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| "What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?"|
"The God I Worship is a God of Love"
Hello to another day where our Heavenly Father has truly blessed us beyond measures! Today, we will continue with our book, What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?, by the author Kevin Deyoung. Which we will be looking over the last official chapter of this book, "The God I Worship is a God of Love."
One of God's most beautiful quality is his eternal love. This is well verified within the Bible, and throughout the whole Bible it tells us of His mercy and grace. And the highest point that verifies this claim is in Jesus Christ, whom God sent because he so loved the world and so that we might live through Him. And as 1John 4:16 says, "God is love."
And as lovely as God is, this doesn't necessarily mean that God will deny his other divine attributes. It means that the love of God does not remove all the other divine attributes, like his justice, mercy, goodness, and power. But one thing we must remember is that these attributes don't make up God's attributes, rather he is goodness, mercy, justice, and power. Every attribute of God is identical with his essence. And this is where a lot of people make the common error. They say, "God may have justice or wrath, but the essence of God is love." That's something that we want to believe, not what He actually is. And likewise, moral judgments against homosexuality cannot be overturned by the argument, "Yeah, but God is love."
If someone replies with those words, something else that is implied is that the person does NOT know what the love of God is really like. Even for parents, they know that the love for their child does NOT mean to let them do whatever they want. Parents generally know better what their kids really need, just like God always knows how we should live and who we should be. Christians cannot be tolerant of all things because God is not tolerant of all things. We must love what God loves, and we must also hate what God hates.
One clear example is found in the church of Thyatira, part of one of the seven cities in Revelation. The end result of that church was a failure. But it wasn't necessarily all bad, or all good. Their good points were that they were very lovely. It was a caring church, a sacrificial church, a loving church. It was a bunch who loved, served, believed, and endured. Jesus says in Revelations 2:19, "I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance."
However, there was a problem. In verse 20, Jesus says, "But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel." The church of Thyatira was so loving that they were blindly affirming people's false teaching immoral behavior, two things God absolutely detests. The sin of tolerating Jezebel was that this person was guiding people into adultery and idolatry. And like the Old Testament name, the deceptive wife of King Ahab of Israel, she led many people down a bad path. Jezebel of the Old Testament worshiped Baal and Asherah and led her husband, King Ahab, the same way. She is also the one who plotted to kill innocent Naboth for his vineyard. As a result, her punishment was that she was eventually pushed out a window, trampled by horses, and eaten up by dogs.
Likewise, eventually the church of Thyatira was considered a failure, and fell. All because they were turning a blind-eye towards something God hates and affirming it with love. Again, we as Christians, must love what God loves and hate what God hates.
This love is very popular, and it seems like the perfect love that we all want to give and receive. Accepting anyone, for anything, and for anything they believe. It sounds perfect, and it sounds like something we all want. But it's not popular with God. It's exactly this distortion of the very word that the Lord is against.
In 1 John 4:10, it tells us that, "In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he has loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." Love is what God did in sending His Son to be our substitute on the cross. Love is what we do when we keep Christ's commands, and sharing with our brothers and sisters in need. Love is treating each other with kindness and patience. Love is disciplining sinners who are on the bad road, like Jezebel and her followers. Love is chastising the rebellious saint. and love is throwing your arms around the prodigal son when he sees his sin, comes to his senses, and heads back home.
Love is not what a lot know of it today. Love is not tolerating everyone and everything that comes through the front doors of our church. True love, the love that God has for His people, is the love that loves the things of God. This is what God says in His Words is what true real love is. The God we worship is certainly a God of love. But in His love he does not make sexual sin acceptable. But it does make every single sexual sin changeable, redeemable, and forgivable.
And in our age, we must be faithful to His love, and his hates. As we have said in the previous chapters, God considers homosexual behavior, not only a sin, but an abomination. That's what has been held for the first nineteen-and-a-half centuries of church history, and has only changed now.
Now, what if we all just get to accept the homosexuality sin, then what does it matter? It is known that most people support homosexuality because "Hey, as long as it doesn't affect me, right?" Wrong. With the arguments being made for homosexuality, you will certainly be affected. Legalizing, or legalized homosexuality allows for a hurl of trouble to whirl in. What do I mean? With the logic of support and legalizing homosexuality, it puts a lot of things at stake. If the only qualification is "love," why can't a brother and sister, or two sisters, or a mother and her son, or a father and his son, or any combination of two or more persons who love each other get married? These people who put #lovewins, don't know what they're getting themselves into because eventually, love won't win only over the opponents, but also those who supported such a thing.
And if you're a Christian, your very supporting of homosexuality puts your salvation at stake? How does it make any correlation? "I'm not a homosexual," you may say. However, let us not forget that a holy God sends his holy Son to die as an atoning sacrifice for unholy people so that by the power of the Holy Spirit they can live holy lives and enjoy God forever in the holy place that is the new heaven and new earth. The very support of homosexuality leads to overturning the Bible, which goes against homosexuality. Overturning the Bible means overturning the word of God and overturning our lives to anything but the Bible. The Bible doesn't become our key guiding light anymore because we chose not to keep it as our guiding light. And eventually, we cannot be those holy people, which means we also cannot be entering the new heaven and new earth.
So this concludes chapter 12, "The God I Worship is a God of love," in which I hope you have been able to really understand what this means, and what it also means to support homosexuality and not be against it. Let us not forget that it's only through Jesus that we can be given the new birth. Only through Jesus can we be new creations. Only with Jesus can all things be made new. And only by listening to Jesus and the book his Spirit inspired, the Bible, can we come to realize that sometimes the new things are found only by sticking to the old paths. Thank you!