I want you to know that you are always welcome in our home. However, just as we would not intentionally welcome any sin into our home, the sin of homosexuality is not welcome. I am heartbroken that you would make a willful choice to live a life of sin---whatever the sin is. When the world says a sin is okay, that does not mean that God says it is okay. No matter what the sin is. What you have chosen isn’t any worse than any other sin. The willful decision to live a life of sin is sin. Just as I have prayed for that you would not (list of things she prayed for this precious one throughout the years) I will pray that God draws you to Himself and that you will repent from the choice you are making and that your testimony of deliverance from the sin of homosexuality will bring glory to God.
I Love You _________
Wow. There is a real life demonstration of Christian love. She loved that dear young woman enough to speak truth in love over her life. She did not say we never want to see you again; you’re not welcome here. What she said without saying it is, you are always welcome here, however, we will not honor your choice to intentionally sin against God by allowing you to come to our home presenting yourself as a couple.
We happen to be talking about the sin of homosexuality (same sex-attraction) but we could just as well be talking about pornography, living together, sex outside of marriage, adultery, drug and alcohol addiction, greed, un-forgiveness, etc.
I so respect my friends’ desire to protect their home from “intentional” sin. The point here is the word “intentional”. Translated, I know it is wrong but I’m doing it anyway because it meets my needs. Wished I could say I had never intentionally sinned. But if I did that would be an intentional sin because it would be a lie. (smile) Don’t get too spiritual on me too quick, we all sin. I praise God that He died on the cross for all our sins. Thankfully, being a Christian and in God’s Word for 22 years has helped me to grow stronger in my resolve to live my life for Him, through Him and according to His Word. I pray the same for you.
I do, however, close this blog with the following question…… “Are You Welcoming Sin into Your Home?” Are you intentionally sinning against God in your thoughts, behaviors, choices, relationship, finances, etc. If you are, Jesus died on the cross for that! Repent, turn back to God and experience that peace that surpasses all understanding.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (ESV)
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
Romans 12:2 (ESV)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 John 1:9 (ESV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 7:10 (ESV)
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
Just a quick note on Kathmandu…..We opened up registration last week and as of this blog writing (Wednesday afternoon, we have 33 women registered.) Now is the time to start giving towards this trip if God so leads you. As of this moment we have none of the women sponsored. I tell you that because I like for you to see the movement of God, as people give towards each trip, so you can experience the journey with us. Our job as a ministry is to KNOW to the best of our human ability He wants us on this trip to our missionary women in that part of world. His part is to provide for that which He has called us to. So, join with us and watch Him work!!!
Love You All,