Friday, August 29, 2008

WHO IS DOING THE DIVIDING?

Division is ugly and contrary to God's wishes (1 Cor. 1:10-13; Phil 2:1,2; Eph 4:3). However, there are times when division can't be avoided. What's important when this happens is that you be on the right side. Paul said to the Corinthians, "for there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you" (1 Cor. 11:19). God's people must stand firm in the truth and that sometimes means there is no reconciling with those who wish to depart from the truth.

A hot political topic of our day revolves around the issue of gay and lesbian "rights". The democratic candidate, Mr. Obama suggested that under his administration he would put an end to the differences between gays and straights. I'm not sure what that means, but I have a pretty good idea that it means the erosion of Christian values. One news story concerns a large chunk of money being donated to a gay and lesbian organization to promote acceptance in churches.
“The more than 2.5 million individuals in the 3,100 congregations supported by the Institute for Welcoming Resources and these partner organizations are some of our movement’s most valuable advocates in promoting understanding, reclaiming what unfortunately has become a narrow view of ‘moral values’ espoused by those who seek to divide, and advancing LGBT equality," Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said in a statement this week.1
Note how the director of this "task force" depicts the Christian view as "narrow" and divisive. Really? Is it the Christians, the heterosexuals, who are dividing? The church, being founded by Christ on the Word of God is not a homosexual organization. It seems that it is the homosexuals who are doing the dividing with the efforts of their task forces.

This is the way that dividers work. They come to the church and they want to change it. They think the worship is boring, so they want to change it. They demand more entertaining lessons. They complain against anything that smacks of making judgments (The irony is lost on them). Because the church doesn't think it should change from the pattern of the New Testament, the dividers force their way in. They pick, and needle, and whine, and moan until people start givign in to their demands (This writer doesn't give in). When the church divides, the dividers blame it on the original, closed-minded, Christians. They are wonderful tools for Satan, the king of division.

Christians do not hate gays or lesbians. Christians hate the sin, just as God does, and Christians can never approve of homosexuality any more than it could approve of murder or adultery. But Christians don't hate gays. We just can't get around the truth that homosexual relations is a sin against nature.
26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. - Romans 1


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1. "Grant aims to promote pro-gay churches" full article

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