Wealth Or Sex? What’s The Difference?
Read Matthew Chapter 19
Mt 19:16 Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life ?” 17 “Why do you ask Me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, “ ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’’” 20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Some SSA men and women accepted Christ at an early age, before they were aware of the huge spiritual battle which lay ahead of them. Other men and women were fully engaged in homosexuality before they made their decision to follow Christ. The first group had a fortunate advantage. There was no decision for them to make in regard to giving up their same-sex sins. But the latter group had a very tough time coming to the point where they could say, “Lord, I will give up anything and everything You ask of me.” The initial act of submission to Jesus was easy for the first group, very difficult for the second group.
The false message that many hear today is that they do not have to abandon same-sex actions; in fact, they can continue living their gay lives and can also have an intimate relationship with Christ and gain His salvation. If that were true, Jesus would have to apologize to the rich man in this passage. We know from other scriptures that possession of wealth is not a sin. Sin only comes into the picture when a man values his wealth above God and Christ’s purposes.
That’s not the case with homosexuality. There are many scriptures which clearly state that homosexual acts are sinful. If the rich man was told he must give up his wealth, even though it is not inherently a sin, how much more firmly would Christ have told that same man that he must give up his homosexual actions? Clearly, anyone who comes to Christ must be willing to surrender anything and everything which a man values more than his relationship with God. That is the obvious message of Christ to the rich man. This message then becomes even clearer; someone who comes to Christ with an addiction to some sin, any sin, including same-sex activity, must surrender that addiction/sin to his Savior.
Every SSA man and woman who knows Christ has in the beginning vowed to strive against sin for the remainder of his life. There was a time when he or she knew that same-sex activity must be abandoned. Realizing that, we should be able to conclude that he or she also knows that to continue in that practice is not acceptable in God’s sight. The prodigal son was, at the first, in submission to his father. It was later in his life when he chose to leave the father and go his own way. But there was no way that he could enjoy living life outside the father’s will and failing to submit to his father. The Christian cannot be happy living in sin. Perhaps he might for a short time, but not for long. SSA men and women, who at one time were in submission to the Father, may pull away from the Father for a time, but they cannot continue that pathway.
Our final thought is a sad one. Because of that false message which is prevalent today, there live among us many unsaved SSA men and women. They falsely believe they belong to Christ because that is what they have heard from the false teachers. Many ‘Christians’ today are willing participants in the demise of those who have been led astray. A man or woman who believes this way must pull away from the truth of God’s word, ignoring it or explaining it away, before they can hold such a position. It will be a terrible thing to face God someday, and realize that by our silence, some of our friends missed God. May our Lord have mercy on those who are misled and on those who have misled others.
Prayer: Father, do something to prevent anyone else falling prey to deception from our enemy, the god of this world. Open the eyes of all who have been deceived. Open the eyes of all those who participate in that deception. Send Your Spirit among our friends who are outside Your will. We weep for them.