Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call on Him [for salvation] while He is near.
Let the wicked leave (behind) his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord,
And He will have compassion (mercy) on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
(Isaiah 55:6-7 AMP)
During my Bible time this morning I was reading Mark 7 and when I read verses 20-23, I realized something:
I’ve heard people say that because Jesus never said anything against homosexuality specifically, that He didn’t consider it a sin.
Yet, Jesus on two different occasions taught that divorce is a sin, even though Moses allowed it because the people demanded it due to their hardened hearts. (Matthew 5:31-32; 19:4-12)
And before anyone thinks that I’m casting stones, let me get this out of the way – I was guilty of adultery. I was running as far away from God as I could and I have no excuses for those sins that happened over 20 years ago. Even though I am now married to the man I committed adultery with, we both sinned, we both were wrong, and it wasn’t when he got divorced and we got married, nor had our sons, or even celebrated 20 years together, nor any of the ‘good’ things we’ve done that made us right with God – NO – it wasn’t until that day in May of 2005 when I returned to God and my husband was born again that those sins were forgiven. We cannot make excuses for our sins; when we give into our flesh, we must repent and turn away from those sins! God is a holy God, He loved us enough to send Jesus, but He didn’t allow His death on the cross so we could live our lives however we want – His sacrifice was the only way to make us righteous, because we could never accomplish this on our own!
If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose].
(1 John 1:9 AMP)
Sexual Immorality (specifically a sin Jesus mentioned in Mark 7:21) is any sin outside of God’s defined marriage – that includes sex before marriage as well as sex with someone other than your spouse. And who does God say marriage is between, only a man and a woman. So obviously, any ‘marriage’, other than what God created marriage to be, is sexual immorality.
God doesn’t see one sin as lesser or greater than another – sin is a sin, the sin of lying is no different than the sin of stealing and the sin of premarital sex or adultery is no different than homosexuality. So everyday, we will make mistakes, we will feel guilty and beaten down – but as long as we are sincere, acknowledge our sin, and truly repent (not living in that same sin) – we are forgiven – because only Jesus lived a sinless life! The difference is now we know what is a sin and if we truly have the Spirit of the Lord (the Holy Spirit) in us – we will always try to resist the flesh and follow the narrow and difficult path instead of the wide and easy path that leads to death.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.
(Galatians 5:16-26 NLT)