June 4, 2015 – The World Gone Mad with Sexual Sin

“Don’t you know that unrighteous people will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t delude yourselves — people who engage in sex before marriage (fornicators), who worship idols, who engage in sex after marriage (adulterers) with someone other than their spouse, nor effeminate call boys nor homosexuals ….” (1 Corinthians 6:9, CJB with Orthodox Jewish Bible). 

Within the past two weeks there have been two news stories trending.  What do they have in common?  Sin, sexual sin.  Sin that is not only against God Himself, but against the man/person himself (1 Corinthians 6:18).

What is the difference between the two stories?  One man has chosen to repent from  his sin and be set free, now and forever.   The other man has chosen to embrace his sin with all its fame and prestige.   One man received help from a family who loved him sacrificially; the other family encouraged their loved one to live out his sexual deviancies permanently.     Both claim to be Christian, however, only one reflects the power of Christ (Messiah) in their life, the power of Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) victory over sin and death; the other has a form of godliness but denies its power (2 Timothy 3:1-5).  One has chosen to receive the gift of deliverance from his Father who restores life; the other to follow the father of lies who brings death to the mind and soul.   Both of these men will stand before God at the final judgement and give an account of their sin.  One will stand cleansed and righteous through the blood of the Lamb and enter eternity in the new heavens and new earth; the other will find himself poor, blind, pitiful and naked thrown in the lake of burning fire gnashing his teeth.

It doesn’t matter how you or I view sin, love and forgiveness.  We are not little gods and we are not the creators of the universe and its rules.  Sin is not based on what you or I think is good or bad, right or wrong.  We are easily deceived and confused as is seen in today’s world gone mad.   God (Yahweh) is the Creator of the Universe and has His standards of right and wrong whether we believe in Him or not.  The sun, moon and stars move as He ordained without our input.  Droughts and floods, earthquakes and tornados rip through the world without our input and even our knowledge.   Even so Yahweh has a righteous standard of judgment for each of our lives whether we sugar coat it with humanistic love and tolerance or not.   God IS love and in His way of love He made a Way for each of us to return to a life-giving relationship with Him.   God’s amazing Way even sets the sinner free from the desire to sin.  We just have to be willing to put away our self-will and incredible pride.  The wages of sin is death and no one has yet to find a way around that part of life except Yeshua of Nazareth who sacrificed himself and atoned for our sinfulness so that we could be set free from eternal suffering in a burning lake. 

When we are faced with sin, do we embrace it wholeheartedly and continue to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because it looks beautiful, feels good,  and the father of lies has told us it’s tasty? Or, when we are faced with sin, do we choose to repent, turn back to God’s righteous way of life, and forsake the deceptive fruit for the tree that brings life?

Nothing happening in the news is surprising to me though it is very overwhelming at times because it seriously conflicts with the basic conscience and transformed ‘mind of Messiah’ I have been given that stands against conforming to the patterns of this world.  The prophet Isaiah said that there will come a time when evil will be called good and good will be called evil (Isaiah 5:20).   The letter to Timothy promises that in the last days before Yeshua’s return, those who choose the way of God will be persecuted and evil people and imposters will go from bad to worse (2 Timothy 3:13).

What did surprise me, however, were the reactions to the two stories.  Of course I expected those who do not align themselves with God or His Word to believe that a man impersonating a woman through modern technology (imposter) would be called courageous and a tribute to ‘gender equality’.    That is evil being called good.  It is the result of a culture that has abandoned all manner of conscience for a false sense of reality and lives as an affront to the Creator of male and female (Romans 1).    What I did not expect was that a young man who had recognized the sin in his life was still considered a sinner and forever judged a sinner by those who do align themselves with God and His Word. 

I was confounded by this response by believers and followers of Yeshua because they should be those who know what it’s like to live in darkness and then called out into the glorious light of life.    Though I know Torah outlines and gives consequences for sexual sin, I believe with all my heart, mind and soul that Yeshua, who is the Living Torah, died and resurrected from the dead in order that we might receive the power of the Living God to transform our lives.  We are born again from dead men walking into new creations in Messiah with a new path of  life and a living hope in which we are sealed and protected (1 Peter 1:3-7).  Our old man is dead and can no longer affect our new minds and hearts.   The new man is alive,  changed and healed – forever.  That is the power of God in my salvation.   If I didn’t believe this, I would still be dead in my sins, a fornicator and adulterer, and my husband would always have to wonder about my actions when I’m with other men.  I would always feel guilt and never have the hope of life in the world to come. 

There is a huge difference between being a person who wakes up desiring to obey God and follow His commandments and falling short, confessing and asking forgiveness and moving forward and the person who wakes up defiant choosing to walk in wickedness no matter what the cost.  There is and should be grace and mercy for the first man; there is and will be a judgement to come for the second.   As followers of Messiah, we better understand the difference or we will judge the first man wrongly and be tolerant of the second wrongly.   We either believe in the all-powerful God who can change a man’s heart, mind and soul or the second man is without hope and the whole imposter issue is a pointless diatribe while the first man’s faith and all others who put their faith in Yeshua is really vain hope.    

This morning I read the following comment on a friend’s, Carmen Welker’s, wall. 

Tamra Cutrer:  My deep thoughts I share with you all about YHWH and His Testimony:

I do not come to bash anyone: it is not about me. It is all about Abba YHWH. YHWH delivered me, released me, no more bondage-spirit of homosexuality last April 23, 2003 thru Holy Spirit [Ruach haKodesh] conviction.  My eyes crying for  27 hours with pain like divorce after I read Hebrews 10:26 and it spoke to me. No one forced me.  I chose obedience because I love Abba YHWH.

I believe sin is sin [general like as: adultery, fornication, homosexuality, ….lie, steal, …].  They all weigh same, are equal in Romans 1. Amein?

If anyone is interested “Free to Sin” is book written by Carmen Welker. 

May YHWH bless you.  Seek His Torah and allow it to reveal your spiritual reawakening thru Holy Spirit conviction and walk like Yeshua.  I pray in the Mighty Name of Yeshua. Amein!

Servant of YHWH/Yeshua/Torah 😎

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The concluding verse of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 is quite explicit about the Truth of Tamra’s testimony.  It is the Truth of the testimony of a 28-year-old man who came to terms with his sexual immorality as a 14-year-old boy.   With hope and an encounter with the living God, it may be the Truth of the testimony of the imposter.

Both men need our prayers.  One needs strength to stand against public opinion and unrighteous judgment while living out his life for the LORD waiting for eternal reward;  the other needs strength to stand against public opinion so he can hear the words of salvation offered through Messiah Yeshua while living out his life and not expecting eternal judgment.

“Some of you used to do these things. But you have cleansed yourselves, you have been set apart for God, you have come to be counted righteous through the power of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah and the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

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