Louie Giglio vs The Homosexual/LGBT Agenda

louieLouie Giglio was scheduled to deliver the benediction at President Obama’s second-term inauguration but because of intolerance that will not happen. Giglio said this past Thursday, January 10th, he is withdrawing from the ceremony amid questions about an anti-gay sermon he gave in the 1990s.

This has started another explosion of Twitter, FaceBook, and news pages on the debate over the Bible and homosexuality. Let’s just get quick to the point here people. God, Moses, The Torah, Jesus, The Apostle Paul, Bible believing churches, and Bible believing Christ followers all teach and believe that homosexuality is a sinful and destructive lifestyle. It is in there with other sexual sins man commits against God and themselves like fornication, murder, adultery, etc…

No matter how hard the LGBT community tries to change God and His Word, these truths still remain. What I find amazing is when people try to compare the plight of the gays and lesbians with African Americans. I am not sure this is what Dr. Martin Luther King would have wanted according to his views concerning homosexuality.

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If one wants to compare the LGBT plight with African Americans they need to understand that Martin Luther King Jr. lived for a day when a person’s character, not the color of their skin, would judge them.

When a young boy, who was having gay tendencies, wrote Ebony magazine and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1958, we find out what Dr. King felt about homosexuality. The boy wrote, “I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do?” Dr. King told the boy that his problem wasn’t uncommon, but required “careful attention.”

“The type of feeling that you have toward boys is not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired, you are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.”

Louie Giglio is in the business of trying to help people solve their sin problem. In this business, sometimes you have to call sin for what it is… sin. One has to do this even when it’s not culturally acceptable or accepted by President Obama.

Louie, you had to make a choice, and I believe you made the right one. You are in good company with Moses, the Apostle Paul, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but most of all, you are in the awesome company of God, and His Son Jesus. It’s a shame that the world’s intolerance of truth kept you from praying. Press on anyway, my brother!

Verses to consider:

Matthew 19:4

1 Corinthians 6:8-10

Romans 1:26-32

Leviticus 18:22

If you would like to become a Christ follow, admit you are sinner (Romans 3:23), received the free gift of salvation that God offers you through Jesus (Romans 6:23). All you have to do is ask. You can pray a prayer like the following one.

Dear God,

I  admit I am a sinner and I am in need of your forgiveness. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sin. I accept His sacrifice on the cross and ask that Your Spirit would come and live in me and transform me into a Christ follower. 

In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

If you need help leaving the LGBT lifestyle, here is help. Get started today and get into a Bible believing church. Let the new life begin!

http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/courses/door-of-hope/

http://exodusinternational.org

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The Forgotten Half of the Good News

I can remember back in the day, back in the days when everyone had land lines for telephones. This was the time, about ten to twenty years ago, of telemarketers who would call you right around dinner time to try to sell you something or offer you a service. One night, our telephone rang and it was a telemarketer wanting to consolidate all my debt. The lady began asking me a series of questions which assumed I had all this debt. After discovering that we only had one credit card that we paid off every month, thanks to the wisdom of Larry Burkett, she was done with me. However, I was not done talking to her. I began to ask her a series of questions. One question I asked her was, “On the average, what kind of credit card debt do you see out there?” Her estimated average, at the time, was between twenty to thirty thousand dollars of credit card debt. I was amazed at her answer. She told me stories of people in the hundreds of thousands of dollars on multiple cards. It was unbelievable.

What if I called you up, on your cell phone today and told you I could pay off all your debt? Some of you, that would mean paying off your home mortgage. Others it may be paying off a home and a few cars. Still others, it may mean paying off endless credit cards, cars, bills, and a home. If I called you up and paid it all off that would be a mind blowing experience and you would think I was the best guy in the world. However, what if I did not stop there but said, “I want to give you, to credit your banking account, with an abundance of income.” Is the deal starting to sound a lot sweeter?

I have heard my whole life that Jesus has paid my sin debt. We used to sing a song that said, “He paid a debt He did not owe. I owed a debt, I could not pay. I needed Someone to take my sin away.” The Bible says. “having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). Even though this is great news, it is only half of the great news.

If Jesus calls you up and says, “I want to pay for all your sin debt” and you say, “Sure, that sounds awesome. I don’t want to be in debt to God (Romans 6:23) so I accept Your offer Jesus.” I would say you have just made the best decision of your life but I want to ask you a series of questions. Where does that leave your spiritual account? It leaves it at zero if we stop there. Do you really think Jesus leaves people at zero? It does sound great but do you realize it gets better?

Not only does Jesus payoff the debt in our spiritual account, He credits it. What does He credit it with, one may ask. He credits it with His righteousness. Not only does He pay your sin debt, He adds His righteousness, His abundance to your account. This means, while Jesus was on the cross, God the Father, treated Jesus as if He lived your life. One day when you stand before God, if you have become a Christ follower, God will treat you as if you have lived Jesus’ life. God will not see your sin, which is great news, but God will see His Son’s righteousness which is greater news. He will see Christ when He looks at you. What a powerful thought! Thank God that He does not leave us at zero but gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). What great news!

The Purpose of the Law

Recently I had to change the windshield wipers on a couple of our vehicles. When I got to my 1990 Dodge Colt, I realized it was not going to happen. I did a little research and then I noticed a toll free phone number on the box and right above it read, “Need extra parts, call…” I needed something so I called. Come to find out, my car takes an extra part that converts the old system to the new system.

What is the purpose of windshield wipers? They give us a clearer line of vision while driving. Life is like driving and the law in the Old Testament is like a set of good windshield wipers. The law gives us a clearer line of vision of what God desires, and it also can warn us when there is a problem up ahead.

Lets say you’re driving down the road in the pouring rain and you have a set of windshield wipers that are not doing the job. Your visibility is weak and you miss the sign that says, “Bridge out ahead.” If you keep going under these circumstances, you are in trouble. Windshield wipers keep us from destruction. However, they cannot get us to the other side. Even if I can read the sign and see that the bridge is out, guess what? The bridge is still out.

This is where Christ comes in and does what the law is unable to do, bridge the gap between us, and God. Jesus is a new, well-constructed bridge between God and us. (John 14:6)

What about you? Are you driving down the road clueless that the bridge is out ahead? Maybe your windshield wipers are working perfectly, you know there is trouble ahead but you’re just choosing to do nothing about it. My prayer is that your line of vision would be clear to see we are all sinners and in desperate need of a personal relationship with Jesus. He died for us even while we were sinners (Romans 3:23) to bring us salvation as a gift. It’s free, but not cheap because it cost Him His life.

There is a well-constructed bridge ahead for you to take. I hope you will take it and remember to keep those windshield wipers because they are still useful to help your line of vision. You will find the road of life will be much more pleasant when you discover the new spiritual GPS you get on the other side of the bridge, not to mention your new Driver who is available whenever you want to let Him drive.