After 400 years of Egyptian bondage, the Israelites had gotten way off track spiritually. In fact, they weren't even sure what name to call God. Moses had to ask...
Ex. 3:13 "Then Moses said to God, "Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, 'What is His name?' What shall I say to them?"
Ex. 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
God began with a rudimentary basic truth by communicating-- "I am God, this is My name." He then built on that foundation, instructing them on the benefits of obedience to God's Word.
God told them it's important to do what He says.
Deut 6:2 "keep all His statutes and His commandments"
Deut. 6:17 "You should diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and His testimonies and His statutes which He has commanded you."
Deut. 11:32 "...be careful to do all the statutes and the judgments which I am setting before you today."
Deut. 6:18 "And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD"
Deut. 6:14 "You shall not follow other gods,
God also told them what not to do.
Deut. 12:8 "You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes;"
And God told them WHY....
Deut 6:2 "...that your days may be prolonged..."
Deut 6:3 "...that it may be well with you..."
Deut 6:3 "...that you may multiply greatly..."
Deut 6:12 "...lest you forget the LORD..."
Deut 6:18 "...possess the good land..."
Those verses, written to Israel, directly connected success with obedience to God's Word. And there is an obvious application to us living in the Church Age.
Paul said to us in the Church Age:
1Cor. 10:1-5 "For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness."
There is a reward for trusting God's Word and a penalty for not following scripture. The Lord sums it up marvelously in Psalm 1:
Psa. 1:1-4 "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so...
So here we are today, reaping what we've sown over the last 40 years. Our nation has aggressively pushed God aside in our Government and schools, and Satan has gleefully stepped in to fill the gap.
The results are horrific. Without the Bible as our benchmark to determine right and wrong, we're left letting man be god and therefore determine what is right and wrong... doing whatever is right in our own eyes!
This is, of course, man becoming his own god. And it flies in the face of a jealous God. He has graciously given us rules to follow for our own protection.
Deut. 6:15 for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God;
Deut. 6:14 "You shall not follow other gods,
The latest coup by the media is getting people to think the homosexual argument is the same as equality and integration for Blacks in the 1960s. But they are worlds apart, according to God.
Black people ARE BORN with darker skin. But the Bible says that they are equal in the eyes of the Lord. Black skin has zero to do with sin.
Acts 10:34 "God is not one to show partiality"
Homosexuals ARE BORN into sin, just like you and me. The difference is that God gives us the Bible to both understand God's love AND His warnings for mankind about the disastrous effects of unrepentant sin.
Rom. 1:27-28 "and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error (AIDS?). And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,"
The Bible defines sin in no uncertain terms. For instance, lying, murder, theft and homosexuality are specifically defined as sin.
Because we are all born into sin, born with a sin nature, we may have a propensity to do any one of these sins. But the Bible warns we are to reject our sinful nature and instead seek God.
We can trust God and His provision for sin. Or, we can reject God, and His warnings, to our own peril. Practicing homosexuals reject God and His teachings. They cannot be compared to the Blacks' struggle for equality.
So don't buy the lie!
John 8:44 "...for [Satan] is a liar, and the father of lies."
The truth is Satan has blinded homosexuals to the fact that a non-believing homosexual is facing the worst imaginable eternal damnation in unquenchable flames.
Pray we can share God's love with all sinners and not get hung up on the sin.
After all except by the grace of God, this picture could be of you.
Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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