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Sometimes we forget God is the judge, not mankind. When Christ walked the earth he did not hang out with the wealthy. Instead he fellow-shipped with the poor, downtrodden, derelicts and the people society had rejected. Christ himself said that he came for sinners. Matthew 9: 13 “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.” Jesus was sent to reconcile mankind back to God. Christ himself stated that none of us are good, it’s only when he enters we can live righteously (or holy).We have to live according to God’s laws, but God alone judges.

We should have love, compassion and understanding for all people. It doesn’t mean that we should not take a stand. It doesn’t mean that we don’t speak up, for our faith or beliefs. What we all need is sound doctrine, not a watering down of the gospel. We should never be self righteous, ever. Fighting with the homosexual community is not going to change their behavior. We have to show love, be grounded and rooted in love to our fellow men. Teach them what the bible says about the practice. Factions of our societies don’t believe in the bible much less God for that matter.

Homosexuality is mentioned about twelve times in the Bible
• 2 refer to rape (Genesis 19:5, Judges 19:22)
• 5 refer to cult prostitution (Deuteronomy 23:17-18, 1 Kings 14:23-24, 15:12-13, 22:46, 2 Kings 23:6-8)
• 1 refers to prostitution and pederasty (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
• 4 are nonspecific (Leviticus 18:21-22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Timothy 1:8-10)

This tells me that the issue is pretty significant to God. Individuals who do not follow biblical teachings feel they can carry on with licentious behavior. Mankind has always wanted to do what he wants, irrespective of the laws laid down by God. You see most of us haven’t been taught sound biblical doctrine. To appropriate biblical teaching, you must believe in the veracity of the bible. Huge segments of our society don’t read the bible much less believe in God. This is part of the problem we are facing today. God has become irrelevant, a non issue. Some people ask what God has done for me lately? Not realizing that everything is warped, things are out of order, jacked up so to speak. How did we get this way? Someone gets a notion, that things should be a certain way. Where do we get our ideas from, our beliefs, our values and our code of behavior? In present society all the lines seemed blurred. We act not realizing we are being programmed to say yes. There are no guidelines on morality, everything goes these days. The media, television, the entertainment industry and the amalgamation of wealth in the wrong hands have us bamboozled. We are on self righteous high; images which we had internalized, our diet for so long have now become our reality. Is it any wonder that we are now passing legislation that undermines the very foundation of everything we have known about ourselves?

Homosexuality is not new:
The practice has abounded in most cultures around the globe. Artifacts and graffiti from early as 10th millennium BC suggest an appreciation for homosexual eroticism. The first recorded evidence of homosexuality is found in Mesopotamia; circa 3000 B.C. Homosexuality flourished in both Greek and Roman cultures, though the traditional relationships between male and female still dominated. So what has happened in contemporary society? It seems the practice has flourished and grown in stature, it has taken on a life of its own. In fact the very fabric, the essence of modern societies has been impacted in ways never before seen.

The first mention of homosexuality in the bible is in Genesis 19:1-13:
The wicked men of Sodom attempted a homosexual rape of two messengers from God who had come to visit Lot. As a result of this and other widespread wickedness, God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in a storm of fire and brimstone.

The Book of Leviticus:
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (NKJ, Leviticus 18:22)
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. (NKJ, Leviticus 20:13)

The bible is clear about sexual immorality. We are so out of order that everything is okay, but by whose standards. It seems mankind is openly defying God; there are always consequences to every action. Spiritual laws govern life, whether we abide by them or not. We do not fight with God; no one has ever fought God and won. The new legislations and policies that are coming are anti –God. Well it remains to be seen who will win this war. By all indications, biblical and modern day God has never lost a battle yet.

Scriptures to reflect on:
What comes out of you is what defiles you. For from within, out of your hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile you. (TNIV, Mark 7:20-23)

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (NIV, 1st Corinthians 6:9-11)

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator– who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion (NIV, Romans 1:25-27).

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it legitimately. This means understanding that the law is laid down not for the innocent but for the lawless and disobedient, for the godless and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their father or mother, for murderers, fornicators, sodomites, slave traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching (Timothy 1:8-10).

Of men and an angel of Note:

Satan (angel) was the first created being that started the rebellion against God. Satan wanted to be God, but essentially he wanted to run things his way. He was kicked out from heaven; he will never ever go back there. In the war (Revelation 12:7) in heaven Satan was defeated. Jesus defeated Satan on resurrection morning. Satan don’t like order, his followers are out-of-order.

Remember the brutal dictators of recent history:

Stalin, Hitler, etc…

Previously:

Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, The people from Noah’s time etc…

What these stories have in common? By defying God we make ourselves God.There is only one God!

A people who don’t remember history will always repeat it much to their own folly!

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