Barriers Along the Way

  • Barriers Along the Way
Read 2 Peter Chapter 3
 
2Pe 3:1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. 3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ He promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
 
In order for most of us to decide that God approves of same-sex sexual relationships, there are some barriers we must cross. But for others, there are no barriers in their way. They are the ones who have no belief or faith in God. Their assumption is that there is no higher power who has any reign over their lives. Today’s topic is not about them. Our subject will be for those who claim to know Christ and have at least some knowledge that He is an ultimate authority over our world and our lives.
 
The barriers that a Christian or a pretend Christian must remove from his pathway are many. We will enumerate some of them based on these verses. I know that Peter’s topic was on the delayed return of Christ. But the principles set forth in his writing aptly apply to any kind of heretical belief.
 
1.       His level of thought has to go from wholesome to unwholesome (vs. 1). Peter encouraged his readers to stimulate the wholesome side of their thinking. One barrier is the way he thinks about homosexual behaviors. At one time, he knew they were unwholesome.
2.       He must come to ignore what he has been taught in the past (vs. 2). If anyone diligently recalls the teachings from his past, he will remember those scriptures which condemn same-sex actions. A person cannot become accepting of those behaviors without dismissing all that he has learned previously.
3.       He has to decide that his desire for others of the same gender is not evil (vs. 3). All of us have known in the beginning that our desires were evil. It takes a lot of effort to take a complete 180 turn to overcome this obstacle.
4.       Many believe, as they live openly gay lives, that God’s disapproval of their lifestyle would be imminent. They believe that He would intervene quickly if their decision were against His will. Verse 9 intimates that our Lord delays disciplines at times in order to demonstrate His patience. He allowed Sodom and Gomorrah to exist for a long time before He brought down His wrath on the people. Because God hasn’t brought them to their knees, modern-day gays sometimes see that as evidence of His approval on their lives.
 
There are other kinds of roadblocks that we have to cross in order to indulge ourselves in an unrepentant gay lifestyle. There is no need to list any more. These are sufficient warnings to each of us. We cannot live as we might like to live. We are indeed under the authority and Lordship of our God and Savior. He has our best interests at heart. If same-sex unions were not destructive, He would not have warned us against them. We must trust Him, and continue to submit our lives to Him.
 
Prayer: Jesus, we are on board – reluctantly at times, but we know Your word is written in order to bring us into complete harmony with You and to protect us from those things which can lead us to eternal death. Continue to remind us of the barriers and roadblocks which You have placed in our lives. Thank You for continuing to give us the ability to cling to truth.

 

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