“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” Romans 1:18-32
This affirms the direction of our country and its overall “sissification”. Sissified because rights that were once had, like freedom of speech and beliefs are now targeted, where no one is allowed to speak about something they believe in if it offends someone else. If someone says they don’t accept homosexuality because of their beliefs they are all of sudden homophobic, filled with hatred towards someone, even though they never said anything hateful or expressed any concerns other than supporting the Bible as their truth and belief.
Are there professing Christians that have made a bad name for Christians and utter such hatred? Absolutely, think Westboro Baptist Church, they are not Biblical Christians yet we get associated with them because of their association to a Church or denomination as so many other loose and watered down church’s who will not stand for God’s Word and in turn compromise scripture and cause further contention and diversity about what it means to be a Christian, it’s no wonder the world looks at Christians with such confusion and ridicule. Those who are Bible obeying Christians know that Jesus told us that we will have tribulation (John 16:33) we will be mocked and our faith will be tested to produce steadfastness (James 1:3). Now more than ever Bible obeying Christians need to be on our knees in prayer, in God’s Word daily, and engaged in sharing the Gospel as we were commanded to do. We need to be practicing how we interact with the world so that they see us different, having been changed by Christ as a new creation, seasoned with salt and light, seeking to bring God glory and not ourselves. Engaging others with gentleness, being kind to everyone, patiently enduring evil (2 Timothy 2:24-26) It’s not about winning the argument, it’s about being faithful to God’s Word and sharing that which we know and have experienced through God’s Word.
Sin is the transgression of God’s law, whether that be lying, stealing, blasphemy, adultery, homosexuality, heterosexual sex outside of marriage (fornication), coveting what others have, creating false gods to suit your fancy, in many cases a false god to replace the God of the Bible because you have family or friends who are gay and you want to support them and their significant others rather than giving them the Gospel and showing them the truth of what scripture says. So rather than warning them of the Hell that is to come you usher them right into Hell as if you are being loving. My friends that is not loving, that is hating your family and friends because you are not warning them what God’s Word says and you are making a mockery of God and His Holy Word by twisting scripture so you can be socially and politically acceptable, so you can be a professing Christian that is loving and not judging. Take time to divide God’s word about judging and what you are to do as a Christian, I won’t get into that here. How about work towards being a Christian that reads and obeys his Bible? God’s Word does not say we should run out and persecute the homosexuals any more than it says we should run out and persecute the liars and thieves. What scripture does tell us to do is to proclaim the gospel to all creation. It tells us to be kind and gentle to everyone, having patience as spoke of earlier in our interaction with people.
The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ however you cannot have the good news without the bad news. The bad news is that people are sinful and their sin separates them from God, because God is perfect, holy and just. God cannot sin and does not tolerate it. One sin is enough to be separated from God and we have all sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23) one lie, lustful thought, blasphemy of God, hatred of another, murder, coveting, you get the gist, we are in a fallen state, separated from God deserving Hell that is the bad news. The good news is that God in His kindness, mercy and grace made a way through Jesus Christ. Jesus came to Earth born of a virgin, never sinned once in thought or action, lived a perfect life that no man can live. He was 100% man and 100% God, He healed the sick, raised the dead, fulfilled hundreds of prophecies from the Old Testament, willingly went to the cross suffered a horrible, bloody death, than three days later rose from the grave forever defeating sin and death. What God requires of us is that we repent (Greek word means to have a change of mind), turn from our sin, believe in Jesus Christ and trust in Him as our Savior, as only He can save us from the Hell we deserve. We cannot save ourselves through any amount of good works or deeds.
We are saved only by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:4,5, 8-9), please cry out to God while He has given you time, beg Him for forgiveness, repent, believe and put your faith in the only name, Jesus Christ, that can save you. (John 14:6)
Ben Adams became a team member of United in Christ Jesus in 2015. He has a heart burdened for evangelism. He also directs a ministry called DiG Outreach (DiG = Death is Gain) which is a community of Christian gamers who come together to share their love for the Lord and for gaming. His ministry reaches out to groups of people who are hiding behind High Definition TV’s, XBox 360’s and PS3’s and let them know the truth of the gospel. Ben has been a long-time friend and encouragement to UCJ. He is a devoted husband to his wife, Leah and father of two sons, Gabe and Noah. They reside in Cleveland, Ohio.