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August 2016

Could there really be a split in the Church of England over homosexuality?

Just been reading this article on the Premier Christian Radio website: http://bit.ly/2bOtcaC

So first of all that made me sad.  Sad that there is a possibility of a split, of course that is not what anyone wants, we want to be united as a church and as people of God.  However it also made me glad too.

Why glad you may ask?  The reason for this is that I feel that at last there are people within the church who are prepared to stand up to the liberals, to make a stand against the pressures of secular culture and speak out as Jesus would have done.  If the church cannot come to an agreement on this then I suspect it is inevitable that there will be a split. It’s not just about those practicing homosexuality but to my mind those also “tolerating” or “condoning” it as acceptable “Christian” behaviour.

I long for the day when those leading the church in this country (and others as well) start to teach God’s word and that alone, to be led by the Holy Spirit and him alone and to stand up for the beliefs of the majority of born again Christians in this country.  As someone who struggled in the gay lifestyle for so many years I yearn for the day when there will be biblical guidance for those struggling with same sex attraction given in love by a church who stand up and says enough is enough to unbiblical teaching and secular pressures to conform.

Exposing the lies that you are believing

Would like to share this post from my other blog where I write daily on my general musings as a relatively new christian.  This post is driven by Malachi 2: 17 – You have wearied the Lord with your words. ‘How have we wearied him?’ you ask. By saying, ‘All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them’ or ‘Where is the God of justice?’

Please do pop over to my other blog and take a look

http://bit.ly/2bQoIQj

Another great testimony – Jackie Hill-Perry

Wishing to change identity was a trend started by Satan

I was watching this clip (see link below) yesterday where some Christians are discussing our reaction to transgenderism.  I liked Lisa Bevere’s comments in particular.  So she was saying that it’s about identity and seeking to change our identity.  The first recorded issue of wishing to change identity was Satan who sought to be like God and then reacted by tempting Adam and Eve in the same way.  Wow, that was really powerful to me, I have done a lot of study on identity and our identity in Christ yet I had never thought of that.  How we fall, how Satan is trying to tempt us to change our identity, whether it relates in extremes to our gender identity, our sexual orientation or more commonly maybe to how we perceive ourselves in our day to day activities.  But why do we want to change our identity, it is only through identifying with God that we can claim the victory over Satan, we are perfect, God made us to be perfect, he formed us in our Mother’s wombs, so isn’t it time we stopped looking for excuses, stopped looking for something more or something different and immersed ourselves in all that God has planned for our lives.  Let’s face it we’re all searching for something but that something can only be found in Jesus.

https://t.co/XACdCJebKQ

Spiritually blind to the word of God

I have been reading about “Spiritual Blindness” and it kind of helped me understand why there are two distinct views on homosexuality and faith.  Some people are spiritually blind to the word of God.  It’s like you read the word but don’t actually let it in to your mind or you deny it is true because you don’t want to submit to God. Basically the sin is more attractive than obedience.

Satan loves this because he can then come into the picture and continue to “blind” the mind so that people do not find the truth.  When you are spiritually blind you are separate from God and will continue to accept lies.  This is true of non-Christians and professed Christians who will find reasons to justify their sin.

We are warned in the Bible of the end times, of false teaching, false prophets and evil deception and we should be ready to counter this with Godly love and truth.

I love the last verse quoted in the article just showing that we can change, God is ready and waiting for us to see the truth: 2 Corinthians 3:16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

This is the article I thoroughly recommend you read it and make your own mind up  http://biblereasons.com/spiritual-blindness/

A celibate same sex couple –

This is a really interesting Blog article about Sarah and Lindsey’s choices. I enjoyed viewing things from someone elses perspective and this particularly helped me as since becoming a Christian I have lived a celibate life with my Civil Partner and was interested to see how they managed and their view on life in this type of relationship.

http://bit.ly/2bMntEt

No sin makes you any worse than anyone else

Now here’s some great advice.  If you feel God calling you back to church or indeed to attend church for the first time don’t focus on your sexuality, but focus on listening to God’s voice, cos you know what, he misses you and wants to spend time with you.

I struggled to go back to church after a 30 year gap because I focused on the “what will people think of me” aspect, rather than thinking “what will God think of me?”

You know it doesn’t matter what people think of you, it’s all about you and God.  Once you connect with him, like really hear from him you will not care one bit about others because what God offers is unconditional, unashamed love and acceptance.

Let’s face it we are all sinners and that includes all those in the congregation of the church you are about to walk into.  No sin makes you any worse than anyone else and God tells us quite clearly in Romans 5:8 that he loves us even when we are still sinners and still apart from him.

So don’t let pride or fear prevent you from taking that first step into church. I encourage you to have a quick chat with God before you go in, like Lord help me feel comfortable and welcomed in your house and then take that next step on your journey of discovery.  Rest assured, God will be taking that step with you.  Let us know how you got on we would love to hear from you.

Love overcomes the lies

Saw this quote by Rick Warren this morning and wanted to share it. This is so true.

rick warren

Does God tell homosexual Christians different things?

I was having a chat with some fellow Christians last night and I was telling them about a conversation I had recently with a Christian who was gay and she believed God had told her to fully embrace who she was and not be apologetic.  This person had then gone on to say that she was clear where she stood on the issue of homosexuality not being sinful or wrong.

Knowing my stance was the complete opposite, my friend then asked the question, do you think God tells homosexual Christians different things?

So the question was well meaning, almost like do you think God tells it differently to different people but I was adamant in my response that “No” I don’t think God sees it differently for different people. I believe that he sees homosexual behaviour as sinful no matter what.  I suppose in a similar vein you could ask does God tell some people it’s OK to murder but tell others it’s not, or it’s OK for you to steal but it’s not OK for you.

Sin is sin, don’t let anyone tell you differently.  We are urged in the Bible to meditate on the word day and night (Joshua 1:8) and to store up God’s word in our hearts so that we may not sin against God (Psalm 119:10-11).  By really knowing God’s word and immersing ourselves in it we come to see what is sinful and what goes against God’s teaching and only then can we become obedient to God in all our ways, through acknowledging his teaching and being obedient to his calling on our lives.

 

Stepping out of a homosexual lifestyle can feel lonely

When you become a Christian it’s important to remember that you are not alone.  Stepping out of a homosexual lifestyle can feel lonely, especially when many of your friends and peers are still in that lifestyle and that can be tough.

Surround yourself with support, people who will pray for you, people who will pray with you and people who understand what you are going through.

So in my case these were often three different groups of people, sometimes there may be a crossover between the lines and one person can fulfil two or three of those needs. What is important in my continued walk with Jesus is that I have people who I can talk to when things get tough and can call on to support me in prayer.

Now when I say things get tough, let’s face it any major change of lifestyle is not without its difficulties and that can be said without hesitation for walking away from the gay lifestyle.  Some of my biggest challenges on this front come from the LGBT community themselves.  I live in a small town and have not yet met anyone “like me”, someone who has come out of the gay lifestyle and become a Christian so I have found it particularly useful to make contact with Janet Boynes ministries for support.  I am in email contact with one of their volunteers and she really knows the walk because she herself has been out of the Gay lifestyle for 10 years.  To me that means so much because she really gets it, really understands the challenges and I know if at any time I needed to I could contact her and get practical advice.

I have support through church and I would recommend that you seek out Christians who agree with your biblical stance and are prepared to pray with you on a regular basis.  And it doesn’t have to be all about you!!  Those prayer sessions can turn into amazing sessions of supportive prayer which uplift both you and the rest of the group.  There may be others who it is not practical to pray with on a regular basis but who still support you.  Do not be afraid to ask for prayer for a one off situation or on an ongoing basis.  Be honest about the struggles you face and when things get tough, turn to your prayer warriors and get them on the case.

If you have not told anyone about your struggles to leave the gay lifestyle I urge you to find someone you trust to support you or get in contact.  You know, when we become Christians the enemy is not happy, he thought he had us bound in his chains a long time ago and he is going to try every which way to get you back.  Don’t give him a foothold, surrounding yourself with loving support is your first step to keeping strong.  When I first gave my life to God my first prayer was, ”God surround me with strong Christian women”.  He is faithful and has answered that prayer many times over which is why I remain strong in my faith, why my walk with God grows stronger on a daily basis and why I know even at my lowest ebb that I will not falter.

If you want any support in your walk or a listening ear feel free to message me via this site.

Freedom – Holli thought she was a boy trapped in a girl’s body

Watch this awesome testimony.  Holli spent her childhood wishing she was a boy and as she got older she got involved in same sex relationships.  Eventually she came back to God but that’s not the end of this amazing story, even once we are saved God continues to transform us daily and continues to bless his children.

But Jesus never said anything about homosexuality..

In my short Christian life I have already lost count of the number of times I have heard or read “but Jesus never said anything about homosexuality”.

I kind of see this as being used in two different ways:

  1. By Gay “Christians” who are seeking to justify their stance by focusing on the lack of a direct commandment from Jesus.
  2. By church goers/Christians seeking to be supportive of the gay community, those whose lives do not depend on a true understanding of God’s word, who pick this up as a quick and easy affirmation that it must be OK.

So yes, there is no record of Jesus saying that homosexuality is a sin, but can we then make an assumption which cannot be substantiated i.e. that it’s not a sin? A lack of direct reference for me does not mean that Jesus said it was OK.

I also see that Jesus was knowledgeable of the Old Testament, clearly aware of it’s teachings. He even spoke about Sodom in Luke 17:28 – 29 showing his full awareness of the sins of that town.  Jesus was aware, he spoke of Sodom not to say it was a mistake, not to say God has changed his mind but to illustrate what it will be like in the last days. I think that speaks volumes….

It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.  But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulphur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

Now there is one thing that is clear, without any need for speculation and that is what Jesus taught about marriage:

Matthew 19: 3-6 – Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?’ ‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh”? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’

This verse reaffirms Genesis 2:23-24 which states:

The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman”, for she was taken out of man.’ That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

I take this as irrefutable evidence that we were created as male and female to procreate, Jesus clearly states that God made male and female and the two will become one flesh.  This is as clear as it can be for me.  So, no Jesus didn’t directly say homosexuality is a sin but he does clearly state God’s design for man and woman, his plan for human sexuality and doesn’t that just serve to reinforce all the teaching elsewhere in the Bible?

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