Saturday, 22nd January, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality" (1 Corinthians 6:9 AMPC)
Years ago, if you found people who engaged in same-sex practice and the news went out, they went underground, because they were ashamed. But nowadays, there’re those who say they’re fighting for the rights of “gay” people. But what does the Bible say about this?
The Bible groups those who practise such activities among the lawless, disobedient, ungodly, sinners, unholy and profane: “Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted” (1 Timothy 1:8-11 ESV).
Homosexuality dates back to Bible days, as far back as the Book of Genesis. And the Bible clearly condemns it. It’s part of the reasons, in some quarters, they’re trying to get rid of the Bible by all means, but that’s never going to happen. There’re even “ministers” that say they’re homosexual and help to marry others. Different countries have made it legal.
However, as a Christian, stand on God’s Word. Don’t go with the world. Don’t do what the secular or political law says; do God’s Word. The Bible says, “Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]--these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]” (1 John 2:15-16 AMPC).
The plan of the adversary is to make sure that you’re vexed to compromise; but be smart. In spite of all the shenanigans of the enemy, we must abide by God’s Word. In John 14:15, Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” The proof of your love for Him is keeping His Word, and His Word adjures you to abstain from sin.
"Dear Father, thank you for the Holy Spirit who guides me in the way of righteousness and true holiness. I’m forever established in your Word. I pray for those whose minds have been blinded, that the influence of the devil is broken in their lives, and that henceforth, their hearts are open to receive your love for them, and be translated from darkness into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
1 Timothy 1:9-11; Romans 1:26-32 NKJV
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 15:1-28 & Exodus 1-2
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 11:4-14 & Job 15-16