October’s Bible Studies
We are on our way to MO to finalize some of our End-Time Revelation Bible Conferences. One is in Branson at the Dick Clark Band-Stand Theater. We continue to try and book our conferences in secular places. Please continue to pray for us.
We are booking meetings now for next year and would love to come to your church and city. Pray about it and let us know. Scroll on down for one of this months bible studies.
DOES BEING BORN WITH A HOMOSEXUAL DEFECT MAKE IT RIGHT?
The Bible speaks very plainly about the issue of homosexuality. The Word of God makes it clear. However, the same Scripture that deals with the condemnation of such a sin, also deals with hope and comfort.
In the New Testament, I believe the clearest Scripture dealing with Homosexuality is found in Romans 1:26-27..
The Bible says,
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. (Romans 1:26-27)
These two verses are graphic in English, and explicit in Greek. Yet, in the Greek we find both condemnation and hope.
First condemnation! When Paul speaks of the “natural” he uses the word physicos, from which we get “physical.” The Greek word translated “function” has no equivalent in English. The English word “function” can apply to anything: your stove or your sink, lawnmower or liver. The Greek word, however, is only a word that pertains to female sexuality. In other words, the Scripture explicitly speaks of the female sexual purpose when it says that women exchanged their explicit sexual purpose for that which is aphisikos, that is, unnatural according to the physical makeup of the woman. Men who “[abandon] the natural function of the woman” begin a perversion by burning in desire toward one another.
Further, the scripture describes these exchanges as “indecent acts.” This term is far more graphic and understandable in Greek than in English. In English, an “indecent act” can be done by anyone, anywhere, and can be sexual or not. The Greek word, though, is aschemon, and means much more than the English word indecent. The word literally means “against the schematic.” That is, when women exchange their sexual role of receiving the man, that is “unnatural.” When men abandon this role of a woman and commit sexual acts with other men, it is “against the schematic.” Since God is the “Schemer” of the sexual schematic, homosexuality is a “Nimrod Moment” against God. (Nimrod is the one who would shake his fist at God and gather men into a city rather than scatter them according to God’s scheme.)
Second, there is hope! Though homosexuality is condemned, these two verses also offer great hope for the homosexual. First, we see hope in the word “committing.” This Greek word means “working thoroughly,” and is used in the Bible to speak of the accomplishment of Christ. It is not a word for tempted by, considering, curious, or enticed. It is clearly a committal word. The hope here is for the one who, in our homosexually obsessed society, may experience feelings that would be considered “gay.” The sin, in any arena, is not in the temptation, but in the commitment of that sin… If you struggle with homosexual feelings, pray that the Lord will help you make sure they remain just feelings. If you were born with this defect, there is hope. Just like there is hope for the many other defects in all of our lives. Homosexuality may not be your defect, so don’t be too judgmental. I assure you that you have other defects you need to deal with, just like I do.
Is there hope for the feelings? Yes! The feelings may run so deep and have existed so long that you are convinced that it is part of your DNA. These verses, however, contain a word which tells us otherwise. The word is the last word in the English, and is usually translated “error.” The word is, in other Scriptures, translated “deception.” That is exactly what homosexuality is: error or deception. How is this a word of hope? Because you can overcome deception! You can come to the truth, and be set free. It may not be an easy journey, but those who are deceived can learn to look at the “facts” in a new light, and retrain their thinking to overcome the deception. You and I may be deceived in other areas as we try to judge ourselves on a curve.
For those seeking help, make sure that the one who is helping believes the Biblical word that homosexuality is an error of deception. Without this belief, they will give you wrong advice, advice that could be detrimental to your spiritual health.
Here is the bottom line: Since the fall of mankind as a result of the original sin of Adam, everyone who is born, and that includes nature, animals, all of creation, and especially the human race are all born with some kind of defect. Some people are born blind. Some are born deformed in appearance in many different ways. Some are born with physical defects, some with mental defects, and others with sexual defects. There are those who are considered “straight” who are born with overactive hormones giving them a stronger sexual desire for those of the opposite sex. I think the same thing is true with those who are referred to as homosexual. They have a defect in their hormones that may make them more attracted to the same sex. Satan uses this to deceive them into thinking that is the way it supposed to be. However, that does not give them permission to act it out in committing the “act” any more than the heterosexual person who may have an overactive sexual drive for the same sex. These kinds of defects create in all of us a struggle we may have to deal with all of our lives. Some people are born with a non-stop motorized mouth. Others with a more active metabolism, making it easier to gain wait. Even others have a defect in their hearing, unable to carry a tune and in some cases even have a hard time appreciating music.