Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Judge Not ...

I saw a post that was talking about how homosexuality is an abomination unto God. And indeed it is. Someone had chimed in and said, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” The person who said that doesn’t appear to properly understand what our Lord meant by this. Do you!?
’ Judge not, that you be not judged’ – Matthew 7:1.
The apostle Paul, under a great inspiration of God’s Spirit, wrote – 
“But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one” – 1 Corinthians 2:15.
In the Book of John chapter 7 our Lord Jesus Christ says - 
’ Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment’ – John 7:24.
Our Lord Jesus tells us that we are to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God – Matthew 4:4.

When God’s living word – the Holy Bible – WARNS us that something is SIN, then we are NOT to defend it.

We are to be AGAINST sin.

If something is ‘an abomination’ then that is something that God HATES!

As the apostle John explains in John chapter 1, Jesus was God made flesh – cf John 1:14.

All true Christians are to be followers of CHRIST. To follow Christ is to follow His example.

His example is based upon the WORD OF GOD – which is the Holy Bible.

Anything other than His living word is nothing more than people just making up their own religion and beliefs.

It is crystal clear from God’s living word that homosexuals and lesbians shall not make it into the kingdom of God –
“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2) ‘Speak to the children of Israel, … You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination’” – Leviticus 18:1, 2, 22.

“’ If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them’” – Leviticus 20:13.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom [from] God? DO NOT BE DECEIVED. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, …”
The King James Bible uses the word “effeminate” which means a reference to a man – having characteristics and ways and behaviors traditionally associated with women and is regarded as inappropriate for a man, i.e. RuPaul.
“ … nor sodomites, …”
A sodomite is a person who engages in sodomy, which is a sexual act involving anal or oral copulation.
“ … 10) nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, will inherit the kingdom of God” – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
The majority of our peoples ask of the LORD God –
“ … ‘In what way have we wearied Him?’ In that you say, ‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, And He delights in them,’ or, ‘Where is the God of justice?’” – Malachi 2:17.
They reason amongst themselves, “If God is love, He would not condemn the love of others.”

The apostle Paul goes on to say in Romans chapter 1 –
“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27) Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

Verse 28 – “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, …”
The King James Bible renders this, “a reprobate mind.”
… to do these things which are not fitting; 29) being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30) backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31) undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful.”

“who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” – Romans 1:26-32.
Now, can someone with same-sex attraction be healed by Almighty God – in thought, desire, and deed!? 

Yes indeed.

The Apostle Paul added in 1 Corinthians chapter 6 –
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus by the Spirit of our God” – v. 11.
As the apostle Peter says, the person must “Repent, and … be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” – Acts 2:38.

Yet, being saved and forgiven does not rid you of temptation. As long as same-sex attractions are present, abstinence is crucial – as it is for anyone not in a heterosexual marriage.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires, and enticed. 15) Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” – James 1:13-15.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, contrary to a great many, was not married. It is a lie that all humans need sexual fulfillment – cf. Matthew 19:12. It is also a lie that sex equates to love. The LORD God – who created all things – insists that sex is an expression of love between a man and a woman who are married to each other. Outside of that context, sex is harmful. If we love others, we would never encourage them to sin against God – causing them harm. Instead, encouraging them not to sin and to follow God’s commandments – including the two greatest commandments –
“ …’ You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’ 38) This is the first and great commandment.’
This first and great commandment equates to the first four of the Ten Commandments.
’ And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’
This second great commandment equates to the last six of the Ten Commandments.
’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets’ – Matthew 22:36-40.
This is what NEEDS to be taught to them - the real love which they need from us.

Sadly, the immoral homosexual rights movement began to gain ground among the populous in the mid-20th century. And perhaps the single defining event for homosexual and lesbian activism occurred in the United States of America when on June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court of the US legalized same-sex “marriage” in a decision that applied nationwide.

And indeed, the sodomites are PROUD of their evil.

Truly, homosexuality and lesbianism are not new. They have existed in every generation and in virtually every society. What is new (in today's society) is the attitude of tolerance by some so-called Christian churches, pride in homosexuality and lesbianism, and OPEN ACCEPTANCE of its once-furtive perversions.

“The look on their countenance witnesses against them. And they declare their sin as Sodom; They do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves” – Isaiah 3:9.
Certainly, if any be homosexual or lesbian – or even have the proclivity of such actions – and are seeking to be a Christian you truly NEED to STOP and SEEK God’s will and stay the course of His will in serving Him until your last breath.

Being a true Christian is not living a life unto self, but living a life unto Christ.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me’ – Matthew 16:24.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to take revenge – cf.
“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
“Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head’” – Romans 12:19-20.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to have a comfortable and secure home – cf.
“Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, ‘Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.’”

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head’ – Luke 9:57-58.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to have a good reputation – cf.
’ Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake’ – Matthew 5:11.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to spend money however we please – cf.
’ Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’ – Matthew 6:19-21.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to hate an enemy – cf.
’ You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44) But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45) that you may be [children] of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46) For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?’
In the 1st century Judea the tax collector was considered by the Jews to be a traitor and very possibly a thief. Why!? Because Judea was occupied by Rome and the taxes collected went to Rome.
’ And if you greet your brethren only, what do you more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48) Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect’ – Matthew 5:43-48.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to be honored and served – cf.
“But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones [such as Tiberius Caesar Augustus at that time] exercise authority over them. 43) Yet it shall not be so among you; …’
And, sadly, there were some in the 20th century Church of God who apparently didn’t get this memo from Jesus Christ.
“ … ‘but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44) And whoever of your desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45) For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many’ – Mark 10:42-45.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to understand God’s plan before we obey Him – cf.
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going” – Hebrews 11:8.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to live our life by our own rules – cf.
“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24) He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me’ – John 14:23-24.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to hold a grudge – cf.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering [patience]; 13) bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do” – Colossians 3:112-13.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to complain – cf.
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15) that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” – Philippians 2:14-15.

“[I]n everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to put ourselves first – cf.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4) Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” – Philippians 2:3-4.
Again, sadly, there be some in this generation's churches of God who think of only themselves and not others.

As a true Christian, we give up the right to do whatever we want with our own body – sexual or otherwise – cf.
“Flee sexual immorality …”
The King James Bible renders this “fornication.” Fornication, in its broadest sense of the word, is defined as ‘sexual immorality.’ Truly, any sexual act that is outside the Divine model for a man or a woman.
“ … Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19) Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [which] is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20) For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” – 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.
As a true Christian, we give up the right to rebel against civil authority – cf.
“Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king [president, prime minister] as supreme, 14) or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15) For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” – 1 Peter 2:13-15.
Sin is sin – no matter how you slice it. If we live for ourselves we are not true Christians.

Again, if any be homosexual or lesbian – or even have the proclivity of such actions – and are seeking to be a Christian you truly NEED to STOP and SEEK the will of Almighty God! He will wash away those sins.

Sin is breaking God’s holy and relevant Law – the Ten Commandments – cf. 1 John 3:4.
“Therefore, to him [or her] who knows to do good and does not do it, to him [or her] it is sin” – James 4:17.

“[F]or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23.

“For whoever shall keep the whole law [the Ten Commandments], and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all” – James 2:10.
“These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17) A proud look, a lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, …”
Which truly includes metaphorical blood, which would include actively supporting or participating in  abortion and “after-birth abortions” as well as IUDs and certain birth control pills – including what has been called “Plan B’ or the ‘morning-after pill.’ Now, the vast majority of ova and spermatozoa do not unite to begin a life. It is certainly not wrong to prevent them from uniting, which is what non-abortive birth control methods seek to do – cf. 1 Timothy 3:5; 5:8. And as far as pregnancy due to rape or incest - those who follow Jesus Christ and obey His living word DO NOT murder babies because of the sins of their fathers - cf. Ezekiel 18:18-20; 2 Kings 14:5-6.
“a heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19) A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren” – Proverbs 6:16-19.
Repent, and sin NO MORE! Seek the LORD our God and follow the ways of JESUS CHRIST!

So, if the homosexuals and lesbians want to be so, then they are embracing sinfulness and doing something which is against their human purpose – doing something which God HATES!

This goes also for those who eat unclean meats (cf. Deuteronomy 14:3-21), or get tattoos upon their body (cf. Leviticus 19:28), also for those who embrace pagan rituals or traditions – i.e. the Mass-of Christ (Christmas), Easter, St. Valentine’s Day, Halloween, the Day of the Dead, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, New Year’s Eve, Shrove Tuesday, and even Groundhog Day – which is derived from Candlemas with its origins delving into Lupercalia – and the list appears to be endless.

Mankind is sinful until they repent and deny themselves unto God.

Again, “[F]or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

So, attacking a repented begotten child of God for their past sins that they no longer do is as much a sin as the sin that person did. Yet, we MUST attack sin – giving it no air to breathe.

Now, contrary to many, we will unapologetically and boldly state the old adage, “Love the sinner, hate the sin” – cf. Romans 5:8. □

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