A couple of items in the news recently caught my attention. In New Jersey Gov. Christie signed a bill "barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight." If you want to read the article it is online (for how long I don't know) under the title "Christie Signs Bill Banning Gay Conversion Therapy in New Jersey." It can be found at http://tinyurl.com/pzv85v2. I quote from the article. "The Republican governor also said the health risks of trying to change a child's sexual orientation … outweigh concerns over the government setting limits on parental choice." Also quoting from the same article, "Christie said he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin." California also has a similar law.
It ought to be obvious to anyone who knows the Bible and can read that homosexuality is a sin in God's eyes. Here is what the Bible says, "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." (1 Cor. 6:9-10 NKJV)
In Romans 1 we read the following:
"Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, . . . 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, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due." (Rom. 1:24, 26-27) Does Gov. Christie believe this passage teaches that homosexuality is not a sin in God's eyes?
Note from the passage just quoted that God gave these people up to uncleanness. Now I ask you what was this uncleanness associated with? Was it not with homosexual acts? A homosexual act in God's eyes is uncleanness. I do not mean to imply that homosexual acts would be the only kind of acts that fit into that category but certainly they are one of them based on the passage quoted above which makes that clear.
Here are a couple of New Testament passages that associate uncleanness with sexual sin in addition to the one above.
Paul speaking, "Lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced." (2 Cor. 12:21 NKJV) The word is clearly used in the context of speech about sexual sin.
Paul speaking again in Gal. 5:19 says, "Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness." (NKJV) Here again uncleanness is in a list of sexual sins and we already know that while homosexual acts are not the only acts of uncleanness they are none the less one type of such acts based on Rom. 1:24, 26-27. Do Gov. Christie and the lawmakers in New Jersey as well as those in California think the unclean will inherit God's blessing? But then do some of them even believe there is a God? If they do, do they believe the Bible is the word of God? If so do they believe he meant what he said?
But I want to mention one other thing in the news just this morning, Sept. 4, 2013, which I saw on Fox News. It seems in the state of Oregon a lady by the name of Melissa Klein had a bakery and cake decorating business. When a lesbian couple planning on marrying came in asking her to make a wedding cake for them she refused. What happened? It got in the news and social media and she was besieged with demonstrators and protesters carrying signs in front of her store forcing her to close her business (she moved it into her home).
She refused to make the cake for the couple out of her Christian faith. Did she do what was right according to scripture? Hear Paul, "Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins; keep yourself pure." (1 Tim. 5:22 NKJV) "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them." (Eph. 5:11 NKJV)
Now hear John, "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." (2 John 1:9-11 KJV) Would helping one commit sin be a thing God would look favorably on?
Solomon said, "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil." (Prov. 8:13 NKJV) So I guess the lady was to hate evil by making the cake and profiting off it and by helping out those who were engaging in it? Is that right? She did what was right and separated herself from any association with the sins of others. She did not help others sin by assisting them in doing it.
The main point I wanted to get at in this article is the fact that Christianity and the Bible and even God himself are under attack in America today. I have never seen a time like this where it has been so pervasive all throughout society and throughout our government. People simply no longer care what the Bible says. They are no longer willing to accept it nor want anything to do with it. They are writing their own bibles, that is to say they are guiding their own lives by the rules they have set up for themselves irrespective of any religion.
They are like Gov. Christie who is supposed to be a Catholic but does not care what his church teaches or what the Bible says and will not allow parents of homosexual children to get professional help under threat of law for those who provide the help. I truly believe Christians in America are headed for persecution both by the government (by law) and by a people, fellow Americans, who have rejected the word of God and decided like the children of Israel to go their own way without God.
(All underlining was mine for emphasis.)