D’evil.  Fr.noun ‘Of Evil.’

2 John 1:10-11 – If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement.  Anyone who does encourage such people becomes a partner in their evil work.

In my travels I encounter many who do not believe that Jesus is God.  They believe he was created, he was a prophet, he was a good man, a small ‘g’ god, etc., but not the Son.  They, unlike I, do not believe in the Triune God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  Some believe that if they are good enough they will go to Heaven, however, there is no hell, and therefore, everything is good.  Some believe we are created in the image of God, therefore we can become God.  Some say we all worship the same God, and that God comes as all things to all people.  As a chaplain of a correctional institution, I serve people of different faiths with differing views of God.  However, I do not encourage any belief other than that of Christ Jesus, the Living Word.  I find that I have to be strong in the Word to be strong in my defense.  God’s Word needs no defense.  However, I need to know scripture to fend off "the Deluder” Satan and his minions.

Which brings me to last month’s On the Inside.  The 219th and 221st General Assemblies of PCUSA removed the Book of Order ordination barriers and amended the marriage covenant.  Both acts of man.  I pray that God will lead us back to His Word on these subjects.  I also pray that He gives me the wisdom to comprehend the teachings of Paul.  In a discussions about Paul during my CLP classes, one woman said she only followed the ‘red letters’ in the Bible.  That cleared everything; only believe what you want to believe and disregard the rest.  Helps to explain why the woman leading the distinguished professors at seminary walked with a staff shaped like a snake.  Don’t go chasing rabbits, Pete.  Back to the point.  Do I follow the The WORD or do I eliminate the following:

Genesis 1:27— God did not “create” as an original purpose same gender sexual relationships

Genesis 19:4-13 — Sodom’s sins of greed, hatred and sexual perversion (see Ezekiel 16:49) is one of the most widely referenced and hotly debated texts concerning homosexuality.  The main point is that pride (in one’s sins) will invariably draw God’s wrath.

Leviticus 5:3 —God addresses situational moral sins.  Sexual contact between males was defiling,  God charged the priests and Levites to deal with it as object lessons of his holiness.

Leviticus 18:22;24-30 —Contrary to biblical revisionists who say this scripture does not foresee “committed, monogamous gay relationships,” Leviticus 18:22 is a sweeping condemnation of all homosexual unions whether forced or consensual.

Leviticus 20:13 —God allows opportunity for repentance, but when it is refused he imposes the death sentence.

Judges 2:11-13 —The religion of the Canaanites involved child murders (sacrifice), self -mutilation, ritual prostitution and homosexuality.  Most pro-homosexual religionists say God does not have a problem with their sexual preference, but this indicates that God considered it ”evil.”

1Kings 14:22-24 —This passage highlights the rise of “tolerance” and evil it brings when sin is promoted through government.

1Kings 15:11-13 — Out of 13 other Canaanite-adopted practices, the practice of sodomy-influenced religion in Israel was treated as a specific threat to the security, health and religious integrity of God’s people.

1Kings 22:43;46 — Jehoshaphat shows how secular leaders can cause blessings to come upon the land by refusing to allow laws and policies which hurt and damage the well being of the nation at large.

Ezekiel 16:49,50—Sodom’s sin of pride exacerbated their offensiveness to God.

Daniel 11:37— A reference to the sexual nature of the antichrist as envisioned by Daniel

Matthew 19:1-8 —Jesus issues a sweeping condemnation of all sexual relationships outside of the male/female model established in Gen 1:27, which he specifically cited.

Romans 1:18-32 —For the first time there is a specific mention of female homosexuality as a depraved condition brought on by a sinful nature.

1Cor 6:9-11—Former homosexuals are listed along with other ex-sinners who have been changed by the power of Christ.  Paul celebrated their freedom in Christ Jesus.  With a completely different tone in comparison to the volume of harsh, negative reaction to the unrepentant, scripture here ends with the tremendous hope and goodness of God.

Galatians 5:19 — Paul drew from sources familiar to him and forged them with New Testament teachings of God’s grace to forgive and cleanse.  In the letter to the Galatians, he teaches that sinful human nature is always considered an enemy to God.

Colossians 3:5-7 — Paul issues instructions on overcoming/controlling sin.  Believers are to mortify or deaden themselves and exercise self control over such actions.  Scripture clearly instructs that we are to hold our bodies in check and refuse to participate in sexual immorality.  This passage further emphasizes that no one should expect to escape the “wrath of God” except they repent.

Titus 1:16 — When one accepts what God has pronounced abominable and rejects the created model a process of hardening and mental perversion begins to take root in the mind.  Such is the danger of justifying sin.

Jude 1:4,7,19 — Repentance is the major action a sinner must take to be accepted into the family of God.

Rev 21:27—The Word of God firmly establishes once and for all the sinfulness of homosexuality, but also provides a wide opportunity for repentance and redemption through Jesus Christ

If we eliminate all but the red letters we still need to deal with Matthew 19.  I believe Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  He is the Word.  In the beginning the Word already existed.  He is God.  If we deny Him before man, He will deny us before the Father.

On the Inside,

Rev. Pete