June 17, 2016 – A Stand for Righteousness

“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, who worship idols, who engage in sex after marriage with someone other than their spouse, who engage in active or passive homosexuality,  who steal, who are greedy, who get drunk, who assail people with contemptuous language, who rob — none of them will share in the Kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

We have attended many funerals over the years and have witnessed a great delusion.  Suffering through or dying a horrendous death doesn’t suddenly make someone who chose a lifetime of sin suddenly righteous and in ‘heaven’.   This delusion only causes more death and destruction in this world because it creates a syndrome where no one needs to change their destructive lifestyles for ‘death will set them free.’  Death sets no one free; death is a sentence to eternal life or eternal separation from our Creator.

“For what one earns from sin is death; but eternal life is what one receives as a free gift from God, [only] in union with the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord” (Romans 6:23). 

Death is in this world because of sin.  It is the consequence of living a life contrary to God’s moral laws.  The only way to become righteous is by repenting of one’s sinful lifestyle and putting one’s faith in the work of God’s Son on the cross. Faith that comes through repentance has the power to overcome sin and bring forth a lifestyle free from what God calls abominations or detestable things. To be sure, we are all born into sin and sinful lifestyles (Romans 3:23), but we all have the choice to be set free or rationalize our sin through tolerance.

What happened in Orlando is horrendous. What we perceive as innocent lives were lost.  They no longer have the opportunity to repent from their sinful lifestyle and know the freedom it brings to their hearts and souls; how it restores a fruitful relationship with their Creator.   But just because they died a horrendous death does not change the fact that their chosen lifestyle is an abomination to God.  In God’s eyes, they were not innocent.  They chose a lifestyle that is detestable to Him.   This is not my opinion, this is the Word of God and everyone can choose to believe there is a Creator with a standard of life or not.  I choose to believe it because I see what coming against the standards written in Torah have done to our country and our world – both to individuals and to groups of people.

The Muslim man who pulled the trigger is not a ‘hero’.  He is a murderer and he, too, will be judged for his sin.  He follows a religion that says to kill homosexuals and he stood for what he believed.    Though the Torah states that a homosexual as well as an adulterer or should be put to death, Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel,  took that death sentence for each of us.  If we minimize that through tolerance, we minimize the power over sin that He rose from the dead to give us.   

The crimes of your sister S’dom were pride and gluttony; she and her daughters were careless and complacent, so that they did nothing to help the poor and needy.  They were arrogant and committed disgusting acts before me; so that when I saw it, I swept them away” (Ezekiel 16:49-50). 

The sin crime of Sodom and Gomorrah according to the prophet Ezekiel was arrogance and pride.   This is the essence of the LGBT movement today – PRIDE.  They want their sin not only to be accepted, but to be praised.  True believers cannot do this.  If we praise sin, we fall into lawlessness and accept the lawless one who is not the Messiah.  

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways,” says Adonai“As high as the sky is above the earth are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). 

I have heard believers say we must be compassionate and merciful as that is what our Messiah would want.  Of course it’s important to have compassion on those who have lost loved ones and are mourning, but because I believe Yeshua and Yahweh are one in the same mind, I have to consider that God’s ways are higher than ours; different than ours.  He has compassion on sinners and brings them to repentance.  He also judges those who are defiant and rebellious – remember Pharaoh?   He knows the hearts and minds of every individual who was in that club.  He knows their ‘pride’ and their abominations just as much as he knows how His people have become tolerant of sin.

 I have been considering Lot’s wife and what happened to her when she ‘looked back’ at Sodom.  Could it be she was turned into a pillar of salt because she looked back with compassion and mercy after God had determined to render judgement?  Could it be she became a pillar of salt because she had become tolerant of sin?  Remember, Lot offered his own daughters to the sinful men of the city. 

If we who have the righteousness of Messiah do not stand for righteousness in the middle of tragedy when our witness is greatest,  will we be ‘dead’ like a pillar of salt?  Having salt, but it’s not worth its weight?   If we, who have the righteousness of Messiah, do not stand for the righteousness which he has given us, will we be part and parcel of the decay of our society rather than being the Light to the way out?   The way is wide that leads to death and destruction; the way is narrow for those who follow God and choose life. 

“Some of you used to do these [detestable] 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).

For those of us who truly know the power of God to transform a life from a sinner to a redeemed saint, it’s time we stand up and proclaim the Truth.  Stop living an impotent faith and show the world there is victory over sin, not just a tolerance.  Stop the delusion that tragedy is a sign of righteousness and call it as it is:  a wake-up call from God for a coming judgment.   We are to be faithful WATCHMEN and WARRIORS.  If we don’t warn of the coming judgment, the blood of those who die will be on our heads!  It won’t be easy living in these end days, but it was for such a time as this, we who live now have been called.   Proclaiming the righteousness of God through the Word of God is not self-righteousness, it’s the Spirit of God in the redeemed heart crying out to the souls of those who are lost and dying that there is a Savior name Yeshua who wants to give each of us an abundant life free from sin now and forever into the new heavens and the new earth.

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