Proverbs 17:15 “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
Proverbs 11:21, “Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, …”
Who are the wicked? All who have sinned against God.
Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
How can a person avoid God’s punishment?
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What is Love?
Everyone agrees: love does not mean to approve of everything. In fact, sometimes the loving thing to do is to reject or prohibits something. For example, a teenager might love to go to a party with alcohol and drugs, but it is percisely because of their parents love that they reject the idea and prohibit their child from attending.
God is love and just as a loving parent sets guidelines for their children, so does God. Sometimes children mistakenly believe their parents hate them for restricting their behavior. But in reality if a parent believes a given behavior to be harmful, the hateful thing for them to do would be to encourage the behavior. God is the creator and designer of life. He knows how best it should be lived. His commands are given, not to hurt us, but to help us.
God created sex to be practiced between opposite sexes within marriage. When any person, heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or otherwise, rejects God’s design for sexual relationships, it is a sin. It is rebellion which says “My will is more important than God’s.” It is the opposite view of Jesus, who when faced with death said, “…not my will, but yours, be done (Luke 22:42).” It is also the breaking of the greatest commandment: “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37).” A heart that loves God shows it by obeying His commandments. Many claim to love God but their actions show their true fruit. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Romans 2:4 states that God is kind and patience towards people in order to lead them toward repentance. People of all sexuality have to struggle with putting God’s will above their own. But when we do this, the Bible states, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).”
Recently I was talking with a guy who claimed to be a Christian and lived with his girlfriend. He said they were not sexually active because he was disabled. I asked, “So if you were not disabled, you would be sexually active?” He said “yes.”
At another time I was talking with a guy who claimed to be a Christian who was living with his fiancee. He was also having an affair with a woman at work. He wanted to stop the affair but the woman kept on pursuing him. So I asked, “If you could stop the affair, do you feel your relationship with God would be ok?” He said “yes.”
Jesus said that unless we repent we will perish (Luke 13:3). This repentance must be genuine, for not everyone who claims to be a follower of Christ is saved (Matthew 7:21). Living together is often called ‘living in sin.” I call it ‘first degree sinning’ because it is premeditated, planned sinning.
Recently, a politician who claimed to be a Christian was caught cheating on his wife. He begging for forgiveness and she did so. But after some time, he asked his wife if he could resume the affair. She said, “It’s one thing to forgive adultery but another to condone it.” She ended up soon divorcing him.
Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God (Matthew 22:37). Just as the politicians wife realized her husband did not love her, doesn’t God see right through those who claim to love Him but live in sin? Those living this way risk an eternal divorce from God. Jesus said we love God by obeying his commandments (1 John 5:3). Love God – repent and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9).