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Scripture forbids it.
“‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh, so they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Matthew 19: 4-6.
Reasons for homosexual desires are complex and serious. Christians should not trivialize the situation or flippantly condemn the homosexual person. But Jesus made God’s ideal very plain. At creation, he approved one kind of marriage bond, man to woman. These become one flesh - one before God. Heterosexual monogamy is God’s plan for marriage - the best plan, the only one.
"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 of their perversion." Romans 1:26, 27.
God is willing to receive anyone who comes to Him in faith, and Christians should love and accept others no matter what their background. Yet, homosexuality is STRICTLY forbidden in scripture. Homosexuality is considered an acceptable practice by many - even some churches. But society does not set the standard for God’s law. Many homosexuals believe that their desires are normal and that they have the right to express them. Desires that violate God’s laws must be controlled. If you have these desires, you can and must resist acting upon them. Consciously avoid places or activities you know will kindle temptations of this kind. Remember, God can and will forgive sexual sins just as He forgives other sins. Prayer, Bible study, and strong support in a Christian church can help you to gain strength to resist these powerful temptations. If you are already deeply involved in homosexual behavior, seek help from a trustworthy, professional, pastoral counselor.
Are you becoming too busy for God?
"Joshua said to the Israelites, ‘Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God."
Just before crossing over into the promised land, Joshua gathered the people to hear the words of the Lord. Their excitement was high. No doubt they wanted to rush on, but Joshua made them stop and listen. We live in a fast-paced age where everyone rushes just to keep up. It is easy to get caught up in our tasks, becoming too busy for what God says is most important - listening to His words. Before making your schedule, take time to focus on what God wants from all your activities. Knowing what God has said before you rush into your day can help you avoid foolish mistakes.
Hello, brothers and sisters in Christ!
Sorry, it’s been awhile! I haven’t gotten around to posting anything lately, and neither has Jimmy. Well, I’m hoping we’ll do a study tonight, but that’s if Jimmy actually calls me. Our ask is still open, people! If you need biblical advice, prayer, have questions, or ideas about what we could blog, it would be greatly appreciated! God bless all if you!
God bless America!
Megan here, wishing you guys a happy 4th of July! I pray your day is full of joy, celebration, patriotism, worship, and LOTSA good food! Please don’t forget to pray for our incredible men and women fighting for this country as we speak, whether you’re against the war or not. And, of course, thank the Lord, for providing you with such a blessed country. While this economy may not be the best, and you may not have a lot, just remember, if you have spare change lying around, you are wealthier than 95% of the world’s population. Be grateful to God! God bless you all! :)
Sorry, guys. Posted this on my personal blog by accident. If you can’t read it, let me know.
It is grief inducing that people despise their own loving Creator, granted; and their markings of ludicrous hatred and boorish selfishness is a most tragic topic. However, I am much more melancholy and even further outraged at some of the Christian reaction to such symbolism of the enemy. Although it is most terrible that Satan has greatly caught up humanity with obsession with signs analogous to most ghastly and sinful concepts, it is downright DIGUSTING! the way some Christians have responded. I am referring to those overreactionary fools who take up superstition or blind defeatism for symbolism!
Woe to you, self-proclaimed Christians, who denounce symbols. You are no more morally sound in such denunciation than the Catholics were when they considered certain musical genres and tone qualities evil or scientist condemn faith (an element necessary for any knowledge besides self-existence and absolute truth)! Wake up! God blessed us with symbolism. By regarding them as evil and/or Satanically powerful enchantments, you have (1) negated a blessing of God (inspiration drawing/calligraphy), (2) slandered our faith (because you have made us look superstitious or unwelcoming to others), and (3) you have played yourselves and non-believers into the workmanship of Lucifer.
Oppositely, symbols are neutral in and of themselves. Surely, no Christian becomes stupidly and superficially superstitious over a cross? Good lord, the idiocy God must deal with! Nay, signs and significations are absolute gray area. But here’s an idea:
Satanists think they took the pentagram; Judiazers think they have the star of David; wiccans think they have the tetragram; and many God-haters utilize the upside-down cross. SO LET’S GET THEM BACK! We are the freed ones! Non-believers are intellectual enslaved by sin. Why should they be allowed to corrupt God’s gift of cryptic analogy? We should quit worrying about the Swastika and start using it for good. We should condem the culprits who exploited the Hammer and Sickle and then return their own sign for a valiant cause. We should steal the enemy’s weapons to spit on Satan’s gates whilst armed with them. No more superstition; no more blind negligence; take up the neutral ground and make Lucifer regret his endeavors. Let us collude to rob our enemy, to beat them with their own stick.
That is the nature of Christian warefare: conform to God to rebell against Satan.
Help the rejected feel accepted.
"So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, where a group of adventurers gathered around him and followed him." Judges 11:3.
Circumstances beyond his control forced Jephthah away from his people and into life as an outcast. Today, both believers and nonbelievers may drive away those who do not fit the norms dictated by our society, neighborhoods, or churches. Often, as in Jephthah’s case, great potential is wasted because of prejudice. Look around you to see if there are potential Jephthahs being kept out due to factors beyond their control. As a Christian, you know that everyone can have a place in God’s family. Can you do anything to help these people gain acceptance for their character and abilities?
Many will not accept your faith.
”’I tell you the truth,’ he continued, ‘no prophet is accepted in his hometown.’”
Even Jesus himself was not accepted as a prophet in his hometown. Many people have a similar attitude. Don’t be surprised if your Christian life and faith are not easily understood or accepted by those who know you well. Because they know your background and your failures, they may not see past those to the new person you have become. Let God work in your life, pray to be a positive witness for Him, and BE PATIENT.
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