Christianity seeks to do. Please men and displease God.
After all, the whole intent of the birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is to free man from the curse of sin and death, and to reconcile (exchange sin for righteousness) us to God in eternal life after we repent of sin.
In the Washington Post article, she said….”Forget what you’ve been told about the golden rule – God doesn’t love you more if you do good things, or if you believe certain things. God, she argues, offers you grace regardless of who you are or what you do.”
First, the golden rule is not about salvation. It is about how a person is to treat others the way they want to be treated.
Matthew 7:12 says, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus never said, “This was the Law and the Prophets.”
Second, you could see that the mention of grace is a veiled expression intended to imply that God overlooks your sin. So come on in. I don’t hold it against you. In Colossians, Paul tells us that the “handwriting of ordinances that was set against and was contrary to us was nailed to the cross.” However, The Lord Jesus never said that we do not have to repent of sin.
Grace is not only unmerited favor but it is also the power to live free of sin. God works this grace when we obey His Word according to Matthew 7:21-23. So when you see the word “grace,” you are not given a free pass until you repent of sin.
Often, we say “God forgive me,” but we seldom say, “Lord. I repent.” When we repent, we receive forgiveness (see Proverbs 28:13 and 1 John 1:9).
Doing good things will not get you into the kindgom.
Repenting of sin, and receiving forgiveness by the grace of God, and obeying for the rest of your life what Jesus said will get you into the kingdom. Jesus shed His blood to redeem us from sin and hell. Then the Holy Spirit comes within us, destroys our old nature of sin and places within us a new nature called the Spirit of Christ.
If Bolz-Weber uses foul language, it is an indication that she was never changed by the power of God because new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) never speak any more with the language of the world.
While the interviewer is pretty much driving the article, there seems to be a oneness about their objective. To paint God, and those that follow the Word of God as out of touch and distant. Which is what the devil loves to do. Progressive Christianity is always about painting the Bible as incorrect and a waste of time.
In the Post article, Bolz-Weber says she abhors “spirituality,” and the writer finishes her statement by saying….”She prefers a cranky, troublemaking and real God who at times of loss and pain doesn’t have the answers either.”
Well that describes the devil.
There are three attributes of God that transcends man and demons.
Omnipotent. Omniscient. Omnipresent.
Man will never understand the God of all creation but God understands all creation.
Jeremiah 32:17-19 (NKJVS)
“ Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them—the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts. You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.”
If liberal, sinful, and worldly people that vainly follow Christ would read the Bible, they would come across Hebrews 4:15-16.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
The Lord Jesus knows our pains and sufferings when it comes to temptation, sin, and life’s issues. And there is nothing too hard for Him. So in response to “…God who at times of loss and pain doesn’t have the answer either,” it is a clear error on their part based on Jeremiah 32:17-19. There is nothing too hard for Him.
What sinful, fallen man wants is for God to stoop to man’s level and allow man to do what it wants. Well doesn’t that sound like the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve fell into sin?
You see, sin is about complete anarchy against God. Sin is about defiance of God and His Word. Sin is about a nature bent on destroying everything about God. When you see that people say that “religion” burned them or scarred them badly, we know that the system that man imposed is what is at issue. The other side of the view about religion is that the Word was preached about their sinful lifestyle that they instinctively were convicted of sin by the Word and the Holy Spirit and called it religion.
Instead of taking responsibility for the sin of thought, actions, and words, they blame the Word of God for bringing the necessary conviction so that one could repent of sin. Liberal religion is never about accountability and responsibility. It is about satisfying their lustful desires without being told that it is sin. Liberal religion is to blame which is a lie of the devil that liberal people wholeheartedly accept as a way to defy God, while blaming God, while attempting to worship God.
The Lord said in Matthew 11:28-29, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon Me and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
John, the apostle that laid on the bosom of Jesus said this in 1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”
This is the yoke that The Lord was talking about. Not the yoke of bondage to a system but a yoke of bondage to Jesus that is light, easy, and not burdensome. The willingness to obey the command not to sin against God.
Commands are necessary for it is in the Garden that the command came. God wants willing people to love Him. We show that we love Him when we keep His commands. We show that we hate Him when we do not. Liberalism is the scourge and curse of the world because it thumbs its nose at the One that loves us enough to tell us that we are wrong. God is perfect, we are not.
Religion never had man’s best interest in mind, but The Lord did from day one. And The Lord demonstrated His love by sending His Only Son to die for the sins of the world. Not so that we could continue in sin, but to be free of it. Therefore, if you are willing to follow liberal movements that strive to take you away from the true and living God, just know that in the end, what matters most is whether your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life because you repented of sin, received forgiveness, and were born again by the Holy Spirit. That you never want to sin against God again and that you can no longer defy God and His Word.
True Christianity follows the very footsteps of Jesus.
1 John 3:1-3 (NKJVS)
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
Oh, heaven NO!!!!
No relapse on my part. Not on your life because we are getting too close to the finale. I know that’s it’s been a while since my last blog. However, this is not a report of me backsliding kind of blog.
The trumpet will sound and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we that are alive and remain will be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
To stay holy is my one goal. I do not plan to be fulfilling the lust of the flesh and satisfying myself when Jesus comes.
Some of you may recall the 10 virgins. Five were wise. Five were foolish. When the bridegroom came, it was time for them to go to the wedding. The five wise had enough oil for the journey in the night and the five foolish did not. The five foolish asked the five wise to spare what they had, and the wise ones declined.
The five wise told them to go and buy for themselves. So they went out to buy oil for themselves, and they found some, but by the time they got to the door, it was shut.
They knocked on the door and the bridegroom did not let them in.
It was too late.
There are many incentives to take advantage of to quit sexual immorality, however, very few will incorporate such incentives.
The pleasures of self gratification can be overwhelming because of the rewards it offers. However, the reward of heaven with Christ outweighs the pleasures of self gratification. There comes a point in your walk with the Lord where masturbation is something you do not need.
Dr. Mark Laaser, who wrote a book on Healing The Wounds Of Sexual Addiction, did a course and placed a powerful lesson on Sexual Addiction on CD. He asked a question, “Can you do without masturbation and sex with your wife?” That’s radical. Because he continued and said, “If you can’t, you do not have full control and you cannot manage your sex life.”
The release of sexual tension is powerful. However, there comes a point where these pleasure of life must come to an end one way or another. Either through self discipline or when the catching away of the people of God takes place. Even after that, people will still engage in some form of releasing sexual tension. Even then, it’s just a matter of time before it all comes to an end.
NO MORE SEX!!!!! FOREVER!!!!!!
For many people, a sense of hopelessness and shame clouds the mind. Hopelessness is the fog of war in the mind and flesh.
As long as this feeling of hopelessness lingers in the mind, the attempt to break free is the light at the end of the tunnel that is seemingly a fleeting thing. Many men and women have dashed their hopes because the urges and impulses dictates their every move.
In my studies about sexuality, I learned that many people plan their day around sex. It usually is at the expense of a marriage, their job, and ultimately, their relationship with the Lord. It was true for me too. The obsession, infatuation, day dreaming, open minded thoughts of reading a newspaper, magazine, women watching, and porn. My whole day was planned around an orgasm.
All these things and the true worship of God takes a back seat. In most cases, a relationship with God in hypocrisy is better than no relationship at all. As ridiculous as this sounds, this is where many of God’s people are. I can identify with this because when you refuse to equate the sin of self gratification as part of the religious ritual of false penance, it is easy to think that you are just as close to God as if you never sinned.
Like John, the apostle of the Lamb said, “If we say we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
I know you are not going to let me off the hook about calling masturbation a sin because there is no specific chapter and verse that declares that masturbation is a sin. However, where the Bible is silent, it is never to be assumed that it is safe to commit an act. Besides, not many people will agree that since Jesus didn’t do it, neither should I.
This stops all of the pretense.
I mean, we are to be like Christ in every way? Right?
If this is so according to, Romans 8:29, and if we are to prove that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God, to yield our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service according to Romans 12:1, then we should be able, at least consider the fact that the Lord desires for sin to not have dominion over us according to Romans 6:12.
The majority of the time, we are always looking for a reason to “continue in sin that grace may abound” according to Romans 6:1. When we get to the place where we desire to please the Lord, we find ourselves looking for reasons to continue in righteousness so that grace may abound. We look to cut our hands and our eyes, we look to strive against sin even to the shedding of our own blood to stop sin.
No, put the Rambo knife down.
Jesus and the writer of Hebrews spoke of entering a place of radical cutting off of the instruments and members so that we would stop sinning.
Paul said, by the Spirit of God, “The body is not made for sexual immorality.”
The physical body was made to be indwelled by the Lord. The Lord desired to inhabit man and the body is not for fornication (pornea).
As long as we make provision to fulfill the desires of the flesh and mind, we will never break its cycle.
Millions of men and women throughout the world masturbate every day. For reasons that range from sexual perversion to fulfill lust, to releasing sexual tension is a major problem. It seems like marriage, which is the answer to stop masturbation is no longer the answer that man wants to accept. Additionally, self control, a fruit of the Spirit according to Galatians 5:22, is cast to the side.
The parable of the sower is the most powerful parable that Jesus ever spoke. In that parable is the answer to handle the problems we face in life. It also serves as the gauge or measuring tool to locate where you are in your relationship with the Lord. Producing fruit is the thing that most concerns the Father. Galatians 5:22. John 15:1-5 confirms this and Jesus further confirms this when He said that we are known by our fruit.
Man will stand in four places. Good ground, wayside, stoney ground, and thorny ground.
The last ground, thorny ground speaks of people that are trapped in cares, riches, and pleasures of life.
The pleasures of this life come with a price. If we are unable to cast aside the pleasures of this life, we may never be free. But thank God your failure is not final. While there is still time, you can enjoy freedom in Christ from the powerful urge to masturbate. You can return to experience a healthy sexual life with your wife or husband if you are married.
Most importantly, you can be restored in your relationship with the Lord in righteousness and true holiness, laying aside every weight and the sin that does so easily beset you, to lay aside every filthiness and overflow of wickedness, to cleanse ourselves from the filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Hopelessness is coming to an end for you. New life in Christ is at hand for you.
Yes, you’ve read this right. Jesus was tempted to be a homosexual.
But first, this will be very offensive to some of you that still put out those false depictions of what Jesus looked like.
You know. Michael Angelo’s depiction of Christ. It is disturbing for anyone that knows the Bible to see these pictures. Years ago, someone said that by putting a “White” Jesus up it would impose upon Black folk that Jesus is white. Sort of like an additional slave mentality kind of thing.
I go to the south and when you walk into the homes of some black folk, you see these depictions of Jesus, John and Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King.
Am I talking right up in here?
I don’t mind John, Robert, and Martin. But Jesus?
Get rid of that picture. Get rid of that Black Jesus too. Get rid of those pictures. I know that you are not listening to me or the Bible. You’ve spent good money on those pictures and you are going to keep them on your wall. That’s fine for you. It’s not a heaven and hell issue, but is it?
You have fixated in your mind that this is what Jesus looked like. Just close your eyes and act like you are about to pray. Now Who do you see?
A white or a black Jesus.
The sad thing is that in most of these houses, folk don’t do what He said do, and yet, they have a picture, supposedly of what people want you to think He looked like.
No one that knows their Bible will ever put up one of those pictures again. All on FB, you see these white depictions of a sun tanned, slick haired, clean shaven or mustache and trimmed beard wearing, soft or effeminate looking Jesus.
I say again, that the way some people live, most of them will do things regardless of what the Bible says. That tells me that Jesus is your Savior, but He is not your Lord. There is a difference. There are those that call Him Lord but will not do what He said.
Jesus is a symbolical Lord to you and not really Lord over you. If He is your Lord, you would do what He said.
Why don’t people understand this?
Because it’s religious thinking and not relationship reality.
Note what the Bible says about the depiction of Jesus in Isaiah 53:1-2 (NKJ).
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”
Listen to another translation…
“My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.”
Yet, in our minds is a fixation and depiction of a beautiful man.
The stained glass windows and pictures painted as murals in our churches point to a Savior. Folks, read Isaiah 53:1-2 and then look at the pictures you have and there is a very big difference in what you see and what your Bible says. Then why mention this at all? Because take a good look. No one can tell if this person that was used to depict Jesus is homosexual.
However, pictures can mean a thousand things. We are now seeing an attempt to put two Joseph’s up in a nativity scene and the baby Jesus. The far reaching affects of images play a major role in what people think. Just look in your newspapers or go to the Internet. Images drives things.
This leads into the discussion.
Yes, Jesus was tempted to be a homosexual. He was also tempted to be a drug addict. He was tempted to be a fornicator. He was tempted to commit sexual sins. He was tempted to be a robber, a thief, a murderer, a liar. He was tempted in all points like as we were, yet, He didn’t sin.
Hebrews 4:14-15 says…..
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Paul said this in 2 Corinthians 5:21….
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Another translation says this…
“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
Directly after the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil for 40 days. According to Biblical numerology, 40 is the number of testings and trials. During that time of testing, because Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was tempted in all points, this includes the sin of homosexuality.
So the beginning part of verse 15 is even more profound.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses…”
Jesus is not out of touch with your weaknesses. He is not a High Priest who is aloft from what you have experienced or what you are going through. He knows intricately what you are dealing with. The pain of being tempted and falling into sin. He feels you. The pain of relapse after relapse. He feels you. The frustration of obeying the urges and impulses. The mind and the flesh dictating your every move where everything revolves around committing the same sin. He feels your pain.
However, it’s not enough to know that He knows what you are going through. He made every effort to free you from sin. It’s one thing to watch suffering. It’s one thing to know what I am going through but it is a entirely different thing to deliver me from what I am going through.
The rest of Hebrews 4, particularly, verse 16 is the answer.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
What does obtaining mercy have to do with this? The throne of grace is where the Lord offers mercy. We know that when we sin, we need mercy. One person puts mercy like this.
Mercy prevents that which we rightfully deserve.
What do we rightfully deserve? Look at what Paul said in Romans 1…
“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil- mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
This word was given to the Jews and citizens of Rome about the sin of homosexuality. Homosexuality was rampant with all sorts of lewdness and revelry (see Romans 13:12-14). It is no wonder that Paul addressed the vile practices of their day. However, today, this sin is all over the world. The HIV/AIDS rate is through the roof. We all know that it’s a pandemic situation. So much so that the CDC is recommending home testing kits because the statistics show a major underreporting of who is infected.
While billions of dollars is being spent on research to find a cure for AIDS, as commendable it is, we still forget God on His throne of grace.
When we commit sin that is worthy of death, where can we go to obtain mercy? We must go to God. Yet, they won’t because the love of sin and darkness obscures the perfect remedy of all sin. The sacrificial offering of Christ’s body for the sins of the whole world. Yet, they will not come.
The fact that Jesus was tempted with SSA (same sex attraction) is a clear indication that Jesus knows what you are going through. It is a clear reminder that He also knows how to deliver and set free those that are bound. It is just a matter of your will to be delivered or to remain in sin. There are many that approached the Deliverer and had to make serious decisions. Those trapped in the sin of homosexuality walked away from their lovers or they told their lovers that they had to leave.
The fierce battle within to give up the lifestyle is probably the most powerful battles one has to face. For any person caught in Secret Sexual Sins, these battles are more fierce than most people think. The body has to shut down the urges and impulses. Go cold turkey. Experience withdrawal from the pressing desires that were once pleasurable to experience and fulfill. The agony of never having an orgasm in sexual immorality in accordance with your terms of fulfilling the lusts of the mind and flesh, is a feat that few followthrough on.
The subtraction and absence of sex at will. The connectedness experienced with others in the same sex world or in any department in the world of sexual immorality, never to be done any more to please the Lord. It’s a daunting task. The discipline to say “no” during the early stages in deliverance weakens but the strength of God comes right on time to help you suppress the will to sin. The escape made possible by the Holy Spirit, you accept time and time again. You realize that you are serious about walking away because the Holy Spirit reminds you of the temptations Jesus went through to overcome falling into the sin of homosexuality.
Yes, the lusts of the mind and flesh were real to Jesus. That’s why you can depend upon Him to lead all the way to complete victory over the sin of homosexuality, or any Secret Sexual Sins.
Hebrews 2:18 says…..
“For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”
Hebrews 7:25 says…
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
When you look at the word “intercession” some of us think that it is prayer all of the time. No. Not every time. Jesus literally comes to you and stands in your place. That’s how we are able to bear up under the temptation according to 1 Corinthians 10:13. Jesus stands in front of us when we are tempted to make sure that the enemy doesn’t tempt us beyond our ability to resist. That’s why He saves to the uttermost those that come to God through Him.
In those times of temptation, He saves us from falling, provided we walk away when He tells us to. Walk away to a safe place in Him from temptation.
He knows what you are going through. When you need His help. His aid. He will be there for you to help you overcome temptation.
Won’t you trust Him today?
A report by Christiannews.net is revealing holes in Rick Warren’s recent statement concerning homosexuals.
Every time you see him and the others capitulate, it sends shock waves. These men of God, such as TD Jakes, John Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Goerge Bloomer, and others are not as forth coming when it comes to the very basic responses to “soft ball” tossed question about the sin of homosexuality.
In my opinion, the news media always asks the wrong people.
Because they know what they are going to get from these people that claim to be “Christian leaders of the 21st Century.”
Take a look at this article, and then come back….
The Bible is clear about the sin of homosexuality. We all know Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:18-32, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:1-4, 1 Corinthians 6:9-20, Ephesians 5:24-33. At least good students of the Word of God should know.
Babes are different.
The world. Forget it. Even when you print it for them, they look at you like God didn’t say it.
But when you hear capitulation statements from prominent men and women of God, people that graduated from some formal renowned school, received honorary doctorates, or they may have earned them, out right, you wonder what in the world were they taught, and who taught them? Or they deliberately and intentionally deviated from what they were taught and have become so full of themselves that they teach variations of the truth.
Mutant Variations of Scriptures!
Sin used to be black and white.
Now there is so much gray that we really do not have any idea what sin is. Usually when I see this, sometimes, and it’s not with every preacher and teacher of the Word, that sin may have crept into their own lives. When leaders bring a mutation (an event that changes the [spiritual] genetic structure) of the Bible, there is tremendous amount of believers waiting to have an excuse to sin. When it comes from these “leaders,” we are seeing Matthew 15:1-9 all over again.
“Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”
When there is an intentional deviation from the Word of God where the “absolutes” of God’s Word is diluted, it’s no wonder that the church is in the condition that it’s in. The world (Oprah Winfrey) has used their demonic influence to where if Elijah were here on earth, he would cringe. This is the time to show the world who our God is, and we do what Elijah had done before he was taken up in a whirlwind. Run from Jezebel. The sad thing is that we have not even prayed to God. We haven’t allowed God to work a miracle to turn the hearts of God’s people back to Him.
Baal has answered, and he is god (sarcastically).
I’m not trying to insult their intelligence but when you see certain undeniable statistics regarding the pandemic of HIV/AIDS and other STDs in the world and also in the Body of Christ, why isn’t someone sounding the alarm? Why are we doing a “two step” around this issue?
It is crazy to think that when you arrive on the stage of notoriety, fame, fortune, and glitter that I believe they lose it because the measure of influence that they now come into, should they say anything contrary to popular worldly belief, they would lose people, prestige, money, and influential power.
HOW DO YOU LOSE A MEGA CHURCH?
Preach the truth.
James said it clearly….
“Let your YEA be YEA and your NAY be NAY,” lest you fall into judgment.”
If you are uncertain about the sin of homosexuality, get certain about it now before you fall into judgment.
The abandonment for the truth is quickly being thrown aside for fear of the loss of all things gained.
It appears to me that God will let you keep what you’ve built. Just so that when you stand before Him, you will watch it all go through the fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15), and you will suffer loss.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Most blogs that are written by people will not get read and passed to the right people. Or they do get to them, but it is soundly ignored.
Have we become so full of ourselves that we can no longer recognize the truth of God’s Word about certain undeniable things said by God in His Word? I believe that we have reached this point. That no matter what is true in God’s Word, we can completely ignore it.
A preacher’s high profile status is too important for truth. So important, that we can mutate Scripture so we wouldn’t offend anyone.
I don’t have gay friends. I have ex homosexual friends that moved, as Pastor DL Foster would say, “From Struggle To Strength.”
You cannot be so full of your own wisdom that you keep yourself so insulated from what is happening with other people that effectively ministers the power of God’s Word. There are 7000 that have not bowed their knee to Baal. Of course, people will write to Rick Warren. Others have emailed him already. They say that when something sensational hits the internet, in one second, 2 million persons are aware of it.
In the Navy, we have a saying. “You can always tell how big a battleship is by how fast scuttlebutt gets around.”
No different than water cooler gossip.
But truth gets around fast and people forget it quickly or they intentionally ignore it.
So, let me conclude by saying…..
Rick Warren, I rebuke you and your statements.
It’s time to stand for the truth and unapologetically do so. We must be about the Father’s business.
Some will say, “You’ve gone too far with this.”
Quite frankly, I haven’t gone far enough. If I had the right tools at my disposal, I would do more.
And yes, the Bible is clear about the Word regarding the sin of homosexuality, and all sin for that matter.
Otherwise, the Lord need to raise from the dead everyone of them He destroyed at Sodom and Gomorrah, and apologize to them on international TV.
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