Praise God! He is Lord, He is Savior, He is MOVING! In the face of false teaching, I am choosing to praise God for still convicting the world in truth, anyway.
I was so discouraged earlier this evening. I read an article entitled, “Hillsong United’s Band Leader Calls Jen Hatmaker’s Remarks On Homosexuality ‘Refreshing.’” If you are not familiar with Jen Hatmaker’s remarks, she basically said that homosexual marriage can be holy before God.
“We both believe a same-sex marriage, as a life-long monogamous commitment, can be holy before God.” (Brandon Hatmaker)
I do not follow Jen Hatmaker, but I have friends that really click with her humor and Christian point of view. For a while now she has been outspoken about how Christians need to show love to the gay community. I get her heart for that. I love gay people too. I hate the idea of them being put off from the love of Christ.
I have a close friend who was a lesbian in a committed relationship for almost a decade, and now she is my sister in the Lord. Why? Because despite knowing she could choose to go to a “tolerant, inclusive, and affirming” church, the Lord convicted her of her sin and granted her repentance. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord.
But tonight, as I prayed and got into the word the Lord totally ministered to me. I was reading Ezekiel and there was a verse that totally stuck out to me–The Lord says to the false teachers, “you have discouraged the righteous with your lies, but I didn’t want them to be sad. And you have encouraged the wicked by promising them life, even though they continue in their sins.” (Ez. 13:22). The Lord is talking about false prophets who bash God’s holy saints, and promise God’s blessings to the unrepentant.
This is exactly what Jen and Brandon Hatmaker, and Joel Houston from Hillsong United are doing. They are promising God’s favor to people who have not been washed by God, and have been blinded and bound by sin–apart from the gospel. And, they are acting like Bible loving saints are the ones that God is upset with. God doesn’t want me to feel bad because I think gay marriage is a sin. And God doesn’t want gay people to feel okay with gay marriage.
Do you know that sin can deceive us? Hebrews says that sin can deceive us and harden our hearts! “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13. This means that those who are given over to sin, can start believing that what they are doing is not wrong–and their hearts can become hard to conviction.
This is so dangerous, because conviction is what God uses to save us! If the church gets in the way of that conviction, by approving of sin, it hinders the process of salvation.
Sin has already deceived the world and the world embraces the lie, “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.” Romans 1:25-26
Paul goes onto talk about how believing lies and rejecting the truth of God let to unnatural desires and lusts–“Even their women exchanged natural sexual 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 shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Romans 1:26-27
This is what the Bible teaches.
But it is not ALL the Bible teaches!!!
The Bible teaches that God saves homosexuals:
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
Do you see that? There were people in the church of Corinth that were sanctified from sodomy and homosexuality–just as God saved the drunkards and the idolaters.
You see, so I guess what Jen and Joel do not believe is that there is a God who SAVES gay people the same way He saves straight people- washed, sanctified, and justified.
They ignore the washing and sanctification, and just pronounce justification.
Their error is not one of love, but of a lack of faith in a God who TRANSFORMS people through regeneration, through the mighty power of the Holy Spirit. They don’t believe in the miracle.
They must have such a small view of our Savior, or in radical transformation. But I have seen God transform people, myself included. It is a miracle greater than physical healing.
I know my God DELIGHTS in delivering us.
We are His trophies of grace and faith.
But while Jen and Joel want to excuse sin and lower the standards for Christianity and salvation–God is still at work!!!
I know that God is still out there convicting homosexuals of their sin–just as He is convicting heterosexuals of their sin. Today is still the day for salvation, and God is real.
The truth is, there are plenty of saints that have been saved out of homosexuality, in a world of false preachers telling them they didn’t have to repent–but the Holy Spirit lovingly broke their heart anyways. They experienced the HEAVY presence of God and surrendered to His love and grace. Just like every other brother and sister in Christ.
God does that. He leads those appointed to salvation into truth. He draws sinners to Himself.
He did that to me. There were things in my life that no one told me to repent from, and yet tears would fall down my cheeks in sweet conviction as I placed them on the altar to the Lord.
“And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.” John 16:8
He is here.
And He loves all of us. And none of us can come to Him apart from this sweet conviction. He is calling souls to repentance-“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
Now think about this, it is easy for Jen and Joel to just say that God doesn’t care about gay marriage, that it can be holy before the Lord. It is easy to say. It is just words. They aren’t dying for sinners . . .
And guess what, it could be easy for God to say something like that too, to brush it off as no big deal. But God doesn’t just excuse our sin, and say, “Whatever.”
It wasn’t “Whatever” because He is holy and He is just.
What God did was harder–He died to pay for it.
Jesus took the punishment for sodomy, homosexuality and all sexual immorality. He loved us so much that He took it on the cross. There is no “whatever, maybe God can be okay with it because it is legal.”
God can be okay with it, when it is under the blood.
Because there is no other gospel.
There is no gospel of “whatever man, it’s cool.”
The Gospel is ONLY good news if it saves us from something, and it does. Because the fire is prepared for judgment, but people don’t have to go there. It is the time now to through prayer and fasting–spiritually “call 911” and save souls from that fire.
Now, Jen and Joel have a “form of godliness” but they “deny it’s power.” God’s power is the only thing that can make us truly holy. And it does.
Here is a description of “the church” in the last days (this is not the world):
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5
We are to have NOTHING TO DO with people who deny the power of God to make us holy, who walk in and promote ungodly attitudes and practices.
So, I will have nothing to do with their teaching, but I am also not going to let them bum me out, because Jesus said these things would happen. Their ministries will be fake, and impotent.
On the other hand, I am going to seek Jesus as hard as I can. I am going to pursue Him as a treasure hidden in a field. I am going to value Him above everything else. There is no discouragement to be found in that ❤
I am going to ask Him to place His Spirit upon my ministry, upon my home, upon my life. I am going to ask Him to use me to bring hope and truth to those who don’t know Him. I am going to ask Him to bless and anoint His word as I share it with people, that His Spirit would add the weight of conviction to my words and people would feel God, and know Him.
I am going to pray for the Lord to bless the ministries of people who tell the truth, that their word would spread, that the messengers would run, and that the workers would bring in the harvest.
I want to be a part of what God is already doing. Let false teachers waste their time, God is not mocked and His word will not return void. I will not lose heart.