Neutrality is Impossible…Lesson 1

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.(Matthew 12:30)

I am led to share a couple of “Spiritual War” stories, which have powerful lessons for the ones who have ears to hear….

First of all I will tell a sad story of young woman who came to one of our services, at Believers in Grace Fellowship, the church I pastor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

It was Palm Sunday. The Church was full of the lovely spiritual aroma of true worship. The sermon was an exposition of Psalm 118, in view of its fulfillment on Palm Sunday.

The people of Israel sang “This is the Day…” as they always did at Passover week. Little did they realize ,that it really was the Day that the Psalm anticipated. This was the Day prophesied by Daniel and the prophets, the calendar day predicted in Daniel 9, that the Messiah would present himself to Israel, but to be “Cut off”, executed, but, “not for himself but for the people”.

It really was a powerful gospel service, and I noticed our young lady visitor was crying, profusely.

After the service I sat with her and the couple who had invited her and asked of she had received the message (of salvation through Jesus). Dis she understand what the sermon was telling her?

“Yes” she gasped, in between sniffles and tears.

We asked her gently, “Do you believe that what we are saying is true and applies to you?”

“Oh yes”, she sobbed,“I believe what you are saying”.

Would you want to pray with us, asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins and receive the gift of Eternal Life?”

“I wish I could, but I can’t..” she sobbed.

Why not? There is nothing you have done that it is so vile, tat it cancels out what Jesus did to pay for your sins!”

” I believe that, but the problem is that I have a lot of Gay friends, and I know that real Christians like you all do not believe that being gay is acceptable. I just couldn’t turn my back on them and become a Christian.”

With that she left sorrowfully, like the Rich Young Ruler of Mark chapter 1o. We have never seen her since.

The lesson here is, You don’t have to be a practicing homosexual to go to hell for homosexuality.She wasn’t ‘gay’. She was just loyal to her ‘gay’ friends to the point where she chose them over the salvation of her own soul.

Like millions of others her age (mid 20’s) she has been inculcated into a misguided, sympathy and even loyalty to a those who identify themselves with a perverse and unclean practice, which God utterly abhors.

Behold the power of propaganda! For decades now in the schools, and in the popular media, the youth have been baptized into an acceptance of this evil, to the point that they now consider those who would condemn it in any way, to be the perverse ones.

It has been a very sophisticated campaign, to “sell” this evil as normal and even wholesome. They have exploited the sense of fair play, and naive moral indignation of young people, by posturing homosexuals as Civil Rights victims. There is already a gap between the ages of confessing Christians; the wrongly indoctrinated young are sorely tempted to sympathize with practitioners of this sin, the older Christians know better for the most part.

We are not saying one shouldn’t “love” a homosexual. All Christians should love all sinners as Jesus loved us.

What we are talking about is the (wrong) idea that we can and should  love and accept them as homosexuals, as if that is just part of their personality and not ever to be judged.

I believe this incident serves as a warning.

One cannot be “Right with God” and “Saved” while at the same time being a supporter of something God says he hates and will utterly judge.Ye that Love the Lord,Hate Evil!

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.(I Cor 6:9-11)

This young woman was at least consistent. She knew she couldn’t be saved, and still encourage or promote homosexuality. I wish the many compromising churches, which are currently softening their stance on this issue would be as consistent as she was!

We must pray for this younger generation.They have heavily conditioned by education and the culture to gravitate to the wrong side of God on many of the issues of the day.

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6 Responses to Neutrality is Impossible…Lesson 1

  1. Zaza says:

    This sounds like she was convicted ….as well as ‘conflicted’ but perhaps the impact you observed will work it’s way into her conscience.

    It seems to be , as we know , the way the destruction of the identity once held by children raised by godly parents and back before the systematic destruction of mental freedom came through the govr school venue and the media that the faith that once was …has now been deemed ‘optional’ among those who cling to a peer group identity and culture.

    Sadly for her she will need to really make a break with those who will be offended ….simply becaue the truth is more about SIN and it’s real damage which has not been set forth in many of those who want to testify to the way all sin leaves us naked without hope.

    The evil of sin has been re-branded …and left to the fleshly feelings more moved by emotion than real knowledge and understanding of the consequences.

    More of the outcome based education system, the self esteem movement and the fear of deforming a child’s ‘psyche’ than forming his character.

    Seems all of the plans to deconstruct all godly order has been one of the desperate moves of the devil knowing his time is short….

    One of the things I think might have strengthened the position of the Duggar family is that they needed to express more that their lives were not just of ‘THEIR faith’ but more that the source and focus of faith is Jesus Christ and from HIS point of view which is The Truth…..boldness ….it is defensive as well as offensive …depending upon the hearer…

    What seems to have been lost in the rhetoric of media is that the definition of what is destructive and therefore evil is what GOD defines in the Bible as sin …not by way of our view or opinion of our own preferences. The media speaks of the Duggars as having spoken against the sin of homosexuality due to THEIR faith, but this is the usual trick twisting of the point. They make it sound as though it is just ONE way of looking at it …which we realize is their slant anyway. …rather than that they were recounting the way the Bible defines sin and what it is and how it is HARMFUL to those who engage willfully with any of them.

    Having spent a good amount of my lifetime wading through what error has effected my life ..both before and during my efforts to learn truth of scripture…I realize how easily people may ‘miss hear” what is directly and deliberately given from the actual scriptures. Those things cannot be disputed as opinion…but are recorded…that those who deny the Lord and reject the Bible will not like that and may want to dismiss it ..they can never say they did not get what actually GOD DID SAY …and not opinions or some denominational position.

    Those in active rebellion are NOT going to hear and thus receive but for the sake of record it is good to put scripture in it’s proper context into the conversation ….and it testifies of itself.

    Of course the natural man has no capacity to understand these things because hey are spiritually understood and to those without the Lord and His Spirit …the Bible is foolishness ….and thus it may bounce off.
    For me I feel that if they and many who want to testify of the truth about things and issues so prevalent of our day there is a need to lay down the foundation that it is the BIBLE , God’s Word…despite what the ‘skeptic , so called christian scholars” may try to say, who work to dismantle the faith of some , weak in the faith and unlearned…and any who might enter in.

    Luk 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

    There will be a reckoning….but in the mean time ..everyone is held to account for what they did or did not do to seek out the truth and to search for the Lord…are they not?

    Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

    Zec 7:11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

    May the Lord open her heart and those like her so that they might hear and receive with meekness the engraphed word that is able to save their soul.

    Jas 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

    • Lisa Griffiss says:

      Absolutely right Zaza! Two things you wrote blessed me: the word “mis-hear”is very useful when dealing with deception. And THE BIBLE ,ie the word of God, the Lord Jesus, is who our personal faith rests on, not people’s personal faith. This” personal faith” to outsiders sounds cultish.
      God bless you

  2. Lisa says:

    Wow-she made such a bad decision!

  3. Danny Wright says:

    This young woman was at least consistent. She knew she couldn’t be saved, and still encourage or promote homosexuality. I wish the many compromising churches, which are currently softening their stance on this issue would be as consistent as she was!

    So do I.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    What a powerful example. There are very few, if any, grey areas with God.

  5. JoAnn says:

    A very powerful example indeed. Thank you! I have also noticed that when I inform some people of false teachers they are supporting/following by showing them scriptures as to why they are false and how they are going against doctrine….they do not want to offend the false teacher and they continue right on following them. They would rather offend God!!!!!! Mind boggling…..

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