Homosexuality: What Does the Bible Say?

Many that talk about this subject in print and on the radio, have been called a “homophobe,” a “bigot,” and a “gay basher.” There should be no personal animosity against these people. Homosexuals are no worse than any idolater, adulterer or thief. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, the apostle Paul puts these people in the same class, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” In Romans 1:24-32, Paul explains that homosexuality was one of the reasons God “gave up” on the Gentiles. He says, “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 worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”

Paul put homosexual activity in the midst of a list which includes sexual immorality, murder, and those who hate God. Paul claimed those who committed these crimes were worthy of the penalty of death.

God’s laws on sexual morality in the Old Testament were very plain. Leviticus 20:13 says, “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” God’s natural use of the body is plain. Let us continue to teach the truth to our children and to all who will listen.

The Promises of God

The Book of Genesis (Hebrew Bereshith, meaning beginning); is a powerful book. We find the beginning of life, the beginning of the family, the fall of man, and the first prophecy concerning the Messiah, who would be the vehicle to save mankind from our sins. Do we trust God?

Trust in God is a fundamental principle of the Christian life. The apostle Paul was motivated by it to live a life of exemplary service. He wrote, “For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe” (1 Timothy 4:10).

Trust contains the concepts of assured reliance, confidence, and hope. While it virtually is impossible for the Christian to conceive of a life without trust in God, it remains true that every Christian would do well to examine the degree to which he or she actually does trust in God.

Trust in God can be a lifelong benefit, but it is a blessing contingent upon remaining aligned with God and continually seeking him throughout every one of life’s challenges no matter how great or personal. Today, I will share with you from the book of beginnings (Genesis) that God keeps his promises. We need to trust Him Now and not wait.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

The church in the bible

When did Christ establish His church? Its beginning was prophesied in Isaiah 2:2, “It shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains.” We are now living in the last days or the last dispensation. Hebrews 1:2 says that God, “Has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.”

Jesus sent His disciples to tell of His coming kingdom, the church. In Matthew 10:7 Jesus says “And as you go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It was at hand and soon to come into being. Jesus says in Mark 9:1, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste of death till they see the kingdom come with power.” The Lord’s spiritual kingdom, the church, was to come with power. Jesus told His apostles in Luke 24:49 to “tarry in the City of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” Also notice what was to come with this power in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” The Lord’s kingdom, the church, was to come with power and this power was to come when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles. We see concerning the 12 apostles in Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Then Acts 2:47 says, “The Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” The Lord’s church was then a reality.

Any denominational church claiming to have begun before the Day of Pentecost of 33 A.D. was too soon and can’t be the Lord’s church. All of the many denominational churches that had their beginning after this date were too late and can’t be the Lord’s church. Only the Lord’s church was established on the Day of Pentecost of Acts chapter 2. I would not want to be a member of a church the Lord did not establish. He only established His one church. Psalms 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.”

God made a choice…I pray that we heed HIS call.

Fathers Trusting in God

Thank God for men who see the need to set their affection (desire) on things above and not on the earth (Colossians 3:1-3). Times change, but God does not in his faithfulness as a Father (Malachi 3:6).

There probably has never been a period in the world’s history as filled with as many unhappy people as the one in which we now live. In this country we have been blessed above any nation that has ever existed. These blessings have come because in the past this nation trusted in God and was known as a Christian nation. But things have changed and are continuing to change. More and more individuals are putting their trust in pills, psychologists, drugs, alcohol, material wealth, pleasure, and in themselves instead of the living God. Tranquilizers replace the faith in far too many lives. It is estimated that 30 million sleeping pills were taken last night in the USA.

But “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of the drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

To be sure in each life some rain must fall; some days will be dark and dreary. By trusting in God these moments properly used make for brighter and better tomorrows. If there were no difficulties, there could be not triumphs. In dealing with life’s problems Paul writes from his prison cell, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say rejoice! Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:4,6). Just imagine a prisoner writing such words to men who were at liberty to go and do as they pleased. Another time when Paul was in jail we read in Acts 16:25, “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” Paul certainly serves as an example of how we should trust in God.

As we are trusting in God we have “the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Because of our trust in God, “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them even shout for joy, because You defend them” (Psalms 5:11). We should have great joy and gladness to know that we are God’s children “for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Our trusting in God will help us to “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward” (Hebrews 10:35). Let’s “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart” (Proverbs 3:5) so we can go to heaven. “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). We cannot even begin to imagine how wonderful heaven will be. So let’s trust in the living God so we can go to heaven.

Fathers, Keep the faith!

What time is it?

“What age do we live in? Christian Age, Messianic Age?” We are presently living in the Christian Age. The following short study should help your understanding regarding the different dispensations or ages of time:

Patriarchal Age

The word “patriarch” means “father.” In this age God began to deal with man as the head of his family. Instead of revealing a written code of law and a system of worship, He spoke to the fathers through visions, dreams, and angels (Genesis 15:1; Genesis 22:11,15; Genesis 31:11; Genesis 31:24; Genesis 46:2; Numbers 12:6; Numbers 24:4,16). Because of the limitation and nature of God’s revelation during this long age, lasting thousands of years, it has been called the “Starlight Age”.

Mosaic Age

Here the name springs from the great lawgiver, Moses. During this period God expanded His method of dealing with man by choosing a nation (Israel – Deuteronomy 7:6-8). Man was now ready for additional revelation from God; hence this age is often called the “Moonlight Age”. Through Moses, God set down a definite written code for social, political, and religious life, with the Ten Commandments as its center (Exodus 20).

Christian Age

The name here refers to Christ, the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). The chief characteristic here is that God now turns from a family and a nation to the whole world (John 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 1:5; Romans 16:25-26). Now the grand purpose of God is fulfilled through His Son (Hebrews 1:1-2); the redemption of all mankind on earth (those who are willing to be saved by the Gospel or “perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25). Thus, this age is often called the “Sunlight Age”– the present age in which we now live.

It is TIME that we all adhere to the teachings of Christ in this present age!

The Need for Teaching Fundamentals (Part 2 of 2)

NO GROWTH OUTSIDE OF THE FAITH

In order for the child of God to grow spiritually, he must increase his faith in God. Jude wrote, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 20, 21). Upon being confronted with the Lord’s teaching which dealt with resolving offenses between brethren, the apostles made a fitting request wherein they said, “Lord, Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). Faith is increased as one reads and studies his Bible (Revelation 1:3; 2 Timothy 2:15). The resulting spiritual growth is a divine production. The apostle Peter taught, “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:1-4).

ONE FAITH

Personal spiritual growth is produced by the system of faith which is heaven sent. There is only one divine system of faith. Paul wrote about “one faith” in Ephesians 4:5. This “one faith” is not in a state of development or constantly changing, for Jude wrote, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).

CONCLUSION

The need which exists is for teaching the fundamentals of this one system of faith that is presented exclusively within the pages of God’s inspired Word. Listen to God’s Word today as it is preached. We at Miami Gardens are here to serve.


For part 1 of this epistle, check out The Need for Teaching Fundamentals (Part 1 of 2)

The Need for Teaching Fundamentals (Part 1 of 2)

The church is composed of imperfect people. If the church was not designed only for perfect people, then the church would be imperfect because as Paul wrote to the Roman Christians, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). The apostle John added, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:10). So, the church as designed by God takes imperfect people whom Peter called “babes” and builds them up in the faith (1 Peter 2:1, 2). Just as the nutrients from the various food groups provide energy for the physical body to grow, even so the Word of God provides the power which allows each member of the church to grow toward maturity. On one occasion Job commented that God’s Words were regarded of greater value than his own physical food. He said, “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12).

STEPS OF FAITH

The ancient patriarch Abraham carefully walked in steps of faith as directed by the Word of God (Romans 4:12). He is heralded in the Book of Hebrews for all he did “by faith” (Hebrews 11). The only source of faith today is the Word of God. Paul wrote, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). Like Abraham, God is calling people today by means of the gospel to begin a walk of faith (2 Thessalonians 2:14).

  • The gospel of Christ is God’s power to save the sinner, but he must first hear the gospel (Romans 1:16, Ephesians 1:13).
  • Second, the gospel message must be believed, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness” (Romans 10:10).
  • Third, since sin separates the soul from God, repentance from sin is commanded from Christ (Isaiah 59:1,2; Luke 13:3).
  • Fourth, confession of faith in Christ is done unto salvation for “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).
  • Fifth, baptism by immersion in water for the remission of sins as commanded by Christ puts one into Christ where all spiritual blessings are and adds the believer to the church of Christ (Colossians 2:12; John 3:5; Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:16; Galatians 3:2; Ephesians 1:3; Acts 2:47).

GROWTH DEMANDS FAITH

Upon becoming an obedient child of God the believer is now ready to grow. Peter admonished, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18). Just as the basic steps of faith taken to bring a person into Christ must emerge from the Word of God, even so the spiritual growth of the new Christian must come about as he is taught the fundamentals of the faith.

For part 2 of this epistle, check out The Need for Teaching Fundamentals (Part 2 of 2)