Message to My Gay Friends

 (This comes from my heart, and also, I believe, from the heart of God, and Christ)

 

As Christians, we are ambassadors for Christ and His Word. So we must share the truth of His Word or risk being complicit, an accomplice to those caught in various traps of sin, as we all once were.

The gospel of John 1:1 says that Christ IS the Word. Jesus is the Word of God, manifested in human flesh. Hebrews 13:8 says "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." And Psalms 119:89 says "Forever, O Lord, your word is settled in heaven."   II Timothy 3:16 tells us that "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." That means that every verse of the Bible, Old and New Testaments, is from God, and Jesus is the Word of God. So, even though we may not have any recorded words of Jesus speaking directly to homosexuality, we know that God's Word says it is sin - an abomination to God (Leviticus 18 and 20)

In Matthew 5:17, Jesus Himself says that He did not come to abolish, destroy, or set aside the law and the prophets (referring to the Old Testament). Also, the Apostle Paul writes, words that are "God-breathed" in I Corinthians 6:9,10 and I Timothy 1:8-10, that lists homosexuality along with other sins. So, yes, we know what Jesus, the Word of God in the flesh, says about being gay, and it is not ok.

I would like to mention one other example from the gospels.  When they brought the woman who had been caught in the act of adultery to Jesus, in John 8, what did Jesus say to her after no one volunteered to cast the first stone at her?  He told her to go and sin no more.  If Christ were here, today, would He ask any less from those who are gay?

Why did God destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? In Gen. 19, God's Word gives us only one example of the behavior that exemplified why God destroyed these cities. That example was the sin of homosexuality as "all of the men - both young and old, from every part of the city of Sodom surrounded the house [of Lot]. They shouted to Lot,' where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out so we can have sex with them.'" - Genesis 19:4,5.   There were no doubt other sins that they were guilty of, but this  is all that God tells us about,  and the next day He rained down fire from heaven on them.

The Word of God is very clear on this issue,  and Christians are only the messengers - warning others to turn from this sin and be saved by the blood of Christ, for "our God will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:7).

I am not unsympathetic to those who are caught in this sin. I can imagine a girl who has been a tom-boy all her life, finding it difficult to put on her femininity because she feels like she is abandoning the love and affirmation she has become accustomed to receiving as a tom-boy. And then also there are those who may not have had a loving motherly influence in their lives to teach them how to become women (emotionally speaking).

Or, I can see a beautiful little girl who has been terribly and sexually abused by a man, or men, trying to hide her beauty and look like a boy, so she can somehow escape further abuse.

Or, a young man who has never had the benefit of a healthy and loving relationship with his father, or other men, who just wants desperately for a man, any man, to show him love.

I know there are undoubtedly scores of other examples of how this sin could have begun in a person's life, but when Jesus came and walked on the earth, He said that He did not come to "judge" people, but to save them. And He is well able to save all of those who will come to Him and ask Him to forgive their sin and give them strength to be set free from sin's addictions.

It is not a sin to be tempted, but when we boldly proclaim that we have the right to do what God clearly says we should not do, we stand in danger of receiving the condemnation that the Scriptures warn us of.

Even though I can be sympathetic to someone who has been caught in a certain sin, I cannot change what is wrong and make it ok. And God will not change the truth of His Word - it is forever settled in heaven.   But Jesus CAN and WILL forgive your sin and accept you into fellowship with Him and His Father, and He can and will place His own Spirit into your heart and empower you to overcome whatever sin you may be struggling with.

So, if you will submit to God's loving guidance and care, the Spirit of God will TRANSFORM your life, by the same power through which He created the universe and raised Jesus from the dead!

However, if you refuse to submit to the Father, and instead insist on holding on to your sin, you are, unfortunately, on your own.   But Never, Ever, forget this - God WANTS you to come to Him and become a member of His family - and as a part of that family - I do too!

 So please, come to Christ today! Bring your heart, bring your life, and come to Him!

 

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