The Return of Jesus and the Acceptance of Sin

2Timothy 3:1-4 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…

As we approach the return of Jesus for His church, world-wide the acceptance of sin is increasing dramatically. Young people who claim that they love Jesus, yet live together in the same home without being married to each other. Men and women who claim to be Christians, yet live in a homosexual or lesbian relationship.

Rather than offend those who live in these lifestyles, Christians say nothing, hiding behind the phrase “I just love them and accept them the way they are…”

Jesus said that when we accept the sin of a confessing follower of him and say nothing about it, that he will hold us accountable for our indecisiveness.

Matthew 18:6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

To accept someone in their sin, is to cause them to continue in that sin and therefore jeopardize their eternal life. If we say nothing, we become a part of that person’s sin and are accountable for our non action.

The purpose of the law of God is to bring us into an awareness of our sin and bring us to repentance. As Paul was writing to Timothy in the book of 1 Timothy chapter 1 he said:

1 Timothy 1:3-6 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.

False teachers had come into the church and were causing the believers there to wander or deviate from the correct doctrine that the Lord intends for His church.

One of those false doctrines was the “Myth” that gave people an incorrect view of what was a proper and acceptable lifestyle for the believer in Jesus. Today we see a very similar phenomenon in the church. It has become socially acceptable for young people to live together without the covenant of marriage. To do so is sin and unacceptable to the Lord.

A second and equally concerning problem in the church and in society in general, is the acceptance of the gay lifestyle as normal. This is due largely to the pressure brought to bear by those who are gay. If a Christian should speak out against the sin of homosexuality or lesbianism, they are called a “bigot”, “homophobe”, or thought to be “unloving”.

Those within the gay community have posted numerous web sites which claim that God will accept the gay lifestyle and will allow those who are gay, eternal life.  In other words, a person can be a Christian and still be gay. This is one of the “Myths” that the church struggled with in the first century, and is once again being permitted in the Christian church today.

As Paul is addressing Timothy in how to teach “sound doctrine” to the church, he emphasizes the subject of the homosexual as being “sexually immoral”.

1 Timothy 1:9-10 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 mans layers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine…

The term “sexually immoral” includes more than just those who are practicing adultery. The Greek word used for those who practice homosexuality, referred to by Paul as “sodomoites”, is “Arsenokites”. This Greek word is specific in that it describes males who practice homosexual acts with each other as described in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13

Leviticus 18:22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.

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.

Those within the homosexual community have argued that only certain kinds of homosexual behavior are wrong, such as homosexual prostitution, pedophilia, or an unfaithful homosexual relationship. There is absolutely no evidence in the old testament or new testament that the words of these texts dealing with sodomy and homosexual behavior, make any kind of gay relationship acceptable by God.

In fact the opposite is true.

Those in these gay relationships are clearly spoken of as living their lives in direct opposition to God and are called “an abomination”, or a “perversion” of the intended purpose that God created sex for.

Romans 1:26-27 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 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…

Those who remain in these gay relationships, while claiming to be a Christian and follower of Jesus, are self deceived. No person who continues in this lifestyle and does not repent of their sin and turn away from the gay lifestyle, will not inherit eternal life.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 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, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

The “sound doctrine” that Paul was encouraging Timothy to continue in and to teach to the church, was that those who practice these sexual sins, will not enter heaven unless they repent of their sins and follow Jesus in a Holy lifestyle.

No person who follows Jesus will ever be without sin, nor will they ever be perfect while still living is these fallen bodies that all of us inhabit. However, our struggle with sin and temptation are never a license to practice and  continue an ongoing and lifestyle of these sins.

We might fall into sin and have the need to repent everyday, but we are not to consent to the lifestyle of sin as an acceptable part of our life.

To live in the same house in a sexual relationship with your boyfriend or girlfriend without being married, is a sin and can prevent you from entering heaven. Those who claim to be Christians and are currently living in a state of sexual sin, by all indication, will not  be taken to heaven with Jesus when He comes for His church at the Rapture.

To continue in a homosexual or lesbian relationship without repentance from those sins, will also prevent you from entering heaven, or being taken in the Rapture. This is clear from the teaching of Bible, and we should not be afraid to declare this to those we know and care about.

Luke 12:42-46 And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household… Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But if that servant says in his heart, “My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

The example given in Luke 12:42-46 is regarding someone who claims to be a servant of Jesus yet while Jesus return is delayed, this person goes back and begins to live a lifestyle like the rest of the world: beating the other servants…. eating and drinking till intoxication… That master will come on a day that this person does not expect, and He, Jesus, will appoint him his portion with the UNBELIEVERS.

To live in a sexual relationship with another person, outside of marriage, or with the same sex, is the way of this current world, but it is not the way of a follower of Jesus. Those who chose this lifestyle and are actively living this way when the Lord returns for His church at the Rapture, will be appointed their portion with the rest of the world’s unbelievers.

I recently read an opinion from a person who was a subscriber to a Christian blog, who stated that they were no longer going to read or subscribe to that particular blog because the writer of the blog continually made reference to the same topics of sexual sin that are described here in this article.

I wondered why it was that this person felt offended that a reminder to all of us that we are accountable to Jesus for not telling people that their sin can prevent them from obtaining eternal life. It sounded as if this person knew someone whom they loved, that was living in a gay lifestyle and they felt uncomfortable telling them that it was wrong, or giving any further thought to the subject.

The Bible is specific in that we need to constantly be reminded of the same Biblical principles over and over again.  We tend to quickly forget, or begin to deny certain subjects that make us uncomfortable. The purpose of the scriptures are to keep us mindful, diligent, and proactive in living and proclaiming the truth of the Bible.

2Peter 3:1-2 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior...

If we really believe that Jesus is about to return for us, then we should be evaluating our lives to see where we need repentance from any sin, and how we can more closely follow Jesus in purity.  If we know someone who is living in a compromised sexual relationship, if we truly care for then, we need to lovingly warn them. It would be better to offend or hurt this person than it would be to lose them for all eternity because we said nothing. If we allow our loved one’s to continue in a sin that will cut them off from the promises of God, we will share in their guilt. The Lord will ask us why we said nothing and did nothing to rescue those we care about.

Even if those we love, stop speaking to us or avoid us all together after we confront them, this is far better than the knowledge that if we do not warn our loved one’s and they never repent of their sins, we will lose them forever.

I don’t think that I have written anything that all of us don’t already know deep down in our spirit and our own conscience. We all know these things are true. I recently met a man who told me that he loved Jesus but he needed someone to direct him back to a closer and more Holy walk with the Lord. All of us want to do the right thing, we just need a little encouragement sometimes to step out and do something.  Often  we are just afraid to say anything or to hurt or offend those we care so much about.

Jesus is coming soon. He could arrive at any moment. There is no prophecy that needs to be fulfilled before He could return for us. We are at the very doors of heaven right now, and the ones that we love and care about are perishing because we do nothing. It is time to speak up and really love people proactively by encouraging them to turn from their sin and commit their lives to Jesus Christ in a lifestyle of purity and Holiness for Him.

Rob Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

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