Losing Our Perspective on Sin

by Richard Mansel, assistant editor
wedding.jpg As Solomon said, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NKJV). Man’s behavior scarcely changes over time. When something gets too close or personal, we lose the proper perspective and begin to change our views to accommodate this new familiarity.
Reuters reports, “People with gay friends or family members are far more likely to accept their sexual orientation than those who don’t, according to a U.S. survey released on Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.”/1
When people’s beliefs meet flesh and blood they reorient what they believe to meet their new reality. Their new enlightened perspective seems more real and enduring because their eyes have been opened to a new world view. Homosexuals are no longer “them” but “one of us.” After all, their heads don’t spin around and they don’t have antennae or anything. They are just “good people” who live differently.
This further exemplifies the lengths at which the human mind will rationalize and deny truth in order to “be happy.” We will lie to ourselves and feign blindness and deafness in order to be at peace in our hearts. There are no limits to which people will go in order to accomplish this delusional goal.
Parents will proclaim the truth on marriage, divorce and remarriage or cohabitation until their child finds themselves in a bad situation and overnight their minds will begin to reorient their beliefs so the child will be justified.
The article says, “An analysis of survey results suggests that familiarity is closely linked to tolerance,” Pew said in a statement. Overall, those who say they have a family member or close friend who is gay are more than twice as likely to support gay marriage as those who don’t — 55 percent to 25 percent.”/2
G. K. Chesterson said, “Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.” Our convictions become casualties as the goal of our minds becomes peace at all costs. Even God’s Word must be lost if it interferes.
In order to accommodate those who are changing their minds on this issue (because they know a homosexual or because they are afraid of being called a bigot), so-called scholars are trying to change interpretations of all the passages that condemn homosexuality. For example, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of a lack of hospitality, which is ridiculous (Genesis 19; Jude 7).
God Word is abundantly clear that homosexuality is sin (Leviticus 18:22). Tolerance or rationalization does not remove this fact from God’s Word. Scripture predates opinion, culture and “our friends and family” (Psalm 119:89).
Romans 1:26-27 says, “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise 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.”
“Exchanged” means they placed one thing in the place of another; God’s plan for a man and a woman joined sexually in marriage with sinful sexual unions. “Nature” is translated as the “forces or laws which govern the world and its inhabitants.” /3 This is how God designed things to be in the very beginning (Genesis 2:18-25).
Homosexual and lesbian sexual relationships are “against nature.” No manner of wishes, familiarities, friendships or rationalizations will change God’s mind on this sin.
We cannot change our beliefs based on our relationships or situations and think God will comply. He is not subject to our whims. His law is pure and unchanging. He is the God of love and he is waiting for man to repent (Luke 13:3-5).
1/ http://tinyurl.com/2osva3
2/ Ibid.
3/ Robert P. Meye, ‘Nature, Natural,” in The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, ed. Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986), 3:486-487.
4/ http://tinyurl.com/246mwq

9 thoughts on “Losing Our Perspective on Sin

  1. The only thing “wrong” abut this article is that it is too too short. A special favor: Send me more on this subject and permission to reproduce and share with others ASAP. It is astonishing to me that many brethren today are judging the severity of sin on the basis of whether I or my friends commit it. Somewhere I read years ago that an old-timer refused to indict someone for a deceitful act, saying, “That’s not my way of sinning.” Sincerely / JO

  2. I’ve often thought that homosexuality is actually an aberration no matter whether one is a Christian or atheistic evolutionist. In Christianity it is against Genesis 2 where God creates the woman to the man’s helper (not another man). Or as some say God made Eve not Steve.
    In evolution natural selection is the mechanism by which new traits are passed on. Homosexuals cannot pass on these traits since they don’t reproduce. I’ve often wondered why evolutionists haven’t figured out why homosexuals exist since they can’t pass on this trait. Maybe one of these days they will catch on.

  3. Jim,
    Sorry it was too short. 🙂
    You can share this article with others. Just go up to “You Want to Reprint?” and follow the rules.
    I think there are a lot more instances of doctrines built around rationalizing personal or family behavior/beliefs than most would realize.
    We must be very honest with ourselves in order to ensure that our motives and knowledge are pure.
    Thanks for your good thoughts, Jim.

  4. I have a brother who is gay and I am sorry to say that He has been deceived. I know that what he does is sin. Until he repents and turns away he is lost for eternity.

  5. I totally agree…it’s a shame that so many churches and Pastors have kept quiet on this subject and they do preach Tolerance.
    Thanks for keeping the word alive and writing this article to remind us of what the Word of God says.

  6. Thank you, Wanjiru for your comments. Most often tolerance is because of a lack of convictions. Your thoughts and readership are appreciated.

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