Great Sermon! It is characteristic of Satan to get us consumed with fulfilling our desires in the here and now, no matter what the cost, with no thought for the Lord's glory and sin's consequences. This sermon reminded me of two Proverbs: "Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel" (21:17) and "An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed" (21:21). It's the afterwards and the end about which Satan always wants us to forget.
pennned wrote: traditional Hebrew society. boy would apprentice in a trade, build up a home, grow up and become independent, and then find a young lady that he could have a life with. today, boys and girls same age, no trade but lots of talk about what one "dreams" to do, girls are told to go out and get jobs, kicked out of the house at 18, or accrue lots of debt at college that's often unpayable and party, or join the military out of desperation... and the boys are not finding stable work, aren't able to make a home, and waste their years of youth which could be years of preparation. the whole process is askew and conformed to atheist society. open the land for the youth and let them sell and trade their products from their land, especially raw milk and diverse seed so they have work, instead of partying because this system has no hope in it so they just waste their time and drink and see no tomorrow. the gospel of Christ and the bible which really does have answers to these problems!
Indeed, this is a blatant flouting of Genesis 2:24 and Jesus' teaching on marriage in Matthew 19 and Mark 10. It amazes me that people cannot see how utterly ridiculous the redefining of marriage is. Open their eyes, Lord, I pray, that they may see.
William S. Sutherland wrote: Every time I hear someone compare being a sodomite to being black, I am infuriated and I wonder where are all the blacks who should be infuriated, too.
I can be counted as such a one. Indeed, there is nothing sinful, inherently or otherwise, about the color of one's skin. I will never be convinced that sodomy is not a choice; it is, and from what I've heard people say, it is difficult to resist that temptation. But salvation from it is possible (I Corinthians. 6:9-11).
Rick wrote: This should not shock or surprise us. The entertainment industry has been hatching this sort oh garbage for years. Sadly, many so called Christians help finance the trash when they buy the music from the label or purchase a ticket for a movie. Buying G rated helps pay for the R. Mama taught me that years ago... So stop financing trash, and boycott the TV. Best to read your Bible instead.
Great comment, Rick. The Lord has certainly led me to separate myself from the entertainment industry, the pop culture, and much of the media. Jason Cooley and Joey Faust here on SA have some excellent sermons on these subjects, among other ministers. We tend to think we're stronger and more moral than we really are, but one simply cannot take this stuff in without being affected.
Ralles wrote: Satan uses any old way to flog his corruption and abomination. From politicians to comic books the Liberal fallacy is trying to brain wash the society into accepting the unacceptable. And it is working in the community and even in the 'nominal' churches. The Liberal motto : Throw away the moral standards of society and keep the criminal corrupt and immoral.
Good comment, and add "distracted" to the list. These are fictitious characters, but they still have an influence.
A single man and a single woman who live together and have children with each other are not married, no matter how long they have lived together. They are fornicating. The Bible instructs all fornicators to flee from that sin (I Corinthians 6:18). Common law marriage may be legal in some states within the U.S., but it is not Biblical, nor will it ever be.
pennnned wrote: just because a woman is not officially registered as married doesn't mean she isn't. maybe people are just figuring out its the only way to get money for kids, so they just don't officially get married.
What does this mean? I thought either someone is married, or she is not.
Pop culture and the entertainment industry have been desensitizing people to the things of God and sin for decades, so this news is hardly surprising. Still, it's grevious to me as a Christian and I pray for the repentance of those who are under this world's wicked influence. Lord, please be merciful and save and deliver them. I've no room to boast, as it is only the grace of God that has kept me.
Rafael wrote: This is a sad day for the Baptist organization.
Yes, agreed. There used to be a time when Baptist churches were identified with being Biblicist as well. Sadly, that day seems to be receding further and further into the past.
I've prayed for this pastor; I can hardly think of a more difficult situation than this. In order to be truly loving toward his son, he has to warn him that sodomy is a sin, which, if not repented of, will cause forfeiture of an inheritance in the kingdom of God. The world says "love" means agreement, affirmation, inclusiveness, tolerance, and so on, but this is not Biblical love.
"...protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions."
Wow; I can barely believe that I am seeing this. If this is Joe Biden's idea of civilization, then God help us. Ironically enough, widespread acceptance and practice of sodomy eventually destroys civilization.
I've seen other people here make comments to this effect, but it truly is amazing that, in such a short time, sodomites have influenced people's thinking in their favor. Just a few short decades ago, this would have been unthinkable. When the inherent sinful nature of mankind is combined with the programming of the media, wicked things happen.
I'm grateful, too, that the Lord has directed me to curtail my media intake. I've been TV-less for about 5 years now, and I avoid most news web sites (SA being an obvious exception, of course) and all celebrity/entertainment gossip sites. I've been less depressed and more focused on the things of God as a result...all praises be unto Him.
1517 wrote: Classic literature (pre 20th century) is beneficial if approached with care and discernment. Our culture is infatuated with rather shallow " books" that do not edify or enrich. Read the classics...read them out loud.
Good comment; when I saw the headline, I thought, it all depends on the content of the literature in question.
Great Sermon! Why would a married person be communicating with someone of the opposite sex on his or her cell phone, unless it's a relative or, perhaps, STRICTLY for work purposes? When you marry, things change. If having opposite sex "friends" upsets your spouse, as well it should, then you need to cut that person off. The workforce can be a very dangerous place, especially for women. It is a godly jealousy that wants one's spouse all to him or herself.