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AN ANSWER TO A QUESTION ASKED BY A RADIO LISTENER

I received the following letter from a listener of THE GOSPEL HOUR aired on Sundays. The letter was concerning homosexuality and the churches. I answered the letter on THE GOSPEL HOUR Sunday 10 August, 2003. The letter is given in full below and then my answer. This is a subject we cannot avoid.

Dear Pastor Bennett,

I listen to your show most Sundays and enjoy your Biblical stand for any subject. And so I write now for you to put to air the views of the Christian faith as regards to gay and lesbian relationships and also as very much to the point right now of sanctioning them within "the church".

A "Sodom and Gomorrah" reminder may help.

Please talk on the subject as Iím sure you will as to its being an offence to God.

A Good Listener

Godís Word and Homosexuality

This is a subject that is being debated almost daily in and out of the churches. Here are a couple of news reports from this past week concerning this subject.

In the Daily Telegraph 8 August 2003 we read the following story. I will be making some comments through the reading of the article. The article is:

ARCHBISHOP BACKS GAY TALKS

AN Anglican leader has compared moves to allow gay clergy and same-sex marriages to major church rethinks such as opposition to slavery and the dropping of the flat-earth theory.

Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane Dr Phillip Aspinall, writing in the latest edition of church newspaper Focus, said church members needed to reflect on a move in Canada to authorise a service to bless same-sex couples and the election of an openly gay bishop in the United States.

Dr Aspinall said the church needed to use reason and experience to interpret the Bible and tradition. (REMEMBER WHAT I SAID A FEW WEEKS AGO ABOUT BIBLE INTERPRETATION? I SAID "WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE OF SCRIPTURE MAKES COMMON SENSE, SEEK NO OTHER SENSE, BUT TAKE EVERY WORD IN ITS PRIMAMRY, LITERAL MEANING UNLESS THE FACTS OF THE IMMEDIATE CONTEXT CLEARLY INDICATE OTHERWISE.)

He said the church initially forced Galileo to recant his views on early astronomy and for a large part of the past 2,000 years the church permitted slavery. (A Bible believing Christian would have never doubted the earth being round for we read in Isaiah 40: 22 "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth")

In the 1970s and 1980s the church changed its view on the question of whether divorced people should be allowed to remarry and in the 1990s women were allowed to be ordained as clergy. (I dealt with women as ministers a few weeks ago as well. Read the qualifications for a Bishop in 1 Timothy 3.)

"This is not simply the church caving in to external pressures to conform to the sinful ways of the world," Dr Aspinall said.

"We believe that in each of these situations the (Holy) Spirit has led the church more deeply into the truth, as Jesus promised would happen. (Does this man know what truth is? Jesus said in John 17: 17 "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." The Holy Spirit never contradicts the Word and Words of God as found in the Bible.)

"I think we must admit the possibility, at least, that a similar process may be unfolding in relation to homosexuality."

Dr Aspinall said although some sections of the Bible seemed to condemn gay sex, the church needed to recognise that "we do know now more than the biblical authors knew in their age about homosexuality". (This is apostasy, which is a departure from the faith once delivered to the saints. Let me read what Godís Word says, 2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration (THAT IS BREATHED OUT BY GOD HIMSELF) of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." Then in 2Pe 1:21 "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." Then the apostle says in 1Co 10:11 "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples" to us. This Bishop does not believe his Bible).

"That must be taken into account as must the experience of homosexual people who are committed to Christ and the church and who do not believe they are called to celibacy," Dr Aspinall said." (A CHRISTIAN DOES NOT GO SO MUCH BY EXPERIENCE AS BY THE WORD OF GOD. THE BIBLE IS OUR SOLE RULE OF FAITH AND PRACTICE.)

Then from Sermon Audio.com for 7 August 2003 we read this story concerning the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

"LUTHERANS (ELCA) VOTE TO ACCEPT HOMOSEXUALS

The main youth organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted at its national conference to welcome members of all sexual orientations.

The National Lutheran Youth Organization, which includes high-school age members from all ELCA's synods nationwide, also approved resolutions supporting same-sex unions and the ordination of gay clergy in committed relationships."

Then closer to home, here in Australia the Uniting Church has approved practicing homosexuals into places of leadership in their denomination.

We have seen what the churches are doing but now what does the Word of God say?

First I want you to listen very carefully or read the passages given so you will see exactly what Godís Word is saying to us.

In the not too distant past homosexuality was known as sodomy and homosexuals were known as Sodomites. Both were pretty much abhorred by society and rejected by the churches of all denominations as qualified for church leadership.

The terms sodomy and sodomites are the names I will use rather than homosexual or gay. It should be emphasized that the Bible says in Genesis 1:27 that "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Let it be well understood God in the beginning made a man and a woman. These two, Adam and Eve, are the parents for the whole of mankind. As some have said, perhaps sarcastically, God made Adam and Eve, and not Adam and Steve.

The Lord Jesus confirms the Genesis account in Mark 10:6 saying "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female." Procreation is via man and woman not woman and woman or man and man which are impossible. Note Genesis 3:20 where we read "And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living."

The name Sodomite was given those who lived in the city of Sodom which was located near the Dead Sea. Of those living in Sodom we read in Genesis 13:13 "But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly." Romans 3:23 states all are sinners but the Scriptures describe these people in Sodom as not just sinners but (1) exceedingly (2) wicked (3) sinners. Five chapters later we read in Genesis 18:20 "And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous." The wickedness of Sodom and its inhabitants travelled all the way from earth to heaven. Matthew Henry, who lived and wrote Bible commentaries many years ago, said Sodomy "was the most unnatural and abominable wickedness that they were now set upon, a sin that still bears their name, and is called Sodomy."

In Genesis 19: 24, 25, we read of Sodomís destruction by God. Those verses say "Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground."

Other verses telling of Sodomís demise are:

2Pe 2:6 "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly." Note the destruction of these cities is an example to others who would live ungodly lives. From this it is seen that sodomy is ungodly and those who perform such are ungodly. Have we learned from this example? I think not.

Jude 1:7 "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."

Jude describes sodomy as going after "strange flesh" which will end in eternal fire. From this it can be absolutely said that sodomites will not inherit heaven but eternal fire. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary makes this remark "going after strange flesh--departing from the course of nature, and going after that which is unnatural. In later times the most enlightened heathen nations indulged in the sin of Sodom without compunction or shame."

Listen now as I read Romans 1: 24-27 "Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness (impurity) through the lusts (in this case lusts means unbalanced desires) of their own hearts, to dishonour (disgrace) their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (THIS IS LESBIANISM)

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly (shameful, disgraceful, indecent, improper), and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet." Those committing such ungodly acts will receive a payback in emotional and physical disorders which come from such a lifestyle.

In Australia we are being 'homosexualized' and manipulated by the media that this is just another lifestyle. It is a lifestyle condemned by God and Godís Word.

The good news is that Jesus Christ came to save sinners such as me and those caught up in homosexuality. 1 Timothy 1:15 "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."

If you are caught in the trap of homosexuality or any other sin turn from your sins and turn to Christ. Right now, wherever you may be, tell God you admit you are a sinner and you believe Jesus Christ came and paid the debt for your sins and you right now accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Then thank God for saving you. If you have done that let me know so I can pray with and for you as you seek to live for Christ. I also invite you to study the Bible each Sunday at 2.30pm with us at the CWA Hall here in Gilgandra.

If you have a Bible question please write to me Pastor David C. Bennett, WAR FM, Gilgandra.
 

 
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Missionaries David and Pamela Bennett

The Bennetts Serving the Lord in Australia Since 1979.

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