It's been said, "Love the sinner, hate the sin." And Scripture says, "Mourn with those who mourn." That's God’s way. And these days our convictions are really being put to the test.
On one hand, I'm convinced that the Bible forbids same-sex activity. I am saddened by the success of LGBT advocates in promoting their unbiblical agenda.
On the other hand, I'm convinced that God loves us all, no matter our sexual orientation or lifestyle. I am saddened by the response of some Christians to the Orlando tragedy. A pastor in Sacramento actually said in a sermon, "The tragedy is that more of them didn't die." A pastor in Arizona said, "I'm not sad about it; I'm not going to cry about it."
I am saddened by all of it: the massacre, the promotion of the LGBT agenda--from the White House on down, pastors spewing hatred instead of weeping with love and compassion.
Ephesians 2:1-6 (The Message) reminds us “it wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin–dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.
This heinous crime and the promotion of LGBT can have Christians wondering how should we feel and how we should respond. Well, the Bible is very clear. In this week's message, we find encouragement and wisdom from the Scriptures and learn how we as believers are to respond.
I hope to see you all this Sunday. Blessings on you all.