When Christians address the sins of gossip, dishonesty, or selfishness, no one accuses us of being gossipphobes, liarphobes, or narcissistphobes.
Nor do they accuse us of hating gossips, liars, or narcissists.
But when Christians address the sins of homosexuality or transgenderism, no matter how lovingly it’s done, we’re called homophobes and haters.
Because our culture still disapproves of gossip, lying, and selfishness, but they consider homosexuality and transgenderism legitimate, healthy lifestyles.
Unfortunately, many Christians are buckling under the pressure to conform, afraid to mention these sins and ashamed of those who do.
Scripture teaches that sexual sins are more damaging to individuals and communities than other sins, but our culture thinks man can decide what's right and wrong.(1)
Dear Christians, are we going to love God and mankind enough to unashamedly share the whole gospel?
"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes..." Romans 1:16
(1) This attitude caused national deterioration and multiple hardships to the Israelites during the time of judges (Judges 17:6).
1. Our attitude toward God's Word - both the easy parts and the hard parts - is an indication of our devotion to Christ.
Mark 8:38: For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father's glory with the holy angels.
2. There are times when sharing God's Word is easy and times when it's difficult.
2 Timothy 4:1-2: In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
3. The prevalent attitude of people today is not unlike that in the time of judges: people did what they decided was right.
Judges 17:6: In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.
4. This is a good passage to memorize and remember whenever we feel pressured to bend to the views of culture.
Romans 1:16: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile."
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