Sexuality and Sin: Basic Facts

Sexuality is obvious a huge controversy. Homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexualism, and a host of other words fill blogs, newspapers, and airtime. Naturally, if something is so controversial and such a major part of human life, then consulting God about it is a reasonable decision.  I, of course, believe that the Bible is God’s Word, so I search there for answers.

The problem is that this issue is heated and home to many strong opinions, despite the abundance of ignorance and myths involved. In fact, there is quite a bit to say about it, but I would prefer to start with basics and then draw out implications. So, as humbly as I can, I present these truths from the Bible.

Fact 1: Homosexuality (and the like) is sin.

Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

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Utter Forgiveness: To Shatter the Guilt of Life before Christ

Some people, like myself, had a short and boring life before Christ. Most of the testimony comes after conversion. You, though, may be of those who have a painful and shameful past. To be honest, people like me tend to envy people like you. But that’s insane. That can be a burden. So this is my attempt to encourage you.

And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest… But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! – and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.

Ephesians 2:1-10

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Christian Life 101: The Challenge of Christ

Sometimes it can benefit us to go back to the basics of the Christian life. I recently got myself into some spiritual trouble trying to go deeper and deeper in mysterious parts of theology, and I started to drown. I thank God for the mature, godly advice I received that proved grace to get me out of that mess. In getting past that crisis, I decided to go back to the basics. I started over reading the Gospels again. Having gotten most of the way through Matthew now, I realize how much of Jesus’ most fundamental teachings—the basics of the Christian life—we miss in the quest to increase in theological understanding. Jesus’ plain words, I’ve noticed, are more challenging that what we can learn from any great theological framework. Simply put: the hardest part of following Jesus is actually following Jesus.

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Free Bible Software Recommendation

There are a number of programs out there for reading and studying the Bible on your computer. Some popular Bible programs include Olive Tree Bible Reader, Logos Bible Software, Accordance, and BibleWorks. The problem with all of these is that they take a bit of cash to get started with. While all of the programs but BibleWorks are free, there are very few free Bibles and study resources available for any of them.

Enter theWord Bible Software.

theWord is free, and offers a large number of useful translations, commentaries, dictionaries, and other resources for free. Not all of it can compare with some of the paid resources available on the other programs, but fortunately theWord even has several premium modules if you want to pay. It also has a skinnable interface, which means you can basically make it look however you want it to. You can change colors, styles, and layout.

All around, theWord rocks. No other PC program gives me free access to the ESV, HCSB, and EMTV translations, plus several morphologically tagged original language texts and interlinears. That’s not even counting the free commentaries, dictionaries, and books.

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10 Step Guide to Defeating the Cult of Calvin

All credit goes here: http://solareformed.blogspot.com/2011/06/10-step-guide-to-defeating-cult-of.html

  1. Ensure that you bring up John Calvin as soon as possible. It is a great idea to get the audience on your side early, and what better way than accusing the opposition of “worshipping a man”. Bring up John Calvin before the Calvinist does. The debate becomes too theological if the Calvinist quotes Calvin theologically.
  2. Remember to filter all of God’s attributes through His attribute of love. Keep the other attributes of God a secret. Remember to never let the Bible dictate your definition of God’s love: Christians can certainly learn a lot about love form Brangelina. Rob Bell’s new book “Love Wins” will help you here.
  3. When the Calvinist posts Bible verses, don’t fret… yet. Sometimes silence is good, therefore there can be nothing wrong with arguing from silence. If a verse makes you feel uneasy, it does not have to be true for you. “Doctrine divides” is a good slogan here: the alliteration makes it catchy too, which makes Christianity “hip and happening.”
  4. When occasions arise where the Holy Spirit used the wrong word, make sure you make this known. For example, Paul really meant “post-destination” rather than “predestination,” and “called” actually means that God shouted out and pleaded. To avoid these words, it can be handy to pick up a children’s Bible or a paraphrase. Too much effort to flip the pages? Your personal experience will do fine!
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