Christianity & Equal Opportunity Sin Condemnation by Talitha McEachin

Today I feature again another  christian conservative writer friend of mine Talitha McEachin.  Talitha writes with the conviction of God in her heart and soul,  speaks the truth of the Bible with the clarity that others want to tear asunder with lies!

Talitha McEachin:  I think that one of the reasons that many view Christians as religious bigots when the topic of the day is dealing with homosexuality is because many of us Christians are very inconsistent with condemning all sinful behavior or immoral lifestyle choices equally. We whisper and gossip about the rumors within the church of the woman sleeping around with another woman’s husband – adultery. We might think badly of the fornication of single members of our church but we don’t always confront or condemn this behavior. We may know that a member is smoking marijuana, drinking excessively, beating his or her spouse or stealing and we may even be vocal about it, but not nearly as loudly or with such fervor as we do the homosexuality in our midst. Homosexuality, in my opinion, more than any other sin, is treated as the sin of all sins – the ultimate abomination to Jesus Christ. The swan song of morality. It is regarded as something that is so unnatural, vile and repugnant to us that if we don’t speak up against anything else, we’ll speak up against it – well many of us but most certainly not all.

The very idea that two men or two women would physically & emotionally embrace one another in the manner which the word of God has clearly designed and preserved for one man and one woman is so repulsive to us and quite rightfully so because it is repulsive to Christ. Before someone comments mentally or otherwise that I am a bigot, note that I am speaking of the acts themselves as repulsive, not the person committing them. Now I’m not arguing that we should not view homosexuality in this way, but why aren’t the other sins named and others, equally repugnant to us? None of us are perfect, although I think we should be striving for it as best we can. Even if we are not physically manifesting the sins named, many of us are thinking about dating or sleeping with other men or women when we are married, even if that person is married – we lust and are enticed by sins of the flesh constantly, well I know that I am, if I am being honest with myself. Matthew 5:28 tells us unequivocally that:

“But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his mind.”

Many of us, without manifesting the sin of adultery itself, have been guilty of it repeatedly without giving it a second thought– think about that. Many of us are “in the closet” with our manifestations of heterosexual perversions. So how dare we point a harsher finger (keyword harsher not that a finger should not be pointed at all) at those who sin openly because we feel morally superior in the moment, because no one knows about our sins or we are not sinning in the same way that homosexuals are or committing an allegedly “worse”sin. My father, Leroy “Lee”McEachin (RIP) had a great method for keeping his mind on things that were pure and righteous – he constantly studied and memorized the word of God. When he was on the job he would read over and over again scriptures that were written on the back of his business cards. One of the gifts he received from me one year was his favorite – a small hand-held electronic Bible which he used so much the markings on the keys became worn and faded in just under two years. When I was a child our home was filled with conspicuous postings of scriptures on bright orange poster board – above the sink where we brushed our teeth, on the refrigerator, which some members of my house accessed more than others (smile Lance, my brother) and on the mirrors of our bedrooms where we glanced, or stared for hours (okay guilty as charged). Obviously, he too, was not perfect but the habit that he passed along to my siblings and I through his actions more than words, was to commit the scriptures to memory for our spiritual survival in this world full of sins of all types and more importantly, our minds – the devil’s playground. Back then I didn’t appreciate this habit so much but now as an adult I completely understand. After speaking with other fellow Christians about this matter, one of them said to me:

“..i(the church & I know this person didn’t mean all churches) doesn’t view all (non-violent) sin equally. It looks the other way on premarital sex, and is now warming up to same-sex marriage because it doesn’t want to be confrontational, unfair, bigoted, homophobic, etc. The church is just all too willing to be just like the world instead of shining light on darkness. That’s why Christians are trying to find all sorts of excuses to go along and get along on same-sex marriage. I guess they’re just tired of getting beat up. The bottom line is they won’t be able to squirm away from this one so easily.” 

I am in strong agreement with this person. Now back to those non-homosexual sins; I have found none and believe that there is no biblical evidence that the sin of homosexuality is greater than others such as adultery or lying for example. If someone has it, please share it and I will retract that statement after consulting with trustworthy Christian scholars on the matter (trustworthy to me). I submit to you, that the bigotry accusations, due to the view of homosexuality, hurled at Christians, are misguided and misdirected because in our faith, which we have the constitutional freedom to pursue in America, we are taught in Colossians 3:5:

“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust and evil desires.”

and also in Galatians 5:19-21:

“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness,wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”

The Bible outright forbids and expresses disdain for the practice of homosexuality in the Old and New testaments:

Leviticus 18:22:

“You must not have sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman.”

Romans 1:26:

“That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against thenatural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.”

I could just as quickly and logically hurl accusations of non-religious bigotry at those who hurl them at Christians but I’m not a fan of ad hominems, so I won’t do that. Instead let me emphasize that although marriage is licensed and taxes are collected from the institution of marriage by the government, the institution itself is a predecessor of government. One thing that religious and governmental institutions once universally agreed on is the belief that heterosexual unions in marriages were the best environments for rearing and protecting children. Consider this, nearly 75% of America’s population says that they are of the Christian faith and Christianity is not the only religion which opposes homosexual lifestyles. When our governing officials attempt to re-define marriage in ways that many citizens oppose based on the tenets of their religious faith, they are in fact launching a direct assault on our liberties and legislating morality for all.

Instead of our current president Barack Obama’s recent open support of gay marriage, and in light of his strong views on the separation of church and state, his only response to the topic should have been in support of states’ rights to democratically decide the legality of non-traditional marriage. At least this way, religious and non-religious citizens alike, on both sides of the argument maintain their choices on this decision where they reside. It is in this tradition that the members of the highest court of our nation – the Supreme Court, can maintain their personal opinions while fairly and objectively rendering legal decisions. For Christians, if the vote is in their favor they can rejoice when the legal mandates are in harmony with their personal beliefs and respect them when they are not, although they should still be able to vocalize disapproval, without the ever present stigma of being labeled a “bigot”, which is etymologically fallacious anyway. A bigot is a person who is viciously and utterly intolerant of a differing creed, belief or opinion. Expressing disagreement in and of itself does not merit intolerance. Many Christians simply agree to disagree with non-theists on the matter, and cast their votes accordingly. Christians, if we were to voice our dissent on non-homosexual sins such as adultery just as quickly, adamantly and loudly as we do at homosexual lifestyle choices, perhaps the non heterosexual community would not be so quick to label us “bigots”. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t live to avoid labels from non-believers but Mark 16:5 states:

“And he said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.”

and Matthew 28:19-20:

“Go therefore to make disciples of all of the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Predestination arguments aside, how are we to achieve this with hypocrisy red herrings regarding the sins we unequally stand against as obstacles? Again, either way this label is unfair, however, we are spiritually charged with the task of and justified in expunging all sin from among us, as much as we possibly can. We must treat the sin of adulterers, liars, fornicators and so forth with equal spiritual condemnation. It is not the fact that we speak out against homosexual lifestyle choices that is problematic, it is the manner in which we treat other sins, equally forbidden in the Bible, as if they render a cooler place in hell or a warmer place in heaven if the offenders are not repentant. I spoke with another colleague who is a self-professed “gay Christian” He says:

I believe that gay persons are born this way. Since many in the gay community are guilty of fornication and promiscuous, the church should advocate gay marriages in order to discourage sexual promiscuity and the spread of diseases just as they do for heterosexuals

There are several errors in his logic and views among other things but I’ll say this – personally, I think that those in the church who believe that “some people are born gay” and use this as an argument to justify their support of gay marriage are wrong. What we are all born into is sin:

“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me…” Psalms 51:5

I believe that we have different inclinations towards different sins and some have an attraction towards the same gender. This alone is not the troublesome issue but rather the fulfillment of such desires in active homosexual lifestyle choices. This is the same problem for sinners whose inclination is for premarital sex that become practicing fornicators. We will either choose the path of hedonism or seek to be forgiven and quell those desires through the teachings of Christ and fellowship with the righteous. So I say to believers under the cyber sound of my voice, that if we want take charge of the religious and general narrative on sexual lifestyle choices in light of morality and be taken seriously, we must first, like my father, form habits which encourage and foster pure thoughts and leave little room for sinful impurities. Then once this habit is formed, we must develop an equal opportunity philosophy towards all sinners, regardless of which one they choose to indulge, including ourselves. Either way, quiescence in the face of sin is equivalent to approval and sin type based, biased, vociferous condemnation is hypocritical. Balance, which is always my personal goal, is found in the scriptures, when applied equally to sin inclination demographics.

By: Talitha McEachin/Editorial Writer May 15, 2012

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17 thoughts on “Christianity & Equal Opportunity Sin Condemnation by Talitha McEachin

  1. The Lord showed me 2 separate visions a few years ago. The first was a hand holding a
    sickle. This is indicative of a harvest or harvesting.

    The second one was more detailed.

    What I saw was somewhat like what Peter saw :

    Acts 10:9 Around noon the next day, while Cornelius’ men were on
    their way and coming close to Joppa, Peter went on the roof to pray.

    Act 10:10 He became hungry and wanted to eat. While the food was
    being prepared, he fell into a trance.

    Act 10:11 He saw the sky open and something like a large linen sheet
    being lowered by its four corners to the ground.

    Act 10:12 In the sheet were all kinds of four-footed animals,
    reptiles, and birds.

    Act 10:13 A voice told him, “Get up, Peter! Kill these animals, and
    eat them.”

    Act 10:14 Peter answered, “I can’t do that, Lord! I’ve never eaten
    anything that is impure or unclean.”

    Act 10:15 A voice spoke to him a second time, “Don’t say that the
    things which God has made clean are impure.”

    Act 10:16 This happened three times. Then the sheet was quickly taken
    into the sky.

    Act 10:17 While Peter was puzzled by the meaning of the vision, the
    men sent by Cornelius found Simon’s house and went to the gate.

    What I saw was a sheet lowered but there were no animals in it instead
    there were people. The people were gays, lesbians, people addicted to
    pornography, child molesters, transvestites etc. These are the
    “unclean” and frankly disgusting to us. The Lord said what I have cleansed do not call
    unclean.
    Jesus was known as the friend of sinners, this by no means was a
    complement given to him by the religious. Not only was he a friend to
    them but he ate and drank with them. How would we react if we were
    accused by the religious of attending a Gay-friendly church, or a church that allowed
    pedophiles and perverts in its congregation?

    Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ

    and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling

    the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
    (2Co 5:18-19 NASB)

    John 6:44 “People cannot come to me unless the Father who sent me
    brings them to me. I will bring these people back to life on the last
    day”.

    Jesus didn’t get to pick the sin or the sinner he hung out with
    and neither can we.
    Imagine sitting next to a man dressed like a woman or a gay man and
    his lover or a lesbian and her lover.
    Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is with me. He has anointed me to
    tell the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to announce forgiveness
    to the prisoners of sin and the restoring of sight to the blind, to
    forgive those who have been shattered by sin,
    Luke 4:19 to announce the year of the Lord’s favor.”

    “the church should be a hospital for the broken not a museum for the righteous”, Jefferson Bethke
    If we as a body cannot believe that the Lord we serve can set these
    captives free from Satan’s grasp then what are we here for.

    The Great commission:
    Mat 28:18 When Jesus came near, he spoke to them. He said, “All
    authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
    Mat 28:19 So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize
    them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
    Spirit.
    Mat 28:20 Teach them to do everything I have commanded you. “And
    remember that I am always with you until the end of time.”
    Jesus did not say he wanted converts or decisions for him but that we
    are to make disciples.

    The Greek word for disciple is, “mathēteúō” and it is defined as follows:

    Mathēteúō means not only to learn, but to become attached to one’s teacher

    and to become his follower in doctrine and conduct of life.

    It is really not sufficient to translate this verb as “learn” but as “making a disciple,” in the NT sense of mathētḗs.

    Why?

    John 8:31 So Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If
    you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples.
    Jonh 8:32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
    It is only disciples that get free not converts or decisions for
    Christ.
    It is a false teaching that by accepting Christ that all your problems
    are over , all your generational curses are broken. It is only by becoming
    a disciple that this is true.
    Jude 1:21 Remain in God’s love as you look for the mercy of our Lord
    Jesus Christ to give you eternal life.
    Jude 1:22 Show mercy to those who have doubts.
    Jud 1:23 Save others by snatching them from the fire of hell. Show
    mercy to others, even though you are afraid that you might be stained
    by their sinful lives.
    Jude 1:24 God can guard you so that you don’t fall and so that you
    can be full of joy as you stand in his glorious presence without
    fault.

  2. This is a small but crucial point……none of those other “hetrosexual sins” have a well funded sophisticated political movement demanding that those behaviors be made a legally protected behavior and embraced as a legitimate alternative lifestyle. We are dealing with a whole different animal when it comes to the homosexual agenda. It is an agenda that seeks to silence opposition and eliminate faith based speech that reflects negatively on homosexuality. To effectively make it illegal to hold a biblical world view on the subject in public. There is no powerful political movement of hetrosexuals pushing for recognition of adultery, theft, fornication, etc as legitimate legally protected behavior, for now we are free to speak against and preach against those behaviors without threat of retaliation.

    There is no group of adulterers seeking to silence the church regarding the behavior of adultery. There is no demand to teach the acceptability of adultery to our kindergarteners and elevate famous adulterers throughout history based on their sexual indiscretions. That is not the case with homosexuality, they seek to infiltrate the minds and hearts of our children. To teach them that God is wrong and homosexuality is good. To teach them that the bible is, (in the words of Dan Savage, the godfather of today’s homosexual movement), “bullsh-t. It will do no good to split hairs about how the church has failed culture regarding “fair” treatment of all sin while the powerful homosexual agenda is advancing the march to silence Christians and biblical influence in all areas of our culture. Our house is burning down and we are distracting ourselves with pointless debates about who is to blame for the sparks that led to the raging inferno in front of us?

    Make no mistake, there is another agenda waiting in the wings to impose it’s perverse brand of “love” on our culture. Pedophiles are and have been organizing for decades, waiting for the right moment to launch thier attack on our already flabby commitment to biblical morality and we want to split hairs about how the fire got started? You want to know who loves these “he did!”, “she did!” debates? Homosexual activists. This is not about judgment or tolerance or any of the other buzz words of the day, it is about the survival of the Christian faith in America as a mainstream, free and influential institution.

    • Everything you say is true. However, let us remember that we serve the living God and we are much more well funded than they. ‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the LORD of hosts.
      (Hag 2:8 NASB)

      So funding is not an issue. What is an issue is that there is no unity within the body of Christ while there is great unity in the homosexual community.

      Remember, it was 120 people who got filled with the Spirit who were accused of turning the world upside down.

      This is a spiritual battle and must be fought by prayer, fasting and repentance. And it must begin with the Body of Christ..

      I will post a vision that the Lord showed me a few years ago

      “If my people”, Some Additional Things.

      In a post I posted a few days ago I posted regarding the need for repentance and quoted such scriptures as 2 Chronicles 7:14. However, as I was going through my journal I found a vision from June of 2009 that the Lord had given me that I think fits here as part of the original, ” If My People” posting. In this vision I saw 2 groups of people facing one another. The people were in lines opposite one another. Each person in each line were holding signs and on the signs were accusations and insults accusing and insulting the people on the opposing side. In addition to holding the signs, the people on each side were yelling insulting remarks and making accusations. While they were doing this, what they did not see was that the country around them was being destroyed by the ravages of sin, freedoms were being taken away but neither side could see it because they were too distracted by being focused on insulting and accusing one another.

      To revisit 2 Chronicles 7:14, it says If My people( a unified body of believers not splinter groups of warring factions) shall humble themselves. I remember hearing the Lord say on July 4th of 2009 while I was watching the fireworks, ” this is the last year you will celebrate as a united nation” It was shortly after that, that I had a dream and in the dream I saw the United states as a puzzle much like you would have seen when you were a kid and your parents bought you a puzzle of the United States so that you could learn your geography. Only in this dream I saw puzzle pieces, representing states, disappearing from the puzzle board leaving gaps in the puzzle. In other words, the puzzle that showed a united nation now showed states missing. I also saw an angel with a drawn sword standing over the United States and he was near the east coast where Washington D.C.is.

      Getting back to the people accusing and insulting one another what got the attention of Isaiah the prophet was the death of King Uzziah. In Isaiah 6:1 it is that Isaiah saw the Lord in the year King Uzziah died. He saw the Lord high and lifted up and the train of His robe filled the temple. Thus it would seem that it was the tragedy of King Uzziah’s death that caused Isaiah to look upward and, “see the Lord” After his upward gaze seeing the Lord, he says, “woe is me”, here Isaiah sees his own sin and was humbled in the presence of a Holy and Righteous God. The closer one gets to the Lord, the more of His holiness we behold and the more of our sinfulness we see. If you look at the chapters preceding this one, Isaiah’s pet phrase seemed to be, “woe to you”.

      Isa_3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
      Isa_3:11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
      Isa_5:8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
      Isa_5:11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
      Isa_5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
      Isa_5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
      Isa_5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
      Isa_5:22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

      After seeing the Lord in the splendor of His holiness, Isaiah says, “woe is me”.

      We all need a “woe is me” revelation or we will never get past our own self-righteous religious attitudes which condemn one another and ultimately destroy one another while the world around us is being destroyed.

      After this revelation the Lord was able to say, “Whom shall I send and Who will go for us” , to which Isaiah responds, “here am I, send me”.

      What is it going to take for us to see the Lord? How bad do things have to get before we see the Lord? 911 was a brief moment were it seemed that we saw the Lord, however, it did not last and things seem to be back as they had been before.

      Jesus said that all would know that we were His disciples by the Love we had one for another. If we are going to be used by the Lord to minister to a lost and dying world, we need to see the Lord, have our, “woe is me moment” and then say, here am I , send me.

      Pray about his and see what the Lord would say to you about it.

      • Tony, this was very good. I too, share your vision…did not have it as you did, but it is imprinted on my heart day and night. Thanks for the great post.

      • Something to ponder upon. If you remember in the Gospel of John, Jesus said that the world would know that we were His disciples by the love we had one for another.

        In Revelation when Jesus addresses the 7 churches He has a word of correction for all but 2, Smyrna, and Philadelphia. Of these 2, Philadelphia, the church of brotherly love is the one Jesus promises to keep them from the testing that is to come upon the whole world.

        Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
        (Rev 3:10 NIV)
        I believe this to be speaking of the rapture. Now I am by no means saying, “thus says the Lord”, I am saying it is something to take to the Lord in prayer and to ponder upon. I really believe that brotherly love is important to Jesus, of greater importance than we tend give it.

  3. Christians not only turn a blind eye to heterosexual perversions and focus on homosexual ones.Some forget that the Lord says that if you lust after a woman or a man in your heart, you’ve committed adultery Some forget that the Lord does not judge as we humans do, by outward appearance. The Lord judges the heart which only he can see. And there will come a day when what is concealed that no one sees will be revealed as is stated by Paul, “On that day when, as my Gospel proclaims, God by Jesus Christ will judge men in regard to the things which they conceal (their hidden thoughts)”. (Rom 2:16 AMP)

  4. Thanks Tony! I am humbled by your comments and you make excellent points. I am disappointed in some Christians alacrity to respond to homosexuality but turn a blind eye to heterosexual perversions

  5. If we are going to be a church modeled after the life and ministry of Jesus, then we better get used to be being called a friend of sinners, and many other derogatory names by the religious establishment.

    Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
    (Luk 6:22-23 KJV)

    Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
    (Luk 6:26 KJV)

    So then, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can people call on him if they have not believed in him? How can they believe in him if they have not heard his message? How can they hear if no one tells the Good News? How can people tell the Good News if no one sends them? As Scripture says, “How beautiful are the feet of the messengers who announce the Good News.”
    (Rom 10:13-15 GW)

    I believe that the Lord is calling people to sow where none would ever dream of sowing and to reap where none have ever dreamed of reaping. Looking through the eyes of flesh, this is impossible, but looking through the eyes of faith, all things are possible to him/her that believes.

    “…………………..but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits”.
    (Dan 11:32 KJV)

  6. Very good post. What the Lord has been showing me along these lines is this:

    Jesus came into the world to seek and to save the lost
    For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.
    (Luk 19:10 AMP)

    Jesus did not come into the world to condemn it but to save it and we need to be following the example He set for us.

    If anyone hears my words and doesn’t follow them, I don’t condemn them. I didn’t come to condemn the world but to save the world. Those who reject me by not accepting what I say have a judge appointed for them. The words that I have spoken will judge them on the last
    day.
    (Joh 12:47-48 GW)

    We were made ambassadors for Christ and as such were given the ministry of reconciliation

    Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

    (2Co 5:18-19 NASB)

    We are not to judge those outside of the church.

    For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders? Isn’t it those who are part of the community that you should be judging? God will judge those who are outside.
    (1Co 5:12-13 CJB)

    To reiterate a point above, it says that God, and not we Christians will judge outsiders. Furthermore, in the great commission Jesus gives the church the following charge:

    Make disciples

    Teach all nations

    Baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    We are to be His witnesses. A witness simply tells what he/she has seen and/or heard, nothing more.

    We were not given the ministry of condemnation nor were we given the ministry of conviction. The word says that it is the Holy Spirit that is to convict the world of sin. And it also says in Romans the following about human judging and God’s goodness.

    You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath,
    when his righteous judgment will be revealed.
    (Rom 2:1-5 NIV)

    I think that this pretty much sums up the Lord’s feelings on judging. Furthermore, this passage of scripture says very clearly that it is God’s goodness that lead’s one to repentance not human judgement.

    Something I have noted also is that In Acts 2 when the Spirit fell, Peter preached a message of repentance to a people who were familiar with covenant and familiar with what was meant by repenting.

    In Acts 16 when Paul and Silas were approached by the Phillipian jailer, a man who knew nothing about the Law of God and therefore nothing about the concept of sin and need for repentance when asking Paul and Silas what he needed to do to be saved, Paul responded, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved and your whole house”.

    Note that I am by no means saying that this man was not in need of repenting for sins. What I am saying is that we were given the ministry of reconciliation and are to be witnesses.

    Once again, very good post.

    • This blog and the whole thread is blessing my heart. I have been so hurt the past week as people have unleashed so much hate and nastiness online. The perspective here is exactly as I felt but couldn’t adequately express. I do understand about being off FB and I have signed up to follow your blog. God bless you. Keep up the good work.

      • While my son never was gay, he, knowing we were Christians, was sleeping around and living an immoral lifestyle. In fact, he left and went to live with a girl. I can now say that He is not totally living for the Lord but He is well on his way to doing so. The girl that he was living with is his wife and they have 2 kids with one on the way. The disrespectful son that left my home is now a respectful son and father.
        One thing that comes to mind is the prodigal son. The Father did not follow His son into the pig slop, in fact, in the parable that Jesus tells, it says that the son was dead. However, it says that when the son came to his senses and while he was still a long way off, the Father ran to him. Everywhere in the word when we see God it is usually seated on His throne. This is the only picture in the word to my knowledge of the Father running. Furthermore, the parable says that the son came to his senses and was still a long way off. Translation, he had not cleaned up his life and still was covered with the pig slop and crap that he had been wallowing in. Yet it was in this condition that the Father threw His arms around His son and kissed him. He had a robe put on him to cover his nakedness. He had shoes brought to hi because in those days, slaves did not wear shoes. He had a ring placed on his finger restoring him to the family and giving him back his authority. Then they had one big throw down. It is the elder brother, which I believe is in all of us to some degree, that objected to the Father’s forgiveness, and subsequent celebration of the younger son’s return. What’s more, the elder brother refers to his younger brother as, “this sin of yours”, thus not even acknowledging him as his brother. The Father tells the elder brother that, “this brother of yours” was dead but now is alive. The elder brother always received a double share of the father’s estate. The purpose was not to squander it on himself but to take care of his brothers and sisters and the Father here reminds his elder son of his responsibility to his younger brother.

        We all need to be careful of elder brother thinking.

  7. I have two gay adult children and, of course, I live in conflict over this. But I am very hurt when people seek out to condemn my children and never voice from the pulpit any specific objection to adultery and fornication which are destroying marriage. Thank you for saying this so much better than I ever could. I would like to invite you to join our FB group, Christian Friends, where we talk about the events in the world today and pray for each other and the nation. https://www.facebook.com/groups/194023057325422/352920244769035/ God bless you.

    • I would be honored to join your Facebook group except that, at the Lord’s direction, I got off of Facebook some time ago. You are welcomed to follow my postings though if you like. Don’t ever underestimate the power of a praying mother on her knees, In fact, I have heard it said, whether or not it is true, I don;t know, but it was said that the Jesus movement of the 70’s was a result of mothers on their knees crying out for their children. Which begs the question, “where were the fathers”?

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