The Spirit Of Prostitution
Read Hosea Chapter 5
Hos 5:4 “Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the LORD.
Hos 5:6 When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, they will not find Him; He has withdrawn himself from them.
Hos 5:15 Then I will go back to My place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek My face; in their misery they will earnestly seek Me.”
The nation and people of Israel are the OT mirror image of Christianity in the NT. Their mistakes are recorded in the Old Testament as both a warning and a guide for us, so that we can avoid their mistakes and learn from their successes. Hosea is an entire book written as an example of how our Lord works with and disciplines His children. There are many true Christians today who have left the Lord’s pathway in disobedience to His life instructions. It is interesting to see how closely these words from Hosea ring so true in regard to Christians who are outside His will.
“Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God.” As long as a man is living in willful rebellion against God, he cannot get back onto the right pathway. Those deeds which dishonor the name of Christ and our Father successfully prevent men from being in complete fellowship with Him. As long as they remain engaged in prostitution, fully embracing what is clearly against God’s word, there is no chance of reconciliation. To disavow God’s warnings against same-sex sinful actions is the same as “not acknowledging the Lord.” A man or woman cannot claim to be walking with God and with “prostitution” at the same time.
Many today falsely believe they can live an active gay life and be in full fellowship with Christ. Verse 6 would indicate otherwise. The openly gay Christian will seek the Lord, but he will not find Him. Our Lord withdraws fellowship with His children who have willfully disregarded His clear message concerning homosexual behaviors. There is disagreement among Christians as to whether God will abandon such a man, or if He instead will discipline in such a way that the Christian has no option but to return to Him. For the sake of today’s thoughts, it doesn’t matter. We will simply continue to look at this passage and its message.
Verse 15 shows us that in this case, the Lord “went back to His place” and waited until they admitted their guilt. The message from Hosea indicates that in the case of Israel, God predicted that sooner or later, Israel would admit their guilt, seek His face, and in their misery will earnestly seek Him. I hope and pray that such is the case for all SSA men and women who have returned to their gay lifestyle. There are now ten men and one woman for whom I earnestly pray will do as the Israelites did. That is their only hope.
Each of us must continually keep this message at the forefront of our mind. We must not and cannot return to our old ways. We must NOT allow that “spirit of prostitution in our heart” to return. As one who has ‘been there, done that,’ I can assure you that it is a journey that you do not want to experience. The Lord’s discipline is not pleasant; but it is life-saving. We should thank Him every day that He gives us second chances.
Pr 3:11 My son, do not despise the LORD’S discipline and do not resent His rebuke, 12 because the LORD disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Prayer: Again, what else can we say but, “Thank You!”