Tuesday, November 12, 2013


We learn from the Bible teachings that homosexuality is one of the sins most hated by God.  We can find that in both the Old Testament and the New Testament are abounding with judgment and damnation of the sin of homosexuality and its punishment.  (Genesis 19:4-24) describes the sordid saga of the sodomites and their final destruction.  In (Leviticus 18:22) the law clearly labels homosexuality as an “abomination,” and (Deuteronomy 23:17) defines male prostitutes are excluded from Israel, as well as (1 Kings 15:12) the sodomites are removed by Asa out of the land, including (Isaiah 3:9) the sin of Sodom is exposed, and (Romans 1:24-32) explains how men who are burning with homosexual lust become taken over by a depraved mind.  (1 Corinthians 6:9) identifies that homosexuals and male prostitutes will not inherit the kingdom of God.   When facing this problem, the minister’s attitude must be to love the sinner but hate the sin.  Offering God’s redemption and hope for people bound by the sin of homosexuality, to be delivered and set free for the rest of their lives as is written in (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
It is obvious through the spread of AIDS, that the severe consequences from the sin of homosexuality has been its cause, but unfortunately government refuse to acknowledge this and its spread goes unchecked.  In fact the opposite has occurred where, “The government has shown its compliance by permitting the election of homosexuals to office, by allowing children to be taught that homosexuality is merely an alternate lifestyle.  Our youth are pressured to consider the very practice for which God destroyed the twin cities of the plain centuries ago.” (Pierce, 1996, Ministerial Ethics: A Guide For Spirit-Filled Leaders, P.159).
Peter Harvey, an English Catholic theologian writes in his article from the Scottish Journal of Theology, and outlines a radical position on the nature of morality, using the Bible for the application of theory to practice, arguing “That the sacralizing of marriage marginalizes other possible forms of relationship.”  (Woodward & Pattison, 2009, P. 183).   An example given by Harvey is that of same-sex partnerships occurring which defends their ability to approximate the ideal of marriage, but fails to take seriously the variety of same-sex relationships differing from heterosexual relationships.
Harvey questions the facts whether a gay or lesbian relationship does conform to an ideal transposed from the heterosexual context, and shows his concern with its affect, on those involved becoming oppressive or liberating.  Harvey points out that, Pastoral theology is to become more committed and socio-politically aware, to meet the challenges from the perceptions of gay people, and points out that “The theological virtues of faith, hope and love need to be worked out afresh “in fear and trembling.” (Woodward & Pattison, 2009, Pastoral and Practical Theology, P. 183).
Bruce Milne author of Know the Truth affirms the need to be obedient to Scripture, and Jesus gives an example in (Matthew 19:5) that in the union of marriage they are no longer two, but one.  For God has revealed Himself and His plan and purposes for us in Christ Jesus as He has been revealed through all the Scriptures for us to know Him, then we are totally obligated to submit our lives in obedience to the Bible, in knowing truth and living it out as given in the Scriptures.

(Psalm 51:6) in the Old Testament teaches that truth is primarily a moral quality, which requires the characteristics of faithfulness and dependability in action.  We can read this same understanding from within the New Testament writings of (John 3:21; 1 John 1:6) expressing John’s concern for living and doing truth.  The Christian doctrine of authority for Christian truth  is revealed in the Scriptural evidence for all believers of Jesus Christ and His ministry on earth, to expound the Scriptures for our further understanding as He states in (Matthew 5:17) “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”  Christian truth embraces the authority of Christian doctrine as truth, by understanding Bible principles and setting one’s mind to understand the truth given in Scriptures from the Old and the New Testaments, and to obey it seriously with a passion for truth and implying a passion for obedience to truth.

Milne notes that, “In the end the doctrine of authority is eminently practical.  It confronts us with a specific challenge to obey all that the Bible teaches, all of the time.  Nothing could be more searching or down to earth than that.”  (Milne, 2004, Know The Truth, P. 66).
Retaining equality in marriage is God’s plan originally as He designed, for a “Marriage involves the consent and the intent of the will between a man and a woman.  It is a binding covenant – not a license – between one man and one woman.”  (Berkley, 1992, P. 420). 
The marriage vows taken within today’s climate are taken as a contract rather than a covenant commitment between a man and a woman.  The difference being that a marriage covenant is based upon equality in the life-long ideals of mutual love and fidelity and recognizing God’s action.  Whereas, the marriage vows viewed as a contract, does not recognize God’s apparent action but rather deals with impersonal matters.
God planned the marriage between a man and a woman and “Become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).  God commands His people in (Genesis 2:28) to leave their parents and cleave to their mates.”  Therefore, when a man and a woman are joined together in marriage, become part of God’s divine order, re-enacted and followed after the vows, by the physical consummation of their union together, has been an objective of marriage since its inception by God,  in which God fulfills our creative destiny.  The wedding ceremony when approached reverently as a worship service for both man and woman in mutual consent, glorifies God’s creative pattern, for God instituted marriage as honourable and “Sanctified marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind.”  (Berkley, 1992, Leadership Handbook Of Worship & Praise, P. 413).
Presently, there has been a shift in emphasis from marriage, to a relationship, a term being widely used and accepted due to obscurity within the distinction between legalized marriage and de-facto marriage, as both being accepted and recognized to be the equivalent version of the same thing, and is today acknowledged by the legal system for committed enduring homosexual relationships and heterosexual relationships, in which gay relationships are seeking to receive equality in marriage as in heterosexual marriages.  This is evident from 1994, when the country’s pre-eminent counseling service, the board of the Marriage Guidance Council of Australia changed its name to Relationships Australia, as foreseeing the future reality that marriage would be included in the many forms of relationships, sexual and otherwise.  (Mackay, Advance Australia Where…, 2007).

Dennis and Barbara Rainey are co-founders of Family Life international ministry, whose mission is to build Godly marriages and families created on the principle that the family provides the foundation for society, and as Christians we are told in the Bible to believe that God and not man created marriage, and marriage between a man and a woman was the first institution designed by God as a sacred covenant and life-long.  The Bible clearly states that marriage is a legally binding public declaration of commitment and a private consummation between one man and one woman and never, between the same sex.  God gives a wife to a husband and a husband to a wife, receiving one another as God’s unique and personal provision to meet the mutual needs of each other.
We must believe and declare that the marriage commitment must be upheld in our culture today as God’s sacred institution as the truest sense of spiritual, emotional and physical intimacy, so that men and women can become one as described in (Genesis 2: 18-25; Ephesians 5:30-32; 1 Corinthians 7:3; Matthew 19:4-6; Proverbs 27:17; Romans 1:26, 27; 8:29; Hebrews 13:4;  Matthew 22:30; Deuteronomy 24:5; Song of Solomon) for the purpose God created marriage of couples to glorify God as one flesh, enjoying sexual pleasures, and parenting godly children.  “As iron sharpens iron, we believe God uses marriage to sharpen a man and a woman into the image of Jesus Christ.  Just as the Trinity reflects equal worth with differing roles, we believe that God created a man and a woman with equal worth but with differing roles and responsibilities (Genesis 2:18-25).”  (Rainey & Rainey, 2007, Family Life Marriage Bible, P. 9).
The Bible does not allow sin to be swept under the carpet in the case of homosexuals or lesbians who are professing Christians.  We must address the gay issue with professing Christians thoughtfully and carefully, and my responsibility as a Christian is to point those who are gay professing Christians to Christ, who calls them to a biblical sexuality, which God designed to be expressed through the sexual union of marriage, which is only between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24) “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one.” (GNT). (Dawson, The Complete Evangelism Guidebook, 2008).

"Anyone who finds they have committed any of these sordid lifestyle in their own lifestyle, I now invite you to repent and ask God's forgiveness so that He may remove any generational curses you have inherited on this account, or your families for that matter:

*"Lord Jesus you alone are our God and Saviour. We acknowledge our sins on account of our sordid lifestyle and that of sordid lifestyle handed down to us through generational curses from our ancestors and forebears.

Lord Jesus we alone have no chance to be freed from such curses, but through you Jesus "All things are possible" (Matthew 19:26). So we submit our life, our will to be conformed to your standards, with the renewal of our mind, that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God according to your Scriptures in (Romans 12:2).

Help us Jesus to be the kind of person you want us to be, and save us Jesus, save us from all our sins, Amen! So be it Lord Jesus do it, and may your grace Jesus through the Holy Spirit sanctify us for your service in our lives to behave like Christians (Romans 12:9) to "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good."

In Christ Jesus we now entrust our life, and we now draw the bloodline of Jesus over the whole lots!"





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