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Is Homosexuality A Sin?

The following post is the 1st of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 1st post I will be answering the question “Is Homosexuality A Sin?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Is Homosexuality A Sin?

I think before we answer this question we need to first ask ourselves “What is a sin?” If we are going to call homosexuality a sin we should probably make sure we know what is a sin so that we can know whether or not homosexuality deserves to fit in that category.

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Outline of Romans

The following are my notes of Ed Gravely’s lecture at SEBTS.

Ch. 1-3 – Depravity of Man

Ch. 3-5 – Justification by Faith

Ch. 6-8 – Abiding Results of Salvation

Ch. 9-11 – God’s Sovereignty, Israel and Salvation

Ch. 12-15 – Christian Living in Light of Salvation

Ch. 15-16 – Conclusion

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Heaven Is A Place On Earth

The following is my notes of Kevin Deyoung’s sermon on heaven. Click HERE for the audio of this sermon.

1 Corinthians 15:50-55

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

So we see in verse 50 that we are currently not yet fit for the kingdom in our present state. There is something in our existence that does not make us fit and so we need a new body. In verses 51 and following we see that we will have a new body.  Continue reading

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Preaching Like Paul

I hope it is safe to assume that we would all aspire to preach like Paul. In other words, I think we would aspire to communicate the gospel with the clarity that Paul did. So how do you know if you are preaching the same gospel that Paul preached?

Here is a little test to see if you preach like Paul did:

Do you ever have people respond to your presentation of the gospel by asking you “that is it?…It’s that simple? What about my works?…Are you saying it does not matter what I do?”

I was recently sharing the gospel with a non-Christian and he said almost all those things. I apparently was making salvation sound TOO easy and grace was TOO free. It was shocking to him.

Apparently Paul got those questions and responses too. As he is writing the letter to the Romans he knows what objections they are going to bring up when he says things like “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:19-21)

Paul’s logic here is that if we are first and foremost guilty before God because of our union with Adam how much more are we righteous and perfect in God’s eyes because of our union with Christ.

Perfectly righteous? YES!!!!

But won’t that teaching just lead to more sinning?

Paul knows that is exactly what some people will be thinking which is why Paul wrote what he did in chapter 6.

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?…What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” (Romans 6:1, 2, 15)

So is that how you preach and communicate the gospel? Are you hearing the objections Paul heard? Do you have to talk about how grace leads to more holiness in your gospel conversations?

If not, then it may be because you are not preaching with the clarity that Paul did. It may be that your not preaching the gospel at all.

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The Gospel & Our Everyday Lives

What do you think is the most important thing about Christianity? … How would you answer that question?

This would be one way I think we could answer it. The very center of Christianity is an announcement of some historical facts about a man named Jesus Christ. What do you think about that answer? Do you believe that? The truth that holds the Bible all together is some historical facts?

Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 15:3. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.”

What does Paul say is “of first importance?” The message that he delivered and that message is “that Christ died for our sins.”

Substitution Is The Heart of Christianity

Have you ever heard or thought about the fact that substitution is the heart and center of the Christian faith. Think about it this way.

What is sin?

It the fact that we have substituted ourselves for God.

What is salvation?

It is the fact that Jesus Christ has substituted himself for us.

What is sin?

It is when we take what God alone deserves.

What is salvation?

It is when Jesus Christ has put himself in our place and he took what we deserve. Continue reading

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Is Your Prayer Life Lacking?

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God”

Notice that we have peace with God and not the peace of God. What is the difference?

Peace with God is objective. It means there is no hostility between God and us. The peace of God is subjective. It is the feeling of peacefulness that may ebb and flow.

Think about it like peace between 2 nations that are at peace with each other. The peace countryside of at the top of quiet mountain is the feeling “the peace of” that country, but the lack of war between 2 nations is peace with each other.

What it means to have peace “with” God is that He is no longer hostile towards us.

Do you see how Romans 5:1, the first verse of the second main section, answers Roman 1:18, the first verse of the first main section?

Peace with God is the opposite of being under the wrath of God. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ than this means God is not angry with you and has already been poured out on Jesus. There is no wrath against you.

You must believe that God is not and never will be angry with you. Otherwise you will not be able to receive the next blessing in Romans 5:2. “Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Access is only used 2 other times in the NT and both times it is by Paul in Ephesians and both times it has to do with prayer.

Is Your Prayer Life Lacking?

It is hard to pray if you think God is angry with you. If you think God is angry with you when you sin, then you will not go to him in prayer nearly as often as you would if you knew that he was not angry with you.

If you do not have much of a prayer life, the problem might be because you do not understand justification by faith alone. There are a lot of devotional writings that make us feel guilty about our prayerlessness and they are not helping you. Continue reading

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Are We Too Obsessed With Our Sanctification?

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith.”

This phrase sums up Romans 1-4. We are justified by faith alone apart from works of the law.

If justification were by works, then no one would be justified. For no one has done good works that meet God’s standard. All are guilty of idolatry, all are unrighteous, all suppress the truth, all are worthy of the outpouring of God’s wrath etc… If there were not a way to be justified by faith, then no one would be justified.

Justification by is by faith alone because it gives all glory to God. Faith simply receives God’s grace and therefore excludes all boasting (Romans 3:27).

Paul Turns A Corner

In chapter 5, Paul turns a corner in this great letter to the Romans. He is no longer arguing for the doctrine of justification by faith, but unpacking the glorious results of this truth.

To say that this is major turning point in Romans is contrary to many commentaries or outlines that you will come across when studying Romans. Most outlines that you will find on the book of Romans look like this: Continue reading

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