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February 12, 2021 2:00 am
We believe it's time to proclaim the truth that Jesus loves all people. While it's true that everyone has a past, it's also true that everyone can be freed from sin. Skip explains how as he wraps up the message "Jesus Loves Homosexuals (Part Two)."
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Listen if you claim to be a Christian and he wants practice these things. That's understandable, but you can't be a Christian and still continue to practice any of these things. That's his main point in that one verse that is why we should be merciful to people because when you see somebody committing a sin that you used to do is simply doing what you used to do you don't do it anymore daughter saved you so whatever you approached somebody caught in the sand. You gotta let the rocks at your hand.
You drop those stones English novelist was noted. We hand folks over to God's mercy and shall not ourselves connect with Skip I think today as he shares how you can find freedom from sin and hope and joy in Christ you have a passport of mistakes and failures before we begin, we want to let you know about a resource which gives you practical insight on how to love others like Jesus, the Bible makes it clear that Jesus loves the devout and the doubters priests and prostitutes.
The disease and the depressed Jesus just loves people all people, no matter what their past or their present. Sadly, sometimes it's the people who need love the most, who feel the most rejected even by the church. But Jesus loves all people, shouldn't we we want to help you grasp God's relentless love for people by sending you the complete for booklet Jesus loves people collection by skip. I think these booklets look to Scripture to demonstrate Jesus's love for people from every walk of life.
Yet all four Jesus loves people titles including Jesus loves the broken and Jesus loves addicts when you give a gift of $25 or more today to help expand this Bible teaching outreach to give call 800-922-1888, or get online securely connectwithskip.com/offer chapter 6 will today study so much joint skip-next on the list is idolaters is the worship of any false God or any false religious system.
It is essentially at its root, putting anything before God adulterers is next that specifically refers to those were married, engaging in sex outside of the covenant relationship of marriage. It's what we saw last week with the woman caught in adultery, in John chapter 8 was brought before Jesus look in the next two words, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites that this wasn't referring to people who lived in the city of Sodom. At that time. This award had become a term synonymous with the lifestyle that was once prevalent in that city. This is not how all translations render what we just read the old King James version puts it, nor those who are effeminate, nor abusers. The English standard version says nor those men who practice homosexuality. Now these two words. Interestingly enough, are actually technical terms for the passive and active roles in a homosexual relationship.
Why would Paul be so dramatic you might say or be so descriptive in mentioning these things. Well, here's why it's very easy that was what was prevalent in that ancient culture at Corinth. According to New Testament scholar William Barclay. Socrates was a homosexual and Plato was probably a homosexual William McDonald. Another scholar says he definitely was in his writing. The symposium of love was an essay glorifying homosexuality 14 of the first 15 Roman emperors were homosexuals Caesar Nero, who was raining in Rome at the time of Paul's life and a lot of his writing had a boy named spiritus who he castrated so that that young boy could become the Emperor's wife and when Nero died. That boy was passed on as a possession to one of his successors named Ortho for the same exact purpose, so that is why Paul brings it up. This was rampant in Greek and Roman culture master this question. Why do these things, top the list and I think I have an answer for because, though there are other sins in life and in this list.
These represent a moral divide when it comes to sin a moral divide is in a way to minutes Art all sins equal one nonsense all sins are equal. But in another sense, all sins are not equal. All sins are equal and that any sin will separate you from God's all sins are equal in their spiritual consequence, but not all sin is equal in its moral equivalence.
None of you think that all sin is equal none of you do why someone is in the same as killing someone. There's a moral difference. There are not morally equivalent in the Bible would indicate that there are degrees of reward in heaven, and even degrees of punishment for those who don't receive Christ in John 19 verse 11 Jesus said to Pontius Pilate, the one who delivered me to you has the greater sin as it held to a higher culpability in Matthew 23 verse 23 Jesus said to the Pharisees, you pay ties of all of these different plants you have neglected the weightier matters of the law, and according to first Corinthians chapter 6, the chapter were studying sexual immorality is one sin that you commit against your own body. Paul says this is a bit different. Look at verse 18 of chapter 6 flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does outside or is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. So here's the deal you and I may disagree over a lot of different secondary issues. We might not agree about the mode of baptism. Some of you think that you should be done to backward some of you think you should be done forward. Some of you think you should be sprinkled some of you think you should be firehose Dino no, but we may disagree on that. We may disagree about the use of spiritual gifts in the church. A lot of churches disagree. We may disagree about the timing of the rapture and end time events. But this is one issue we cannot disagree on. Here's why issues of sexual morality are not secondary issues according to what we just read those who practice these things will not what will not inherit the kingdom of God. So now the apostle ties morality with entering the kingdom of God as if to say, those who practice that lifestyle or simply giving evidence that there is not a change in their life brought on by repentance.
According to Sean McDowell, who wrote a terrific book called same-sex marriage. He says there are five general biblical truths about homosexuality. When we run through them quickly five general biblical truths number one, there's not a single passage in either the Old Testament or New Testament that will support homosexual behavior. Not one I mentioned our seven tax last week. Genesis 19 Leviticus 18 and 20. Judges 19, Romans one, first Corinthians 6 and first Timothy chapter 1.
Not one of those tax will support homosexual behavior is the second general truth, not until the mid-20th century did a single church leader or Jewish leader on firm homosexuality. That's how recent it is historically hadn't happened till mid-20th century number three every regulation. The Bible concerning marital relations assumes male female sex before every wise saying, like in the book of Proverbs assumes male female sexuality and number five, the 10 Commandments. Assume heterosexuality.
Honor your father and your mother. It assumes that you shall not commit adultery. It assumes that you shall not covet your neighbor's wife. It assumes heterosexual behavior so God indeed has spoken on this issue. In fact, he spoke on this issue in the very beginning book of Genesis chapter 1 God said, let us make man in our image it says God made them male and female why male and female. Why so unique and why highlight the uniqueness because he then stated his goals for humanity, he said, be fruitful, and what multiply and I don't think anybody's and argue that it takes a man and a woman to make more people to be fruitful and multiply.
It assumes a heterosexual relation and then the pattern is given in the very next chapter. Chapter 2 of Genesis. For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and be joined in to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. There's leaving there's cleaving and there's leaving you leave one relationship of dependence you are glued inseparably to another and then you become one you leave your lives together to the production of offspring. Now and having said that, the critics will say about what I just said this was a well that example in Genesis is only an example only one example of marriage. It doesn't tell us how we are to live today. While Jesus has a response for that.
I'm glad that he does because a few thousand years after all that Took Pl. in Genesis Jesus comes along and he says have you not read that he who made them. In the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two will become one flesh.
Therefore what God is joined, let not man separate. And he said, so they are no longer to but one flesh. I mean no disrespect in stating what I have just stated I mean the lack of love. I love you and if you are gay. I love you and God loves you, but I will say that when it comes to all of all respect on a human level. Even with wife and kids. Even with other believers in church. I love God more and I must fear and respect God more.
I must as it says in the book of acts obey God rather than men so everyone has, is on a list of some kind. All sinned and fallen short of the glory of God is the second great truth. I want you to notice.
Everyone has a past. Everyone is a past all of us have baggage junk in the trunk. We have a past. I didn't even finish the list was 10 nor thieves nor coverages, nor drunkards, nor violators, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
Those are first on the list but there on the list but notice what it says and such were some of you thieves and covetous. That's the sin of greed. It's I want what you have.
It's that idea thieves and cabbages are wrapped up in the sin of greed. When is the last time you met someone who satisfied with his income or unsatisfied. Okay so next time at work when they say when you give Eurasia to say no I'm I'm good. I don't need.
I don't deserve it.
I'm I'm fine. I rarely find anybody like that.
Next on the list drunkards. That's pretty self-evident, self-explanatory, by the way, wherever you find sexual sin rampant here, you're sure to find alcohol profilers. These not now.
Take note of this because you my bill from Garmin of those people profilers of those who sin with their tongue, their slanders, they wound with their words. These are gossips there on the list extortioners, those who steal indirectly.
They want to beat the system. They want to embezzle. They want to cheat.
So everyone is on a list and everyone has a past and you might look at verse nine is a can't relate and then you get to verse 10 Eagle his little too close for comfort.
That's why if you read this passage and you read verse nine about doctors and idolaters do not like those people but do you get drunk as if you do, you have missed the whole point of this passage no match question. What is the last time or have you ever seen Christians marching in Washington DC against gossip metafile ever see that kind of a March see that kind of anti-sin parade will march against gossipers ever seen church groups holding up signs that says God hates extortioners profilers be kind of ironic limit.
One of the reasons Christians are more harsh and more judgmental on this particular sin is perhaps because we think we are more righteous and better than other people.
Number the passage in Luke 18, two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee want to tax collector the Pharisees I got I thank you that I'm not like other men especially like that tax collector and the other guy beat his grandson just said God be merciful to me. I'm a sinner. Jesus said that man went away justified was a son who was dying of AIDS.
I got a copy of his letter was given to me, this young man was writing a final letter to his father listen to these were just a portion dad.
I'm too weak to write, so I've asked Kevin that's his brother to write this for me since you never phoned me and you hang up the phone whenever I call you. There is no other way for me to say goodbye. That was the last communication attempt that son made to his father, who had cut him off and shunned him completely. Now look back at the passage. The central thought of this passage is simply this, Paul is saying this, whatever is on this list that you did.
It's what you did. It's not what you do and such were some of you not such are some of you listen if you claim to be a Christian in you wants practice these things. That's understandable, but you can't be a Christian and still continue the practice any of these things. That's his main point in that one verse that that is by the way why we should be merciful to people because when you see somebody committing a sin that you used to do. He simply doing what you used to do you don't do it anymore.I saved you so whenever you approached somebody Cardenas and you gotta let the rocks at your hand. You drop those stones like Jesus said to the woman last week. There's only one person who qualifies to throw stones and that is on a martini toss without sin you've never send her incapable of sin. And it's interesting is not the only person in that narrative was qualified to throw stones didn't do it. Drop the rocks. Galatians chapter 6 brothers.
If someone is caught in the sin you who are spiritual should restore him gently but watch yourself or you also may be tempted. Everyone's on a list.
Everyone has a past is the best point of Volvo. Everyone can have the best in the best verse out of all of these.
The good news in the bad news is verse 11 and such were some of you bought you were washed, but you were sanctified, bought you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the spirit of our Lord. Noticeably that's worded you know if I was writing this I would've simply said, but you were washed and sanctified and justified. Three times he says you work but you were but you work and that is because it is the strongest adversative participle in Greek and he does a three times to show the demarcation line. The difference between past and present to demonstrate the contrast now look at those three words were washed when you came to Christ and you were born again out of that spring new life and that's what this is speaking about a new life is the result of that new birth, I said it so many times that God loves you just the way you are, but he loves you too much to leave you that way he washes you when you come to him the way you are. He then cleaned you up.
Notice the second but you were sanctified. Now this is the new behavior that comes from the new life that is a result of the new birth, so once he washes you he polishes you and notice the third but you were justified. This is a new status before God and to follow my little analogy he washes you he polishes you and then he puts you in a position of honor. RT Kendall, theologian and pastor said if I were looking for a motive to be sexually pure. It would be not only to be true to my wife and a good father to my children but I want God to look down and say here is a man I can trust with my Holy Spirit in great measure to me that is the most compelling reason of all is when you bring God into any lifestyle.
Early on, that's what you get.
Yeah there's plenty of reasons to stay pure why children job friends but more than that. I want God to look down and say here is a man that I can trust with my Holy Spirit in great measure. Now all three of these terms in verse 11, washed, sanctified and justified.
These are all three terms that tell us what God does to believers in relation to their sin. Please notice this, he washes you from your sin.
He sanctifies you from the stain of your sin. He justifies you from the consequences of your sin, you see folks to label some behavior as sin, even though that's all repulsive to our modern ears is actually quite helpful itself for two reasons. Reason number one. Like we said last week when Jesus called with the woman. Did Santa get frames for us how God views our behavior that is wrong. He didn't call and hang up.
He says it sin enters the second reason because it sin.
That's precisely why it is forgive a bowl if the draft that is such as sin good he qualifies to be saved. He's met the qualifications you to be a sinner because it sin. It's forgivable and it also means that sinful people are redeemable. I know historically. Traditionally, many Christians have been since sniffers but God is a sin fixer is a sin fixer.
So whatever you were whatever list you wrong whatever past you have had you can have the best idle carwash and they have different options to choose when you take your car in one of them is called the best jobs in the other day my car was dirty and I pulled up in the said award which services a likeness of I want the best and the attendant turned and he said the best for the best and I thought about that is precisely what were talking about God will give the best for the best.
You know you're the crowning of God's creation, mankind, in the image of God you the best.
God gave his best, his son to die for our sins so that you and I can be washed and sanctified and justified.
Think of it. You go from the ash heap of sin and be welcomed into the kingdom of God.
God's in the business of cleaning centers and turning them into saints. Remember this as we close God always has bigger plans for you, then you have for yourself do you realize that we too often settle for second-best referred her for the legal way down the line. God always has bigger and better plans for you than you have for yourself and this this is the best to be washed to be sanctified to be just concludes give a text message from the series Jesus loves you, Skip to share how you can keep this broadcast going strong connecting you and many others to Jesus. I love the fact that Jesus was called the friend of sinners. Instead of spending time with the religious elite of his day. He reached out to the lost and the outcast. His love is for everyone that's amazing news and we want to share with the entire world. God's love. You can be part of it. When you partner with this ministry here so you can give today to change lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Give us a call at 800-922-1888 to give a gift 800-9222 80. Forgive online connectwithskip.com/donate that's connected with skip.com/don't is vital.
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