Saturday, February 20, 2016

Will Homosexuals Enter Heaven?

My friend Sharon and I were discussing what 1 Corinthians 6 meant. We agreed that truly ANYONE--no matter how far they strayed off the straight and narrow--ANYONE may be saved, born again and headed for Heaven (John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23; Romans 10:9).  So what did Paul mean when he wrote:

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [malakos], nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 

Paul himself was guilty of murder in the past before accepting Y'shua as the Messiah (see Acts Chapter 7 and 8 when he was called Saul)!

The key is to turn away from the sin of our past:

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 1 Corinthians 6:11-13

So what if a person does not turn away from the sin? If a homosexual continues in that lifestyle is that person saved? I agree with commentators who believe that only God Himself can judge if a person has truly been 'washed' and baptized with the Holy Spirit.

"Washed" precedes both, and so must refer to the Christian's outward new birth of water, the sign of the inward setting apart to the Lord by the inspiration of the Spirit as the seed of new life ( Jhn 3:5 Eph 5:26 Tts 3:5 Hbr 10:22 ). Paul (compare the Church of England Baptismal Service), in charity, and faith in the ideal of the Church, presumes that baptism realizes its original design, and that those outwardly baptized inwardly enter into vital communion with Christ ( Gal 3:27 ). He presents the grand ideal which those alone realized in whom the inward and the outward baptism coalesced. At the same time he recognizes the fact that this in many cases does not hold good ( 1Cr 6:8-10 ), leaving it to God to decide who are the really "washed," while he only decides on broad general principles. Blue Letter Bible

Next Paul exhorts those who believe on Christ to not forfeit their liberty by coming under the power of anyone or anything else!

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

The "power" ought to be in the hands of the believer, not in the things which he uses [BENGEL]; else his liberty is forfeited; he ceases to be his own master ( Jhn 8:34-36 Gal 5:13 1Pe 2:16 2Pe 2:19 ). Unlawful things ruin thousands; "lawful" things (unlawfully used), ten thousands. Blue Letter Bible 

The Spirit of Christ that dwells within those of us who have made Him their Lord empowers us to be overcomers (1 John 4:2-4)! There is much more, of course, that can be said of this. Life in this world is not easy. But life in the Holy Spirit causes us to supersede this world!

In this brief video Miriam Alexander shares her amazing story of how through her sincere relationship with God even during her time of lesbianism and using drugs she was powerfully delivered from it all!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Bowl of Glory

Today as I meditated on my Lord and sought how to please Him, I believe He encouraged me to seek His face especially in the next three days as there were things He wished to tell me. As I thought on this, I believe He already began to reveal something to me.

"You see the excitement surrounding the Super Bowl. This is a sign of what the world will behold of MY Super Bowl. Starting in the Bible Belt I will pour out My Spirit like never before and there will be great signs and wonders. Be ready for I have called all who have yearned for this day to be a part of what I am doing in these last days. Look up! Look up! For your salvation draws nigh! I am the Lord your God and I shall have no other before me."

Then I was shown the significance of the 50th Super Bowl this year involving the East (Carolina Panthers), the West (San Francisco Stadium), and the Central United States (Denver Broncos). How the Spirit of God will pour out from East to West--HALLELU-YAH!

The 50th anniversary is signified by gold just as God's glory is symbolized by gold. The Carolinas, as represented by the Panthers football team, are considered part of the Bible Belt. Although I have lived longer in the Southeastern United States than my birth region of the Northeast, I was not aware until recently how the Southeast obtained the name of 'The Bible Belt'. It has obscure origins, but basically resulted due to the Second Great Awakening. 

The Second Great Awakening was a religious revival that occurred in the United States beginning in the late eighteenth century and lasting until the middle of the nineteenth century. While it occurred in all parts of the United States, it was especially strong in the Northeast and the Midwest.[10] Wikipedia

The part of the country frequently referred to as the Bible Belt is the area that was influenced most powerfully by evangelical campaigns in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Ask Historians

Just as the glorious winds of the Spirit blew through the Northeast and down the Appalachian Region into the South and blew across the entire United States to Azusa Street, California, so will these winds blow again!

And again I cry, HALLELU-YAH!
As I was getting ready to post this, I did an internet search on the Azusa Street Revival and stumbled upon what I believe are two significant 2016 events:

April 9 Anniversary of Azusa Street Revival

The Historic Significance of April 9