God created man in His own image.
Man disobeys God bringing sin and death into the world separating man from God.
God sends His Son Jesus into the world.
Jesus walks among us without breaking any of God's commandments, teaching us the Truth.
Jesus dies on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, paying the price for our disobedience. He was buried and rose from the dead on the third day.
By turning away from sin and following Jesus man can be reconciled back to God for eternity.
By rejecting God's gift of mercy found in Jesus, man is eternally separated from God, going to a place of anguish.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
We have all broken God's commandments but thankfully, in His mercy He provided a way for us to be forgiven.
Admit you have sinned against Him and turn away from sin.
Believe what Jesus did for you and commit your life to Him.
Confess Jesus as Lord and get baptized. Read the Bible and believe God's words above all else.
In the spirit of gentleness and humility I feel the need to express my position on these issues with love and respect.
First let me say that I love all people and love diversity. It has been wonderful living in Gwinnett County with its multitude of immigrants from around the world. I have made great friends with many diverse backgrounds. Over the years I have had many homosexual friends who I love and care deeply about. It’s not out of hate or the traditions of men that I stand opposed to the agenda of redefining marriage. Please let me explain my position…
As many of you know, in 2003, I had a life changing event occur when I made my profession of faith in Jesus, got baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. The words of the Bible became alive and its instructions brought on radical transformation in my life such as no longer being held captive to ungodly behavior. I’ve been set free from the sin of not forgiving and bitterness toward others, pornography, southern pride and a long list of other sins. So knowing firsthand the transforming power of God’s word I must hold to its teaching above all else.
There are many misconceptions regarding the Bible and its teaching on same sex relationships and unfortunately there have been many in the church community with the wrong attitudes and approach to this subject. The following is my attempt to bring some clarity and understanding from a Biblical prospective on the issue.
The overall message of the Bible is one of liberation and freedom. The children of Israel were held in bondage, as slaves in Egypt. God frees them and brings them out but they had to walk in the wilderness 40 years with many trials and temptations before they could enter into the promise land. Jesus comes into the world to set people free from the bondage of sin. After being set free from sin people still have to live their lives with many trials and temptations before entering into Heaven.
If someone struggles with the temptation of same sex attraction it is not a sin. Just like any other temptation, it is only sin when acted upon. I know that many people who struggle with same sex attraction believe that they were born that way. The fact is that we were all born into a fallen world where we have within us from birth or have develop over time thought patterns that lead to sinful actions. In my own life, I practiced a long list of sinful behavior before coming to Christ. Now with God’s help I’ve been set free from practicing those sins over and over again. I still have temptations but with God’s grace He helps me overcome them.
Whenever the Bible addresses the subject of homosexuality it is always negative. There is not a single example of a homosexual relationship in the Bible that is viewed as acceptable.
Jesus confirmed the definition of marriage in Mark 10:6-8 ‘But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.' 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh.’
Heterosexual relationships are actually secondary to the fact that God requires holiness above all. We see examples in the Bible of those who remain celibate because of their devotion to God.
Matthew 19:12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it."
Jesus never affirmed people in their sin but He came to save us from our sin. As Dr. Michael Brown has stated, "He practiced transformational inclusion not affirmational inclusion". The message is 'come as you are and be transformed by the love of God and be set free from sin, no longer a slave to sin.'
Jesus said to the women caught in adultery ..."Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."John 8:11
The following verses show the seriousness and the eternal consequences of living a lifestyle out of God’s will.
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And 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. 1Corinthians 6:9-11
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
Jesus Said: "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' Matthew 7:21-23
These verses address the issue of continuing with actions that are outside of God’s will. The consequence for this is exclusion from the kingdom of God. Thankfully, He doesn’t leave us without help. There are countless numbers of heterosexuals and homosexuals alike that have been able to turn their backs on lifestyles that were outside of God’s will. His promise to those who fully commit themselves to Him is that He will always provide a way of escape from any temptation that comes (1Corinthians 10:13). His grace that brings salvation will teach us to deny ungodliness and live righteously (Titus 2:11). He gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him and it leads and guides us into all truth (Acts 5:32, John 16:13).
There is a common misunderstanding regarding God’s laws. God chose the Jewish people to be his special people set apart from all the other nations. He gave them unique ceremonial laws related to the way they should eat, dress and do business as well as many other traditions. Most of these laws are not for all people for all times. God’s moral laws, like the ones related to sexual behavior are upheld in the New Testament and in some cases elevated to a higher standard by Jesus. So to criticize a Christian for being against the breaking of a moral law while he eats shellfish or has a shirt of mixed linen is a misunderstanding of the biblical text and teaching.
God never commands us to do something that we are not able to do. Change is possible with God’s help. This is my biblical understanding of this subject after much study. I know you can find all kinds of support and affirmation for same sex relationships from our society, media and even many churches. However, is it ok with God?
It’s not out of hate that I stand in opposition to same sex marriage but out of love for the homosexual and heterosexual alike. God offers a better way and is willing to help anyone who calls upon his name. We have all sinned and have not lived up to God’s standard but He forgives and transforms when you are committed to Jesus.
If you truly believe in diversity and equality for all than you must be willing to include Christians otherwise you are not showing love and inclusion but doing exactly what you stand against.
Jesus died for homosexual and heterosexual alike and He grants eternal life to all who commit their life to Him.
Before devoting my life to Jesus I was an avid music lover. By the age of 18 I was a heavy metal bass guitarist playing in Atlanta night clubs. After surrendering my life to Jesus, getting baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit, God made it clear to me that I had made music an idol in my life. I looked at my wall full of CD’s and knew that I had loved listening and making music more than I had loved Him. Within a few days of wrestling with this issue I did what I knew had to be done with idols and I threw away about 500 music CD’s. Then I started to sell or give away my musical equipment. It was a wonderful and freeing experience and another important act of obedience for me. Almost as soon as He told me to lay aside music He gave me a passion for evangelism.
I started out by telling just about anyone who would listen to me that I was now a follower of Jesus and how great the Bible is. Then I started sharing my written testimony with people. After getting on Facebook I realized it was the perfect place to share my testimony with as many friends as possible. Since getting on Facebook God has given me many ideas for Gospel tracts to share in person or electronically.
Which brings me to the story of the Shofar. As my family started getting interested in the Jewish roots of our faith we decided to go visit a local messianic congregation. These Jewish believers in Jesus were on fire for God and were blowing Shofars during praise and worship. We loved the service and they invited us to stay for lunch. My son Rex discovered that we could purchase Shofars there and Tina was prompted by the Lord to buy one for me that day as a gift for my birthday. After hearing stories of American missionaries sharing the Gospel in other countries by using musical instruments to gather crowds in public settings I felt that God was telling me that the Shofar is unique enough to get the attention of people and would be a great conversation starter. I don’t use the Shofar as a musical instrument but as a call for people to turn to God. Since blowing the Shofar in public God has allowed the Gospel to be shared with a multitude of people.
It’s my prayer to know God’s truth, walk in His truth and share His truth with others. Please pray about how God can use your unique personality or abilities to reach the lost with the good news of Jesus.
Follower of Jesus