DAILY DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12, 2011
(Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
Over the weekend, the Presbyterian Church (USA) ordained its' first
openly-gay minister, Scott Anderson. In an interview with CNN, Anderson
said, "It's an exciting time for me personally to be the first openly gay
person ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and it's a big moment for
our church that has has excluded gays and lesbians for so many decades, so
it's a new day for us."
ARE YOU KIDDING ME???????
Over the past 12 years of Liveprayer, I have refused to fall into the traps
that so many national ministries have fallen into, and that is simply
bashing those who have CHOSEN homosexuality as their sexual preference to
incite the faithful to generate dollars. I have clearly stated in many past
Devotionals that homosexuality is a sin, and that FACT is not even
debatable. But today I MUST speak out on "churches" that support this
deviant sexual choice, and ANY denomination or ministerial organization that
would even consider having someone who has chosen this as their sexual
preference to be ordained into their fellowship.
Let me say right up front, that the Bible clearly teaches there is NO
division of sin. Sin is sin in God's eyes. THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT TO GOD,
ALL SIN IS EQUAL. Those who commit the sin of homosexuality commit a sin no
greater or no less than someone who chooses to commit the sin of gossiping.
Sin is a choice! The two greatest lies the pro-homosexual community have put
out are that 1) homosexuality is something that you are "born with," 2) 10%
or more in our society are homosexual.
First, modern science has CLEARLY rejected and been unable to prove that
ANYONE is "born gay." IT IS A CHOICE!!!! People choose to engage in
homosexual behavior. Like all sin, once you do it long enough, it may seem
natural, but it is still a choice. You are born black or white, you are born
with blue eyes or green eyes, taking off your pants to have sex is a CHOICE!
Also, all legitimate studies done by the non-homosexual community clearly
show that less then 1% of the population EVER engage in this type of deviant
To have a "church" that accepts this sinful choice, to have a ministerial
body that ordains people into the clergy who make this choice, you MUST
reject the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of God's Word. There is no
difference in having a "church" that accepts those who make the choice to
engage in homosexual behavior, as a "church" that would accept those who
make the choice to commit adultery. How popular would THAT church be!!!
To have an institution represent God, to have people represent God, who have
clearly REJECTED God, is an ABOMINATION!!! It makes me sick every time that
I hear of a "church" that accepts homosexuality as an acceptable sexual
choice, and even more sick when I hear of a denomination or ministerial
organizations that accepts people who choose to engage in this type of
sinful sexual behavior to be in spiritual leadership.
SUCH A "CHURCH" IS A STENCH IN THE NOSTRILS OF GOD!
Note: If you church or denomination is even debating such a non-debatable
issue you should be very concerned. THERE IS NOTHING TO DEBATE!
Sadly, the voice of sin in our culture is virtually unopposed in trying to
get people to accept that their view is correct. The Bible is our ultimate
authority in ALL matters. The Bible clearly says that God condemns the
choice of homosexual behavior as sin and is an abomination. You either
believe God, or reject God. The choice is that simple.
Can those who choose to engage in this behavior go to Heaven? Of course!! IF
THEY REPENT, ASK GOD'S FORGIVENESS, AND THROUGH HIS POWER TURN FROM THEIR
SIN. Just like anyone who chooses to commit murder, or adultery, or engage
in ANY sin can go to Heaven if they will repent, ask God's forgiveness, and
through His power turn from their sin. It is your faith in Jesus Christ that
saves you. But IF you choose Jesus as your Savior, how can you continue to
engage in sinful activity? How can you blatantly sin against the God that
you proclaim to love? Jesus said if you love Me you will obey Me!!!
I love you and care about you very much. Churches that tell people it is OK
to engage in habitual, unrepentant sinful activity like homosexuality are an
abomination to God. To have any denomination or ministerial organization
accept those into the ministry who are living a life of blatant and
unrepentant rebellion to God makes a mockery of the ministry. You can't cut
out the parts of the Bible that you don't like. Once you start down that
road, you have made yourself God.
However, we live in a free society. If people who have chosen to engage in
homosexual activity want to have their own church, they have every right to.
Just like those who worship satan can have their own church. As those who
follow Christ, we have a responsibility to pray for them, for God to open
their hearts to the truth of His Word, and to turn from their sin. Only God
can change hearts, and for those who are in bondage to the sin of
homosexuality we must pray for them to open their hearts and turn from their
Until Jesus returns, we will always have those who choose a perverted form
of sex with those of their own gender, just like we will always have those
who choose to pervert sex by having it outside of the bonds of marriage.
While we can never accept their choice since it is clearly against God's
Word, we must pray for them, just like we must pray for everyone who is
battling any sin in their life.
For those reading this who are currently fighting homosexuality, let me tell
you that God has never stopped loving you, and is simply waiting for you to
turn from your sin and come back to Him. We serve a God of deliverance from
sin, a God of forgiveness, and a God of restoration. Millions have turned
from the sin of homosexuality and found complete restoration and fulfillment
in living a life according to God's plan. What He did for someone else, He
can do for you! I pray today that you hear these words, and choose to find
freedom from your sin today. That freedom is only a prayer away!
The church is exactly where men and women who struggle with the sin of
homosexuality need to be. However, not in the pulpit leading the church, but
in the pews seeking the Lord for His strength to find freedom from this sin
they are in bondage to!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,