Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ’

It would appear to be indisputable that same-sex marriage and the open celebration of homosexuality is quickly becoming a part of the global cultural agenda—and responding to the rise of the homosexual agenda is a teaching that is permeating even the Christian world, claiming that since Jesus never mentions homosexuality nor does He specifically condemn it, homosexuality must be legitimate in Jesus’ eyes.

This is not a judgment against those who maintain a homosexual lifestyle. I have always maintained that we are not to judge those outside the Church, but we are told to judge those inside the Church—those who claim to be followers of Christ but live a life not consistent with God’s Word. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)

This is a very important issue for the Church. For if there is no accountability to God, then the secular worldview would have us to believe that homosexual marriage is a completely legitimate issue. Pedophilia and bestiality would not be out of the question either, should the prevailing secular worldview deem these lifestyles to be acceptable and the “new norm.” The biblical worldview, however, is grounded in the unchanging tenets of the Word of God. This is where the loudest cultural clash occurs and the two worlds collide.

So, did Jesus condemn, speak of, or even mention homosexuality? As it turns out, yes, he did. As a matter of fact, he spoke very clearly and directly about the issue. Let me begin with Matthew 19:4. Here Jesus is answering a question from the Pharisees regarding divorce. However, his answer is very telling concerning the entire issue of sexuality, marriage and the proper form of marriage. Here are the words of Jesus:

“And He answered and said to them, ‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” (Matthew 19:4)

Here Jesus upholds male and female procreation as a part of male and female marriages, and the sanctity of male and female sexual relationships within male and female marriages. His answer tells us that since creation anything outside God’s standard for sexuality and marriage is a perversion. This truth cannot be legitimately explained away. And yet many pastors and religious leaders are teaching just the opposite! In the words of Billy Sunday, “What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church today!”

We read in Galatians 5:19-21, “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10) We would expect, therefore, that while the Son of God was on earth, he taught much regarding sin. Indeed he did, and we would profit from a humble reflection on some of the sayings of Jesus about sin.

Some of the Lord’s remarks about sin have been misapplied. For example, when a woman was taken in the act of adultery, she was brought to Jesus for judgment. He dispersed the multitude by stating, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7) The verse is loved by many who hope that its recitation at just the right moment, will free them from judging or being judged.

Note the following: First, Christians should judge one another (1 Corinthians 5:12-13; John 7:24). Second, the Lord did not condone this woman’s sin. He commanded her to “go thy way; from henceforth sin no more.” (John 8:11) Third, Jesus revealed the hypocrisy of the accusers who were more interested in ensnaring the Lord than preserving holiness in their community. (cf. Mark 7:1-13) And where was the MAN who also was caught in the act of adultery? (cf. Leviticus 20:10) Fourth, Jesus respected the Mosaic law that prohibited adultery and the punishment that the law prescribed. He also regarded the laws of accusation and testimony, which may not have been satisfied in this case. And lastly, the response to this situation by Jesus was not designed to insulate wicked and unrepentant individuals from rebuke or discipline in the Christian Age.

Other sayings of Jesus teach us regarding the nature of sin itself. Sin is a master to whom we become enslaved to. (John 8:34) Sin is blinding. (John 9:39-41) Only the truth will set us free. (John 8:32)

By joining with the secular worldview on sin we have become spiritually blind. Only complete submission and sincere obedience to Jesus Christ and God’s Word will remedy our spiritual blindness.

When the Lord was criticized for eating with sinners, he revealed the purpose of his coming by responding, “They that are in health have no need of a physician; but they that are sick. I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)

But if there is no unrighteousness and no need for repentance, then there was no reason for Jesus to come and his death and resurrection was meaningless.

One of the most memorable sayings of Jesus on sin is found in Matthew 26:28. It reminds us of the purpose for which Jesus was born, suffered, died and was risen from the dead. Jesus said, “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto the remission of sins.”

This ought to enlighten us regarding what Jesus taught about sin. Sin is so horrible that only the spotless blood of Jesus can atone for it. His love for the sinner is so deep, he was willing to pour it out for them. Thanks be to our Lord for teaching us the truth about sin and providing the ransom.

There are some today that insist that people only use God’s Hebrew name when addressing him, regardless if their native tongue is English, German, French, Spanish, or the many other languages and dialects around the world. They insist that God’s Hebrew name is “Yahweh,” or “Jehovah,” and claim that only by pronouncing God’s name this way can we truly communicate with God. But is this true?

What is God’s true name?
“Then Moses said to God, “Behold I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you” Now they may say to me, “What is His Name? What shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:13-14)

No person today knows the actual pronunciation of God’s name. Many use only the four consonants “YHWH” and claim that because God’s name has no vowels, which are necessary for speech, when reading scriptures aloud, they said “ADONAI” or “LORD”, and many Bibles today put in “LORD” in all capitals to signify the translation of “YHWH”. These same people claim that there is no evidence that any attempt to pronounce “YHWH” was ever made by the Israelites, the early church, or by Jesus.

With the Temple destroyed and the prohibition on pronouncing God’s name outside of the Temple, pronunciation of the name fell into disuse. Scholars passed down knowledge of the correct pronunciation of “YHWH” for many generations, but eventually the correct pronunciation was lost, and we no longer know it with any certainty. We do not know what vowels were used, or even whether the letters in the name were vowels or consonants. Some religious scholars suggest that the name was pronounced “Yahweh,” but others do not find this pronunciation particularly persuasive.

God, who reveals his name as “I AM”, reveals himself as the God who is always present with his people in order to save them. Remember, Jesus said we should begin our prayers by addressing the One whom Jesus came to reveal as “Our Father, who art in heaven.” If, in our prayers, we sometimes speak of God in one of the many Bible-revealed names or titles which are appropriate to the occasion seems proper. It appears ludicrous to me that out of all of his many divine names and titles, God would want us to contact him by only using our own feeble attempts at pronouncing ancient Hebrew, (which we cannot do with any degree of accuracy) and unless we do, God will not hear us.

The same people that insist that we use “Yahweh,” or “Jehovah,” for God, also say that Jesus Christ’s real name is “Yehoshua,” or “Yeshua” and that’s the name we should use when we pray.

According to the dictionary, a name merely means, “A word or a phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or a thing, or, a word that conveys meaning, designation, character, nature, identity, and understanding about that person or thing.” But the names we use to address God and Jesus do precisely that! They convey to our mind as we meditate on the many names and titles of God, his creative power, his covenant relationship with mankind, his boundless goodness, his limitless grace, mercy, majesty, and his awesome power. So is it wrong to use some of the divine names and titles for God and Jesus when we pray? Not at all!

Names of Jesus
In the Bible Jesus is also referred to by many names:
The Son of Adam and Son of Man—Means he is a man within the lineage of humanity.
Son of David—Means Jesus is a descendent of King David (a human being) and an heir to his throne.
Son of Abraham—Means Jesus is of Jewish descent.
Son of God—Means exactly that—he is the son of God, having the same nature and character as his Father. He was called the Son of God, being unique; one of a kind. Just like his Father.

In John 8:56-59 we read, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”

Before Abraham was, I am
Notice that Jesus said, “I am” and not “I was”. The two are quite different. His statement, “Before Abraham was…” therefore, is not that he (Jesus) came into existence before Abraham did, (as some believe is the meaning) but he was affirming that God saw him exist before Abraham even had been born. In other words, God knew everything even before creation. Just as the Psalmist wrote of himself in Psalm 139:16—“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”

God saw Jesus as the appointed Messiah, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, (Rev. 13:8) long before Abraham even existed. The Lord Jesus was born out of God’s Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption—to benefit all that lived and died in faith in God.

The Jewish Pharisees plainly understood the concept of God knowing us even before creation. So why did they take up stones kill him? Could it be that when Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” He was actually saying was, “Before Abraham was, “אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה.” (ehyeh ašer ehyeh)

This was the common Hebrew translation of the response God used when Moses asked for his name. (Exodus 3:14) Although there is no biblical prohibition against pronouncing God’s name, by the time of the Talmud, it was the custom to use substitute names for God. Some rabbis even asserted that a person who pronounces “ehyeh ašer ehyeh” according to the letters “YHWH” (instead of using a substitute) has no place in the World to Come, and should be put to death. Instead of pronouncing the four-letter name, they would substitute the name “Adonai,” or simply say “Ha-Shem”, which is translated, “The Name”.

Is it possible that the reason the priests wanted to kill Jesus was not because he claimed to be God, (as some believe and teach) but because he pronounced God’s personal name out loud, which was forbidden by the pharisaical priests?

I don’t believe that God is so concerned about what name we use to address him as he is about how he is perceived by other people through us. Can the world trace our lives to Jesus because they can see his name engraved on our hearts? Do your family, your neighbors and friends and even your enemies see the results of God’s name in your life? Are we glorifying God by being changed into his very image?

Whether we use Yahweh, Elohim, Jehovah, God or Lord, the pronunciation is not as critical as properly honoring the One behind the name, THE LORD YOUR GOD!

“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”
(2 Corinthians 3:2-3)

According to many mega church pastors and televangelists, repeating these words makes you born again:

“Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart. I make you my Lord and Savior.”

Really? That’s all there is to it? No weeping or crying out to God for His mercy? I have the power to MAKE Jesus my Lord and Savior? According to most modern evangelists, the answer is a resounding yes!

This kind of prayer is often used by a pastor or evangelist when at the end of the service someone makes an invitation for people to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. They usually conclude with a statement such as, “Because you have prayed this prayer, you are now a Christian.”

Unfortunately, this final statement of assurance of salvation is unbiblical because we are not saved by praying a special prayer. We are saved by the grace of God who calls us to repentance. (Acts 17:30) Salvation is God’s work in us; and though the Sinner’s Prayer can be used in addition to salvation, it is not the thing that saves us.

We need to avoid giving a person a false sense of assurance regarding being saved.

It is okay to help someone pray to receive Christ. It is okay to inform people about what God requires, about our sinfulness, our need for repentance and our need to confess Jesus as Savior. It is okay to guide someone in a prayer of repentance and confession. But it is NOT okay to say that just because they have prayed the prayer, they are now saved; because like I said, it is not the prayer that saves. It is God’s spirit working through a person that leads them to seek repentance and God’s forgiveness. (John 6:44; 6:65)

Now you may look to the mega church pastors and popular televangelists such as Joel Olsteen as examples of how the “Sinners Prayer” has led so many hundreds of thousands to salvation. Although there are many Christians who will testify that they prayed a “Sinner’s Prayer” the day God saved them, there many more in the world who, as a result of being led in a false “Sinner’s Prayer,” are now apostate; they were false converts. (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-31)They were false converts because they put their hope of salvation in reciting a scripted prayer instead of truly trusting Christ to forgive them of their sins against God. I guarantee you that many of those hundreds of thousands of people who belong to those mega churches are false converts; Because Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” And 2 Corinthians 7:10 teaches us that, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

The purpose of this article is not to discourage genuine Christians or cause them to question the authenticity of their faith because their conversion story includes a “Sinner’s Prayer.” Many people have truly been saved along with saying the Sinner’s Prayer. Rather, the purpose of this article is to plead with Christians to preach the gospel biblically; and if/when a person wants to trust in Christ and believe on him as Savior, that it is done properly.

The altar call
The altar call is another custom in nearly all Christian circles. Immediately following the sermon the congregation will sing a hymn during which the preacher calls men and women to walk to the front of the auditorium (the “altar”) to make a public decision to “accept Christ.” I think it’s interesting that in many services I have heard the pastor conclude with words like, “With every head bowed, and every eye closed, simply raise up your hand if you want to make Jesus your Savior.” Then salvation is offered to all who will but come to the front and receive it.

This practice, although widespread, is relatively new in the Christian church. For nearly nineteen centuries no one had ever heard of the practice! Charles Spurgeon, that passionate winner of souls, although well acquainted with the practice, firmly refused to adopt it and even criticized it severely saying: “Sometimes we are inclined to think that a very great portion of modern revivalism has been more a curse than a blessing, because it has led thousands to a kind of peace before they have known their misery; restoring the prodigal to the Father’s house, and never making him say, ‘Father, I have sinned.”

God is not constrained to saving souls in the confines of the church walls; nor is He limited by words in a scripted prayer- because God knows our hearts.

My prayer that I spoke when I was saved was, “God if you’re real, show me.” And God, in His great mercy, was faithful to do exactly what I had asked. No church service, no altar call, just me and God alone in my room. After that I was never the same.

The point is we need to remember that salvation is not gained by walking down to the front of a church or by praying someone’s prescribed formula prayer. Salvation is given freely by God. We must never leave the sinner with the impression that he or she can in any way manipulate God into granting salvation- But we must impress on them that their sinful condition can only be remedied by repenting of their sin and crying out for God’s mercy.

World population as of 2014 is 7.2 billion and growing. Out of that, there are a total of over 3 billion churches. There is no official directory for all the congregations in the county, because sociologists of religion have to rely on statistical estimates from surveys. These are often disputed, and to complicate matters even more, thousands of new churches open each year while thousands of others close. The Hartford Institute estimates there are roughly 350,000 religious congregations in the United States with millions of members in each congregation.

So if we are all members of the “Body of Christ” why is there so much disagreement between different congregations?

Several hundred years ago in many countries there was only one church that was tolerated. But when people began to immigrate to the United States, they were free to bring their own religious beliefs and practices with them—and they did. Many of our major denominations trace their beginnings back to their European roots—Lutherans from Scandinavia, for example, or Presbyterians from Scotland.
In spite of the differences in religious practices, all Christians should agree on the central truths of the Gospel:
• That we are all sinners in need of God’s forgiveness.
• That Jesus was born in the flesh, was crucified, died for our sins and was resurrected after three days.
• If we confess our sins God will forgive us of our sins and give us eternal life.

What do you believe?
Beyond these core beliefs, most Christians believe in one God that exists in three persons—the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. They believe that Jesus Christ walked this earth, fully God, and yet fully man and after his death he was buried, rose again and now lives at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for the believers forever. They believe that in order to be saved and be granted entrance into heaven after death, one must place one’s faith entirely in this doctrine.

Many Christians from mainstream Christianity consider denominations with non-Trinitarian beliefs to be cults and will not inherit eternal life in heaven; but are condemned to the everlasting fires of hell. But is this really biblically factual?

I have had many stimulating conversations with Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons as well as other Christians. I have to say that most of their doctrinal beliefs are based on Scripture. But the ones that aren’t, do not condemn them either.

In Acts 15 we read that while Paul and Barnabas were in Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the Gentile believers that unless they were circumcised they couldn’t be saved. The church sent them to Jerusalem to meet together with the other apostles to resolve this issue. At the meeting, after a long discussion, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: “Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you some time ago to preach to the Gentiles so that they could hear the Good News and believe. God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for he cleansed their hearts through faith. So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear? We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.” In the end they concluded, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to lay no greater burden on the Gentiles than to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. Isn’t it interesting that neither Paul nor any of the apostles mentioned observing God’s feast days, keeping Kosher, or even mentioned the Trinity doctrine as a condition for salvation?

Again we read in Acts 16:25-31, that after an earthquake had released Paul and Silas from jail, the jailer rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Again, there was no mention of following doctrinal beliefs in order to be saved. He only said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

We need to keep in mind that God’s plan for His Church was to bring unity to His followers—while denominations, by their very design, brings division and dissension.

If we are truly “One Body in Christ” then we should put away division and  judgment and focus on what’s really important—that we are all sinners in need of God’s forgiveness.

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. (1Cor. 12:12)

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (Rom 12:3-5)

Many Christians today believe they will be taken up from Earth in a secret rapture while the unsaved world suffers the wrath of God during what some Bible scholars refer to as Jacob’s Trouble.

Well, if you are one of those who believe in the rapture theory, then I urge you to prayerfully study the Scriptures. Because there are going to be many Christians who place their faith in this ‘secret rapture’ who may not be prepared for what is coming upon God’s people.

Friend, I urge you to get ready. Prepare your heart and mind for a time of trouble like never before. I am not here to scare you or to cause you any anxiousness, but to give you the truth from the Word of God about a Great Tribulation that is coming upon the whole earth.

Jesus confirmed himself that there would be great times of trouble for the church. “…For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22)

Remember Jesus was speaking to his followers and NOT unbelievers! Jesus gave this statement after prophesying about the destruction of Jerusalem, which happened in 70 AD. The saints endured horrendous persecution after this, and between 538 and 1798, the Roman Catholic Church slaughtered over 50 million Christians! Now did God take these saints out of this tribulation? No, He kept them THROUGH it. Many of the saints who were burned at the stake were filled with the peace of God, and even sang hymns while it was happening because they felt God’s presence so strong through it.

If God did not take His people out of these times of trouble, what makes you think He is going to take you out of the tribulation to come? Why would He allow His people of old to give their lives for their faith in God, but spare you from the same?

We live in a time when most people are content to get their knowledge of religion from T.V specials, novels and greeting cards. But you cannot afford to neglect your personal responsibility to prove the truth!
The rapture doctrine was made even more popular in the 1970s by Hal Lindsey’s writings (The Late Great Planet Earth, etc.) and more recently by Jim Jenkins and Tim LaHaye in their Left Behind fictional books and films. But where did the idea of the rapture originate?

Credit for its origin generally goes to John Nelson Darby, a 19th-century theologian. There were some in Darby’s day called amillennialists that didn’t believe that the Kingdom of God is coming to Earth at all. He labored to correct these false teachings. Darby believed, rightly, that Jesus Christ would return to establish and rule over the Kingdom of God here on Earth. But in his zeal for countering the amillennialists error, Darby added an error just as bad—the rapture theory. He believed he understood a new truth, an idea that had not been taught in the history of Christendom. While he was most likely sincere, sincerity alone does not make one right. “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20)

Darby’s pre-tribulation view of the rapture was then picked up by a man named C.I. Scofield, who taught the rapture view in the footnotes of his Scofield Reference Bible. Many who read the Scofield Reference Bible accepted what its footnotes said as biblical truth and adopted the rapture doctrine even though no Christian had heard of it in the previous 1800 years of Church history!

Many Christians today use 1 Thess. 4:16-17 as proof of the rapture doctrine: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

But which trumpet is Paul referring to? Because in 1Cor. 15:52 he writes: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST TRUMP: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (Emphasis mine)

The apostle John wrote in Revelation 11:15 that the seventh trumpet was the last one that was sounded: “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” So we should read what happened to the Church during the other six trumpets.

Unfortunately, God is not going to allow us to hear any warning trumpets sound before the end of the age. But if we are wise we can know when the time is close.

A doctor cannot know the exact date of an infant’s arrival but by watching the mother, the doctor can predict an approximate time of delivery. Meteorologists cannot know the exact time a hurricane will make landfall or when a tornado will appear, but by watching the weather patterns they can forecast an approximate time and warn people to take cover.

Mat 24:37-39 warns us that just “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Again, I remind you that Jesus was speaking to his followers.
So is it possible that we are not only living in the Last Days but are actually living in the beginning of the Great Tribulation?

When I see how utterly sinful the world has become, when I see how corrupt government agencies and world leaders have become, when I see how children are being abused, killed and thrown away like garbage and when I see the rise of terrorist groups around the world who use beheadings as a way to instill fear in its victims while the world (and the Church) sit passively by eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, I wonder if we are.

While so many people are being tortured and killed for their faith, do you think that you’re so much better than they are? Do you think that they will die but you will be raptured away? Remember Paul teaches us in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 to: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”

What would cause so many Christians to fall away from God? Could it be because so many put their faith in a secret rapture that turned out not to be true?

I believe that many professing Christians will be tested during the Tribulation to see whether they have true faith. Take a look at Revelation 12 and 13: It tells us all about the persecution of God’s people right up to the very end times.

Friend, don’t believe the false teaching of the rapture! We must be ready to give our life for Jesus! Remember that ALL who live godly lives will suffer persecution! (2 Timothy 3:12)

But also know that if we trust Him, God will give us the strength and the grace we need to keep us through whatever the world throws at us.

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt. 10:28)

This has nothing to do with those outside the Church. This is only directed at those inside the Church-those who profess to be followers of Jesus.

 
A pastor by the name of John Pavlovitz recently wrote an article on his blog entitled, “If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent”.  http://johnpavlovitz.com/2014/09/17/if-i-have-gay-children-four-promises-from-a-christian-pastorparent/

In the article he suggests that as Christian parents, we should accept our homosexual children as “okay”. This is what is wrong with the PC church today! If my kids told me that they thought that they were gay- yes, I would still love them as I always will, no matter what. But I would be honest and tell them that it is sin. I would pray for my children as they struggled with this, but I would NEVER accept it as being okay any more than I would accept adultery, lust or pedophilia as okay. That not only goes against God’s Law, but would give my children a false sense of salvation!

One cannot live as an unrepentant homosexual and be a follower of Jesus any more than an unrepentant pedophile can. Many have been taught that repentance means to “turn from sin”. Others believe that repentance means to be “sorry for your sins”. But neither is completely accurate. The full biblical definition of repentance is to change our heart and mind about sin that results in a change of action.

Repentance and faith are very closely related. Trying to separate the two is like trying to separate water and oil.  It is impossible to place your faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior without first changing your mind about who he is and what he has done. Whether it is repentance from willful rejection or repentance from ignorance, it is still a change of heart and mind. Biblical repentance, in relation to salvation, is changing your mind from rejecting God and His commandments to faith in Jesus our Messiah.

Sexual sin has become rampant in our world and is glorified in movies and television. Sadly, the Church is not immune from its temptations. But  Jesus and the apostles were never politically correct when it came to addressing sin in the Church. Read how the Apostle Paul dealt with sexual sin within the Church: “I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you—something that even pagans don’t do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother… It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.” (1Cor. 5:1; 12-13 NLT) As Christians, our lives should be a reflection of Jesus himself. And with so many in the world watching us we should be even more careful to watch what we’re doing.