Disciplined, Or Not Disciplined?
Read Hebrews Chapter 12
Heb 12:5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as a son.”
We have previously studied this passage, pointing out how thankful we should be that our Savior loves us so much He will not allow us to stay off His pathway for long. That fact should give us great comfort. Our inability to remain happy in our sins is proof that we belong to Him. But there is an opposite side to this idea. If a man is not sensing the conviction and discipline of the Holy Spirit, he should seriously think about his situation. It troubles me greatly as I see so many men and women living a gay life and at the same time confident that they are in harmony with Him.
Heb 12:8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
When we get an opportunity to speak with our friends who have been deceived, we should gently question whether or not they sense any conviction from the Holy Spirit. It truly scares me to think that some of the men I have mentored may not be true believers. It is a difficult thing to ponder. I want all those I love to be safe in the arms of our Lord, and I know you feel the same way.
Mt 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.
This brings us to a related topic. I am also concerned because some men I know, who have LEFT the gay life, have bought into the deception that God does not require repentance of all men. That is not only sad, it is difficult to understand. How can a man feel that God is calling him out of that life, yet believe God is okay with others staying in that life. I suppose I will never understand how our human reasoning can get so far off course from God’s word.
Eze 33:7 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.
This is only one of many scriptures which command the children of God to warn others of their offenses against a holy God. Failing to warn others is not the unpardonable sin. However, it is serious enough that God warns Ezekiel of dire consequences if he fails to do so. I have no clue as to what those consequences would be for the believer. Perhaps it is the loss of some rewards in heaven; I have no other guesses.
Regardless, we have an obligation to stand firm in our commitment that homosexual behaviors are an affront to our Lord. Even more serious, we have an obligation to warn those who are not experiencing God’s discipline. They may have a greater need; that is, to accept Jesus as their Savior. When a man or woman has done that, he or she will indeed be disciplined. They will not be able to live a life of wilful disregard for God’s word concerning same-sex actions. As we have reminded ourselves many times before, let us continually pray for all our friends who have gotten off God’s pathway.
Prayer: Father, put an end to our enemy’s power to deceive our friends. Also, give us a firm understanding of Your word and truth, so that we will have the strength and desire to remain in Your will.