A couple of things I wanted to follow-up with from this morning’s message.
1) No one has said anything, but I did want to clarify that at one point in the message I was NOT likening homosexuality with racism. In fact, I’m on record as saying they are not the same and laws do not apply to them equally. However, what I said was that to make a decision to NOT witness to a homosexual was essentially the same as being racist. I think I’d stand by that still. The point being that for some of us homosexuality is so vile that we don’t want to have anything to do with “them.” Of course, this is essentially a condemning stance and sinful before the Lord. We should, with great care and tenderness, evangelize all people regardless of race or sexual orientation.
2) Below is the section that was not addressed in full. The first part of this section was emphasized, but the latter part was not. Hope it helps.
Understanding the Sin
- Matt.5:8, “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
- 1 Cor.6:15-20, “15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
- The substitutionary atoning work of the Priest in Leviticus 16 would cleanse even those with most vile practices – Lev.16
- Jesus Christ is that better Priest and Sacrifice, and His blood is sufficient to cleanse all of our unrighteousness (not just what we’ve done, but who we are) – Heb.9
- Gal.3:12-14, “12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.” (v.12 quotes Lev.18:5)
- 2 Cor.12:21, “I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.”
- 2 Cor.7:10, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” Our sorrow brings us back to the “I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD”
- Remember David?
- Psalm 51:3-4, “3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.”
Sanctification in Sexuality
- This is the primary motivation in vv.1-5: I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD
- God is your motivation to be pure sexually
- Psalm 16:11, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Self-Control (Psalm 101:1-4)
- The eyes (the entry point)
- The mind (information)
- The heart (the seat of understanding)
- The body (the practice)
- The soul (the passion)
- Marriage Bed pure (in thought and act)
- Communication (Song of Solomon)
- Intentional (often except for prayerful purposes)
- C. S. Lewis, “Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it: the old Christian rule is, ‘Either marriage, with complete faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence.’ ”