R. C. Sproul is a gifted preacher and teacher of God’s word. His ability to teach profound truth in a simple and clear way has blessed many. This great theologian has blessed us further over recent years in his writing of children’s books. Sproul and story are a good mix. In this post I will review his book The Lightlings.
NOTE: This is the final post of a 5-part series by Andrew Courtis, Pastor of Hills Bible Church. In this serices, Andrew discussed some of the most contentious issues facing society. In response to these issues, he turns to the Scriptures to present the biblical perspective on each.
What should the Christian’s response be to such conclusions (a right understanding of marriage, gender, and homosexuality)? Sadly, many have responded with hate speech and a harsh condemnation to homosexuals. The believer in the Lord Jesus Christ ought to recognize that homosexuals are indeed committing abominable sexual sin and therefore cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9). However, there is hope for the homosexual. If they recognize their sin before their Creator, repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ they will be cleansed from their sin and be forgiven. This is the power of the gospel and this is the hope for the homosexual. Back in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Paul lists specific sins that make one unable to enter the kingdom of heaven. Then he says in verse 11, “And such were some of you. 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.” Something dramatically changed in the life of these individuals – they received forgiveness.
Why is forgiveness necessary and where can it be found? It is necessary because our Creator is Holy (Isaiah 6:3) and we are all sinful (Rom. 3:23). As the holy Creator, God will judge all sinners (Rev. 20:11-15). By His grace, God makes forgiveness available to all who will recognise they are sinners, repent and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. Salvation can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) because He alone lived a life of perfection (Heb. 7:26) and died as a substitute for His people by receiving the wrath of God on their behalf (Isaiah 53:4-5).
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NOTE: This post commences a 5-post series by Andrew Courtis, Pastor of Hills Bible Church. In it, Andrew discusses some of the most contentious issues facing society. In response to these issues, he turns to the Scriptures to present the biblical perspective on each.
In some recent posts I mentioned that sin is a deceptive thing. It comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. One of the most deceitful activities of sin is that it disguises itself – it denies that it is even sin. However, the word of God is very clear when it comes to recognising sin. We are to be constantly aware of our own sinfulness (and struggle with it) and be constantly confessing it to the Lord and be walking in Him (cf. Col. 2:6). Sadly, society continues to redefine what is sinful, and of course this is occurring in the church too (cf. 2 Tim. 3:1-5).
One of many examples of a redefining of sin is seen in the topic of homosexuality – more specifically the same-sex marriage debate. Recently, I was granted the opportunity to discuss why I believe the the gospel of Jesus Christ means affirming heterosexual marriage. In a sentence my conviction was, I believe that marital union is to consist of one man and one woman. Why do I believe this? My answer is simple: this is what Scripture teaches. The word of God makes it clear that marriage must not consist of a same-sex couple, but instead marriage is to be between one man and one woman. Why? Because this relationship is in conformity with God’s blueprint for marriage and for those who marry in the Lord this provides us a picture (like no other earthly relationship can) of the power of the gospel as seen in the relationship with Christ and His bride (Eph. 5:22-33; see also Simon’s excellent blog post). In order for me to clearly justify this statement, there are three important matters that will need to be addressed: marriage, gender and homosexuality. I want to make it clear that my views come from the word of God. The Scriptures are my authority as they are the revealed words of God. My intention in the next few posts is to consider this debate from a biblical perspective and show why those who support same-sex marriage and unions are in sin and are denying the clear teaching of Scripture. I also want to make known the power of the gospel “for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16).
Regardless of your plight (sinful condition), you can benefit from the saving power of the gospel. You can be forgiven and transformed. In my next few posts I will address the above mention matters.