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|Subject: Homosexuality Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:56 am|| |
Revd Roger Periy of Ever Vigilant Ministries
THE book of Leviticus, is the third book of Moses and takes its name from the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. It was most like Leviticus because it contains many instructions for the Levite priests. There are two reasons why this title is perhaps not entirely correct. Firstly, not all Levites were priests. Secondly, because this book contains instruction, for all Israelites.
Reputedly written by Moses, the layout of this book is carefully arranged, showing which animal was to be sacrificed and how, the ordination of priests, what was clean and unclean and what behaviour was acceptable and what was not.
Leviticus may be described as a book in four distinct parts:
1. Sacrificial, Regulations: 1:1 to 7:38.
2. The Priesthood: 8:1 to 10:20.
3. Diagnosis & Treatment of Uncleanness: 17:16.
4. Practical Holiness for Living: 18:1 to 27:34.
As we look at the world today, we see that modern man does little to live up to the standards set in this book of the law. This month, we look at just a small part which is not just a ‘political hot potato’, but a social one also. It is a problem that many church leaders appear to be afraid to address, but thank God that last November, a clergyman’s wife had the courage to stand up and speak for the vast majority against what the Lord calls, ‘an abomination’.
“Do not lie with a man as you would a woman, it is an abomination before the eyes of the Lord.” - Leviticus 18:22
Naturally, when Anne Atkins criticised the Anglican Church for permitting a cathedral service for the ‘Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement’, she came under attack from many quarters. Even the Church demanded an apology from the BBC for its “serious error of judgement”, by broadcasting partisan views. It must have given whoever it was in the Church who made the complaint a shock to see how much support Mrs Atkins received!
The Bible, which is the Word of God, is quite clear about homosexual practice. From Genesis to Revelation, it is an abomination before the eyes of the Lord. In Genesis, chapter two, verse twenty four, God ordained that a man should leave his parents and “cleave” to his WIFE, becoming one flesh with HER. It is quite clear. MAN and WOMAN to become one flesh - not man and man or woman and woman.
Later in Genesis, we read how Lot, giving in to materialism, set his camp towards Sodom (chapters 18/19). In chapter 19 we learn that homosexual practice was normal to the inhabitants of Sodom. Verse five tells us that the men of that city wanted carnal knowledge of the two angels who had been sent to rescue Lot and his family. It was because of the sin of homosexual behaviour that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by the Lord (19:24).
So it is no surprise that when we read the book of Leviticus, the laws that God gave to Moses, we see that God, our Creator, refers to homosexuality as an abomination. In fact, the Lord goes further than this in chapter 20 verse 13:
“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them.”
The shadow of Sodom lies over our nation today. Because the homosexual lobby, although a minority, is extremely vociferous, it is fast becoming a criminal act to say anything against this abomination. I know that I would be refused employment by many councils today purely because I have written this article. My attitude is, "politically incorrect".
In many schools today, children are being taught that the homosexual/lesbian lifestyle is not abnormal, but a valid alternative to a married, heterosexual life. Those who teach this are taking a terrible.chance. The Bible teaches that if any lead children astray, it would be better for them to tie a millstone around their neck and throw themselves into the depths of the sea (Luke 17:2).
I remember a standard joke of only a few years ago was that homosexual behaviour is condoned today, tomorrow it becomes compulsory! It may have been a joke then, but today it is not so funny.
As it was in the days of Lot ... even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed ... Isn’t it getting that way now? Another sign of the imminent return of our Lord?
WHAT HOPE IS THERE FOR THE HOMOSEXUAL/LESBIAN?
Unless they turn from their sin, THERE IS NO HOPE! They must give up sexual practices and repent. The Word of God explains:
“Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, (homosexuality) are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” - (Jude 7)
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites ... will inherit the Kingdom of God.” - (1 Corinthians 6.9)
The clearest teaching of all is found in Romans 1:24-28. Here three times we are told that “God gave them up” for their wicked sin of homosexuality. I have no doubt that there are those who will condemn Bible believing Christians as “homophobic”. I fully expect this charge to be laid at my door, but I stand by the Word of God. Homosexual behaviour is an abomination and those who practice it, men or women, will find themselves spending eternity in Hell. This saddens me because I have a cousin, friends and colleagues who are homosexual. Some of them are really nice people and it hurts when I think about their future. It is my prayer that they will repent and come to know the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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|Subject: Alternate Lifestyle or Abomination? Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:58 am|| |
(ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE OR ABOMINATION?)
IF as the so-called experts say that these people cannot help being what they are as they are born like it, why does God condemn it so? I am not going to go into the "scientific" arguments about homosexuality - that has already been done by those far more competent than I. I want to look at God's Word on the subject.
The following are no doubt the pages of the Bible that a certain actor arrogantly declares that he tears out of any Gideon Bible he finds in hotels. But neither he nor anyone else can nullify the Word of God no matter how many Bibles they mutilate.
Leviticus 18:22,23: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind. it is abomination. AV
And with a man you shall not copulate with the copulation of a woman. It Is abominable. FF
Leviticus 18:24: Do not defile yourselves In any of these things, for it was in all these that the nations are defiled which 1 am casting out before you. Lamsa from the Aramaic
Leviticus 20:13: 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. AV
Romans 1:24-32: Therefore, God abandoned them in the lusts of their hearts to filthiness, to dishonour their own bodies to themselves; because having changed the truth of God into falsehood, they honoured and used the created contrary to the intention of the Creator ... In consequence God abandoned them to shameful passion. For their women perverted the natural use to one contrary to nature; and in the same way, the men, leaving the natural use of the women, were inflamed in their lust for one another, men with men acting scandalously, and receiving in themselves the right punishment (Aids?) of their crime. And as they did not desire to have God acknowledge, God abandoned them to an uninquiring mind, to practice what is loathsome FF.
It is very popular today to be homosexual or lesbian, I don't know about coming out of the closet, they are literally coming out of the woodwork! Every programme practically has its "token" homosexual or lesbian, most chat shows are about "shocking revelations" of one partner, (they don't call them husbands and wives any more, probably because they are not!) owning up to having a "gay" relationship behind their partners back! And the audience cheers and claps and shouts their approval and they call it entertainment.
Technology abounds today in all areas, look at the mobile phone plague. There seems to be nothing we cannot, and worse, will not do! We are so clever we humans, we've walked on the Moon - didn't find God there and now we are champing at the bit to clone ourselves while we abort perfectly healthy babies, sometimes simply because it got in the way of ones sexual appetite. How wonderful we are, we can do anything, or we will do just as soon as we get the technology. Morals, what are they? Where did they come from anyway, they just get in the way of what we humans want to do.
And so it goes on, or does it? Everything God does is timed - when the time is right or at the appointed time GOD WILL JUDGE US HUMANS for what we have done and what we have left undone and ought to have done. Don't believe me if that is your wish, but when the judgement comes, just don't say no one told you.
It is a Christian's duty to witness to not only the love of God, but to His, LAW as well.
1 Peter 3:15 ... Ready at all times to give a defence to all who assail you concerning the reason of the hope that is In you, yet with gentleness and respect. FF.
Male and Female He made us in order that we should procreate and fill the Earth. Male and Female that we may harmonise, when we find our partners it should be like finding our other half, a completion of who we are. Indeed many life long husbands and wives often say that when their partner dies it is like losing half of themselves. These days most people, if they get married at all, do it with divorce in mind if their chosen mate lets them down, or they fancy (lust after) some one else. Marriage is not now considered to be for life as it was intended. People are far too selfish today.
We are told that homosexuality is only an alternative lifestyle and should not he condemned. Says who? The doctors? The scientists? The individual who wants to live that life? Well God says NO! So it is a choice that one makes, to be homosexual. Whether a conscious choice or not, you don't have to be homosexual.
Having just watched a well-known chat show on homosexuals, it was interesting to note that several participants in the show claimed to be ex-homosexuals. Which shows that this perversion is by choice not genetic. One minute they are claiming to be homosexuals, sitting next to their partners, the next they introduce the audience to their new partners who are of the opposite sex. So, don't tell me to be homosexual is not by choice! ... Another chat show host is quite convinced one cannot choose to be homosexual or heterosexual. she has swallowed the popular 'scientific' theory completely, just as rnost of the world has been taken in by the evolution theory as if it were proven fact.
Today we are dealing with almost total ignorance of God's Law, most people assuming, if they know anything about it that is, that it either only belongs to the Jews or it has been done away with through Christ's sacrifice and we are in the age of Grace. And this comes from the established Church, the recognised officialdom of the Christian faith. The ignorance of the shepherds of Christianity is absolutely shocking. You won't find other religions behaving in such a cavalier fashion with the basic tenets of their individual sects or organisations, so why is the one True religion treated with such contempt by its own adherents?
I suggest that a lot of it is because, they do not actually believe God even though they wear the robes and carry the titles of the Church. They do not actually have the Faith once delivered to the Apostles. They are too caught up in what is Politically Correct, they are afraid to stand up for Jesus and what He actually said. And what He said was:
"Think not that I have come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfil, (or complete) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (or completed). Matt. 5: 1 7,1 8.
This to me shows clearly that not only do they not have faith but that they do not know their Bibles and do not believe God.
If they knew God as they ought, they would be able to preach the truth regarding sodomites (which is the true name of homosexuals), with the compassion that I believe we should have, as Jesus had when the woman caught in adultery was brought before Him. His final words to her were to "Go and sin no more". John 8: 11. No matter how had she had been He offered her the opportunity to begin a new life in the truth. BUT having had that chance, she then had no excuse, and at the day of judgement, she could not say "No one told me."
It is not my purpose or right to condemn these people who, in some cases sincerely believe it is OK to he homosexual, but as Christians it is our DUTY to witness to others as to God's law AND His mercy and justice for all. It is not a choice we have as Christians, if we become followers of Christ we automatically take on certain responsibilities. As God's Word tells us if we do not tell the people of their sins, their blood is on us.
"Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thy hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul." - Ezekiel 3:17-19.
We are still the watchmen of Israel, as we become Christians we take on that responsibility; to warn, to instruct and to uplift those with whom we come into contact.
Acts 20:31: Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
I Corinthians 16:13,14: Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.
II Timothy 4:5: But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
I used to have a colleague who said she was a lesbian, she also claimed to be a Methodist Christian and inevitably we got around to discussing this subject. I discovered that she did not accept the Old Testament, she said she was a New Testament Christian - whatever that is! At that time, much to my regret, I did not know enough of my Bible to show her that even in the New Testament Sodomy is condemned, I wish I had. The fact is it seems that people pick and choose what they want to accept or discard in the Bible; they keep the nice bits and get rid of anything that makes them feel bad or dare I say it, guilty. No one is to feel guilty today, that's bad karma and anyway society is responsible for the bad stuff not me!
So how do we get anyone to repent of any sin if they cannot see that they have sinned or understand what sin is? Here again is where the Church has let the people down. Sodomy is a SIN and can be repented of and can be forgiven, the Church should be proclaiming this from the roof tops. There is no such thing as a gay Christian! the two are just incompatible, God says so!
I don't care what the so-called experts say, the scientists, if God says it is wrong then it is wrong, We may not fully understand everything God says and does; but then He is God, we are mere mortals, His creatures. We must give Him His due and acknowledge Him and the Laws that He has given us for our well being. I so often hear people say your faith is personal and that it should not he forced onto others. Well, forced, no, but we do have to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom and all that goes with it. Which is not a pie-in-the-sky faith but a real workable and fulfilling way of life in this world and the next. And any kingdom worth its salt has laws, God's Kingdom is no exception.
So, if "modern society" has lead you to be "confused" about your sexuality, turn to the Lord Jesus Christ AND HE WILL DELIVER YOU. You may have to work at it, it may suddenly happen depending on what only the Lord knows you have to learn. But if you truly want to be delivered from this abomination He will not let you down.