“The World in Which We Live”

OPA mast head“The World in Which We Live” October 2001

About twenty-five years ago, this writer began preaching against the sin of homosexuality during some gospel meetings. Most appreciated it some thought it unnecessary and a few were down right critical. It is likely that the mere mention of such horrendous acts made some uncomfortable. However, the passing of the last quarter century has brought all of us to recognize that the problem is real. It is obvious that the homosexual lifestyle is not a passing “fad.” Their numbers are great enough that Politicians court them in an effort to win their votes. They realize that to displease such a large segment of the population would mean defeat in the election. So, they promise whatever they must in order to win it. Let’s face it; the homosexual lifestyle is a part of the world in which we live. They proudly parade down public streets and the media covers it. (One wonders how long the media might cover a “straight” parade.) They seek to adopt and raise children in their “homes.” They want the country to allow them to marry. If they can’t marry, they at least want their employers to provide medical insurance for their partners and, in some cases they are getting it! The homosexual population has worked hard to present themselves as a normal part of the world. Unfortunately, the world in which we live has largely accepted that premise and many believe it is totally wrong to say anything against it. In fact, it has gone so far as to invade religious circles! For a number of years various denominations have argued and debated as to whether or not practicing homosexuals should be allowed the privileges given to ordinary members. Little by little they are winning there too. In the month of August 2001, it was reported that the Lutherans are debating among themselves as to whether or not “gay and lesbians” can become ordained clergy. The Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, etc. have already gone through it.

For those who read and accept the Bible as truth, there is no doubt about the facts. Romans 1, among other passages, makes it perfectly clear that it is a sin. Paul said “God gave them (homosexuals DLK) up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves” (Romans 1:24). In verses 26, 27, he continues: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And 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 recompense of their error which was meet.” We all understand this; it needs no explanation. Paul plainly says the sin is against nature. He speaks of the “natural use of the woman” etc. It is obvious to all but the most stubbornly blind that Paul considered men with men, women with women, as not being natural. Now the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19) is being spoken of as one that is difficult to understand. In a recent article in a local Sunday newspaper a writer says: “In one of the most memorable passages of Genesis, God destroys the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of unnamed sins ….” Anyone who reads the story given there knows perfectly well what the sins were. In Genesis 19:5 it says: “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, where are the men which came into thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may KNOW them.” The word “know” as used here has a great variety of uses. However, it is used here with a sexual connotation. Lot recognized it and that’s why he said in verse 7 “… I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.” Lot knew the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were filled with homosexuals and he also knew that the intentions of the men of the city who had gathered around his home that night were to engage in a sinful activity with his guests. That’s why he called it wickedness. He knew what they wanted to do was sin! Some time ago, a homosexual writer asserted that perhaps the cities were destroyed because the people were not hospitable! Certainly, he said, it wasn’t because the people were largely homosexual.

However, ridiculous and strange this may seem to you, please know that little by little, this country is being converted to accept their sinful lifestyle. More and more we hear that it is unfair and bigoted to speak out against the sin. Our children in many places are growing up hearing that it is just as bad to be opposed to the “gay and lesbian” lifestyle as it is to be racially prejudiced. There is no doubt that it is wrong to judge a person because of his race or skin color. There is no question there. A person has no choice as to what race he or she may be. However, sexual preference is just that, a preference. When a person wants to serve the Lord, he has some choices to make. If he wants to please God, he must honor the moral code given by God. Paul said, “But I keep under my body, and bring into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Corinthians 9:27). Our bodies are under our control. We can decide to live the Christian life or we may choose to serve Satan. Some are born with a weakness to lie. What would you think of the person who says he has no choice but to lie, he has always been that way? You would probably remind him that “…all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone” (Revelation 21:8). Others seem to have a weakness to steal. Must we accept the active thief as a fellow Christian if he tells us he has always had the problem? No, we would tell him that is sin and he must stop. The same is true with the homosexual. It is just another sin that he must guard against. He can control it if he really wishes to.

Yes, these things are a part of the world in which we live. However, we must always remember to let God’s Word have the final say. Think on these things. Don. L King

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