• Is it true Jesus never addressed same-sex marriage?

    My dear friend, Danny Akin, recently wrote the following article that you might find very interesting and useful.

    Danny AkinWAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) — Today it is popular among those promoting same-sex marriage to say that Jesus never addressed the issue, that He was silent on the subject.

    Those who affirm the historical and traditional understanding of marriage between a man and woman often are admonished to go and read the Bible more carefully. If we do so, we are told, we will see that Jesus never addressed the issue. So, the question that I want to raise is, “Is this assertion correct?” Is it indeed the fact that Jesus never addresses the issue of same-sex marriage?

    When one goes to the Gospels to see exactly what Jesus did say, one will discover that He addressed very clearly both the issues of sex and marriage. He addresses both their use and misuse. And, as He speaks to both subjects, He makes it plain that issues of the heart are of critical importance.

    First, what did Jesus say about sex? Jesus believed that sex is a good gift from a great God. He also believed that sex was a good gift to be enjoyed within a monogamous, heterosexual covenant of marriage. On this He is crystal clear. In Mark 7 Jesus addresses the fact that all sin is ultimately an issue of the heart. Jesus was never after behavioral modification. Jesus was always after heart transformation. Change the heart and you truly change the person.

    Thus, when He lists a catalog of sins in Mark 7:21-22, He makes it clear that all of these sins are ultimately matters of the heart. It is the idols of the heart that Jesus is out to eradicate. Among those sins of the heart that often give way to sinful actions He would include both sexual immorality and adultery (Mark 7:21). The phrase “sexual immorality,” in a biblical context, would speak of any sexual behavior outside the covenant of marriage between a man and woman. Therefore, Jesus viewed pre-marital sex, adultery and homosexual behavior as sinful. And, He knew that the cure for each is a transformation of the heart made possible by the good news of the Gospel. The Gospel changes us so that now we are enabled to do not what we want, but what God wants. Here we find real freedom and joy.

    Second, what about the issue of marriage? Is it truly the case that Jesus never spoke to the issue in terms of gender? The answer is a simple no. He gives His perspective on this when He addresses the issue in Matthew 19:4-6. There, speaking to the institution of marriage, Jesus is clear when He says, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” That Jesus was committed to heterosexual marriage could not be more evident. A man is to leave his parents and be joined to a woman who becomes his wife. This is heterosexual marriage. That He also was committed to the permanence and fidelity of marriage is clear as well.

    So, how might we sum up the issue? First, Jesus came to deliver all people from all sin. Such sin, He was convinced, originated in and was ultimately a matter of the heart. Second, Jesus made it clear that sex is a good gift from a great God, and this good gift is to be enjoyed within heterosexual covenantal marriage. It is simply undeniable that Jesus assumed heterosexual marriage as God’s design and plan. Third, Jesus sees all sexual activity outside this covenant as sinful. Fourth, it is a very dangerous and illegitimate interpretive strategy to bracket the words of Jesus and read into them the meaning you would like to find. We must not isolate Jesus from His affirmation of the Old Testament as the Word of God nor divorce Him from His first century Jewish context. Fifth, and this is really good news, Jesus loves both the heterosexual sinner and the homosexual sinner and promises free forgiveness and complete deliverance to each and everyone who comes to Him.

    John 8 tells the story of a woman caught in adultery. The religious legalists want to stone her, but Jesus intervenes and prevents her murder. He then looks upon the woman and, with grace and tenderness, tells her that He does not condemn her. Then He says to her, “go and sin no more.” In Matthew 11:28 Jesus speaks to every one of us weighed down under the terrible weight and burden of sin. Listen to these tender words of the Savior, “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” This is the hope that is found in Jesus. This is the hope found in the Gospel. Whether one is guilty of heterosexual or homosexual sin, one will find grace, forgiveness and freedom at the foot of the cross where the ground is always level.

    When I came to fully trust Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the age of 20, I determined that I wanted to think like Jesus and live like Jesus for the rest of my life. When it comes to sex I want to think like Jesus. When it comes to marriage I want to think like Jesus. That means I will affirm covenantal heterosexual marriage. It also means loving each and every person regardless of their lifestyle choices. It means, as His representative, proclaiming His Gospel and extending the transforming grace of the Gospel to others that takes us where we are, but wonderfully and amazingly, does not leave us there. That is a hope and a promise that followers of Jesus gladly extend to everyone, because we have been recipients of that same amazing grace.

    Daniel Akin is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.


  • Can Others Read It Through Us?

    Worry is nobody’s Friend!

    It does no one good;
    It pays no bills,
    It buys no food,
    It heals not the sick,
    And produces an ill mood.

    Worrying about what we can not control
    Is to no one’s gain,
    For it produces only anxiety,
    self-pity and mental pain.
    When we seek solutions on our own,
    Worry is just time spent in vain.

    We must fix what is within our power,
    And to God give the rest,
    Let Him handle the big ones;
    For Him our worries are no test;
    We can always rest assured,
    That He will do what is best.

    Why weaken our health,
    In fruitless despair,
    When we know full well
    That God is always there;
    He slumbers not, nor does He sleep;
    We are ever safe in His care.

    So why worry? It does no good-
    We must trust in God and pray;
    Seek His answers to it all,
    Have faith in Him for a better day,
    For He knows our needs before we ask,
    And He is able to show us a way.

    Richard Ellis

     

    The Bible says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Pro 3:5-6)” 

    Such a profound truth is so easy to read and yet very often difficult to apply! Once we Christians begin trusting our Lord with the small things the bigger things are a piece of cake. We just read God’s promise about worry but the question is – can others read it through us?

     

     


  • The Biblical Influence Upon Our National And State Constituations

    Check out your state.

    In an era when civilizations and civil government appears to be experiencing mayhem, perhaps it would do us all good to reflect back on the beginnings of our nation and individual states. I discovered the following two articles while researching something completely different.

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  • “A Spiritual Explosion Is Still Possible”

    Being Suprized    “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10
       Have you ever thought that the vast ocean is really made up of single drops of water, built from tiny molecules, which are made of microscopic atoms? Even in our lives, it is the small things that really do make the difference. All big things are made of little things. Big things are made of little choices, little acts, little words, and little thoughts. This is so important for us to realize, because every day we impact others by the little things we say or do. But if we are faithful in the little things, it follows that we will be faithful in that which is much. In other words, if we get the little things right, the big issues will take care of themselves.
        “Little drops of water, little grains of sand…” goes the children’s rhyme. Be on guard for those little things that may slip in unnoticed but undermine God’s greater purpose in your life.  (commentary by Adrian Rogers)

    We pilgrims have a tendency to pray for big things in our churches and lives, and there may be times when we need to do such but, truthfully, could we handle them if they occurred? What would happen if all of God’s children, let us say in your local congregation, began to pray for, and then habitually practiced the small things God ever so desires for us in order to develop our faithful and truthful character as individual church members? I firmly believe that not only would we know how to deal with anything the devil throws at us but, our lives and our churches would explode with the true power of God for the glory of God! Henry Blackaby once said, “Find out what God is up to and then get in on it!” Remember, big things are still composed of little things and, I might add, faithful things. Oh by the way, the result of all this is still called a revival! — Roger

     

     


  • Jesus And The Third Grader

    Eric#3In the summer of 1984, I accepted the call to pastor a rural Baptist Church in Southern Indiana. Soon thereafter, my wife, daughter, two sons, and I loaded all our belongings in a big U-Haul truck and embarked on our pilgrimage from Wyandotte, Michigan. Soon the church began to grow a little and every day seemed to dawn with a new sense of expectancy. From my perspective, all things appeared to be going well. The following March something happened that would change our lives from that day forward.

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  • A Glimpse of Old Testament Theology

    tranquil lakeThis study is a brief list of events drawn from ten major Old Testament periods, that deal with God revealing  himself to man. These ten basic periods are The Primeval Period, The Patriarchal Period, The Mosaic Period, The Period of Consolation, The Davidic Period, The Disruption Period, and The Period of the Eighth Century
    Prophets, The Latter Prophetic Period, The Exile Period, and The Post Exile Period.

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  • Chronologies Concerning The Final Phase Of Jesus’ Earthly Ministry

    Trip to JerusalemThank God that our Bible is not theory but Divine Truth! The entire Old Testament reflects  man’s helpless  sinful condition and God’s Holy Heavenly ability and willingness to reach down to him. If man of olden times learned anything from the Jewish sacrificial system and us today in studying it, this finding must be paramount! Thus, God’s solution to man’s sinful situation is personally revealed and discovered when one exposes himself to God and willingly submits to His revealed will. Although the Old Testament foreshadowed the soon-coming reality in the God-man Christ Jesus, man’s sinful condition remained unchanged and God’s solution was steadfast. In the New Testament God walked among us to personally, and perfectly, supply all the legal system required in offering Himself as the perfect and final sacrifice.

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    In the very near future I plan to fully  re-load this site with all the Biblical study and research material as before, plus more. Please bear with me a little longer.

    Roger