First, a few brazen individuals began to come out of the closet; then more and more followed. There began a clamor for recognition as a legitimate alternate lifestyle. The movement gained political power. The pollsters now say that the majority of American people now approve. The Supreme Court is now being asked to weigh-in on the matter.
For Christian people who accept the Bible as the word of God, it is a moral issue and therefore cannot be settled by any earthly court no matter how high. Nor can it be settled by a majority vote or by each individual’s conscience. Rather God has already legislated in His word. Note the following from the Bible:
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22; See also Leviticus 20:13)
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affection: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which is meet.” (Romans 1:26-27)
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
As Christians, we should watch TV with the
realization that God is watching us! (Hebrews 4:13). When we watch television, we should always remember that the device that is in our hand (the remote control), is one of the most dangerous devices in our house! (Ephesians 6:10-13). Guns, knives, and
poison can kill the body, but what comes through the TV can ruin our eternal soul! (Matthew 10:28). There is more involved than just innocent entertainment. Through the
medium of television, the devil is waging a daily battle for our hearts, minds, and souls
(1 Peter 5:8). The rock-and-roll musician, Frank Zappa, argued before a Maryland State Senate subcommittee (when asked about some of his ungodly lyrics), “These are only words – words can’t hurt anyone.” Our Lord made a “different” observation (Matthew 12:36; cf. Psalm 39:1; Proverbs 13:3;
Twenty centuries of change and innovation have so altered the face of Christianity that its modern form often differs remarkably from the original.
In its pure form, however, Christianity is clearly described for us in God’s word. Furthermore, we are strictly forbidden to tamper with it: “But though we, or an angel form heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9)
If we were to start with the Bible itself as our guide, dropping both the traditions of our forefathers and the innovations of modern culture, we would again have Christianity in its pure form as envisioned by Christ and taught by His apostles.
Have you ever seen the publication called
“House to House/Heart to Heart?” It is a
paper to be used as an outreach to communities throughout the USA. It contains articles on important religious and moral truths. Also, there is in each edition a selection of pamphlets offered, as well as free Bible Correspondence Courses.
The elders have decided that as a part of our outreach program we will have this paper sent by
direct mail to the residents of our community. It
is published every other month and will begin in our community with the May/June edition. Also
we will receive a bundle of the papers so that each of us can take one for ourselves and some to share with others.
Any request for pamphlets or Bible courses will be handled by us, so this means we will probably need some volunteers. Be sure to remember this good work in your prayers.
One practice that distinguishes us from other churches is the fact that we do not use an instrument of music in our worship services. Often times in a discussion of this point King David’s use of the harp is brought up. How should we answer?
Question: Didn’t David play the harp?
Answer: He sure did – God authorized it under the Old Testament system
(2 Chronicles 29:25). But we follow Christ and His apostles – not King David.
Jesus claimed all authority for Himself and authorized the apostles to be His official spokesmen under the New Testament system. (Matthew 28:18-20) The New Testament is clear – We sing. (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16) In the Old Testament there is frequent mention of the use of musical instruments in worship, but in the New Testament it is not mentioned even once. Rather in the New Testament it is the “fruit of our lips” that we offer as praise to God.