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Embracing God's Good Gift
Transcript of Embracing God's Good Gift
One Man and One Woman
Anything else is declared sinful by God
It is the creative 'good' and righteous plan of God
It images the Trinity and Eternity in marriage and in singleness
It Doesn't Hurt Anyone
To love someone is to not hurt them
Love is the greatest expression of following Jesus
The highest ideal is the glory of God
Love, rightly defined, is always truthful
We are all sinners and shouldn't judge
Those that condemn sexual sin are like the Pharisee's who are hypocrites. Jesus is much harder on them than anyone in sexual sin.
The issue is not the specific sin but any sin. The standard for speaking out against sin is not perfection on the part of the speaker. In fact, everyone in the Bible, other than Christ, who ever spoke against sin did so from a sinful life.
Jesus didn't condemn homosexuality
It draws a line between Christ and the rest of the Bible
It separates the 'God' of the Old Testament from the 'God' of the New Testament
"18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”
Homosexuality in the Bible is different
In the Bible and its culture it is connected to coercion, specific idolatrous worship, or pederasty
"26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error."
"6 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations. 7 For any one of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel, who separates himself from me, taking his idols into his heart and putting the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and yet comes to a prophet to consult me through him, I the LORD will answer him myself."
Past Abuses of the Bible
The Bible has been used to defend slavery, economic oppression, and by cult leaders
In fact, there were always Christians opposed to these social evils and have most frequently been at the forefront of efforts to eliminate them.
"and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved."
It is Natural and God Designed
1. It is in ancient history
2. It is seen in the animal kingdom ("gay" gene)
3. "There was no decision point for me"
The Bible has it in Sodom and Gomorrah 500 years before the law
All manner of sin has been around since the fall including murder
Other harmful societal expression like human sacrifice were also in the ancient world
1. The fall affected the world biologically as well
2. Desire does not determine what is right and acceptable behavior
3. The condemnation of Scripture rests not on the temptation but on the sin