This video by Matthew Vines is a good example of the deception being used to claim that the Bible does not condemn gay marriage. It’s very slick and smooth.
He doesn’t even read the key New Testament text that says homosexuals cannot go to heaven, 1 Cor. 6:9. He also does not read 1 Timothy 1:10. And the Greek word arsenokoitai is plenty clear. Good explanation here (What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? By Kevin DeYoung).
Hmmm, I had forgotten this: Homosexuals On the NIV Translating Committee
THE BALANCE, please?
For balance, ‘Christians,’ please keep in mind that Paul also said that heterosexual lusters will not go to heaven too (Galatians 5 & 6). Jesus said this too in Matthew 5.
“Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT”
We need to take the PLANK out of our own eye so we can see clearly to take the speck out of our neighbor’s eye — so we can be salt and light — abiding in the Vine!
We need to focus on ourselves being right with God, so we can go to heaven, living in the Son, and so ‘ONE’ can happen, “that the world will know” (John 17)! This is what homosexuals need to see and hear, instead of all of this condemning. Many of them have been hurt:
Focusing on homosexuals’ sin, when most ‘Christians’ are willfully lusting isn’t Jesus’ way. It’s not life in the Son. But this seems to be what so many evangelicals are doing, now that the Supremes declared gay ‘marriage’ as legit.
Our lives must pass the smell test by not being hypocritical in any way. Too much of what evangelicals are doing doesn’t taste good for the world to see.
We need to be truthful about what the Bible says about homosexuality, and also truthful about what God’s Word says about heterosexual lusting.
The latter doesn’t seem to be happening much. ‘Christians’ don’t want to admit that they need to overcome lust sins too.
“For the time will come when they WILL NOT LISTEN TO SOUND DOCTRINE, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves TEACHERS AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS; and will TURN AWAY their ears FROM THE TRUTH, and turn aside to FABLES” (2 Tim. 4:3-5).
The once-saved-always-saved heresy shows itself again to be the key doctrine destroying Christianity in the US, and the US itself.
We should have had revival long ago, that the world would know.
Let’s focus on doing right.