One Reply to “Paul, Homosexuality, and “Nature” – Michael F. Bird”

  1. Thanks so much for linking this well founded article, Mike.

    Yes, God’s judgment/wrath on homosexuality has been revealed as Rom 1:18-27 confirms.
    Nonetheless, there is no bigger or smaller sin since “death spread to all men because all sinned” (Rom 5:12 – ESV). So, initially we have all been born in sinful flesh and, thus, naturally are spiritually dead, i.e., do not know God unless He reveals Himself to some who spread the Good News to others who still struggle with sinful desires, from which NOBODY can free himself on his own.

    There is a gap between Romans 1 and 1 Cor 6:11 which says,

    “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor 6:11 – ESV)

    The list of sins mentioned before this particular Scripture is not conclusively regulated since there are other Scriptures that list, for instance, “sorcery,…, jealousy, fits of anger,…orgies” (Gal 5:20-21 – ESV) etc. pp.

    One of the greatest sins committed by “the Church”, to me, is the fact that this institution on the whole (RC’s, Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians – yes, all denominations plus non-denominational churches) failed to see what many homosexuals clearly realized, having read all those things Jesus ever said on earth (the four gospels, so to speak). I mean the fact that Jesus NEVER spoke about homosexuality. Why? Let me explain it further below after some thoughts before.
    Of course, we ought to know the trajectory beginning in the OT (Gen 19), continuing in the NT through many letters, and resulting in Rev 22:14-15 which says,

    “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Rev 22:14-15 – ESV)

    Aha! Here we can see a connection between 1 Cor 6:11 and Rev 22:14-15.
    The gap between having been given up by God “in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves” (Rom 1:24 – ESV) and the “holy condition” described in 1 Cor 6:11 can be filled – EXCLUSIVELY – with God’s spiritual work IN a believer through

    (1) water baptism (“you were washed”)
    (2) justification (“you were justified”) and
    (3) sanctification (“you were sanctified”)

    Do we see that it is alone God’s work to wash, to sanctify, and to justify the ungodly? It is plain to see looking at the passive voice here, “you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified” (1 Cor 6:11 – ESV).

    But what did the visible church do all the time? They still exclude homosexuals from being a full-fledged member of the church because – hold on tight – the church (particularly the RCC) thinks she were holy, that is, that the Holy Spirit would indwell her on the whole.
    What a lie Satan could spread over the centuries. All churches, whether they exclude or include homosexuals, as we can see it in our times, have missed the point of spreading the true Gospel – the Gospel of Christian freedom through receiving the Holy Spirit in our hearts who alone gives birth to a new creation, pleasing in the eyes of God. This new spiritual being is a member of the invisible church in the invisible kingdom of God.
    If you want to get there, it is simply a matter of asking God to indwell us – no more or less. Since Jesus promised,

    “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Lk 11:13 – ESV)

    Therefore, I would like to tell my homosexual friends that I have come to know over the years and decades, “God loves you just the way you are. It is not necessary that you go on trying to change yourself since you cannot do it. Have trust that His love revealed to you will satisfy your every desire on a way higher level than you could ever imagine!”

    Oops, I almost forgot to explain why Jesus never spoke about homosexuality and various other sins to sinners who came to Him. In fact, He only offended the religious hypocrites, that is, the Scribes and the Pharisees, by revealing their evil heart. All men and women naturally have the same evil hearts, but sinners who want to be saved know about it, while hypocrites boast in keeping their often man-made religious rules and churchly tradition.

    God did not leave His glory in order to condemn sinners and to call righteous people – quite the contrary, for it is written,

    “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Mk 2:17 – KJV)

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (Jn 3:16-18 – ESV)

    Thus, unbelief is the only reason that there will be people who perish. However, our God who is LOVE is always willing to give all He has to YOU!

    Amen.

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