“And such were some of you”
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
I stand in awe of God’s unchanging love for His people. Not only do I stand in awe of His love, but also of His faithfulness and power to deliver them from the bondage of Satan and sin. In the scripture we have before you today you will find some notable sinners who had been washed from their sins by the power of God’s word. Their lives had been changed because God’s love did not change. He was looking for them, He found them and He arrested their hearts with the power of the gospel. Among this list of repentant sinners, we find “the abuser with mankind”. In our present day terms this man had been “gay”.
Here, we find incredible hope for those who have fallen into this lifestyle. The verse says, “Such were some of you”. Were is past tense. This means that they had been one way and now they were the other. They had been changed and given the ability to walk away from their lifestyle by God’s power.
The world’s wisdom will say, “No, this is impossible, these men were born that way and they could never change”. But God says, “Such were some of you.” Now, who are we to believe, the world or God? Is this not the same dialogue that we read of, long, long ago, when Satan tempted Eve and said, “Yea, hath God said?” It just depends upon who you want to believe. We can believe Satan and live accordingly. Or we can believe God and experience transformation, salvation. Believing God gives people the spiritual power to overcome the greatest temptation and sin.
If God is right in this, someone must be wrong. This must not be the result of genetics, or birth, or one’s environment. It must be the result of all of our problems, my own and yours: sin! As the saying goes, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”, so it is with sin. What may tempt one is an abomination to the other. Yet, what is sinful to God is sin. My heart goes out to those who have fallen for Satan’s lies concerning this sin. Politics would label it a hate crime if we spoke up to deliver those who have fallen for Satan’s lies and possibly from the way that some have endeavored to deliver men from it, it has sounded like hate. Surely, Satan would silence those who would try to deliver his captives. Yet, I speak in love to deliver. If people want to hate me for it, let them hate. Did they not hate our Lord and crucify Him for telling them the truth? The steps for deliverance are simple, yet they are the most difficult thing that a captive can do. Every journey must begin with the first step! First, believe God rather than men. Acknowledge sin for what it is. Second, go to God personally, who has revealed your sin, and say what you have done. That is called confession. Thirdly, ask for forgiveness and believe that He will forgive. If you fail, go back again and again remembering that His mercy endureth forever. I need help. We all need help. We all struggle with this disease which is passed down from our fallen parent, Adam, called sin. It is my prayer today that this message will be attended by the power of the Holy Spirit to convict and change at least one person. Father, please exert your mighty power among us today!