Understanding the Word “Homosexual” in The Bible


As published on Advindicate.com 7/19/19

Over the past several days, I’ve been researching the introduction of the word “homosexual” in God’s Holy Word. My research was ignited, largely due to an article/interview circulating on social media called: “Has ‘Homosexual’ Always Been in The Bible?”

Ed Oxford, a self identified “gay Christian” who is interviewed, says that Latin Lexicons and German Bible translations, make a case for the idea that the Old Testament, as well as Paul’s writings in the New Testament,  regarding Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13 and 1 Corinthians 6:9,10, have to do with pederasty, or adult men having sex with young boys.

As someone who lived and identified as “gay” for forty years, and now speaks from a position of conversion, it is crucial that I accurately represent God’s Word. I have received multiple emails asking for my thoughts regarding the contention that both Leviticus and 1 Corinthians 6 are referring to young male molestation.

The consensus one agrees with is directly related to the perspective, or the lens you apply. Revisionists and cultural views will often distort or redefine concrete data.

During the last ten years of ministry,  I’ve had conversations with some who point out that the word “homosexual” doesn’t mean what is historically implicated as the sinfulness of sex between two men. A religion history professor from Andrews University told me that we need to speak in the language of the culture of the day.  To that, I would ask; Isn’t God’s Word reliable for all time?

I’m not a scholar or an academic, but considering my passion for proclaiming God’s Word and His promises, it’s vital that I do the needed research. Perhaps you have pondered these postmodern conceptualizations.

Originally, I thought I would write from the somewhat obligatory academic/scholarly perspective but soon found in my research that much of it is slanted by the hermeneutic applied, depending on whom you are listening.

It is under much prayer, reading, research, and contemplation that I share my findings.

First, as a reader, and perhaps skeptic, I would like to ask some questions that may shape your conclusion.  What do you want the Bible to say? Do you have faith in 2 Timothy 3:16, confirming that  ALL scripture is inspired by Christ through the Holy Spirit? Do you believe God would allow His inspired servants to compile Holy Writings that would mislead us? Is God hiding something from us that would have provided joy, peace, happiness, and betterment to our lives?

Human nature is subject to cultural applications. When we love someone, it’s not always comfortable professing sola scriptura. We sometimes want alternative solutions or applications that would be easier or less painful to apply. Considering Romans 5:8, God is so patient with us as we fumble around,  often of our persuasion, instead of His.

All this considered, I sought advice from a trusted friend and pastor, a student of scripture,…a seminarian, who helped point me to where I could find the answers.

The word “man” in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 comes from the Hebrew word, “Zakar.”  The claim is that some translations state that a man should not lie with a young boy. However, the original Hebrew word “Zakar” means male. It does not have an age association.

Strongs Concordance confirms 82 references to the word male. Only two occurrences have to do with “male child,” and they are within the context of that which you would expect. Both are referencing “male child” circumcision in Genesis 17:12 and Genesis 17:14. There is no reference for male adults sexualizing  a “male child.”

It is not clear why a foreign translation of the Bible would translate the Hebrew word “Zakar” into a context that is not present. You can’t make a verse about a boy unless the Hebrew had been talking about a boy.

All English translations of the Bible reflect the same use of “male” as used in the Hebrew.

Something important to remember is that how Gods Holy and good intentions from the beginning, remain today. Diet, marriage, life without disease and death, etc. When we contemplate sin and its effects, we can see the distortion and demise of God’s perfection across time.

In the referenced interview, Mr. Oxford makes this statement. “Since most people haven’t studied Greek or Hebrew, they have no concept of challenging a translation, and any potential errors that may have occurred during translation. Therefore, many people are unable to consider the implications of the text beyond the English translation in front of them.”

Exactly! So when a translation takes the liberty to change the original contextual Hebrew or Greek meaning, to mean sex with “young boys,” this would violate its Holy, intended purpose.

Mr. Oxford refers to other translations of the verses in question from Latin, German, Norweigan and Swedish. Along the way, what is clear in the original Hebrew and the Greek are misconstrued to have undocumented, unsubstantiated and alternative meanings of child molestation.

In the New Testament, Paul uses the Greek word “arsenokoitai,” which when translated into English, translates into two words. “male” and “mat” or “bed,” “marriage bed.” He has a Septuagint rendering in Greek of the Hebrew that reflects upon and confirms the understanding in Leviticus of the sinfulness of sexual relations between two men. And confirming once more that there was not an age definition to the use of the word “male.”

Paul is confirming the inspired, moral teachings of Leviticus. If the direction Paul received from God in writing 1 Corinthians 6:9 & 10 had to do with God’s displeasure of sex between adult men and young boys alone, a Greek word with that meaning already existed. “Paiderastia,” which means the love of boys. Paul’s word “arsenokoitai,” clearly reflects gender-inclusive, regardless of age.

Having investigated the original Greek and Hebrew words, I am confident in the English translations of the Bible that reflect the author’s original intent.

Queer theology attempts to make the Word say something it does not. After contemplating the relationships referenced above dealing with men, one might want to then take a look at the references to women, as in Romans 1.

Those seeking to excuse or promote same-sex relations begin to make a case that there were not romantic incidences of homosexuality in Pauls time, so he didn’t know how to write about them.

Some are analyzing Paul’s writings and his condemnation of same-sex relations, inferring that he had no concept of “sexual orientation.”  So he would not have known how to write about it.

Such observations reveal further distortions. God, nor His Word ever suggest “sexual orientation” as a concept of His.  He confirms that the gift of intimacy is designed for marriage between a man and a woman, as outlined in Genesis 2. Jesus never intended us to be “oriented” to sex but to be oriented to Him. Sex today is bannered as a rite of passage.  Our thoughts and concepts on sex have been heavily influenced by sex researchers such as Alfred Kinsey, having nothing to do with God, Christianity, or His design and plan for us.

Given the soundness of God’s Word, I want to transition to some practical observations for all who profess Jesus.

As a Christian, a believer in Jesus, I believe it’s important for us to recognize the progressive effects of sin and sex from the beginning. Satan figured out early in humanity that people tend to respond to their “feelings,” instead of remaining faithful to God’s Word.

In recognizing the depth of degradation over time, Jesus, out of His amazing love for us, decided to come to earth and point us to His ways.

He provides hope, forgiveness, redemption, and restoration. History reflects, that even in this deeply compassionate act of our Savior the majority still reject Him and His ways.

Throughout the ages, many have sought to reinterpret the Word to accommodate that which God doesn’t glorify Him. Too often, out of pride, man has stricken the Words of Jesus, accommodating sin.  God’s call is that of serenity, humility and denying ourselves for our Maker, instead of living for the flesh. He invites us to live in agreement with Him… for eternity.

Jesus tells us to reason together under prayer and the examination of His Word. When there are contrasts and elevations of science and man’s knowledge over or instead of God’s, we are on a perilous path. Scriptural counsel says; “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14.

As a teenager, I desperately wanted the Bible to read differently. I searched for explanations or scripture that would tell me what I was supposed to do with my situation. I went to meetings of a self-declared “Adventist” organization claiming to make the Bible say things it doesn’t. The hope was that I would be more be comfortable with myself. However, it didn’t do that at all. What was abundantly clear, was that they were as desperate as I was,  and twisted scripture to gain approval.

I knew the truth. Rearranging or reinterpreting it in a way that God didn’t Author, places the focus on self, not Jesus.

In the world today, seeking “God’s love” is like searching for buried treasure in the Sahara desert. Jesus blesses all on the journey who genuinely seek Him.

We are ALL desperate for “love.”

As excruciating as circumstances have been for many, I find myself still asking the question: “Can you trust Jesus? Will you trust Jesus?”

Circumstances don’t give license to reinventing scripture. It is Holy. It is true. It is inspired. It is God speaking to us and making His requests known.  Are they reasonable? Is God fair? Is He just? Remember, questioning God and His ways, is exactly what Satan does. He’ll do ANYTHING to gain your confidence if you let Him. His tactics are deceptively attractive and inviting.  We must be on guard, guided under prayer.

Jesus has always wanted the best for you and me. Moreover, the best is yet to come.

As Christians, difficult times and challenges are before us. We will not face them alone if we will lean on Jesus, trusting His sovereignty. Our hope is in developing intimacy with Him and His Word.

I must conclude that given the trustworthiness and fairness of God, He would have provided us an example of what a perfect union of a same-gendered marriage would look like if that were His intention for those tempted with same-sex attraction. To condone such a relationship and not tell us, would be evil and unjust.

By believing in God’s “love in truth” to us, we will find it so much more beneficial to live in agreement with Him, instead of trying to rewrite His Word to accommodate our circumstances.

Real “love” is experienced in pointing people to Jesus, rather than taking exception to Him.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Why Jesus?

Ten years ago I decided to let go of self and invite Jesus to be in control. 

How is your life different because of Jesus? Is He King? Have you contemplated your destiny? How does it end?

This morning I prepared a warm bath, put on some Christian music and began to soak and pray. It’s a routine I often enjoy indulging.

As I enjoyed the warmth, relaxation, and time reflecting with Jesus, something important streamed into my thoughts. Exactly ten years ago, this very Sabbath in June 2019, I gave my life back to Jesus.

My life hasn’t been perfect since that day, but I praise Jesus, He has paid my ransom.

For forty years, I lived in the depths of LGBT+ culture. So how come I’m not campaigning for Jesus according to how I “feel?” Well, I would be, except for God’s Word. His love letter doesn’t make a case for my “feelings.” His Word is sovereign. I’m pretty well aware of the revisionists, hermeneutics, how translations of the Bible are in question about homosexuality, etc.

Why would I leave a life that complimented my natural attractions? Because I lived it, and for me, it didn’t provide the joy and peace I had desperately searched for for the better part of my life.

Satan is very capable of making people happy. But he cannot give the perfect, life-sustaining peace and promise that Jesus offers.

I don’t have many fond memories of my childhood. I was different. I was unwanted by my birth mother for having been a boy. She only wanted girls. I was two and a half years old when, as a result of prayer, my Aunt Virginia and Uncle Fred adopted me.

My birth mother’s mental and physical abuse had life-altering, negative, and damaging effects. Satan begins very early in life, imprinting his methods on us in hopes of making us life long subjects. I praise Jesus that He never gives up in seeking to reach us with His “love in truth.” “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4.

Until I was eighteen years old, I was certain that God had made a mistake in assigning me the male gender. It wasn’t until in recent years I recognized that due to the mental and physical damage my birth mother had done to me, my life was shaped by the girl she had wanted me to be. If only I had been that “girl,” she would have loved me, right?

I remember hearing how a pastor whose son is gay, said that his boy grew up in a perfect home and that my life and those of my colleagues had been broken, and that’s why we were gay. His son was just somehow meant to be the way he is. He and his wife had spent thousands trying to make their boy “straight.”  A pastor… A pastor who should know that Jesus wants our heart and that we are not redeemed through a performance of sex in the way He intended. Truth be known, we are all broken, regardless of the cause. The damage of “conversion” and “reparative” therapy has distanced many potential heart conversions.

Sadly, and perhaps to some degree of ignorance, LGBT+ activism has lumped any method resulting in living sexually pure, as “conversion therapy.”  Today, they seek to make it a criminal offense to speak of redemption for LGBT+ people from the pulpit.  In their advancements of celebrating “freedom of speech,” in which this country prides itself, they seek to silence anyone with a different opinion.

I recall routinely attending church and upholding God’s truth and living by the rules our schools and churches taught. There was no personalization of the gospel. There was much talk about sin, but not any talk about temptations and what to do with them. And absolutely no talk about “same-sex attraction.”  That was just plain sick!!!!

Yup… it’s sick. So are a host of other sinful temptations that somehow gathered layers of whitewash over the years.

I sometimes wonder about the many many lives that left the church in shame, many to end up dying from AIDS just a few years later. What if we had been teaching how sin exacerbates itself in various ways that are in contrast to God’s perfect, original plan?  What if we had learned how to deal with temptation and to identify Satan’s lies early on?  Why did the church stick its head in the sand?

Why is the church still sticking its head in the sand?

At eighteen, I was working for Loma Linda University, once considered to be a beacon of light stemming from our Biblical beliefs.  I was a Unit Secretary on 5100. A unit largely populated by the patients of a popular Internal Medicine doctor.

A very flamboyant orderly frequented our unit and always saying something that would have me in stitches. He had me call his roommate, who would become a dear friend and who introduced me to the gay culture. He was an Adventist who attended LaSierra College. He convinced me that “Adventists breed homosexuality.” I know!  A BOLD statement!  His logic was this. The church condemned homosexuality but failed to provide any solutions to those challenged. Thousands suffering with same-sex attraction were lured by a community that welcomed them and gave them a false sense of purpose and meaning.

In contrast, it would appear today that many in the church condone homosexuality, sometimes adding… “We’re all sinners.” As though there is no way out. Sadly, the silence on redemption is still deafening. We should be uplifting ANYONE in the struggle and confirming God’s great value, purpose, and healing.

Instead, there are many uneducated voices on the topic, bellowing loudly, just to be heard, without securing a teaching foundation from God’s Word and divine guide to us. This must pain Jesus immensely.

Instead of groups forming on campuses with compassionate shouts of victory and overcoming through Jesus, we have straight/gay alliances with administrative support preserving “sexual identity” and “sexual orientation.” True hope exists in our identity and orientation in Jesus.  How in the name of Christianity is this possible?”  How can God’s leaders lead compromised souls down a road that leads to destruction… IN THE NAME OF JESUS?  Mind-boggling.

The prescribed, endorsed solution today is to be silent about Jesus and learn the language of the culture. Celebrate the one struggling and their “feelings” instead prescribing God’s solution of transformation through Him and learning to live in agreement with Him.  If we are ministering to those “seeking” Jesus, why would we hide Him?  If a person is already identifying as “Christian,” wouldn’t we celebrate Jesus and all that HE offers?

The goal is not to become “heterosexual,” but to fall in love with Jesus. Let Jesus administer the outcome that is always in agreement with His Word.  Shower struggling lives with love, kindness, and compassion, but don’t hide Jesus. Don’t compromise HIS truth.  I humbly pray each day that God redirects His erring.

In contrast to my childhood pain and the absence of any demonstrated help from the church, I dove into the gay community with all fours. I longed to fit in. The gay culture of the seventies and eighties involved mass amounts of drugs, drinking, and promiscuous sex. Today, LGBT+ activism plays down these elements, and perhaps Satan has drawn back his obvious hate of Christianity with blurred morality. He’s been HUGELY successful in campaigning for what comes natural, infecting and influencing leaders and pastors with empathy and sympathy that seeks to undue scripture. Exchanging truth with lies that have now become “truth.”

The church didn’t come and get me. It didn’t come and get my fellow “Redeemed.” God came and got us.

All the sex, drugs, alcohol, and relationships in the world cannot give me what Jesus promises. Praise Jesus for this!

If you’re a loved one or parent of someone identifying as LGBT+, exercise the privilege and power of prayer. God hears you. God hears every plea, every heart who longs for Him. Pray for the merits of the blood of Jesus over the one you long to experience Him. Believe in His promises.

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37.

Every person alive today is an incredible, amazing masterpiece. However, we are subject to that which we allow to control us — that amazing and powerful gift of choice. Humility, surrender, and dying to self is crucial to every one of us in our walk with Jesus.

In March of 2009, I began to invite Jesus to bring me clarity and understanding. I asked Him to teach me. All of my gay friends had died. I asked Him to forgive me for being self-centered and for living in ways that were destroying whom He wanted me to be. He gave me a revelation.  He brought conviction upon my heart. The antidote for homosexuality is in developing intimacy with Jesus. Trusting Him.

The forty years of prayers of my Christ-loving parents were about to pay off.  Only a couple weeks before my baptism and rededication of my life to Jesus, my parents had approached their Sabbath School teacher asking if he knew any way for someone to come out of homosexuality. He tells me today that he didn’t have much hope, but knelt and prayed a faithless prayer with my parents.

The following week, I called my sweet mom and dad and told them I would be rebaptized on their sixty-seventh wedding anniversary.

My dear brothers and sisters, I read a testimony today that says; “Healing is always possible through Jesus Christ, but scars shape us and mold us into different people.”

We need not dive into the perils of darkness with which the enemy seduces.

Today, there is no perfection in me except as I accept Jesus moment by moment. Just as he tempted Jesus, Satan tempts me… having great knowledge of my past. He lives to reclaim me. But Jesus died for me, offering His blood to set me free.

The hope I share today is that as a body of believers claiming the blood and promises of Jesus, we will not let go of one another along this narrow path. Let us lift one another in prayer according to the gospel of Jesus. James 5:16. Put your arm around someone who is struggling on the path and give them that “Blessed Assurance.” Aid in redirecting their path from one of self-destruction, to one of eternity with the Giver of life.

Through Jesus, all things are possible. Philippians 4:13

Why Jesus?  Because we overcome the enemy with the word of my testimony and the blood of my precious Savior. Revelation 12:11.

Dear LGBT+ Child of God

Dear LGBT+ Child of God,

My dear child, this letter to you is from your Heavenly Father.  I have witnessed the chaos and confusion among my children, which has prompted me to write reminding you of my “love in truth” for you. Many, including Christians, are convincing you of things at the use of my name, which is a false representation of me.

I love you dearly. You are of inestimable value to me, and I want you with me for eternity. I want to bring clarity and hope to your dilemma.

As Giver of your life, I knew you before you were born. Jeremiah 1:5.  I never intended for sin to take place. 2 Thessalonians 2:7.

It’s very important to me that you understand how your struggle and confusion came about. You have an enemy. The same who became my first enemy. In the perfection of heaven, my prized angel Lucifer began to campaign for “equal rights.” He would later institute such a campaign on earth. He wasn’t satisfied with my governance and had strong desires to remove me, lusting after power and position.  I love him dearly and gave him opportunities to repent and live in continued service. But instead, he chose to poison a third of my angels to bolster his aspirations. Billions and Billions succumbed to his insinuations of doubt and unfairness.

Recognizing how this heavenly being was so powerful with deceit, you are probably frightened. “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13.

Eventually, I had to cast these infectious bacteria from heaven. Lucifer was undermining the angels in heaven, trying to convince them that I wanted less than the very best for them. And it is the same on earth today. I am your God and only desire good for you, not any harm. Jeremiah 29:11

I allowed Satan to be present in the Garden of Eden in the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and told Adam and Eve to never go near. Adam and Eve were the only two humans I physically created.

I hope you will be patient with me as I share these details with you. I have witnessed so many of you misunderstand what the enemy has done. I had to get in touch with you to help you know how much I love you and to warn you of Satan’s devious and evil ways. As you are my child, he hates you as well.

Eve wandered from Adam one day and went to the tree I had forbidden. Naturally, Satan took full advantage of the situation and planted doubt and evil in Eve’s heart. My heart broke as I knew her actions would forever change the face of humanity. I would not create anyone to live against my principles. This broke my heart. Adam and Eve gave birth to humanity that would be stained by their disobedience. Their inclinations toward sin would be passed down and come to others as “natural.”

Perhaps you’re beginning to catch a glimpse of how you first came to experience “feelings” that don’t agree with my plans for you, because Satan most definitely has a plan for you as well. He plans to deceive you if you listen to him.

Shortly after the sin which occurred in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve’s son Cain disobeyed my direction to provide a lamb sacrifice. He brought me beautiful fruits and vegetables. But they weren’t what I asked for. As your God, it is so VERY important that you obey my instructions. I am trustworthy, and I must test your faithfulness or heaven would be at risk upon your admission. And I’m sure none of you want to go through this again.

If you begin to follow and comply with the requests of Satan and others he has deceived, you will not be safe to enter my kingdom. Surrendering your will to my will is vital. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1.

I gifted each of you with the breath of life; I did not physically create you like Adam and Eve. You have the passed down stain of sin on you. In the midst of this great controversy influenced by Satan, I have given you the power of choice. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

I saw that it would be difficult for humanity to know my plan and my will for your lives. I love you so much and wanted to be sure that you would not fall prey to Satan’s lies. So I selected holy men of mine to instruct you. I used their humanity to convey my desires for you under my holy inspiration. As though I had written the whole Bible myself.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16.

I did not need to write profusely about what displeases me. It is much more clear and important to share with you what brings me honor and glory. Obviously an opposite or counterfeit plan is from Satan as he continues his plans and deceptions to overthrow me.

I have called each of you to be holy. To make choices to live like me and discern what is displeasing to me. “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16. You are a slave to whom you listen. So don’t listen to the lies and temptations of Satan. Please listen to me and obey righteousness. The righteousness of Jesus. Romans 7:15.

You’ve already witnessed the calamities of those openly following Satan. But not all his lies are blatant. Some are very subtle. You saw how he took a third of the angels with him when he was cast out of heaven. He is extremely intelligent. I created him to be intelligent. And he took that with him when he fell from heaven. He is counting on you not equipping yourselves with my Word and warning to you. He is going to use every “feeling” you have to convince you that he is correct. He is a mastermind when it comes to “feelings.” He is counting you believing your feelings over my “love in truth” message. “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesians 4:15

Here’s the thing,… Satan is trying to tell you to “just be you.” “Be who you are.” “Go with your gut.” In other words, live by your “feelings.”  Just look around at the misery, contempt, and chaos taking place by everyone who is living by their “feelings.” They’re miserable, or have caused others to be miserable.

Oh how I wish I could convince you that my ways are perfect. “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30.

Please do not exchange my truth for Satan’s lies.  I want to spend eternity with you.  I am trying my very best to provide you light through my “love in truth.” So many of you have become consumed with cultural beliefs of the day instead of believing and adhering to my truths that ensure life for eternity. That’s how much I love you.  Please please listen to me, my child.

Satan is playing upon your emotions. He doesn’t play fair. He doesn’t even care about you. He’ll engage with you through something that severely tempts you. Then he’ll throw you under the bus. He is no respecter of persons. Please trust me and don’t lean on your own understanding or that of someone else. Proverbs 3:5.

Sexual immorality is not like other sins. It’s a sin against your own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18. I know some of you say; “It’s not about the sex.” Well, fine then. Be best friends. Care about each other. But generally, for most of you, that is Satan’s ploy to eventually drive you into a sexual relationship that I don’t condone or approve. It is not considered Godly behavior. And it is a physiological atrocity.

Please do not turn and twist my Holy Word into attempts to justify what I have called sin. I know the beginning from the end. I inspired my Word to you for all time. You can trust my Word and me. If I had intended something different, if even one instance of same-sex sexual intimacy glorified my name and my desires for you, I would not keep it a secret. I am not a God that tricks and confuses His children. I am not the author of confusion. 1 Corinthians 14:33.

The world at large does not understand my ways, so please don’t listen to them. You must guard your hearts against lies. Proverbs 4:23.

I am so sorry for what the enemy has done to you. Sin has taken its toll. And you are living among the last and the worst. In my justness and fairness, it was important to let Satan’s lies and attempts at overthrowing me play out. It is he who is untrustworthy, conceited, full of deceit and contempt.  It was vital to demonstrate to him that there would be a people who with my strength and power I offer, trust and choose me.

I know this has been very painful, confusing, and seemingly unfair to each of you. But that’s my point. Satan is not fair. He doesn’t play nice. He is evil, and although I loved him, his persistence in evil must be eternally destroyed. And any remnant of that evil cannot enter the kingdom I have prepared for you.

I hope that you can see with clear eyes now, just how evil my adversary is. He has been successful with his deceptions for thousands of years. The sin he has caused required a ransom that had to be paid. Because I love you so deeply and don’t want to lose you, I paid your ransom. I have loved you even as a sinner. Romans 5:8.  I know how difficult this is for you.

Some of you have fallen many times. But this is why I came down from heaven and gave up my heavenly position to live a human life on this earth, advocating and ministering for my Father. He is worth it. And you are worth it. I was hated by so many. You will likely be hated by many and considered a traitor. But you are part of a community that has no eternal interest in you. Please don’t be fooled.

I was crucified for you. I experienced total, heartbreaking separation from my Father in payment for your sins. You don’t have to pay this price. I’m doing all that I can to knock on your heart’s door, waiting for a response. Won’t you please let me in? Romans 3:20. Time is running out. I am going to come soon.

I know this is difficult. I know that some of you are supported by “being who you are,” by straight/gay alliances on Christian universities. They are affirming you, but they aren’t converting you to live in agreement with me. You are of much greater value to me, than to them. Will you please talk to me and consider surrendering yourself to your Savior.  Your “friends” want to protect “sexual identity” and “sexual orientation.” I am offering you so much more.  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17. Pretty incredible huh?

You may have a difficult road back to me. It’s okay… I’m going to see you through.  I will finish the work I began in you. I promise. Philippians 1:6

You can have a new life in me. Accept the righteousness I am offering you. But if you happen to stumble along the way, I am your advocate. Come to me and repent to me, and I will assure you of my forgiveness. Just keep choosing me. I don’t want to lose you. You mean the world to me! “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” 1 John 2:1

Accepting all that I have written is not easy by today’s standards. My ways are not the world’s ways. But I have dedicated servants that will help you understand, educate and encourage you to receive a new life in Me.  I will not leave or forsake you. And soon…. I will come to take you home with me forever, not ever to be held captive again.

I love you my child. It breaks my heart to see you suffer.

Your Father

 

  • Wayne Blakely is Director of Know His Love Ministries and has shared his testimony and God’s education directly reflected in His Word around the world. To schedule a seminar, contact him at 2knowhislove@gmail.com

Love You to Death

I was rejected, even before I was born. My mother was indignant, making statements that she would not give birth to a boy. She only wanted girls. Her demeanor never changed, as my younger brother by birth was additionally rejected. At the age of two and a half, I was blessed to be adopted by my Uncle Fred and Aunt Virginia. My brother was raised by our grandparents.

Satan uses a variety of techniques to gain access to our emotions and thought processes as early as possible. There’s no singular cause for same-sex attraction, other than manipulative moves made by God’s enemy.

How we deal with it depends on whether we are a follower of Jesus or a follower of the world. Unless we are buried in God’s Word, the language and theories of man can be quite enticing and convincing. Scientists, psychologists, professors, leaders, and activists all make plausible cases for being “born that way.” A Christian should be acutely aware that we are all born with the stain of sin and an eventual challenge from God to be born again.

“Love” is a generalized term today. It’s being trashed, degenerated and counterfeited. The value, origin, and meaning of “love” seem masked, hidden, and unclear. We “love” chocolate, our car, and a new outfit. When I lived for years in disagreement and outside of God’s presence, I confused my indiscriminate unbiblical relationships, using the word “love” loosely.

Don’t be tricked. Take off your blinders! It’s time to wake up!

God’s definition of “love,” has nothing to do with sex.

Without Jesus, you can do whatever you are inclined. There are no guidelines.  Jesus invites us to seek and agree with His divine guidance and governance.

Real “love” can be gloriously elating. In keeping with God’s love, it can, at times, be painful and self-sacrificing. As an example, the “pure love” of Jesus came with sacrifice and great pain. We don’t stop loving and caring about someone. And it can’t be “love” to validate behaviors that disgrace and dishonor God.

Over the years, I have spoken to many parents who have children who have “come out” as LGBT+. Some of these parents have insisted that they will not stop loving their children, yet they turn from God’s truths, making exceptions in the name of “love.” They decide to endorse behaviors that shame God.  We can’t love what God hates.

There is also the admonishment in Matthew 10:37 NIV, that cautions us; “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

Confusion takes over. Satan convinces some that they cannot love their offspring unless they approve of their sinful relationship. It doesn’t take much to bring clarity to this darkly shadowed dilemma.

Parents sometimes have sons or daughters who have fallen into adultery. They deeply love their son or daughter, as well as their inlaw son or daughter. But they don’t love the behavior that has now brought discord and most often divorce from their fractured relationship.

Believers in Jesus can rely upon God’s intent and definition of love. God is love. The author and Creator of love. 1 John 4:7 says; “ Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. “

John 3:16 tells us that God “loved” the world so much that He gave His Son. And those that believed on Him would have eternal life.

References of “love” in the Bible often reflect the “giving up”  or surrender of something.

Believers often remind one another of the greatest command of God to “love one another.”

The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 is dedicated to a description of love.

What happens when we reinterpret or redefine God’s love, replacing it with our definition of “love?” And what happens when we try to pass it off to God as “true love,” when it’s a slimy counterfeit?  When we lean unto our own understanding, restructuring and preaching a different gospel, … there are consequences.

God’s Word is love.  His law is love. How has laying it aside and disregarding it, in the name of “love” become increasingly popular? We appear to have many of the traits and characteristics of Israel.  God is so very patient. But the truth is that His patience comes to an end.

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.” Romans 1:24, NIV.

“So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.” Psalms 81:12, NIV.

As abiding Christians, we are discipled and commissioned to share God’s “love in truth.” Sometimes that love is disciplinary, yet it must be bathed in the love of Jesus. When a soul experiences God’s deep heart changing love, they begin to allow Him to put their hearts in agreement with Him.

God has demonstrated His love through examples of discipline throughout His Word. However, the world is telling us that to disapprove of someone’s behavior, equals discrimination. Discretion and discrimination should not be confused.   Even secular laws carry disciplinary actions that aim to rehabilitate the criminal and protect others. These could be considered acts of love. Even secular society has modeled its government with disciplines that mirror Biblical counsel.

Older Adventists are familiar with the church’s history of being “rules” focused. It’s taken some time to recognize the balance of God’s Word to us, resulting in a “love in truth” message. We were well versed in the “truth,” but not as quick to demonstrative God’s love. In particular, love for the one who is struggling, seeking Jesus, yet not attaining perfection.

Unless we experience the change of heart that comes when we fully surrender to Jesus, we can’t share it with someone else.  I believe that’s why so many are reinventing God’s Word and turning their heads concerning sin today.

You’ve heard it. I’ve heard it. “Don’t judge me.”

“Don’t judge me,” has to be the most often used response when it comes to Christianity and any behavior the Bible refers to as sinful. I have jokingly said, “Don’t’ judge me, is Facebook Christian’s favorite verse to partially quote.” Most people don’t understand Jesus, grace or judgment, so they patch together their partial understandings to create their own version of the truth. It is true the Bible warns of the dangers of judging. Matthew 7:1 says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” But you can’t stop there; you must continue to read the teaching of Jesus. Matthew 7:2 says, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Jesus is instructing us to not judge impartially or hypocritically, but too many believers have interpreted this to mean don’t judge at all.” From “Gay Awareness” by Landon Schott

Jonah was sent to Nineveh to announce God’s judgment. Today He calls upon us to demonstrate God’s patient and compassionate love, while pointing to His Word which is judgment. Trustworthy are His ways.

The cost of sin is extreme.

Why do we resort to lies when John 8:32 tells us that the “Truth will set you free?”

Why do we want to love someone to death? A love that Jesus cannot approve limits one to life here, sacrificing eternity. Lucifer was the lead in defying God. He wanted to be in control. He wanted to do things his way. And he wants to enlist you and me in turning away from God. Sadly, Satan has been very successful. Heaven wouldn’t be safe if it allows a single person to enter with the same mindset as Satan.

As I lived life in the gay culture for forty years, I was well aware of God’s disapproval. I didn’t need His followers to affirm my decisions and let me love the way I interrupted love. I needed believers in Christ to show me there is a way out. I needed to know what God was asking of me. I needed to know that He is trustworthy. I needed to know how to surrender.

My brothers and sisters in Christ you are damaging souls, possibly permanently preventing them from entering the Kingdom by promoting a message that leaves a person where they are. Why not share a redeeming, restorative message that conveys love, compassion, and hope in Jesus for eternity? Hiding Jesus leaves a person in darkness and will rob you of eternity as well.

As children in God’s family, we are our brother and sister’s keeper. We have been enlightened and taught through God’s Holy Word, how to lead a soul to Jesus. Philippians 4:13 tells us that all things are possible through Him. And Paul goes on to encourage us with a promise that He will finish the work He began.

Why settle for an “earthly” love when we can experience God’s heavenly love? Why do we try to reinvent God’s perfection and call it good? Are we in the same danger Lucifer was before being cast out?

Judgment day is rapidly approaching. By failing to represent the gospel of Jesus Christ, we become the one who says; “Lord, Lord… I did all these things in your name.” And with great sadness and tears in His eyes, Jesus says; “I don’t know you.”

Are you sure you love someone by endorsing “sexual identity” instead of offering the identity Jesus gives us? Are you sure you are not loving someone to death?

“Know His Love” Ministries is committed to compassionately sharing God’s love, through inspired and restorative messages. These seminars are grounded in scripture with practical applications and education. Contact me at 2knowhislove@gmail.com

Be More Than You… Be “His.”

You arrive at no choice of your own, and before you figure out what’s going on, you find you have feelings and attractions that don’t add up to anything that Jesus says He loves and approves. You begin to feel as though you are a disappointment.

And before you can figure out the truth, Satan is already pitching lies at you  “You don’t matter!” “You don’t belong!” “You’re a freak!”

The world even begins to confirm this in its treatment of you.  You’re bullied, embarrassed, teased and harassed. You can’t figure out the meaning of life.

Few parents make a proper introduction to Jesus anymore. They live in a routine that fell to them by tradition. Church and sermons are the agonies before a feast and social gathering that happens to be on a Saturday.

Meanwhile, you’re flooding your pillow with tears each night, trying to figure out where you fit in. How do I know? Because I’ve experienced social rejection in my life. The only difference is I had Godly parents who put Jesus right in the center of our home. It would take decades before I would figure out the tug of war over my handicaps. Satan preys upon the weak. And Jesus patiently waits for us to discover Him. If He forced Himself on us, He would be fulfilling the unsubstantiated accusation of Satan.

We need Jesus from our very first breath. We need Him in the womb. We all need to have benefited from Godly parents.  But Jesus doesn’t give up on us because of a traumatic beginning or event that seeks to anger us against God. It’s sobering how He always gets the blame. Jeremiah 1:5 tells of how He knows us before we are born and has great desires for us.

People may let us down. And because of that, we have difficulty developing trust.  But Jesus isn’t human. He doesn’t mirror the inadequacies of sinful human nature. He is trustworthy indeed! He is the Father of fathers! He is perfect. And He is continually, wrongfully accused. He only wants good for you.

There are great pain and aches that so many of us have carried with us, asking God why He doesn’t like us. One friend asked me; “Why does God hate gays?” If only we would study creation, the war in Heaven, and what consequences of Lucifer’s fall would do to the earth and all its inhabitants. If only we would stop blaming God and recognize the evil of Satan and its effects on us. If only we would fall in love with Jesus, recognizing the depth of His love for us.

Today, many equal rights campaigns push the line; “Just be you!” “Be who you are!” As though our identity is made up of our “feelings,” rather than who we can be in Jesus, our precious Savior. Sure, that will sound corny to someone who isn’t seeking Jesus. And you and I can’t, nor should force Jesus on anyone. But that’s where the power of prayer is soooo important — enabling the Holy Spirit to touch hearts that would otherwise be hardened. Your prayers do count. They do matter. And they will be heard and answered.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14.

Recognizing the battle between Satan and Jesus to have control over our lives, is sooo important. When we consider Satan’s jealousy and anger toward God, it becomes much clearer that Satan has no regard for us, except to turn us against God. Satan was the first to campaign for equal rights, stemming from His jealousy. But not just “equal.” He wanted to be higher than God.

Today Satan’s crafty maneuvering is turning people against the One who loves them more than any could imagine. How is it that he is so successful with his counterfeits? Why would we want something less than what God desires for us? How is it that we have allowed ourselves to become so mesmerized?  Why do we insist on identifying by our “feelings” and emotions instead of discovering our true identity in Jesus Christ? Why aren’t we rescuing those deceived? Even on our university campuses? Isn’t our identity in Christ, the very reason we would seek a Christian education?

“There are some who seem to be always seeking for the heavenly pearl. But they do not make an entire surrender of their wrong habits. They do not die to self that Christ may live in them. Therefore they do not find the precious pearl. They have not overcome unholy ambition and their love for worldly attractions… Almost Christians, yet not fully Christians, they seem near the kingdom of Heaven, but they cannot enter there. Almost but not wholly saved, meant to not almost but be wholly lost.” Christ Object Lessons, page 118

Inside of our core existence is a longing to belong fully and unconditionally. To be loved, and to matter deeply to someone. We’re floundering, perhaps going from one relationship to the next. Or living within a relationship that seems happy, but not completely. Searching, clinging, hoping. But not fulfilling. We think that perhaps someone lied to us and let us down. It’s not Jesus. But His imposter has dragged you around in a cesspool of lies.

How fair God is to let us recognize our need of Him and to call on Him when we realize, we can’t do this on our own. We don’t have that kind of power. But with Jesus, all things are possible. Through His incredible revelations, we begin to see our value to Him. Philippians 4:13

We begin to recognize that the more we invest in a relationship with Jesus, the more we are drawn to His promises, and we want to live for Him as surrendered servants.

He is patient. We don’t have to understand it all at once. And some things, we may never understand. But we see more clearly, the lies and empty promises that Satan has sold us by telling us to campaign for equal rights and be “who we are,” instead of accepting the amazing gift of who Jesus says we are. Royalty, a “New Creation.” His children, elect, soldiers, witnesses, ambassadors. Far more than we could dream of on this worn and torn earth.

But what about not “feeling” like I am somebody? What about being alone? What about not being able to express me sexually?

My friend, Jesus will never leave or forsake you. Hebrews 13:5.  It may sound empty at the moment. But I challenge you to put Jesus to the test. He calls upon us to deny ourselves for Him. And as I read and study about Him and what He went through for me, that’s a lot. His requests of me are for a greater purpose than simply what I experience on this earth. He is preparing us for eternity with Him. He is worth it.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5

Without Jesus, I am nothing.

Don’t Hide God’s Transforming Love – It’s Fatal

What’s the meaning of love my friend, my brother and sister in Jesus? Have you abdicated from the original meaning? Have you muddied its value?

“Just love them!” “We all just need to love one another.” “Just be yourself!” “Just make them ‘feel’ loved.”  Okay… So elaborate… how are you conveying this love? Are you going to reflect Jesus? I mean really reflect Him.

Are you copping out on the gospel for a gospel that is no gospel at all?

“…but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:7-9

Love is not turning your head the other way. There’s a thin line that’s thickening. Love is an action.

“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16

Jesus is the epitome of love. He is the Author.

Love… “God’s love”  is being cheapened and reshaped in cultural shifts.

Abundantly clear, on a daily basis, is that we are not really loving, but cementing a person’s fate in themselves by failing to reflect and represent Jesus. I hear people say.. “Oh God will do what He needs to do… I just need to love them.”  So… are you checking out? How are you conveying love? It’s worthy of evaluating.

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20

Are you representing God by hiding Him and how He responds to sin? By not speaking of our personal value to Him. By failing to relay the “Great Controversy” now playing out on earth’s final battlefield? Keep in mind that when we sin, it crucifies Christ again. It stabs His side with a dagger. He turns His head in grief and is shamed.

What’s your testimony? Do you have one? Do you share it?

Please don’t jump tracks on me. We’ve experienced a history of being petty and pushing our views on targeted people, lauding our wealth of knowledge over them and using that to hide our own shortcomings. I’m not talking about this kind of approach. No one is beat to the foot of the cross.

When we recognize moral failure in another’s life, do we let go? Do we send them to the edge, distancing ourselves?  Do we shun them? Embarrass them before others? Is this love? Does Jesus abandon someone who stumbles? Don’t misunderstand me. Sin has consequences. Every sinner is likely aware of that.  At the same time… we are developing, (as a denomination) approaches toward LGBT+ identifying people that exclude any conversation of Jesus … and we’re calling it “love.”

Being met with opposition to Jesus is already having its effect on so-called “Christians.” We are turning and burying Jesus in hopes of making someone feel comfortable.

Churches are splitting over the acceptance of sin. Not same-sex attraction. Not temptation. But all-out acceptance of same-sex intimate relations. Turning their heads and “just loving them.”

In a very dark and humble place, I’ve discovered that we shame Jesus by clinging to the habits and sins that dishonor God. Rather than study out God’s will and plan and demonstrating His incredible love that can only bring about conversion, we become silent, or perhaps and turn our heads. Some say…”This doesn’t’ involve me.” It does! We’ then become assistants in the normalization of sin. We’ve actually done a pretty good job at that with other sins. Instead of hearing sermons that challenge us to surrender our sin, we want “itchy ear” sermons. A call to confess… is uncomfortable.  Imagine that.

Every day should be about our reconciliation with Jesus. Drawing nearer… letting go of the world, clinging to Jesus and developing intimacy with Him. Shame on us for not sharing the life-changing love of Jesus Christ. Love that endured our sins, killing our Savior. Romans 5:8

Shouldn’t we be just a little bit ashamed right here? 

It’s no wonder that Jesus has delayed His coming at least a couple times.  We are drowning in the sea of unrepented sin and self-gratification.

Instead of helping one who has fallen, some sit and think… “I was sure you would eventually fall.” Or …”No one is perfect.”  Both leave you in the ditch waiting to be rescued.

Proverbs 24:16 tells us that a righteous man falls seven times.  That’s symbolic. It could be seven, seventy or seven thousand.  The point is that he wouldn’t fall if he didn’t keep getting back up. And God has provided grace and mercy to those who seek Him, getting back up and clinging to Him.

If they didn’t get up… Satan would have won.  When we insist on clinging to our sin, eventually God has no choice but to concede to our will instead of His. We have made our choice.  Those fates are being decided now. The more we distance ourselves from Jesus, the smaller the window of conversion. Once saved, always saved, doesn’t work. Not if I’m choosing Jesus instead of what He desires for me. He is not a God of force. I have a decision to make. He gives me the power to choose.

Love is life-sustaining. It is personified in 1 Corinthians 13.  Love points to Jesus…not to self.

This idea that we’re fine just the way we are with whatever sin keeps us in bondage… and we just need to love one another and do nothing, is a seal of death. If you and I are fine just the way were are… what is Jesus waiting for?  Why hasn’t He come already? 

We need to put our faces in His Word.

He’s calling us to take Him at His Word. To reflect Him… to model our lives after Him. To love Him more than sin.

God is not a negotiator for the LGBT+ community or any other sin-insisting community. He already paid the ransom and He is asking you and me to choose Him and live our lives in agreement with Him. There’s no alteration on the plan.

What kind of love are you loving with?  Is it a love that leaves me in the ditch of confusion and habitual self-glorification? Or are you pointing me to Jesus by how you live your life and how you convey Jesus to those you encounter each day?

We are in the final chapter of “The Great Controversy.”

It’s definitely about “love.”  But is it His “love” or a self-love? His love refines me and prepares me for His Kingdom. Beware of counterfeits. They’re life-threatening.

When we apply hermeneutics… “we” change God’s intent.

There’s only one gospel. The safety of Heaven will prevent another  “Lucifer-like” occurrence from ever happing again. Are you and I safe for Heaven?

Lucifer is VERY wise and manipulative. He is at work inside and outside the church.  Remember… a third of the angels believed Lucifer’s claims of unfairness about God. Aren’t we subject to the same lies? Is that what’s happening right now?  Satan took BILLIONS with him. Do you “feel” safe? Or do you have a sudden urge to develop intimacy with Jesus and live in His safety of “love in truth?”

“It is a masterpiece of Satan’s deceptions to keep the minds of men searching and conjecturing in regard to that which God has not made known and which He does not intend that we shall understand. It was thus that Lucifer lost his place in heaven. He became dissatisfied because all the secrets of God’s purposes were not confided to him, and he entirely disregarded that which was revealed concerning his own work in the lofty position assigned him. By arousing the same discontent in the angels under his command, he caused their fall. Now he seeks to imbue the minds of men with the same spirit and to lead them also to disregard the direct commands of God.” {GC 523.1}

You and I are to be “Watchmen on the wall.” Many are saying… Oh God will do this and that. Remember… God is a God of invitation, not force. And you and I are commissioned with His love to disciple people to Jesus.

Love… Love.. Love… with all your heart and mind! But be VERY sure that it is the love of Jesus and not a fake. His love is redemptive.  I discovered five “R”s.

Revelation

Repentance

Reconciliation

Redemption

Restoration

You and I are called to love others the way they are. But certainly not to leave them the way we found them. We are vessels with gems of hope and encouragement.

Many people are anchored to their sin and think there’s no way out. Are you trapped? Jesus provides a way out. He purchased victory for us with His blood. Claim it! Choose Jesus over anything that separates you from Him. He is our only hope.

It’s possible!

Think about King David, Mary Magdalene, Moses, Rahab … and others. Great sinners! Just like you and me. But He drew them out of their sin.

Love with His love, because He is love.

You’ll need tools to walk in victory. I’ll share some in a future article.