The church in America is missing its greatest opportunity for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit! The reason is because we are offending God at every turn.
Two weeks ago I posted two posts:
The scripture tells us in the books of Jude and Revelation that there will come a time when the spirit of Balaam will be released in the church.
What is the spirit of Balaam? Most people think he was a greedy prophet, but not just that; Balaam would press God until he got his way.
Can you imagine a time when God might change His mind and grant approval for one these commandments to be violated? Excerpt from this post
Can you imagine that? Can you imagine God saying, “Oh, okay. I guess it is okay for you to commit adultery in this case. It’s okay.”
“It’s okay, go ahead and steal that. It’s okay.”
“Oh, I understand that their god has a different name, so I’m going to go ahead and let you worship Me by that name. Its okay.”
There are people in America who are translating the Scriptures using Allah. They say, “Well that’s just the name of God.” No it’s not, its the name of an idol!
And God says that He is a jealous God for His name.
And yet in my post “Does God Ever Say Maybe” I wrote about 4 Christian leaders who have decided to embrace the LGBT community in their churches, or at the very least who have chosen to remain silent on this very important issue in the body of Christ right now.
But what do we make of the following scriptures?
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22
There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. Deuteronomy 23:17
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 homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (emphasis mine) 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Explain something to me.
The pastor at City Church in San Francisco said that one of the reasons why they were opening the door to LGBT to participate in the church and have full membership is because God was flooding their doors with LGBT Christians. How do you reconile that with the fact that the holy Scriptures say that homosexuals and sodomites will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
How can Go be flooding your doors with LGBT Christians when God says that those kind of people will not inherit the kingdom of God?
How can a pastor stand before His church family and say that we’re welcoming into the family LGBT Christians but you have to remain faithful, live holy lives? How can you live a faithful and holy life when Almighty God calls their lifestyle an abomination?
This is a blatant rewrite of the holy Scripture!
And it offends God that the church is opening itself up to such moral impurity!
And it doesn’t start with a pastor overnight. It starts with the church family opening their heart to moral impurity in their lives in little ways.
“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.”
And we have endured moral impurity through movies, books, magazines, videos and the Internet; we have paid to entertain ourselves with nudity and vulgarity and open expression of immorality. We have allowed into our homes through our televisions the portrayal of homosexuality. We have allowed our sons and daughters to be educated from Kindergarten through High School over and over and over the pressure to accept, tolerate, to be open and to understand that they’re just born that way.
God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!
It blows my mind that a man thinks he can go and have surgery and enlarge his breasts and change his hairstyle and start wearing makeup and think that it makes him a woman.
This doesn’t make you a woman. It makes you a very broken individual. A tragic individual. You can’t be transgender! That is a lie from the enemy.
Church. we have to wake up! We are offending God at every turn!
If you are 20 and under, everything you’ve heard from the time you were a small child has pressed you to accept homosexuality, lesbianism, transgender individuals. What is happening now is an epidemic in gospel-preaching churches, evangelical and Pentecostal that is pressuring us to believe that maybe God does make them that way, and we do need to accept and embrace them because they can be Christian.
I want to tell you as gently and graciously as I know how, but firmly:
It doesn’t match the Word of God!
It is a lie!
And yet the argument comes back that what I’m saying is from the Old Testament and that grace changed all of that. No! The verses above are from the New Testament as well as the Old Testament.
Grace does not embrace sin!
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:1-4
Walk in newness of life!!
He delivers from alcoholism, from drug addiction, from bitterness and anger, from adultery and fornication…
…and He delivers you from homosexuality!
Almighty God makes a new creation!
Read more posts on this subject here: Homosexuality and the Church