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What the Bible Has to Say About Homosexuality

Homosexuality is now constantly in the news.  Our denominational friends have made their stand clear.  Our Muslim friends have also made their stand clear.  So, what has the Bible got to say about this matter? Homosexuality or Sodomy is defined in the New Testament as literally “Men in bed with men.” Lesbianism is women having sex with women.  Both practices are sexual perversion.

(Genesis 19:5) “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
(1 Corinthians 6:9) “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

Another term used for homosexuality is sodomy. Sodomy is named after the sinful practices of the men of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. (Genesis 19:1-29). There are other terms used in the Bible which refer to sexual perversion.  In Romans 1:26, it is known as vile passions. (Romans 1:26) “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature.  In Romans 1:27, the Bible calls it unseemliness and lust.

(Romans 1:27) “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 recompence of their error which was meet.” Those who practise such, is ungodly in the sight of the Almighty. (2 Peter 2:6) “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;”

Homosexuality is not a modern society problem as some may think. Such practices were around as early as Abraham’s time in Gen 19 and also in the 1st century as recorded in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.  The Scriptures clearly condemn such behaviour.  Another misunderstanding is that some were born with “homosexual  genes” and they can’t help but to live in such a manner.  However in Genesis 19:4, we find that both young and old, men from every walk of life, wanted to be engaged in such activity. They wanted to “know” the strangers that have come to their land.   Here, “to know” means to have sexual relationship and not just simply getting to know the person. To further illustrate: (Genesis 4:1) “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.” Can all of those young and old be born with “gay genes”?  There is no evidence at present to substantiate this biological theory that men can be born a homosexual just as there is no evidence to support any singular psychosocial explanation. In April 24 1999 the following was reported in The Straits Times: “Researchers in Canada cast doubt on the idea of a “gay gene”..,” saying they had been unable to find any genetic link between homosexual brother.

These researchers, of the University of Western Ontario, in studying pairs of gay brothers “found no evidence that they shared some sort of mutation in that area.” [William Byne and Bruce Parsons, Homosexual Orientation: The Biologic Theories Reappraised, Archives of General Psychiatry 50 (1993): 228-39]

The only union approved by God is between husband and wife. (Hebrews 13:4) “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” One of the single most important victory which the homosexual have attained has been to shift the debate from that of behaviour to that of identity.  This change creates the false view that those who upon the basis of God’s faith oppose the sin of homosexuality do so because of hatred and personal animosity toward those involved in such a perverse lifestyle.  So what does God say about homosexuality?  IT IS A SIN!

(1 Corinthians 6:9-10) “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (Leviticus 18:22-23) “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.  Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

In conclusion, men are not born homosexual. They need not choose to live that way.  God clearly condemns such behaviour.  Nevertheless, as Christ has come to save those who are lost in sin, those who practise such sexual immorality can have their sins washed away on the basis of obedience to the gospel.

(Mark 16:16) “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 All those who repent and turn to God are welcome—yes, welcome into the Kingdom of God, His Church.

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Excuse Me! You Still Dare to Sin?

“You Christian very good hor. You do something wrong…say sorry can already. So-o-o easy.” I wonder how many of us have heard this saying before.
Is it really that easy for a Christian to get things right again after doing it the wrong way with just a word of sorry? In another word, is it really with only a word of sorry we can have our sins forgiven?

For me, I find it very easy to confess my sins to God. God says we just need to confess our sins to Him and He is faithful and just to forgive us. (1 John 1:9) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God is ever ready to forgive our sins. He loves us.

When it comes to confessing our sins one to another, it is a different matter even though it should be like the way we confess our sins to God. (James 5:16) “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed… It takes so much humility and courage to say sorry to the other party. Our pride can prevent us from doing that. The fear that the other party may not want to forgive us can deter us from confessing our sins too. As sin brings along shame, pain and quilt, it is also very difficult to say sorry to the innocent party during this period of time.

In view of all these factors, I would like to say that it is not so-o-o easy to confess one’s fault one to another even though we should do it.
So, it is hard to say sorry. It is even harder to do works meet for repentance. (Acts 26:20) “… do works meet for repentance” It can be a horrendous task trying to iron out the problems that follow after sinning. We may not even have the chance to rectify the situation. The after effect of sin is really very hard to bear.

Recently I succumbed to a moment of greed and dishonesty. After that I have to spend so much effort to face up to it. It happened when I bought something from a shop behind the church building. I parted my money and collected the goods from the cashier. As I walked out of the shop, I was sure that the cashier has under charged me. I was about to turn back but a small still voice in me told me that I was wrong with my calculation. As I continued to walk away from the shop, my conscience bothered me. I knew very well that the sum paid and the amount purchased do not tally at all but the other voice in me kept telling me that it was not my fault but the cashier’s fault. I tried also to argue within myself that the shop has profited too much money. It would not make any difference whether or not I paid up the rest of the money. By this time I was very far from the shop. The rest of the day I had to try very hard not to dwell on this matter but failed.

The next day I went back to the shop. I wanted to pay back the remaining amount. I met a different cashier. I went back home and told myself that I have tried to sort out the problem. She was not there so I could keep the money now. I still could not come to term with my decision.

The next day, I went to the shop again. Still the cashier that under- charged me was not there. I felt just too tired to come another time so I gave the remaining amount of the money to the owner of the shop. I was quite happy that the matter was settled albeit not the way I really wanted it to be.

How I hoped to explain to the cashier rather than the owner of the shop. Where is she now? Was she fired because she cannot balance the account at the end of the day? Did I make her feel that this world is not a nice place to live in? Does she know that I have gotten right with myself? Oh! How I wished that I have paid her the right amount right at the beginning. Until today, I still feel very bad when I think of her. It is just impossible to straighten out the matter with her any more. The ending was not what I expected it to be. I have to live with this fact for the rest of my life. Come to think of it, I do not want to sin. The consequences are too much for us to bear. It is just too time consuming to undo the problems which follow. For some, the wrong can never be put right and have to live with them for the rest of their lives. It is emotionally so very draining.

I would not even want to go near sin also when I think of the Son of God dying on the cross for me. For every sin that I commit, I made Him bleed so that my sin could be washed away. It is like crucifying Him again and again when I sin. He is gracious towards me so, can I continue to sin? Nay. God forbid. (Romans 6:1,2) “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

Even though it is easy for me to confess my sins to God, I will not want to sin. Moreover, I would not want hell as my eternal dwelling place. As I look back, there were times I triumphed and there were times I faltered. At all times, I want to repent and ask God to search my heart. (Psalms 139: 23, 24) “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

So, is it easy to say sorry after sinning? In the first place, I do not even want to sin.


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What Will it Take to Make You Closer to God?

This topic is specially written from my heart to the family of God; to those of us who are the “called-out” that is, if we really dare to be called by our identity as Christians (God’s very own people created for good works) as in (Ephesians 2:10) “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them

By words of reminder, for many times we are forgetful creatures as in (2 Peter 1:12-13) Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.  Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance.

Ponder awhile dear brethren, why proudly stick to the identity of a Christian (follower of God) when we do not have the same mind and concern for the things that are spiritual?

I wonder very much why we take the name of being a Christian so lightly, without counting the cost of it? Our Lord hath redeemed us through His blood, for without the shedding of blood, there is no sacrifice.  Does that make us all   grateful to Him for saving us from destruction and to give us a promise of eternal life?

What can we tell God then?  “God, thank you for saving me and giving me the hope of salvation in Christ Jesus”.  After that, what then? By just merely attending worship services on Sundays only, will not make us faithful Christians if, that is the only time we have for Him!

How can we Christians grow closer to God?  It takes effort and time involved in serving Him.  The Church is the body of Christ; we are members one of another, thus we need one another to be  uplifted, and involved in the work of the Lord.

Why let only a few people do the work and others just come and go each week, without coming together in unity to strengthen one another?

(Psalm 133:1) “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

We know brethren, the concept of a physical family being closely knitted together; how about this concept in spiritual being together to come and do things together more often, with unity and support? I appeal to you brethren that more of us  involve ourselves together in serving a living God who wants our spiritual-beings to be strengthened more, by assembling and doing things together for a purpose: and that purpose is, “more hands, less work”. How then can we walk in love and build up one another, if we do not come together to do things together as we would do in the physical family of ours? We need more members to participate! We need more man-power to do personal work in troops, not only a few (more members, less time involved to accomplish a task to be done) We need YOU, and me! Come, let us come together in unity (Psalms 133:1) and strength.

A COMMON LOVE

A common love for each other,
A common gift to the Savior,
A common bond holding us
To the Lord.

A common strength when we’re weary
A common hope for tomorrow,
A common joy in the truth
Of God’s Word.


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Make Today Count

(Psalms 39:5) “Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity”.

Our life on earth is a mere breath.  How easily it will vanish. We know that one day we will all be gone from this earth but we don’t expect it to be tomorrow.  In our hearts we tell ourselves, at least we expect to live up to 60 yrs old.  We expect to see our children marry and to play with our grandchildren then we are ready to go.

I had a brush with death when I was diagnosed with cancer.  Now almost 13 years down the road, things seemed to be better and I’ve gone back to work and living a “normal” life.  Slowly the reality of death is eroding and I go about my daily routine as if I’m going to live till a ripe old age.  The recent news of sudden deaths around me jotted me back to the reality of the breavity of life.  We read of the Kovan Road double murders and the passing of a 51 year old SAF regular.  The Bible says: (James 4:14) “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

We must constantly bear in mind that this world is not our home.  We are just passing through and we must make every day the Lord blessed us with, count. (Ephesians 5:16) “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

We must learn God’s way so that we can tread His path.
(Psalms 25:4) “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
(Psalms 119:9) “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Look around you today and see how you can give a little of yourself, your time and your money to help those in need. It is in giving that we benefit most. (Acts  20:35) “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

How then can we live our lives for the Lord? What contributions can we make?

We can at least be faithful in our attendance.
Although sitting in the service does not make one a faithful Christian, yet a faithful Christian cannot but attends worship and bible classes regularly. The regular and public meetings of the church are its heart-throb and life-blood.  Each member who forsakes these assemblies saps the church of some of its power.  Each of us can at least make the minimum contribution of faithful attendance. This way, we can encourage one another and at the same time be encouraged.

We can make our day count by doing good.
The Lord’s people are made for good works. (Ephesians 2:10) “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  And since I’ve started working for the Church, I realized that many are working behind the scene helping those in need.  Many members are generous, not only with their love and time, they are ever ready to part with their money to help even strangers, people whom they have never met, people who are in need. They are ever ready to offer help.  I was scared at first, to approach the brethren when needs arise one after another, but I have seen the genuine love and willingness to contribute in them that gave me the confidence to approach them. Their work for Christ, demonstrates the sincerity of their worship on Sunday. Ask yourself today, “Did you make your day count?”

Live To Make A Life
Do not live to make a living
Rather live to make a life.
For the measure of succeeding
Is your service in the strife.

All you ever leave behind you,
When your soul has crossed the bay,
Is the good you’ve done to others,
As you tarried by the way.

Build a life as pure as crystal;
Build a spirit full of love
Build our mind by noble thinking’
Build a faith in God above.

Build your life with care and patience,
As the sculptor hews the stone;
With the Master as your model
And your eyes upon the throne.

Noble lives have been the beacon,
Lighting mankind’s upward way;
They who serve are the immortals,
Fathers of a better day.

Let your life shine out in service,
Noble living— noble deeds,
And until time’s course is ended,
Good will blossom from the seeds.
~Wilfred A. Peter