Part 2 – “Know Your Role: Gender Roles, Relationships, and the Gospel”

Whoa, I had no idea this blog article would get so , many hits!  In fact, I traced many of the hits coming from a website on “transgender resources.”  Apparently, this pro-transgender site literally took a paragraph of my previous article and posted it to their site.  I got several hits from that site!  There seemed to be a response on that site pointed toward me which read “people won’t remember what you said, people won’t remember what you’ve done…but people will remember how you made them feel.”  Just to respond to that person…if in any way I made you feel less of a person or less than loved, I truly apologize!  I have no authority whatsoever to deem the value or worth of a person nor who should or who should not be loved.  But, if my comments made you feel a little convicted, guilty, or shameful of your lifestyle, I cannot apologize for that because those feelings haven’t come from me…but from the Holy Spirit (John 16:8-11). 

In fact, please know that I myself often feel convicted, guilty, and shameful.  Those are not bad feelings in themselves.  Those feelings can be from the grace of God and out of His love to reveal to us what we’re doing is not right…but sin against Him.  I was born a sinner, one who was completely rebellious to God because I was not living for His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 3).  All I did was sin, and I deserved God’s wrath in a firey judgment of hell for eternity.  I am a sinner loved only by God’s grace.  Out of God’s gracious, undeserving love, He called me to Himself by helping me to see the need to receive the historical death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as my own.  Jesus Christ has become my Lord!  I live for Him now, I do what He says, and I let Him call the shots.  He’s the one i worship!  He’s the one who decides truth for me!  And He’s the one whom I’ll face in judgment…as His brother! 

Let me share with you a little my past experiences with people who live a lifestyle of homosexuality.  I counseled a teenager years ago who was struggling with homosexuality.  I’ll never forget him sitting across from my desk and crying because he wanted to be able to say no, but the desire was so strong in his life.  He desperately wanted to be freed.  I had a neighbor later on who confessed to me that he was a practicing homosexual.  He said after being a homosexual for nearly 10 years, he has wished every single day that he was “straight.”  He said he knew it was wrong.  But he just couldn’t shake it from his life.  I had a parent come to me recently who said they were shocked how much their teenagers were faced to deal with homosexuality on a daily basis at their school, in their music, and on TV. 

Please hear me, I’m not just saying that all forms of homosexuality are sins deserving judgment, but I’m saying that all sexual sins (heterosexuality outside of marriage, homosexuality, etc.) are sins deserving judgment.  I’m saying that lying, lusting, pride, greed, drunkenness, gluttony, immoral thoughts, cheating, laziness, unkindness, etc are all sins deserving judgment.  And I’m not saying that we just need to live right to be right.  I’m saying that we need the power of Jesus Christ in our lives!  Jesus who walked this earth 2,000 years ago as both fully God and man, who never broke God’s law.  He was falsely accused and sentenced to death.  At His death, the sins of the world were laid upon Him (1 John 2:2), and He died for sin (1 Cor 15:1-4).  But He did not remain dead, His divine power over sin and death triumphed and rose Him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10).  And when Jesus returns to this earth, He will rescue those who are knowing God and obeying the gospel by repentance of sin and belief in Christ (2 Thess 1:5-10).

So honestly, it doesn’t matter if you’re homosexual, heterosexual, a liar, a thief, a college student, a hard-working business man who has a family, a house wife who watches TV all day, a stay at home mom who is constantly busy, or a retired person…we all need the forgiveness, love, and salvation of God which only comes through the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ.  Let me encourage you to pray to God in order to give Jesus your life and to make Him your Lord (God-master) by repenting (turning) of your sinful life and believing in the sacrificial death and powerful resurrection of Jesus Christ.  I’ll never regret the day I did…November 3, 1983.

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