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“God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

02-10-2019     Part 1    

Let me read first, St. John 8:                                                                                                        Vs. 31. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in Him, if you abide in My Word you are My disciples indeed.                                                                Vs. 32. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

With God’s help this afternoon, we want to come back to a topic that we have entitled, “You Shall Know The Truth, And The Truth Shall Set You Free!” Amen!

Now as we return to this particular topical series, I am hopeful that it will help us to better understand God’s will, plan, and purpose for our lives, for our families, for our culture, and for our society as a whole!

But also, that this particular topical series will help us to Biblically address some of the issues, the concerns, and the controversies that are a part of our world today.

For example, you might recall that back in February of 2018, we initiated an informative subject that dealt with the subject of ‘Forgiveness and Unforgiveness”!

And to our surprise we found out both personally and culturally that the subject of forgiveness especially, is not always acceptable for most.

Now this afternoon with God’s help we want to begin a new subject that we might find both personally and culturally challenging and controversial especially in our world today.

But we need to, with the love of God and with the truth of God’s Word, address Biblically this subject which we want to call, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

Now notice Genesis 1:                                                                                                                  Vs. 26. Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.                                                       Vs. 27.  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.

Also See Genesis 2:                                                                                                                               Vs. 18. And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.                                                                                                               Vs. 21.  And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam. And he slept the Lord took one of his ribs or, took of his side, and then closed up the flesh in its place.                                      Vs. 22.  Then the rib or the side which the Lord God had taken from man, the Lord made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

Vs. 23.  And Adam said: This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.                                                                       Vs. 24.  Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.                                                                                                                Vs. 25.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

And lastly, see Matthew 19:                                                                                                           Vs. 4.  And Jesus answered and said to them, Have you not read that He (God) who made them at the beginning, made them male and female.                                                                              Vs. 5.  and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?

•Did you notice God’s divine design of heterosexual marriage that it is not to be transient, nor transitional?   •Did you notice God’s divine design of a set sexual orientation that it is not to be transient, nor transitional?•Did you notice God’s divine design of a set sexual identity that it is not to be transient, nor transitional?

But something happened that caused the human family to go from order to disorder. From obedience to disobedience.  From submission to rebellion.

Now see Genesis 3:                                                                                                                          Vs. 1.  Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And the serpent said to the woman, has God indeed said that you, shall not eat of every tree of the garden?             Vs. 2.  And the woman said to the serpent, we may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;      Vs. 3.  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.                                                                                  Vs. 4.  Then the serpent said to the woman, you will not surely die. “God is mistaken!”              Vs. 5.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. “God is withholding from you all knowledge and complete autonomy.”         Vs. 6.  So, when the woman saw that the tree was good for food.  That the tree was pleasant to the eyes. And it was a tree desirable to make one wise.  So, Eve took of its fruit and ate.  And she also gave to her husband with her and Adam ate.                                                                  Vs. 7.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

Quote Romans 5:                                                                                                                              Vs. 12.  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through, or because of sin. And thus, death spread to all men, because all sinned.                                                       Vs. 19a.  For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners!

Once Again, something happened that caused the human family to go from order to disorder. From obedience to disobedience.  From submission to rebellion.

In fact, you might recall that on June the 26th, 2015, and interestingly that this June, it will be four years since the United States Supreme Court Justices at that time, voted in favor of same- sex marriages which must be legalized in all 50 States.

And thus, redefining the definition of marriage in the United States, as not being for only a man and a woman, but now is recognized and legalized for those who are of the same gender who desire to be married.

But it didn’t stop there!

For it appears at The Public School System throughout America must now accommodate and re-educate the next generation to be more excepting, more open to the idea that heterosexual marriage, sexual orientation, and sexual identity is transient or transitional!

Show you what I mean.

Now, The California Family Council Reveals to us how The California Department of Education’s proposed changes to K-12 health curriculum.

“The California Department of Education is asking parents to review its proposed K-12 health curriculum framework, which seeks to radically transform the way public school students think about gender and sexuality. This written set of goals and objectives, revamped in light of the state’s new LGBT affirming sex education law (the Healthy Youth Act), will guide curriculum development over the next decade.

Yet, children of Christian and other conservative minded parents will find many of the new health lessons in conflict with the values taught at home

(Parents have until Friday, January 11 to submit their comments. See below for details) “Dispelling myths about gender expectations in kindergarten can lay the groundwork for acceptance, inclusiveness, and an anti-bullying environment in schools,” the proposed framework states. “Gender non-conformity and physical characteristics are often at the root of many forms of bullying.”

Chapter 3: Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Three.  So, what are these myths about gender that even kindergarteners must unlearn? Not just the color, toy, and activity preferences the two sexes tend to be attracted to, but “stereotypes” that involve dress and body parts. The framework encourages teachers to read students books like, “My Princess Boy,” about a boy who likes pink dresses and to invite adults, who identify as transgender, to the class as guest speakers.

When it comes to health lessons about body organs, the framework tells teachers to dispel the myth that male and female reproductive organs are different.

The framework states: When providing instruction on sexual and reproductive organs, teachers can introduce the concept that gender does not always match the sexual and reproductive organs described. For example, teachers may share, “In the classroom, we may use the term ‘female reproductive organs’ but some people who identify as male have these organs. The actual anatomical name for organs is utilized.

Chapter 3: Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Three. While these new gender lessons start in kindergarten, they are reinforced in every grade. The entire proposed K-12 health curriculum framework, you can read here, consists of nine chapters with several appendixes. It includes 842 mentions of the words ‘sex’, ‘sexual’, and ‘sexuality’; 239 mention of ‘gender’, with “67” in the 4th -6th grade-framework alone; and two mentions of ‘abstinence’ in the entire 1,000-page health framework.

Although Christian parents would find many objections within this framework, listed below are some of the most objectionable sections.

The framework recommends a K-3 book on gender identity titled, “Who Are You?” Which introduces kids to the gender spectrum. According to the lesson plan for the book, kids get to work the three layers of “The Gender Wheel” and learn how grown-ups look at a baby’s body when they are born and make a guess. This is the sex assigned at birth: male or female. Sometimes people get this confused with gender. But gender is much more than the body you were born with.

Chapter 3: Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Three.  The framework introduces high school kids to the dangers of “spiritual abuse” listed among other types of abuse (emotional, sexual, physical) teens must avoid. Examples of religious abuse include, “Forcing others to adhere to rigid gender roles. Not allowing a partner to do things they enjoy.”

Chapter 6: Grades Nine Through Twelve.  The framework tells middle school teachers to use gender neutral language for romantic relationships and to eliminate words that imply teens have only one sex partner at a time.  “In order to be inclusive: the term “partner” should be used in place of or in addition to “boyfriend/girlfriend” or “husband/wife” to avoid assumptions about gender and sexual orientation. Some students may be non-monogamous and the term “partner(s)” may also be used to be more inclusive.

Chapter 5: Grades Seven and Eight.  The framework introduces high school students to sexual terms such as polysexual, pansexual, and asexual.

Chapter 6: Grades Nine Through Twelve.  The framework encouraged middle school teachers to invite abortion providers as class speakers. “Guest speakers from your local public health department sexual health clinic, or local nonprofit organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, may have well-informed sexual health educators and age-appropriate materials to support comprehensive sexual health education.”

 Listen, I believe the Lord is calling you and me to be different, so we can make a difference!

I believe the Lord wants you and me to take a stand for what is right and what is true!            Yet we should do it respectfully, compassionately, but without compromise.

So, notice Esther 4:                                                                                                                             Vs. 13.  And Uncle Mordecai told them to answer his niece Esther.  Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace any more than all the other Jews.  Because you won’t! Vs. 14.   For if you remain completely silent at this time, then you know what relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place.  But you and your father's house will perish. Yet Esther, who knows whether you have come to the kingdom as Queen for such a time as this?

What Esther needed, what you and I need is a different mindset that will help us to be proactive and not just reactive.

For example, Romans 12: 2.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Acts 5: 28.  And the High Priest saying, did we not strictly command you not to teach in this Name?  And now look you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood on us!            Vs. 29. But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: We ought to obey God rather than men!

Galatians 1: 10.  For, do I now persuade, or seek the approval of men or God?  Or, do I seek to please men?  For if I still want to please men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Joshua 24: 15.  Joshua is speaking, and if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve!  Whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Back to Genesis 3:

Notice Genesis 3:                                                                                                                                Vs. 1.  Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.  And the serpent said to the woman, has God indeed or truly said, stop there.

If you think about it, the bases of our argument or our objection to same-sex marriage, or transitional sexual orientation, or transitional sexual identity, or any subject comes from the Bible the Word of God and the Holy Spirit who gives truth, understanding and discernment.

So, what do you really believe about the Bible?                                                                             And is the Bible really reliable?                                                                                                          Is the Bible actually the Word of God from God?

And finally, does the Bible have the right, the authority to tell you and me how to live my life?

So next time, and before we go any farther with this new subject, lets address and resolve the issue about the Bible itself!

02-24-2019    

And let us return back to our once a month topical series called, “What We Believe And Why?”

Each month as the LORD leads, and usually on the 4th or, if there is a 5th Sunday in a given month.

We are considering, “What The Bible Says And Teaches us About The Fundamentals, The basics, The Core Truth For being A Committed Follower Of Jesus Christ, Or You Would like To be One Day”.

So, this morning let's finish up our look at What The Bible Says & Teaches About How We Can be A better Witness For Our Lord Jesus Christ.

And How We Can be A More Affective Witness For Jehovah Or Yahweh Almighty? Amen!

And again, what are the primary ways we can be a witness for the LORD?                Answer, we should be both a verbal and nonverbal witness for the LORD!

But what does that mean, what does that look like?

Well, back in December of 2018, we considered what a “nonverbal witness” for the LORD should mean, and what it should look like!

Simply put, a nonverbal witness for the LORD is the repentance that God the Holy Spirit gives and that we receive, so that our lifestyle, our conduct, and our moral behavior will be transformed daily.

And therefore, God who is at work on the inside of us, who also by His Grace is changing our lifestyle, our conduct, and our moral behavior.

Now this afternoon let’s consider what it is to be a verbal witness for God.                     But what does that mean, and what should that look like?

Listen, a verbal witness for God is to be that person whom the LORD will empower world that needs to know who He really is.  And what, but they must be willing and available, because the LORD will never make us do anything.

Therefore, let me continue, a “verbal witness” for God is to be that one who continues to study regularly, and is learning God’s Word in order to share, or minister, or communicate the Gospel message about Jesus Christ unto what He has really done to make a difference in anyone who would receive Him and follow Him.

So, notice II Timothy 2: 15.                                                                                                Study to show your self-approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, who can rightly-dividing the Word of truth.

Listen, studying the Bible is a Spirit-lead process in order to gain the Biblical and spiritual understanding about God Himself, His ways, His will, His creation, His commandments or rules, His Salvation and His future for us.

Then having such insight, you apply what you have learned for the rest of your life.                                   Being a doer of the Word and not just a hearer, or a reader, or a studier only!

But how do we study the Bible?

Here are some steps you should know when it comes to studying the Bible!              •Set aside time, and make this a priority in your life.                                             •Praying or talking to God before, and during, and after your time in the Word together.                            •Read and study a verse, or verses in the Bible within its contexts.

For example, notice II Timothy 2: 11-15.                                                                          Vs. 11.  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him.    Vs. 12.  If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him. But if we were to deny Him, He also will deny us.                Vs. 13.  If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself.                  Vs. 14.  Of these things, put them in remembrance, charging or commanding them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but leads to the subverting or the undermining of the hearers.  How to avoid this?                                                 Vs. 15.  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

So, remember to read and study a verse, or verses in the Bible within its contexts!

•Next, read to understand, don’t just read to be reading!                                              An example, take time to look up familiar and unfamiliar words, or names, or places you are reading.           For example, the word ‘Love’.                                                                                            •Have a basic understanding of grammar.                                                                           For example, verbs, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, and what they are, and how they work.  Remember the Bible is a human language book that uses verbs, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, etc.

The Bible is not a book of symbols or numbers or pictures, like Hieroglyphics.                •Next, be familiar and knowledgeable about the layout of the Bible.  66 books, a library within one book.  Two Testaments, and within them various literary Genre.  For example, the Gospels, the Prophetic books, the Epistles, the Poetic Books, the Historical Books etc.               

A suggestion, read through the Bible in a one or two-year program, will help you to become familiar and knowledgeable about the layout of the Bible.                                  •Develop a basic understanding of how to access, or research, or investigate the Bible Itself by using various bible study tools such as;               •Dictionaries.                                                                                        •Lexicons.                                                                                                                              •Original language word studies books.                                                                                 •A Bible Concordance.                                                                                                           •A book on the various essential Bible doctrines.                                                                        For example, the deity of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the end times.               •A Biblical topical reference book or Bible.                                                                             This can be very helpful in getting started in a particular topic, or subject, or Interest you would like to study or know more about.                                                                        •A book on ancient world customs, or ancient history.                                                            •From time to time use other Bible translations or versions or paraphrases to help you to understand a certain passage in the Bible.                                                                      •From time to time, read a trusted Bible commentators, or better known as Bible commentaries.                 (Let me know if you need some recommendations).                                                             •Obtain a good study Bible by a reliable and balanced Bible teacher, or Pastor.              (Let me know if you need some recommendations).                                                         •Have an inquisitive mind.  Be like an Investigator Reporter who seeks to understand the facts and the truth about a matter in order to share with others.                                    •And lastly,                                                                                                                        Be Patient.                                                                                                                            Be Persistent.                                                                                                                      Be Consistent.                                                                                                                      And be Humble.

Turn to I Peter 3

Notice I Peter 3: 15.                                                                                                       But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give an answer, or a defense to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear or respect! Wow!

At least three words will guide you and me in fulfilling this verse!                                             •Dependency.                    •Preparedness.                                                                                                        •Graciousness.                                             

Notice again, I Peter 3: 15.                                                                                               But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, stop there!

That’s Dependency!

See St. John 15: 5.  I am the Vine, you are the ranches.  He or she who abides in Me and I in them, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing!

Back to I Peter 3

Next, notice again I Peter 3: 15.                                                                                    But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, (and always be ready to give an answer, or a defense to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you).  Stop there!

That’s Preparedness!

See II Timothy 3: 14.  But you must continue in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,                               Vs. 15.  and know that from childhood, you have known the Holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise for Salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.                       Vs. 16.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,                                                     Vs. 17.  So that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Back to I Peter 3.

And lastly, notice I Peter 3: 15.                                                                                        But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give an answer, or a defense to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, (with meekness and fear or respect)!

That’s Graciousness!

See Colossians 4:                                                                                                                      Vs. 3.  Meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the Word, to speak the mystery of Christ for which I am also in chains,                                              Vs. 4. that I may make it known or manifest as I ought to speak.                                          Vs. 5.  Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.                   Vs. 6.  Let your speech always be with Grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Listen, being a verbal witness for God is to be that One who continues to study regularly, and is learning God’s Word in order to share, or minister, or communicate the Gospel message about Jesus Christ unto a world that needs to know who He really is.  And what He has really done to make a difference in anyone who would receive Him and follow Him.

03-03-2019   Part 3  

Now this afternoon we want to come back to our new subject which we are calling, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

Now let’s do a brief review of what we have learned so far.

Because according to the Bible God’s divine design of heterosexual marriage was revealed to us in Genesis 2: 18-25 and Matthew 19: 4&5.

And there are four non-negotiable factors within God’s design for heterosexual marriage that we should know about and we should embrace.                                                                        •Heterosexual marriage design by God was to be monogamous, no bigamy, no polygamy.                                                                                                                          •Heterosexual marriage design by God was to be unbiased regardless of race, culture, age, or social-economics.   NOTE - However God’s design for heterosexual marriage is extremely bias in three areas. •Marrying anyone who is of the same gender.                                                                         •Marrying anyone within your immediate family.                                                           •Marrying anyone who is in a certain religion, or a member of a Cult, or is a new age Spiritualist, or is into the Occult, or is an Atheist or Agnostic.                                                  •Next, God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage was to be an irrevocable bond, no unbiblical divorce! NOTE - Matthew 19: 8&9.  And I Corinthians 7: 15&16.                                     •And finally, heterosexual marriage design by God was to be a lifelong covenant between a husband and a wife until physical death separates them.                    

Now, we’ve also learned from the Bible that God’s design of heterosexual orientation and heterosexual identity is also reveal to us in Genesis 1: 26&27 and Matthew 19: 4.

And by the way, the concept of sexual orientation is defined as, when someone is attracted too, and are drawn unto another person romantically, emotionally, and sexually.

And therefore, heterosexual orientation design by God was intended for both married and single individuals to be attracted to the opposite sex, and to feel drawn unto them romantically, emotionally, and sexually who are of the opposite sex.

However, heterosexual gender identity is much different.  Heterosexual gender identity isn’t about who you’re attracted to, but it’s about who You are from birth, a male or a female.

Listen, for God’s design of sexual identity is set at conception and is manifest at birth. Therefore, our sexual identity according to the Bible is not to be transient, nor transitional.  No transgenderism.  No transvestism.

Two questions.  First, what caused the human family to go from conformity to unconformity? From order to disorder?  From obedience to disobedience?  From submission to rebellion?  From clarity to confusion?

Secondly, and why has mankind over a period of time worked so hard to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage?                                                         Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual orientation?                                                                 Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual identity?

Something must have happened!  Something must have gone terribly wrong!

Yes, it did!  Notice Genesis 3:                                                                                                               Vs. 1.  Now, the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And the serpent said to the woman, has God indeed said that you, shall not eat of every tree of the garden?            Vs. 2.  And the woman said to the serpent, we may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;      Vs. 3.  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.                                                                                    Vs. 4.  Then the serpent said to the woman, you will not surely die. “God is mistaken!)            Vs. 5.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. “God is withholding from you all knowledge and complete autonomy.”                                                                                                                                    Vs. 6.  So, when the woman saw that the tree was good for food. that the tree was pleasant to the eyes.  And it was a tree desirable to make one wise. So, Eve took of its fruit and ate.  And she also gave to her husband with her and Adam ate.                                                                      Vs. 7.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves covering.

Listen, for Adam and Eve something had changed spiritually on the inside of them.

Show you what I mean!

Now, see I John 3: 10.  In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

Listen, spiritually speaking Adam & Eve and their descendants suddenly were no longer a part of God’s parental care.  No longer in right relationship and fellowship with God Himself!

Again, for Adam and Eve something had changed spiritually on the inside of them.

See St. John 8: 44.  You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand firm for the truth. Why? Because there is no truth in him.  Therefore, when he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own native tongue, Because he is a liar and the father of it.

Listen, spiritually speaking Adam & Eve and their Descendants, suddenly found themselves Under a different parental care.  One who would constantly mistreat them and deceive them and would lead them to do the same thing to one another, and to do the same thing to others.  Like a bad foster care guardian who would mistreat and deceive and would lead a child to do the same thing to their siblings, and to do the same thing to other kids.

Next, spiritually speaking from now on death and sin would dominate Adam & Eve and their descendants.

See Romans 5:                                                                                                                                  Vs. 12.  Therefore, just as through one man, sin entered the world, and death through or Because of sin.  And thus, death spread to all men, because all sinned.                                          Vs. 19a.  For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners!

Question.  But what is sin?                                                                                                                   Simply put, sin is whatever God says sin is, those things He has revealed unto mankind in the Bible, that is what sin is!  For example, Galatians 5:19-21, also known as the works of the flesh.

So, even though my culture, or my society may disagree what God says is sin.  Or, if my family.  Or, even my own flesh may detest what God says sin is!  Nevertheless, sin is whatever God says sin is!

Listen, whatever something, not someone, but whatever something that God hates, calls, or identifies to be sinful or wrong or evil or abhorrent, then so it is according to God!

And therefore, for anyone who would rebel, disobey, transgress, alter or change what God hates, or has identifies as being sinful or wrong, or evil or abhorrent. That person or persons Has sin, or has become sinful, or is sinning against God!

See James 4: 17. Therefore, to him who knows to do good or right and does not do itto him it is Sin.

See Isaiah 5: 20.  Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

So, with the time that we have left, and with God’s help, let’s consider the earlier chapters of Genesis and what they reveal unto us about the various kinds of sins committed or practiced after Adam and Eve’s rebellion and disobedience unto God.

For example, Genesis 4:                                                                                                                       Vs. 8. Now, Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed or murdered him.                                               Vs. 9. Then the LORD said to Cain; Where is Abel your brother? And Cain said, I do not know, Am I my brother's keeper?                                                                                                            Vs. 10.  And the LORD said; What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground.

Notice Genesis 4:                                                                                                                                Vs. 19.  Then Lamech (this is the great, great, great grandson of Cain), He took for himself two wives. The name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah.

Now, see Genesis 6:                                                                                                                           Vs. 5.  Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.                                                      Vs. 11. The earth also was corrupt before God and the Earth was filled with violence.

Finally, see Genesis 9:                                                                                                                  Vs. 20. And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard.                                                         Vs. 21. Then Noah drank of the wine and was drunk or was intoxicated, and became uncovered or nude or naked within his tent.                                                                                                   Vs. 22. And Noah’s middle son Ham, who is the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside the tent.                                                                                                                 Vs. 23. But Shem the youngest brother, and Japheth the oldest brother, took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father.  Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father's nakedness.                                              Vs. 24. So, Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son or Grandson had done to him.         Vs. 25. Then he said: Cursed be Canaan; (Not Ham the father) but a servant of servants He shall be to his brethren.

03-10-2019   Part 4  

Now this afternoon, lets continue with our current subject as we come to terms with what the Bible says about, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

And last Sunday we ask an important question, “Why has mankind over a period of time has worked so hard to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage? “ Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual orientation?                                                    Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual identity?

Well, together we learned how the human family beginning with Adam and Eve and all their descendants including us today, went from conformity to unconformity!  From order to disorder!  From obedience to disobedience!  From submission to rebellion! From clarity to confusion!

Notice again Romans 5:                                                                                                           Vs. 12.  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death (through) or, Because of sin.  And thus, death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Question But what is sin?                                                                                                    Sin is whatever God says sin is. They are those things He has revealed unto mankind in the Bible.  For they are those things that God hates, or they are wrong, evil, abhorrent or, an abomination to the LORD, then that is what sin is!

For example, in Galatians 5: 19-21.                                                                                   Also known as, the works of the flesh which Is a short list of certain sins mentioned in other places in the Bible.                                                                                                    Vs. 19.  Now the works of the flesh are evident which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,       Vs. 20.  Idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,                                                                                                       Vs. 21.  Envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Now notice again vs. 19.  Now, the works of the flesh are evident which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, stop there!

Let’s take a few minutes to examine each one of these words in vs. 19, because a proper understanding of each word is so relevant to our current topic that a we are in.

I show you what I mean!

First,  Adultery.                                                                                                                       The deliberate breaking, or the intentional violation of the marriage vows by means of sexually or emotionally unfaithfulness, or infidelity, or cheating.                                                  This can be done by two individuals who are still married.                                                   Or, this can be done by an individual who is married or is separated, and they are Involved with another person who is single.

Also, there are three types of adultery.                                                                                                                       1.  Sexual adultery.                                                                                                              (Note) St. John 8: 4. The pharisees said to Jesus, Teacher this woman was caught in adultery in the very act.

2.  An emotional or, attracted adultery.                                                                           (Note) Matthew 5: 28.  Jesus is speaking, but I say to you, that whoever looks at a woman or a man to lust for them, has already committed adultery with them in their heart.                                                                                                                                 Listen, no sexual adultery has occurred at this point!                                                       But what is occurring is by an unhealthy bond or connection.  As well as, romantic feelings or, affections.  And a preoccupation or, obsession has taken over one’s mind and heart.

Remember Jesus said, Whoever, looks at a woman or a man to lust for them, has already committed adultery with them in their heart!

Lastly, the 3rd type of adultery can occur when there is no Biblical grounds for divorce or separation.      (Note) Matthew 19: 8&9.                                                                                                   Vs. 8. Jesus said to them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.                                     Vs. 9.  And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication or sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.

By the way, though rarely enforced adultery in United States and in other parts of the world is considered a crime or is illegal.

(Note), Although adultery is a misdemeanor in most of the states with laws against it, some including Michigan and Wisconsin categorize the offense as a felony. Punishments vary widely by state.  In Maryland, the penalty is a paltry $10 fine.  But in Massachusetts, an adulterer could face up to three years in jail.

Next, in Galatians 5: 19 is the word ‘fornication’.                                                            Now this is a very interesting word.                                                                                         It Comes from a New Testament Greek word called, “Porneia.”

Also, from this word ‘Porneia’, we get our English words pornographic or porn.   Therefore, porneia, or fornication is defined as, any and all immoral, illicit, unlawful, unbiblical, unnatural, sexual act, or sexual stimulation or arousal with another person or persons, or with oneself, or with a non-human entity.

Fornication would include these areas of conduct, behavior, or lifestyle.                          •Premarital sex.                                                                                                           •Adultery.                                                                                                                               •Mate swapping.                                                                                                                  •Sexual orgies.                                                                                                                  •Legal or illegal prostitution with a male or female, with an adult or a minor.                   •Strip club involvement.                                                                                                           •The use of pornographic.                                                                    •Sexting.                                                                                                                          •Occultic or paganistic sexual acts.                                                                                  •Incest.                                                                                                                               •Homosexuality or Lesbianism. •Bisexuality. •Polysexuality. •Pansexuality. •Transvestitism. •Transsexualism.                  •Bestiality.                                                                                        •Sadomasochism                                                                                •Necrophilia.                                                                                       •Pedophilia.                                                                                                                          

(Note) I Corinthians 6:                                                                                                            Vs. 18.  Flee fornication or sexual immorality.  Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.                         Vs. 19.  Or, do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?                                                  Vs. 20.  For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

And Matthew 19: 9.  And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication or, sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.

Next, in Galatians 5: 19 is the word ‘uncleanness’ or ‘defilement’.   Spiritual adultery or, fornication i.e., idolatry.   Which may include occultic or paganistic sexual acts or, sacrificial rituals.        

And lastly, in Galatians 5: 19 is the word ‘Lewdness’.  It comes from a New Testament Greek word called, ‘Aselgeia’, which means living without restraint, uncontrolled, unbridled desires or lust, or sexual excesses.

This means that Lewdness is doing something we know is wrong, but doing it anyway because it feels good. It denotes a pride in the sin. This can include inappropriate sexual behavior, indulging in excesses and lack of restraint in many different areas of life.

A sex addict, a nymphomaniac.  Or, one who is promiscuous, or, wants to hook up on a regular basis.            

Listen, even though my culture or, my society may reject or, resist what God says is sin.

Or, if my family, or even my own flesh may detest or disagree with, what God says sin is!  Nevertheless, sin is whatever God says sin is, and has revealed such things in the Bible!

And therefore, anyone who would rebel, or disobey, or transgress, or alter, or change what God hates, and has identifies as being sinful or wrong, or evil or abhorrent.  That person or persons have sinned, or has become sinful.  Or, is sinning against God Himself!

Notice again Romans 5:                                                                                                      Vs. 12.  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through) or because of sin.  And thus, death spread to all men, because all sinned.

But in the sight of God,  just how bad are we?         

See Romans 3:                                                                                                                  Vs. 9. What then?   Are we better than they?  Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.                                            Vs. 10. As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one.                                      Vs. 11. There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.                Vs. 12. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.                                                                               Vs. 13. Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit; The poison of asps is under their lips.                                                                           Vs. 14. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.                                                   Vs. 15. Their feet are swift to shed blood;                                                                          Vs. 16. Destruction and misery are in their ways;                                                             17. And the way of peace they have not known.                                                               18. There is no fear of God before their eyes.                                                                   23. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

And Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Listen, death and sin would dominate Adam & Eve and their descendants until the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

In fact, notice the hope that is given to us in Romans 5:                                               Vs. 17.  For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of Grace and of the gift of righteousness, will reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ.             Vs. 18.  Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one man's righteous act the free gift came to all men resulting in justification of life.                      Vs. 19.  For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man's obedience many will be made righteous.

So, who is this one that is being spoken of, over and over again who can save us, who can change us, who can forgive us?                                                                                                      

Now, notice St. John 3Vs. 16.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.                                                                  Vs. 17.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Now, notice St. John 1: 29.  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, Behold!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Also, see I Timothy 1: 15.  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

03-17-2019   Part 5  

Now this afternoon, lets continue with our current subject as we come to terms with what the Bible says about, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

So, with God’s help, we have been answering the question, “Why has mankind or human beings from various cultures and over a vast period of time, why have we  worked so hard to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage? “                                   Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual orientation?                                                    Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual identity?

Well, together we have been learning how the human family beginning with Adam and Eve and all their descendants including us today, we have been and we still are affected by sin and death which has led us from conformity to unconformity!  From order to disorder!  From obedience to disobedience!  From submission to rebellion! from clarity to confusion!

Notice again Romans 5:                                                                                                       Vs. 12.  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death (through) or, because of sin.  And thus, death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Listen, death and sin would dominate, control, isolate Adam & Eve and their descendants until the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ which paid in-full our sin debt that we could never pay, nor could we ever atone for, nor would we be able to satisfy God’s Holy & righteous standards and commands.

See Romans 5:                                                                                                                 Vs. 19.  For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man's obedience many will be made righteous.  But how?

Turn to Romans 10:

See Romans 10:                                                                                                               Vs. 9.  That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus or Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised or resurrected Him from the dead, you will be Saved.       Vs. 10.   For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth vs. confession is made unto salvation.                                                                                         Vs. 13.   For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

However, notice vs. 14 for it raises some important questions! Vs. 14.  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a Preacher or a witness?

In fact, in Romans 1: 15-17, the Apostle Paul shares the answer which is, “Personal Involvement“.   Show you what I mean!

Turn to Romans 1:                                                                                                             Vs. 15.  The Apostle Paul is speaking, so as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the Gospel to you who are in Rome also.

Stop here and explain about the Roman Empire the Gospels and New Testament times. Its problems and its excesses that led to its downfall.

Some of these things are very similar to what is happening in the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries.

For example;                                                                                                                     •The devaluating of human Life.  Whether it was the unborn or children, or the elderly they were all expendable.                                                                                            Also, capital punishment by means of scourging and crucifixion.                                   The Colosseum spectacles.                                                                                            Or, the military conquest of the world of that time.                                                               •Slavery.                                                                                                                               •Government out-of-control spending.                                                                                   •Unbearable taxation throughout the empire.                                                                     •Unbridled sexuality and sexual practices.                                                                          •Idolatry, but zero tolerance for the newly found Christian faith.                                  •Corrupt leaders who could care less about the people they represented.                            

Now, the Apostle Paul continues here in vs. 16&17.                                                             Vs. 16.  For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it (the Gospel of Christ) is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek or Gentiles.            Vs. 17.  For or because in it (the Gospel of Christ) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith!

Question, could you name a sickness, or a disease or a mental or psychological disorder that you would like to see healed and eradicated?

Now imagine that you know a competent medical scientist who has come up with the cure and the means to eradicate that sickness, or disease or mental or psychological disorder!  However, there is a catch!

They need you to receive the cure for yourself first, to be a witness that this cure really works.  Then afterwards, for the rest of your days, they need your help in getting the word out so that others can know that there Is hope, that there Is help, that there is a cure!

Question would you do it?                                                                                                   •Would you devote yourself?                                                                                        •Would you inconvenience yourself?                                                                               •Would you take the risk that you might be rejected or misunderstood?                      •Yet would you be unashamedly involved and committed to warning anyone of the consequences of doing nothing!

In fact, that is exactly what the Apostle Paul is doing here in these 11 verses, vs. 15-25.

So, lets continue in verse 18.   For or, because the wrath of God is (also) revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Why?)              Vs. 19.  because what may be known of God is manifest in them (mankind), for God has shown it to them.    Vs. 20.  For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made or created, even God’s eternal power and Godhead (or Triunity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit), so that they (mankind) are without excuse, (Why?)                                 Vs. 21.  because although they (mankind) knew God (because of His creation), they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful. But became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened.             Vs. 22.  Professing to be wise, they became fools,                                                                Vs. 23.  and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things.                  Vs. 24.  Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,                                                                  Vs. 25.  who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature (remember vs. 23), rather than the Creator, Who is Blessed forever.  Amen.

Now may I re-read vs. 24 again!                                                                                    Vs. 24.  Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, (How?)                                                     Vs. 26.  For this reason, God gave them up unto vile passions.  For even their women exchanged or swapped for something else different than the natural use of their sexuality for what Is against nature, or against the divine design of God set forth within His creation a heterosexual union.     Vs. 27.  Likewise, also the men, leaving or abandoning the natural use of the Woman, (a heterosexual union), burned in their lust for one another.  Men with men, committing what is shameful.  And receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. Wow!                                                        Vs. 28.   And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, (reprobate mind) to do those things which are not fitting; or right, appropriate, normal, or natural!

So, in what other did this manifest as well?                                                                    Well, notice vs. 29, being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,

Vs. 30.  backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Vs. 31.  undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;                             Vs. 32.  Who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death.  Not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them, (remember vs. 26-31).

Now turn to I Corinthians 6.    

So then, what is the Ultimate Consequence For rebelling and rejecting God Standards and His Commands?

See I Corinthians 6:                                                                                                            Vs. 9.  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,                          Vs. 10.  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (Stop There)!

Notice I Corinthians 6: 9 again from the NKJV.                                                              Vs. 9. Do you not know that the unrighteous will-not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites.

(The NLT) I Corinthians 6:9 says, Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality.

(The KJV) I Corinthians 6:9 says, Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, *nor effeminate, *nor abusers of themselves with mankind.

•’Effeminate’, says the KJV.  The Greek word is μαλακός or malako.  Which can mean a boy kept for homosexual relations with an adult man. (Pedophilia).  Or, an adult male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness, such as prostitution with either male or female.

Next, abusers of themselves with mankind, says the KJV.  A Strong's Definitions -The Greek word is ἀρσενοκοίτης or arsenokoítēs. Which can mean a Sodomite, or one who lies with a male as with a female, a homosexual.

Now vs. 10 continues.  Nor, thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the Kingdom of God.                                                                  Vs. 11.  But such were some of you.  But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.         

Imagine you now know the LORD in a personal relationship, and He has the cure and the means to eventually eradicate Satan, sin, death, sickness and disease, hell and evil!

However, there is a catch!

God needs you and I to receive the cure for ourselves first, to be a witness that this cure really works. Then afterwards for the rest of our days, He needs our involvement in getting the word out so that others can know that there is hope, that there is help, that there is a cure!

Question would we do it?                                                                                                   •Would we devote ourselves?                                                                                             •Would we inconvenience ourselves?                                                                                    •Would we take the risk that we might be rejected or misunderstood?                        •Yet would we be unashamedly involved and committed to warning anyone of the consequences of doing nothing!

03-24-2019   Part 6   

Again, this afternoon lets continue with our current subject which we have called, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

And with God’s help, we have been answering some very important questions with the help of the Bible, so we can better understand why has mankind, human beings from various cultures Including our own.  Why have we worked so hard over time to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s Divine Design for heterosexual marriage?                                                                                                   Or, God’s Divine Design for heterosexual orientation?                                                    Or, God’s Divine Design for heterosexual identity?

Because unfortunately at the core of all this desire for change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s Divine Design is Deception, Disobedience, and Defiance, this according to the Bible.

Now notice I Corinthians 6:                                                                                                   Vs. 9.  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.               Vs. 10.  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God Vs. 11.  But such were some of you.  But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Listen, in vs. 11.  The Apostle Paul was telling this Congregation of Believers although they were far from perfect.

Yet, by the Grace of God, they had experienced transformation from within, which lead to a change in their lifestyles.

So then, they were not just a Christian ‘Hyphen’ thief.                                                     Or, a Christian ‘Hyphen’ Adulterer.                                                                                      Or, a Christian ‘Hyphen’ Fornicator.                                                                                    Or, any of the other things that was mentioned here in verses 9 &10!

Instead they had experienced divine transformation.                                                     •They are no more a Thief!                                                                                                 •They are no more an Adulterer!                                                                                      •They are no more a Fornicator.

Now, this doesn’t mean that they did not struggle from time to time!                                  Nor, does it mean that there were those who were not tempted at times.                   Nor, does it mean at times unfortunately some of them did give into temptation, and sinned against God.

But here is what it does mean!                                                                                           Immediately by the Holy Spirit who indwells all Believers, they did experience conviction and correction in their hearts.

Which then led them to acknowledge and confess their sins unto God.                       Which then led them to repentance and being an overcomer, and not just being overcome.

Listen, they experienced a true change within their identities, that affected their spirit, soul, and bodies.

Notice vs. 11 again, but such were some of you!                                                            But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Wow!

Now, there are some Christian and non-Christians that would argue and say, that in I Corinthians 6: 9&10, and in other places of the New Testament, including the Gospels, that the word homosexual, or homosexuality is not mentioned in the original King James Bible.

Some say, its only in the newer translations of the Bible!                                              But it is not in the authorized King James Version of the Bible.                                       And therefore, how can homosexuality be a sin if it’s not mentioned in the Bible?

Is this true?                                                                                                                     Yes, and no!                                                                                                                       With God’s help, let me see if I can explain.

First, let me read from the KJV for I Corinthians 6: 9. Listen, be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, *nor effeminate, *nor abusers of themselves with mankind.

So, it is true.                                                                                                                      Neither the words homosexual, or homosexuality is mentioned in the original King James Bible.       And also, it is true in the newer translations of the Bible the words homosexual or homosexuality are used.

For example, from the NKJV, I Corinthians 6: 9 says,                                                    Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites.

Now, from the NLT, I Corinthians 6: 9 it says, don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality.

However, it is not true that in the original King James Bible, homosexuality is not referred to!

It’s just that the English translators of that day, they used other words from their time to describe and to refer to the practice of homosexuality.

Let me read again from the KJV for I Corinthians 6: 9 which says, be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, *nor effeminate, *nor abusers of themselves with mankind.                        •Effeminate, says the KJV, comes from a Greek word, μαλακός or malako.              Which can mean a boy kept for homosexual relations with an adult man. (Pedophilia).      Or, an adult male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness, such as prostitution with either male or female.

•Next, abusers of themselves with mankind, says the KJV.                                                  A Strong's Definition is the Greek word ἀρσενοκοίτης or arsenokoítēs.                              Which can mean a Sodomite or one who practices sodomy.                                             Which can either be between two same-sex individuals Bisexual.                                               It can be between two heterosexual individuals.                                                                And it can be between two individuals who are, Pansexual, or Polysexual.

Now, there are some Christian and Non-Christians that would argue and say, that in other places of the New Testament, that the word Homosexual, or homosexuality is not mentioned in the original King James Bible.

Some say, its only in the newer translations of the Bible!                                            

But it is not in the authorized King James Version of the Bible.                                            And therefore, how can homosexuality be a sin if it’s not mentioned in the Bible?          Is this true?

Let me read from the KJV for I Timothy 1: 9&10.                                                          Vs. 9.   Knowing this, that the Law of God is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,                                                                                                                    Vs. 10.  For whoremongers, (for them that defile themselves with mankind), for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

And yes, again it is true in the newer translations of the Bible the words homosexual or homosexuality are used.

For example, let me read from the NIV for I Timothy 1: 9&10.                                      Vs. 9.  We also know that the Law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,        Vs. 10.  for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine.

Also, let me read from the NKJV for I Timothy 1: 9&10.                                              Vs. 9.  knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,                              Vs. 10.  For fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

However, it is not true that homosexuality is not referred to in other places in the New Testament.

Homosexuality is referred to in other places in the New Testament by the translators of the King James Version.  They use words that were familiar to their day.

Vs. 10.  For example, let me read again from the KJV of I Timothy 1: 10.                   For whoremongers, (for them that defile themselves with mankind).  Stop there!

The word ‘whoremongers’, from a Strong's Definition, πόρνος pórnos, which can mean, a male or female fornicator acting sexually lewd.                                                           Or, it can refer to a male who prostitutes their body for hire, to fulfill the lust of others. a Gigolo, or an escort.

But now notice the next words in vs. 10 KJV, “For them that defile themselves with mankind!”

A Strong's Definition is again, the Greek word ἀρσενοκοίτης or arsenokoítēs.                   Which can mean a Sodomite or one who practices sodomy.                                            Which can either be between two same-sex individuals.                                                  It can be between two heterosexual individuals.                                                          And it can be between two who are Bisexual, Pansexual, Or Polysexual.

Now, there are some Christian and non-Christians that would argue and say, that in the Gospels, that the word homosexual, or homosexuality are not mentioned in the original King James Bible.

And again, some would say its only in the newer translations of the Bible, but it is not in the authorize King James Version of the Bible.                                                                     And therefore, how can homosexuality be a sin if it’s not mentioned in the Bible?   Is this true?

Let me read from the KJV For Matthew 19: 9. Jesus is speaking, and I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.

So yes, it is true, that in the newer translations of the Bible the words homosexual or homosexuality are used.

For example, l me read from the NKJV concerning Matthew 19: 9.  Now Jesus is speaking, and I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.

But again, it is not true that homosexuality is not referred to In the Gospels.

Homosexuality is referred to in the Gospels by the translators of the King James Version, however they use words that were familiar to their day.

Again, notice the KJV for Matthew 19: 9, Jesus is speaking, and I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication.  Stop right there!

Listen, fornication is from the Greek word, ‘Porneia’, that we have seen before.

Remember, Porneia, or fornication is defined as, any and all immoral, illicit, unlawful, unbiblical, unnatural, sexual act, or sexual stimulation or arousal with another person or persons, or with oneself, or with a non-human entity.

Now, one last area we should consider.  Because there are some Christians who are uninformed or misinformed.

And there are some so-called “Professing Christians,” who unfortunately are religious or they are coming from a new-age spirituality, but they are still unsaved according to the Bible.

And, there are non-Christians in general as well.

But there are those who would say that the Bible supports the idea of an alternative lifestyle such as a bisexual relationship that they say supposedly existed between David and Jonathan, the son of King Saul (is this true)?

Let me read to you some information from a Bible study series conducted by the Metropolitan Community Church.

In which they said that “the Bible shows that the blessing of the Lord can rest on a homosexual.

And they gave as an example David, who was a man after God's own heart, and who they think obviously had a relationship with Jonathan the son of King Saul."

And by the way, The Metropolitan Community Church, founded by Troy Perry Back in the late 60s, which then was the first openly Gay Protestant Denominational Church in Los Angeles.

But since then they have become an openly LGBTQ Church.  And they also have other satellite churches throughout the United States and around the world.

Now, The Metropolitan Community Church Points out in the Bible that in I Samuel Chapter 18,            and in I Samuel chapter 20,                                                                                                    and in II Samuel chapter 1,                                                                                                    is sufficient evidence to support their point of view about David and Jonathan.

So, with the time we have left, lets briefly consider the Metropolitan Community Church’s point of view with the help of the Bible, and then you can make up your own mind about the matter.

Now, here in the opening chapter of I Samuel 18, both David and Jonathan apparently had a chance to meet and had an immediate connection, and a mutual respect for one another, even though they never met before.

Listen, even though Jonathan was the king’s son, and the likely successor of his father’s kingdom, Jonathan never felt jealous over David’s victory against Goliath in chapter 17, unlike his father.

Also, Jonathan never let his father’s suspicions and jealousies about David and his intentions, poison his mind about the man. 

Instead, Jonathan took the time to get to know David for himself, to see what kind of man he really was!  And to Jonathan’s surprise God brought a true friend, and a brother, a loyal comrade into his life.  In which, there was an immediate bond between them!

Now notice vs. 1.  Now, when he David had finished speaking to King Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.                  Vs. 3.  Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because Jonathan loved him as his own soul.             Vs. 4.  And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.

Now in vs. 4, there are some who suggest that at this point, Jonathan stripped himself and kissed David.  And David gave himself to Jonathan.

But that’s not what the Bible says happened!

Notice I Samuel 20:                                                                                                               Vs. 3. Then David took an oath again, and said to Jonathan, Your father certainly knows that I have found favor in your eyes, therefore the king has said, do not let Jonathan know this, man!

See I Samuel 20:                                                                                                                  Vs. 40.  Then Jonathan gave his weapons to his armor bearer, and said to him, Go, carry them to the city lest he be grieved.  But David said, truly as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death.

Now this phrase in vs. 3 which David said, "Your father certainly knoweth that I have found grace or favor in your eyes."

And there are some who suggest that this is referring to an existing homosexual relationship between them!

But actually, all that David is saying is that he recognizes the favor, the grace, and friendship that has been shown to him by Jonathan, now that his father is seeking to destroy him.

Now also, in I Samuel 20: There is another possibility for misunderstanding because of the Bible’s description of physical affection that was shown between Jonathan and David.

Show you what I

Vs. 41.  As soon as the boy had gone, David arose from a place toward the south, fell on his face to the ground and bowed down three times.  And David and Jonathan kissed one another; and they wept together, but David more so.

Now this phrase that says that David and Jonathan kissed one another, makes some to suggest that this was a kiss, the same kind of kiss in which a man kisses a woman, mouth to mouth.

But actually, this was not a mouth-to-mouth kiss.  But a mouth-to-forehead, or a mouth-to-cheek or neck.

This even today, is a traditional Middle Eastern show of affection and appreciation to another man, or a male relative.

But there are still some who suggest that David was definitely Bisexual, because he was married and at one point had several wives.

But they say that the true love of his life was not His wives, but It was a man, Jonathan because David said so!

Notice II Samuel 1:                                                                                                                       Vs. 25.  How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!  Jonathan was slain in your high places.          Vs. 26.  I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me; Your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women.

Now, even though in vs. 26 the Bible says that David said of Jonathan after his death, “Your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women!"

Listen, we should not assume that David and Jonathan had some kind of illicit relationship together.

Because remember, in that day men and women relationships were much different than they are now and especially here in the United States.

But in David’s time, women were to be isolated from men for their own safety and well-being, with the exception of a husband and/or other male relatives.

But primarily for men the exchange of ideas and concepts and feelings and camaraderie, was a man to man thing, which would surpass the relationships they had with the women in their lives.

Listen, David was only reflecting and recalling, because he still in morning for his friend.  Thankful and blessed that he was able to have with Jonathan, a marvelous friendship with another man whom he esteemed and loved, and who was a true friend to him at a time that he needed It the most, that’s all its saying.

Say something about same-sex friendships.

Quote Proverbs 18: 24.                                                                                                      A man that has friends must shew himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

03-31-2019   Part 7  

Again, this afternoon, lets continue with our current subject which we have called, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

And with God’s help, we have been answering some very important questions with the help of the Bible, so we can better understand why has mankind, human beings from various cultures including our own.  Why have we worked so hard over time to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage?                                                                                                                                Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual orientation?                                                   Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual identity?

And therefore, with the help of the Bible and the Holy Spirit, we have come to understand that at the core of all this desire for change, and to redefine, as well as to redesign God’s design for heterosexual marriage, heterosexual orientation, or, heterosexual identity.

At the core of all this Is deception, disobedience, and defiance, this according to God, Himself!

Now, last Sunday we addressed a few areas of misunderstanding and misinformation that some people have.

For example, I cannot change, I am what I am!                                                                  Yet, doesn’t the Bible teach that a person who is in Christ Jesus because of the new birth, will experience for themselves a divine identity change.

II Corinthians 5:17 says, therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Also, there be over time, an inwardly change that will affect you outwardly!

With the Holy Spirit’s help and your corporation.  Your lifestyle, your conduct, and your behavior over time will be transformed.

Remember I Corinthians 6:                                                                                              Vs. 9.  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.            Vs. 10.  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.                                                                                            Vs. 11.  But such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God, the Holy Spirit!

(NOTE:) Now remember, you can learn more or review how we answered this particular question in more detail last Sunday, by checking out our church website and listening to the digital audio recording, dated 3-24-19.

Or if you prefer, on the church website you can look for the section that says “Sermon Notes,” and the date 3-24-19.

Next, last Sunday we also addressed another area of misunderstanding and misinformation that some people have.

There are some that would say that the words homosexual or homosexuality in particular, may not be a sin because is not mentioned in the original King James Bible version.

And again, you can learn more or review how we answered this particular question in more detail last Sunday, by checking out our church website and listening to the digital audio recording, dated 3-24-19.

Or, if you prefer, on the church website you can look for the section that says “Sermon Notes,” and the date 3-24-19.

And finally, we addressed one more area that there is some misunderstanding and misinformation that some people have.

Because, there are those who would say that the Bible supports the idea of an alternative lifestyle such as a bisexual relationship that they say supposedly existed between David and Jonathan, the son of King Saul.

And again, you can learn more or review how we answered this particular question in more detail last Sunday, by checking out our church website and listening to the digital audio recording, dated 3-24-19.

Or if you prefer, on the church website you can look for the section that says “Sermon Notes,” and the date 3-24-19.

Now, this afternoon we want to address another area of misunderstanding and misinformation that some people have.

For there are some that would argue and say that there are some the Old Testament passages in the Bible, that suggest that the LGBTQ lifestyle are the worst kinds of sins in the Bible.  And therefore, God‘s judgment and punishment upon the LGBTQ lifestyle is greater and more severe, because their sin is worse than any other sin In the Bible.

But is this true?

Are there some passages in the Old Testament that suggest the LGBTQ lifestyle is the worst kind of sins in the Bible?

Some say yes, and they point to a few verses in the Old Testament, for example, notice Leviticus 18:22.       Vs. 22.  You males shall not lie with a male as with a woman.  It is an abomination.

See, abomination means, this sin is worse than any other sin in the Bible.  It is the worst kind of sin in the Bible.

But that’s not true!

Actually, the word ‘abomination’ when God uses it can describe something that He strongly dislike or disapprove of.  Or that which is detestable or disgraceful according to His standards.                      The word ‘abomination’ when God uses it can describe something obscene, or is an obscenity.             The word ‘abomination’ when God uses it can describe something that is an outrage or atrocity.

Note: Proverbs 6: 16-19 says,                                                                                        Vs. 16.  These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination unto Him:        Vs. 17.  A proud look, a lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,                       Vs. 18.  A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,          Vs. 19.  A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.

Also, see Deuteronomy 22:5, a woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for or because all who do so are an abomination unto the LORD your God.

Some people say this means women are not allowed to wear slacks.

The problem with that is men didn't wear slacks in those days.  Listen, the concern is much broader than that!  The idea doesn’t just refer to clothes, it also refers to weapons, tools, jewelry and ornaments as well.

And the point God is making, whatever tends to blurs, or eliminates the distinctiveness between male & female is forbidden, and is to be avoided by God’s people, and this would include transvestism.

Question, were there certain sins that if they were practiced by God’s people during Old Testament times, they would to be punishable by death?

Is this true?                                                                                                                             Notice Leviticus 20: 13,  If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.

Also, see Leviticus 20:16    If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them.

Question, why was Capital Punishment for certain sins by God’s people only in the Old Testament times was implemented?

Two main reasons.

The first reason, God wants His people to be distinct or Holy from other people, from the other nations that were around them.

And when His people refuse; or try to conform and be like the people, or like the other nations that were around them.                                                                                              God allow Capital Punishment to be administer for certain sins.

The second reason why Capital Punishment for certain sins by God’s people only in the Old Testament times was implemented was because, God needed to deal with the mixed multitude that was among His people after the Exodus from Egypt.

Note: Exodus 12: 38, first identifies this group calling them “the mixed multitude.”

Still another area of misunderstanding and misinformation actually comes from the New Testament.

Some people have, suggested because of the phrase in Romans 1: 24,26, & 28, “and God gave them up!” or, “God gave them over unto a reprobate mind!”

That the LGBTQ lifestyle is the worst kind of sins in the Bible.  And therefore, God‘s judgment and punishment upon the LGBTQ lifestyle is greater and more severe, because their sin is worse than any other sin in the Bible.

But, is this true?                                                                                                        Notice Romans 1:                                                                                                               * Vs. 24.  Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves.  How?                                                           * Vs. 26.   For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions.  For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.                                                       Vs. 27.  Likewise, also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.                                                       * Vs. 28.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind (reprobate mind) to do those things which are not fitting; Or right, appropriate, normal, or natural!                                                                          Vs. 25.  who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.                                   Vs. 20.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,                                                                                    Vs. 21.  because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Vs. 22.  Professing to be wise, they became fools,                                                       Vs. 23  and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Now, the last area of misunderstanding and misinformation that we want to address is the wrong perspective that some people have because of the way God responded against the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding areas, and therefore some people suggest that this is why the LGBTQ lifestyle is the worst kind of sins in the Bible.

But is this true?                                                                                                              May I first suggest that you begin read at Genesis 18: 16-33.

Then Genesis 19: 1-38.                                                                                                            But because of time I will not read all these verses.

But, lets notice Genesis 19:                                                                                                   Vs. 4.  Now before they lay down to sleep.  Stop there!                                                      This is in reference to the two visitors Lot’s wife and Lot’s two unmarried daughters.

Now vs. 4 continues, the men of the city, the males of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house of Lot.                                            Vs. 5. And they called to Lot and said to him, where are the men (the two Visitors) who came to you tonight?Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.                                                    Vs. 6.  So, Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him.                     Vs. 7.  and said, Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly!                                       Vs. 8.  See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish.

Only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.

NOTE: There’s also another similar account in Judges 19: 22-30 similar to this incident.

Now vs. 9 continues,                                                                                                          And they said, "Stand back!  Then they said!  This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; *Now we will deal worse with you than with them.                 So, they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.  Vs. 10.  But the men the Angels reached out their hands and pulled Lot back into the house with them, and shut the door.         Vs. 11.  AND they (the Angels) struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door. Vs. 12.  Then the men (Angels) said to Lot, Have you anyone else here?  Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city take them out of this place!                                        Vs. 13.  For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.                              Vs. 14.  So, Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!  But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.

Listen, this lets me know, that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding area, that homosexuality was not the only sin that was practice among them.

May I suggest, that all matter of sexual sin that we could imagine was prevalent among them!                                                                                                              

And not just homosexuality only!

Actually, homosexual gang rape, was just one of the many sins that was practice within the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding area!

Vs. 15.  When the morning dawned, the Angels urged lot to hurry, saying, arise, take your wife and your two unmarried daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.             Vs. 16.  And while Lot lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife's hand, and the hands of his two daughters, for the LORD was being merciful unto Him.  And they brought Lot out and set him outside the city.

*************** TERMS OF ENDEARMENT ***************

04-07-2019   Part 1 

As most of you know, usually twice in a year during the resurrection or Easter season, and then during the Christmas season as well.

It’s good for us to take a break from the current topic that we are involved with at this time. So that we can focus on our first Love, and the most important ONE in all the Bible, and that is the LORD Jesus Christ!  Amen.

For He is the One and Only, God-Man!

Having two natures at the same time being fully God and fully man (Human).

For Theologians called this “the Hypostatic Union!”

Listen, this truth about our Savior should be at the heart of our Christmas celebrations, and at the heart of our Easter or Resurrection celebrations as well!

Always remember that Jesus Christ is this one unique person possessing two distinct natures.  And therefore, making it possible for many to be in a right relationship with their Creator because of Him, and Him only.

Sometimes it’s really easy to forget this reality concerning the humanity or the human side of Jesus.

For we can focus so much on His deity, and that’s very important don’t get me wrong!

But, we can focus so on His much deity that we fail to appreciate and benefit from the human side, and the relational side of Jesus.

If you think about it, Jesus came into this world having direct contact with people and with individuals from the beginning of His earthly life in the manger, right up until His heavenly ascension at the Mount of Olives in Acts chapter 1.

For 33 years the God-Man was very human in every way.

For example, He chose not to isolate Himself but to be sociable, available, and approachable.  Developing many personal relationships.  As well as, interacting with His culture and His society, yet never being conformed unto It.

But being to builder and redeemer of men, although it was costly for Him.  Many times, being inconvenience.

Or, other times being judged and misunderstood.  And ultimately it brought about being forsaken, and betrayed, and crucified!

So that mankind could have and experience an everlasting relationship that will never end.  That will always be fulfilling and blessed.  And, that will help us to stay connected and dependent upon the Lord Himself.

Therefore, during this special month, during this special season, with God’s help, we want to begin his new topic that we want to call, “Terms Of Endearment.”

Now, in the Bible there are some terms or names of endearment that the Lord Jesus used concerning us.  And also, there are other terms of endearment that also refers to us in other places of the New Testament, that we will consider.

But listen, the most important thing to remember is, that these terms or names of endearment that God has so graciously bestowed upon us, are to help us to understand the type of relationship that God wants to have with us who are building and developing their own personal relationship with Him.

For example, some of the terms or names of endearment that we will look at overtime are, friend, which is a term of endearment.

Next, brother, another term of endearment.                                                                  Also, Ambassador, another term of endearment just to name a few.

However, for this afternoon let’s consider the first term of endearment that was mention from the list, that describes the type of relationship that God wants to have with you and I and the first one is friend!  Wow!

You mean God wants to befriend me!”

By the way, there is a current network television series with a similar title called, “God Friended Me!” it airs local on Sunday nights.

So, you Are telling me that you and I can have a friendship with God?

Now, I don’t know about you, but I have some hang-ups when it comes to relating to God as a friend!

Maybe, it’s because of the types of human friendships that I have had!                     Maybe, it’s because I, myself in some cases have failed to be the kind of friend that I should have been.

Also, for me, the word “friend” when It comes to my interaction with God can seems somewhat superficial.  Or, a bit too casual, and not reverent, or honoring!  Kind of like some individuals today who want to refer to God as,                                                    “My Big Buddy in the sky!”                                                                                                “My Homie.”                                                                                                                     “My Amigo.

Yet, on the other hand, the word friend or friendship in the Bible, God uses it to show how He feels about us, and how we can feel about Him as well.

Listen, this particular term of endearment “friend,” when it comes to God, and God with us is something that is greatly needed in our lives today!

With all the problems and pressures of life that so many of us are facing, it sure looks like we could use a real friend right about now!

And you know what many centuries ago, that’s what the Disciples of Jesus felt like the night before His crucifixion.

They need a real friend!                                           

Now notice St. John 15: 15, Jesus is speaking, no longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what His Master is doing.  But I (Jesus said) I have called you “friends.”  Because all things that I heard from My Father, I have made it known unto you.

NOTE: Share some background concerning St. John 15:15 and some of the circumstances that everyone was facing that night in the upper room, before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.                                                                                                 

Maybe as a personal assignment in preparation for the Easter season that we are in.     And read for yourself St. John Chapter 13 thru chapter 17.                                            Five very important chapters that demonstrated Jesus true friendship and love that He had for His 12 Disciples, yes even Judas!

Let me give me a flavor of what was going on that night in the upper room!

For example, see St. John 13: 1-5.                                                                                      The symbolic cleansing and forgiveness of His Disciples.                                                    Vs. 1.  Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.         Vs. 2.  And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him,                                                                             Vs. 3.  Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,                                                                   Vs. 4.  rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.     Vs. 5.  After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

Next, see St. John 13: 21-30.                                                                                              Judas’ plan is revealed And He is dismissed from the group.                                        Vs. 21.  When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.                                             Vs. 22.  Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.     Vs. 23.  Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.       Vs. 24.  Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Vs. 25.  Then, leaning back on Jesus' breast, he said to Him, "Lord, who is it?                   Vs. 26.  Jesus answered, It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it. And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. Vs. 27.  Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, What you do, do quickly. Vs. 28.  But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him.                    Vs. 29.  For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, Buy those things we need for the feast, or that he should give something to the poor.                                Vs. 30.  Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately.  And it was night.

Lastly. see St. John 13: 37& 38, Jesus also reveals Peter’s rejection and denial of Him.                                    Vs. 37.  Peter said to Him, Lord, why can I not follow You now?  I will lay down my life for Your sake.               Vs. 38.  Jesus answered him, will you lay down your life for My sake?   Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.

It’s no wonder Jesus said these words, in see St. John 14: 1.                                          Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

Now see Proverbs 18:                                                                                                    Vs. 24.  A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: And there is “a friend” that sticketh closer than a brother.

Listen, the song writer said, “What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grieves to bear.                  What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.                                                     Oh, what peace we often forfeit.                                                                                      Oh, what needless pain we bear!                                                                                           All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!

04-014-2019    Part 2  

During this special month, during this special season, with God’s help, we want to continue with our newest topic that we are calling, “God’s Terms Or Words Of Endearment.”

These special words, or terms of endearment that are personal and intimate, they are meant to be relational sentiments between God and His people!

In fact, in the Bible the Lord Jesus Christ used certain terms or words of endearment concerning His followers.

And also, in other places of the New Testament there are additional terms or words of endearment between God and His people as well!

But remember that these terms or words of endearment that God has bestowed upon us so graciously should help anyone to understand the type of relationship that God wants to have with us who are building and developing their own personal relationship with Him.

So, this afternoon lets continue with our first term or word of endearment, because this is a way that God sees us in Christ, as friends, and not just servants, but friends. Wow!

Now notice St. John 15: 15, Jesus is speaking, No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what His Master is doing.  But I, (Jesus said) I have called you ‘friends’.  Because all things that I heard from My Father, I have made it known unto you.

Listen, by God’s Grace and for the rest of our days, you and I are to cultivate and maintain a personal relationship, and a bonafide friendship with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

But first, we may need to overcome some of our hang-ups that we may have when it comes to God as our friend!                                                                                             •For example, a lack of understanding and appreciation of the word friend or friendship.

Because these two words, friend or friendship that are used quite often in our culture or society, means a lot of things to a lot of people.

Kind of like the word ‘love’, that is tossed around by so many.

And so likewise, the words, friend or friendship for the most part has lost its meaning and significance, because we apply it to people and individuals who probably don’t deserve that recognition in our lives.

Here are some definitions or ideas for the word friend and friendship.                            A friend is someone whom you can trust, depend upon, or rely upon.                               *A friend is someone who can admit and apologize when they are wrong or have messed up.                A friend is someone who can forgive you and move on when there has been confession, true repentance, and an apology along with an understanding of what they said or did and how it affected you.                   A friend is someone who can keep things confidential, whatever you have shared with them.                      A friend is someone in whom you can communicate with.                                               A friend is loyal and committed to you and the relationship.  Willing to stand by you through thick and thin! Through good times and bad times.                                               A friend is honest and truthful with you at all times.                                                           A friend is someone you enjoy spending time with, and doing things together with.            A friend is someone who would sacrifice what they have, or even go without, so that your needs might be met.

Some synonyms for the word friend, are;                                                                       Companion, Comrade, Confidant, Compadre.

•Now another hang-up that we may have when it comes to God as our friend, it’s because of our own personal experiences with human friendships or with so-called friends.

•Still another hang-up that we may have when it comes to God as our friend, is that we would be overly concerned that we are being irreverent or superficial with God!

•Another hang-up that we may have when it comes to God as our friend, are.                                                                                                    feelings of unworthiness.                                                                                                   Or, I’m too busy for that kind of relationship!                                                                         Or, I’m so above all that kind of friendship stuff!

•And lastly, another hang-up that we may have when it comes to God as our friend, might be because of my current lifestyle choices.  Or, my conduct or behavior at this time.  So then, I don’t want God to tell me what to do!  Nor, do I want God telling me what I am doing is wrong like a good friend should!

But please remember that this particular term or word of endearment can really help us to understand that there is another type of relationship that God wants to have with you and I who are ready for something more.

This particular term or word of endearment concerning friendship, needs to be seen from God‘s point of view and not just ours!

Listen, this particular term or word of endearment, ‘friend’, should help us and not hinder us, in building and developing a closer and personal relationship with the LORD.

Now again, in the Bible the Lord Jesus Christ used this word ‘friend’ on several occasions.  For this special term of endearment, He reserved it for His followers, and surprisingly for others that you and I would not expect!

First, notice the Lord’s use of this special term of endearment that He reserved for His followers!

Again, notice St. John 15: 15, Jesus is speaking, no longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what His Master is doing.  But I, (Jesus said) have called you ‘friends’.  Because all things that I heard from My Father, I have made it known unto you.

Now see St. John 15:                                                                                                        Vs. 12. This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.            Vs. 13. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for His friends.

Also See St. John 10:                                                                                                          Vs. 11.  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.            Vs. 17. Therefore, My Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it again.                     Vs. 18. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.

Notice St. John 11:                                                                                                          Vs. 1.  Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.                  Vs. 3.  Therefore, the sisters sent to Him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.                            Vs. 5.  Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.                                              Vs. 11. These things said Jesus: and after that He said unto the Disciples, our friend Lazarus is sleep; but I go, that I may awake him out of his sleep.                                      Vs. 14.  Then Jesus said to them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

And finally, lets notice the Lord’s use of this special term of endearment ‘friend’ that surprisingly He would use for others that you and I would not expect!

For example, Luke 7: 34. Jesus is speaking about the accusations of the Pharisees against Him, saying, the Son of Man is come eating and drinking; And you say, behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber.  A friend of publicans and sinners!

In fact, turn to Luke 15:                                                                                                     Vs. 1.  Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Jesus to hear Him.          Vs. 2.  But the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, this Man receives sinners and eats with them.       Vs. 3.  So, Jesus spoke this parable to them, saying:                                                         Vs. 4.  What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 

And lastly notice our Lord’s reaction to one of the most notorious Sinner whoever lived!

Now notice Matthew 26:                                                                                                 Vs. 48.  Now, His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.        Vs. 49.  Immediately Judas went up to Jesus and said, Greetings, Rabbi! and kissed Him.                            Vs. 50.  But Jesus said to him, friend, why have you come? Then the guards came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.

See Psalms 41:                                                                                                                                            Vs. 9.  Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.                                                                                                               

See Psalms 55:                Vs. 12.  For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, then I could bear it.  Nor, was it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; For then I could hide from him.                                                 Vs. 13.  But it was you, a man, my equal, my guide or my companion, friend, and my acquaintance.

04-21-2019    Part 3   

Well, on this very special day, during this wonderful season that we have had a chance to be renewed and to rededicate ourselves unto God anew and afresh.

So, with God’s help, we want to continue with our newest topic that we are calling, “God’s Terms Or Words Of Endearment.”

And we have been learning together for the last couple of Sundays, that there are some special words, or terms of endearment that are very personal and intimate, and they are meant to be relational sentiments between God and His people!

In fact, in the Bible the Lord Jesus Christ on occasion used certain words or terms of endearment concerning His followers.

Also, in other places of the New Testament there are additional words or terms of endearment that are used between God and His people as well.

And we will learn more about these things during the next Christmas and Easter and/or Resurrection seasons.

But this afternoon lets finish up our first word or term of endearment that we been considering for the last two Sundays.   This is another way that God sees us in Christ, and that is as friends, and not just servants, but friends. Wow!

Now notice St. John 15: 15, Jesus is speaking, no longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what His Master is doing.  But I, Jesus said I have called you ‘friends’.  Because all things that I heard from my Father, I have made it known unto you.

Listen, by the Grace of God, and for the rest of our days, you and I have the privilege to cultivate and maintain a personal relationship, and a bonafide friendship with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

Now this particular concept about friendship with God, I truly believe can help us to understand that there is another level in our relationship with God to consider, that our LORD wants you and I to have who are ready for something more.

Show you what I mean!

Now notice James 2: 23, and the scripture was fulfilled which says, Abraham believed God, and it was accounted unto him for righteousness.  And he was called the friend of God.

Now see Isaiah 41: 8.  For the Prophet Isaiah is speaking to the people of God, on behalf of God. “But you Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, you are the descendants of Abraham my friend.”

Listen, and you can search this out later in the days ahead, but according to Genesis chapter 12 thru chapter 25, a total of 14 chapters.

We see the God of heaven reaches out to an ordinary man on earth, to initiate, to begin a personal relationship a friendship that would change and affect Abraham’s destiny.

But also, that would change and affect the destiny of mankind forever, if this ordinary man would believe God, and would receive what God wanted to do in and through His life.

So then, with God’s help if we can understand the relationship between Abraham and God, and the apparent friendship they shared with one another.

Then that will help us to understand what a friendship and a relationship with God, could look like for us as well.

Therefore, there are three major segments in the life of Abraham that I would like us to briefly touch on, so, that we can observe the similarities between God and Abraham’s relationship and friendship, and the relationship and friendship God wants to have with you and me, who are in Christ Jesus!

Now the first major segment, or chapter from the life of Abraham that I would like us to observe from Genesis chapter 12: 1-9, was how the LORD initiated a relationship and friendship with Abraham.

Think about it, out of all the people on the earth at that time, the LORD chose and selected this man, this person!

Next, God imposes certain conditions within their friendship.  For example, Abraham must leave his family and his homeland.

Then, Abraham must go to a place he has never been before, that God said He would give unto him.  And that God said I will let you know when you get there!

Abraham must believe that God would make him the progenitor of both a physical nation and a spiritual nation even though right now in Abraham’s life all of this seems to be impossible.

Question.  Because you and I are in Christ, do we believe that the LORD has initiated a relationship and friendship with certain conditions?

See Luke 9: 23. Then He said to them all, if anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Now, the next major segment, or chapter from the life of Abraham that I would like us to observe is from Genesis chapter 22: 1-19, God requires and demands the preeminence in their relationship and friendship with one another.

Abraham must be willing when the time comes to sacrifice the promise child, the one in whom you delight and love!

Question.  Do you think God still requires and demands the preeminence in His relationship and friendship that He has with you and me who are truly saved?

See Colossians 1: 18.  And Christ is the head of the Body, the Church, who is the beginning.  The firstborn from the dead, or to be resurrected.  That in all things, He may have the preeminence.

Now the last major segment, or chapter from the life of Abraham that I would like us to observe is from Genesis chapter 25:1-11, in which God helps Abraham to understand that their relationship and friendship was not just earthly and temporal, but heavenly and eternal.

Because Sarah, his wife eventually dies before him.  But surprisingly, Abraham would remarry and have more children.

Also, both Isaac and Ishmael his sons would move on and start their own lives and families somewhere else.

But now that Abraham was now 175 years old, He understood that all this that he had experienced was only temporary, the best was yet to come!

Question, do you think God ultimately wants to help you and me who are truly saved, to understand that our friendship Is not just earthly and temporal, but heavenly and eternal?

See Hebrews 11:                                                                                                             Vs. 8.  By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance.   And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Vs. 9.  By faith Abraham dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise!                        Vs. 10.  But Abraham waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Note: Please read for yourselves Revelation chapters 21 and 22 to understand what Abraham was waiting for!

Now, with the time remaining there are two basic questions to ask and to answer.

First, what is our part when it comes to our friendship with God?

Secondly, what is God’s part when it comes to His friendship with us?

First, what is our part when it comes to our friendship with God?

See St. John 15 14. You are my friends, if you do whatsoever, I command you.

Now see James 4: 4. You adulterers and adulteresses!  Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity or hostility or causes friction with God?  Whoever therefore, wants to be a friend of the world makes themselves an enemy of God.

And lastly, what is God’s part when it comes to His friendship with us?

Proverbs 18: 24.  A man that has friends must shew himself friendly: And there is a friend that will stick closer than a brother.

And See Proverbs 17: 17.  A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

04-28-2019   Part 1   

Let us return back to our once a month topical series called, “What We Believe And Why?”

Each month as the LORD Leads, and usually on the 4th.  Or, if there is a 5th.  Sunday in a given month.  We are considering what the Bible says and teaches us about, *The Fundamentals, *The Basics,  *The Core Truths  for being a committed follower of Jesus Christ, (or you would like to be one day)

So, this afternoon let's begin our look at what the Bible (says & teaches) about *Salvation, that is, salvation that comes from God. 

Notice Romans 10:                                                                                                          Vs. 9.  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.                                          Vs. 10.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Also notice Romans 1: 16.                                                                                            For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it (the Gospel of Christ) is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

And notice Acts 4: 10-12.                                                                                                        Vs. 10.  Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.             Vs. 11.  This one is the stone who was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.    Vs. 12.  Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Question.  Ask the congregation, what is salvation?                                                 What does this word mean to you?                                                                               And how would you define it?

Now let me share with you some brief statements and believes about ‘salvation’, by several non-Christian groups and major world religions.

For example, from the Watchtower Bible and tract society, better known as the so-called Jehovah Witnesses. their statement and belief about ‘salvation’ is that, one must be baptized as a Jehovah Witness only.

Also, “salvation in Heaven,” is limited just to the 144,000, which according to them this number has already been reached.  And therefore, anyone else baptized as a Jehovah Witness, must earn everlasting life only on Earth, by means of regular door to door, or street corner witnessing on behalf of The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.

Next, another statement and belief about ‘salvation’ is from the so-called, Church Of Jesus Christ Of The Latter-Day Saints, or also known as “the Mormons.”  And their statement and believe about ‘salvation’ is that, “no eternal life without Mormon membership.”

Also, they believe and teach that as a Mormon, “one is resurrected by Grace, but saved or exalted to Godhood, is by your works,” which must include faithfulness unto the Mormon Church Leadership.  Being baptized as a Mormon.  Regular tithing unto the Mormon Church.  Ordination.  Matrimony.  And lastly, have had the privilege to participate in secret Mormon Temple Rituals.

Next, another statement and belief about salvation is from The Seventh Day Adventist.

And their statement and believe about salvation is that, “Salvation is by Grace through faith, but is maintain by Commandment-keeping and repentance.”

Also, only the Sabbath, or the seventh day, or Saturday observance or worship which according to the Seventh Day Adventist is, the sign of the seal of God.  Because Sunday worship is the mark of the Beast!”

And lastly, please listen to this carefully, because according to Seventh Day Adventist teachings, ”Satan is the scapegoat to be punished in the Lake of Fire for the sins of the saved!”

Next, another statement and belief about salvation, is from, the Roman Catholic Church.

And their statement and believe about salvation, is, salvation begins with Baptism, especially, infant baptism for those born into Catholic homes.

Also, salvation is achieved by practicing and keeping the Catholic Church sacraments.

According to the Roman Catholic Church, “the seven Sacraments are the necessary means established by Jesus Christ by which His redeeming, life-giving, sanctifying Grace is imparted unto an individual’s soul.”

In other words, “you must center your life upon the Sacraments established by Christ, if you want to save your soul.”

The seven Sacraments are; •Catholic Baptism. •The Eucharist or Catholic Communion •Confirmation.  •Reconciliation with God by confession.  •Anointing of the Sick. •Marriage or Matrimony. •Holy Orders.                                                                                                                    

Next, another statement and belief about salvation is from Islam.  Although there are two major branches in Islam, the Sunni and the Shi’a.  They would pretty much agree concerning the definition of salvation would be that, “human beings are basically good.  But fallible and in need of guidance.”

Also, “the balance scales between good and bad deeds or works, will determine one’s destiny, either to Paradise or to Hell.”  And therefore, “Allah, may tip the balance scales towards Heaven, a person should always live with the fear of Allah and judgment day!”

Finally, our Last statement and belief about salvation is from Judaism.  Although there are three major branches in Judaism - Orthodox Judaism, Conservative Judaism, and Reform Judaism.

And they would pretty much agree concerning the definition of salvation would be that, “the keeping of the Law or the Torah as being totally necessary for salvation.”

Also, their belief about salvation is, “one’s eternal existence in the afterlife, is determined by moral behavior and attitudes, or the improvement of society.”

Although in Judaism, there is no Christian notion of “saving faith.”

Because it is taught in Judaism that “Yahweh will always offer even to the most vile or evil person, the possibility of repentance.

Then after such repentance, one can atone for one’s sin or rebellion against God by positive actions.”

In Judaism the idea of individual salvation, and a heavenly existence is not prominent.

In fact, in Judaism, one of their many criticisms about Christianity that they would say Is, “what a selfish religion, to be concerned with personal and eternal rewards.”

So, then what is salvation?

First, the word ‘salvation’ not only has a technical and theological meaning or definition to it, but the word salvation simply put is, God’s answer, God’s response to man’s dilemma within the spiritual realm, or in the physical realm, or ultimately upon the eternal realm.

For remember, because of the disobedience and rebellious act of both Adam and Eve, all of their descendants, past, present, and future, would have to bear the penalty, and the consequences, and the judgment because of Adam and Eve’s Actions. “But God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever would believe in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.”

And so, with the time we have left this afternoon, let’s begin to understand what the Bible teaches about the very nature of salvation that comes from God, by focusing upon the 8 essential elements by which God’s salvation, from its very beginning, until It’s completion and fulfillment for that person who believes and receives it from God.

Now the 8 essential elements are; •Election, or selected, or chosen.  •Regeneration, or being born again.   •Justification.   •Sanctification.   •Sonship, or a Personal Relationship/Friendship.   •Eternal Security.   •Non-Conformity with the world, my flesh, or the devil.   •Glorification/Resurrection.

Now turn to I Peter 1.

So then, this afternoon let’s consider the first essential element by which God’s salvation from its very beginning, until it’s completion and fulfillment for that person who believes and receives it from God, and that is election!

Notice I Peter 1:                                                                                                                Vs. 1.  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, unto strangers or aliens of the scattering, or Dispersion throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,                        Vs. 2.  Elect or elected, how?  According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

Listen, according to the Bible the doctrine, or the teachings about election, has four divine realities that makes our election sure.

And the first divine reality that makes our election sure is being drawn or Influenced by God Himself.

Notice St. John 6:   Vs. 44.  Jesus is speaking, “No one can come to me, unless the father who sent me (draws them); and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Notice the word ‘draw’.  Biblically speaking is that divine influence that attempts to Gradually win over the heart and the will of an individual without force or coercion. Listen, the individual at any time can reject or receive, or cooperate or be resistant to what God is doing within them.

Also, the word ‘draw’ is used in St. John 12:32, Jesus said, and if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself!

Next, the second divine reality that makes our election sure, is when God grants or gives access!

See St. John 6:                                                                                                                    Vs. 65.  And Jesus said, “Therefore, I have said to you that no one can come to me, except it were given or granted to them, by my Father.”

Next, the third divine reality that makes our election sure, is being chosen or selected by God.

Notice Ephesians 1:                                                                                                       Vs. 4.  just as He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world so, that we should be Holy and without blame before Him in love.

And the fourth and last divine reality that makes our election sure, is being called or summoned by God!

Notice Romans 8:                                                                                                           Vs. 30.  Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; Whom He called, these He also justified; And whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Also, II Timothy 1:9.  Who has saved us and called us with a Holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and Grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.

Listen, being called or summoned by God, is not an audible voice from Heaven!

But an inward invitation, and a knowing, an intuition from God the Holy Spirit, who is dealing with you personally and revealing to you who Jesus really is and your need for Him.

See Matthew 11: 28-30.                                                                                                  Vs. 28.  Jesus is speaking, come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.       Vs. 29.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.                                                                                   Vs. 30.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

See Matthew 13:                                                                                                              Vs. 14.  Jesus is speaking, and in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled-from Isaiah 6:9&10, which says: Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive.           Vs. 15.  For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed.  Lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears!  Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn or repent, so that I, The LORD should heal them.                                  Vs. 16.  But, blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear!

05-05-2019   Part   8

This afternoon lets return back to our very special and timely subject which we initiated back in February 2019.

And our subject is called, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Sexual Orientation, And Sexual Identity.”

And with God’s help, we have been answering some very important questions utilizing the Bible so we can better understand why has mankind, human beings from various cultures including our own.  Why have we worked so hard over time to change, or to redefine, or to redesign God’s divine design for heterosexual marriage?                                                                                                                                           Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual orientation?                                                   Or, God’s divine design for heterosexual identity?

Therefore, with the help of the Bible and the Holy Spirit, we are able to come to an understanding, that at the core of all this desire for change, and to redefine, as well as to redesign God’s design for heterosexual marriage, heterosexual orientation, or, heterosexual Identity.

At the core of all this is, deception, disobedience, and defiance, this according to God himself!

So this afternoon has we return back to this important series, lets briefly address the matter of marriage from God‘s point of view.

We know unfortunately, there are many outside the Body of Christ, as well as inside the Body of Christ also, that would disagree, denounce, dislike what God and His Word has to say concerning His view on the subject of marriage!

But as committed followers of Jesus Christ, we need not be confused.  Nor indifferent.  And neither should we be intimidated by the culture when it comes to God’s view on the subject of marriage.

If we know for ourselves what was the original intention, purpose and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage?

In fact, does anyone here feel that they know what was God’s original intention, purpose and plan for creating and designing heterosexual marriage?

Well let’s notice Matthew 19: 4&5 for some answers!

Vs. 4.  And Jesus answered and said to the Pharisees, have you not read, that He (God in Genesis 1 &2), Who made them (Adam and Eve), at the beginning, made them male and female, the opposite gender from one another, heterosexual?                       Vs. 5.  And God said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

So, what was the original intention, purpose and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage?

First, according to Matthew 19: 4, the original intention, purpose, and plan if God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage was that because before the fall in Genesis 3, *mankind’s sexual orientation and sexual identity was divinely set.  And it was not intended to be transitional.

Again notice vs. 4, and Jesus answered and said to the Pharisees, have you not read, *that God Who made them (Adam and Eve), at the beginning, made them male and female.

Listen, mankind’s sexual orientation and sexual identity was divinely set, and was not intended to be transitional.

And therefore, the original intention, purpose and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual, or opposite gender marriage, *was because before the fall in Genesis 3, there was no same sex orientation, no same sex identity.  And neither was there any gender orientation or identity that was transitional.

So, what was the original intention, purpose and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage?

Next, according to Matthew 19: 5, the original intention, purpose, and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage was, to have human beings endowed by their creator to procreate, or reproduce after their own kind within the boundaries of marriage so to establish and maintain the traditional nuclear family model.

And by the way, the traditional nuclear family, or the conjugal family is, a family unit consisting of two married monogamous adult individuals of the opposite Gender, who may have a child, or any number of children.  Whether it be their own biological child or children who are full-blood siblings.  Or, any mixture of dependent children under their care, including stepchildren, adopted children, or foster children.

Notice Matthew 19: 5, For Jesus is quoting here Genesis 2:24, and God said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, *and the two shall become one flesh.

The term “one flesh” can mean, united, or as one.  Alike, or together.  For example, just as our human bodies are one whole entity and cannot be divided into individual parts and still be a whole. So likewise, God intended it to be within marriage. Two people are no longer two individuals, but now there is one entity both spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and financially.

However, the term “one flesh” also has another meaning as well!

See I Corinthians 6: 16, Or do you not know that the one who is joined sexually active with a harlot or a prostitute is one body with her?  For the two, God said, shall become one flesh!

Listen, physically speaking, “one flesh,” can be, but not always, but can be the result of an ongoing sexual relationship in which a child, or children are produce.

And therefore, in the child or children they now possess the unique genetic makeup of both biological parents, becoming the physical emblem of that one flesh union.

See Genesis 1:                                                                                                                 Vs. 27. So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.                                                                                       Vs. 28. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

However, for quite some time now the traditional nuclear family model has been under attack by the new, or modern, or alternative family myth, which advocates that the traditional nuclear family model is obsolete and needs to be replaced, *because of overpopulation and the rapid depletion of natural resources, housing, of the healthcare systems, or of Jobs.  And therefore, any LGBTQ Lifestyle or relationship is an acceptable alternative to the traditional nuclear family model.

Also, this myth would advocate that the traditional nuclear family model is obsolete and Needs to be replaced, *because of domestic violence issues.  And therefore, any LGBTQ lifestyle or relationship is an acceptable alternative to the traditional nuclear family Model.

Likewise, this myth would advocate that the traditional nuclear family model is obsolete and needs to be replaced, because of unwanted pregnancies or the abuse and neglect of the next generation.  And therefore, any LGBTQ lifestyle or relationship is an acceptable alternative to the traditional nuclear family model.

Lastly this myth would advocate that the traditional nuclear family model is obsolete and needs to be replaced, *because of it’s subjugation of women to an inferior role unto men.  And therefore, any LGBTQ lifestyle or relationship is an acceptable alternative to the traditional nuclear family model.

But again, according to Matthew 19: 5, the original intention, purpose, and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage was, to have human beings endowed by their creator to procreate, or reproduce after their own kind within the boundaries of marriage so to establish and maintain the traditional nuclear family model.

Again, see Matthew 19: 5, And God said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, *and the two shall become one flesh.

And finally, what was the original intention, purpose and plan of God in creating and designing heterosexual marriage?

Well, believe it or not heterosexual marriage is a spiritual and visual picture or example of Jesus Christ’s relationship, love and care for the church He is building.

Notice Matthew 16:18, Jesus Is speaking, and I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Now notice Ephsians 5:                                                                                                   Vs. 22.  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.                                       Vs. 23.  For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is The Savior of the body.                                                                                            Vs. 24.  Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.                                                                                          Vs. 25.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,     Vs. 32.  This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Now again, unfortunately, there are many outside the Body of Christ, as well as inside the Body of Christ also, that would disagree, denounce, dislike what God and His Word has to say concerning His view on the subject of marriage!

But as committed followers of Jesus Christ, we need not be confused.  Nor indifferent.  And neither should we be intimidated by the culture when it comes to God’s view on the subject of marriage.

Notice Acts 5:                                                                                                                  Vs.  27.  And when they had brought them, they set them before the council.  And the high priest asked them,                                                                                                   Vs. 28.   Saying, did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name?  And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine or teachings, and intend to bring this man’s blood on us!”                          Vs. 29.  But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: We ought to obey God rather than men.

Listen, based on the Bible’s clear revelation about marriage from God‘s point of view, then we to must obey God rather than man!

If we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is very sacred, Holy, unique and exclusive.  Just like when we ordain a person unto the ministry, or to the Pastorate, or to evangelism outreach or missions.

Listen, if we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is better experienced and enjoyed, when the two individuals are committed followers of Jesus Christ, and I personally believe that it is!

If we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is more than a civil or religious ceremony, and I personally believe that it is!

If we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is more than a legal document. Or, just a piece of paper from some state or county agency, and I personally believe that it is!

If we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is more than cohabitating.  Or being in a common-law union, and I personally believe that it is!

And, if we truly believe that marriage the way God intended, is more than a polygamous union.  Or, a long-term union with a non-human entity.  A pet, or a human-like android or robot.  But if marriage is more than a polygamous union.  Or a long-term union with a non-human entity, and I personally believe that it is!

Then, be must obey God rather than man, and accept the consequences, and yet be willing to take a stance on such a controversial subject, knowing that there will be many outside the Body of Christ, as well as inside the Body of Christ. That will disagree, denounce, dislike that God and His Word has to say concerning His view on the subject of marriage.

Therefore, with God’s help over the years as a Pastor when it comes to officiating a wedding ceremony, I would like to share with you the terms that I share with a couple during our interview session, or a getting to know one another session. That is before We start premarital counseling, and that is before the wedding ceremony Itself.

“Please be advise that there are some conditions based on what the Bible teaches, that would make it impossible for me or our church ministers, to officiate a wedding. Or to be able to utilize our church facilities and equipment here at Cornerstone Community Church.”

Vs. 1.  A Christian wanting to marry a non-Christian.                                                     Vs. 2.  Two people of the same gender.                                                                            Vs. 3. Currently cohabiting.  Unless you and your partner are willing to change your living arrangements until after your wedding.                                                                 Vs. 4.  Not willing to abstain sexually with your partner, until after the wedding.              Vs. 5.  Not willing to seek help or counseling before the wedding for a pornography addiction, or a sexual addiction of any kind.  Strip clubs, online adult websites, seeking prostitutes, etc.                                    Vs. 6.  Not willing to seek help or counseling before the wedding for domestic abuse issues in your past that you never have dealt with.  Or, you have anger management issues.  Or, if you are currently abusing or being violent with your partner right now.     Vs. 7.  Not willing to seek help or counseling before the wedding for a substance abuse problem.               Vs. 8.  If you are in the process of a divorce, but your divorce has not been finalized.  Or, you only been divorced within the last three to six months.                                                      Vs. 9.  Unable or unwilling to complete the premarital counseling sessions that we agreed upon, that are based on what the Bible teaches about marriage.

05-12-2019   Part   3 

On this very special day with God’s help, I would like us to return back to a topic that we initiated back in 2018 on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day which we called, “What Would God Have Every Mother & Father To Know & To Do For their Child Or Children, No Matter What Their Ages Are?” 

So again, this Year, We will do Like we did last Year, as we answer the question, “What Would God Have Every Mother & Father To Know & To Do For their Child Or Children, No Matter What Their Ages Are?” 

So today will be part one, as we would like to encourage and challenge all the mothers, or anyone who is in a mothering role raising up the next generation.

And LORD willing next month, on Father’s Day, we will consider part two as we hope to encourage and challenge all the fathers, or anyone who is in a fathering role raising up the next generation.

Now if you have with you a pen or a pencil, or if you can borrow one.  Also, if you noticed in your bulletin today, an insert page that says at the top of the page, NOTES!

Please have them ready because I will have for you three important words that I want you to be able to write down and remember.

So then, on this Mother’s Day, on this last Mother’s Day of this decade.  I want to especially encourage and challenge each one of you who are mothers, or you would like to be some day.

Or, perhaps you are already in a mothering role raising up the next generation in some capacity.  Like a Grandmother or Great Grandmother.  A Stepmom.  An Adopted-mom.  A Foster-Mom.  A Guardian.  A Play-Mom, or a Spiritual-Mother.  A Mentor.  An Educator.  Or, a Sunday School/Youth Dept. Teacher, Worker, or Volunteer.

Could you please write down and remember these three familiar words, because they will help you to know what God would have you to know and to do for the child or the children, no matter what their ages are.  Whether from the childhood years, or all the way into their adult years, and everything in between!

Now when you write these three words, write each word on the left side of your paper, And stack them on top of each other.

Now please write down these three words, Stop.  Look. And Listen.

Think about it, each one of these words are meant to be a reminder, a warning, a correction, and a personal call for change.

Also, each one of these three words can help anyone who is raising up the next generation to know what would God have you to know and to do for the child or the children to whom you have been divinely appointed to Influence, or to give guidance unto them no matter what their ages!

So then, let’s consider this first word, ‘Stop’!                                                                    Now the word ‘stop’ is meant to be a reminder, a warning, a correction, and a personal call for change.     One parent said it this way to remind us all, “stop trying to be your child friend. For your child has plenty of associates.  Be the parent!”

Also, “stop letting the child or children dictate to you what he or she is or, is not going to do!                        We must remind them often, as long as they live in your home, and you are the parent, the overseer who set the standard for the home, and for them.

Lastly, stop being so busy whether it is at work.  Or, an active social life, trying to live that type of life you had before the kids.

But let’s consider one more area, “stop letting anger control you!”                                  Notice Psalms 37: 8.  Stop or cease from anger, and forsake wrath (fret not thyself) in any wise to do evil or wrong.

Note: Psalms 37: 1.  Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

Note: Psalms 37: 7.  Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Our English word ‘Fret’, can mean to worry. To be consumed by one's thoughts.  To be agitated about something or someone.                                                                         But in Psalms 37: 8,1,&7, this Hebrew verb חָרָה chârâh, which can mean, to heat oneself unto vexation.               Or, to be ablaze with anger.  Or, to be displeased, upset, very wroth, annoyed, irritated, aggravated, exasperated, in a terrible mood.

Now remember, there are three words that will help anyone who is raising up the next generation so you can know what would God have you to know and to do for the child or the children, no matter what their ages are!

Now, let’s look at the next word, ‘Look’!                                                                          Now the word ‘look’ is meant to be a reminder, a warning, a correction, and a personal call for change.

A wise parent said it this way, when you are too busy you can, and you will miss some important signs that your child is troubled, or need your help!

Because most of the time, our kids will not come out and say, “I am having problems with my homework, or with peer pressure, or I’m being bullied etc.”

Look for changes in their attitude or behavior.                                                                Don’t always assume that everything is okay with your child all because they don’t say something.            It’s up to the parent to initiate, talk too, and to reach out to each child.

But let’s consider one more area, “be watchful, be perceptive, be aware.”

Notice Colossians 4: 2.  Continue in prayer, and watch in the same matter with thanksgiving.

Now remember there, are three words that will help anyone who is raising up the next generation so you can know what would God have you to know and to do for the child or the children, no matter what their ages are!

And finally, our last word is, ‘Listen’!

Now the word ‘listen’ is meant to be a reminder, a warning, a correction, and a personal call for change.

And again, one parent said It this way, as parents we need to learn how to listen.  In most cases, it’s the parent who wants to get their say in first as if they will forget what is on their mind.

Also, parents need to have a calm and caring voice, so that child can feel comfortable in sharing their thoughts, or concerns, or feelings, or fears.

But let’s consider one more area, become a better listener!    Always try to understand where the other person is coming from, even though you may disagree.

Notice James 1: 19 & 20.                                                                                                 Vs. 19.  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;               Vs. 20.  for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Now we ended the message by showing the two YouTube video links below, that really challenged us to consider that this may be the reasons why we don’t listen to each other well.

Please check it out and see what you think.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGhTZrv49Fw&feature=share

Screen Time By Diane Sawyer  (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KopB_2PxZoQ&feature=share

Screen Time By Diane Sawyer  (Part 2)

05-19-2019    Part 9   

This afternoon lets return back to our very special and timely subject called, “God’s Divine Design, Or Man’s Redesign Of Heterosexual Marriage, Heterosexual Orientation, And Heterosexual Identity.”

Now this afternoon we need to address three important matters that we can sometimes forget as committed followers of Jesus Christ.

First, you and I must always refrain from stereotyping anyone, regardless of their race or ethnicity, their political position or affiliation.  Regardless of their spiritual or religious beliefs, or their sexual orientation, or their sexual identity, even though you and I may totally disagree, or we may feel that their lifestyle, position, or beliefs are wrong.  Listen, you and I as committed followers of Jesus Christ, must refrain from stereotyping anyone.

Now notice St. John 1:                                                                                                              Vs. 45.  Philip found Nathanael and said unto Nathanael, We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Vs. 46.  But Nathanael said to Philip, Can anything good come out of Nazareth?  Then Philip said to Nathanael, Come and see!

Now, the second important matter that we can sometimes forget as committed followers of Jesus Christ, is that you and I should never demonize, dehumanize, or vilify any one spiritual or religious beliefs.  Or, even their sexual orientation or identity, although you and I may totally disagree, or we regardless of their race or ethnicity.  Their political position or affiliation.  They may feel that their lifestyle, position, or beliefs are wrong.  Listen, you and I, as committed followers of Jesus Christ, you and I should never demonize, dehumanize, or vilify anyone, at any time, or anywhere!

Notice in Matthew 9: 34 how our Lord Jesus was demonized!                                       Vs. 34.  But the Pharisees said about Jesus, He casteth out devils through or by the Prince of the devils.

Now notice in St. John 8: 40&41, how the LORD was dehumanized!

Notice St. John 8:                                                                                                               Vs. 40.  Jesus is speaking, But, now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God.  Abraham did not do this.                                                Vs. 41.  Jesus is speaking, you do the deeds of your father. Then the Pharisees said unto Jesus, we were not born of fornication; We have one Father-God!

Lastly, notice in Luke 23: 1&2, how Jesus Christ was truly vilified!

See Luke 23:1&2.                                                                                                          Vs. 1.  And then, the whole multitude of the Scribes and Pharisees arose and led Jesus unto Pilate.         Vs. 2.  And they began to accuse Jesus saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute unto Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a King.

So then, with those things in mind, lets address a couple of common stereotypes or misunderstandings. You and I may have about an LGBTQ individual.

First of all, the vast majority of LGBTQ individuals are not all activist, radicals, militants, nor do they want to flaunt their sexuality in a LGBTQ parade.

Also, another common stereotype, or misunderstanding you and I may have about an LGBTQ individual is that the vast majority of LGBTQ individuals are not all Pedophiles.

Now, let’s also address so that we know as committed followers of Jesus Christ, we should never demonize, dehumanize, or vilify any one regardless of their sexual orientation or identity, even though we will feel that their lifestyle, or beliefs are wrong.

And here is a good reason why, because in most cases there is much more going-on beneath the surface of a person’s life than you or I may realize, or fully understand the dysfunction, the disappointments, and the despair that is at work in so many lives.

And here are some examples that you may, or you may not know about.  Suicide, substance abuse, or depression, is high among some, not all, but some, LGBTQ individuals.

In some cases, either social, or employment, or discrimination, or bullying and violence, or straight out societal rejection unless you are a celebrity or an entertainer, but these things are still common for some LGBTQ individuals.

Now, another major factor that is tragic when you begin to understand that for some individuals not all, but for some in their childhood years, or in their adolescent years, or in their early young adult years, some individuals may have experienced, or they are currently enduring sexual abuse, perhaps by a same-sex individual, or by a opposite sex individual or individuals.

For example, *Unwanted sexual advances, or molestations.                                                   *Rape, or attempted rape.                                                                                                    *Family incestual involvement or experimentation.                                                                 *Or exposure to different types of pornography by a same-sex individual or by a opposite sex individual or individuals.

Also, please know that some individuals in their childhood years, or in their adolescent years, or in their early young adult years, some may have experienced, or they are currently enduring sexual exploitation or trafficking.

Please know that some individuals in their childhood years, or in their adolescent years, or in their early young adult years may have, or they are currently enduring being teased, bullied, or harmed because of obvious masculine or feminine traits they may possess.

And lastly, in some cases, not all, but in some cases, because of mistreatment, or because of abuse by a male or female figure in their lives. there are some males and females who have chosen what they think is, a safe and predictable situation by being Involved with in a same sex relationship.  And many times, there are some who will want to maintain traditional masculine and feminine roles among each other.  For example, one of the individuals assumes a masculine role within the relationship. While the other Individual assumes a feminine role within their relationship.

And finally, we said there were three important matters that we can sometimes forget as committed followers of Jesus Christ.

Listen thirdly, as committed followers of Jesus Christ, we should know and understand at the core of everyone’s lifestyle choices, behavioral issues, or a sinful conduct that displeases God.  At the very core of all of this is our sinful hearts!

Now notice Mark 7:                                                                                                               Vs. 20.  And Jesus said, What comes out of a man, is that which defiles a man.        Vs. 21.  Because from within out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, murders, Vs. 22.  thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.        Vs.  23.  All these evil things come from within and defile a man.

Notice Jeremiah 17: 9&10.                                                                                            Vs. 9.  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?                              Vs. 10.  I the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even I give to every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

See Psalms 51: 10.                                                                                                     Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.