This compilation of scripture showing the way God views sexual immorality may give some the license to come down hard on others. For indeed, God does come down hard on evil. In the face of increasing wickedness, it is important for the Christian to stand up against any encroachment of evil. It has been appropriately stated, "Nothing will so assure the triumph of evil, as the silence and inaction of good men." (Edmund Spencer?)
The thought came to me recently that Sodom and Gomorrah, as well as Gibeah, were probably not wicked towns from the day they were founded. But the wicked demanded more rights and protection for their lifestyles, and these were granted, perhaps with the silence or inaction of good men. Gradually, the righteous could no longer dwell in these cities or were also deceived into or became complacent about these abominable lifestyles. Finally, the entire cities were sucked into depravity and were destroyed by God's intervention. We are drawing closer to the time when God will again intervene into the world's affair because of its corruptions. (See Revelation for the Wise for a detailed look at the events of the end.)
However, let us remember Jesus words in Luke 6:41, 42.
The sins of immorality are easily distinguished and thus are easy to condemn. Sins of attitude, that of complacency, indifference, self-sufficiency and pride, are much harder to distinguish, but nevertheless, all lead to eternal condemnation. Jesus said,
and to the lukewarm Christians at the church of Laodicea,
Jesus said to [the Pharisees],
If we truly love God, we will respond in love to his directives,
Let us remember the two greatest commands, to love God and to love our neighbors. And how does one love God and his neighbor? This is answered in the above quotes and are further delineated in the great Ten (see Exodus 20).
To put God first and foremost in our lives,
To have no idolatrous gods in whatever shape or form,
To honor God, by not misusing his name,
To honor God's memorial of creation by keeping the seventh day of the week, His Sabbath, holy.
To honor our parents,
To not murder wantonly or even hate,
To not commit any form of sexual immorality,
To not take anything, tangible or intangible, that is not ours
To not bear false witness about or to someone,
To not desire or covet what belongs to someone else.
"Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD." (Lev. 18:5)
"Do this and you will live." (Luke 10:28)
and finally, the events at the end of the world will call for
Yes, Jesus loves us and all those who commit sin. But He loved us so much that he came to save us from our sins, not in our sins. Jesus declares to each one of us, even as to the woman caught in adultery,
Let us not be so active fighting one sort of evil that we forget to clean our own houses.
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