Slippery Slope of Destruction

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I am deeply saddened this week. America is sliding down a very slippery slope of destruction. The SCOTUS ruled last week that same-sex marriage is the legal right of every person. Another, laugh in God’s face. Men and women today cannot possibly understand the implications of what they have done. It sickens me to consider how our leaders have led, and continue to lead, us down this highway to Sodom and Gomorrah. God will soon pass judgment on this nation and those who do not head His warning will suffer.

The celebration is simple by those who pronounce Love Has Won. Even those who are not homosexual bark celebration out. Don’t you want them to be happy they ask? They have a right to the same happiness as everyone else. Along with this new happiness they believe that everyone must approve of their actions. As a follower of Christ we cannot, and will not, approve of their actions. Yes, Jesus commands that we love one another and so we do not condemn you. Only Christ can do that. We love you as a creation of our Father but we cannot accept your sin as valid. God will not either.

Let me say first that God does want us to be happy. However, He has never guaranteed our happiness. It is by our fallen nature men seek to run their own lives and cast off the demands of God he has upon each of us. Romans 1:18-32 talks about the why and the response of God towards men who reject Him. God promises one a happy life including his own as he promises we will be persecuted and suffer just as He was. We are promised eternal happiness in heaven as our reward for enduring. What makes man happy is pleasure and he loves self-gratification rather than God (2 Timothy 3:1-5). The Word of God will judge the inhabitants of this world and we are told that those apart from Christ are storing up wrath against themselves. God will not be mocked. What a man sows that will he also reap.

It is here I want to explain what God says about one of the many arguments in favor of homosexual marriage. The lie that is being spread is this: Homosexual marriage is no different than the 1960’s fight for interracial marriage.

Most of the people who speak this lie were not even around in the 1960’s. Like most, someone came up with this comparison and so have justified homosexual marriage. First of all the racial issues of the 1960’s, intermarriage being one, was more about the mores of the time. The equal rights battle was being fiercely fought. Some pastors and laymen argued the Bible said it was sin to intermarry. Of course, like so many today they don’t read their Bibles, they play pick-a-verse.

The scriptures used are these: Deuteronomy 7:3-4 “You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to theirs sons or taking their daughter for your son’s for they would turn away your sons from following me to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you and he would destroy you…”

Malachi 2:11 “Judah has been unfaithful, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the Lord, which He loves, & has married the daughter of a foreign god.” (Try placing your name in place of Judah, and America in place of Israel, remembering that the sanctuary is more your heart, where God dwells, than that of a building).

2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership had righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

The 1960’s was a troublesome decade. Nowhere in the Word of God can I find that God commanded one to not marry within another race based on skin color. God’s only concern was for His children to be equally yoked based on the fact that each was a believer in Him.

There is a huge difference between the 1960’s interracial marriage battle and that of God’s law concerning same-sex marriage. Let’s look at the Word of God.

Leviticus 18:22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”

Leviticus 20:13 “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

Romans 1:24-32 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”

These verses teach us that homosexuality is the result of denying and disobeying God. When People continue in sin He gives them over to show them the futility and hopelessness of life apart from God.

He does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexual because of sin (Romans 1: 24-32) and ultimately because of their own choice. Yes, someone may be born with susceptibility to homosexuality, just as some are born to violence, defiance, etc. That does not excuse the persons choice of sin by giving in to the desire. Still, it is his choice as to act on these feelings by allowing others to feed him a lie that it is what God wants for his happiness.

The Bible does not say that homosexuality is a greater sin than others. Sin is sin and offensive to God. In 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 we read a list of some sins that keep people separated from God, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” Homosexuality is only one of them.

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 The good news is the Word of God says forgiveness is just as available to the homosexual as it is to an   adulterer or a murderer. God promises the strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ for his or her salvation. Here are a few of those scriptures:

1 Corinthians 6:11(Notice this falls right behind the previous two verses we mentioned before) “And that is what some of you were. 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.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

God, in His love, knows that our conscience needs to be freed from our guilt and condemnation. He understands that forgiveness of sins is our greatest need. In the ultimate act of love, God sent His Son Jesus. He suffered not only the pain of our wrongs, but also paid for their consequences in order that we may have forgiveness available to us when we sin. All you need to do is accept His free gift of grace and forgiveness.

In His love, God knew that our conscience needed to be freed from guilt and condemnation. He knew that forgiveness of sins was our greatest need. In the ultimate act of love, God not only suffered the pain of our wrongs, but also paid for their consequences in order that we may have forgiveness offered to us when we sin. All we need to do is to accept His free gift of forgiveness.

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Perhaps you have stumbled upon this web page looking for a prayer of forgiveness to soothe a tormented soul. For all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, forgiveness has been freely given. If we acknowledge our wrongs and ask for forgiveness, God will forgive us – no questions asked: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

If you understand that you are a sinner, and you believe that Jesus Christ came as the one and only Redeemer of sin, then you understand the prayer of forgiveness. The question is – are you ready to implement the prayer, by receiving God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ? If so, believe in Christ, repent of your sins, and commit the rest of your life to Him as Lord:

Want you please go to Him now? If you do not know how to pray perhaps this simple prayer can help:

 “Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

If you need help or have questions you can contact First Independent Methodist Church, via our church web page found at madisonmethodist.com.

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Note: some thoughts are borrowed from:
http://www.gotquestions.org/homosexuality-Bible.html
http://www.allaboutgod.com/prayer-of-forgiveness.htm

 

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Happy Fathers Day

Mark & Ryan Waters

Mark & Ryan Waters

Dad is the most Godly man I personally know. He is the greatest influence in my life, and I am so glad I’m lucky enough to call him Dad. He is always there when I need help with anything I am doing. He is the rock of our family that holds us together. He keeps the roof over our head and food on our table. I am so grateful for having such a strong, Godly man as my father.

Ryan (Waters)

Krista & Ronnie Richmond

Krista & Ronnie Richmond

My dad has been there through it all. From when I was in the NICU to now, he has never given up on me. He’s taught me how to stand on my own two feet but also to ask for help when I need it. He’s shown me that once I put my heart into something like school to never give up and do it to the complete best of my ability. He’s shown me to be patient with others and that a simple hug can make all the difference.

Krista (Richmond)

Suzie & Mark Waters

Mark Waters… how can I even put into the words what this man means to me and our children?  This will be inadequate but I’ll make an effort.I met Mark when we were both 17 and dated until we married at age 21.  We started our family when we were 22, inviting our precious Ryan into the world.  At 24 we welcomed Princess and at 26 we finished our perfect little family with Reuben.  Mark was hands on from the minute Ryan was born!  He has always gone above and beyond as a Dad!  Our lives here in this home revolve around each other, which wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Mark taking the roll of husband and father to heart like he has.  He is a rock and I am blessed to call him my husband and the father of our children!

~ Suzie (Waters)

Ashley & Ronnie Richmond

Ashley & Ronnie Richmond

Daddy,

Thank you for everything you do for me. Thank you for always pushing me to strive for my very best in everything that I do. Thank you for always being there for me no matter what. Thank you for always giving me advice and listening to me when I have a problem. I know that I don’t always show it but I appreciate everything that you do for Momma, Krista and me. Thank you for always working so hard to give us a good life. I don’t know what I would do without you! I love you and hope you have a great Fathers Day!

Ashley (Richmond)

Edward Oldham & Sons

Edward Oldham & Sons

Dear Dad:

I have so much I want to thank you for. You have given the vitality of life to me through your instruction as a child, discipline as a teenager and continued support as a man. I want to thank you for the tradition of Saturday morning pancakes that are now a part of my own family.

For the times when I was wrong and my conduct was unbecoming that of being called your son. For the times that you held me and comforted me. For the times that you disciplined in such a way that I always knew you loved me. For this I say, “Thanks Dad.”

I appreciate the hard work you did. The hours of study, the hours of visitation with your flock. The way you did not let your frustration get you down even when it seemed the whole world was against you.

As I child I never quite understood why we were always moving and uprooting our family. Now as an adult, I fully understand that to follow Christ is to obey Him, even when we do not know why. I thank you for your obedience, for it is “In Him” that your love toward me will continue to guide and instruct.

It is for one particular gift that you gave that I am most thankful. It was not yours to give but only to provide. That provision was presented in the introducing of Jesus Christ. For the gift was given in God’s Grace. It was your example of Christian faith that helps me, still, understand more fully the Grace I do not deserve.

I remember many years ago, you stated how much you miss Papa. That even though you miss him so much, the first thing you want to do when you get to heaven is meet Jesus. After you have your questions answered then you are going to spend eternity with Papa. You told me this before Granny died. I picture in my mind’s eye your arrival at the “Pearly Gates”. And right behind St. Peter stands not only Papa and Granny, but all your brothers and sisters, and my John Andrew. All with a big smile and arms stretched out to welcome you home.

Tell them I miss them all and will be there someday. For now it is my turn to wait. I will see you again. Until then I have a life to live, a family to raise and our God to follow.

Thanks for being my Dad and my example of faithfulness, a hero of the faith. Now that you are gone I pray that I can carry this mantle you have provided and pass it on to your grandchildren.

I Love You and Will Forever Miss You!!

Andy (Oldham)

 

Princess & Mark Waters

Princess & Mark Waters

Dad,
You are the absolute best dad a girl could ask for. I owe you so much
(not only with money ). You have always been there to talk things through with
me, calm me down, make sure I feel loved, and sooo much more. There are no words
that could adequately explain how much I love you and how much you mean to me.

Princess (Waters)

Doug & Hannah Pierce

Doug & Hannah Pierce

Deddy,

Thank you so much for your unconditional love. You are my twin. We love the same everything! You’re my encourager. You’re my leader. You’re the example of the husband I hope to have. You’re faith inspires me every day. You’re heart makes me want to love more people. You’re hard work pushes me to try harder. I can’t express to you what it means to have such a Godly father for us to look up to. Thank you for always questioning my friends (even though sometimes I hate it) to make sure they are in the right place in life. My friends adore you.

Thank you for always being there for me no matter what. You always want the best for us. That means so much to me. Thank you for always being the most supportive dad we could ever ask for. Every job/major I have thought to be one day, you have pushed me to go for it. I love that you are always there for us for anything we need. Thank you for always transferring money when I need it ☺ and always being on me when my account is low. You’re always looking out for us.

I can’t thank you enough for loving me so much. I hope one day my future husband will be the father you are.

I will always treasure the times you came back and apologized for my spankings, when we gardened together, when we went on fishing trips (and Reed fell in), when we ate peppers together, when you taught me how to ski, when you surprised us with a snack every time we got off the bus, when you snuck money to me, when we ate bad stuff the times mom left, when you built us a tree house (and fell in the back of your truck), when you did a back flip and hit your back on a rock trying to save me from drowning in the mountains, when you surprised us with Max, when you drove the bus and every body thought my dad was cool, and so much more!!! You have done SO much for us!

As I get married next year, you’ll always be the first man I ever loved. Thank you for setting standards so high for the guys I dated. It helped me end up with someone as awesome as you. I will always come to you for advice and encouragement. I know I will always carry everything you have taught me. I don’t tell you enough, but I love you SO much more than you know. I think the world of you. You are the best dad I could ever ask for. I thank God every day for you! Happy Father’s Day! I hope you have the best one yet!!!

Love,

The only daughter who calls their dad “Deddy”

(Hannah Pierce)

 Reuben & Mark Waters

My dad, Mark Waters, is the absolute best dad in the world. He has been there for me through everything and has always provided for me no matter what. From being my boss and getting me out of trouble to being my coach and winning back-to-back championships he has been the best role model in my life. He has taught me how to be a gentleman and I hope and pray that I will be as much of a man as he is one day.

Reuben (Waters)