Daily Devotional for Wednesday November 15, 2006
It is Time to Take the Offensive with the TRUTH
(1 Thessalonians 4:3; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
POP SUPERSTAR ELTON JOHN, WHO RECENTLY GOT "MARRIED" TO HIS BOYFRIEND, SAID THAT HE WOULD BAN RELIGION COMPLETELY SINCE IT PROMOTES HATRED AGAINST GAY PEOPLE. I have always enjoyed the wonderful gift God has given to Elton John to create music. I have several of his CDs and many of his songs are musical classics. Several years ago my wife and I went to see him perform in concert. It was an incredible show and Elton John was on stage nearly 3 hours, giving everything he had in his performance. That is why it is so sad when I hear one of his great songs, to immediately realize that here is a man God has given such a great gift to, however due to his choice to live in rebellion to that same God, unless he repents and accepts Jesus as His Savior he will die and spend eternity in hell. He won't go to hell for his choice of deviant sex, but for rejecting Jesus Christ. Please pray today for Elton John, that he will open his heart to Christ's love for him and that he will turn from his sinful lifestyle and find freedom in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
"I would ban religion completely," says pop superstar Sir Elton John. "I think religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people," John said in the Observer newspaper's Music Monthly Magazine. "Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays." Sadly, these are the misguided thoughts and views of someone who has chosen to live his life in complete rebellion to God and the Truth of His Word, so they are not alarming. When you allow sin to control you, of course you want to ban anything that reminds you of your sin. Those like John want to silence those who take a stand for righteousness and declare that God, not man, calls their CHOICE of sex a sin. They label anyone who agrees with God and refuses to accept their deviant choice of sex as "hateful." This tactic has proven to be very successful in causing the majority of those in society, especially those who have rejected God and His Truth, to take a bold stand against anyone who has the audacity to preach that God calls this choice a sin and an abomination.
It is time to take the offensive with the TRUTH. I have stated often that the only way a lie works is when it goes unchallenged. People ask me all the time why people actually believe someone like John when they make such a foolish statement. Simple. The LIE has been told long enough and loud enough that enough people have believed it to be the truth. Those who possess the real Truth of God's Word have said nothing or very little while the lie has been told over and over, year after year, now generation after generation, until it has been ingrained in our culture as a perfectly acceptable choice. That is why you now have states that actually have legalized men marrying men and women marrying women, as well as same-sex couples adopting children. That is why in over 3,000 SCHOOLS you have "gay clubs" that promote the sin of homosexuality to our children. That is why you have a 24-hour Gay cable television network, tons of pro-gay magazines and newspapers, an entire subculture that actually caters specifically to people who choose to sin against God in this way.
So what is the answer? TELLING THE TRUTH! My friend, the lie will always lose when matched along side the Truth! The only way a lie stands is when the Truth is missing. That is why those who sell this lie are FURIOUS when someone like me has the audacity to go on secular network television stations and expose their lies. Nobody is "born gay," it is a CHOICE! You are born with white or black skin, you are born with blue or green eyes, taking off your pants to have sex is a CHOICE! Also, it is not 1 out of 10 who choose this type of deviant sexual sin, it is less than 1 out of 100 who will EVER make the choice to sin in this way. Again, the only way a lie stands is when the Truth is missing!!!
Whether you understand it or not, YOUR children are being targeted by the pro-homosexual community to indoctrinate them almost from birth that this choice of sexual relationship is normal, acceptable, and desirable. They have done this with virtually no opposition through infiltrating the school curriculum with pro-homosexual material, they have done this through the 3,000+ "gay clubs" in schools all over the nation, and they have masterfully used the media (TV, movies, Internet, music) to day after day after day tell the world there is nothing wrong with this choice of sexuality. Again, the only way a lie stands is when the Truth is missing!
It is very disturbing to hear a 14-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl claiming to be gay or lesbian. When pressed if they were actually having sex they usually say no. The fact is, a 14-year-old boy or a 15-year-old girl are no more gay or lesbian than I am a giraffe! Just because I call myself a giraffe doesn't make me one. They have simply bought into the "gay lie" that is being promoted by the pro-homosexual community and told loud enough, often enough in our society that these CHILDREN have this warped idea they are something other than how God created them. GOD DID NOT CREATE MEN TO HAVE SEX WITH MEN, OR WOMEN TO HAVE SEX WITH WOMEN! Those who do are committing unnatural acts in complete rebellion to God.
My heart was encouraged to hear of the recent move by groups of men and women who have found freedom from the bondage of homosexuality and are now going on the offensive. They are demanding and fighting legally for equal time in schools to tell kids that homosexuality is a dangerous, harmful, and often deadly choice to make. They have simply asked for equal time to tell the truth of this sin to the same students who are being told the lie by the pro-homosexual groups. Praise God! Pray for them and their efforts as they do exactly what I am talking about today, fighting the lie with the Truth!
Sin is sin in God's eyes. No sin is greater than another. The sin of homosexuality is no more, or no less a sin than murder, adultery, stealing, lying, gossiping, or gluttony. I get asked often if that is the case, then why do I deal with this issue several times each year. The reason this sin is being singled out and addressed more than others is because those who commit it are proud of their sin and promote it as an acceptable lifestyle! People who commit adultery do NOT have parades to celebrate their sin. People who commit murder do NOT have political action committees to make murder legal and socially acceptable. People who steal do not have high school clubs and try to teach children that stealing is acceptable behavior. Homosexuality is a SIN in the eyes of God and is something to be ashamed of, NOT proud of.
Theologically this is not even a debatable issue. All through the Bible, from the Old Testament through the New, homosexuality is defined by God as a sin, PERIOD. God calls it an ABOMINATION! I have heard the tortured theological arguments homosexuals have made, but there is absolutely NO WAY to change the fact this act is a sin. Just because there is now a homosexual version of the Bible where they have literally changed the passages that call this act a sin, that does NOT change God's inspired, inerrant Word.
Of course, anyone who dares to speak up on this issue is labeled as "intolerant" and a "homophobe." This is an attempt to make people shut up and keep the Truth from being told. Sadly, we find it easier to keep our mouths shut than to speak out. We don't want the grief that comes with speaking out. We don't want to be attacked for speaking out. Those who call this sin what it is are labeled as "close minded" and "ignorant" by people who are engaging in totally unnatural and unhealthy sexual acts. You don't need to get past page 1 of any basic sex education book to figure out that two men don't go together nor do two women. Yet, those who engage in these unnatural acts call those who point this FACT out "ignorant!"
I love you and care about you so much. Now is the time for those who know Jesus as their Savoir, who possess the Truth of God's Word to go on the offensive and become brave and bold enough to bring God's Truth to the lost and hurting in our world today. We cannot sit back in silence while the lie of homosexuality is told over and over unchallenged. We have done that for too long, it is time to speak up. The truth is that homosexuality is a sin. Like any sin, those who are involved in homosexuality need to find God's love and strength to turn from their sin and live in freedom.
God doesn't stop loving a person just because they commit the sin of homosexuality. He simply wants them to turn from their sin and follow Him. As those who know the Lord, we also have a responsibility to pray for those who are in this bondage. Only God can change hearts, and for those who are in bondage to the sin of homosexuality we must pray for them to open their hearts and turn from their sin. Until Jesus returns, we will always have those who choose a perverted form of sex with those of their own gender, just like we will always have those who choose to pervert sex by having it outside of the bonds of marriage. While we can never accept their choice since it is clearly against God's Word, we must pray for them and love them enough to tell them the Truth.
For those reading this who are currently fighting homosexuality, let me tell you that God has never stopped loving you, and is simply waiting for you to turn from your sin and come back to Him. We serve a God of deliverance from sin, a God of forgiveness, and a God of restoration. Millions have turned from the sin of homosexuality and found complete restoration and fulfillment in living a life according to God's plan. What He did for someone else, He can do for you! I pray that you hear these words and choose to find freedom from your sin today. It is the TRUTH that will set you free!!!