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Are Same-Sex Relationships the Same?

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July 28, 2019
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Power Point with Jack Graham

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Are Same-Sex Relationships the Same?

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  • And so the debate rages in 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 with this subject. It is
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  • controversial, but it is one of the great moral issues of our
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  • times. This is not just a civil-rights issue, though some
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  • claim it is only a civil-rights issue; it is not a political
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  • issue per se, but it is a moral issue. And because it is a moral
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  • issue, it is a biblical issue because our morals must be
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  • understood in the framework and the foundation of faith in the
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  • Word of God. That's certainly true for the Christian. I don't
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  • want you just to think in terms of what somebody else has told
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  • you, what society or culture is telling you, what someone's
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  • opinion may be, what you experience may be, what your
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  • circumstances may be, but I want you to think with a worldview
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  • that sees clearing through the Word 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. And certainly it is true that the
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  • church of Jesus Christ in our generation needs to be taught
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  • and equipped that we may be lights in the world; that we may
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  • compassionately give a reason for the hope that is in us. So I
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  • am compelled [tap] to bring this message. Ah... I'm compelled
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  • because those who advocate an aggressive agenda for homosexual
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  • rights and so on ah... are saturating 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 and sports and religion are publicly
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  • outing themselves or coming forward with their personal
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  • opinions, their personal lifestyles. And what used to be
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  • marginal is now mainstream in America. What was on the edges
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  • is now at the very center. And sexual liberation, homosexual
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  • marriage, ah... gay rights takes center stage today on
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  • television, radio, movies, music... you name it! It is an
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  • aggressive strategic move. So there certainly is a political
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  • movement; there is a religious movement; there is a cultural
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  • movement and it is this lifestyle is being legitimized
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  • and we are expected to not only accept, but to approve of these
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  • behaviors. There's another reason that we need to talk
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  • about this issue and that is people you know... people in
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  • your family, perhaps you yourself are struggling in this
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  • area of your life... of same sex attraction. And frankly I pre...
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  • I prefer the term same sex attraction to many of the terms
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  • that go to describe the movement or the behavior because if you
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  • say someone is gay or if you say someone is homosexual, you are
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  • giving them an identity that seems set, an identity that
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  • cannot be changed, an identity of which the course is set and
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  • it is impossible to change-"That's who I am, I am
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  • gay. I am homosexual" As we'll see, of course, the Bible does
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  • not teach that. So same sex attraction is very real. Some of
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  • you who are watching and listening to me right now are
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  • dealing with this. And I realize when I speak on this subject
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  • that many if not most us... our families, our friends... we know
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  • people that God loves, He cares about very deeply, who are into
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  • this sin and they're struggling deeply with the issue on a
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  • personal level. Many times over the years ah... as a pastor and
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  • as a church we have noted people who have sought counsel and help
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  • and biblical guidance because they were confused regarding
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  • their sexual identity. And, of course, that brings up the
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  • question... brings up the question: Is homosexuality or
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  • same sex attraction a choice or is it chance? In other words,
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  • are you born homosexual or are you bred? Is this something that
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  • you are or something that you have learned? Is this a choice?
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  • And I've done quite a bit of research on this through the
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  • years, and certainly this week once again. You know... we all
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  • know that before the age of 6 years of age... maybe even
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  • younger... our personalities are often developed in the most
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  • profound ways. Who we are, what we are about, our family, our
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  • environment affects us dramatically even before birth!
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  • Before a child is old enough to walk or even talk the influence
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  • is there. And thus, this is the reason I believe that many
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  • homosexuals will, looking back on their lives, say something
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  • like, "Well, I was born this way. I've always felt this way.
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  • I always knew that I had a... a different attraction. I... I
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  • always felt that... that something 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, early ah... sexual experimentation
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  • that profoundly affect a person's psychology and
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  • emotional response. Ah... some parents blame themselves for the
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  • activity of their children, but many children who are raised in
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  • the very best environment... in Christian 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 who I am; this is what I do." You
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  • also need to know that peer pressure 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 students need to listen to me very
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  • clearly. Your peers, whether you're a small child... You
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  • know, if you're a... if you're a boy who doesn't like sports, for
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  • example, and maybe you like doing other things. And
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  • sometimes your peers will say you're this and you're that, and
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  • call you various kinds of names and epithet, and you begin to
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  • think, "Well, maybe I am something 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 or a small boy ah... may be
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  • confused by that entire experience. Here's another
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  • thing. It's been my observation that people of homosexual
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  • experience are often, first and foremost, not looking for sex
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  • but they're looking for love and affirmation and approval. The
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  • same sex attractions that people have are desires that are
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  • fulfilled in an illegitimate way. Everyone has a bent,
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  • everyone has certain tests and temptations and trials and
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  • tendencies in their lives... We all have different patterns in
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  • which we are exposed and experienced in our lives. And
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  • the sexual encounter and experience is often a by-product
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  • of what a person is really crying out for which is love,
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  • which is acceptance. I've always said that temptation is the
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  • seduction to take a God-given desire and to fulfill it in a
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  • God-forbidden way. I read an article 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 a parent, you're an educator.
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  • Cautions educators about the management of students
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  • experiencing same sex attraction or 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 and well-being of children and
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  • youth. We are increasingly concerned that in too many
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  • instances misinformation or incorrect assumptions are
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  • guiding well intentioned educators to adopt policies that
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  • are actually harmful to those youth dealing with sexual
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  • confusion. For this reason, schools should not seek to
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  • develop policy which affirms or encourages these non
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  • heterosexual attractions among students who may be merely
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  • experimenting or experiencing temporary sexual confusion. Such
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  • premature labeling can leave some adolescents to engage in
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  • homosexual behaviors that carry serious physical and mental
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  • health risks. There is no scientific evidence... listen to
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  • this... There is no scientific evidence 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 imply to students that homosexual
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  • attraction is innate, always life-long and unchangeable."
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  • What the good doctor... the pediatrician is saying is we
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  • should be extremely cautious about legitimizing same sex
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  • attraction in our schools, in our educational processes,
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  • whether you're a parent or an educator in the public schools,
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  • private schools... whatever you may be, but that you have the
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  • responsibility to make sure that the confusion that many young
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  • people ah... are experiencing in this area, does not turn into a
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  • lifestyle that can be ultimately damaging. And we all know, of
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  • course AIDs epidemic and about the 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 America continues to debate this issue
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  • as though it is up for discussion among those who name
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  • the name of Christ. This includes the Catholic church,
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  • the Presbyterian Church USA, the Episcopal church, the Methodist
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  • church, the American Baptist Convention, the Co-operative
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  • Baptist Fellowship, and even in our own city some who formerly
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  • ah... bore the title of Southern Baptist. And the churches at
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  • large remain silent in so many instances, but we must not be
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  • silent. What does the Bible say is the bottom line? Not Dr.
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  • So-And-So's opinion, not Jack Graham's opinion, not the
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  • science, not the research that may support my viewpoint or my
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  • experience, but what does the word of God say? And the Word of
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  • God is clear! You have to play mental and interpretive
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  • gymnastics with the Bible in order to get it say something
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  • you want it to say, rather than what 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 scientific research 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 the living Word of God! [applause]
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  • [Music] From the origin of life to capital punishment, same-sex
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  • relationships and much much more, culture's views often
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  • differ drastically from what the Bible says about truth. And it
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  • is critical that Christians be able to engage our culture
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  • appropriately over such divisive cultural issues like abortion,
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  • even alcohol and to do it with wisdom, love and grace. I want
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  • to help you do that by sending you my book, "Culture Wise."
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  • Tackling seven hotly-debated topics "Culture Wise" will equip
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  • you to think and speak biblically about the issues that
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  • we're facing today. My prayer is that as you grow confident in
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  • God's truth that you will grow in your compassion towards
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  • people who so desperately need to know Jesus and to hear God's
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  • The practice of homosexuality is a sin which is severely judged
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  • by God. What does God say? What does 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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  • Then God said, "Let us make man in
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  • our image, according to our likeness. Let them have dominion
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  • over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and
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  • over the cattle, over all the earth 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 of life. So how did God create
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  • life? How did the One who is the... who is the originator...
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  • the Creator of all of us... How did He do it? Verse 27: 27) So
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  • God created man in His own image, in the image of God He
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  • created him;... That is, we bear a resemblance to God. That image
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  • has been distorted by sin but in it's originality we bear the
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  • very image of God which can be restored through Jesus Christ!
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  • 27) But the image of God He created male and female he
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  • created them. There was a foundational difference in God's
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  • creation. Male and female... He created them. Back in verse 24,
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  • or in verse 24 of Genesis chapter 2 the Scripture says:
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  • 24) Therefore a man shall leave his mother and father and be
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  • joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Now it
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  • is obvious, isn't it, that God had a clear pattern and a
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  • construct for the social order which begins with the husband
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  • and the wife and the foundation of the family? Man's sexual (and
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  • woman's) sexual identity is defined by God! It is sin that
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  • distorts and devalues that relationship. And it is
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  • mankind's sin and rebellion against God that creates a
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  • destruction and a demise of all that is good, all that is holy
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  • and all that is godly! And so on the very first page [clap] of
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  • the Bible God stated how we are to live in a monogamous
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  • relationship as husbands and wives, men and women! And
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  • wouldn't you say men and women are different? We are different
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  • in many ways! Obviously physically, psychologically,
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  • socially, even the way we may respond spiritually. We are
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  • very, very different... and I like the difference! It's a good
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  • thing! And God gave us marriage for... between a man and a
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  • woman... for two purposes primarily. One is the
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  • complimentary cooperation of life together, husbands and
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  • wives. We bring out hopefully the best in one another. It's
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  • woman's responsibility to help keep a man civil, (right
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  • ladies?) It is our responsibility as men to... to
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  • guide and to lead our families and to protect and to provide
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  • for our wives and our children as God gives us children. It is
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  • that complimentary relationship... it is the dis...
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  • distinctiveness of the male and the 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 goes society! As the family goes so
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  • goes the nation! And as the nation goes so goes the world!
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  • Homosexuality goes all the way back to the book of Genesis. In
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  • fact, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and God's judgment upon
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  • Sodom... Sodomy is a word... a by-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 of Sodom... Sodom came out and
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  • desired the men that came from heaven. 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 a male 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 as abomination. 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 book of Proverbs God detests lying
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  • and cheating and hands that shed innocent blood. But it is a fact
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  • that God calls this sin a grave and grievous sin; that it is an
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  • abomination! Goes on to say in verse 24: 24) Do not defile
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  • yourselves with any of these things, for by all these the
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  • nations are defiled which I am casting out before you. Did you
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  • know that no nation has ever survived rampant immorality?
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  • None! And neither will America if we don't repent because sin
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  • is a reproach to any people. The source 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, beasts and four-footed things and so
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  • on. And therefore, because there is no God authority, the rebel
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  • ensues and there is strange and sorted and unnatural...
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  • unnatural obsession with sex and homosexuality and these kinds of
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  • lifestyles that some want to call natural but you cannot call
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  • natural what God has called unnatural. 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 the unrighteous will not inherit the
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  • kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: 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 the kingdom of God. (And we're going
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  • to get to this verse in just a moment because it is a glorious
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  • promise and hope.) 11) And such were 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 Christ and by the Spirit of God." The
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  • Scriptures say here is that any unrepentant practice or
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  • lifestyle is not compatible with the Christian faith. First
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  • Timothy 1: 9 and 10: 9) knowing this, that the law is not made
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  • for a righteous person but for the 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 and murders of mothers, for
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  • manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for
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  • liars, for perjurers, and if there is anything that is
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  • contrary to sound doctrine. Jude 1, verse 4: 4) For certain men
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  • have crept in unnoticed who long ago were marked out for this
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  • condemnation, ungodly men, who turned the grace of our God into
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  • lewdness. (Yes, people in the pulpit 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. Verse 7... What's he talking about? 7)
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  • as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, in similar
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  • manner of these have given themselves over to sexual
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  • immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as
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  • an example suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
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  • Second Peter, chapter 2: "If by turning..." This is verse 6: 6)
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  • if by turning the cities of Sodom 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 the ungodly; 7) and if He rescued
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  • righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual
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  • conduct of the wicked... There are some interpreting what those
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  • guys really wanted when they came knocking at Lot's door...
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  • that the sin of Sodom is really inhospitality. That Lot was just
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  • being inhospitable in not letting these men in the house.
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  • Ha! That's not what the Bible says. ...that Lot was greatly
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  • distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked 8) (for as
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  • that righteous man lived among them 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 their lawless deeds that he saw and he
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  • heard); 9) then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from
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  • trials, and to keep the unrighteous 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 passion and 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 God that 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 who practice this. You're on thin
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  • ice if you are approving sin of any kind. But this is all
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  • symptomatic of the degeneration and 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 Old Testament." What did Jesus say?
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  • Someone has suggested because Jesus did not directly address
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  • this subject that... that it's okay 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 Jesus was a homosexual or practiced
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  • homosexuality. But what did Jesus say in Matthew 19, verses
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  • 4 to 6: 4) And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read
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  • that he who made them at the beginning made them male and
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  • female (quoting the first page of the Bible) 5) And for this
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  • reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined
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  • to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? 6) So then
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  • they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has
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  • joined together, let not man separate." From Genesis to
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  • Jesus, Old Testament, New Testament... patriarchs,
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  • prophets, apostles the message is the same! The relationship
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  • between a man as a... and a woman is sacred and holy before
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  • God in the commitment of Holy Marriage. Anything else is
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  • dysfunctional and immoral! And sin of all kinds brings
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  • judgment! But... and we'll close with this... the Bible clearly
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  • teaches that sinners, including all 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 you that 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 these grievous 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 you are 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 of Jesus 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 Jesus came into the world to save
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  • sinners (Paul said) of whom I am chief!" So if you have met your
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  • sin and repent of your sin, and come to Christ and accept His
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  • love at the cross given for you... if you want love and if
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  • you want acceptance and approval come to God for it! And He can
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  • change your life and change your lifestyle and make you pure and
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  • you can live a life faithful to Him.
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  • [Music]
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  • God loves! He cares
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  • deeply for every person in spite of our sin and we've all sinned.
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  • We've all have fallen short of the glory of God and we need
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  • God's love and grace and the cross and forgiveness and
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  • eternal life in Christ. But what we are to do as a church and you
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  • are to do as a Christian is to hold the proper balance, the
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  • proper tension between biblical conviction, (regarding same-sex
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  • attractions and relationships) and what God actually says in
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  • His word. Our goal is not to bash or to destroy or to tear
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  • down people but to introduce people to a saving knowledge of
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  • Jesus Christ, life in Christ, life as God has intended it in
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  • the name of Jesus Christ. And the truth is, society doesn't
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  • typically align with Christian values on this issue and it can
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  • be really challenging to share a biblical perspective with our
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  • family, with our friends on topics like same-sex
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  • relationships or abortion or pornography or the theory of
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  • evolution. But as a believer, you/we are called to speak
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  • biblical truth in love on every issue. And that's why I want to
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  • help you navigate some of our culture's, society's most
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