My Biggest Homiletical Challenge

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

Genesis 19:13 (NLT)

13 For we are about to destroy this city completely. The outcry against this place is so great it has reached the LORD, and he has sent us to destroy it.”

This Sunday I am preaching without a doubt they most challenging message of my entire Pastoral ministry.  It is a message that for me is long over due and one that desperately needs to be heard throughout our land.  The text of the message is from Genesis 19:1-29, know by the name of the communities mentioned in it; Sodom and Gomorrah.  It addresses a topic that has polarized both the society and the church at large.  That topic is of course homosexuality.  As we speak several mainline denominations are split over the topic of homosexuality.  However, there seems to be a contradiction here, for the Scriptures are clear as glass on this issue.  The Old Testament puts it this way; “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin” (Lev. 18:22, NLT).  The New Testament is also clear on the matter.  The Apostle Paul said, Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10, NLT).  So why is the church split?  Why is this even a question?  It is because we have allowed society to dictate doctrine rather than Scripture.  You can no more be a homosexual Christian that you can be a Christian murderer or thief.  As soon as someone in the church brings up the matter we are labeled as intolerant or accused of preaching hate.  However, we must preach truth despite what society thinks or says. On the other hand, we can never become what they accuse us of being.  We must continue to show the love of Christ to the homosexual community and not treat their sin as greater than liars, thieves or drunkards.  We must reach out and share the love of Christ with all people.  I am sure that there will be those who criticize me as one who preaches hate.  However, I cannot be faithful in my role as a preacher of the Gospel and not stand firm in what Scripture teaches. In my opinion, Billy Graham was absolutely correct when he said, “If God doesn’t judge America he will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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