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Bought With a Price

For admission has been secretly gained by some who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly persons who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude 4

It is a very unfortunate truth that there are some within Christendom who make excuses to make a mockery of the grace of Jesus Christ by using that grace as an excuse to sin, and not only to sin, but to encourage and promote others to sin. Yet, they are there, and they are loud, and they are doing a huge disservice to the evangelization of the world, and to the salvation of souls, particularly the salvation of their own souls. Today, this is evident in the fact that there are so many Christians who support gay marriage in the United States. As if supporting labeling what is evil “good” weren’t bad enough, they often cite Jesus Christ as their main motivator for doing so!

We know from Scripture that homosexuality is a sin in both the Old and the New Testaments. It is condemned in the Levitical moral code (which is distinct from the ceremonial laws which were abrogated by Christ, and the civil laws which change with technology and culture) as well as condemned by St. Paul and St. John in the book of Revelation. Jesus talks a little bit about marriage in the Gospels and never does he expand and open marriage up into different things that have never been included within the definition of marriage. In fact, he argues with the Jewish leaders and actually restores marriage to its original state, declaring as sinful the divorce which Moses had permitted, and hearkens us back to the Garden when God joined one man and one woman into one flesh. And so while the Gospels are silent on what, if anything, Jesus said on homosexuality, it is clear that Jesus reinforced the ancient institution of marriage. But the New Testament itself is not silent on the issue as both Paul and John, handpicked Apostles of Jesus Christ teach that homosexuality as sin. And one thing Jesus did say was that he who hears them [the Apostles] hears him. Let’s listen folks…

Scripture teaches homosexuality is sin. Christians MUST accept this. We DON’T get to pick and choose which parts of Jesus we follow. He is not “kind of the way, a little bit of the truth, and sort of the life”. He is THE way, THE truth, and THE life, and NOBODY comes to the Father EXCEPT through him. Either we believe that or we don’t. People who believe that are Christians. People who don’t believe it are not Christians. We must also accept this basic truth, that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Plain and simple, our sin kills our soul. So for Christians to wantonly live in sin is to just be quite, I don’t know…stupid. Now I’m not saying that I’m perfect. I would have to use both hands and feet to count the number of guys I’ve done things with. Each and every one of those times I sentenced myself to death. But I got up from those experiences, looked at myself and looked at the Gospel and had to face the fact that I had sinned and then I had to turn to Christ, confess my sin, and be forgiven. I did. Had I looked at the Gospel and ignored its words and told myself that what I was doing was alright I would be in a much different situation. But worse than that perhaps is when I tell others it is ok to sin or even encourage them to sin. Mark records Jesus very blatant teachings and feelings on the issue:

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

Mark 9:42

It would be better for us to be dead than to encourage another to sin, to play so loose with their souls is a huge offense to God. How can we as Christians justify engaging and encouraging sinful behavior. And how can we claim it is Christ that compels us to do so?! If there is one thing that Christ and his Apostles have made clear is that Jesus made a huge sacrifice for us, that we were bought at a very great price and that as a result much is expected of us: that we keep our soul and our body un-defiled and that we build each other up in holiness, not forgetting that they were also bought at a tremendous price.

Christians have got to stop supporting homosexuality out of fear of hurting people’s feelings and trying to “be nice”. We have to be honest about what God asks of us, and wake up to the reality of what our salvation actually cost, and start living in accord with that. And those of us that struggle with sin, be it homosexuality or otherwise, need to do our best to see our sins for what they are, to acknowledge that God is right and we are wrong, to confess, to repent, and to live by the grace of God, lives worthy of our calling to be Sons and Daughters of the perfect God and King of this universe.

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