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Are Same-Sex Relationships the Same?

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August 9, 2020
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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Are Same-Sex Relationships the Same?

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  • And so the debate ragesin our culture! Are same sex
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  • relationships really the same?There's a great deal of vitriol,
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  • even violence associated withthis subject. It is
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  • controversial, but it is one ofthe great moral issues of our
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  • times. This is not just acivil-rights issue, though some
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  • claim it is only a civil-rightsissue; it is not a political
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  • issue per se, but it is a moralissue. And because it is a moral
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  • issue, it is a biblical issuebecause our morals must be
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  • understood in the framework andthe foundation of faith in the
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  • Word of God. That's certainlytrue for the Christian. I don't
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  • want you just to think in termsof what somebody else has told
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  • you, what society or culture istelling you, what someone's
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  • opinion may be, what youexperience may be, what your
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  • circumstances may be, but I wantyou to think with a worldview
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  • that sees clearing through theWord of God. I want you to think
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  • biblically, not just culturally.I want you to think and to be
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  • open and teachable. Andcertainly it is true that the
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  • church of Jesus Christ in ourgeneration needs to be taught
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  • and equipped that we may belights in the world; that we may
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  • compassionately give a reasonfor the hope that is in us. So I
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  • am compelled [tap] to bring thismessage. Ah... I'm compelled
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  • because those who advocate anaggressive agenda for homosexual
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  • rights and so on ah... aresaturating the media and the
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  • popular culture. Dominating it!More and more persons in
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  • entertainment and the arts andsports and religion are publicly
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  • outing themselves or comingforward with their personal
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  • opinions, their personallifestyles. And what used to be
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  • marginal is now mainstream inAmerica. What was on the edges
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  • is now at the very center. Andsexual liberation, homosexual
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  • marriage, ah... gay rights takescenter stage today on
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  • television, radio, movies,music... you name it! It is an
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  • aggressive strategic move. Sothere certainly is a political
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  • movement; there is a religiousmovement; there is a cultural
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  • movement and it is thislifestyle is being legitimized
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  • and we are expected to not onlyaccept, but to approve of these
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  • behaviors. There's anotherreason that we need to talk
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  • about this issue and that ispeople you know... people in
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  • your family, perhaps youyourself are struggling in this
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  • area of your life... of same sexattraction. And frankly I pre...
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  • I prefer the term same sexattraction to many of the terms
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  • that go to describe the movementor the behavior because if you
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  • say someone is gay or if you saysomeone is homosexual, you are
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  • giving them an identity thatseems set, an identity that
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  • cannot be changed, an identityof which the course is set and
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  • it is impossible tochange-"That's who I am, I am
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  • gay. I am homosexual" As we'llsee, of course, the Bible does
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  • not teach that. So same sexattraction is very real. Some of
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  • you who are watching andlistening to me right now are
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  • dealing with this. And I realizewhen I speak on this subject
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  • that many if not most us... ourfamilies, our friends... we know
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  • people that God loves, He caresabout very deeply, who are into
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  • this sin and they're strugglingdeeply with the issue on a
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  • personal level. Many times overthe years ah... as a pastor and
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  • as a church we have noted peoplewho have sought counsel and help
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  • and biblical guidance becausethey were confused regarding
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  • their sexual identity. And, ofcourse, that brings up the
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  • question... brings up thequestion: Is homosexuality or
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  • same sex attraction a choice oris it chance? In other words,
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  • are you born homosexual or areyou bred? Is this something that
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  • you are or something that youhave learned? Is this a choice?
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  • And I've done quite a bit ofresearch on this through the
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  • years, and certainly this weekonce again. You know... we all
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  • know that before the age of 6years of age... maybe even
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  • younger... our personalities areoften developed in the most
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  • profound ways. Who we are, whatwe are about, our family, our
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  • environment affects usdramatically even before birth!
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  • Before a child is old enough towalk or even talk the influence
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  • is there. And thus, this is thereason I believe that many
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  • homosexuals will, looking backon their lives, say something
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  • like, "Well, I was born thisway. I've always felt this way.
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  • I always knew that I had a... adifferent attraction. I... I
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  • always felt that... thatsomething else ah... was natural
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  • to me." And there are factors,such as the home environment,
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  • the school environment, earlyah... sexual experimentation
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  • that profoundly affect aperson's psychology and
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  • emotional response. Ah... someparents blame themselves for the
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  • activity of their children, butmany children who are raised in
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  • the very best environment... inChristian love and Christian
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  • devotion ah... are stunned,shocked, overwhelmed when a
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  • child says to them, "This is whoI am; this is what I do." You
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  • also need to know that peerpressure is a very important
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  • influence regarding this issue,especially today. That's why so
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  • many of you who are studentsneed to listen to me very
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  • clearly. Your peers, whetheryou're a small child... You
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  • know, if you're a... if you're aboy who doesn't like sports, for
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  • example, and maybe you likedoing other things. And
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  • sometimes your peers will sayyou're this and you're that, and
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  • call you various kinds of namesand epithet, and you begin to
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  • think, "Well, maybe I amsomething else. Maybe I am
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  • something different." Certainly,a young boy or even a girl that
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  • has been molested as a child ora small boy ah... may be
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  • confused by that entireexperience. Here's another
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  • thing. It's been my observationthat people of homosexual
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  • experience are often, first andforemost, not looking for sex
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  • but they're looking for love andaffirmation and approval. The
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  • same sex attractions that peoplehave are desires that are
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  • fulfilled in an illegitimateway. Everyone has a bent,
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  • everyone has certain tests andtemptations and trials and
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  • tendencies in their lives... Weall have different patterns in
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  • which we are exposed andexperienced in our lives. And
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  • the sexual encounter andexperience is often a by-product
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  • of what a person is reallycrying out for which is love,
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  • which is acceptance. I've alwayssaid that temptation is the
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  • seduction to take a God-givendesire and to fulfill it in a
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  • God-forbidden way. I read anarticle written by the American
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  • College of Pediatricians.Cautions educators... how many
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  • of you are educators here today?Let me see your hands. Cautions
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  • educators... Well, if you're aparent, you're an educator.
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  • Cautions educators about themanagement of students
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  • experiencing same sex attractionor exhibiting symptoms of gender
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  • confusion.
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  • As pediatricians our primary
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  • interest is in the health andwell-being of children and
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  • youth. We are increasinglyconcerned that in too many
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  • instances misinformation orincorrect assumptions are
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  • guiding well intentionededucators to adopt policies that
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  • are actually harmful to thoseyouth dealing with sexual
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  • confusion. For this reason,schools should not seek to
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  • develop policy which affirms orencourages these non
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  • heterosexual attractions amongstudents who may be merely
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  • experimenting or experiencingtemporary sexual confusion. Such
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  • premature labeling can leavesome adolescents to engage in
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  • homosexual behaviors that carryserious physical and mental
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  • health risks. There is noscientific evidence... listen to
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  • this... There is no scientificevidence that any one is born
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  • gay or transgendered. Therefore,the college further advises that
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  • school should not teach or implyto students that homosexual
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  • attraction is innate, alwayslife-long and unchangeable."
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  • What the good doctor... thepediatrician is saying is we
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  • should be extremely cautiousabout legitimizing same sex
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  • attraction in our schools, inour educational processes,
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  • whether you're a parent or aneducator in the public schools,
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  • private schools... whatever youmay be, but that you have the
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  • responsibility to make sure thatthe confusion that many young
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  • people ah... are experiencing inthis area, does not turn into a
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  • lifestyle that can be ultimatelydamaging. And we all know, of
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  • course AIDs epidemic and aboutthe lifestyle that is so
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  • destructive. By the way,churches are confused as well.
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  • Church... The church in Americacontinues to debate this issue
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  • as though it is up fordiscussion among those who name
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  • the name of Christ. Thisincludes the Catholic church,
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  • the Presbyterian Church USA, theEpiscopal church, the Methodist
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  • church, the American BaptistConvention, the Co-operative
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  • Baptist Fellowship, and even inour own city some who formerly
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  • ah... bore the title of SouthernBaptist. And the churches at
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  • large remain silent in so manyinstances, but we must not be
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  • silent. What does the Bible sayis the bottom line? Not Dr.
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  • So-And-So's opinion, not JackGraham's opinion, not the
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  • science, not the research thatmay support my viewpoint or my
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  • experience, but what does theword of God say? And the Word of
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  • God is clear! You have to playmental and interpretive
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  • gymnastics with the Bible inorder to get it say something
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  • you want it to say, rather thanwhat it says! I believe the
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  • Bible is Truth with a capital"T", that God has spoken, and He
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  • has spoken to every issue![applause] And if you believe
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  • the Bible then all scientificresearch on any subject, all
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  • medical and psychological data,all human opinion must be
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  • subject to the authority of theliving Word of God! [applause]
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  • [Music]
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  • Culture's views often differdrastically from what the Bible
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  • says about truth. And it iscritical that Christians be able
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  • to engage our cultureappropriately over such divisive
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  • cultural issues and to do itwith wisdom, love and grace. I
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  • want to help you do that bysending you my book, "Culture
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  • Wise." Tackling sevenhotly-debated topics "Culture
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  • Wise" will equip you to thinkand speak biblically about the
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  • issues that we're facing today.My prayer is that as you grow
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  • confident in God's truth thatyou will grow in your compassion
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  • towards people who sodesperately need to know Jesus
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  • The practice of homosexuality isa sin which is severely judged
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  • by God. What does God say? Whatdoes God think? Turn in your
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  • Bibles to Genesis chapter 1.Let's start on the first page of
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  • the Bible. Can we do that?[laughter] Genesis 1, verse 26:
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  • ThenGod said, "Let us make man in
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  • our image, according to ourlikeness. Let them have dominion
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  • over the fish of the sea andover the birds of the air and
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  • over the cattle, over all theearth and over every creeping
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  • thing that creeps on the earth."Point number one includes the
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  • fact that God is the Creator oflife. So how did God create
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  • life? How did the One who isthe... who is the originator...
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  • the Creator of all of us... Howdid He do it? Verse 27: 27) So
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  • God created man in His ownimage, in the image of God He
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  • created him;... That is, we beara resemblance to God. That image
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  • has been distorted by sin but init's originality we bear the
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  • very image of God which can berestored through Jesus Christ!
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  • 27) But the image of God Hecreated male and female he
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  • created them. There was afoundational difference in God's
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  • creation. Male and female... Hecreated them. Back in verse 24,
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  • or in verse 24 of Genesischapter 2 the Scripture says:
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  • 24) Therefore a man shall leavehis mother and father and be
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  • joined to his wife, and theyshall become one flesh. Now it
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  • is obvious, isn't it, that Godhad a clear pattern and a
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  • construct for the social orderwhich begins with the husband
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  • and the wife and the foundationof the family? Man's sexual (and
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  • woman's) sexual identity isdefined by God! It is sin that
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  • distorts and devalues thatrelationship. And it is
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  • mankind's sin and rebellionagainst God that creates a
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  • destruction and a demise of allthat is good, all that is holy
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  • and all that is godly! And so onthe very first page [clap] of
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  • the Bible God stated how we areto live in a monogamous
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  • relationship as husbands andwives, men and women! And
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  • wouldn't you say men and womenare different? We are different
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  • in many ways! Obviouslyphysically, psychologically,
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  • socially, even the way we mayrespond spiritually. We are
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  • very, very different... and Ilike the difference! It's a good
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  • thing! And God gave us marriagefor... between a man and a
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  • woman... for two purposesprimarily. One is the
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  • complimentary cooperation oflife together, husbands and
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  • wives. We bring out hopefullythe best in one another. It's
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  • woman's responsibility to helpkeep a man civil, (right
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  • ladies?) It is ourresponsibility as men to... to
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  • guide and to lead our familiesand to protect and to provide
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  • for our wives and our childrenas God gives us children. It is
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  • that complimentaryrelationship... it is the dis...
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  • distinctiveness of the male andthe female that makes a marriage
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  • a marriage! And not only that,of course, but procreation...
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  • and providing... producing,providing and protecting
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  • children as the very bedrock...the foundation of society! And
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  • as the family goes so goessociety! As the family goes so
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  • goes the nation! And as thenation goes so goes the world!
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  • Homosexuality goes all the wayback to the book of Genesis. In
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  • fact, the story of Sodom andGomorrah and God's judgment upon
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  • Sodom... Sodomy is a word... aby-word for homosexuality. And
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  • when Lot was fleeing from Sodom,God sent two angels to help in
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  • that process and the men ofSodom... Sodom came out and
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  • desired the men that came fromheaven. And Lot plead with them
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  • not to do this terrible thing,and judgment came upon Sodom and
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  • Gomorrah. Then in Leviticus,chapter 18, verses 22 and 24:
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  • 22) You shall not lie with amale as with a woman: it is an
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  • abomination. Adultery, incest,fornication, homosexuality are
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  • all described in the Bible asabomination. Sins that are
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  • particularly abominable to God.God detests this. But I might
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  • also say that over in the bookof Proverbs God detests lying
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  • and cheating and hands that shedinnocent blood. But it is a fact
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  • that God calls this sin a graveand grievous sin; that it is an
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  • abomination! Goes on to say inverse 24: 24) Do not defile
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  • yourselves with any of thesethings, for by all these the
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  • nations are defiled which I amcasting out before you. Did you
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  • know that no nation has eversurvived rampant immorality?
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  • None! And neither will Americaif we don't repent because sin
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  • is a reproach to any people. Thesource of the sin is idolatry.
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  • No longer worshipping God,turning from the one true God
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  • and worshipping idols, beastsand four-footed things and so
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  • on. And therefore, because thereis no God authority, the rebel
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  • ensues and there is strange andsorted and unnatural...
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  • unnatural obsession with sex andhomosexuality and these kinds of
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  • lifestyles that some want tocall natural but you cannot call
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  • natural what God has calledunnatural. Try as you may, think
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  • about it, it just doesn't work[tap]! First Corinthians 6:
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  • [9-11] "Do you not know that theunrighteous will not inherit the
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  • kingdom of God? Do not bedeceived: neither fornicators,
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  • nor idolaters, nor adulterers,nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
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  • nor thieves, nor covetousness,nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
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  • extortioners will inherit thekingdom of God. (And we're going
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  • to get to this verse in just amoment because it is a glorious
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  • promise and hope.) 11) And suchwere some of you. But you were
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  • washed, but you were sanctified,but you were justified in the
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  • name of the Lord Jesus Christand by the Spirit of God." The
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  • Scriptures say here is that anyunrepentant practice or
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  • lifestyle is not compatible withthe Christian faith. First
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  • Timothy 1: 9 and 10: 9) knowingthis, that the law is not made
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  • for a righteous person but forthe lawless and insubordinate,
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  • for the ungodly and for sinners,and for the unholy and profane,
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  • for murderers of fathers andmurders of mothers, for
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  • manslayers, for fornicators, forsodomites, for kidnappers, for
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  • liars, for perjurers, and ifthere is anything that is
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  • contrary to sound doctrine. Jude1, verse 4: 4) For certain men
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  • have crept in unnoticed who longago were marked out for this
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  • condemnation, ungodly men, whoturned the grace of our God into
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  • lewdness. (Yes, people in thepulpit who turned the grace of
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  • God into license and lewdness)and deny the only Lord God and
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  • our Lord, Jesus Christ. Verse7... What's he talking about? 7)
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  • as Sodom and Gomorrah and thecities around them, in similar
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  • manner of these have giventhemselves over to sexual
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  • immorality and gone afterstrange flesh, are set forth as
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  • an example suffering thevengeance of eternal fire.
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  • Second Peter, chapter 2: "If byturning..." This is verse 6: 6)
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  • if by turning the cities ofSodom and Gomorrah to ashes He
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  • condemned them to extinction,making them an example of what
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  • is going to happen to theungodly; 7) and if He rescued
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  • righteous Lot, greatlydistressed by the sensual
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  • conduct of the wicked... Thereare some interpreting what those
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  • guys really wanted when theycame knocking at Lot's door...
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  • that the sin of Sodom is reallyinhospitality. That Lot was just
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  • being inhospitable in notletting these men in the house.
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  • Ha! That's not what the Biblesays. ...that Lot was greatly
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  • distressed by the sensualconduct of the wicked 8) (for as
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  • that righteous man lived amongthem day after day, he was
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  • tormenting his righteous soul...he was tormented in his
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  • righteous soul over theirlawless deeds that he saw and he
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  • heard); 9) then the Lord knowshow to rescue the godly from
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  • trials, and to keep theunrighteous under punishment
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  • until the day of judgment, 10)and especially those who indulge
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  • in the lust of defiling passionand despise authority. The
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  • authority is the Word of God.Romans 1:32: 32) ...who knowing
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  • the righteous judgment of Godthat those who practice such
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  • things are deserving of death,and not only do the same but
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  • also approve of those whopractice this. You're on thin
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  • ice if you are approving sin ofany kind. But this is all
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  • symptomatic of the degenerationand collapse of a culture that
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  • has forgotten God. You say,"Well, all that's good. That's
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  • the Apostle... that's the OldTestament." What did Jesus say?
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  • Someone has suggested becauseJesus did not directly address
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  • this subject that... that it'sokay with Jesus. That He would
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  • affirm this kind of behavior.And the more sorted among us
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  • have even suggested that Jesuswas a homosexual or practiced
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  • homosexuality. But what didJesus say in Matthew 19, verses
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  • 4 to 6: 4) And He answered andsaid to them, "Have you not read
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  • that he who made them at thebeginning made them male and
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  • female (quoting the first pageof the Bible) 5) And for this
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  • reason a man shall leave hisfather and mother and be joined
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  • to his wife, and the two shallbecome one flesh'? 6) So then
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  • they are no longer two but oneflesh. Therefore what God has
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  • joined together, let not manseparate." From Genesis to
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  • Jesus, Old Testament, NewTestament... patriarchs,
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  • prophets, apostles the messageis the same! The relationship
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  • between a man as a... and awoman is sacred and holy before
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  • God in the commitment of HolyMarriage. Anything else is
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  • dysfunctional and immoral! Andsin of all kinds brings
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  • judgment! But... and we'll closewith this... the Bible clearly
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  • teaches that sinners, includingall kinds of sinners, including
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  • homosexuals, can be forgiven!Must be forgiven! That the blood
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  • of Jesus Christ, God's Son,cleanses us from every sin!
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  • Don't you let anyone tell youthat you are in a bondage or a
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  • lifestyle that cannot be broken![Romans 5:8] "While we were yet
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  • sinners, Christ died for us."All sinners! That's why Paul
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  • said in cataloging thesegrievous sins, "And such were
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  • some of you [strike]!" This was[strike] who... what you did,
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  • this is what you were about!This is past tense now! But now
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  • you have been washed... now youare clean as the driven snow!
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  • Now the blood of Jesus Christ...There is no [tap] person so deep
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  • [tap] into sin that the blood ofJesus Christ cannot reach them
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  • where they are! [applause]Christ Jesus came into the world
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  • to save sinners! Christ Jesuscame into the world to save
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  • sinners (Paul said) of whom I amchief!" So if you have met your
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  • sin and repent of your sin, andcome to Christ and accept His
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  • love at the cross given foryou... if you want love and if
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  • you want acceptance and approvalcome to God for it! And He can
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  • change your life and change yourlifestyle and make you pure and
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  • you can live a life faithful toHim.
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