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February 10, 2021 2:00 am
Though Jesus didn't expressly encounter a homosexual person, He did deal with a woman caught in sexual sin and those who condemned her. In the message "Jesus Loves Homosexuals (Part One)," Skip shares how Jesus showed compassion to all.
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You know the scores of people outside the church. Some inside the church feel a sense of shame because of same-sex attraction feel a sense of alienation and feel uniquely condemned because of the feelings they hold a few years ago when Hugh Downs 2020 interview on television was interviewing Dr. Billy Graham, the interviewer wanted to ask pointed questions about the gay lifestyle and so he turned the interviewer around and he said Dr. Graham.
If you are a son who is a homosexual, would you love them. Billy Graham said he immediately without any hesitation.
Why I would love that one even more. The Bible doesn't say for God so loved it says for God so loved the world that means he loves all people today on connect with Skip Heitzig Scriptures practical insight to help you show Christlike love to those who were different from you. But first, did you know that Skip has important updates and biblical encouragement on social media. Just follow him on Facebook, twitter and Instagram to get the latest from him in this ministry that's at Skip Heitzig at Skip HBI teasing IG right now we want to share about a great resource that helps you better understand the unconditional nature of God's love. The Bible makes it clear that Jesus loves the devout and the doubters priests and prostitutes.
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One of the most loving things you can do is to tell people the truth. And Jesus did. There are some inconvenient truths in Scripture. Now I say without shame that I believe in the authority of Scripture. I make no apologies for I believe that God has spoken through his word and he is spoken on issues of morality and sexuality, sexual practice, sexuality is it mentioned a whole lot in the Bible but it is mentioned 7×7 different passages.
Genesis 19 Leviticus 18 and 20 Judges chapter 19 Romans chapter 1 first Corinthians chapter 6 and first Timothy chapter 1 all have something to do, either directly or tangentially with the practice of homosexuality and the Bible's teaching on it is clear according to the Bible, homosexuality is sin and it is contrary to God's plan and God's design for humanity. Now I hope you will not switch me off at this point hold on, there's more to this message. I realize that in making the statement that I just made that I am considered by the vast majority of our public to be narrowminded. I'm not dumb. I understand that in fact not only my considered narrowminded by my view. I am considered to be intolerant by my view.
After all, we live in a culture now that worships tolerance. You have to be tolerant. There's only one group you don't have to be tolerant with the Mets Christians in this culture. I also understand something else that is saying what I just said one day I could end up in jail for saying that in our culture that could be labeled as something that would imprison a person, but I sort of feel like what the apostles felt as they stood before the Council in acts chapter 6 and Peter said what, or whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than God you judge. But we must obey God rather than men. You see, we we can just simply handle biblical prohibitions irresponsibly. We can't shape them around our personal or cultural preferences.
We can never think that God will bless what God denounces no matter what culture tells you no matter what your body chemistry or a genetic study will tell you, no matter how you feel. The Bible I believe trumps it all because you know what I had all sorts of feelings in my past and was predisposed toward a number of behaviors that if I acted on the mall I would be, not alive or be in jail would be right. Just because someone has a preference for something doesn't make it morally correct in and of itself, but I want to differentiate between something here. I keep talking about practice.
Jesus said, go and sin no more. He was talking about her practice, not her preference. There's one thing to note that somebody has a preference or an orientation or a propensity or proclivity is another thing to practice it. This woman in our story had a preference she was attracted to a man outside of her marriage and she yielded to that temptation that urge. And it became an act thus became sinful a few months ago I was in a restaurant and it was just a remarkable time.
I was seated by a waitress. She introduced herself to me. She said you don't remember me, do you you invited me to one of your Easter services.
Some years ago and she said I did not go but I did come to your church.
After that, and I gave my life to Jesus Christ and he's changed my life.
But then she said something my whole family was there was quite remarkable how candid she was. She said you can probably tell by looking at me that I'm a stereo typical lesbian and is going okay. I'm all ears. She said you know I have lots of people around me who tell me either change the way you look or just hook up with someone and then she said something that was so profound I wrote it down.
She said I'd rather struggle with my desires and remain single and to give into those desires to those I trust that God will change the rest.
As time goes but I've chosen to make a decision, my choice to remain celibate rather than a given to those urges. She admitted that she had a homosexual preference, but the she no longer was practicing.
And here's the point I want to make sexual orientation does not have to define you when a spiritual orientation can define you and that is the choice that she made that she would be defined by her submission to God no matter how she felt.
I know it's cliché, I almost signed even say this, however, it is true, and we must demonstrated that that God loves the sinner, he may hate the sin, but God loves the sinner Romans chapter 2 verse four tells us it's the goodness of God that leads a person to repentance know what Jesus came to remove the dead of sin from all people from all unbelievers, all undeserving people, and he condemns all forms of sin including high hypocrisy, which is what I want you to notice next. So first, Jesus was candid with all people. The second thing I want to make note of his Jesus was confrontational with all hypocrites, you see that throughout the New Testament whenever Jesus encounters people like the scribes and Pharisees. Look at verse three then the scribes and the Pharisees brought to him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst I just want you to picture that the scribes and the Pharisees brought to this woman center in the Mets and said to him, teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the Pharaoh. The act I can see him smiling, almost when they said that now Moses in the law commanded that such should be stoned what you say this they said testing him, that he might have something of they might have something to accuse him.
But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger, as though we didn't hear a love that when they continued asking him, he raised himself up and said to them, he who is without sin among you, let them throw a stone at her first and again he stooped down and he wrote on the ground, then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last.
And Jesus was left alone in the woman standing in the midst okay scribes were people who copied the law by hand. They were like professional secretaries Pharisees were the legalist who claimed that they kept the law so picture the scene. The sun is rising. Jesus is sitting down in the temple teaching suddenly there's a commotion and everybody looks over their shoulder and these religious leaders are dragging a woman right into the church service right into the temple and plopping her down. Can you imagine Helen harassing how shameful to be treated that way.
She's brought before the crowd and put right in the middle so humiliating and they say the law says Stoner another some problems with this problem number one. They hadn't stone anybody in Israel for over a thousand years. At this point they had that long interpreted that to be something relegated to the wilderness and it wasn't practice in Israel for over a thousand years. Number two. They quote Scripture to Jesus, or refer to one and it's a one-sided misinterpretation.
Listen to what it says in Leviticus 20, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death. So what's wrong with this, they're just bringing one person takes two to tango. If she's caught in the very act. Where's the dude the very one sided and number three they were not at all concerned about morality are concerned about mortality. They wanted Jesus dead. They're looking for a way to trap him so that they might accuse him. We are told, so they don't bring this woman because they hated adultery. They brought this woman because they hated Jesus there looking for some way to trap verse six. Jesus just stooped on the ground that funny. You know I cannot even listen just moving his fingers. We don't know what is writing, by the way, and tell us. But listen to this. It's the only time we ever find Jesus writing anything.
The word Jesus wrote on the ground is a Greek word chronograph and which means to write an accusation against someone.
One source believes that what Jesus was doing, and there's no real way to tell but because of that word is that Jesus may have been writing the names of those religious leaders and the secret sin that he knew about next would not be interesting. Shlomo agreed the lost Jason texting while driving his cam you you get the idea. Look at verse seven he says he who is without sin among you, let them throw a stone at her first note, this statement our Lord raises the issue from a legal issue which they are making it a legal issue to a spiritual issue.
He saying what you know there's only one qualification that would allow you to be the one condemning her and stoning her and that is you have to be on marked a toss without sin.
Actually, it means one who has not sinned one who cannot sin, if there's one of those people among you, right then you throw that rock pick it up but you have to be one who cannot sin one who has not sent you see self-righteous judgment always becomes its own gallows.
You heard it so many times before that when you point one finger, there's reporting back to you that's the case here. That's the case here. If we were only in touch with our own fallenness our own desperate need for God. We would be much more compassionate with all unbelievers gay or straight, David Kinnaman, who wrote for the Barna research group in his book called unchristian rights.
This outsiders say our hostility toward days, not just opposition to homosexual politics and behavior, but disdain for gay individuals has become virtually synonymous with the Christian faith.
I make no mistake, the Bible has some strong things to say about homosexuality, but you know the Bible has also strong things to say about divorce and about lost and about adultery and about greed and about gossip. Listen to first Corinthians 6 here's one.
I'll talk more on this next time do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Do not be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters, nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders.
Unfortunately, people don't read the next verse nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God and that is what some of you were but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the spirit of God so Jesus was candid with all people. Jesus was confrontational with all hypocrites.
There's 1/3 principle. Jesus was compassionate with all sinners.
I love the end of verse nine where everybody leaves and there's just our Lord facing this woman alone. I love the idea of Jesus dealing one on one with a person's need and with the person sin when Jesus is rated raised himself up and saw no one but the woman he said her woman, where are those accusers of yours has no one condemned you.
She said no one Lord Jesus said to her, neither do I condemn you go and sin no more will. There's a lot in that statement. I don't have the time to exegete it. I have before, but the implication is repentance go and sin no more.
Implication is faith and repentance. Notice he calls her woman that sort of sounds like a snapping remark today, but it was a term of respect. Jesus called his own mother, woman at the feast at Cana.
He said to his mom woman term of dignity. The hours not yet come from the cross, our Lord said woman to his mother, behold, your son, so that our Lord was doing by calling this adulterous woman the same term he called his mom is giving her back a little of her dignity that was lost in this whole fiasco.
He didn't dehumanize her.
He didn't have adulterous jokes to share those slurs but dignity woman where your accusers see this is love and love is the heart of the gospel.
Jesus is bold, calling it sin confrontational with the hypocrites, but very compassionate with this woman. I wish we were you know that scores of people outside the church as well as some inside the church feel a sense of shame because of same-sex attraction feel a sense of alienation and feel uniquely condemned because of the feelings they hold a few years ago when Hugh Downs was 2020 interview on television was interviewing Dr. Billy Graham interviewer wanted to ask him a pointed question about the gay lifestyle and so he turned the interview around and he said Dr. Graham if you had a son who is a homosexual, would you love them. Billy Graham said immediately without any hesitation.
Why I would love that one even more now want to give you as we close for little quick things to walk away with. Based on the word love LOVE here's an acronym BLM love stands for.
The first way to show love and that is to listen listen don't give advice before you've heard the story the background you know it's been estimated that people listen to about only 10% of what somebody tells them he ever talk to somebody are trying to park your heart, and her eyes are shifting around in there looking. Who else is in the room, removing her body language is either saying hurry up. I have an answer for you.
Just listen to my answer. I do care about your question, don't do that. Listen second thing all love LOL will stand for offer support. I'm there for you. I would pray for you. I will pray with you I will stand with you through the ups and downs all wrestle to the tough issues if they make any movement, especially toward the cross offer support the here's the third. LOL V voice dogs truth voice God's truth. At some point in the relationship you have. You need to share what the Bible says about the activities that are going on. Don't ever be embarrassed by what the Bible says that's God's word that's God's plan voice God's truth. However, I will say this. Watch your tone how convincing is this God loves you that does when you over watch your tone. Paul said in Ephesians 4, speaking the truth in love, truth and love are married with God's joy, let no man separate. Some people are all about true but there tone betrays and belies that there is no love some people about love honey to share.
The truth is when love you know you need love and truth voice God's truth, but in love. So listen offer support voice God's truth. NDE stands for esteem. Every single person no matter who they are, no matter what they have done all humans deserve respect for one simple reason we've all been created in the image of God. That alone should cause respect and esteem. I believe that the church should be a refuge for struggling people, not a museum for perfect people. If you're a perfect person go find a place as perfect as you you this saying it I thought upon yesterday and I just sorta thought about it and it really wasn't written about America's earn about Asia, so I rewrote it a little bit but as I read it, a poem by Alfred Kilmer doctored up a little bit by me. I looked at the poem and I thought Lord I pray this will never happen here whenever I walk through our city was sky so big and so blue I go by great big church house with people so strong and so true. I suppose I passed it 100 times, but today I stopped in for a minute and looked at that church, that tragic church. The church with no love for me and it. I pray that our love for people will be as radical as the gospel itself is a radical message that wraps the message from the series uses.
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