"Let Love Be Without Hypocrisy…" – Romans 12:9
First let me say that I know I have not gained much popularity over the past several weeks based upon previous comments towards me, and I am fully prepared for a massive feeding frenzy of "Dani-hatred," insults and accusations in response to my views in this post. I have prayerfully put much time and consideration into what I should write and all I ask is that everyone read this with an open-mind, and with the same "love" and "tolerance" that each one of you claims to live by.
I am not here as the “gay x-tian” liberals who will tickle your ears with a warm and fuzzy “feel good” message. I have a heart for people like Deb – I really do! Ever since she left me that comment back in March which started this whole charade, God has been pressing upon my heart to reach out to her. But there comes a point in time when I should stop throwing my pearls to swine.
As Jesus said in Matthew 7:6 - "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine."
That was right after He said, "Judge not...you hypocrite." - Hmmm, imagine that? Jesus calling someone a dog, swine or a hypocrite sure seems judgmental, so why would Jesus say that to begin with if we are not to judge?
If you don't believe in God or value what He says in the Bible, this post will sound like nothing but foolishness to you. Predictably, when I write about a controversial topic like homosexuality all the opposing comments are hostile, vindictive, nasty, vulgar, as well as extremely intolerant and hateful towards me or anyone else who shares my views. So if you are a homosexual, heathen or a hypocrite, don't bother leaving a comment if you cannot be civil!
Moving right along...
I must emphasize here that I believe with all my heart that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, and everything in it is Holy, True and Divinely inspired. It is the foundation of the Christian faith and we must strive to completely understand it, without compromise, so that we may live a life pleasing to God, and bring honor and glory to the Body of Christ.
Christians are OBLIGATED to challenge ideals and worldviews which are opposed to Scripture. Many of you have accused me of being "hateful" and "judgmental" for quoting the Bible and simply speaking the Truth. I realize there have been times when I do come across as harsh and offensive, and there are times when harshness is appropriate, but if you really knew the intentions of my heart, you would know that my motivation is purely love.
The Bible calls for a balance between what some people think are two opposing reactions—rebuke and compassion. Really, the two are essential elements of true Biblical Love.
Homosexual advocates have been remarkably effective in selling their warped interpretations of Scripture which address homosexuality. We live in an age of "rational" thought, scientific knowledge, survival of the fittest, secular government, humanistic education and cultural diversity. Over the years we have blurred the line between right and wrong, redefined Truth, and perverted the true meaning of Love. The homosexual community, as well as the church have utterly deceived people like Deb into believing, confessing, tolerating, and promoting a false gospel of “love.” Homosexuals, and shamefully many so-called "Christians" have digested an interpretation of truth that is not only warped and wicked, but also completely irrational.
Up until about fifty-years ago here in the United States, homosexuality was not only considered a sin, it was a crime. In fact, the previous 5,000 years or so of world history, sodomy was a crime punishable by death. Even in the recent past, the crime of sodomy was defined as the abominable and detestable crime against nature, and it was a felony in every state. It just so happens that the Bible also defines homosexuality as an abominable and detestable crime against nature.
Today, while governments such as Canada's and the US. State of Massachusetts have legalized sexual perversion, most of the church, to it's shame, either embraces homosexuality or stands idly by in fear of losing revenue. Throughout history, God’s standards have NOT changed because His Law is Righteous, True and Everlasting! *Read this => Homosexuality is a Perversion!
Followers of Christ, must NOT compromise on what the Bible says about sin, especially the abomination of homosexuality! No matter how one interprets the Bible, it is abundantly clear throughout Scripture that homosexuals stand in defiant rebellion against nature and the will of their Creator, who from the beginning, “made them male and female.” (Genesis 1:27)
Jesus' two greatest commandments are to love God with all your heart and soul and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:37-40). Since love has been reduced to a mere feeling which is gained and lost on as much as whim, men no longer love God or their neighbors as Jesus Christ commanded them to do.
“This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.” - 2 John 1:6
Although salvation is obtained by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, the fruit of that salvation can be seen in the lives of those who walk in obedience to God's commandments. Christians are called to put their faith into action by loving God and living their lives according to His will. You cannot be "Walking In Love" while boasting in your sin. Shall we continue to justify our sin so that grace may abound? - Certainly not! (Romans 6:1)
"Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us." - 1 John 3:24
It is completely clear throughout the Bible that homosexuality is not an area where God's followers are free to live by their own feelings of right and wrong. The principles in Scripture which are to guide our lives are set out in no uncertain terms. Sexual immorality of any kind is wrong and destructive, and God undoubtedly forbids it.
While we are all sinners, perfect obedience must be our constant goal. We should not glorify our perversion to the world under the false premise of love, nor deceive those around us into thinking it's okay to compromise on God's commands. Any desire that becomes too important in our lives and causes us to compromise the Truth will ultimately cause us to lose sight of God's goodness, mercy and love.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” - Matthew 16:24
Jesus had no patience for half-hearted and hypocritical followers. He was totally and passionately committed to fulfilling His earthly mission, and He expected the same of His followers. Obviously, we can never fully live up to Christ's example, but we can do our best to live out our faith in every hour of every day.
Commitment to carrying out God's plan may be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and it may conflict with your own personal feelings and desires. However, Christians should not continue to fulfill the lusts of the flesh just because they think God would want them to be happy. Believers are commanded to walk in the Spirit, and when we do, the peace of mind, purposefulness of life and eternal rewards will be immeasurably great. Most importantly, when we truly walk in the Spirit and deny our flesh, we are giving a True testimony for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
"I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law." - Galatians 5:16-18
God does not put restrictions on our lives to be cruel or to deny us pleasure. Just like a loving father guides his children in the right direction and sets limits for them so they do not hurt themselves, God sets boundaries for our own good because He loves us and knows what's best for us. In the same way a child desires to please his earthly father, we also should seek to obey God, our Heavenly Father, in all we do because we love Him.
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God...For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.” - 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
Deb rejects the very teachings of God while condemning me for quoting Scripture, but her lust still separates her from God's holiness!
The greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God. Jesus’ second command is to love your neighbor as yourself. But what does "loving" your neighbor really mean? Doesn’t real love require us to confront our neighbor if we saw that they were sinning, hurting themselves, and blaspheming the name of the LORD?
“Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” - Proverbs 27:5-6
While everyone is accusing me of being "hateful" and "judgmental" towards Deb for being a "Christian" lesbian, I am the only one who loves her enough to tell her the Truth.
Here is a scenario I gave on another post of mine: Deb is recklessly speeding down a curvy mountain road and all of her friends are cheering her on saying, "Way to go, Deb - Faster! We love you...No need to slow down, just do what makes you happy." Meanwhile, I’m waving my hands shouting out, "Deb - slam on the breaks! There is a cliff ahead! If you don't stop, you’re going to die!" But, her so-called friends keep telling tell her, "Just ignore Dani! She's just a judgmental bigot. If you want to drive off a cliff - Go right ahead! Do what feels good because we love you, and no one can judge you!" What kind of "loving" friend encourages the other to continue driving down a road towards death?
“A friend loves at all times.” – Proverbs 17:17
I am not here to be "Holier Than Thou" or a sarcastic know-it-all. But as a real friend, I am here to tell the Truth of God’s Word in love, hopefully to drive Deb towards repentance instead of off a cliff to her death. If we see those around us living in disobedience towards God, is it really "loving" to let them continue on living in sin and rebellion? Can we really love others the way God wants us to without passing judgment on them?
In Romans 12:9, the Apostle Paul says this - "Let Love be Without Hypocrisy. Abhor What is Evil; Cling to What is Good."
How can we abhor evil if we cannot even make a judgment about it? We can't - It’s impossible! Homosexual acts, along with the spiritual and cultural agenda which promotes it, are the epitome of evil. Sexual immorality is clearly in violation of God’s Law and those who participate in it are evil. Homosexuals are not only sexual deviants, as are fornicators and adulterers; but they also have gone a step further in their wickedness and exchanged the natural use into that which is against nature, and exchanged the truth of God for a lie. (Romans 1:18-32)
Deb once said in a previous comment of hers, “there is a huge difference between God knowing your heart---and having evil intentions.” Is that so, Deb? The Bible says in Proverbs 23:7, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Continuing to live as a lesbian makes Deb evil and abominable in God’s eyes. But if she truly wants to live for God like she claims, she must change her heart, turn from her evil ways and pray that God will help her overcome her sin and weaknesses.
"In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." - Romans 8:26-27
When I come across a woman like Deb who fiercely defends her lifestyle and openly mocks God by identifying herself as a “Neurotic Christian Lesbian,” I have an obligation to tell her the Truth about her sinful ways because I love her, have compassion for her and don't want to see her destroy her life while taking countless others down to the pit of hell with her. More than that, I love the Lord Jesus Christ, and I am called to stand up for Truth and Righteousness which includes rebuking people like Deb and being hated for it.
“Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth.” - 1 Corinthians 13:6
God is Love. God is also Holy, Just and Righteous, and He “hates all who do iniquity (Psalm 5:5). God does not merely send sins to hell, He sends people to hell! Our hearts must be pure and our eyes always need to be toward the One who is Love, otherwise we could fall away from God forever. Once we have a good conscious, we will learn to love as the Savior loves, in TRUTH and WITHOUT HYPOCRISY!
“Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.” - 1 Timothy 1:5
In Christ ~ Dani
Deb's response to me...
“The most important thing is---that you feel you're telling the truth. That's all. Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks except for what you feel to be true in your heart. Go with that...Just as I do.”
See the thing is Deb, we all have different “feelings” of what we think to be true. You are in grave danger with this kind of mindset. I am not here to share my feelings with you, I am here to share the TRUTH with you. It saddens me to know how much the homosexual secular culture has warped your thinking to the point where God’s Word is no longer the Ultimate Standard for your life. Now the Bible is reduced to a measly suggestion for your life, but only if it fits with your "feelings."
Ask yourself this: What motivation do I have in sharing the Truth with you? Have I won a popularity contests or made a good name for myself here? No, obviously not! My only motivation is that you would be freed from your bondage so the Lord can truly work through your life. Doing the right thing is not easy, nor will it win you favor with the world. But Christians are not called to take the easy road in life, for we know it leads only to death.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14 – "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
God does NOT want some half-hearted, luke-warm, hypocritical followers. And personally, I don’t want to be friends with those who are boast in their sin and are prideful, phony believers in Christ.
I’ll say this to you again - Take up your cross, deny yourself, enter through the narrow gate and follow Jesus Christ completely. If you don’t, you should denounce Him as the Savior of your life altogether until you are ready to REPENT!
Jesus came to die for your sins and free you from being a slave to your lusts. But the bottom line is - You cannot free a slave who is in love with his chains...and you obviously love your chains.
~ Farewell to you, Deb!