Sunday, August 9, 2015

Homosexuality And These Last Days......

JESUS ASKED: "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8).  WILL HE?


Homosexuality And These Last Days

A dangerous modern heresy called "gay theology" is infiltrating the Christian church at an alarming pace.  Many believers, fearful of being called "haters," are trivializing the threat by calling homosexuality "just another sin."  But from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible teaches that homosexuality is NOT "just another sin."  It is a symbol of extreme rebellion against God and harbinger of His wrath.

But more than that, when the key Biblical references to homosexuality are taken together and laid out in chronological order, they reveal a stark and sobering warning to the church about the last days culture of apostasy before the return of Christ. 

Specifically, the emergence of widespread homosexuality and its celebration by the world is designed to test the faithfulness of the church to God's Word.  

It is, in a sense, a "dress rehearsal" for the Mark of the Beast, as indeed "sexual orientation" laws in parts of our economy today prohibit "buying or selling" without first accepting the normalcy of homosexuality as a precondition — eerily foreshadowing the consequence of resisting the Antichrist in Revelation 13:17.

Courage in defending the Bible regarding homosexuality is certainly not a "salvation issue," which in fact helps the timid rationalize their avoidance of the issue.  Yet this is precisely why it serves God's purpose as a litmus-test.

"He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much" (Luke 16:10).

If a Christian is unable to remain faithful to Biblical truth when all he will suffer is the disapproval of the world or the loss of a job, how can he be expected to stand with Christ when the cost is his life? (Revelation 12:11).  

As Jeremiah 12:5 puts it

"If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?"

As we proceed to assemble in sequence the individual components of God's unmistakable warning about homosexuality in the light of current events and present day church compromises, the words of Jesus ring with special significance:   "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8).

The "One Flesh" Paradigm: God's Exclusive Standard for Sexuality and the Model for His Relationship with Mankind:

In Genesis 1:27 & 2:24 God sets forth the exclusive "one flesh" paradigm for human sexuality: the lifelong, faithful union of one man and one woman created in His image for procreation.  "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (1:27).

This male/female complimentarity, consummated in marriage, reflects the very relationship of God and Man, as the Apostle Paul explains in Ephesians 5, citing Genesis 2:24.

 " Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it: That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 'For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.' This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church."

All sex outside of marriage is thus wrong and harmful — spiritually equivalent to worshipping false gods — as in fact God condemns as "adultery" all idolatry by His people. 

The Book of Hosea is especially instructive to this teaching, as the two "Houses" of the divided Hebrew kingdom, Judea and Israel, are portrayed as wives of God, condemned as adulterers for worship of false gods.

Sexual Sin is Especially Grievous in the Eyes of God Because it Defiles Both His Image In Us and His Relationship With Us.

The teaching of Leviticus 18, makes clear God's perspective of sexual sin as the most destructive to human society and our relationship to Him. It is important to highlight this fact before we proceed to examine the lessons of Genesis 6-19.

As Paul explains "Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?" (1 Corinthians 6:18-19).  Every human body was created to be a temple of the Holy Spirit!  Through Christ, the bodies of the elect are cleansed and made inhabitable by Him, but even the unsaved were created for this same purpose.

Jesus summarized the Mosaic laws with two commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength" and "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Humans tend to measure the gravity of sins based on the second commandment, and thus we think of murder, or perhaps genocide, as the worst of sins. But from God's perspective, the worst human sins are violations of the first commandment.  "You shall have no other gods before me" tops the List, and its violation is certainly the greatest of all possible sins, but sexual sins are uniquely grievous in that they violate both the first and second commandments simultaneously.

Homosexuality and Bestiality are the Most Harshly Condemned of All Sexual Sins Because They Deviate the Furthest from the One-Flesh Paradigm.

Genesis 6-9:  After the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden and 1000 years of increasing sin by their descendents, God pours out His wrath in the form of a global flood which the ancient Hebrew rabbis taught was triggered by homosexual and bestial "marriages" (Talmud, Genesis Rabbah 26:5:4).

The ancient scholars of Hebrew who wrote the Talmud stated expressly what Jesus Himself merely alluded to when He warned that in the time leading to His return, wicked people would be "marrying and giving in marriage" "as in the days of Noah" (Matthew 24:38), when "every intent of the thoughts of their heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5).

The main points here are that homosexuality in the Bible is equated with bestiality and that the human celebration of marriages based on these sexual perversions represented the final insult to God triggering Noah's Flood.

The common law crime of sodomy is still on the books though not enforced in several U.S. States. It does not emphasize specific sexual acts (eg oral or anal sex) as in modern statutory law, but prohibits two types of sexual relationships: those between people of the same gender and those with animals, reflecting this same correlation in the Bible.  President Thomas Jefferson addressed this crime in his restatement of the common law and observed that of the two forms, homosexuality was the greater threat to society.  SADLY THE CHURCH REMAINS REMARKABLY SILENT. THAT'S CALLED COWARDICE..... JESUS ASKED: 
"When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8).  WILL HE? 


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