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LGBT Movement: Part 2

Alright all, here is another segment concerning the LGBT objections.  It is our prayer that the Lord will use this material to edify the body of Christ concerning the attacks against God’s Word concerning the Gospel.

LGBT Objection: Jesus never spoke out against Homosexuality.

Response:

  • To answer this question, we need to understand the doctrine of the Trinity.  Jesus who is the second person of the Trinity, was behind the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18-19) and the very person behind the prohibition against Homosexuals (Lev. 18:22; 20:13).  To deny that reality is to deny the eternality of Christ.  He was at creation. In fact, the world would not be a present reality if it was not for Christ (Col. 1:17).  Apostle John referred to His eternality in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  He is described as the Word being with the Father not only at creation, but before creation.  If that is not enough, Jesus Himself mentioned his eternality in John 8:58 when confronted by the Jews.  “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.'”  He was alive before Abraham was born.   In principle, we clearly know that Jesus was present at the condemnation of Sodom and Gomorrah and was the authoritative base that provided the prohibitions against homsexuality in Leviticus 18:22; 20:13.
  • It’s true that there are no statements in the NT of Jesus specifically giving an isolated condemnation against homosexuality. However, this is where they err by misrepresenting Scripture.  They are guilty of begging the question. To deny that Jesus never gave prohibitions against homosexuality is to deny the indissolubility of their union.  They can never be divided.  The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit never works against one another.  They are always in harmony no matter the topic.  An eternal God demands an eternal sovereign will.  The God-head is never one step behind one another.
  • Food for thought for LGBT proponents. Just because Jesus did not address isolated sins individually such as rape, incest, bestiality, etc., are we to say that He sanctioned them?  That is faulty hermeneutics.  There are many things Jesus did and said, but they were never recorded (John 21:25).
  • By the way, Jesus, the God-man, in His hypostatic union, mentioned many of those sins (not individually) in Matthew Matt. 15:15-20; Mark 7:21-23.  It is not presented in the liking of the LGBT proponents, but He did address homosexuality.  It is found in this key word: πορνεία (porneia).  The word has a broad range that covers every kind of immorality, including beastiality (immoral intercourse with a beast), immoral intercourse with a close relative, etc.   Imagine one was to debate over the statement: “Congratulations Warriors, you are 2015 NBA Champions.”  The conjecture from the critic would be that it is not in reference to every single player in the Warriors uniform.  That would be a far-fetched conclusion because in context in terms of how that congratulatory term is used, has been predominately implemented in reference to every single player in the team. Even though the congratulatory remark does not list the individual names, it does not mean it was not addressed to every player.  The same logic applies to the passages in Matthew 15:15-20 and Mark 7:21-23, whereby the word porneia is used.  Jesus was condemning all of the sexually deviate behaviors.  Beloved, Christ is eternal.  He is truth.  He is holy.  He will never contradict Himself.
  • If the argument upholds the notion that Jesus was not against homosexuality because there was no individually isolated prohibitions, then that same ill logic needs to apply to other sins that Jesus did not address individually: pederasty, bestiality, necromancy, etc.  You see, the attempt to excuse homosexuality is nothing short of revisionist history.  They fall into a slippery slop when they blaspheme the institute of marriage as defined by God.
  • Why did Jesus condemn homosexuality?  He repudiated it because it was an abominable act that went against Gen. 2:22-24.  The fact that God made them “male and female” which was anchored in the foundation of creation, predicated against polygamy and any other deviant sexual lifestyles.  Hence, there is no condoning of same-sex relationship nor any room for more than two persons.  To do so would violate the permanent bond of the one-flesh union.  Only a monogamous relationship between a man and a woman can achieve the permanent bond of the one-flesh union.  To open-up the doors for same-sex relationships would entail a hostile act against the Gospel.  In fact, the Gospel only became a reality because the woman would bear a seed–the seed who would be Christ (Gen. 3:15).  And Christ would be the example for His people of how a marriage between a man and woman looks (Eph. 5:22-33). No one in the face of the earth held onto the definition marriage to the highest esteem than Jesus Christ did.  Remember what He said to the religious leaders in Matthew 19?

Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” And He answered and said,“Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” ~ NASB

Next will be part 4.

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This book is well researched. It provides a well balance view on both sides.  The authors are clear with the contents they represent when interacting for example, the different types of homosexual orientation.  For example, it is not only the deeds that are addressed, but also the desire for the same sex which is sinful.  One fascinating study which LGBT will consider antiquated is the civil law that pertains to death penalty for grave sins and the authors addresses it by discussing the role of the civil law.  This well-researched book will help readers, who are seeking to gain a deeper grasp of the issues at hand.

This book is a must read for all Christians who love and care for homosexuals.  It also deals with the discontinuity and continuity of the laws in the Old Testament and its perspective and implications on the high rank-and-file sin of homosexuality.  You will go into a theological excursion of the moral, ceremonial, and the civil law when the authors embark upon the Old Testament.  And it interacts with some of the deceiving tactics of the LGBT’s use of Scripture (eisegesis: imparting their own thoughts into the text). Anyone who twists the Word of God in order to make hard truths palatable to society stand in the hot seat of God’s judgment. In this book, you have examples of two men who are graced and granted by God the gift of teaching in order to smell out twisted thinking that spans categorical fallacies and heresies from not only the LGBT “movement” (a 900 pound gorilla that has a goal to destroy the church), but also those who profess faith in Christ.  The book’s truth claims are not based upon a hot and emotionally imbalanced rhetoric, but substance that has been mined over the years from a stable discipline of studying in the Word of God and its interaction with critical sources.  I would recommend you purchasing this book because it will get you acquainted with the arguments that is swirling around. This book will expose to you the information that is derived from the emotionally and subjective arguments that are based on man-centered theology rather than the serious study of God-honoring exegesis and hermeneutics.   You don’t have to be a Greek scholar, but as Christians, we can’t afford to be sloppy or careless (2 Tim. 2:15) with this issue facing our nation.

I pray that this wonderful resource will provide the gateway for you to learn more about this issue and get more acquainted with the passages that the LGBT twist to their own demise.

Also have a Bible handy because the authors will be interacting extensively with the Book of the Leviticus and the Book of Romans.  The book will also stretch out your understanding of the law of God.  That is a major point of the book when discussing the Book of Leviticus and its implications upon the New Testament text.  I believe you will come out a sharper student of the Word when reading the author’s interaction with the biblical text.

Book: AMAZON

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Beginning next next Sunday (not tommorow but the Sunday after) we will have a short Sunday Biblical series that look at various motif of the Church.  I think what we can gain from this study is how important is the church in God’s view which leads us to see the importance of the Church also in our lives.  Pray for the preparation for this short study!

 

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Part 1

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We’re continuing with our series on a Biblical Theology of Hands.  We’ve seen earlier that Scripture often shows the hands of men shows our sins.  But what does the Hands of the Lord show?

Our first point concerning the Hands of the Lord is that it shows He is powerful.

  1. The hand of the Lord is Powerful
    1. Point: When we look at what the Bible has to say about the Hand of God, we see His Divine Power.
    2. Proof
      1. First reference to the Hand of God appear in a Prophecy concerning Joseph’s descendants (Genesis 49:22-26)
        1. Future prediction that his descendants will be harassed militarily (23)
        2. But a prophecy of hope: “But his bow remained firm, And his arms were agile, From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),” (24)
          1. Divine titles of the Messiah here:
            1. the Mighty One of Jacob
            2. the Shepherd
            3. the Stone of Israel
          2. Note the reason that Joseph’s line can remain strong is “From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
      2. Exodus fromEgypt
        1. God told Moses before it happened: “So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles which I shall do in the midst of it; and after that he will let you go.” (Exodus 3:20)
        2. Exodus 7:16-18: “ You shall say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness. But behold, you have not listened until now.” 17 Thus says the Lord, “By this you shall know that I am the Lord: behold, I will strike [a]the water that is in the Nile with the staff that is in my hand, and it will be turned to blood. 18 The fish that are in the Nile will die, and the Nile will [b]become foul, and the Egyptians will [c]find difficulty in drinking water from the Nile.”’
          1. Note how in verse 17 makes it clear Moses’ hand of judgment was God’s Hand of Judgment.
          2. What the hands of the Lord is able to do is frightening as indicated in verse 18.
          3. This is another indication of the power of the Lord.
        3. See also Exodus 9:3, and the Song of Moses that sings praise of God’s Deliverance and protection (Exodus 15:6,12).
  1. Practice
    1. Do you trust in God’s Sovereign power?
    2. Be comforted the same Hand of God that was with Moses is with us today.
    3. Have you sang to the Lord in awe and praise of his Power?

Part 3

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It seems to be the most quoted Bible verse: Do Not Judge.

Yet it is probably one of most misinterpreted verse in our life and time.

Here’s a good short video:

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Michael Kruger

Michael Kruger has given a lecture at Clearwater Christian College on February 13th, 2015 on the Self-Authenticating Scripture.  This is an important lecture.  I appreciate his nuance and distinction between Self-Authentication versus Self-Attestation of Scripture.  Self-Authentication is not just merely self-attestation which refers to what Scripture has to say about itself although it does not conflict with it.  Self-Authentication refers to the quality, attribute and character of Scripture that bear out it’s own Divine Origin.  It is synonymous with “self-evidencing.”

Watch it:

Hope you learn from it!

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Introduction

Police officers are always observing people’s hands.  Are they reaching for a weapon?  The suspects’ hands are clenching-is the suspect ready to strike?  Are they hiding something?  Why are their knuckles bloodied?  There is a reason why when an officer pulls someone over they tell them to make sure our hands are clearly visible holding the steering wheel.  Our hands reveal a lot about who we are.  With what you do in your life what does your hands tell us about you?

The Bible has a lot to say about hands, the word appears in almost every book in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and I believe it all anticipates Jesus Christ.  How?  That is the subject of this series.  I think it does but we must do so taking the Bible in its context and then showing the need of a Savior and how the Savior  accomplished things that are only meant for the Hands of God. Again to state the purpose of this series for the next few weeks on Sundays: We will be looking at what the Bible has to say about hands from Genesis to Revelation so that we would be awe at how the books in the Bible anticipates Jesus Christ as Savior of our sins and we truly trust in Jesus as Savior.

But for today, the purpose of this post is to answer the following question:  What does the Bible has to say about the hands of men?  And from there what does that say about human nature and about us?

  1. The hands of man reveal man’s sinful nature
    1. Point: When we look at what the Bible has to say about the hands of men, we see sin and our need for a Savior.
    2. Proof
      1. For the sake of time we will survey only some of the passages in Genesis.  We see that the creativity of what man’s sinfulness is capable of doing is not something new to our times but have occurred for a long time.
      2. First sin of Adam and Eve
        1. Adam and Eve sinned by eating the forbidden fruit in the Tree. It presupposes the use of their hands in sinning.
        2. Note Genesis 3:22 is first reference of hands and what God says about his hand: “Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever
      3. The hands of men are capable of murder: Cain murders Abel
        1. First murder is recorded in Genesis 4.
        2. Note Genesis 3:22 is our second reference of hands and what God says about Cain’s hand: “Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
      4. The hands of men are capable of being used to oppose others: Prediction of Ishmael’s hands against his brothers (Genesis 6:12)
      5. The hands of men are capable of being used to deceive others: Jacob deceives his father with false hairy hands to get his brother’s blessings (Genesis 27:22-23)
      6. The hands of men are capable of being used for violence: Story of Joseph and his brothers’ harm (Genesis 37:21-22, 27)
      7. The hands of a woman is capable of trickery: Story of Tamar’s prostitution and set up against Tamar (Genesis 38:18,20,28-30)
      8. The hands of a woman is capable of seduction and deception: Story of Joseph and Master’s wife (Genesis 39:12-13)
  1. Practice
    1. Early in human history Genesis record how sinful man can be; nothing is new today in terms of sinfulness. Do you recognize man’s sinfulness?
    2. Do you recognize your own sinfulness?  What does the actions of your own hands reveal?
    3. If you feel sick reading the book of Genesis with what man’s hands are capable of, then you should have a better appreciate the place for God’s law, Holiness and Wrath.
    4. Yet we must also realize God’s Wrath will be set against us because of what our hands and hearts have done.  We need a Savior who will save us from our sins and the punishment due us for our sins.  That Savior is Jesus Christ.

 

Beginning next week we will see the Hands of the Lord more closely….

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