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TV Broadcast #1148

Homosexuality and the Bible
Part One

October 5, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1148 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Well, praise the Lord! Hold on to your hats. I feel some…I’ve felt a quickening in the last several days on a very controversial subject, but one that we probably need to address and face. And, I don’t know if the title will hold or will seem pretentious when I’m done, but it’s “Homosexuality and the Bible.” And unless you live in a cave, you know that’s a real issue in our day.

We live in a different world than many of us grew up in where things that were once whispered are now paraded in the streets with great pride, great defiance. In fact, I almost feel like I need to preach this now before they throw me in jail, because the time will come when that will happen, as things go.

But we need a scriptural balance, because you’ve got all kinds of opinions out there and that’s not what we need. You’ve got folks that are just real religious and I guess the most egregious — that means the worst one — example: there’s a church — I’ll use the term and let you be the judge — but there’s a church in the Midwest that is notorious for their hateful behavior with respect to this question. And, I’ll let God be the ultimate judge, but it seems like the spirit they exhibit is so far from the Spirit of Christ that it’s doing the Devil more good than it is the Lord. But, you’ve got all shades of people who are religious and who just will simply take the Bible as a book of rules, and they’ll just have a condemning spirit.

And you’ve got some that are trying to bend and twist the scriptures to fit what they want to do and justify. And then you’ve got others that will simply call this a relic of the past, or a book of hate. You dare to quote something from here, and it’s hate. We just need some clarity and some truth, because, as I say, young people today are growing up and…the logic that has been established through repeated publicity, and just a relentless campaign to put out the idea that this condition is simply a biological reality and we’re just prejudiced and hateful if we don’t recognize it. But we need to get a real biblical view that balances all of these things.

And we need to go…first of all we need truth. But truth, more than just a collection of ideas, is really a person. You want to know truth, you better look at Jesus. You can come up with a set of religious doctrines and say, we’ve got the truth and if you don’t have the Spirit of Christ, you don’t have truth. You have what the Pharisees had. They had a derivative of something that they had taken control of and it wasn’t the Spirit of God in it at all.

But you look at Jesus and you look at His character and His life, and ultimately that’s what defines truth. Now one of the arguments that people will make, and I’m sure some of you heard this, that Jesus never said anything about this. The implication being that, well, it’s okay because He didn’t say something specific about it. What they don’t realize is that Jesus at every point, not only affirmed all of the scriptures as reliable, as the Word of God that would never pass away, He was the Author!

( congregational amens ).

When He talked about the Old Testament, He was there. He said, on one occasion, “…Before Abraham was, I am.” (KJV). Do you want to know who Abraham met? Do you want to know who walked in the Garden? Do you want to know who said, “Let there be light”? You’re going all the way back to the beginning.

And, I’ll just refer to a couple of scriptures that you’re familiar with. You can look them up later, but if you want to make note of them, Matthew chapter 5, Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets….” Not the least stroke of the pen will pass away ‘til all be fulfilled. You talk about affirming what Moses wrote and all the things that bear on the subject today, He affirmed all those things.

And, you look at creation itself, and I will look this scripture up for you and that’s in Mark chapter 10. It’s not the subject of what we’re talking about today, but the Pharisees, those were religious hypocrites, came around and wanted to know about divorce and why did Moses…you know, where did all that fit?

And basically Jesus answered their question, not with some religious dogma, but going back to the beginning. He said, “…At the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (NIV).

So you’ve got a lot buried in that. He is affirming the history of the world because of the beginning of the creation. He’s not talking about billions of years after the beginning of the creation. That’s not the subject today…but if we’re gonna look at truth, we’re gonna have to look at Jesus first of all, and we’re gonna have go back to the beginning, if we’re gonna discover what God intended when He created this world, because that’s the measure. It’s not my opinion, it’s not what I feel, and think and all those kinds of things, or anybody else.

And, I will…perhaps this is a good time to throw in this simple fact. If you look at the ministry of Jesus and you contrast Him with the religious people of His day, the Word tells us that, “…God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world…”

( congregational amens ).

But to save it. And it says, God didn’t send Him in, so you’re not talking about Jesus as though He’s different from His Father. You’re talking about the very heart and the purpose of God expressed toward human beings. And nobody knows with greater clarity all of the ugliness that lies in the human heart and in human behavior. But yet in spite of that, He did not come to condemn, but to rescue. Jesus never went around picketing sinners. He never went around even condemning sinners!

Interesting, the poem that you read had to do with that woman taken in the act of adultery, and Jesus was more interested in helping her and exposing the hypocrisy of those would-be stone-throwers than He was in condemning. And after they had all walked away because they were convicted, they knew they couldn’t meet the challenge — if you are without sin, throw a stone — they walked away and Jesus looked up and said, is there nobody condemning you? She said, no, nobody is condemning me. He said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” (KJV).

Do you want to know something about the heart of God? We need to be in a position where we can speak and know truth, but we can have the Spirit of Christ.

( congregational amens ).

You know what was in Him was the very Life of God. He didn’t come as a religious teacher, just coming up with better ideas and better philosophies. He literally had God living in Him! When people met Him, they met the God who was in Him! He didn’t have to preach to sinners and say, straighten up your behavior. What good does that do if you don’t change the heart? But in the light of just being around Him, people knew they were not like Him. They knew, they sensed, because of that contact of their spirit with His.

And it drove some away, and why? Because they preferred darkness! They were afraid of the light! They didn’t want to come into the Light because the Light would expose what they really were, and they didn’t want to face that. But you had others caught in a terrible web of sin who rushed to that Light and they found hope!

( congregational amens ).

They knew what they were, but instead of feeling rejection and condemnation, they felt love and hope, and Someone who reached out wanting to help them. Oh my, what a glorious Lord we have who could reach down to somebody like Mary Magdalene who lived a horrible life…immorality, a prisoner of darkness, and sin and devils! You wonder why people like her and others could just feel such gratitude, because He freed them from a prison they had no power to escape. The woman at the well…He told her the truth, but she felt welcome. She felt hope. She felt love from His Spirit.

( congregational amens ).

It’s not, ‘what’s the matter with you?’ ‘why are you doing that kind of stuff?’ ‘stop it!’ God help His people to have His Spirit. When you’re talking about sin, you’re talking about a violation of the very purpose and nature of God in the beginning.

Now the interesting thing is, when God said to Adam and Eve, don’t eat of this fruit. The day you eat it, you will die. He didn’t say, I’m gonna hammer you, I’m gonna punish you. He said, you will die! There’s a consequence! If we follow an independent course, and we fall under the dominion of these wonderful desires that God has given us, but we use them for self, they become destructive. They become just the opposite of everything God intended.

Would a God of love just let people go and say…I mean, there is a time when there’s such a rejection of God that happens. If you had a small child and they were enchanted by the look of a coral snake they happened to find — ‘Oh that’s pretty, Mama. That’s my pet. Oh, how beautiful this thing is’ — would you be some kind of a monster to tell them, “Don’t do that”? What’s the purpose of telling a child not to play with a coral snake?

( congregational response ).

Obviously there’s a consequence! You love them enough just to warn them because you know what’s coming as a fruit of that. You know, we have fire, something without which civilization could not exist. Fire is a wonderful tool, isn’t it? We warm, we cook, we produce power. There are so many things that all flow out of fire. But what happens when fire is used in a way it’s not intended, gets out of control beyond the bounds of that usefulness? That same power that is in fire becomes a horrible, destructive force.

And that is what’s happened to the human race when they had the arrogance to tell God, I’m not gonna live by your rules…and again a misunderstanding about rules. But I’m not gonna obey you. I’m not gonna listen to you, because my nature, my desires are crying out, they’re crying out to be fulfilled! And fulfilling them and chasing that rainbow of satisfaction that I’m supposed to get from following my own lusts and desires is more important to me than honoring You and listening to You. Is that not where the human race has come? Oh my God.

What does the scripture say in James chapter 1? We use this quite frequently. But it’s a pretty good picture of what happens…verse 13 of chapter 1, “When tempted, no one should say, God is tempting me. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.” (NIV). So how does it happen? “But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.”

Okay, so you’ve got something that responds on the inside, something that hungers to do a certain thing. And when you yield to that, you give in to that, and you begin to try to rub your fur in that particular way, and it’s outside the will and the purpose of God, you are caught, dragged away and enticed. “Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

There’s gonna come a day when God is gonna judge the world, and it’s not just for breaking rules. It’s for the heart that has just rejected everything about His purpose, chosen what is evil, chosen what is totally contrary to His nature and will! It’s a cancer in His universe and there’s judgment that’s gonna fall on this world, and it’s real, and we don’t need to duck that.

But I see something else in this. And it says, “The wrath of God is being revealed….” (NIV). So what’s going on here is there’s an aspect of God’s wrath that is being experienced now by people. So we need to find out how that happens.

It says, “…Is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men, who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” [Romans 1:18] So here you’ve got this pull. My nature is so strong it wants its way. It is filled with this delusion that I can be my own God. This life that I have is mine to do with as I please. I will do what I want. I will not honor God.

“…Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his…” Now listen to this. “…His eternal power and divine nature.” You’re not just talking about the fact that He’s so powerful He can create galaxies. That’s one side of it…but His nature!

( congregational amens ).

We see, if we have any eyes to see, we see His goodness! He sends His rain on the just and unjust! He sends His sunshine! There are so many things, if we could only see His goodness! In spite of what we see in this world, God is a good God! Yeah, there are a lot of terrible things that happen, but if God just stepped back, completely let it go, what do you think would happen to this world? You’ve got a God who is still striving with men.

I don’t know how long that’s gonna happen because we are winding up this age. But God’s nature is available! If people can see it, if they’ll only have the eyes to see it, it’s made plain! God has revealed Himself in nature itself.

So it says these things, “…Have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…” Now the consequence of that is what? “…Men are without excuse.” See there’s enough information right there, if anybody has the least inclination and they begin reaching out toward that God that they sense and they see, there’s a God who is tuned to that frequency, I’ll tell you.

So it’s not that men are just absolutely, totally ignorant, is it? “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile…” useless, worthless, “…and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Now I’ll tell you, if you really see the greatness of God, there’s nothing you can do but say, whoa, wow, praise and honor belong to Him! He is an awesome, wonderful, amazing God!

( congregational amens ).

Lord, that I have the privilege of being alive…thank You! Thank You for the purposes that You have created me for! Thank You for so much! Lord, I want to have a thankful heart for all of this!

( congregational amens ).

But you see a world of people who say, no, I refuse to recognize Him! I refuse to acknowledge that I owe my existence to Him or that He has any kind of purpose for me. I am my God. I will do as I please. That’s the spirit that drives human nature. Boy, do we need help. We need help that is beyond our power. But this is what’s happened. This is how men got in the state that they got.

“Although they claimed to be wise…” And don’t they? “…They became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” So you’ve got people who actually think they’re smart and they made idols, bowed down and worshipped.

You know there’s one passage in Isaiah…I can’t remember right where it’s at right now. But the Lord is, through the prophet, kind of showing the ridiculousness of what they were doing. And He described a man who would take a log. He’d cut it in two parts. And he would cut one part up and burn it and make his supper. He’d cut the other part—he’d take the other part and carve an idol and bow down and say, you’re my god, help me.

( laughter ).

But are we any smarter today?

( congregational response ).

We worship technology. We worship ourselves, mostly…so not any smarter than they were. So anyway, now what is the expression, the current expression, the present-tense expression of God’s wrath? “Therefore God gave them over…” He gave them over. There is a point that men reach when their hearts are so hard, so dark, that God simply takes His hands off and lets them go. And what He’s letting them go for, is to experience the consequences of their choices.

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts…” Hang on…I jumped a line. “…To sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator.”

This is not a ‘more than’ as I think it says in the King James. This is ‘rather than.’ This is absolutely a choice of two totally incompatible things. You can’t say, oh I worship God. I just worship these other things, too. Oh, no. It’s one or the other! We either worship…and the thing about worshiping creation is, we’re created. And the real worship is not just stuff, it’s me! I am the center of my little universe, thank you very much. I will do as I please. And whether it is stated that defiantly or not, that’s the spirit that drives men. You wonder why there’s so much trouble in the world?

So they, “…Worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” All right, this is where it comes to…our subject. “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

That’s pretty straight talk. You have to do some serious twisting to try to make this something else. What is being pictured here is not something that is a matter of biology, is it?

( congregational response ).

There’s no biological component to this. This is a moral thing. This is a power that rules over men. Now it’s not confined to this issue, is it? You go on and it takes everything into account. It just happens to mention that particularly right here. But it is not biological. It is a fruit of a choice to follow one’s own nature.

And, when it comes to this particular issue of homosexuality, it’s a complex thing. There’s no simplistic answer that covers every case. It’s a very complex trap. But I’ll tell you, one factor that is left out of the discussion with most people is the reality that there is a kingdom of darkness.

( congregational response ).

It’s real, it’s populated by wicked spirits who hate God, whose nature is the polar opposite of God.