And Jehovah God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.” And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the heavens; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them: and whatsoever the man called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And the man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the heavens, and to every beast of the field; but for man there was not found a help meet for him. And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof: and the rib, which Jehovah God had taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And the man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
And the two angels came to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face to the earth; and he said, “Behold now, my lords, turn aside, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your way.” And they said, “Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.” And he urged them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; they called unto Lot, and said unto him, “Where are the men that came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them.” And Lot went out unto them to the door, and shut the door after him. And he said, “I pray you, my brethren, do not so wickedly.”
And Jehovah said, “Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous…”
And angels that kept not their own principality, but left their proper habitation, he hath kept in everlasting bonds under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them, having in like manner with these given themselves over to fornication and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire. Yet in like manner these also in their dreamings defile the flesh, and set at nought dominion, and rail at dignities.
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. And thou shalt not lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith; neither shall any woman stand before a beast, to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out from before you; and the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land vomiteth out her inhabitants. Ye therefore shall keep my statutes and mine ordinances, and shall not do any of these abominations; neither the home-born, nor the stranger that sojourneth among you; (for all these abominations have the men of the land done, that were before you, and the land is defiled) that the land vomit not you out also, when ye defile it, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. For whosoever shall do any of these abominations, even the souls that do them shall be cut off from among their people. Therefore shall ye keep my charge, that ye practice not any of these abominable customs, which were practiced before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am Jehovah your God.
And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness; because that which is known of God is manifest in them; for God manifested it unto them. For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse: because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves: for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due. And even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting…
1st Corinthians 6:9-11:
Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [Some versions translate the Greek: “male prostitutes”], nor abusers of themselves with men [Some versions translate the Greek: “homosexual offenders”], nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints; nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know of a surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
He that overcometh shall inherit these things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.
And Jesus lifted up himself, and said unto her, “Woman, where are they? Did no man condemn thee?” And she said, “No man, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go thy way; from henceforth sin no more.”
That homosexuality is a “wicked”, “very grievous”, “fornicational”, “flesh-defiling”, “ungodly”, “abomination”; an “inexcusable”, “vile passion”, of a “reprobate mind”, against God’s “natural order”, and is “punishable by eternal fire” when God’s “wrath” is brought to bear, is abundantly clear in the Scriptures. Nowhere is it acceptable or excusable if continued in. Nowhere. Just as clear in fact, is the fact, that it is not hereditary or genetic, but can be – and must be – repented of if one wants to go to heaven! Although many will “be deceived” by human’s excuses, they will not be delivered by Heaven’s edicts! (Matthew 7:15-27; Luke 6:46-49; John 8:31-47, 12:48-50, 14:15)
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Are you tired of being made a mockery of by liberal lawmakers and the mainstream media when it comes to so-called “Hate Crimes” legislation? In a world where “good is considered evil and evil is considered as good” (See Isaiah 5:20-21), this eye-opening study blows away the misconceptions of who truly loves – and hates – homosexuals, and why. See for yourself why the premises of this study ought to be adopted by anyone and everyone ever charged with a “hate-crime” for speaking out against the heinous and soul-destroying sin of homosexuality:
We Love Homosexuals!
We absolutely love homosexuals! God absolutely loves homosexuals! So does Jesus Christ! He actually went so far as to die a fantastically brutal and horrifying death for each and every one of them (John 3:16; Romans 5:6-8; 1st Corinthians 6:11).
And we love them too – so very, very much, that we want to see each and every one of their souls get to heaven – bar none; that‟s what Jesus wants too! We love them and their souls in the same way, and to the same extent, that we love everyone else‟s soul that Jesus died to redeem from the power of sin (and that‟s all of us folks, for “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23). We love homosexuals with the same love that we love other sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revelers, swindlers, liars, gossips, slanderers, the boastful, proud, antagonistic, arrogant, and even the atheist with! We show neither prejudice nor favoritism! We love them all the same godly way that God loves us! This is an “equal opportunity” love that all true Christians have partaken of, and must possess; “For God so loved THE WORLD…” (John 3:16a; capitalization/emboldening/italicizing mine).
As a Christian, I am to love all mankind – including homosexuals – or I am not living the life my Lord and Savior desires. Because I am to love all mankind as Christ loves me, I must stop at nothing, to see that all sinners – including homosexuals – who want to do so, make it into Heaven; in other words, carrying out the same sacrificial mission, and following in the same fervent footsteps of my beloved Lord, Master, and only Savior, Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). Anything less, simply is not love.
But the current crop of Christophobic, Bibliophobic, unloving politicians (whom I also still love deeply, despite their ignorance, lies, and lack of any kind of real love for homosexuals) who are presumptuously promoting and pushing for the passage of “hate crimes” legislation, and who were recently responsible for the passage of yet more “sinful union” laws, are definitely, although probably quite ignorantly as usual, fighting against the very homosexuals they claim to support!!! (Pray for them, they surely need it.) I only wish these politicians loved homosexuals as much as they claim to, and as much as true Christians obviously do, but apparently such is sadly not the case.
Every single politician who votes for any such total and reprobate legislation as the “sinful union” laws in NH, should be immediately charged with “hate crimes” against homosexuals, just as should their Hollywood allies: T.V. and movie producers who so
proudly and publicly display their hatred of homosexuals by repeatedly producing program-ming that promotes participation in the perverse practice of soul-damning homosexuality. They should all be charged with a flagrant violation of the laws they have so hypocritically sanctioned, and be immediately prosecuted to the fullest extent of those laws – and then some; because they obviously harbor such deep and abiding hatred of homosexuals whom Jesus loved so much He died to save, and whom I love so much I am willing to try to teach how to get to Heaven; the very thing these particular politicians are working so hard to prevent with their new laws. Shame on them!
You see, it is not love at all, when you see someone engaging in a behavior that will surely destroy them, and you decide to militantly advocate, encourage, and promote it, particularly with legislation that will supposedly stop them from: 1). recognizing their plight 2). realizing their sin, & 3). repenting thereof!
For example, let‟s say you are walking down the sidewalk of a very busy city street, and you see a small child wandering directly toward the wildly speeding traffic. What in the name of love do you do? Which of the following options would any reasonable, rational, respectable person clearly consider to be the most loving to take? And which would obviously be the most heinous, horrible, and hateful?
A.) To silently stand by and just let the child continue unhindered into certain disaster?
B.) To perhaps even encourage them into the street by throwing a ball or some other toy into the traffic lanes so that they will be better able to focus unhindered on the object of their affection while being further blinded to the imminently approaching danger of death and destruction?
C.) To shout a warning informing them of the danger, maybe even having to intervene and restrain them physically from certain disaster, despite their destructive desire to continue in their pre-chosen path of destruction to their deadly destination?
Certainly any parent, or concerned citizen, with any semblance of love in their heart at all, could select no other option than “C” above. This is an illustration of what Jesus did for all of us. He proclaimed the truth, thus putting Himself on the line and in harm‟s way for all of us (See John 15:18-25). And the same should be true for any of us who truly love those who practice sins such as homosexuality as well.
We cannot choose “A”; and any politician who would vote for a law to silence us from warning these little children headed for certain doom, should be immediately removed from office! We cannot simply stand silently by while anyone continues down a path of certain destruction – not if we truly love them. And similarly, God has made it abundantly clear that eternal destruction is exactly what will happen to those who personally choose to continually engage in the specific kind of sinful behavior known as homosexuality:
“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, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the Kingdom of God.” (1st Corinthians 6:9-10).
How much simpler could it be? How much plainer could God put it? They will not go to Heaven if they continue in that direction. It‟s that simple. God said so. To truly love them is to try warn them. To truly love them is to try stop them. And not just “them”, but all those who perpetually practice and even promote all those things listed, just as in Romans 1:18-31; Galatians 5:19-21; etc. After all, we want everyone – all sinners – to go to Heaven. That‟s what God wants (2nd Peter 3:9)! Therefore we cannot afford to be prejudiced. We must preach and teach, and warn and exhort, and encourage and inform, about all the behaviors that God said will lead to destruction, and intervene with the truth of the Word to change the direction of those so headed (See 1st Corinthians 6:11) so they can be saved. Real, true, legitimate, and sincere Godly love, can simply do, nothing less. „Never has, never will: Love “…does not rejoice with wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:6)
That is why those who choose to encourage said destructive behavior – whether by throwing the enticing toy into traffic, or by seeking to promote and encourage that which will deceive and destroy, such as the perpetual practice of homosexuality (hence choosing “B” above), ought to be rightfully and immediately charged with the hate crimes they are so incredibly and clearly guilty of. They are obviously, even if ignorantly, out to see that homosexuals are destroyed by God; they don‟t want them warned; they don‟t want them stopped; they don‟t want them saved. They obviously just want them destroyed – despite their disclaimers to the contrary. And folks, THAT is both a hate crime, and a crying shame! Jesus died for us all; and yes, that includes even these homosexual-hating politicians that seek to silence God‟s word and plan to warn, seek, and save homosexuals from their sins through their subsequent obedience and repentance, and His amazing grace!
And so, it is up to those of us true Christians, who truly love sinners – from those who practice homosexuality, adultery, immorality, impurity, to every other sin – to lovingly, honestly, and straightforwardly, tell them how much God loves them and wants to save them; how said salvation comes only through God‟s grace as expressed in Christ Jesus, and is obtained through their choice to humbly and obediently repent, by faithfully submitting and surrendering their lives to the will and Word of Almighty God as did the FORMER homosexuals of 1 Corinthians 6:11! Only such love from God, and of God, accepted on His terms (Acts 2:38; 2 Corinthians 7:8-11), has ever, or will ever, save such sinners.
To truly love them, is to tell them the truth. To truly love them, is to righteously warn them. To truly love them, is to help them change direction and head towards Heaven. To truly love them, is to try to help lead them to eternal security and safety – snatching them from the fire (Jude 20-23). On the other hand, to promote and encourage their destructive direction without intervention, as so many of our current crop of Christophobic politicians and Bibliophobic movie producers are want to try to do, or to remain idle and stand quietly by while their souls are on the line, is certainly far, far, less, than anything even vaguely resembling, Godly love.
To tell sinners the truth, which is the Word of God (John 17:17), is not judgmentalism; it is not “hate-speak;” it is simply Godly, Biblical, love:
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments…” (1 Jn 5:2-3).
It is what is in the Word of God that will judge us all on the last day (John 12:46-48). Christians are commanded by Christ, to righteously judge (John 7:24); this, contrary to those who say we must not judge anyone for anything. Those who want to continue down a path of personal destruction unhindered, often suggest that Matthew 7:1 is proof that no one has the right to “judge” their abhorrent and self-destructive behavior, but they fail to read the next 5 verses which explain His point: which is that we are to be careful and cautious, but are to then thus go and “take the speck out of our brother‟s eye.” We are to judge, just carefully (Jesus even then goes so far as to “judge” some people as “dogs” and “pigs” in vs. 6)
Christians are called to use the righteous Word of God, to carry out Christ‟s commands, to righteously judge, the actions and sins of men (1st Corinthians 5) in order that they might turn and be saved. It is those who refuse to love and obey that truth, who will perish, plain and simple, according to the Word of God; for instance, 2nd Thessalonians speaks of all “…the wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
It is NOT those of us who proclaim honest, Scriptural warnings, that are, or will, stand guilty of judging anyone; those who reject the Word of God we bring, JUDGE THEM-SELVES UNWORTHY OF ETERNAL LIFE (SEE: Acts 13:46). We have no choice but to lovingly try to warn them, turn them, and save them. If they choose not to listen to what God said, that is up to them, but we still must warn them if we truly love them (Ezekiel 33:1-20). And then, at that point, it is not we that warn them, but they who continue in such sin, that judge themselves as unworthy of eternal life, according to what Paul told the riotous, divisive, closed-minded and hate-filled liberal leadership of his day (See Acts 13:44-46).
Anyone who would stand idly by, or God forbid, promote the destructive behavior of a determined child, in a situation similar to the one described above regarding the “tot in traffic,” would be open to criminal prosecution for negligence at the very least. The same should certainly be true, for those who seek to stifle the warnings, and support the behavior, of those who are rushing hell-bent into eternal destruction by their continued promotion of, and/or practice of homosexuality. Theirs is a “hate crime” of the highest order. And those of us who truly love homosexuals and all such sinners enough to try to stop their self-destructive behaviors which will prevent them from going to Heaven forever, must certainly demand and expect nothing less, as we continue to sound the warnings and seek to carry on with this God-given labor of true love: seeking to save the lost, by calling sin…SIN, and showing them how to be sanctified through obedience and repentance as our God‟s Word truly teaches!
~In the Love of God and HIS Eternal Truth; Douglas E. Dingley; evangelist~