the water’s fine

July 12, 2016

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The water is fine.

 

Before salvation we get confused, we think our behavior is who we are, it’s not; it’s what we do. We can’t let our behavior determine identity. That’s the lie of the devil and especially the homosexual community. They’ve let their behavior become their identity. It’s the same with any identity, that’s why kids and young adults have such a tough time. It’s not the outside it’s the inside.

 

 

And here is where Christianity is supposed to shine, we are supposed to let everyone know we were like that too! Confused that what we were doing defined us. But after salvation it should be the clearest message there is, “who we are in Christ” (our identity) is who we really are.  And that we used to act like you.

 

 

One of the most difficult steps for those in the gay lifestyle is to recognize that homosexuality is a behavior, not an identity. This premise has been used to thwart those in the lifestyle from “stepping out” of it. The insistent message of, “You can’t change! It’s who you are!” is the mantra of the gay community. Both extensive research and the testimony of many people who have come out of the homosexual lifestyle refute this premise. The greatest hope for change, though, is given to us in the Bible. The passage from 1 Corinthians that we visited a few pages back deserves another close look. I love this passage for my own life, I love this passage for people who are struggling, and I love this passage for brothers and sisters in Christ who have come out of homosexuality. Let’s walk through it.

 

 “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor. 6: 9– 10)

The wrongdoers— represented by all those examples— will not inherit the kingdom of God. The gate looks shut. End of story. But Paul isn’t done. I love the next line: “And that is what some of you were” (v. 11). Such were some of you. Yeah, I’m on the list once or twice. In the same verse, he goes on to explain what makes the difference: “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” The solution to not inheriting the kingdom of God and all that comes with it is not about what we do, but about what God is willing to do for us. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all involved in the task of washing, sanctifying, and justifying people who otherwise couldn’t inherit the kingdom of God in their wildest dreams!

That’s true for me; true for you; and true for those living a homosexual lifestyle.

 

 

Drugs, same answer, sexual addiction, same answer, just fill in the blank___________________ same answer. God wants to deliver and save you. Fact is you wouldn’t be reading this now if it was true, today is the first day of the rest of your new life.

 

 

But what about the fact that some day after your new life started your behavior comes back, does that negate your salvation? Certainly not, God forgives all our sins (behavior) past, present and future.

 

You can’t go swimming until you’re in the pool, so jump in, so come on in, we were once just like you.

 

 

Love from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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