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Acts 6:4

"But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word."



1 Timothy 4:6-16

" If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." 1 Tim 4:6-16 (KJV)

"The Bible and Homosexuality" Rev. Angus Stewart

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It Seems no one wants to preach on the sin of Homosexuality.  Maybe it is because it will offend the gay and lesbian people who refuse to repent.  I guess pointing out sins to a sinful world is no longer cool, no longer correct, but that is fine, I would rather be obedient to God and offend sinners than please the wicked and offend God.  Besides, I did not accept my commission just to make friends, but to preach the Word.   Makes sense to me.  This sermon is not by me, I have preached on this subject a few months ago, early on in our lectio continua of Romans and if I can find it I will post it as well, I think it was a pretty solid sermon, though I cringe when I read my own sermons, they never seem to do His Word justice to me.  This sermon was given by Angus Stewart of Northern Ireland.  All complaints should go to me and at me for choosing to post it.  It is my choice. Be Holy!   

Jesus Christ taught that marriage is an one flesh union between one man and one woman for life: “Have ye not read [in Genesis 1:27 and 2:24], that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matt. 19:4-6). Thus sex between a man and a woman before marriage (fornication) or between a married person and someone other than his or her spouse (adultery) or between a man or woman and an animal (bestiality) or between two men (sodomy) or between two women (lesbianism) is sinful. If Christ even declared that “whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matt. 5:28), two men lying together is also evil.
After His atoning death and resurrection, the glorified Christ commissioned His apostles to declare His Word to the nations and to write inspired Scripture. Paul, “a servant of Jesus Christ” (Rom. 1:1), speaks of the “vile affections” of lesbianism (“even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature”) and sodomy (“likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet”) (Rom. 1:26-27). “Be not deceived,” writes the apostle, “abusers of themselves with mankind” (sodomites) shall not “inherit the kingdom of God” (I Cor. 6:9-10). These were not merely Paul’s own speculations, for he declares, “the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord” (I Cor. 14:37).
All sins not atoned for by the blood of Christ and not repented of bring everlasting punishment in Hell, but homosexuality is an especially grievous transgression. First, it is “against nature” as it is contrary to God’s creation of us as male and female (Rom. 1:26-27). Second, it is itself a judgement of God upon men and women for their idolatry (Rom. 1:18-25): “For this cause God gave them up unto [the] vile affections” of lesbianism and sodomy (Rom. 1:26-27). God’s giving someone over to homosexuality is an instance of “the wrath of God … revealed from heaven” in this world (Rom. 1:18). Third, sodomy is the central sin which brought down fire from heaven: “Sodom and Gomorrah … going after strange flesh [cf. Gen. 19:4-5], are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 7). God’s raining down fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19:24) pictures the Hell fire that awaits impenitent homosexuals, and, indeed, all impenitent sinners (II Peter 2:6). Fourth, homosexuality, once it gains societal approval (as in our day), is paraded brazenly: “they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not” (Isa. 3:9). Thus they "glory ... in their shame" (Phil. 3:19) with all the debaucheries of their Gay Pride parades.
However, homosexuality is not the unpardonable sin. After listing various iniquities, including sodomy (“abusers of themselves with mankind”), the apostle declares to the Corinthian believers, “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” (I Cor. 6:9-11). This is the way of deliverance for the homosexual, the only way of deliverance for us all.


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