Today, there are those wanting Christianity, but not without sexual expression. In short, they want it all, a common malady of our time. Today, even knowing the Scriptural condemnations of homosexual practice in both the Old and New Testaments as being clear and final, there are those on a continued quest to find some way to get around them. Any sexual behavior outside of heterosexual marriage, whether heterosexual or homosexual is sin, and is forbidden by the Word of God. It does not matter, in the end, whether we can explain why God has spoken in the way He has; the essential issue is what He has spoken.
C.S. Lewis once wrote, “No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep picking ourselves up each time. We will, of course, be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home, but the bathrooms are ready, the towels put out and the clean clothes are waiting. The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give up. It is when we notice the dirt, that God is present in us. It is the very sign of His presence.”
During my twenty years of ministry, I have often noticed that it is often the individual’s disposition that renders them powerless to do what they know they should do. With so many completely consumed by focusing upon and addressing their “sin,” how is it the huge aspect of “our will,” which is quite profound, is often not considered and even dismissed? If “I can’t or I won’t” is present, I submit the critical issue is not one of sin but of the will.
God tells us clearly in His Word that we all must abide (live continually) in His Word enabling us to become His disciples (learners who do not resist His teachings) and then we will know the truth and it is the truth that will set us free. Far too many today are banking on ‘love’ to set them free. This is a huge lie that has enslaved many. When you look at the root causes of heterosexual sexual addiction and homosexual practice, it is obvious they are rooted in the lie that someone of the same or opposite sex will be everything anyone could possibly need.
In order to obey God, our thinking must change to align with His. Admittedly, this can be much easier said than done because over time, we have been introduced, if not bombarded with lies – many of which we have chosen to embrace and believe. Lies left unattended or addressed have the potential to develop into strongholds in our lives and also have the potential to become the foundation from which we form our self-worth and identity which directly impacts our walk with Christ greatly.
Romans 6:17-18 tells us, “But thanks be to God that though you used to be slaves to sin, you whole-heartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you have been entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
So it is proven here by the Word of God that all Christians can be set free from being slaves to sin. That said, I believe it is critically important we all realize that being a slave to sin is more than just sinning. Every man and woman who lives on this earth sins, but those who are slaves to sin make the choice (exercising our free-will) to follow the evil desires and walk after the flesh and not the Spirit. Therefore, to hear and know that there is freedom from being a slave to sin,
homosexually or heterosexually, is truly good news. This is the grace of God.
Our personal choice, responsibility and action is to exchange the lies we have embraced for the truth – and, live by the truth. Then we will be set free by the power of living by the truth and not the lies. So break the power of statements of discouragement and hopelessness such as “I’ll never be free,” by exercising your will and choose to say the truth, “God is setting me free by the power of His truth as I learn to live by it.”
John 8:31-32 clearly states, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
Wake up every morning and thank God for whom you truly are in Him. Exercise your free-will and put off the old man and put on the new. God has pledged to deliver those who agree with His judgment of homosexual practice and heterosexual sexual brokenness. By pursuing God’s truth and aligning our will with His, the man or woman in bondage will be washed, sanctified and justified (1 Corinthians 6:11) and set free (John 8:32, 36).
Ultimately, it is only when we pursue Truth that we are able to know true love and share it with others (1 Peter 1:22). There is no security or freedom in homosexual practice or heterosexual sexual sin, only dependency, bondage, neediness, perversity, addiction and death. Today, set your will in His and declare, “…yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
From All of Us at His Way Out Ministries…
To each of you who continually bless us by your encouragement, ministry participation, monthly financial support, offerings, and prayers…we remain truly grateful. His Way Out Ministries is proclaiming to, educating and impacting the world with the biblical truth that freedom from homosexuality is possible when Jesus Christ if Lord of your life.
Pastor Phillip Lee
His Way Out Ministries
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