Maybe not. But I know your kind having dealt with such ones since becoming a Christian. One who does not practice what they preach is akin to a noisy gong or clanging cymbal no matter how many people they "witness" to. A lot of good your good works are going to benefit you on that day.
Homosexuality, as far as my own investigation has found, is a deep childhood wound (but it doesn't necessarily have to be a wound perpetrated on the child, it can be a perceived wound by the child) exacerbated by an already present predisposition in the child. I would go so far as to say a person is born with the inclination towards homosexuality. Remember we are born sinners in a cursed cosmos. I had my earliest homosexual memories at 5 years of age. That is years before puberty when we become sexual beings. Beyond this, if you want a more definitive cause, I simply don't know and I don't think we will ever know.
"Tom 1st post: I confess my sins to God and the brethrem . i have nothing to hide. 2nd post: what's your point?"
Although, I could not prove you wrong, I'm not really concerned with what you do as a religious practice anyway. My point is simply, you seem to be like so many people in the church I know, who value being "right" or doctrinally astute than with seeking and discipling the lost. You can call homosexuality by whatever word or language you want, if it is not said in love it's as ignorant and brutal as saying "faggot". And I might add as abhorrent to the Father as sin itself. I'd be more concerned with whether I myself were found in Christ on that day than being right, doctrinally or in practice.
21 years ago, I was loved into the kingdom by two complete strangers, a woman and her husband, who I would find out later followed this man named Jesus. I knew of this man, as I grew up with a Christian mother and attended a church from childhood. However, I followed my own course, as we all do, when I came of age until I came face to face with these true believers. Their love was unlike anything I had experienced up to that point in my life. The only way any person, in my humble opinion, comes into the kingdom is by love. We can sit here and argue about semantics and doctrine until Christ's return but what good will it do? If you do not first seek to love the lost, then any attempt to show them their sin will be in vain, because unless a person knows that you truly love them and care for their wellbeing they aren't going to trust one word you have to say about anything. I know it's scary to step outside one's comfort zone but we must have the courage to enter our spheres of influence, taking care lest we be overcome by our own sin, and bring that glorious message of freedom, and peace and deliverance from sin. In short, Yamil, just love them. Be Christ to them.
"Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
A fool who stands against God's Word is a fool indeed. Judgement is to begin at the house of God and you are found wanting if you are in support of this sodomite sin."
So, we all see that you can isogete the scriptures. However will you be able to rationalize your hatred and self righteousness before the Father? I do not support whatever the bible has called sin. However, as someone who has been affected personally by this sin I look at it with much more compassion than you do. Obviously. What sins are you hiding, brother Williams? I'd look to your own deficits of righteousness before you feel so inclined to start removing splinters from your brother's eyes.
As I read the comments on this article, I am struck with the blatant ignorance and self righteousness of you all. You are all fools! It's as though because you don't seem to understand or struggle with homosexuality you consider yourselves exempt from judgement. I wonder, if we could see into the minds of some of you, would we find true faith, purity, love. I think not. Our country, and perhaps the world, has made this issue into a political forum, but the issue remains a spiritual one. The church needs to stop looking at things like the world. Are we not those who look not to what is seen but rather to what is unseen. Remember, each individual because they have been created in God's image has a certain dignity and is deserving of, if not our respect, at least our pity. Shame on your self righteousness. Shame.
Valley of Achor is our door of hope I found it interesting that God said he would give the valley of Achor as a door of hope. You recall, don't you that this place is where Achan and his family and all that he owned were stoned, burned with fire and buried under a huge pile of stones when it was discovered that he took to himself things under the ban. Following this mass execution God turned from his fierce anger. So, even the valley of Achor finds its ultimate fulfillment in Christ. Amazing! I listened to this sermon 3 times back to back. Thank you so much Kit!
Sacred Space the uniting of God and Man Thanks Kit. I do so appreciate the new perspectives you bring to the themes of the bible. God has blessed you to do that. I have been telling most people I know and want to share Christ with, that Heaven is not a place we end up when we die, if we have believed Christ, but rather it is a metaphor for the place where Man and God dwell together in entirety. I look forward to hearing the rest of this series. God bless you and SGCC.