Are They Still
in 2000 and ?
A few may ask
What Does the Bible say?
What is the Church to do?
The issues that face the Christian Church in this century are powerful and political. The issue of homosexuality has been pushed to the forefront by the media, the Clinton's and political correctness.
Believing that the Bible was written by God who created us and knew that we would enter into this millennium provides stability to our life. When our society says that there are no absolutes, all is relative, the Bible stands in strong contrast. God's Word states absolute truths!
A no nonsense Bible Message from Good Samaritan Baptist Church
So, what does God say about homosexuals? He says much, but you may need to go directly to the book to hear it as America's church's strive to be politically correct.
In the Old Testament:
In the Old Testament God tested man and his bent toward sin through several periods of testing. Man failed on every level. When God narrowed his efforts down to a particular nation of peoples, called his chosen people he gave them particular instructions about sexual sin. So particular that it is unmistakable.
Homosexuality was blatant sin:
LEV 18:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God. 3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. 4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God. 5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.
The LORD then gave a myriad of these ordinances on sexual
misconduct concerning the homosexual he states very clearly:
LEV 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
God's intent here is to keep his chosen people free from the sin that caused the destruction of the world previous, and the destruction of the Cannanites and their favorite cites of Sodom and Gommorah which you may have heard of. What was the punishment for Israels disregard of these ordinances?
Punishable by DEATH?
Along with several other sexual sins, a man having sex with a man was punishable by death in Israel.
LEV 20:12 And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them. 13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. 14 And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you 15 And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. 16 And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
God Himself Destroyed Sodom for Sodomy;
In the Old Testament God called homosexuality an 'abomination' and He utterly destroyed homosexuals on at least 2 occasions: Once in Sodom, once in Gibeah
GEN 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
GEN 19:4 But before they (Lot and his two male house guests) lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
Now excuse my bluntness here but their desire to "know them" is the Bible's polite term for "have sexual intercourse" with them. A man sexually penetrating another man is thereby called sodomy to this day. God thus utterly destroyed Sodom to the point that it is yet in utter desolation and the lowest place in all the earth in this millennium of 2000.
GEN 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
An Example to all generations:
What God did to Sodom for sodomy was to be an illustration of it's
evil and vileness for all generations.
DEU 29:21 And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law: 22 So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid upon it; 23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath: 24 Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger? 25 Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt:
When God's People then tolerated and accepted homosexuality
1KI 14:22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done. 23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree. 24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
God had His people rid themselves of homosexuals, called sodomites
1KI 15:11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father.
12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.
1KI 22:46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he (Jehoshaphat) took out of the land.(1KI 22:43 And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD:) See also 2Kings 23:7)
Yet this sin was their ruin
Yet this sin was the ruin of God's people
ISA 3:8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory. 9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
JDG 19:22 Now as they(a resident and a wayfarer quite similar to the Sodom account) were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city ,(Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin) certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. ( to have sexual intercourse with him) 23 And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.
In chapter 20 of Judges all Israel gathered against the tribe of Benjamin for this folly and at God's direction virtually destroyed all the tribe of Benjamin.
The folly of homosexuality was blasphemy against God and a substantial player in the ruin of all Israel in the Old Testament.
Homosexuality In the New Testament:
Has God changed his mind about homosexuality (or sodomy) under the New Covenant for the Church? Did Jesus teach that it was an alternative or acceptable?
In mans progression away from God outlined in Romans 1, homosexuality is clearly the lowest rung of the ladder, showing total disregard for God, and total disregard for the knowledge of God. Very clearly God's revelation about this sin, called an abomination, did not change with the coming of His son to redeem mankind from their sin. What he provided was a way that you could be healed from this and any sin.
Homosexuality is a sin to be cleansed from:
1CO 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
It is contrary to sound doctrine:
1TI 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for
a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly
and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and
murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for
them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers,
for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that
is contrary to sound doctrine;
Practicing Homosexuals are to be excommunicated from a Christian Church
1CO 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person . Despite what the Clintons brought to America and their agenda in our schools and now our church's for toleration of every moral depravity. God's word is clear, if a Church is to remain true to God's revealed word, it will be intolerant of sin in its membership and no practicing homosexual will be admitted to its membership, let alone its pulpit. In fact, if you will follow the Bible as truth, those who would 'come out of their closet' must be removed and excommunicated from a Bible Believing Church.
If you are homosexual, there is hope, there is cleansing from sin when you repent and accept Jesus Christ as your savior, 2Cor 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Homosexuality is not a hereditary condition, it is a binding and addictive sin that you can be set free from through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Don't Tolerate homosexuality in your Church
If your Church is "tolerant" to homosexuality, not
calling it a sin and abomination to God, we strongly urge you
to move your membership to a Bible Believing Church. If your
denomination is tolerant to this sin, do what ever you can to get
your Church out of the denominational connection before you leave.
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Pastor Ed Rice of Good Samaritan Baptist Church, 54 Main St., Dresden NY(315)536-0878 www.gsbaptistchurch.com
in 2000 and ?
All Are Sins . . . and All have sinned!