Archive for June, 2015

Churches Can Blame Themselves For Friday’s Supreme Court Ruling

June 29, 2015

If you are a believer, don’t act so surprised at Friday’s Supreme Court’s decision to allow gay marriage. This was brought on at least partly by the great majority of churches compromising on divorce and remarriage (Matt 19:9, Rom 7:2-3) over the last few decades. After all, if you can accept adulterous marriages into the church (II John 9-11), why not gay marriages?

A couple of quotes are in order:

· “Some conservative groups believe that divorced people who marry another spouse are living in sin. However, the number of divorces in the United States has led most denominations away from that teaching.” (Anthony Dunnavant in the Orange County California Register)

· “Why was I willing to let so many divorced and remarried couples know that they are welcome and wanted while refusing that same welcome to gay and lesbian couples? How could I say to the remarried couples, whose second marriage was clearly condemned by the plain meaning of scripture, ‘You are welcome and wanted,’ while saying to the two mothers raising their adopted child together, ‘I love you, but I hate your sin’?” (Ken Wilson, founding preacher of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor)

If we are going to stand for God’s truth that gay marriages should be terminated (Rom 1:26-27), we are going to have to do the same with adulterous marriages (Mark 6:17-18) to be consistent.

The Word “Except” In Matt 5:32 Proves Divorce (By Itself) Is A Sin

June 26, 2015

Some people say God allows divorce as long as you don’t get remarried, but notice how the word “except” is used in Matt 5:32 compared to the following …

• John 3:5 “except a man be born of water and of the Spirit” – rules out all other ways to enter the kingdom

• John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father … draw him” – rules out all other ways to come to Jesus

• Luke 13:3 “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” – rules out all other ways to avoid perishing

• John 8:24 “except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (ASV) – rules out all other ways to avoid dying in your sins

• John 14:6 “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” – rules out all other ways to come to the Father

• Matthew 19:9 “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery” – rules out all other causes to divorce and remarry → used to refute James Bales’ and Homer Hailey’s desertion cause in I Corinthians 7:15, right?

• Matthew 5:32 “whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery” – rules out all other causes for divorce period (the divorcer’s remarriage is not under consideration in the verse)

So divorce (except for fornication) is a sin, even if no remarriage follows.

God Hates Divorce Itself (Not Just The Remarriage)

June 19, 2015

Some people say God allows divorce as long as you don’t get remarried, but notice Malachi 2:14-16 …

verse 14 wife of thy covenant

verse 15 And did not he make one, … Therefore … let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth

verse 16 For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away

This is an Old Testament passage of course, but the New Testament teaches the same thing in verses like Matt 5:32 and I Cor 7:10.

So divorce (except for fornication) is always a sin, and remarriage after such divorce constitutes the additional sin of adultery.

Was Homosexuality Just Equated With Ritual Uncleanness In The Old Testament?

June 12, 2015

Of course the Old Testament law severely condemned homosexuality in passages like Leviticus 18:22, 20:13 – “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Many might wonder how the gay church people get around these clear passages. One way they do it is by saying this particular practice was criticized then based upon it being just “ritual uncleanness” (similar to the prohibition of mixing of linen and wool – Lev 19:19).

But does that mean the adultery (Leviticus 18:20, 20:10) and the bestiality (Leviticus 18:23, 20:15-16) of the same contexts are just “ritual uncleanness” also? I think not.

The same Hebrew word for “abomination” used to condemn homosexuality is found in:

· Ezek 22:11 one hath committed abomination with his neighbor’s wife

· Deut 12:31 abomination … their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods

· II Kings 16:3 made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen

· II Chron 28:3 burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen

· Deut 27:15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the Lord

· Prov 6:16-19 seven are an abomination – lying, murder, etc.

· Ezek 33:26 ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbor’s wife

Are all the above sins also just examples of “ritual uncleanness”?

Violators of the Levitical censure against Homosexuality were put to death. Why, if it was only ritual uncleanness?

Why Faithful Christians Don’t Go To The Movie Theatre

June 5, 2015

Faithful Christians don’t go to the Movie Theatre because of passages like II John 9-11. We should hate sin (Prov 6:16-19) so much that we don’t want to help someone sin or encourage them to sin.

We can illustrate by pointing out that it isn’t necessarily a sin to pay someone to paint your house just because they say a few cuss words (without your consent) while they are doing the painting. But it would be a sin to pay them to paint your house knowing all the while they are going to paint those cuss words on the walls of your house. That would be paying them to cuss!

When we attend the movie theatre, not only are we deliberately exposing ourselves (Phil 4:8) to filthy language (Eph 4:29) and sexual scenes (Matt 5:28), but we are directly paying the actors and directors to produce such filth (Rom 1:32). And “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” makes that wrong.

Other things are wrong on the same basis – including renting such movies, paying to attend music concerts, buying music of the like, etc., etc.