The Lord’s Prayer (vs11)

Give us this day our daily bread.  (Vs 11)

Jesus tells us here that we are to ask for our immediate needs, not worrying about future needs or about wants and desires above our needs.  When I point this out to people some are quick to bring up the verse in Psalms that says God will give us the desires of our heart. And, yes, it does say that. However you need to read the whole verse.  “Seek your happiness in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire.” If we are seeking our happiness in the Lord then our heart’s desire will line up with His will. If we are looking to do His will and that is our utmost desire, then His granting our desires is giving us what we need to do His will.

A few verses down in this chapter Jesus expands on this beginning with verse 25. We are told not to worry about tomorrow and not to be anxious over things that we need.  In verse 33 He says to “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  What things? Food, clothing and shelter. God knows what we need. He created us and who knows better how to care for the creation?

I know, this is easier to say that it is to do. I am struggling with this daily. The Lord has not given me wealth, but I’m not going hungry either. I have been homeless but I have always had a roof over my head even it was a car or a tent. I do not wear Armani suits but I have warm clothing and coats. Would I like to drive an expensive luxury car? Sure I would. But I have a twenty year old Toyota that gets me to church and back with no problem. And it’s comfortable! The radio, heater and air conditioner works and it doesn’t leak. It is what I need. I am learning to be satisfied with His provision.

The Apostle Paul talked about this as well. In Philippians he says, “I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little.” (Philippians 4:12 GW) what is this secret that Paul has learned? The secret is to ask God for our daily bread and to have the faith that He will provide for us as the Good Father He is.

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Where Are We In Prophecy?

The United States has been around for well over 200 years. On the surface it looks likely that we will be around for another 200, or more. However, when you scratch that surface you will see many flaws and cracks that make you wonder.

This used to bother me. I like this country. I am blessed to have been born here. I study other cultures and would like to visit some other countries sometime, but I can’t picture myself living anywhere but the good old USA.

I am also a Christian who is looking forward to the soon return of Christ. So I have to ask myself how the US plays a part in the End Times events. Or does the US play a part?  Let’s look to see what the Bible says.

And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Son of man, let your face be turned against Gog, of the land of Magog, the ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and be a prophet against him, And say, This is what the Lord has said: See, I am against you, O Gog, ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: And turning you round, I will put hooks in your mouth and make you come out with all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them in full war-dress, a great force with breastplate and body-cover, all of them armed with swords: Persia, Cush, and Put with them; all of them with body-cover and metal head-dress: Gomer and all her forces; the people of Togarmah in the inmost parts of the north, with all his forces: a great number of peoples with you. Be ready, make yourself ready, you and all the forces who are with you, and be ready for my orders. After a long time you will get your orders: in the last years you will come into the land which has been given back from the sword, which has been got together out of a great number of peoples, on the mountains of Israel which have ever been a waste: but it has been taken out from the peoples and they will be living, all of them, without fear of danger. And you will go up, you will come like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your forces, and a great number of peoples with you. (Ezekiel 38:1-9 BBE)

There are a lot of countries and rulers named in this prophecy yet I don’t see the US listed anywhere. Many of the countries named are unfamiliar to us today but they are all in the east and Middle East. We’re looking at Turkey, Russia, Iraq and Iran, for the most part. Remember that everything about last days prophecy centers around Israel and Jerusalem in particular.

It doesn’t look like the US is mentioned. Does that mean that we are going to be gone? Or ineffective? Maybe yes to either of these questions. It could also be that because of the distance that we aren’t major players. If America exists when this all goes down we will be contributors in some way, I’m sure, but remember, it revolves around Jerusalem!

I believe that Jesus’ return is going to be during my lifetime and I’m sixty-six years old. So, yes, I think it will be soon. (This is my opinion, not prophecy.) There are many ways that the US can become ineffective very quickly. I see several of these things happening now.  World Net Daily had an article that I liked that pointed to one way that we could cut ourselves out of the picture. Here we can see the falling into chaos that George Orwell predicted in his book 1984.  This is a disturbing picture of what we see happening in America now. Glen Beck co-wrote a series of books based on the UN’s Agenda 21.

Do I think any of this will happen really soon? I’m sorry to say that I do believe that something will happen soon. I don’t know, maybe what I’ve talked about above or maybe something very different. That are two things that I do know.

First, God has everything under control. He knew what was going to happen before the creation of the world. He laid out the plan of redemption on Genesis chapter 3. Whatever takes place in the US or anywhere else in the world, it is His plan.

Secondly, I know that no matter what, I have a place reserved for me in His Kingdom. Whether that place is in Heaven or on a new earth, the reservation is there. Thank-you Jesus!

Time is getting short and things may seem like they are falling apart. A lot of people are fretting, worrying and even flipping out over the events that are taking place in Washington. And I suspect that it’s only going to get a lot worse.

We are not promised deliverance out of the tribulation, but we are promised that Jesus will be with us through whatever we go through. Remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? When threatened with being thrown into the furnace what was their response? “If it happens, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18 WEB)

They were firm in their commitment to not worship the idol and they believed God would rescue them. But even if God choose not to rescue them, they still would not bow down! This is the mindset that we need as we go into these years of trials and tribulation. No, it won’t be easy, but Jesus will be with us. Will He save us like he did these three? Maybe not, but we cannot bow to the political and false religious idols no matter what.  Our reservation is waiting and we shouldn’t do anything that would jeopardize that.

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Truth

Truth

What is truth? The popular belief today is that what may be true for you isn’t necessarily true for me. It’s called relative truth, and people love it. It relieves them of responsibility for their bad behavior.  They don’t have the need to learn right from wrong because it’s not their “truth”.

What they don’t realize is that this way of thinking is placing them in bondage; literally making them slaves. Of course, they don’t realize this any more than the Jews that Jesus was speaking to realized it. When He told them that the truth would set them free they got all indignant and huffy saying, “We are the descendants of Abraham,” they answered, “and we have never been anybody’s slaves. What do you mean, then, by saying, ‘You will be free’?” (John 8:33 GNB)

People today can’t accept that they are slaves, or in bondage, to sin. They refuse to believe that continually living in sin shows that they are children of Satan. Yes, this is a strong statement, but Jesus made it, not me. He told them, “You are the children of your father, the Devil, and you want to follow your father’s desires. From the very beginning he was a murderer and has never been on the side of truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only doing what is natural to him, because he is a liar and the father of all lies.” (John 8:44 GNB) Yes, it is a strong statement, but it is a true statement. It is a statement that the world will not, and is unable to, accept because the truth is not in them.

So, what is the truth? Or, more specifically, what is the Truth? The Truth is: Jesus was born of a virgin and the Holy Spirit. The Truth is: He lived a sinless life. The Truth is: He died for OUR sins, never having committing sin Himself. The Truth is: He rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.

The TRUTH is: Jesus is the ONLY way to salvation. This is not relative. This is not flexible. While you may not accept this as your truth, it is, in fact, the Truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.” (John 14:6 GNB) I didn’t make this up because I want more people to go to church. Jesus said this because He wants more people to go to Heaven!

If you can accept this message then you are blessed. Repent, proclaim Jesus as Lord and be baptized. Follow His teaching and commandments. As He said, His yoke (burden or harness) is easy and His load is light because He helps us carry it.  

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Reaping what you sow

Do not deceive yourselves; no one makes a fool of God. You will reap exactly what you plant. If you plant in the field of your natural desires, from it you will gather the harvest of death; if you plant in the field of the Spirit, from the Spirit you will gather the harvest of eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8 Good News Bible)

Have you ever planted roses and found grapes growing on the rose bushes? Of course not. Apples don’t grow on pear trees. By the same token spiritual health doesn’t grow when carnal seeds are planted. By thinking this we are trying to make a fool of God, and this cannot happen. We might think we are getting away with it, but the true nature of the plant will always become known.

We have seen this in public figures and it’s especially troubling when it’s a well-known preacher who falls. But it will happen to us as well if we persist in sinning. I know that we all are imperfect and slip from time to time, but that’s certainly not what I’m talking about. When you slip, not matter how hard the fall, repent and ask God to forgive you and He will. The Bible says that He no longer remembers the sins of those who truly repent (turn away from) their sins.

What Paul was talking about in his letter was deliberate, continual sin. Doing what you know is wrong and continuing to do it even when the Holy Spirit is prompting you to turn away from this behavior. You can’t continue to live like this if you are a believer. God will not be mocked and that what this is doing.

The Southern Gospel group The Chuckwagon Gang sang a song many years ago that had a line that said, “God will set your fields on fire, if to sin is your desire.” Have you ever wondered why nothing is going right? Are you trying and still not succeeding? Maybe it’s the devil blocking you but maybe it’s unrepented sin in your life? Ask God to show you where you have to change then ask Him to help you make the needed changes. He will. He wants you to live a life that brings glory to Him and will help you, even if that help is “to set your field on fire.”

 

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In The Beginning …

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Gen. 1:1-2)

I have no problem believing that God created the heavens and the earth. Where I get tripped up; where I start letting intellect get in the way is when I look at science and listen to what the educated people say. And I’m not talking about the atheists who deny God had anything to do with creation. Many Christian educators propose what is called the “gap theory.” And, honestly, I like it. I’m beginning to see that it can’t be right, but I like it. It’s neat and explains how the universe can be as old as it seems to be while not discounting God as creator.

But there’s a problem. In fact, I think there’s a major problem with the gap theory. Let’s look at some scripture. “Sin came into the world through one man, and his sin brought death with it. As a result, death has spread to the whole human race because everyone has sinned.” (Rom. 5:12 GNB)

The gap theory allows for the passage of millions, even billions, of years between God creating the universe and His six days of “creation” where He created light, divided the light from the dark, etc. During this time there was all kinds of activity resulting in fossils of all the “prehistoric” animals. It also means that these animals died! The possibility also exists, according to the gap theory, of pre-adamic man, a sort of proto-man. It also means that these men died! However, the Apostle Paul very plainly stated in the book of Romans that death entered into being through Adam’s sin. So how did animals and possibly men, die before Adam was created? This is not the only knock against the gap theory, but it’s certainly a showstopper.

Those who follow the gap theory today cite its inclusion in the Scofield Reference Bible. This gives credence to the theory since of course if Scofield said it then it must be right. Well, not necessarily. Scofield did a lot of research into a lot of theological ideas, but maybe here he should have looked a little closer. The theory only made it’s appearance in 1814 when Thomas Chalmers, a Scotsman who founded the Free Church of Scotland. He wanted to reconcile the Bible with the growing body of science that seemed to show the universe was a lot older than 7000 years. I think he meant well, but he totally forgot my next point.

Another Scripture that we cannot forget might not actually seem to fit here, but it most certainly does. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6 KJV)

When I watch the science shows on TV and they talk about the time it takes for this to happen and then they say that this proves that the universe is billions of years old, I cringe. I know, because the Bible tells me, that God created the heavens and the earth and then I can follow the linage from Adam to Noah. After the flood, I can trace Jesus lineage back to Noah, and even Adam, all through the Biblical record. This tells me how old the earth is! What I need to do is believe the Bible. I need to believe God’s Word. And so do you.

Is this important? How does my view of creation effect my faith in Jesus? The answer is actually another question. Do I believe the Bible? If I do, then I believe that Bible’s account of creation. If I don’t believe the Bible’s account of creation, then what other part of the Bible do I reject? How about the resurrection or Jesus? That’s actually pretty incredible, after all. You see where I’m going with this? If you are going to question or reject one part then you are questioning all of it. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

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Forgiveness

The Oxford English Dictionary defines forgiveness as “to grant free pardon and to give up all claim on account of an offense or debt”.  As Christians we are familiar with the forgiveness that God extends to us because of the death of Jesus on the cross.  Without that forgiveness we would not be able to escape judgment.

Divine forgiveness

Divine forgiveness sets the pattern for our forgiving others. Jesus said in His famous model prayer that we are to ask for forgiveness even as we forgive others (Matthew 6.12).  This was a part of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount and has become a treasured teaching of the church. Interestingly enough, this is not the only time Jesus gave this particular model of prayer to His disciples. In Luke 11: 1 “one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.’”  Jesus’ response was almost identical to what He taught in the Sermon on the Mount.

Speaking of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talked about forgiveness in that message:

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7) Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

He talked about forgiveness on several other occasions as well.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25) But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. (Luke 6:27-29) Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (Luke 6:36) Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (Luke 6:37)

Of course the most famous one of all is when Jesus was hanging on the cross. He had the power to obliterate all of His tormenters and the authority to call legions of angelic armies, yet He said, “Father, forgive them, because they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23.34).

Jesus was all about forgiveness. He wanted us to be forgiving people. He still wants us to be forgiving people. So what, exactly, does it mean to forgive someone? We hear the term “forgive and forget” a lot. That sounds great, but we are human. Sometimes it is impossible to forget. Especially if the hurt is a deep personal hurt. Does that mean that Jesus has asked us to do the impossible?

 Human forgiveness

Jesus would not do that. He knows our limitations. He lived in a human body. Remember our definition of forgiveness is “to grant free pardon and to give up all claim on account of an offense or debt”.  This does not say anything about forgetting. A friend of mine some time ago defined forgiveness by saying that forgiving is the act of remembering to forget. Oddly worded, but it makes sense. We are going to remember an offense. Not only is it is human nature, but Satan is called our “accuser” for a reason. He is very good at reminding us of the things we want to forget.

Another friend once described forgiveness with a little more detail. He said that when we forgive someone we agree never to bring the offense up to that person again, never to tell anyone else about it and when Satan reminds us that we will consciously think of other things, such as scriptures that talk about how Jesus forgave us.

It is not an easy thing to forgive those who have hurt you. And some hurts are worse than others. Some people think that their pain is beyond forgiveness, but it’s not. Jesus would not tell us to do this if it were not possible. Maybe it will take the strength of Jesus Christ for us to forgive, but we have that strength available to us. The apostle Paul said that he could do everything that he needed to so through Jesus (Philippians 4.13). We too, as believers, have this power within us. It’s not magical and it’s not some hocus pocus stage trick. It’s the power of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that indwells Christians the moment they believe.

Forgiveness is possible.  Forgiveness for you if you believe in Jesus died for your sins and rose again to gain victory for you over sin and death; and forgiveness for those who have sinned against you.

Even through this He said "Father, forgive them."

I Believe…

  1. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. (2 Timothy 3.15-17)
  2. There is one God, evident as three separate persons, yet divinely one. (Deut. 6.4)
  3. Man is born into sin, lives in sin, and will die in sin unless he accepts Jesus as his savior. (Romans 5.12, 6.23)
  4. Jesus died so that man can be saved. It is a gift of God, not something man earned. (Romans 6.23, 10.13)
  5. There are two ordinances of the Church that Jesus commanded His followers to observe.
    1. Water baptism. (Matthew 28.19)
    2. The Lord’s Supper or Communion. (Luke 22.19)
  6. In the filling and indwelling of the Holy Spirit as a separate act of God. (Acts 2.4)
  7. Believers are to witness and make disciples. (Matthew 28.19)
  8. In healing of the body, mind and spirit. Jesus suffered that we might be made whole. (Isaiah 53.5,
  9. That Jesus will return again for His followers. That believers will be raised from the dead and those alive at His return will be taken up to heaven. (1Thes. 4.16)
  10. That those who refuse to accept Jesus are condemned to an eternity in a literal hell. God has not condemned them, but by their refusal of Jesus they have condemned themselves. (Luke 16. 19-31, John 3.18)
  11. In the promise of a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness dwells. (2Peter 3.13)

Followers of Christ

Many people insist that we have the right to practice Christianity as our conscience dictates. Wrong. We have the privilege of living out a faith based on absolute truth as given to us by the Author and Finisher of that faith in His written Word. If we want to invent our own religion, we are “free” to do so, “free” to reap the consequences and “free” to call it anything we want – anything except Christianity.
There are many who have invented their own religions. Unfortunately they often call their inventions Christianity. I am unqualified to judge a person’s heart. Only God can do that. I can however, see their behavior and I read the Bible. When the Bible calls certain behaviors “sin” and even goes on to say that these behaviors are “detestable to God”, I have no choice but to assume that people who willingly and openly commit these sins are not actually Christians, no matter what they claim. They may be saved, they may have had a “born again” experience (John 3.3) and they may even be going to heaven, but they are not followers of Christ. That is what the word Christian means, you know.
To call your self a Christian means that you have given yourself completely over to Christ. Throughout the New Testament the writers make the call for all or nothing commitment. To be a Christian was to become wholly devoted. All of Jesus’ followers were complete followers. They were not perfect. They made mistakes, but they were committed to Him. To be anything less is a mockery of the name Christian.
Jesus gave more than any one of us could ever give. He didn’t have to die. He was the very Word of God become flesh. He died to take our place because He loves us. Can we not at least give Him our complete devotion?

The Value of life – Some food for thought

How much is one human life worth? Does it matter if you know the person in question? Is the life of a family member more valuable than a stranger’s life? I have listed some questions and information below in an effort to get us to think about life, and death. While I expect that there are some who will rail against me for posting this, my purpose is not to set down a doctrine; I just want to get people thinking. (Scripture quotes are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)

Interesting questions.

Recently Dr. George Tiller, the famous (or infamous) abortion doctor, was murdered. I read a number of comments, by people claiming to be Christians, praising the fact of his death. Most went along the lines that “he got what he deserved.” Dr. Tiller was responsible for performing an unknown number of abortions including controversial “late-term” abortions. Was Dr. Tiller’s death warranted? Was Dr. Tiller’s life valuable?

Soldiers go to war and, under the direction of their governments people get killed. David, in the Bible, was known for being a “man after God’s own heart”. David was also a warrior. A quick cross reference of the key words “David” and “slew” in the Old Testament drew 19 separate verses. 1 Chronicles 18.5 details one time when “David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.” (1 Chronicles 18:5) David, was a man after God’s own heart. The apostle Paul said, “for he [the king or government] beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (Romans 13:4) So it seems that there are times when killing is accepted.

Whose life is of more value, a stranger’s or a family member’s? If someone was breaking into your house, by law in most places you are allowed to defend your self. Yet if this same person were seen walking down the street you certainly would not be allowed to harm him. So it seems that it is okay to defend family and property. Are we, biblically, allowed to place someone else’s life above that of our family, or even our own?

Whose life is more valuable?

Mary (of Nazareth) had a son. He was a wonderful child, and grew to be a teacher and miracle worker. This Son was, in fact, God “manifest in the flesh”, come to dwell with man. (Timothy 3.16) He hurt no one and committed no crime. It is recorded that He healed, cleansed and taught righteousness to every one. He fed the hungry and even raised the dead. How valuable was His life?

Conclusions

I can’t say how I would react if forced to choose between my life and that of someone else. I would like to say that I would willingly lay down my life to save another, but if put in that position, would I? I don’t know. I can’t say how I would react if forced to choose between family, friends and strangers. I pray that I will never be forced to make these choices. I don’t have any answers for most of the questions I’ve posed. But there is one answer that I do have. Jesus’ life was the most valuable of all lives. He was perfect, without even the inherited sin of Adam that we all share. Jesus should have never died. Yet He willingly gave up that perfect life. Jesus knew the value of human life. As God, He created life. Why did He give up His life?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave [the life of] his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Jesus died on that cross so that our life would never have to end. Jesus was raised from the dead to show that He has overcome death. You and I can live forever, with God, because the most valuable life ever to be born was freely laid down in death.

It is my hope that someone reading this will see that there is more to life than the few years we live on earth. It is my hope that you have been stimulated to look deeper into this subject. I can’t answer questions about capitol punishment or self-defense. But I can say that Jesus’ death was our life.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave [the life of] his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  He did this for George Tiller, Billy Graham and even Adolph Hitler. He did this for you and for me. Not everyone accepts what Jesus did for them, and in not accepting, they miss out on the promise of everlasting life. Think about it, please.

The Bible speaks on homosexual relationships

I want to say first and foremost; God loves every human. There is no exception to this. Jesus died so that “who ever believes in Him might be saved”. Jesus died so that we could be set free from sin. Not set free TO sin, but set free FROM sin. So the question is, “What is sin?”

To answer this I will give God’s answer from the Bible. There are plenty of scriptures that deal with sin, but we are talking about one specific sin here. The answers will be plain and obvious to anyone who believes God’s Word is alive and relevant for today. This is a message to Christians about what behavior God expects from us, as His children. If you do not believe that the Bible is the answer to questions about morality and behavior than you might as well stop reading now.

Point 1:

Don’t you know that wicked people won’t inherit the kingdom of God? Stop deceiving yourselves! People who continue to commit sexual sins, who worship false gods, those who commit adultery, homosexuals, or thieves, those who are greedy or drunk, who use abusive language, or who rob people will not inherit the kingdom of God. (1Corinthians 6. 9 – 10)

The apostle Paul was speaking about people who “continue to commit” these sins. The original word that he used is often translated as either heathen or treacherous. He then said, “That’s what some of you were.”  He reminds the Corinthians that they have been bought (Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross) and that they are not their own. He spends some time talking about sexual sins because it is an important point. Christians are part of the body of Christ. When a Christian commits a sin with his or her body they are causing Christ to participate in their sin. The implication is that someone who willingly persists in these sins never actually gave his life to Jesus. If you are truly a born again, regenerated believer you have Jesus living in your heart and you are indwelled with the Holy Spirit. You would not willingly participate in these sins.

Point 2:

The people who lived in Sodom were very wicked. They committed terrible sins against the LORD. … Before they had gone to bed, all the young and old male citizens of Sodom surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to stay with you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” …Then they struck all the men who were in the doorway of the house, young and old alike, with blindness so that they gave up trying to find the door. Then the men asked Lot, “Do you have anyone else here-any in-laws, sons, daughters, or any other relatives in the city? Get them out of here because we’re going to destroy this place. The complaints to the LORD against its people are so loud that the LORD has sent us to destroy it.” …Then the LORD made burning sulfur and fire rain out of heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah. He destroyed those cities, the whole plain, all who lived in the cities, and whatever grew on the ground.(Genesis 13:13, 19:4-5, 19:11-13, 19:24-25)

God saw the sin in these two cities and we see the results.  These two cities are located next to and underneath the Dead Sea. (Of course the Dead Sea was not there when the destruction occurred.) Archeologists, both religious and secular, have discovered an extremely large number of sulfur balls in and around the area. Most of these have been partially burned. Each of the cities of the plain contains evidence of brimstone that God rained down upon the cities to destroy them.  The brimstone is composed of 96-98 percent sulfur; with trace amounts of magnesium, which create an extremely high temperature burn.  This is the only place on earth where you can find 96 percent pure monoclinic sulfur in a round ball.  This brimstone is NOT from any type of geo-thermal activity as there is no evidence of such in the area, and geo-thermal sulfur nodules are only 40 percent pure sulfur and are of the rhombic type. This is how God punished the sins of these people.

Point 3:

Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read that the Creator made them male and female in the beginning and that he said, ‘That’s why a man will leave his father and mother and will remain united with his wife, and the two will be one’? (Matthew 19:4-5)  The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She will be named woman because she was taken from man.” That is why a man will leave his father and mother and will be united with his wife, and they will become one flesh. (Genesis 2:23-24)

Homosexual relationships are not normal. God created male and female with the intent that they reproduce. A sexual relationship brings the two together both physically and spiritually. An unnatural relationship is contrary to God’s purpose.

Conclusion:

It is not a question of whether you are a “liberated Christian”: rather it is “are you a Christian”. Being Christian means being a follower of Christ.  Jesus said that His followers are those who obey His commands (Luke 11.28) and that if we love Him that we would obey His commands (John 14.15). Being a Christian means loving and obeying Jesus. A true Christian cannot continue to live in a willfully sinful lifestyle.  Jesus died on the cross so that you could be set free from the bondage of sin. Ask Him to forgive you and to come into your heart as your Savior and as your Lord. He wants to set you free. What Jesus said to the thief on the cross next to Him as He was dying “This day you will be with me in paradise” can be His words to you too.