Been reading a series on 1 and 2 Peter and have got so much from this,coupled with reading a book by Janet Boynes who was called out of a homosexual lifestyle many years ago and has a really interesting story (with many parallels to mine). She is quite strong in her belief that homosexuality is a sin that should be turned from and also that the church needs to take a strong stance on this, too many people sitting on the fence or failing to accept God’s word as definitive on this matter. Having gone through this myself and having experienced many mixed messages from other Christians I too fall in her camp in terms of let’s get it out there, God loves us all immensely but sin gets between us and God and has to be addressed, no matter what the sin is and the Bible is exceptionally clear on homosexuality being a sin.
Anyway here are some of the verses that have inspired me to write this particular entry:
1 Peter 2:21- It was to this that God called you, for Christ himself suffered for you and left you an example, so that you would follow in his steps.
1Peter 3:9 – Do not pay back evil with evil or cursing with cursing; instead, pay back with a blessing, because a blessing is what God promised to give you when he called you.
1 Peter 2 9 – But you are the chosen race, the King’s priests, the holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvelous light.
2 Peter 1:3 – God’s divine power has given us everything we need to live a truly religious life through our knowledge of the one who called us to share in his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:4 – in this way he has given us the very great and precious gifts he promised, so that by means of these gifts you may escape from the destructive lust that is in the world, and may come to share the divine nature.
2 Chronicles 7:14- if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins
Before I called out to God, you know he called out to me, he called for me to be free from the lifestyle I was living, he called out to let me know that he was free to talk, free to discuss the way forward, to share the plans he had for me which revolved around my being free, God’s life changing promises GUARANTEED, a promise that affected me, that changed the way that I would see, the way I lived, the things I did, although I’d hidden from God for so many years, the truth was there were so many fears that consumed me, so many tears that fell, and I was in a living Hell, I was going with the flow but you know what when you go with the flow, the flow can take you where you don’t want to go, and it didn’t matter what I thought, because it didn’t match up to God’s word, it was wrong, truth or lies, lies or truth, when you base faith on your own feelings, ideas and what you think then quite frankly, it stinks, trust in God’s unfailing word, trust in the love of your Lord who called you by name, God called you, suffered for you and left you an example so that you would follow in his steps and he lets us know how we can change, rearrange our lives so that when we pray to God, really pray and say sorry for the evil we have done, God hears our voice, accepts our choice to turn our life around and our sins are gone, how neat, how cool, our sins are gone, for so long I was chained and bound but once God turned my life around the promised blessings started to flow and now I know the direction of the flow, the blessings that overflow into my space, I am now part of a chosen race, a holy nation, God’s own people, and I have been chosen to proclaim God’s might, he called out and pulled me from darkness to light, he has given me such great and precious gifts, and I have been lifted out of the destructive desires of the world in order to share what I have learned, obedience creates the freedom I desire, there is a fire within my heart, people of God do not be led astray for here is what I’m called to say, beware of ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing, they have nothing to offer but sugar coated messages and God’s message is so clear, steer clear of sin, of immoral behaviour, don’t allow others to taint the message of the Bible, God died to save me from my sinful lifestyle, that doesn’t mean you can go freestyle, picking out the messages that tickle your ears ignoring the rest for fear that you may really need to pick up your cross, you may have to make some modification in relation to how you interpret the Bible, don’t be in denial that God’s divine power gives us everything we need to live a truly righteous life through our knowledge of the one who called us to share in his own glory and goodness, if you want the richness of life eternal however painful it may be I urge you to seek to know God’s word, do not be swayed by false teachers and preachers, reach out to God who is happy to teach us, reach out to God who is waiting to speak to us, forgive us, bless us and love us, reach out to God who tells it straight, reach out to God before it’s too late.