My question is simply this: Is it necessary for
You see, although
He accomplished this task with three particular words that show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that He relied upon the Scriptures, and that we should, also. These three words were used to defend Himself from the temptations of
Throughout the King James Version of the Bible, “It is written” is used a total of eighty times. Only seventeen references appear in the Old Testament, while the remaining sixty-three appear in the New. Of the sixty-three in the New Testament, twenty-six appear in the Gospels, with eighteen coming from the mouth of
In all cases, “It is written” references previously written Scripture. In no cases that I found did this phrase reference anything written outside of the Bible.
So, what does this have to do with
The repeated use of this phrase to reinforce the importance of the Scriptures, especially by Jesus and the Apostle Paul, leads one to the unarguable conclusion that what was already written was as important, if not more important, than what they were preaching. Not only did their references uphold the accuracy and truth of the Scriptures, the Scriptures reinforced the message they were attempting to get across to the masses. In other words, “It is written” ties the truths of the Old Testament with the teachings of
In doing this,
With that argument out of the way, let’s move forward in the Bible to
Paul wrote in the book of Romans, Chapter 1, verses 24-32, and 1 Corinthians, Chapter 6, verses 9-10, about the condemnation of active homosexuality, and went on to state that those who refuse to turn away from their evil lifestyles will not see the kingdom of Heaven. And, no matter how one tries to read into these verses, there is no denying exactly what he said.
So, you see,
In light of this, we as Christians need to pray for the lost souls who are delving not only in the homosexual lifestyle, but also those who are experimenting with other forms of sexual perversion. We need not put them down, but lift them up on prayer so that they may turn from their wicked ways and get things right with the Lord Jesus Christ.
At the same time, we need not condone their lifestyle choices in any way, nor should we simply write them off as a lost cause. For “it is written” that
Christians across the globe need to rise up against the homosexual movement and, at the same time, bring the message of