There are economic indicators which reveal the health of the economy. There are solution indicators that reveal the contents of a solution. There are spiritual indicators that reveal the health of a church. I would like to focus on an indicator that obviously reveals the spiritual state of many churches today. This indicator reveals to us whether a church is spiritually alive or spiritually dead. How a church deals with this indicator lets us know for certain where the church stands in relation to God Almighty and His truth.
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man-and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting: Romans 1:18-28
Churches that embrace homosexuality as normal and/or a gift from God demonstrate that they do not know God and are actually under His divine just judgment. Homosexuality is the judgment of God upon people who refuse to retain the knowledge of God, refuse to glorify God, and refuse to thank God. People who are homosexuals are under God’s divine judgment because they have rejected the revelation of God given to us in our consciences, in Creation, in His Word, and through His Son Jesus Christ.
Therefore those churches that embrace homosexuality as a normal expression of physical love declare to believers and the world that they do not believe in God. They make it known that they actually hate God and are against Him and His holy call upon our lives through His Son Jesus Christ.
The churches that have accepted homosexual sin as an alternative expression of love have departed from the faith once for all delivered to the saints long ago. Embracing homosexuality is just the culmination of their apostasy from the truth of the Word of God. Those of us who know God as our Father and Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior shouldn’t be surprised at the occurrence of this aberration within the visible church.
Apostates abound and they have exchanged the truth of God, the truth found in His divine revelation in His Holy Word, for the lie of their sinful fallen natures led on by the enemy of our souls, Satan. These heretics within the visible church are more concerned with the esteem of men and serving their various corrupt appetites than they are in knowing and loving God, and serving Him in all humility and lowliness of mind.
Every leader within the visible church must determine whether they are going to serve God and follow Jesus Christ or serve their flesh and follow after Satan. Many churches, denominations, and “Christian” organizations are on the verge of this plunge into the depths of depravity and corruption and the divine judgment of God.
1”And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white for they are worthy. 5He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’ Revelation 3:1-6
Many prominent individuals and institutions within the “Christian” community have a reputation for being alive, but they are dead because they have turned from Scripture and turned to man’s reasoning and wisdom. They are on the brink of spiritual ruin and destruction; they must repent of their rejection of the Bible as their standard for faith and practice and return wholeheartedly to the gospel of their salvation, the biblical truth about Jesus Christ and what He has accomplished for God our Father in His death upon the cross in our stead and rising again from the dead for our eternal life.
If they don’t repent then Jesus Christ will judge them and we will witness many more within the visible church embracing homosexuality as something that is natural and accepted by God. Don’t be surprised or shocked when you see the acceptance of homosexuality spreading like wildfire within the “Christian community. What should our response be to this apostasy? We should share the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God for salvation to all who believe (Romans 1:16), exhorting those that we share the love of God with to repent of their sin and believe in Jesus.
14”And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15”So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ 19”Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. Acts 26:14-20
9Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicator, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
We must in these last days of the falling away rely upon our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to strengthen us and then faithfully share the gospel with those that He brings to us. Remember the life of sin that you used to embrace and how belief in Jesus Christ and His gospel delivered you from that path of destruction? He can and will do the same for those that we share His glorious gospel with no matter their sin, whether the sin of believing falsehood or the sin of homosexuality, our God is able to make all grace abound to sinners for their repentance and belief in the gospel of their salvation.
To God is the glory. We thank you Lord Jesus Christ for Your wonderful grace that is extended to sinners for their salvation. God bless you as you share His truth with those who need to hear, mainly sinners.
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