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God Approve of ANY Alternative Lifestyles???
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. [KJV]
1 Corinthians 6:15-20 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.  Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. [KJV] . . . So much is said today about ‘alternative lifestyles.’ BUT, what does God have to say about homosexuality, living together as an unmarried couple, or being immoral? Some people say that God now accepts any relationship; BUT, the Bible has a very different report. Just because these relationships exist and abound in today’s evil world, does NOT make them right. God clearly states they are sin.
Saying "homosexuality is wrong" is not a popular thing to do today. Yet God is NOT concerned with what is popular. He is concerned with people’s salvation and their obedience to His Word. Just because homosexuality is viewed as an acceptable lifestyle in our society does not mean it is not a sin. God declared it to be just that when He gave His laws to the Israelites.
Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. [KJV] . . . Paul repeated God’s command on abstaining from homosexual sex in his letter to the Romans.
Romans 1:26-27 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. [KJV]
What about living together before marriage? and premarital
sex? Have you ever thought it was all right to do something just
because Ďeverybody is doing ití? Today, more and more couples live
together outside of marriage, so much that it has become acceptable.
And it seems premarital sex is the standard, rather than the exception,
even down to 10 and 11 year old children. But, has God given His
approval of these relationships??? NO!
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable
in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God
will judge. [KJV] . . . Even though God did create sex, He did not
intend for it to be before marriage, or without the benefit of marriage.
He created sex to be a way and means by which a husband and wife
would grow closer in their marriage relationship. He did NOT create
sex to be something cheaply enjoyed outside the bonds of the marriage
bed, which is what living together and premarital sex are.
Promiscuity is a word we do not hear very often today.
Promiscuity involves having many sexual partners. We know
from Godís Word that He intended us to have one sexual partner ---
our spouse. When a person has more than one partner (with
the exception of remarriage after a spouseís death or a divorce
on solid biblical grounds), he or she is involved in sexual immorality,
if not married, or adultery, if married.
Ephesians 5:3 But
fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be
once named among you, as becometh saints; [KJV]
Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. [KJV] . . . Jesus’ Words.
Many people question whether Godís Word on these subjects
still applies to us today, or if it was simply meant strictly for
the people of that particular time and culture. God has instructed
us all to obey all of His commands; not to add or subtract from
any of them. Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command
you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish
from it. [KJV] . . . We are also told that the Word of the Lord stands
1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth
for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto
you. [KJV] . . . Therefore, these instructions apply just as much
to us today as they did centuries ago. WHY??
does NOT change, ever!
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the
same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. [KJV]
God gave us our sexual desires
to enjoy ONLY within the bounds of marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:1-5 Now concerning
the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to
touch a woman.  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every
man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise
also the wife unto the husband.  The wife hath not power of her
own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not
power of his own body, but the wife.  Defraud ye not one the
other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves
to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt
you not for your incontinency. [KJV]
If you go against Godís divinely instituted plan and
do not repent, you will reap the consequences --- not only in this
life, but in eternity. For you can NEVER be close to God
if you are engaged in ANY immoral behavior. BUT, you wonít be occupied
in any immoral type of behavior IF you are truly close to God.
There Carnal Christians?
CARNAL means unconverted, worldly; it means to be
controlled and motivated by oneís sinful, human nature rather than
the Holy Spirit; it means failing to live the Christian life Jesus
wants us to live.
1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal:
for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions,
are ye not carnal, and walk as men? [KJV] . . . Many people are infants
in the Christian life, proven by the way they quarrel like children
and allow divisions to bewilder them. They are "worldly,"
controlled by their own desires; whereas mature believers are in
tune with Godís will and desires. Do your selfish desires control
your life? Your goal should be to let Godís desires be yours. Allowing
your desires to control you will stunt your spiritual growth. A
person CANNOT be godly AND carnal. You are one or the other, NOT
Romans 8:6-7 For to be carnally
minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not
subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. [KJV] . . . People
can be divided into two categories: #1. those who let themselves
be controlled by their sinful natures, #2. those who allow the Holy
Spirit to control them. All of us would
be in the first group if Jesus hadnít offered us a way out. Once
we say yes to Jesus, we must continue to follow Him, because only
His way can bring life and peace. Each single day we
must deliberately choose to center our lives on God. We must study
the Bible to discover Godís will in our lives, for He gives clear
guidelines for us to follow. In every puzzling situation ask yourself,
"What would Jesus do?" If Jesus wouldnít think it, say
it or do it, donít do it! A
"carnal mind" is enmity (ill-will, malice, hatred,
hostility) against God. The weapons of Christian warfare are not
carnal for they are not operated by human power.
2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our
warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down
of strong holds;) [KJV]
Ephesians 4:22-24 That ye put
off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt
according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit
of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God
is created in righteousness and true holiness. [KJV] . . . People
should be able to see a difference between TRUE Christians and false
ones (hypocrites). Our lives should be as windows. People should
be able to 'look in'
and see Jesus!
Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
[KJV] . . . As children of light, our speech and actions should reflect
our faith. We should live above blame morally so that we reflect
Godís goodness to others. Although we are given a new nature, we
donít always think all good thoughts and exhibit all right attitudes
when we become Godís children (John 1:12-13 born
again). But as long as we keep listening to God,
we change all the time, for the good. As you look back over last
year, do you see a change for the better in your thoughts, attitudes,
speech and actions? Change may be slow, but it will come! Accepting
Christís Gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10) and committing your
life to Him is a once-for-all decision, but it is also a
daily conscious commitment. Unless
we commit our lives to Jesus --- turn our ALL over to Him, we are
not living a life that is pleasing to God; we are carnal.
Colossians 3:3-8 For ye are dead,
and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is
our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness,
which is idolatry:  For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh
on the children of disobedience:  In the which ye also walked
some time, when ye lived in them.  But now ye also put off all
these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out
of your mouth. [KJV] . . . We are inclined to sin. We should mortify,
kill, suppress all sins. We must constantly oppose all corrupt things;
not allowing any provision for carnal indulgences. All sin must
be avoided: the lusts of the flesh, and the love of the world; and
covetousness, which is idolatry. We must mortify sins, for if we
do not kill them, they will kill us. It is the duty of
every child of God to be holy, because Christ is our absolute All;
our only Saviour and Lord, and our only hope, comfort, joy and peace.
He is our Life!
Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth
to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth
to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. [KJV] . . . It would certainly be a surprise if you planted corn and beans came
up. Itís a natural law that we will reap what we sow. Life on Earth
is seed time, for in the world to come, we shall reap what we now
sow. There are two kinds of sowing, one to the flesh, and one to
the Spirit. Those who live a carnal, immoral life will reap misery
and ruin. But those who live a life of faith and obedience
in Christ, shall reap eternal life. If you plant to please God,
youíll reap joy and peace and everlasting life. What kind of seeds
are you sowing?
There are millions who profess to be Christians,
but they do NOT possess Christ in their heart and lives.
"By their fruits ye shall know
them" (Matthew 7:13-23). They may attend church
regularly, they have heard the Gospel but either the "seed"
is plucked up by the devil, or the "seed"
fell on rocky soil where the roots wonít take hold. As soon as they
have problems or are persecuted because of Jesus, they fall away.
Many hear the Gospel but the Truth is drowned out by the cares of
this life and the lure of wealth. Only a "few"
go on to be TRUE Christians (Godís children).
A TRUE Christian is
a disciple of Christ. They love Jesus, they willingly serve Him,
they walk as He walked, talk as He talked and they try to win lost
souls to Him. ALL disciples are believers, but NOT all believers
are disciples. Remember, Godís children can and do backslide, but
we must not stay there.
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