Molded in Obedience


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In the beginning … (Genesis 1:1).

God created you. From nothing we were created. In everything we owe Him … including a sin debt that only the Son could pay.

But what is sin? When a court decides, for example, that pornography cannot be defined (because obscenity is an abstract concept) then we can more clearly understand how moral relativism — a human construct — lies in disobedient opposition to the constraints of a righteous God. We decide what is right based upon our fallen sense of social justice — a paradigm that has become gospel for liberal Christians.

Pastor Kevin DeYoung (of The Gospel Coalition) posed 40 questions for Christians who are waving the rainbow flag. His article has been shared (to date) 400,000 times on Facebook, and tweeted 3000 times. [1]

Here’s a sampling:

Question 7: When Jesus spoke against porneia what sins do you think he was forbidding?

Question 11: As you think about the long history of the church and the near universal disapproval of same-sex sexual activity, what do you think you understand about the Bible that Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, and Luther failed to grasp?

[Is God not as enlightened as you?]

Question 13 has been on my mind as a Christian who is politically active. How is it that the man who sits in the White House, and the woman who aspires to succeed him, have defended the historical, cultural, social and Biblical definition of marriage? Until now.

Sin, or moral transgression, is incontrovertibly defined in the Torah. There were sins unto death (see related 1 John 5:16) — many of which were of the provincial nature of sexual immorality. God unmistakably hates sexual sin. He created sex for the purpose of reproduction which can only be conceived between a man and a woman. The proper and natural use of sex is beautiful (and undefiled). It sanctifies — makes holy — the bed of matrimony.

Evil perverts and distorts that which is ordained, and makes it unclean. The world — which is under the power of the Wicked One — conforms to the deception because it appeals to the carnal nature of man. Christians, some of whom are in bondage to the flesh, are exhorted to not be conformed to this world  (Romans 12:2).

In this age of grace we do not stone people to death for committing adultery. Is God lax in His judgement? Of course not. His disapproval of sin is not unchanged and will be dealt with on the last day. But in this dispensation (note small letter “d”) we have been given the opportunity to receive mercy through the blood of the Lamb.

We will all die physically because of sin, but those who reject Jesus Christ will suffer even the death of their soul. Pews are full of christians who sit in church, but walk in step with the world. To conform to the world is to reject the Son of God.

You may call yourself a Christian, but do you humbly (and without condition) yield your life to Christ? Are you obedient to Him, or are you a friend of the world? The world celebrates immorality. Bluntly speaking, Christians who march under a rainbow flag thumb their noses at the face of God.

Why does the LORD so hate this type of sin? Porneia (πορνεία) was idolatry — a moral transgression associated with fornication, prostitution, bestiality, incest, adultery and homosexuality. Such were these offenses commonly practiced in the pagan world where creature worship was the prevalent religion.

Israel was commanded to drive out evil from the land of Canaan — a typology of the uncircumcised — and to not associate with nor intermarry the inhabitants. Israel (and Judah) were not so obedient as they conformed to, and adopted, the sinful practices of their godless neighbors. The people of God became so degenerate and perverted that the male cult prostitutes (homosexuals) operated sex booths in the temple of God (2 Kings 23:7). 

Sexual immorality is an abomination unto the LORD. Alluding to this, the Pharisees said to Jesus, “We are not born of fornication” (John 8:41). Though they meant, in context, to defend their legitimacy as sons of Abraham — it was also a slight by some to question the birth of Jesus. Either Joseph “knew” Mary before they were married, or she had relations with one not her betrothed. By the second century a number of pagan writers commonly dismissed the Matthean account of the virgin birth of Christ while the “church” faithfully upheld the tenet of Mary’s purity; and that sex was in the confine of Holy Matrimony. Conforming to the world’s practice is a lie.

So, then, what is honored by God (before marriage) is abstinence and virginity. That is not, however, what the world proclaims nor do some Christians obey.

We are so moved by human sensibilities that we can’t hear the voice of the LORD. Surely, it is righteous to permit women to abort their children. Allowing for the varied reasons why this procedure is done we have to consider that, in most cases, it is simply a form of birth control. The Center for Disease Control records that 85.5% of abortions are performed on unmarried women. [2]

Delicately speaking, people who are having abortions should not be having irresponsible sex. People, and some Christians, hate me for saying so, but chastity is a virtue.

And I am comforted by the words of my Master:

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you (John 15:18). 

We don’t seem to understand that this is God’s world. We humbly serve Him. He made the rules. Isn’t that the way of life within the nuclear family? Where do we get the right to countermand His laws because they offend us? Where is it written in Holy scripture that God favors unnatural or extra-marital sex? Why did Jesus affirm the Genesis account of marriage (Matthew 19:4-6)?  Yes, God is love although agape love is not permissive, but corrective. Again, not unlike the nuclear family where parents make the rules and punish the child who disobeys.

The train, my brothers, is off the track. And Christians who have punched their ticket on this journey are in peril of discovering that it is one-way only. Be ever mindful that you are the clay — God is the potter.

His will be done.

Notes:

1. 40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flagsby Pastor Kevin DeYoung, The Gospel Coalition.

2. Abortion Surveillance, Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Center for Disease Control, 2011.

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  1. This article wonderfully and clearly presents the Biblical perspective! My hope and prayer is that professing Christians will seriously examine themselves, as Scripture teaches.

    “Search me, oh God, and know my heart, and prove me and know my steps. And see if there is a way of lies in me; lead me in your eternal way!” — Psalm 139:23-23 Aramaic Bible in plain English

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