Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What About the Law?

Psalms 119 praises God’s commandments. Verse 105-“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Apostle Paul said, Rom 7:12 “So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.”

The Law given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai was good and holy. There is nothing wrong with God’s Law, which reveals righteousness. But a righteous Law brings condemnation upon those who break the Law. Violation of righteous principles is sin, and sin produces death. The wages of sin is death. 

The foundation of respect for the Law given by God is faith that He is our creator, and thus we believe that He knows what is best for us. Advocates of evolution as the origin of mankind have a different idea. They believe that social laws have evolved by trial and error, and they condone most things that are done by mankind naturally, especially in the realm of human sexuality.

If mankind’s activities are only natural, then what happens in human sexuality is natural, and so one form of sexual expression is just as natural as another, from the secular humanist perspective. I know that some animals practice homosexuality, especially hogs. I once owned a boar that spent his time and energy having anal intercourse with other boars. His actions may have been natural, but were not useful. He went to slaughter. Even in the area of nature, we should practice some sense of values.

There is a natural conflict between those who believe in the Creator God {the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob} and those who believe in time and chance as the cause of all things. Paul describes this antagonism as two kinds of odor in 2 Cor 2:14, A Ministry of Life or Death, 14 But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 15 For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To some we are an aroma of death  leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. And who is competent for this? 17 For we are not like the many who market God’s message for profit. On the contrary, we speak with sincerity in Christ, as from God and before God. Holman Christian Standard Translation

Yes, to believers and those who seek God, God’s message brings the smell of life. To the unbeliever and arrogant secularist who hates the mention of God, we bring the smell of death. Yes, if God is right, the secular humanist is headed to destruction, and is dead while he is living. This does not mean that God hates them personally, it is just that God knows how things really are, and wants the best for the people He created in His image. How we live, especially in the realm of human sexuality, has a huge impact upon our lives, for good or evil. We should not challenge our Creator on the issue of what is in mankind’s best interest. The One Who made us knows us, and we can trust in Him.

Yes, homosexuality is condemned in the Law, and in the New Testament scriptures. When Paul said that all things are lawful, regarding foods and other things forbidden by the Law of Moses, he did not include sexual immorality. Rather, he calls attention to the need for self control in exercise of human sexuality. 1 Cor 6: Glorifying God in Body and Spirit, 12 “Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be brought under the control of anything. 13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food,” but God will do away with both of them. The body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. 15 Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? So should I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of a prostitute? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that anyone joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For Scripture says, The two will become one flesh. 17 But anyone joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

18 Run from sexual immorality! “Every sin a person can commit is outside the body.” On the contrary, the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. 19 Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.

Paul reinforces the need to keep God’s law about human sexuality, even within the context of freedom from some requirements of the Law. In the beginning, God joined one man to one woman, and told them to multiply, and fill the earth. The perfect rule for human sexuality is one man married to and loyal to one woman so long as they both shall live. And procreation is one of the important functions of marriage. Those people groups who procreate will inherit the earth, if they honor God with their lives.

Yes, God still loves those who disobey Him, but He disciplines them so that they may come to a realization of what is good. And He protects His family by destroying those who willfully reject Him and practice evil. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life to all who trust in Him.

The agnostic and atheistic culture has been making war on God for 200 years. They have currently chosen as their mantra that homosexuals should be encouraged to practice their unnatural proclivity as a basic human right. Self control is not part of the humanist agenda when it comes to sexuality. “If it feels good, then do it” seems to me to be the gist of their agenda.

Many things that come from basic impulses and are not modified by self control are destructive. Maybe the secular humanist community is not in favor of man-boy sexual relationships, or beastiality, or whatever, based upon their concepts of what is acceptable behavior. But their opinions are always changing. Culture shaped by secular human will is fatally flawed. The evidence of history is a wasteland of failed societies that were based upon mankind's human reasoning rather than God’s righteousness.

Greek and Roman men in power preyed upon boys to satisfy their sexual lusts. Pagan temples existed for the purpose of glorifying homosexual lust. How close we are to returning to the pagan principles of lustful living! This is the humanist agenda, live for the experience of the moment without regard to what edifies and builds up a blessed society. They call it existentialism, but it is self destruction. There is a way that seems right to mankind, but the end of that humanist pursuit is destruction.

How close is our great nation to being destroyed? Too close for comfort! It is time to cry out for righteousness instead of defending the right of humans to practice degrading sexual impulses. People are not born homosexual. People are born with myriad human impulses, many of which are destructive. We are supposed to learn self control, we are supposed to learn to deny our destructive impulses, and practice righteous principles that bless other people.

Jesus did not practice any sexual perversions. He lived a pure life under the Law, and died to save us from ourselves. Yes, He was friends with sinners, but He always encouraged them to repent and practice righteousness. Sexual sins get much notice in scripture because they are destructive to the blessed relationship of one man joined to one woman so long as they both shall live.

Apostle Paul was taught by direct revelation from Jesus by the Holy Spirit, and this is what he says about human morality. Gal 5:16, Keep in Step with the Spirit, 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

And just in case you do not understand the language about human sexuality, Paul makes it plainer in Romans 1: The Righteous Shall Live by Faith. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

God's Wrath on Unrighteousness
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about 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 up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Yes, the secular humanist not only practices such things, but gives approval to those who practice them, and they hate those who dare support the righteousness of God declared in scripture.

It is no sin to contradict human wisdom, but in fact true wisdom requires that we measure everything by God’s proclaimed righteousness. The Law is good, and holy, and just. Men are sinners, and left to themselves, they encourage the practice of unrighteousness. It is not hate, but love, when we speak the truth. Yes, we must love sinners, but to do so we must speak the truth in love.

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