It’s Not Our Word, It’s God’s Word
Read Romans Chapter 1
Ro 1:5 Through Him and for His name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.
Here is another verse which refutes the false message of hyper-grace that we hear so often today. Look closely to the latter part of this verse. Paul states that he has a task – that is, to call Gentiles to faith in Christ. No, that’s not what the verse says. It states that Paul is calling Gentiles to obedience, which naturally evolves from faith. When Paul witnessed, of course he told his listeners about the grace and salvation which comes from belief in Jesus Christ as Savior. But he didn’t stop there. He also called each believer to obedience.
Every letter which Paul wrote is filled with admonitions and commandments for the believer to obey God in every aspect of their lives. Time after time, he laid out the foundation of obedience to God’s commands, and he took no prisoners when it came to those who refused his message. He even ‘gave some over to Satan’ as we studied in a previous devotional.
So, when we hear today that we must not offend men and women by warning them against same-sex actions and lusts, we are not to listen. Paul would not have hesitated for a moment to tell a man that he cannot continue to act out on his same-sex attractions. In fact, he obviously knew some men who were dealing with that issue.
1Co 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. 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.
It does a grave injustice to all men if we lead them to Jesus and not explain that repentance is a part of the process of believing in Christ. Paul plainly said, “The wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God.” That leaves no room for any other theology. “The wicked” are not those who repent of their wickedness; we have too many other scriptures which refute that. He is referring to anyone who does not repent; those who refuse to turn their lives around and follow Christ. In the 1 Corinthian verses, he says to the believers, “And that is what some of you WERE.”
We must be very clear, not only in the lives of others, but especially in our own lives. We must know without any doubt; we cannot continue in willful sin. We may occasionally sin, but not consistently, without any conviction from the Holy Spirit. It just isn’t possible. Our faith will either lead us to obedience, as Paul intimates, or we will be crushed under the weight of conviction from the Holy Spirit. If our faith does not lead us to obedience, and we never sense conviction from the Spirit, our faith is worthless and false.
I am deeply troubled, as you already have discovered, over our friends who believe they can live a gay life and at the same time be in harmony with our Savior. We must pray, pray, and pray some more for each of those we know who do not understand or believe what Paul was saying.
Prayer: We will never give up, Lord, until You bring our friends into a right relationship with You. Lord, have mercy on them, and reveal Your truth to them.