Meeting God in the Morning

 

 

Here is a passage of Scripture and a revised poem by Ralph Cushman, each have inspired me during times when I lost sight of God during the course of a particular day.

Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love Lord, for I put my confidence in You. Show me the way I should go. Psalm 143:8 

I met God in the morning When the day was at its best, And His presence came like glory Of the sunrise in my breast.

All day long His Presence continued, All day long He stayed with me. We sailed in perfect calmness Over many a troubled sea.

Other ships were blown and battered, Other ships were sorely distressed. But the winds that seemed to drive them, Brought to me peace and rest.

Then I thought of other mornings, With keen remorse in mind. When I had loosed the moorings With His presence left behind.

I think I know the secret now, Learned from a resulting troubled way; I must seek God in the morning If I want Him through the day.

 

Tule Fog

When we used to live in Bakersfield, California,  both Myrna and I had to deal with the Tule Fog from time to time. It is a fog that usually forms in the late fall in the San Joaquin Valley.  When the Tule fog hits visibility can be treacherous to drive in, varying from 10 feet to a few feet, to near zero.  I remember times where I had to hang my head out the window just to see a little bit of what was ahead on the road.  Needless to say, it causes a lot of accidents.

Times in our lives can get pretty foggy too, where it is difficult to see what is ahead for us in respect to God’s will.   For times like these when they hit, here is a poem and two passages of Scriptures I have clung to, especially when discerning God’s direction.  The good part to all of this is that just as fog eventually dissipates, so do the circumstances that sometimes keep us from seeing what God has been up to the whole time while straining to see Him.

 

Fogged In!

(J. Danson Smith, rbk)

 

The road is fogged in, my Lord’s will seem hidden,

And further progress for the time is stayed.

But in good time God will again be bidden,

Meantime I will not be afraid.

 

Then came the night while restlessly sleeping,

A vision appeared, and my Lord said, “Prepare to move!”

So, once again in God’s good keeping,

I stepped forth, His faithfulness to prove.

 

No human voice conveyed a word of leading;

No human hand was sent my way to guide;

No human heart fully knew my depth of needing,

Or could assist my steps to decide.

 

And so, without others to appeal,

Assuredly now I began only to seek His will.

In response God began to reveal,

The purpose for which I was to fulfill.

 

Perhaps you are waiting too for His leading,

Your heart longs like mine did to know.

Rest in God, for His ear has heard you pleading.

The next steps He will surely show.

 

And as He does, don’t forget.

He knows what He is doing,

From early morning to sunset,

Always arranging and planning.

 

So, pray, read His Word, be ready to go,

The fog is moving and clearing.

And what seemed so longingly slow,

Will soon bring an end to your wanting and waiting. 

Deuteronomy 31:8  The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. 

Isaiah 41:10  Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

The Wolf and the Knife

Do not say, “I’ll take revenge and do to them as they have done to me, … but instead strive to do what is good for each other.”  Proverbs 24:29, I Thessalonians 5:15 1 (rvk)

Today, more than ever we can see what criticism can do to others, especially if done in the wrong way. Just look at our political arena, where one side is criticizing the other without reservation and with great malice. Whether these leaders realize it or not they are destroying the spirit of our nation, as well as themselves. However, this article is not about politics but about what we as Christians need to do when receiving untrue criticism or badly done correction.

First there is an applicable story I want to share; whether it is true or legend I do not know. It is about a tribe of Eskimos that once killed dangerous wolves in a very effective way. To begin, they sharpened the blade of a knife until it was razor sharp, and then dipped it in the blood of a seal they had recently killed. They put the knife outside until the blood froze on the blade. They repeated this process over and over until there were many coats of blood on the blade. Afterward the Eskimos planted the knife in the snow far from their igloos. The scent of the blood, even though frozen, could be easily picked up by a wolf in the area. It would then begin licking, layer after layer, until only the blade was left. The wolf would continue, causing him to bite into the blade, and eventually bleed to death.2

Had the wolf in this story been wise enough to just step back from the knife when tempted by its smell of blood, he would have survived. And so, it is with you, instead of taking revenge when criticized or corrected, or becoming angry and defensive, backpedal a bit before saying or doing anything.

What are some back-pedaling steps? Here are just a few, for there are many.

A first step back from the blade of criticism or a poorly done correction is to stay quiet and just listen to the person offering the criticism or correction. In your silence pray that God will help control your feelings, which can range from surprise, despair, depression, to anger. Responding in anger with a counter criticism is like the wolf licking off the first layer of blood on the knife.

A second step back is to consider what is being said in the criticism or correction, maybe there is a kernel of truth to what is said. If so, then God will show this to you. Sometimes He confirms this through your feelings, and at other times through others who love you. Not to consider what is said, is like licking off another layer of blood on the knife.

A third step is to thank the person for what they’ve said and tell them you will consider it. This shows real humility which the Lord always loves to see in us. Such an answer will not only help you recover from the criticism or correction more quickly, but it will also greatly help build a bridge with the person who shared his or her concerns with you. Not to do so, but walking away in anger and disgust, is like licking yet another layer of blood on the knife.

A fourth step is to apply what you’ve learned from being a receiver of criticism or correction to situations when you are in a position to correct or criticize. Make sure what you say is filled with feelings and words of genuine care and love. Use words that will bring the person you are talking to, improved character, hope, and a closer relationship to Christ. Not to do so in this manner, gets you nearer to that razor-sharp blade, which will cut you to pieces.

Conclusion

Remember, when criticized or corrected by others, don’t lick the knife of revenge, just take it and grow from it.  And if that person has been unfair or ruthless in what they’ve said to you, just let the Lord take care of them. He will likely do it through another to bring them into account for what they’ve said or done. Finally, learning to deal with criticism or correction in a God-honoring way will keep you from possibly bleeding to death.

Scriptures on Correction

I Thessalonians 5:15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

Galatians 6:1, Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

Matthew 18:15 If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 

Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

Footnotes

  1. rvk- Scriptures where the meaning has not been changed but have been shortened. (Revised by Kent)
  2. How to Kill a Wolf,com (October 19, 2006)

 

 

The Wolf and the Knife

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Do not say, “I’ll take revenge and do to them as they have done to me, … but instead strive to do what is good for each other.”  Proverbs 24:29, I Thessalonians 5:15 1 (rvk)

Today, more than ever we can see what criticism can do to others, especially if done in the wrong way. Just look at our political arena, where one side is criticizing the other without reservation and with great malice. Whether these leaders realize it or not they are destroying the spirit of our nation, as well as themselves. However, this article is not about politics but about what we as Christians need to do when receiving untrue criticism or badly done correction.

First there is an applicable story I want to share; whether it is true or legend I do not know. It is about a tribe of Eskimos that once killed dangerous wolves in a very effective way. To begin, they sharpened the blade of a knife until it was razor sharp, and then dipped it in the blood of a seal they had recently killed. They put the knife outside until the blood froze on the blade. They repeated this process over and over until there were many coats of blood on the blade. Afterward the Eskimos planted the knife in the snow far from their igloos. The scent of the blood, even though frozen, could be easily picked up by a wolf in the area. It would then begin licking, layer after layer, until only the blade was left. The wolf would continue, causing him to bite into the blade, and eventually bleed to death.2

Had the wolf in this story been wise enough to just step back from the knife when tempted by its smell of blood, he would have survived. And so, it is with you, instead of taking revenge when criticized or corrected, or becoming angry and defensive, backpedal a bit before saying or doing anything.

What are some back-pedaling steps? Here are just a few, for there are many.

A first step back from the blade of criticism or a poorly done correction is to stay quiet and just listen to the person offering the criticism or correction. In your silence pray that God will help control your feelings, which can range from surprise, despair, depression, to anger. Responding in anger with a counter criticism is like the wolf licking off the first layer of blood on the knife.

A second step back is to consider what is being said in the criticism or correction, maybe there is a kernel of truth to what is said. If so, then God will show this to you. Sometimes He confirms this through your feelings, and at other times through others who love you. Not to consider what is said, is like licking off another layer of blood on the knife.

A third step is to thank the person for what they’ve said and tell them you will consider it. This shows real humility which the Lord always loves to see in us. Such an answer will not only help you recover from the criticism or correction more quickly, but it will also greatly help build a bridge with the person who shared his or her concerns with you. Not to do so, but walking away in anger and disgust, is like licking yet another layer of blood on the knife.

A fourth step is to apply what you’ve learned from being a receiver of criticism or correction to situations when you are in a position to correct or criticize. Make sure what you say is filled with feelings and words of genuine care and love. Use words that will bring the person you are talking to, improved character, hope, and a closer relationship to Christ. Not to do so in this manner, gets you nearer to that razor-sharp blade, which will cut you to pieces.

Conclusion

Remember, when criticized or corrected by others, don’t lick the knife of revenge, just take it and grow from it.  And if that person has been unfair or ruthless in what they’ve said to you, just let the Lord take care of them. He will likely do it through another to bring them into account for what they’ve said or done. Finally, learning to deal with criticism or correction in a God-honoring way will keep you from possibly bleeding to death.

 

Scriptures on Correction

I Thessalonians 5:15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

Galatians 6:1, Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

Matthew 18:15 If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 

Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

Footnotes

  1. rvk- Scriptures where the meaning has not been changed but have been shortened. (Revised by Kent)
  2. How to Kill a Wolf,com (October 19, 2006)

Introduction to the series What the Scripture Tells Christians about Homosexuality and Gender Change

 

Wisdom from God is pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, and full of mercy. His words are unwavering, without hypocrisy, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, which can pierce the soul and spirit. James 3:17; Hebrews 4:12-13 (RBK)

The following chapters are earmarked toward Christians, so they will have a better grasp on how to minister to those who identify themselves as homosexual or align with the LGBT Community.  Some of these chapters were taken from my earlier notes taken when putting together my book, Revealing God’s Design with Love (What the Scripture tells Christians about Homosexuality and Gender Change). This book can be purchased on  Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble (www.barnesandnobel.com) , and the website, Destineemedia.com

I find the subjects of homosexuality and gender change to be two of the most controversial and challenging on which I have written. This was not the case in 2001 when I first wrote about homosexuality and one of its derivatives, same-sex marriage. When I presented a Biblical view of homosexuality and same-sex marriage back then, I received a lot of agreement, encouragement, and supportive comments from other Christians. Some of those comments are in this web site section under the title, Same Sex Marriage.

This has not been the case this time around. American culture has changed and now reacts with greater tolerance towards all spinoffs of homosexuality, including gender change, which was hardly on the radar back in 2001. Several Christians have cautioned and even encouraged me to reconsider writing on this subject, as I may get heavily criticized, harassed, or ridiculed. Nevertheless, I have forged ahead and written a book that focuses on what the Scriptures teach about homosexuality, gender change, and their derivatives.

These chapters explore many difficult questions about this issue, some are rhetorical, but most are not. The answers to these questions are based on Scripture and my experiences or conversations with gays and those who have changed their gender. Some were friends, acquaintances, and others participated in some of my previous ministries. In case you were wondering, I have never been gay or interested in changing my sex. I have different temptations, desires, and enticements in this life, but these are not among them.

I have noted in this work a significant divide among churches today on ways to minister to gays and the transgender person. On one end of the spectrum, some churches feel we must accept homosexuals and the transgender person as is, and not try to change them. Other churches reject and refuse to minister to those who have these sexual orientations and lifestyles. Both church philosophies have elements of rightness and wrongness in their approach to applying what they believe God would have them do according to the Scriptures.

Special notes regarding terminology

The following terms: homosexual, gay, and LGBT will be used interchangeably throughout these chapters. Homosexual is the term the Bible uses to describe a sexual relationship or attraction between those of the same gender. Gay means the same but is a more acceptable term in many societies and cultures today. The acronym LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) stands for different expressions of homosexuality and gender identity.

L-Lesbian is a female homosexual, one who experiences romantic love or sexual attraction to other females.

G-Gay is often used to describe homosexual males but can also be applied to homosexual females.

B-Bisexual identifies both males and females who have romantic and sexual desire toward both genders.

T-Transgender person is one who has chosen a gender identity that does not correspond to his or her birth sex. A transsexual is a transgender person who has undergone a medical procedure to make a gender change.

Besides homosexual, other terms found in Scripture that relate to homosexuality include effeminate and cross-dressing.

Effeminate– A boy or man who intentionally tries to display feminine traits, so he can be identified as a woman. The opposite would also be true of a woman trying to become like a man. Both are forerunners to changing one’s gender. There are those who may naturally display traits of the opposite sex, but this does not condemn them. It is only when they try and be the opposite gender that puts them in opposition to God and His design for them.

Cross-dressing– To dress in clothing that is usually worn by the opposite gender with the intent to be identified with that gender. This is yet another precursor associated with changing one’s gender.

The terms Scripture, Scriptures, Bible, Word, and Word of God are all the same and will be used throughout interchangeably.

When using the term Hollywood, I am not referring to a particular city or even the people who live in this Southern California metropolitan area, but to those who make up the news media and entertainment business. In a broad sense, ‘Hollywood” in this book also refers to those who are deemed worldly, that is, those whose lifestyles run counter to God and His written Word.

The initials RBK, which may come after a particular quoted Scripture, stands for revised by Kent, the author. I revised some verses for the sake of brevity. In the process of doing this, I worked hard to make sure the original meaning of these verses was not changed.

The quoted passages and verses within the text are usually from the New American Standard (NASB) Version.

In these chapters, all Scriptural references that appear in parenthesis can be found in my book, Revealing God’s Design with Love (What  the Scripture tells Christians about Homosexuality and Gender Change), or in your Bible. In each chapter only the Scriptural references dealing with homosexuality and gender changed are listed at the end of each chapter.

 

 

Chapter 1 What does the Bible teach about homosexuality and transgender people?

 

Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. Psalm 119:105 & II Timothy 3:16

This chapter may seem a bit tough on the LGBT community, but irrespective of this, those in these communities need to be loved. In accomplishing this, revealing God’s truth about what they are doing is a key part of expressing this love. Other parts include friendship, acceptance, grace, loving discipline, and forgiveness. These attributes will be discussed further in other chapters, which hopefully will give a complete picture of the love Christians are to have toward these individuals.

The following passages of Scripture, which claim to be inspired by God, reflect His view of homosexuality and all of its derivatives. These Scriptures may seem harsh, condemning, and even uncompassionate at times, yet each is necessary to get those struggling with these practices into His kingdom.

What specific passages mention or refer to homosexuality?

Nine key passages mention or refer to homosexuality. The most straightforward and validating are listed first. They appear in both the Old and New Testaments, five in the Old, and four in the New.

Passage 1-Leviticus 18:22-24

22 You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. 23 Also, you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion. 24 Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled. 

Comment– In this Old Testament passage homosexuality is condemned and is specially called an abomination. In other words, it is something that is very shameful and loathsome to God and His design. It is mentioned alongside another revolting and forbidden act: intercourse with an animal.

Passage 2-Leviticus 20:13

If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.

Comment– In this Old Testament passage homosexuality is a detestable act that was worthy of death in Israel. Even though such a punishment is no longer employed by Israel, or in most countries, it does not take away God’s condemnation of this sin.

Passage 3 I-Timothy 1:8-11

8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for the murderers 10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

 Comment- This New Testament passage was written by Paul, the one whom God called upon to explain more about God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness than possibly any other writer of the Bible. By the end of his life and ministry, Paul had composed almost half the books in the New Testament. In this particular passage, he identified homosexuals as unholy and profane along with murderers, immoral men, kidnappers, liars, and perjurers.

Passage 4-I Corinthians 6:9-11

9 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 [a forerunner to gender change], nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Comment- In this letter to the church in Corinth, Paul warns that those who commit homosexuality are unrighteous and unfit for the kingdom, as were fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, the effeminate, thieves, coveters, drunkards, revilers, and swindlers. Quite a list with which to be grouped, wouldn’t you say?

According to Paul, an unrepentant response or unbelieving heart in respect to a sin like this, or any other as far as that is concerned, would disqualify one from entering the kingdom of God. This means exclusion from salvation, exclusion from an abiding relationship with God, and exclusion from a heavenly reward.

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. Romans 2:5

Passage 5-Romans 1:20-32

20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power, and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 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. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 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. 28 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, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 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. 

Comment- Paul is very explicit here about homosexuality, showing the heart can spiral away from honoring God and His design. The foolish heart tries to reverse its own nature where men end up sexually attracted to men and women to women which is worthy of death.

As this passage closes, Paul again groups homosexuality with other detestable sins. This doesn’t mean those who claim to be gay commit all the other sins recorded here, but it does mean that homosexuality is no less sinful than the ones cited. These include reprobates, murderers, backbiters, covenant breakers, inventors of evil, haters of God, and being deceitful, insolent, malicious, covetous, disobedient, haughty, boastful, unmerciful, absent of natural affection, and full of envy.

Passage 6-Genesis 19:1; 4-7; 10-13; 24-25

1Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 4Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; 5and they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.” 6But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, 7and said, “Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly.” 10But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11They struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.” 12Then the two men said to Lot, “Whom else have you here? A son-in-law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whomever you have in the city bring them out of the place; 13for we are about to destroy this place because their outcry has become so great before the Lord that the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” 24Then the Lord rained on Sodom, and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven, 25and He overthrew those cities, and the entire valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

Comment– This passage tells of an event in the Old Testament where men from every quadrant of the city of Sodom, young and old, showed up at Lot’s door one night demanding to have sex with the two men visiting him. The two visitors, though, were not men, but angels. They had come to rescue Lot and his family from impending doom. Sodom along with nearby Gomorrah was going to be destroyed because of their exceeding wickedness.

It cannot be ignored that homosexual lust and behavior in this account was highlighted as perhaps one of the greatest of sins in Sodom. So, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of their many sins, including the sin of homosexuality.

Passage 7-Judges 19:22-23

22While they were celebrating, behold, the men of the city, certain worthless fellows, surrounded the house, pounding the door; and they spoke to the owner of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came into your house that we may have relations with him.” 23Then the man, the owner of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my fellows, please do not act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not commit this act of folly.”

Comment- In this passage, homosexuality was deemed wicked and an act of folly. Because it was not dealt with according to Leviticus 18 and 20, one event led to another which in turn led to the tribe of Benjamin being all but wiped out by the rest of Israel. The resulting event, however, is not the point; the point is that homosexuality was identified as wicked and full of folly.

Passage 8-Jude 6-7

6And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, He (God) kept them in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day, 7just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural (strange) desires, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (English Standard Version & RBK)

Comment– In respect to homosexuality, Jude recorded that the final judgment of the angels who had rebelled against God would be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. And, like Sodom and Gomorrah, the sin of these fallen angels involved unnatural sex. As previously stated, unnatural sex was deemed immoral and associated with being wicked and rebellious. (See Romans 1:26-27 above.)

What specific passages allude to gender change?

Along with Deuteronomy 22:5, I Corinthians 6:9 plays a complementary role in explaining the development of gender change through the Scriptures. I Corinthians 6:9 has already been referred to in passage 4, which brought out another condemning point about homosexuality.

Deuteronomy 22:5

A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. [Forerunner to gender change]

I Corinthians 6:9

 9Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived…the effeminate… will not inherit the kingdom of God. [Forerunner to gender change] (RBK)

Comment– In the Deuteronomy passage, Israelites were condemned for deliberately dressing or acting opposite of the sex to which they were born. Such an act was an abomination to God because, in essence, it was like telling Him that He didn’t know what He was doing when creating a man to be a man or a woman, a woman. This was expressed in the Old Testament by cross-dressing, but, today, it has advanced to changing gender.

In the Corinthian passage, effeminacy is also condemned, because it carries with it the same idea of striving to be or act like the opposite sex. This is why it is a forerunner to changing gender in today’society because it rejects the sexual identity given to each of us by God at birth.

Effeminacy typically refers to a boy or man purposely acting or speaking like a woman, but the same could be applied to a woman trying to be like a man. The key, in either case, is the intent. If there is no intent or desire to be the opposite gender, then there is no reason to be overly concerned about one’s level of feminine or masculine characteristics.

Last Thoughts

The great importance and role Scripture plays in this book with the issues of homosexuality and gender change, can be seen in the following quote by Priscilla Howe:

The Bible is a book that contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the fate of sinners, and the joy promised to all believers. Its doctrines are right, precepts binding, histories true, and decisions irrefutable. The Scriptures contain the light needed to direct our paths and the spiritual food to support, comfort and cheer our hearts. It is a traveler’s map, a pilgrim’s staff, a soldier’s sword, and a Christian’s charter. In it paradise is revealed, heaven opened up, and the realities of loss and hell disclosed. Christ is its grand focus, and our salvation is one of its most important aims. The Scriptures can fill our minds with truth, rule our hearts, and guide our steps. 1

The Bible is God’s inspired and written Word on just about every subject in this life including homosexuality and gender change. Whether a man tries to be or act like a woman or a woman like a man, this very attempt says to God that He was mistaken when making some of us the way He did. God does not make any mistakes in His human design; it is we who make the mistake of trying to change or alter what He has done.

 

Chapter 2 Can a person be born or destined to be homosexual?

 

Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.  Psalm 51:5 (RBK)

This chapter is based on 46 verses in 11 passages of Scripture

Note: All Scriptures in parenthesis appear in my book, Revealing God’s Design with Love, or can be looked up in any Bible. 

Can a person be born or destined by God to be homosexual? No, not really, according to the Scriptures. No one, no matter what they believe about themselves or others, is designed or intended by God to be anything but a man or a woman He created with the normal desires of a man or woman. To think or live otherwise is to be in rebellion against His will and purpose. There are no exceptions with the God of the Bible: a man is to live his life as a man in all respects, and a woman is to do the same with her life. This not only applies to those who claim homosexuality, but also to those who try and change their gender.

To be made in the image of God, which we are according to God’s written revelation, includes acknowledging and respecting the sexual identity He gave to each one of us at birth. (Genesis 1:27) The Lord did not make any mistakes when He created us. What He did was well thought out and planned from the very beginning of man’s creation even before we were born. (Psalm 139:15)

If there is confusion on the matter, it comes from the distortions and ideologies of culture, and the sin nature we all inherited at birth. This sin nature, His Word tells us, can express itself in many different ways; homosexuality and gender change are simply two of those. (See I Corinthians 6:9-11 and I Timothy 1:8-10 references at the end of this chapter).

The following are some Scriptures that tell us of the birth and continuing presence of our sin nature.

We were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. Ephesians 2:3

For the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Genesis 8:20

Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with so that we would no longer be slaves to sin. Romans 6:6 

In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Ephesians 4:22-24

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!  Romans 7:18-25

Those who believe they are born gay or with a desire to change their gender are both deceived and wrong. Everyone is born with a sin nature and from that nature comes a variety of sins. One set of sins may tempt and take down one person, but not another. We often cringe at those who commit acts of homosexuality or gender change while being just as guilty of sins considered more acceptable. The good news is that all sin, no matter what it is, can be erased if we repent and ask Christ into our hearts. After doing this, we have the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome these sins including homosexuality.

Therefore, to say we were born gay or of the wrong gender is like saying, “we were born to be an adulterer, murderer, thief, or swindler” because these offenses all run together with homosexuality in the same Scriptural grouping. In fact, according to I Corinthians 6 and I Timothy 1, mentioned in Chapter 1, homosexuality and effeminacy [forerunner to gender change) both fall right in the middle of the pact of these wrongdoings.

Homosexuality or changing one’s gender is therefore not a gray area in the Bible or on the proverbial bubble, so to speak. With God, these are hardcore sins that He has rejected from the beginning of time. They are distortions of God’s design and will keep us from having a relationship with Him, for His Word says they are detestable. (See Leviticus 20:13 at the end of this chapter)

Last Thoughts

With the truth in view about being born with a sin nature, rather than a homosexual or gender changing nature, how should we treat those who still believe this about themselves?

The short answer is we must love and seek them out as Jesus did with sinners of His day. Jesus did not hesitate to spend time with sinners. He talked and ate with them, and even healed some on occasion to bring about faith. (Mark 5:2-8) Yet, amid Jesus building relationships with those who were sinning, He also was forthright in telling them the truth about their sins. He never played down their transgressions, nor indicated what they did was right. He did not hesitate to bring up past sins as with the woman at the well, but He gave hope of forgiveness and transformation. (John 4:10, 13-18, 25-26, 28-30, 39-42)

As we minister to those who are committing sins like homosexuality or who have changed their sex, we must treat them as Jesus did: spend time, care for them, lead them to Him for salvation, and teach them the truth about what they are doing. They may hate us at first for questioning their practices and lifestyles, but to truly love them as Christ did means we must be open and honest with them about everything.

Scriptural References for Homosexuality and Gender Change 

I Corinthians 6:9-11 9 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 [a forerunner to gender change], nor homosexuals, ten nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

I Timothy 1:8-11 8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for the murderers 10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

Leviticus 20:13  If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.

 

Chapter 3 What is the true reality of someone “coming-out” about their homosexuality or gender change?

 

 “There is a way of a man that is foolish, a way that seems right to him, and there are those who even approve of his words,”… “but in the end, it all leads to death. “ Psalm 49:13 & Proverbs 16:25

This chapter is based on 40 verses in 17  passages of Scripture

Note: All Scriptures in parenthesis appear in my book, Revealing God’s Design with Love, or can be looked up in any Bible.

The phrasecoming out”, by consensus, is openly admitting to others that one is gay or at least has homosexual leanings, feelings, or desires. Such a “coming out” admittance is more and more celebrated in American society today and now lauded as an act of bravery. It is like being proud to be identified as a teacher, doctor, soldier, athlete, civil servant, businessman or religious leader. This is true now for those claiming to be gay. To speak out against those who claim this new identity, even though the Bible strongly warns against such a lifestyle, puts those who support God’s Word on this issue at risk. The amount of risk depends upon where one lives. If we reside in a big city in a liberal state, the risk can be great. The risk is not as great for those who live in more conservative areas of the country.

Whether we like it or not, Christian values and standards which once permeated America have gradually been discarded by those currently in control of the government, courts, large businesses, and public-school systems. Add to this the continual demeaning that the entertainment and media industries have exacted on our values and standards, and we can rightfully conclude that in the years to come most Christian morality will mirror the world. If this happens then, according to the Scriptures, America will be viewed by God as a lawless and rebellious nation without any sense of His morality. This would be catastrophic as in the past when God abandoned nations who became ungodly after once believing. For example, Israel, in the Old Testament, came close to losing its entire nation twice due to its lack of faithfulness to God and His principles.

Yet you have not listened to Me declares the Lord in order that you might provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm. Therefore, thus says the Lord, because you have not obeyed My words, I will take all the families and send them to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, this whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and will serve the king of Babylon seventy years (Jeremiah 25:7-11 RBK)

Regardless of what the American value system becomes, practices like homosexuality and changing one’s gender have and will always dishonor God. It is not something He said was bad in a previous era, but okay today. If that were the case, then God would have amended such an important transition somewhere in Scripture. He did amend other practices like the food laws of the Old and New Testaments (Leviticus 11:4, 7; Acts 10:9-15). Homosexuality, however, is condemned in both the Old and New Testament, from Genesis to Revelation. (In the Old Testament era – see Leviticus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 22:5 below. In the current New Testament era – see Romans 1:22, 24, 26, 27 and I Timothy 1:9-11)

Therefore, “coming out” as being gay, effeminate, a cross-dresser, a transgender person, or a partner in a same-sex marriage brings greater warnings and judgments from God. “Coming out” is like saying to Him, “I don’t care what is revealed in Scripture, I will openly and proudly live my gay life, and tell others to do likewise.”

Why are there no apparent feelings of guilt for those who say this when guilt is attached to sin according to the Scripture? (Ezra 9:7; Romans 3:23; James 2:10)

The Lord uses or allows guilt not so much to punish those who are sinning but getting them to change their hearts and minds toward what they are doing. Not everyone feels the same amount of guilt when they sin against God or His teachings. Some, for instance, feel more guilt because they are closer to Him. Hopefully, the guilt they feel will lead to belief, repentance, and change which is His desire for them. Others feel less guilt because God is far off from their thoughts and plans in this life. This doesn’t mean, though, there is no guilt associated with what they are doing or have done; it just means they have effectively rationalized it and shoved it under the rug. Perhaps only at death, will they realize the magnitude of the guilt they’ve accumulated as they stand before God, face to face. The tragedy at this point is there is nothing they can do about their guilt, for it will indict and keep them out of God’s kingdom forever.

In addition to shoving guilt under the rug, there is another reason why gays, in particular, feel free and liberated when they “come out” about their homosexuality. It is because when anyone hides something for a long time, whether good or bad, and then finally confesses or exposes it, the usual result is relief and joy, at first. This reaction is just a part of the sin nature we all have, which generates a variety of false feelings and assurances. The immediate relief and joy from those who “come out,” is only a temporary elation that will eventually pass, whether they admit it or not. By personal experience, not with homosexuality, but with other sins I’ve committed, if sin is not dealt with through confession and receiving God’s forgiveness, then guilt continues, increases, and even worsens over time. As the following Psalm teaches, the guilt God gives when we sin will emotionally and physically eat away at us.

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night, Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”, and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:3-5

Gays and those who change their gender often open up about their lifestyles because they want the company and acceptance of others. There is an adage that “misery loves company”. Gays and those who change their gender not only need the company of others for fellowship and acceptance but also to validate what they are doing. If by “coming out”, they can get a large and important following, this makes it seem like what they are doing is not so wrong, and even “right.” Nevertheless, the Bible remains very consistent and solid on homosexuality: it is wrong and is considered detestable, an abomination, and a perversion in God’s eyes. (See Leviticus 18:22-24 below)

Last Thoughts

How should we as Christians relate or minister to someone who has “come out” about their homosexuality or gender change? When someone openly admits this, I suggest we don’t try and come up with a complete Biblical perspective and solution right away, but rather thank them for sharing their revelation. Build a relationship with them before giving any Biblical answers or advice. If they are already a friend, don’t turn away from them because of the choice they’ve made. Instead, continue to listen to them, and even ask how they came to that conclusion. Let them talk about their feelings. If one session is not enough, then arrange for another. At the end of each conversation, make every effort to end with prayer, as this directly brings God into the conversation.

If they want to know how we feel about them being a transgender or gay person, then share what the Bible says about their practice or lifestyle. As you do, be kind, but don’t water down the Scriptures in the process. Let the Word speak to your friend. (Hebrews 4:12) The Word of God does not return void.

If we ever feel uncomfortable with them in our conversations, then ask another Christian to join in. If possible, choose someone who has gone through what they are now going through, but has turned to Christ. If they don’t want someone else to join in, then I suggest not meeting with them for a while. Sometimes those committing sexual sins like homosexuality have another agenda in mind when confidentially sharing about it. They may be seeking to recruit one to their viewpoint or lifestyle.

Can those who openly proclaim themselves homosexual or embrace any other derivative of it enter the kingdom of God? It all depends upon what is really in their hearts when they “come out.” In the end, only God can judge the heart and whether a person truly believes or will believe in the future. According to Scripture, if they want to have a relationship with God, but refuse to repent of their sinful lifestyles, then they will not be allowed into His kingdom. Even so, God has an endless ocean of acceptance and forgiveness available to all in the LGBT Community. Yet, He will not take any into His kingdom on their own terms, unless they put their trust in Him and ask forgiveness for all of their sins. (See I Corinthians 6: 9-11 below)

If we believe and ask God to forgive us of our sins, but then revert to some of them, will we still remain in His kingdom? The answer is yes. God promises never to leave nor forsake us, no matter what. In addition to this promise, God also gives us the Spirit to daily help us conquer old sinful habits and lifestyles. He never gives up on us. But we must not quench or grieve the Spirit, or we will end up like the person who survived a fire but lost everything else in the process.

Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. I Corinthians 3:12-15 

Scriptural References for Homosexuality and Gender Change

Leviticus 20:13 If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.

Deuteronomy 22:5 A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. [Forerunner to gender change]

Romans 1:20-32  22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 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. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 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..

I Timothy 1:8-11 8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for the murderers 10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

Leviticus 18:22-24 22 You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. 23 Also, you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion. 24 Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled.

I Corinthians 6:9-11 9 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 [a forerunner to gender change], nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

 

Chapter 4 Are many Christians homophobic, discriminators, racists or bigots in respect to homosexuality and transgenderism?

 

“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12

This chapter is based on 24 verses in  9  passages of Scripture

Note: All Scriptures in parenthesis appear in my book, Revealing God’s Design with Love, or can be looked up in any Bible.

Years ago, at the University of Wyoming, I taught my students tactics on how to win a debate. I told them if they felt they were beginning to lose the match, to attack their opponent’s trustworthiness and credibility. In a debate, this is called an ad hominem argument (an argument or reaction directed against a person rather than the position they are supporting). Sometimes the tactic worked, and at other times it didn’t, depending upon how articulate and merciless the attacking student might have been.

In the current debate over the practices of the LGBT Community in America, I have found those who either lack belief in God or who reinterpret what the Scriptures teach about these practices often use ad hominem arguments to win over others. They revert to calling Christians homophobic, discriminatory, prejudiced, racists, and even bigots. In addition to this name-calling, they sometimes go beyond winning others to their side and try and destroy Christian beliefs in the process. Regrettably, they have been successful to a degree, removing the Bible and prayer out of our public schools, and winning battles over abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, mercy killing, and the use of social marijuana.

What’s next for this ever-growing anti-Christian agenda? Perhaps, to push for the right to marry more than one partner at a time, or even to marry a same-sex mate and an opposite-sex mate at the same time. Maybe, and even worse than this, would be a future requirement that all religion-based institutions (schools, churches, synagogues, and Christian organizations) hire homosexuals and transgender people to their staff.

Regardless of what may happen, at the moment, Christians are being called and labeled all kinds of ugly names because of what they believe about homosexuality, a belief condemned and recorded below in Leviticus 20:13, I Corinthians 6:9-11, and Romans 1:25-27.

What does it mean to be homophobic? By definition, it identifies those who harbor an irrational hatred or fear of homosexuality. That’s what any phobia is, a great hatred or fear of something. However, Christians are not homophobic, because if they attend themselves to the Scriptures as they should, they will demonstrate no hatred or fear at all toward the homosexual community, only a desire to see them saved or recovered from their sins.

Neither are Christians discriminators. By definition, discriminators are those who speak out and do ill to others they deem as inferior. A Christian, as described in the Scripture, should never have a superior feeling toward anyone, but rather be clothed with as much humility as possible.

When ministering to homosexuals or to those who have changed their gender, we as Christians, are not to have a sense of superior feelings toward them, but rather a sense of humility. We should see them as more important than ourselves as the Scriptures teach. The following two verses bear this out, one from Jesus and the other from the Apostle Paul.

But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. (Jesus, Matthew 23:11-12)

To me, the very least of all saints (believers), this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles (non-Christians) the unfathomable riches of Christ. (Paul, Ephesians 3:8)

Neither are Christians bigots as some critic’s claim. What is a bigot? One who not only has a general dislike and prejudice toward others but also has a deep hatred and intolerance of them. Sometimes that hatred and intolerance are carried out through violence. The Ku Klux Klan, for example, is far more than just prejudiced or discriminatory against blacks; they are bigots toward them. In the past, they not only denied the rights of black Americans in our society, but ridiculed, beat, and even murdered them because of their race. This has been and is still today evil and disgusting.

When Christians are called bigots because of their opposition to the sin of homosexuality, they, in essence, are being tagged as intolerant and hate-filled. Nothing could be farther from the truth, for God through the Scriptures teaches all Christians to love others and hate no one, no matter who they are or what they’ve done.

But I say to you who hear, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” Luke 6:27-32

A huge part of this loving process is to do all that is possible to help those drowning in sins like homosexuality, by building a loving relationship with them. Then share with them the path we have personally taken when accepting Christ’s offer of salvation. Does this sound like the actions of a bigot? I think not!

Opponents of Christians also declare us to be racist-like in beliefs and actions. They say our rejection of those in the LGBT community is the same as rejecting a particular race, color, or gender. This is not true, because according to the Scriptures living an LGBT lifestyle is not something anyone was predetermined to be or to do, but a choice made, and a very sinful one indeed.  (See Leviticus 18:22-24 and I Timothy 1:8-10 referenced below)

Last Thoughts

When Christians follow the Scriptures on homosexuality will they suffer discrimination and rejection for speaking out against these practices? Yes, because many of the most powerful in our government, schools, judicial branches, media, and entertainment industries today pressure other Americans to accept all LGBT practices. They also push to discard what Christians say, even though what we say is based on the Bible.

Unfortunately, many Americans are giving in to this pressure. What a change in thinking and direction for us as a nation, whose founding leaders like Patrick Henry and Supreme Court Justice John Jay to name a few, did not hesitate to integrate Christian beliefs and the Scriptures into what would be good, right, and normal for America.

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.1 Patrick Henry

The Bible … is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.” 2 Patrick Henry 

“In forming and settling my belief relative to the doctrines of Christianity, I adopted no articles from creeds but such only as, on careful examination, I found to be confirmed by the Bible.” 3 John Jay (1st Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court)

Scriptural References for Homosexuality and Gender Change

Leviticus 20:13 If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.

I Corinthians 6:9-11 9 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 [a forerunner to gender change], nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Romans 1:20-32 25 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. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 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.

Leviticus 18:22-24 22 You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. 23 Also, you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion. 24 Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled.

I Timothy 1:8-11 8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for the murderers 10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

Footnotes

  1. M. E. Bradford, The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia (Plymouth Rock Foundation, 1991), page iii.
  2. William Wirt, Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry (Published by James Webster), page 402.
  3. George Pellew, John Jay (American Statesman Series), page 360.

 

 

Chapter 5 Is the practice of homosexuality and gender change worse than other sins in the Bible?

 

“For the sin of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin of Sodom”… “You who delivered me to the hands of Pilate has the greater sin.” Lamentations 4:6; John 19:11

This chapter is based on 37 verses in 14 passages of Scripture

Note: All Scriptures in parenthesis appear in my book, Revealing God’s Design with Love, or can be looked up in any Bible.

Since homosexuality is declared a sin throughout the Scripture, is it worse than any other sin? Some contend it isn’t, because a sin is a sin and all are equally wrong before God. This is true in one sense, in that each sin carries with it just as much condemnation as another when it comes to salvation. (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; John 3:16-18)

It is also true that not every sin is the same with God; some are more damaging than others as revealed in the Lamentations and John passages above. We see this is to be true even in our own life experiences here on earth, for someone like Adolph Hitler, who murdered millions, is considered a greater sinner than a petty thief who breaks into a house and steals. This is perhaps why God’s laws of the Old Testament had varying degrees of consequences for different sins, because God saw some sins as worse than others. (Exodus 21:22-25; 22:1)

Simply put, some sins are worse to commit than others according to the Bible. Homosexuality and effeminacy [forerunner to gender change] are two of the more severe and abominable ones. According to the Old and New Testaments, homosexuality was worthy of a death penalty, which hardly makes it a gray issue as some contend within and outside of the church. (See Leviticus 20:13, Deuteronomy 22:5, and Romans 1:26-28, 32 referenced below)

Homosexuality was not only considered conduct worthy of death, but it was also grouped together in the Scripture with other behaviors equally as offensive. The killing of a mother or father, the murder of another, and kidnapping are just a few offenses with which this practice is linked. In America today, homosexuals and transgender people are not associated with any of these behaviors, but they are in God’s Word. (See I Corinthians 6:9-11, I Timothy 1:8-10, and Romans 1:21-30 below)

If we put together a catalog of sins and wrongdoings from I Corinthians 6:9-10, I Timothy 1:8-10, and Romans 1:21-30, most of the sins we commit as a society are listed. They include being a fornicator, idolater, adulterer, effeminate, homosexual, thief, drunkard, reviler, swindler, kidnapper, liar, perjurer, murderer, creator of strife, gossiper, slanderer, hater of God, inventor of evil, and a killer of parents. Also included are the sins of being untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful, covetous, immoral, lawless, rebellious, ungodly, unholy, profane, unrighteous, wicked, greedy, evil, envious, deceitful, malicious, insolent, arrogant, and boastful. Quite a list for homosexuality to be grouped and associated with, wouldn’t you say?

Last Thoughts

Why are homosexuality and changing gender sinful and rejected by God when these sexually-oriented behaviors seemingly don’t harm anyone as other sins do? The Scripture does not directly answer this question. The answer I offer is based on what I perceive God’s thinking was when He condemned these practices. I draw my conclusions from my study of the Scriptures, as well as a process of deductive reasoning.

First of all, God created both man and woman according to His own image; the genetics (XX or XY) of each were established at the time of conception. At birth, He also gave each gender very different physical frames, features, and roles to play in this world. For instance, the Lord gave men stronger bodies to take care of themselves and to provide safety for women and children.

Women, on the other hand, were given bodies that could bear children. (Genesis 1:26 -27; I Peter 3:7) If both men and women played their differing roles as God designed, then children would be born and bred in a safe, holistic, and protected environment. These children and their children, and their children’s children would thus carry on God’s kingdom on earth. This is the outcome of a man fulfilling his role as a man, and a woman as a woman. The point is that God created man to be different from a woman for a reason and purpose. Protection of the woman and childbearing are just two of many.

Nowhere in Scripture does it indicate that God mixed things up when creating a man to be a man and a woman a woman. He never created a man on the outside to be a woman on the inside or the reverse. To claim He did, makes God out to be confused, disorganized, and not really God at all. Besides, if God did do this, then why would He call it a defilement and abominable act as He did in Leviticus 18:22-24. (See below)

To conclude, are homosexuality, gender change, and their various offshoots worse sins than others? I believe they may be, according to the Scriptures, because not every sinful consequence is deserving of death. Homosexuality was at one time! And not every sin is grouped alongside being a murderer, hater of God, or inventor of evil. Homosexuality is according to Romans 1:21-30. (See below)

Scriptural References for Homosexuality and Gender Change

Leviticus 20:13 If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.

Deuteronomy 22:5 A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. [Forerunner to gender change]

I Corinthians 6:9-11 9 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 [a forerunner to gender change], nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

I Timothy 1:8-11 8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for the murderers 10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

Romans 1:20-32. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 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. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 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. 28 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, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents.

Leviticus 18:22-24 22 You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. 23 Also, you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion. 24 Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled.