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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Love God, Love Each other
This is normally a very strange subject because, many people in the church view homosexuality as a sin that holds more weight than any other sin. However, lets think about this:
1. What does God hate?(Proverbs 6:16-19)
16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
The main one that seems relevant in this topic is: "A person who stirs up conflict in the community." It seems that people point out homosexualities and stir up such drama, which the Lord truly hates.
2. What does God love? (1 John 4:9-11)
9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
God loves us. Period. Yet, He wants us to be clear that Jesus has sacrificed himself for our sins. We are washed away and since God loves us, we ought to love each other.
3. What does God require of us? (John 13:34-35)
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
He requires that we love each other.
In regard to homosexuality, Paul says it eloquently, (paraphrased) that the law was not made for the righteous people but the unrighteous. The law was set to let sinners see and know what is immoral (or wrongful) to God (1 Timothy 1: 8-11).
Yet, here in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 states:
9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a]10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
So before we go off on homosexuals, this scripture also discuses those who are having sex outside of marriage, idolaters, cheating spouses, thieves, greedy people, drunks, liars, someone who deprives rightful $$$ to someone else...will not inherit the kingdom of God if and only if (1 Corinthians 6:11):
11 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.
This scripture might argue that this person can possibly be gay and be "washed and sanctified" but if we have the Spirit of God in us, we would be able to discern what is immoral(or wrongful) to God and be inclined to follow His voice.
That was probably way too long but, my opinion:
I would still support my church if my pastor is preaching SOUND doctrine, regardless if there are homosexuals in the church. If they are trying to get closer to God and know His voice, they will be inclined by the holy Spirit...not mere man.
Same sex marriage is immoral, however, I won't hate the couple because of their marriage. Instead, I'll love them because honestly, they are people. God requires us to love them but not love their sin.
For our pastors, I believe they should be so close to God that they can feel Him breathing on their necks. This is a very important time for our society and our pastors need to be equipped. Pastors and sheep may be going astray, but God is ALWAYS there and ALWAYS present. He will appoint those who can do the job. I believe that.