Schwul und Christ sein - geht das überhaupt?
Wir müssen endlich aufräumen mit den Vorurteilen, die auch und gerade in unseren Kirchen immer noch gegenüber Homosexuellen vorherrschen!
Warum soll man überhaupt eine Diskussion mit homosexuellen Christinnen und Christen führen?
CHOICES ! "To Whom Will You Serve This Day?"
Please read Joshua 24:1-27
Our entire day is made up of choices. From the moment you get up in the morning, till the moment you lay down at night, you make many thousands of choices. Some of the decision you make throughout the day, you do so without giving it much thought. For example, most of us by habit when we wake up in the morning make a straight bee- line for the washroom. This is of course is a necessity as we generally have bodily needs which need attention. You do have the choice to ignore that need and by-pass the washroom and go straight to the kitchen, or out the door for that matter. You make a choice to go straight to the Java or to the porcelain bowl.
And, even upon entering the washroom you still make choices. Do you stop and look into the mirror first, or perhaps look out the window, or perhaps you may just lean on the sink for a moment trying to catch a few extra zs. Until in some case, you hear your mother calling up the stairs, hurry up, youll be late for school.
Zapped out of your moment of sleep, you move and make your choice. Turn on the shower tap, sit on the potty, or perhaps you lean over against the wall and catch a few more zs.
As the day wears on you make many more choices. Some good, some bad. Just stop for a moment and consider the thousands and millions of choices that you make daily, weekly, yearly and perhaps for a lifetime and into the future.
As you can see, life is made up of choices continually.
Listen to a little story about choices.
Two boys in Pennsylvania accepted Christ as their Lord and savior at the same time. One grew up to be a devoted, consecrated man of God, used of Him in bringing many souls into His Kingdom. The other lived an aimless, half hearted Christian life that brought little glory to God.
What was the difference between the two? One chose to live close to God, and the other chose to live a life of selfish ease.
It is in your power to choose. God has set before you, not only life and death, but also the alternative between completes abandonment to Him or a weak halfhearted allegiance.
WHAT WILL YOU CHOOSE?
You may have heard it said that heredity sets the limits as to what you can do. You may have heard it said that your parents and grandparents are determiners of your future, through their genes. Or you may have read that your environment hinders you, that your situation prevents you from becoming what you would like to be. Or you may have been told, that you are the product of your glands, that your glands determines your strength, your personality, your abilities, and your whole life, physical, mental, and spiritual.
There is some truth to each and every one of these sayings. Anyone, can take anyone of these sayings, and use them as an excuse to live below the level of doing their very best, for themselves and for God. If you do not want to assume responsibility for making the most of your life, you can find plenty of excuses. There are thousands of ways you can make excuses to not do your very best.
Your parents have saved lots of money over the years for your college education. They do not pressure you to make a career choice; they leave that entirely up to you. You even throughout your grade school and high school days keep telling them, yes, I want to go to college and make something of myself. But when it comes time to go to college, you run off to a foreign country and blow all your college money on drinking and partying.
We have a Biblical example of the same thing in the Prodigal son. Luke 15:11-32.
The younger son had all he could have wanted if he would stay at home, but he chose to run away with his wealth, his inheritance, and lived the life of a partier, until all his money ran out. Then he found himself eating the grain of the pigs he fed. Fortunately this story has a happy ending. But is that the case for all such stories? Some time yes, sometimes no. It depends on the choices we make.
Looking back to the story of the two boys, the first came from a non- Christian home. (This is the one whom became a man of God.) The second boys parents and grandparents were faithful Christians. Even with this background and influence, he chose to walk an aimless, non- productive Christian life. The first lad proved that you can rise above your environment, however unfriendly it may be.
You can compensate for lacks in your constitutional powers, whatever they may be. You can rise above your environment. To you are given the privilege & the responsibility to choose what you will do with what you have with your life and with your talents.
Matthew 25:14-30 is the parable about the Talents. Many people believe this is about how we handle money. But this is not so. This parable is in part of what is described as the Olivet Discourse in which Jesus is telling people about the kingdom of heaven. The previous parable is the parable of the Ten Virgins and their oil Lamps. The message of this parable is telling us that we need to be ready, be prepared for the Lords return. In regard to the Talents, He is telling us that we will be judged with what we do with what He has given us. That is, He will judge us for the abilities He has given us. What have we done with what we are able to do, to bring glory to Him, to help bring others into His kingdom, etc?
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11 King James Bible
Your greatest enemy, you see, is not your heredity, your environment, or your glandular constitution. But, your greatest enemy is your unwillingness to make right decisions, right choices.
Look again at the passage of Joshua 24:1-27. We can clearly see that Joshua made his choice. The people around him were worshipping idols rather than God. He did not yield to the influences of his environment. We read in Joshua 24:15 Choose this day whom you will serve but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (English Standard Version 2001) Joshua faced his situation head on, with all its limitations. He chose a wholehearted allegiance to God. He chose to walk the walk, not just to talk the talk. He chose to rise above his environment.
We all know the story of Daniel, who was raised in a corrupt court of a heathen king with evil all around him. Yet Daniel did not become the victim of circumstances. We read in Daniel 1:8 He purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself. (King James Bible) He purposed therefore, to put God first in his life.
Daniel chose to make a clear and definite decision fro God, not just once and then turn his back on God, but many times, and throughout his entire life.
Unfortunately many of Daniels fellow country- men chose instead to obey the ways and customs of the heathen people around them, rather than to serve God. Many perhaps put on a show of walking with God, but they were in fact walking the fence, following the ways of the world. They followed if at all, half -heartedly.
HOW WILL YOU WALK?
Remember this. There is and will be a time of reckoning for every believer. The Judgment Seat of Christ (The Bema) We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the tings done in his body. 2 Cor. 5:10 King James Bible. This is not to be confused with the judgment of your sins. They have already been dealt with at the cross. Praise God!!!! Your sins no longer exist the moment you are saved, the moment you trust in God for the provision of your sins. Christs blood on the cross dealt with and paid for all your sins, past, present and future.
But, what are you doing with the gifts God has given you? Do you use them to honor Him while you are on this earthly plain? Are you a half- hearted- Christian walking about aimlessly by doing nothing for His kingdom? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Rom. 14:10 King James Bible.
It is a sure thing, that each and everyone of us will some day stand before Jesus and give account to Him what things we have done on earth for Him.
These are not my words; these are the Words of God, given us in scripture.
So then everyone of us shall give an account of himself to God. Rom. 14:12 King James Bible
This in reality is what the parable of the talents is all about. Our deeds here on earth for or not for Him, will be judged by fire. 1 Cor. 3:12-15 Your works will be tested by fire to distinguish between the durable, the perishable, the precious and the worthless.
Consider these sobering reminders of how the Lord views the careless, lazy believers. It is fool-hearted to ignore these warnings given to us in His scriptures. Note Heb. 10:30, the last line. The Lord will judge His people. (NIV) This is not about the unbelievers, for they are not His people. This is a terse statement. There can be no way to make it say anything else than what it says.
You Will Be Judged!!!
Please read further on in the next verse; Heb. 10:31. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (King James Bible)
Paul added to this warning in 2 Cor. 5:10-11. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad.
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. (King James Bible)
In other words, we can fool man, but we cannot fool God. We can pretend we are for God, but you will not fool Him.
So, How about you? Are you walking for the Lord, or are you trying to fool Him?
Will you make a weak surrender to the conditions and circumstances surrounding you? Will you submit to peer pressure? Will you do what everyone else is doing? You have the power within you to say NO You have the power with in you to use the hereditary capacities you have to make your environment a steppingstone rather than a stumbling stone. You can utilize all of whom you are. You can choose to make God; youre All in All!! You can choose to use your God given talents to your full capacities and give Him the glory. Or you can choose to waste your talents and discredit the Christian faith.
Will you choose to compromise your situation and follow half-heartedly the ways of God and thus disgrace Him, or will you choose instead to make an uncompromising stance and stand beside and follow Him whole-heartedly.
If you choose to make an uncompromising stance and follow whole-heartedly after Him, He will become your All In All with all the power and resources available at His disposal, as you unswervingly continue to seek and learn and do His will, rather than your own.
Choose Therefore This Day Whom You Will Serve.
Will you serve the world, or will you server the Lord?
There really is no in-between in the final count of things.
You are either a follower of God, or you are a follower of Baal, the devil.
Listen to this poem by John Oxenham.
To every man openeth
A Way, and Ways and a Way.
The High Soul Climbs the High way.
The Low Soul gropes the Low.
And in-between, and on the misty flats
The rest drifts to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A High way and a Low Way.
And, every man decideth,
The Way his soul shall go.
Which Way, Which Road are you going?
Are you taking the High Way, or the Low way?
Or, perhaps you are groping in-between, walking the fence.
Maybe you are walking to and from, going neither way at all,
going nowhere in particular at all.
You have a choice to make. Which way are you going?
You have one more important choice to make before you die which will determine your eternity. Believe it or not, you will either spend eternity in Heaven, or in Hell. It is your choice to make. No one can make it for you.
Sure, you can allow your environment and your surroundings to influence your decisions. But, in the end, it is your choice to make by yourself. And you will have to answer to God. You have the choice to follow God, or not to follow God.
If the Lord be God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him. 1 Kings 18:21 King James Bible
Moses wrote in Deut 30:19
I have set before you life and death, blessings and cursings; therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live. (King James Bible)
My brothers, most of you have made your choices many years ago.
Will you compromise and take a chance, that what I have just said is wrong?
Perhaps I am! At which point, I have nothing to lose and everything to gain as you do.
But! If I am right, I still have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Whereas, you, if you choose to disbelieve and follow after the ways of the world and walk an aimless, half-hearted Christian life, then you gain nothing, and have everything to lose.
What Will You Choose? Whom Will You Serve?
When we are children, our parents put food in front of us to eat. We often choose to deliberately, decide we do not like it, without having first tried it, to see and decide that we do nor don not indeed like it. Sometimes we will try it, other times, we just ignore it, only later to regret our choices.
Will you regret the choice you have made about God?
So, today, I offer to you, to try Jesus Christ.
Perhaps in the past, you have made a decisive choice to reject Christ. Perhaps, today, it is time to try this food I offer up to you.
You will still have the choice afterwards too accept Him, or reject Him, once you have tried Him.
Do not, I warn you, let others influence your choice.
Do not, make a half-hearted decision.
One way or the other, the choice is up to you to make. One way or the other, the choice that you make will influence how you spend eternity.
It is your choice to make!
Do you choose life or death?
Will you chance and compromise and loose your rewards?
Will you gain or lose?
So make this day your choice. Whom will you serve?
Take a moment now with a sheet of paper and make two columns.
On one side write; Reasons Why I Should Serve the Lord.
On the other write, Reasons Why I should Serve the World.
If you find that you have more reasons to serve the world, then that is where your hearty truly is.
If on the other hand, you find more reasons to serve the Lord, then that is where you heart truly is.
If you have nearly as many reasons in one column as the other, then I suggest to you that perhaps you are walking about aimlessly, half heartedly with the Lord.
I pray that you would have far more reasons to serve the Lord, than the world. And preferably, no reasons at all to serve the world.
Father in Heaven. I come before you today, and ask that you would help me to search my heart to determine truly where my heart is. I pray Father, that you would cause a stir in the hearts of all whom would read this sermon, and hear it, that you would work within their hearts, to search within themselves to find whom it is that they are following.
Father, the time is short, and your time to come to receive your own is not too far off.
Father, I pray that each and every one of my brothers, be found to be searching whole-heartedly after you. To be wanting and searching for you, to do only what is pleasing to you in your eyes.
Father, I pray that each and every one would walk after you and flee away from the ways of the world.
Father I pray that each and every one would be found worthy in your sight when they stand before you, to give an account, that their works would be found worthy, to be found without dross, to be found pure as gold, that you in turn would reward them with crowns of righteousness, and that you would say to them Well done, good and faithful servant :enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
Matt. 25:21 King James Bible
Sin - Part I
Now, you may ask what burning cedar and sin have in common, or have one with the other.
This morning I fed my wood stove early in the morning with some small cedar blocks to boost the heat output. Later on when I opened the door to add more firewood, bits of cedar hot coals spit out onto the floor.
It crossed my mind at that time that sin is just like that. When we open the door to sin, a small fire begins to grow in you. The more you add to its pleasures, the hotter it gets. And when you try to close the door on it on your own, you are able to control it for a short time. But later on as temptation arises and you give in that temptation and open up the door once again, sin spits out at you with even more fury, consuming you. I had a hard time controlling the embers of coal that were spitting out at me. Each time I reached out and picked up one ember and opened the door to throw it back into the firebox, another ember spit out at me, and often a few more would come at the same time, to the point that I was having a hard time to keep it under control. Isn't that just like sin. The more we play with it, the more it keeps coming at us.
The moral of this little story is, do not open the door to sin at any time. And if you have, then lock the door permanently to it, so that it cannot gain control over you ever again. The more you play with sin, the more it controls you. And the harder it is after the fact to get rid of it.
Remember, you cannot control sin, it controls you.
Sin Part II
Some of you, like me often at times flirt with sin. You think you can sin and get away with it. It is like playing with matches and dynamite. You can play a while, but in time, you will get hurt.
Most of you have flirted with sin, and paid the consequences, only to go back and play and play and play again. How long do you think you can continue to flirt with sin? Do you really think you can keep on playing with sin and not get hurt? Do you think you can keep on sinning for a long time and escape any pain, any hurt, any judgment of God? Is. 28:22; Do you think God will allow you to forever keep on in your sin? Do you as a parent allow your sons and daughters to continually get away from wrong doing? Would God also not allow you to continue in wrong doing?
Gal. 6:7-8 God makes it plain.
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (Gal 6:7 KJV)
These verses tell us that God will not allow us to continue on in sin forever. In time He will judge and pass punishment on those who continue in sin habitually. It could be with death, with disease, with loss of loved ones. Who knows? God Knows!
Is aids a disease of those who are obeying the Word of God? Is syphilis, is gonorrhea, or any other sexually transmitted disease a judgment against those who obey God and His ways?
Sexual immorality after all kills and destroys more families, friends etc than does any other sin, be it with drugs, alcohol etc.
Go ahead and continue in your sin if you wish. Play with it. Seek it out. Cruise the saunas, seek out another thrill. Go to the bars. Pick up another one.
It really does not matter, because there is no God to stop me to do what I want to do. I can do whatever I want and there are no consequences. So goes the thinking of most of the world. Are you part of the most of the world? Do you really think God is not real? Perhaps you think He is blind and cannot see your sins. I won't bother to quote you verses that say otherwise. Because some of you think He is blind, or turns His eye away from your sins.
I am ashamed of some of you, because you behave like the world. Behaving as if God is blind, as if He will turn a blind eye away from your sins. Believing there is no consequence from you sexual immorality.
Is not your body, a temple, a temple belonging to Christ? Therefore when you are using your body for sinful acts, are you not also using your body for Christ. Therefore you are using Christ for your sexual immorality. Will you continue to mutilate, to crucify the body of Christ with your sexual immorality? You put the body of Christ world wide to shame when you sin this way. You put to shame the witness of the world body of Christ. How can we as a body of Christ proclaim Him when we disgust and abuse ourselves sexually with the whole world watching. Do you not think others see what you do? Do you not think others whom have heard you proclaim Christ also see you disclaim the witness of Christ with your sin?
I will not turn my back on you, nor will God. BUT!! He will neither allow you to continue in your sins for very long before He has to stop you and punish you. If you are not serious about change, will God be about helping you to change?
Rom. 1:18-32 is telling look at not only the past Gentile world and judgment, but of also today, for the world is no different for many go about flouting their sin and going about in their sin thinking that they can do what they want believing that no harm can come to them.
Do not be so foolish my friends. The time is here and is coming very quickly when once again the wrath of God will descend. Yes, you may get away with your sins for a time. But in time God will also reign in his patience and will wreak havoc and wrath on those whom practice immorality.
Go ahead and destroy your body if you will. Go ahead and take another child of God with you if you will and suffer the shame and consequences. But stop professing Christ if you will not obey and follow His ways. For how can you be a follower of Christ if you follow not Christ?
I would rather you, whom continue to flaunt and habitually sin would leave rather than destroy the witness of Christ. Sure. it is one thing to fall now and again. None of us is perfect, but to continue on habitually and then come back and cry I have done it again, is not repenting or turning your face to God.
This is hard and meant to be hard. Wake up. Smell the coffee. Smarten up and either work at change or go back into your caverns of sin.
Sin - Part III
Hi guys. Here is some food for thought. May God use it to bless you, encourage and uplift you.
Recently while reading a book I came across these words in a fictional story about a China man and an American business man who were once Harvard room mates. They were both standing on the Great Wall of China and the American saw the greatness and technical marvel of Chinese ingenuity. The Chinese saw the deaths of millions and the sorrow and pain of the slaves who built the wall.
The Chinese fellow said that we in the America's only see what the Chinese authority wants us to see, we do not see the whole picture, we do not see what went behind the building of the wall. We do not see the misery, the persecution of the Chinese Christians and of the poor in China.
He used the following to illustrate this point.
A frog was in a well. A bird stopped to drink at the well. They argued about how the sky looked. The frog thought it looked very small. The bird thought it was very big.
The bird could see the sky as it really was. The frog could only see a part of it.
We also do not always see clearly as we think we do see.
I am reminded that our lives on this earth are a reflection of this story. Especially our spiritual lives. We see and often act and react according to what the world, and to what Satan whispers in our ears. Consequently more times than not we take the wrong step and we fall into sin. As you know the result is pain and suffering, perhaps even death.
God cannot allow us to sin. He gives us ample opportunity to repent and come back to Him. But again, as often as not, we forget the bird in the sky view of what God sees and we listen to the words of Satan and of the world. We hear only the views of the frog.
God has given us His instruction book to help us to walk as He would wish us to walk to avoid the pitfalls of sin. We are fortunate in this day in age to have the Bible so available to us. Sadly it sits too often on the shelf collecting dust. What good is an instruction book on the shelf if all it does is collect dust. It would be like a student trying to do repairs to the carburetor in your car without having first some instructions on how to do the repairs. The result of course would be perhaps pain, suffering and quite possibly death.
The Chinese man said something interesting. He said; "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name."
As sinners we tend to want to give in to our sins, that is we want to hang on to them often because instead of seeing things as God sees them we believe the lies, and Satan, being the great deceiver that he is calls things the opposite of what things really are.
So where do we turn to, to learn and the truth. The Bible is God's truth.
Ps. 111:10 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments."
Also Prov. 1:7 says; "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
If we want to be wise and live a Godly life we need to follow the wisdom of God found only in the Bible. If we want His understanding and to live according to His commandments we need to be reading His Words.
A Bible sitting on the shelf collecting dust is as worthless as the car repair manual also collecting dust. It is totally worthless.
God instructed the people in the days of Joshua to put the words of the Lord in front of their eyes, to put them on their door posts and gates so that they will be forever reading them and learning His ways and words and instructions. In so doing, they will by way of absorbing God's words, begin to not only read, but also to live a godly life and thus avoid the pitfalls of sin. Because, when you are reading and living, and breathing God's Word daily, you are not falling into the well and only seeing a portion of what God wants you to see. You are seeing and living the whole of Him. And thus you will not fall into the temptations and snares of the world and the devil. You will not be believing and listening to the lies and misrepresentation of the world and Satan.
God wants us to live a joyful life with Him as our Father and guide. He wants to be part of your life. He wants to live in you, and you in Him.
Take a moment and reflect and think hard on your own personal life and see if you are listening to the words of the frog or of the bird.
Perhaps you are listening to the frog and you are grappling and struggling with your sins, struggling with your addictions. Perhaps it is time to climb out of the well of despair and fly and be as a bird and live your life the way God intended it to be.
We do not always see as clearly as we think we do when we are living in a well. But surely if we climb out and fly in the glory and brightness of the Lord, we will see things clearly as they are. We will then ignore and walk away from the temptations and lusts of the world and be free. Jesus wants you to be free. He said the Truth shall set you free.
Do you want to be free?
Take that Bible now off of the shelf. Dust it off. Toss away things on your computer, books and things of the world that corrupt your mind, and begin a new day, a new way and fly and be free.
As one radio Bible broadcaster says; "Have a good and godly day; for what lasting value is a good day, if it is also not a godly day."
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