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Fighting The Repentant

Posted by on July 15, 2011  |  No Comments

While 2011 seems to continue in its quest to normalize homosexuality with such blatancy as I have never seen, some churches still stave off ministering to this category of sinner. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. It’s been that way for more than a hundred years.

Pastors and Christian members openly declare their outrage over such legal advances of the teaching of homosexuality and it’s touted normalcy. (recent California bill)

High ranking officials are openly declaring their gay identity in nearly every prominent public and some private organizations.

The repentant and returning homosexual who is seeking to do God’s will in spite of what they feel naturally, are internally screaming for the recognition by the church of  LOVE FOR EVERY SINNER. Many worship in secrecy for fear of a church member or leader learning of their battle and ostracizing them or dismissing them from their congregation.

Meanwhile, those who have left the church without the hope, guidance and understanding that they might have had if the church had lovingly addressed the sin problem; have developed a churning strength in their deception.

But no! It’s just too uncomfortable to talk about those things. And… we certainly can’t have a reformed sinner enlightening us on how we could have ministered and saved such lost souls.  Some faiths are caving in. Some are waiting until God seemingly backs them into a corner and forces them to act as though they care about those they detest.

Can you see the irony in how the injured soul has sought to force their way. Satan is clever. Resentment is prevalent amongst those declaring never to return, those saying they will return as long as they are fully accepted into membership the same as any other member, and amongst those who love God and are seeking to forgive the church and choose to live as a guiding light for the lost. It’s a constant prayer to ask God to give the repentant sinner governing power over such feelings.

Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It doesn’t say that certain sinners are privileged and loved more  than other sinners, thus more deserving.

Throughout life “the majority rules.” It would be hoped that the church and it’s members would be the first to recognize the misunderstood, the lonely and the helpless. In mental agony many await spiritual refreshment, guidance and assurance. But here they are. Waiting…. and waiting … and waiting.

To the genuine, repentant, same-sex attracted sinner who is kneeling and praying, watching and waiting; it is reminiscent of Jesus in Gethsemane. While we agonize for God, the church sleeps.

A knee jerk reaction takes place when it seems that the church may not have the public privilege of calling for repentance and demonstrating God’s love to those who have long-suffered the devil’s deception. Even in the wake of such silencing, there is resistance to opening up the spiritual avenues of communication that have been long encased with pride and rejection. And to the returning Prodigal, the continued silence inside the church translates to “they know not what they do.”

Yet through the darkness of these closing events of earth’s history, Jesus is still stirring hearts trying to reach those who have prided themselves in not being afflicted by such a deplorable sin as homosexuality.

Think for one instant how you would feel as a heterosexual sinner,  if it were you who were told you had the wrong feelings and the wrong desires and that such desires and actions would be punishable by death. What if no one extended a message of love, forgiveness and eternal life for your repentance? What would it be like if heterosexuals and their practices were mandated by God as evil and were thought of by the general society as being the scum of the earth?

I believe God is speaking to those today who love Him. He is asking that we humble ourselves before Him and to each other. We cannot afford to be filled with self-righteousness. This is not the soul that will be entitled to salvation by hanging onto pride and pharisee like behavior.

I urge every Christian who loves Jesus to open your heart and look beyond the sin and see more than that sin in the sinner. Jesus has done that for you from the beginning. He has done it for ALL mankind. How can we possibly be deserving of His love and eternal life by acting according to our bias and only seeking out the sinner we think might be deserving? However, no good deed or action would ever make us deserving as we are all sin stained.

I ask Christians today to recognize the crisis we face today started by not offering hope, help and salvation to the one struggling. In their alienation, isolation and rejection, they left the church and gravitated to the deceptive loving and open arms of those who are like themselves. They saw no answers inside God’s house. They began to believe their feelings and lost their way. God’s representatives failed to reach out to them and bring them home.

It can’t end this way. There is a waking and a shaking going on. Jesus is trying to show us that truth, love and commitment to obedience all go hand in hand. It is His pure love that melts the heart of the sinner and brings about the conviction to do His will instead of the sinner’s will.

Please listen to the testimony of someone today who God brought back to Him. Not because they were reached out to by the church and it’s believers, but because He woke the sinner out of His deep love for him/her and proved His strength through the shedding of His blood to return the sinner home. Keep us, love us and pray with us. Don’t let us become victims of discouragement and bitterness from those who profess to know Him but don’t reflect Him.

“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”  1 Peter 5:5,6

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My Sin is Better than Your Sin

Posted by on July 2, 2011  |  No Comments

Which Sin Does Not Lead to Death?

“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
Titus 1:16

What do you think about sectioning off the pews in churches according to which sin is more deplorable to God. Then we can see who the “truly righteous” are.

“There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” Ecclesiastes 7:20

I’m hoping that you are seeing my point. I’m also hoping that you will see, as I do, that the barricades within the church need to come down.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16

There is great beauty and promise in that verse. Some things become vividly clear. There is no sin that is not offensive to God. He calls on us to seek forgiveness. He also calls on us to confess our sins to one another and pray for one another for healing. Do you see that happening?  When was the last time you went to church and heard one another confessing sins to each other and offering prayers to God for healing?

Have you seen your church family become a real family? God children? I doubt that we will be isolated from one another in Heaven. Would it  not serve us and God well, for us to humble ourselves before Him and each other?  No sin is acceptable to God. We must get off our pedestals  and genuinely love and have concern for each other.

This kind of church body would certainly win souls to Christ and witness the healing promised by Him.

When we know His truth and believe that sin such as “homosexuality” are not acceptable to God, we must also recognize that “pride” and a host of other sins are abominable as well.

There is plenty of sin to go around. The beauty of sharing with one another about our weaknesses, is the power in the promise of healing by praying for and supporting one another.  Not a one of us is better than the other no matter what elevated position any individual may possess.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13: 34-35

Only when we recognize our personal sinful state and become meek and humble, can we begin to see the effectiveness of the power of Jesus as He works in us and through us and touches each life we come in contact with.

I plead with every sinner today, to take inventory, lay it before our Lord, cast it at His feet and pick up your cross and follow Him allowing Him to touch the lives of all those you interact with daily.  That is my prayer to God for myself.  I am filled with sin. While I claim victory each day for one sin, God reveals another and shows me how important it is to separate myself from the world and allow myself to be drawn to holiness.

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