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                                                                    Have We Been For-Warned?

“For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”  ROMANS 1:26-27

“Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide June 26, 2015”

Just how many of us would have ever thought this headline, and decision would come to pass by the highest court in our land? “Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work.  Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of Thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy son, Jesus Christ.” George Washington, Prayer. Yes our founding fathers built this nation on God’s principles, not mans, which will always be imperfect. Has God been removed from everything?

The book of Romans clearly tells us what is to come in the future. As Christ followers who are spending time in the Bible we should not be surprised at the current events. We are constantly warned what the future will bring, as we turn away from God’s principles. “As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:9-10)  So there it is, are we bending toward the desires of men or the righteous principles of God? When we take God out of the mix we are then left with our own reasoning, our own absolute truth. Why not make it up as we go? I can then say what is right, or wrong according to my own standards. As a matter of fact we can all do exactly as we please, even though what’s right for me may not be right for you.

Men, without a source of absolute truth we are indeed lost. If I think its okay to lie, steal, murder, and take another man’s wife nobody has the right to tell me I’m wrong. This ruling by the Supreme Court is an abomination according to God! Does our featured verse in Romans need any further explanation? Are there more Bible verses on this subject? Here are a few:

  • “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,” (1 Corinthians 6:9)
  •  “just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.” (Jude 1:7)
  • “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22)
  • “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)

What are we to do as Christ followers in these times of darkness? Can we make a difference? Is there opportunity for the Church for such a time as this? Jesus tells us plainly in Mathew 28:19-20 just what we are to do;Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” The Church not only can make a difference, but is called to do so by being light in the dark; “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

According to the evidence around us we are certainly in the end times! If there ever was an opportunity to witness and make a difference in the world this would be the time to engage in the battle. To engage is simple. Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)  Men we need to be bold, and courageous in proclaiming the word of God. We do that by being obedient to Him in what we say, do, where we place our priorities. Being a Christ follower is a way of life, not a hobby or pastime. Engage in the battle, and don’t be ashamed to speak the truth. Jesus did. Make a difference today for the Kingdom, the King…Why else are we here?

Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor Papa Joe!