Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Thoughts about homosexuality, Loving people in homosexual practices!

I would like to start this post reminding everyone that Jesus said that we would be known as His disciples because of Love. 
"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another." John 13.35

So the biggest question could be, how can I love people in homosexual practices in our churches and families? 
We love people that are imperfect because the fact is that we are all sinners and all imperfect. Doesn't matter if our sins are different, or more culturally challenge, as the bible says:

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3.23

So if we are all sinners, how can we say that something is wrong?
We can say that something is wrong not because we are perfect or better than anyone else, but because the bible, that is the word of God, says so.

I like a definition of love that says that love is "not to desire to the person less than what I want to myself"! 
So based on this definition I do love someone when I desire and treat the person at least as I would like to be treated, and I would like to receive mercy, forgiveness and friendship. And that is exactly what I will always offer to anyone that is consciously or unconsciously involved with any sinful act.

However, to love someone do not mean that we need to say what they want to hear, or to confirm their mistake.
To love someone is necessary the will walk the second-mile and say the truth, even when you know that the truth will make you less popular, cast out and that building schemes and helpings will be redrawn from you. 

I decide to love, I decide to speak the truth - even if this cost my job, my reputation and my freedom! 
I decide to offer the grace and freedom and mercy that I would like to receive, and on that way anyone is welcome, and everyone is equal.
But I am not called to preach what people want to hear, but what God says, and he doesn't change!

So the conclusion that I come is that in order to love anyone in homosexual practices or any other activity that is against what God's word says, even those things that I do we should:
1) Welcome everyone in love;

2) Never call anyone by their sins, or with mocking nicknames (that is sin and it is a crime)
3) Remember that we are all sinners;

4) there is no bigger or small sinner;

5) The truth is the Truth even when I don't like it, when society doesn't like or when the institution doesn't like it.

6) We don't say about this sin in every service, or in every moment - but when is appropriate and necessary be honest and say what the bible and God wants. Nothing less and nothing more.

7) God has a better plan, and that is how we can share with people that are yet not seeing the whole picture from God.

8) The fact that some churches are approving the mistake should not be a surprise, let's see what the bible says in 2 Timothy 4.2-4
 "Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths".
                                                                                                                 2 Timothy 4.2-4 

Let's keep focus in the Lord and His word, that is the best for us and the community around us!

Hope that the Lord bless you and keep you!

Yours in Love, Pastor Luiz.

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