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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Expediency in Relation to God's Command

Paul addressing the topic of immorality states, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body” (1Cor. 6:12-13).

Two important points are established out of these passages. First, something must be lawful in order for it to be expedient.  Sexual immorality cannot be expedient because it is not lawful to begin with (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).  Second, an expedient must also be beneficial, it must edify. If it causes offense (makes a person sin), it is sinful (1 Corinthians 10:31-32), repent therefore, and ask God for forgiveness.

On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide. Speaking at the White House later in the morning, President Obama said "Americans should be very proud," because small acts of courage "slowly made an entire country realize that love is love." (Courtesy of CNN Politics)

However, on July 9, 2015, the Daily Headlines reported that a homosexual man Bradley LaShawn Fowler, an ex-con turned author filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress.

Here are some comments on the website:

Betty Miller Albright of Works at Glass Cottage remarked, “And so it begins again... because I don't like something that is written in the Bible, that does not go along with my lifestyle I want to destroy it. Then money always comes into the picture. There will always be those out there who want to destroy what is truth. If someone does not like something, does not agree with it, well then it must be wrong! There is no end to the madness that is going on.”

Jeanette Graff reasoned, "I as a gay man I am appalled that this guy is such a complete jackass... I am not ashamed of myself for being a gay Christian. But I am ashamed of those that are trying to make themselves out to be persecuted for every little thing… Gays need to realize we aren't special for being gay. It’s just life, deal with it, move on and quit whining about every little problem that comes your way thinking it’s all because you’re gay.

Randy Bobandy unabashedly states, and I quote, “Christ never said anything about homosexuals...” That may be true, but what does God, His Father, has to say about it? The answer can be found in the following passages of scripture, Leviticus 18:22; 20:13a.

Tom Magoon from Washougal, Washington made this observation “If this man is offended by the Word of God, sounds like possibly he is under conviction of the Holy Spirit!”

West Lenny, is convinced that “What the ultimate liberal agenda is, of which Obama is a chief player, is of satan and it is to squelch the gospel of Jesus Christ and His word.”

George Pincince recognizes that the church is in a spiritual battle for truth, citing this scripture that states “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers… against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12.)

Finally, Clayton Jackson of Grand Canyon University summed it up nicely, by saying “Yes, we are all born sinners, but when we ask Jesus to come into our hearts and forgive us of our sins. We don't continue in those sins. He will help you be the new person that you were meant to be.

Believing that Jesus is the Son of God and that He loves you; He would have died for you if you were the only one on earth, and because Jesus loves family He wants you to be a part of his family.

Believing that He was born of a virgin and crucified on that cross for you and for me and that God the father raised Him back to life again; He's coming back again. If I'm wrong, I have nothing to lose but if you're wrong, you have everything to lose.

Why gamble with your life. Jesus is the way and the only way, but we all have a choice to make. What will yours be?"

Authorized King James Version – Word Bible Publishers, Inc.
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