As We See the Day Approach

GaymarriageSigns of the end times seem to be accelerating at a rapid pace. I know I am not the first person to think this, and I have heard pastors give messages about how they thought the end was near when they saw the moral decay of western society in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Even back then, they didn’t think we would be here much longer. The sexual revolution of those decades must have been a horrifying thing for them to witness. In my lifetime, however, I have never witnessed the rate of moral decline as being where it is today. I am specifically speaking of the development and permeation of the homosexual lifestyle in our culture. They have managed to make it seem normal. Most non-religious people now think it is normal. Heck, many people who deem themselves religious, even some who call themselves Christians, have accepted it and are buying into the ruse.

Is homosexuality a bigger sin than heterosexual fornication? One can make the argument that sin is sin, and any sin makes you a sinner and thus unqualified to go to heaven. Jesus died for all our sins. Therefore, all sin would seem to be blended together with the blood of Christ. This is certainly the case. We are all sinners and we all need to repent and receive Christ and move forward and do the best we can. Christians do struggle with sin; for us it’s called stumbling.

No doubt, there are homosexuals who have repented and accepted Christ but still struggle with the sin and stumble from time to time. From the Christian perspective, this is no different than somebody who accidentally gets drunk once in a while. As long as we feel guilty, continue to repent, and pray for forgiveness, guidance, and strength, we remain in our Christian walk – which is difficult at times. The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 only reminds us that those who continue to practice these things will not go to heaven. Practicing something and stumbling with it are two very different things. Practicing involves no guilt, no repentance.

But doesn’t God single out homosexuality in particular as an abomination? Yes. He also calls pride, the telling of a lie, devising wicked schemes, bearing false witness, and sowing discord abominations in Proverbs 6:16-19. In Deuteronomy 25:13-16 God identifies dishonest business dealings as an abomination. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but none of us are innocent from the abomination sins.

Still, homosexuality has an interesting place in the pages of scripture. There is a definite, identifiable pattern in that as we see it become prominent in a society, great judgment from God is soon to follow. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. The inhabitants of Canaan were instructed to be completely wiped out to every man, woman, and child when Israel conquered the Promised Land. You want to see a nation fall out of favor with God? Just allow blatant sexual sin to run rampant through its culture. Homosexuality is the apex of sexual sin in the Bible.

We know we are now in the last days, nearing the time when Christ returns, because Israel has been re-established in the Promised Land after being absent for more than 1800 years. This time is the last time. It’s just about over, folks. We are waiting for Jesus to come pull us out of here before God’s final, terrible judgments are unleashed on the Christ-rejecting world.

Just recently, within the last few months even, I have noticed more homosexual imagery invading my home than I ever thought would be possible. For example, I have to log on to AOL to get my personal email. Lately, I cannot even do that without being forced to see pictures of men kissing, the image associated with some news story or another about the proceedings taking place in this country dealing with the legalization of gay marriage. I am not the only one seeing this. Our kids are seeing it. Every day, our children are forced to see imagery advocating homosexual lifestyles, and are being trained to accept it as normal. The Lord cares greatly for children. Jesus made that perfectly clear in the gospels, insinuating greater condemnation for those who corrupt children in passages like Matthew 18:6. How long do you think the Lord is going to allow this to continue? Me thinks not very long.

Hebrews 10:24-25: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – NIV

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