Saturday, July 4, 2015

Love Lost!

Eph 5:1  Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Eph 5:3  But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.

We have all heard the “politically correct” slogan that is popular right now, “Love Wins”.  I understand when lost people use this slogan but when so called Christians use it we know that the confusion in this country morally and in many so called churches is at an all-time high.

The fact of the matter is that love has not won because what is being called love today is actually hate as defined by the Lord.  God is love and he has clearly defined love in his Word and it begins with loving him as he has loved us.  What we do not hear at all in the media is anything about loving God.  The godless in the world are trying to force a redefinition of the concept of love on us and it completely leaves out his definition.  

In the above passage, for example, God says that we are to imitate him and to love as he has loved which means you cannot walk in sexual immorality and no serious, rational person would suggest that homosexuality is anything but immoral from a biblical stand point.  So when someone says love has won, they mean their desire to live apart from God’s Word has won politically.  Love has not won, perversion has won.  Marriage hasn’t won; it has been profaned, redefined and made irrelevant.  All this talk of marriage when only a tiny fraction of homosexuals have any desire to be with only one person anyway.  This isn’t about marriage; it is about making sexual perversion seem to be normal.

The most loving thing a Christian can do is to warn the lost of the wrath to come and that salvation is possible through repentance and faith in Christ.  If we allow the lost to define what sin is then we remove the teeth of the gospel.  Christ has told us that the gospel offends and the world will hate us.  Why is it that so many Christians seem to go out of their way to not offend?  If we don’t have a gospel of deliverance from sin then we have nothing to offer the world.  Christ ministered to the prostitutes and sinners by preaching repentance and faith, not by being buddies and encouraging them to remain in their sins.

Notice what Paul says in 1Co 6:9  Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 1Co 6:10  nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1Co 6:11  And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

There is no such thing as a “gay” Christian any more than there is a murdering Christian, a child-molesting Christian, a stealing Christian, a hating Christian, etc.  We still have sinful desires in this life but we hate them and we repent from them and turn away from committing such things.  What would we think of someone who said, “I am a Christian but I also love to steal.  I was born with this desire and so God made me this way and so don’t judge me, celebrate my thieving ways”?  No, stealing is committing hatred towards those you steal from and God commands you to stop.  Just like sexual perversion is committing sin against those that participate and God commands such people to stop, repent and turn to him. 

Love has not won, America has lost big time.  The world has told Christians they are no longer allowed to offend which is just Satan’s way of trying to shut the gospel up.  If there is a silver lining to all this it is that it is going to become easier to tell false professors from the real ones.  We better quit trying to not offend and start speaking clearly what the Lord demands or we lose our relevancy in this world.  It is time for American Christians to join their brothers and sisters from every generation and embrace suffering for the sake of Christ because it isn’t coming, it is here.