Monday, October 6, 2008

It Is Written

One of the newest catchphrases being used to defend the homosexual lifestyle is that “Jesus didn’t say anything about homosexuality.” And, although they may be right, their statement is meaningless. After all, there were many subjects not directly addressed by the Son of God; but does that fact elect us the judge of whether they’re right or wrong, even when they’re dealt with unambiguously in other parts of the Bible? I think not.

My question is simply this: Is it necessary for Jesus to directly address such an issue in the first place? And if so, wouldn’t His confirmation of the Scriptures spark the pro-homosexual zealots to come up with equally pointless rationale for their immoral and unnatural behavior?

You see, although Jesus didn’t directly condemn homosexuality, He did confirm that the Scriptures were to be followed as written. And, in confirming that the Scriptures were true and pertinent during His lifetime on earth, He therefore did affirm that homosexuality was a sin and should not be condoned by His followers.

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 Satan, and to provide assurances to His disciples that He was the one and only prophesied Messiah. These three confirming and convicting words were, “It is written.”

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 Jesus, Himself.

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 Jesus and the homosexual issue? Well, that’s quite simple. You see, the many uses of “It is written”, strengthens the truth and accuracy of the Scriptures by enforcing their use in the lives of both the followers of God and the followers of Christ.

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 Jesus in the New Testament.

In doing this, Jesus did speak against the homosexual lifestyle by confirming the Old Testament as accurate and true. In upholding the Scriptures as the guide for living a life acceptable to God the Father, Jesus upheld the written law that prohibits homosexual activity. It wasn’t necessary for Him to directly address this issue, for it had already been directly addressed in the Scriptures that He endorsed.

With that argument out of the way, let’s move forward in the Bible to Paul. Once known as Saul, the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ confronted him on the road to Damascus with a question as to why Saul was persecuting Him and His followers. Saul recognized Jesus immediately, and fell to his knees in fear and repentance. From that moment on, the man formerly known as Saul preached the word of God wherever he went. Handpicked by Christ, Paul preached from the heart of the Lord Himself.

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, Jesus referred many time to the Scriptures, and the Scriptures condemn homosexuality. Then Jesus handpicked Paul to spread His message, and Paul also condemned homosexuality. But, both Jesus and Paul preached that those who turn away from this and any other worldly sins can be washed in the blood of Christ and forgiven. Because, “it is written” that all one has to do is admit the sin, turn away from it, ask Jesus to forgive, and commit his or her life to the Lord.

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 Jesus came to the world to save it, not condemn it. And we need to carry His purpose forward, even to those who have twisted His words around to fit their unnatural and immoral agenda.

Christians across the globe need to rise up against the homosexual movement and, at the same time, bring the message of Jesus Christ to them in a loving and forgiving manner. After all, He forgave us, and He will forgive them.

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