To the Reader: This article is not written with any hateful intent to those of the LGBTQ+ community. For they just like everyone else, are loved by God. For: “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) Yes this is true: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17) Therefore, if God shows his love toward them, shouldn’t we do the same? And this we should do by sharing the good news of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22)
There are some who may claim that they were born with homosexual tendencies. And of course, we have those who want to change their gender for one reason or another. But didn’t Jesus say: “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female.” (Matthew 19:4) So, just because you “feel like” doing something, doesn’t make it right or good, nor does it give you a license to keep indulging in it. For God’s word says that “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) So, we are all born sinners with desires and feeling that are at times contrary to what is right and good.
So then: “There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God. They have all turned aside; together they have become worthless. There is none who is kind, no, not so much as one. Their throat is an open tomb. With their tongues they keep deceiving. The poison of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood. Destruction and misery are in their ways, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10-18)
So, my question is, are you willing to give up what you’re bound to? I ask this because God’s word says that there are some who will not come to the light because they don’t want to change. For we read: “He that believes on him is not judged: but he that believes not has been already judged, because he has not believed on the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment, that light is come into the world, and men have loved darkness rather than light; for their works were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light that his works may not be shewn as they are; but he that practices the truth comes to the light, that his works may be manifested that they have been wrought in God.” (John 3:18-21)
And I know from my past experience, that I myself didn’t want to come to God because I wanted to do my own thing. For I thought I knew better when it came to enjoying life’s pleasures. However, I found this not to be true and finally came to realize that God is not some a kill joy. For God’s ways will always bring more pleasure to our lives than when we are wallowing in our sins. And this is true when it comes to sexual intimacy as well. For the pleasure that can be receive between a man and a woman are far greater than any other way.
Now, you may have tried and failed in a normal relationship. But have you tried a relationship with the opposite sex while believing in Christ? I say this because with God, all things are possible. So, with his Holy Spirit residing in you, all things that seemed impossible before are now possible through Christ. So please turn and follow God’s plan and design for you, because believe me, you will not regret it.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.” (Romans 1:18-19)
According to that passage above, we see that there are those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. This they do even though the truth is reveled to them by God. For in Deuteronomy 22:5 we read: “A woman shall not wear a man's clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman's clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination unto Jehovah thy God. (Deuteronomy 22:5) So, don’t we see this happening in our culture today? And God views it as something disgusting. Also, we read: “Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” (Romans 1:27) Now, please notice that it says there is a penalty for this sinful act of homosexuality. And what is that recompense that they received because of their error? Well, just visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to see that the majority of HIV carriers are homosexual men.
I do believe that this is part of God’s wrath that’s revealed from heaven against this shameful act. So, for all you LGBTQ+ and more, please repent of your sin and turn your heart to God. And do this not only for your own good, but for the good of others as well. And let’s remember that even though you may escape the HIV virus in this life, you can’t escape the judgment of God that’s appointed after death. For we read: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27) And according to God’s word, those who are living this lifestyle of sin will not: “inherit the Kingdom of God” if they refuse to repent. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Now, as mentioned above, the LGBTQ+ lifestyle is a sin that can keep a person from entering into the kingdom of Heaven. Thus, it could separate you from God and send you into the “lake of fire.” This is true people, for we read: “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15) So let’s take heed to the warnings of God’s word which says: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
So, for all who are caught up in this sin, please simply confess from your heart that you have sinned against God. For God’s word says that he will forgive you and wash you clean by the blood of Jesus Christ. For Jesus took the penalty for our sins upon himself through beatings, whippings and being nailed to the cross. Last of all, he spent three days and nights in hell as well, suffering the torment that was due us. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Therefore, by repenting and turning your heart to God, he will give you the strength to overcome any sin in your life. And let us remember: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:13-14) So, come to God today seeking him with your whole heart. For Jesus said: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37) Amen, and thank God for that.
Some scripture reference on this topic: Male and Female:
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)
To the Reader: This article is written in response to the lax views concerning divorce and remarriage. Therefore, I have written with the hope that we as a church can put away this sin from among us. Because if we become like those of this world, what good are we? Jesus said: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” (Matthew 5:13 NKJV)
Now, Jesus also said to love our neighbor as ourselves. So then, we should want to see a couple’s marriage flourish. Therefore men, if you marry a divorce woman, you could permanently destroy her chances of reconciliation for her first marriage. And this is true for you women who are divorced as well. Shouldn’t you remain single and be pleading with God for your marriage to be reconciled. Therefore, true love should always be seeking to reunite one’s marriage, not to further divide it. And just to let you know. I would rather be writing about our common faith and the joy we have in Christ. However, I feel compelled to share this because this sin seems to be way too common in believers lives today.
“And the Pharisees came to him tempting him, and saying, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?” (Matthew 19:3 DBY)
The Pharisees in that passage above were confronting Jesus concerning divorce. But he answering said to them, Have ye not read that he who made them, from the beginning made them male and female, and said, On account of this a man shall leave father and mother, and shall be united to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh? so that they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6 DBY) However, not being content with the answer that Jesus gave them: “They say to him, Why then did Moses command to give a letter of divorce and to send her away? He says to them, Moses, in view of your hardheartedness, allowed you to put away your wives; but from the beginning it was not thus. But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, not for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery; and he who marries one put away commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:7-9 DBY)
So, according to Jesus, the standard for marriage should be “until death do us part.” However, because of their hard hearts they were allowed to put away their wives. Therefore, God gave them over to their own corruption. We can see this to be true in one of Paul the apostle’s epistle where he said: “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” (Romans 1:28 ESV) However, God sent his Son Jesus Christ to set things back to their proper standard by saying: “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:6 NKJV)
“It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.” (1 Corinthians 5:1)
Here above, we read of a man who is having sex with his father’s wife. Now, I personally believe that this is not his biological mother but his father’s second wife or concubine as we see happening in Genesis 35:22. Now, we don’t have the details of their sexual misconduct. However, we do see that the Greek word for “fornication” is being used to describe this sinful act. So, shouldn’t the husband of this woman have the right to divorce his unfaithful wife? For Jesus did say “except for fornication” in Matthew 19:9, which should include any unlawful sexual act that happens before, during or even after one’s marriage.
Now, the reason I’m bringing this up is because there are some who claim that the word “fornication” that Jesus used in Matthew chapter 5 and 19 can only refer to a wrongful sexual act that happened before the marriage. In other words, the husband discovers on his wedding night that his wife lost her virginity to another man prior to their marriage. So, those who claim this are trying to make marriage so binding that a man can’t divorce his wife for any wrongful sexual act that happens during their entire marriage relationship. However, I firmly believe that this is not true. For a husband should be able to put away an unfaithful wife anytime during their marriage. And let’s remember what Strong’s Definitions says concerning the word fornication: “porneia; harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively, idolatry: —fornication.” So, we see that the word “fornication” can include all sexual sins.
Okay, there may be some who would argue saying that any sexual misconduct was dealt with by stoning, not divorce. And even though that was generally true, we see that there were exceptions both in the Old Testament as well as the New. For didn’t God spare David and Bathsheba the death penalty for their unlawful sexual misconduct? (2 Samuel 11) And let’s remember that Jesus did show mercy to the woman who was caught “in the very act” of adultery in John 8:3-11. And of course, we have Joseph showing mercy to Mary when he found out she was pregnant. For even though he thought she was unfaithful to him, he still didn’t want to expose her publicly. Now, all these cases were normally dealt with by stoning. However, they were shown mercy and forgiveness instead. For throughout the bible we see God’s grace being displayed.
Below are some scriptures that mentions the sins of the flesh. However, in all of these passages it never mentions adultery but only fornication. Therefore, wouldn’t this be proof that the word fornication can include the act of adultery as well?
“When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.” (Deuteronomy 24:1)
Throughout the scriptures, we can only see that the man has the legal right to divorce. This is true both in the Old Testament as well as the New. For Moses in that passage above only mentions the man being allowed to put away his wife. This same thing is true in Matthew 5:32 and 19:9 where Jesus only allows men to put away their unfaithful wives for the cause of “fornication.” However, we never see this fornication exception being given to the woman. This would be true even if there was another woman in his relationship. For after the fall, we read that there were those men who had more than one wife. This included Godly men such as Abraham, Jacob, King David to name a few. And even in the laws of Moses, we only read that a man can’t marry two sisters as well as a mother and her daughter. Therefore, if having more than one wife was sinful, would there even be a need to mention this.
And let’s also remember what God said to David: “And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more.” (2 Samuel 12:8 ESV) So, after King Saul’s death, God gave to David all Saul’s wives to be his. This I believe God wouldn’t do if having more than one wife was a sin. For the prophet Habakkuk said concerning God: “You are too just to tolerate evil; you are unable to condone wrongdoing.” (Habakkuk 1:13)
However, concerning the married woman we read: “For the married woman is bound by law to her husband so long as he is alive; but if the husband should die, she is clear from the law of the husband.” (Romans 7:2 DBY) So again, this “bound by law” restriction is never applied to the husband. For only he has the legal right to put away an unfaithful wife. But that all being said, I’m in no way encouraging any man to have more than one wife. For in the bible we read that there were issues and contention between the women of those men. Therefore, I believe the ideal relationship for a man is one wife for life as mentioned below
“For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be united to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh: so that they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mark 10:7-9 DBY)
Now, in the New Testament we read that Paul the apostle gave both Timothy and Titus instructions for the church. For he told Timothy that: “The overseer then must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, sober, discreet, decorous, hospitable, apt to teach” (1 Timothy 3:2 DBY) And for the Deacons he said: “Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.” (1 Timothy 3:12 NKJV) And in his letter to Titus we read: “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, namely, if any man is beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of indecent behavior or rebellion.” (Titus 1:5-6 NASB)
So, Paul mentioned that Godly men who hold these positions can only have one wife. I believe this would include not only those who have multiple wives, but those who have a living divorced wife as well. And why is that? Well first, because God only brought one wife to Adam, not multiple ones. Next, we have Jesus in Mark 10:7-9 above saying “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” So, a man who has a divorced wife is going to raise some questions and concerns for those in the church. Therefore, leaders and workers in the church should set an example of what an ideal marriage should look like for today’s Christians. And wouldn’t that be “one wife for life”? So, that all being said, I believe true love and peace can only be experienced when a man has one woman in his relationship. Therefore, I live by this rule and it’s my hope that you men would feel the same way to.
“But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.” (1 Corinthians 7:15 ESV)
Now, we have read earlier that only a man (never the woman) can put away his wife for fornication. Therefore, this passage above is not giving some “exception clause” for a woman to divorce and remarry? For notice that Paul uses the Greek word which means to “enslaved,” instead of the word “bound,” which means to tie the knot. Therefore, isn’t marriage a mutual commitment that binds two people together? But on the other hand, bondage (enslavement) is something that makes your life miserable. And this could be the case if you’re married to an unbeliever? And remember that in verses 12 through 17, Paul is only giving his advice for their current situation. For he admits that he didn’t receive this from God. For he says: “But to the rest speak I, not the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:12).
Therefore, Paul is not giving any woman the right to divorce, let alone to remarry. For that would be a contradiction not only to what Jesus said in the gospels, but to Paul’s own words. For Paul says a few verses latter: “A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:39 ESV) So, don’t believe the false notion that an act of desertion by an unbeliever allows the abandon wife to remarry. And wouldn’t it be an act of desertion as well in Jesus’ statement in Matthew chapter 5 as well as 19? For Jesus doesn’t make any distinction concerning the persons religious stance, nor does he give any details of the couple’s separation. Therefore, this passage in verse 7:15 is only allowing the unbeliever to leave in order for a Christian spouse to finally have some peace. However, a Christian man or woman should be praying for their unbelieving spouse to come to know Christ. This of course would be not only for their salvation, but in order for their marriage to be restored as well.
Now, there is another passage that’s being used by those who are trying to find some exception clause. “Because of the present distress, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. However, if you do get married, you have not sinned, and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But such people will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you.” (1 Corinthians 7:26-28 CSB) So, how can this passage be used to allow a divorced woman to remarry? For it’s clear that verses 26, 27 and the first part of 28 are speaking of a man (not a woman) who is ether “bound” or “released” from a woman. And we know that a man can only be released from marriage if his wife has committed fornication or has died. Therefore, if he does remarry because of this, he has not sinned. However, in the middle of these same verses, Paul makes it clear that a virgin woman (not a divorced woman) who marries has not sinned.
Now, there may be times that a woman would flee from her husband for safety reasons. However: “But if she shall depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.” (1 Corinthians 7:11 WEB) So, Paul is saying here, “let her remain unmarried” which should clearly show that he is not allowing a divorce woman to remarry. Therefore, if a man is married to a divorced woman who’s first husband is still alive, both the man and the woman are living in adultery.
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)
In that passage above, we read that a man and woman will become one flesh. Jesus reaffirmed this when he said: “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh: so that they are no more two, but one flesh.” (Mark 10:7-8) So, what does it mean to be “one flesh” in those passages above? Well, I have learned that this is not some metaphor, but a fact. A man literally becomes one flesh with every woman he has sex with. For one study even mentions the components of a man’s semen being detected in a woman’s bloodstream after a few hours. Also, studies have shown that male DNA is retained within the bodies of women through sex. This would make “the two shall become on flesh” more understandable and literally true.
So, all this should make it clear why women who played the whore were harshly dealt with. For they pollute their bodies by become “one flesh” with every man they have sex with. Paul the apostle himself said: “Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, ‘The two will become one flesh’.” (1 Corinthians 6:16). Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, shouldn’t we only be “one flesh” with that one person whom we want to spend the rest of our lives with? I do believe so according to God’s word.
“They say, if a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, will he return unto her again? will not that land be greatly polluted? But thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith Jehovah.” (Jeremiah 3:1)
In that passage above, we see an illustration of Israel who has backslid from God and turned to foreign gods. Yet, God is pleading for her to put away her sin of harlotry and return to him. What’s interesting is that even though he gave her a certificate of divorcement in verse 8, God still says “I’m married to you” in verses 13-14. This is illustration shows me that a divorced woman still belongs to the man she first married. Therefore, if a previously married woman remains is in the arms of another, (whether she’s legally married to him or not) both she and that man are committing adultery. The only exception to this would be if her former husband has died as mentioned before.
Now, does God allow a divorced woman who marred another man return back to her first husband? Well, even though this second marriage was not one which “God has joined together,” we do read in: “And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, who took her to be his wife; her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before Jehovah: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.” (Deuteronomy 24:3 ASV) So, Moses said: “that is abomination before Jehovah.”
Now that being said, this passage mentioned above was only the latter portion of Deuteronomy 24:1-4. And we know that Jesus eliminated the first half of it in Matthews 19:8-9. So, does this mean this latter portion no longer applies because Jesus done way with the first half of it? Well, you the reader must decide on this one for yourself. So, my advice for all you women who are put away, stay single and pray that God would restore your marriage. This would be true whether you’re the guilty party or not. For with God, it doesn’t make no difference as we read earlier. Because if you do remarry another man, both you and the man you’re with are committing adultery according to God’s word.
Below are a few scriptures to consider:
“And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, we have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.” (Ezra 10:2-3)
Now, according to that passage above, the children of Israel separated themselves from their wrongful marriage relationship. So, isn’t this an act of true repentance my fellow Christians? And yes, there may be some of you who declare that two wrongs don’t make a right. But wouldn’t the first wrong be for a man to marry a divorced woman, and the second wrong is to remain in that relationship which God hasn’t join together? For as quoted earlier, God doesn’t tolerate or condone evil. (Habakkuk 1:13)
Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, shouldn’t we be following the example of the children of Israel and put away this unlawful relationship? And let me ask you this. If you stole someone’s wallet, can you keep it if you felt sorry and repented before God? Well, I wouldn’t think so, for it’s not your wallet. So, true repentance should cause you to return the wallet you stole? We can see this to be true when Jesus confronted Zacchaeus. For after spending time with Jesus, Zacchaeus must have felt convicted. For he said: “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” (Luke 19:8 ESV) Something to seriously consider and be praying about.
“For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her. For John had been saying to Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife’.” (Mark 6:17-18 ESV)
According to that verse above, John the Baptist confronted Herod who married his brother Philip’s wife. Now, we don’t know the details of who divorced who, but we do read that John said “it’s not lawful” for Herod to have her. In other words, they’re not in a relationship which God has joined together. So again, wouldn’t they need to put away they’re sin by separating from each other. Yes, I know that this is a hard thing to do. For even Jesus’ disciples said concerning marriage and divorce: “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” (Matthew 19:10 ESV) However, Jesus did say: “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.” (Luke 18:29-30 ESV)
Therefore, does just saying “I’m sorry” give a man or woman the right to remain in the arms of another. For Jesus made it very clear when he said: “whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery,” as well as: “And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.” (Luke 16:18, Mark 10:12 NKJV) Therefore, shouldn’t true repentance be followed by action; and shouldn’t that action be to break away from that adulterous relationship you’re in? Also, wouldn’t this be true even if there are children involved as we read in Ezra chapter 10 above? For we know that “God shows not partiality.” (Act 10:34)
“Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us." (1 Corinthians 5:6-7 NKJV)
Now, if we as a church allows couples to remain in an adulterous relationship, wouldn’t others be influenced to do the same? Because the reasoning would be, “if they can get away with it, we can do the same.” Therefore, if we as a church allows these same couples to remain together, it will cause sin to multiply within that fellowship. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV)
Also, we must be aware of the warning in Sirach 23:22-28, for we read: “Thus shall it go also with the wife that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another. For first, she hath disobeyed the law of the most High; and secondly, she hath trespassed against her own husband; and thirdly, she hath played the whore in adultery, and brought children by another man. She shall be brought out into the congregation, and inquisition shall be made of her children. Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit. She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her reproach shall not be blotted out. And they that remain shall know that there is nothing better than the fear of the Lord, and that there is nothing sweeter than to take heed unto the commandments of the Lord. It is great glory to follow the Lord, and to be received of him is long life.” (Sirach 23:22-28)
That’s a heavy passage above for those women who have left their husbands for another. So, my brothers and sisters in Chris, we shouldn’t be asking, “what does it hurt to stay together.” And let’s remember what Jesus said to the adulterous women whom he saved from stoning, for his said: “go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11) Jesus said the same thing to the lame man he made whole. For Jesus said to him: “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (John 5:14)
Consider some other passages below:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
So, there is hope for all of you who are caught in the mess of adultery. I say this because the Lord Jesus Christ took our sins upon himself. So, shouldn’t you be taking the next step and repent by putting away your sin. For how can you have true peace when you know you’re in an adulterous relationship. You must remember that God loves you and doesn’t want you to die in your sins. And as said before, true love does no harm to one’s neighbor: “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:9-10)
Therefore, my brothers and sister in Christ, seriously consider what was mentioned here. Read and study God’s word for yourselves. For wouldn’t true love be to free yourself from the one you don’t belong to. For God always gives us the strength to put away your sins, no matter how deep we’re caught up in them. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 1:18-20 ASV) Amen.
God bless you as you seek to do His Will
(Scriptures are taken from the KJV except where noted)
For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. (Romans 7:2)
To the Reader: I would like to remind you my fellow brothers and sister in Christ, what God’s word says concerning Competition Sports. So, please consider what’s being said here and realize that Competition Sports are built on pride which God hates. Therefore, every trophy held by the victory becomes an idol of worship.
Now, I do include the books of Maccabees to get my point across how I feel concerning competition sports. For it’s true that they were included in both the 1560 Geneva and the 1611 King James bible. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1800 hundreds that publishers started printing bibles without the books of Maccabees in it. But what’s also interesting is that the Olympics were making its comeback into Europe during this time as well. And according to the book of Maccabees, competition sports is the practice of the heathens.
So, did the desire to reestablish the Olympics inspire its removal? Or was it just a coincident that it was removed around that time? Well only God (and those who started removing them from the bible) knows. However, there are still some publishers who still rightfully include it in their bibles today. (One such bible is “The New Cambridge Paragraph Bible”). And let’s thank God for that.
It’s sad to see fellow Christians today so wrapped up in the things of this world. For we are seen running alongside those who are seeking after empty vain pursuits. And one of those vain pursuits is competition sports. For don’t we hear fellow Christians talk and brag about their favorite teams and players? And don’t we see parents spending so much time running their children to-and-fro from one practice to another, thus getting them hocked on it as well? Even churches have gotten involved in supporting sport events. And why Christian, for this is idolatry?
Now, we read in the books of Maccabees concerning a falling away of the children of Israel who gave themselves to the ways of the Gentiles. And we see that one of those ways was building themselves a gymnasium and thus giving themselves over to sports. For we read: “In those days lawless men came forth from the sons of Israel, and they persuaded many, saying, ‘Let us make a covenant with the Gentiles surrounding us, for ever since we were separated from them, many evils have found us.’ This proposal found favor in their eyes, and some of the people eagerly desired to enter into this agreement. So they went to the king, and he gave them authority to observe the ordinances of the Gentiles. Then they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem according to the customs of the Gentiles, and made themselves as the uncircumcision. So they fell away from the holy covenant, yoked themselves to the Gentiles, and sold themselves to do evil.” (1 Maccabees 1:11-15)
So, we see that these certain Jews: “sold themselves to do evil.” This is true because competition sports are based on the pride that lusts after victory and feeds on attention from its onlookers. Just look at the frenzy and cheering of the crowds and the prideful reactions of the players. And the sad part about all this is the fact that our assemblies (churches) are getting involved by holding sport events in honor of it. Shame on us for allowing this to happen. Therefore, my fellow brothers and sister in Christ, do you really believe that God approves of this? For we read in Proverbs that: “He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: He taketh no pleasure in the legs of a man. Jehovah taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his loving kindness” (Psalm 147:10-11) So, God is not impressed or please with what man can do in these vain sport event.
Below are some other passages from the bible that pertain to what was mentioned above:
So again, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, the worlds Olympic events, or any other competition activity does not impress God. This is because all these things are built upon the pride of man. For his word says: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” (Proverbs 16:18-19) So, couldn’t this spoil also be referring to the money or trophies that the proud victor receives? I do believe so.
And let’s take note to what Paul the apostle said concerting those who run in a race. For we read: “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (1 Corinthians 9:25) Notice how he distinguishes “they” (those of this world who receive a perishable crown) from “we” (us Christians who receive an imperishable crown). This is a clear indication that those of this world should be the only ones that are caught up in any competition sport activities. (1 Corinthians 9:25)
Now, you may ask, “why would Paul use an evil illustration to make a point on how we should be conducting our life as Christians.” But I say, why not? Doesn’t Paul also use a thief as an illustration on the return of our Lord when he said: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2) And in Revelation 16:15, didn't the apostle John record the words of Jesus who said: “Behold, I am coming as a thief.” So, does both the apostle Paul and John as well as our Lord Jesus approve the ways of a thief? God forbid, of course not. And let’s remember that Jesus said: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) So, even though Jesus may be alluding to being sly and cunning as a serpent, he clearly is not wanting us to do it in a harmful way as the serpent did to Eve.
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Galatians 5:14)
Now, according to that passage above, does football, hockey, rugby, boxing or any other competitive sport show love to your neighbor? Or, can any of the fruits of the Spirit that are found in Galatians 5:22 be applied to these sports? And what about the passage that says: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10) So again, can any of these scriptures be applied to competition sports? No, of course not. So why fellow Christians take part in any of them, or even worse, get you children hocked on it? For “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:10)
So, what should we be doing instead? Well: “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” (Titus 2:4-8) Now, I don’t see anything in there telling us to get children involved in competition sports, do you?
Therefore parents, please don’t think sending your child to some soccer or baseball camp is going to make them a better person. Because as said before, competition sports are built on pride, the same thing that brought down Satan. So, according to that passage quoted above, we should be teaching them in the way they should go, not only for their sake but for yours as well. Because if you don’t, you may surely regret it later on. I say this because I witnessed the suffering that a Christian family went through. For the youngest son was injured while playing High School football. And over the course of time, he passed away. Therefore, I included a few tragic articles on other youth who have died as a result of High School Football.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:12-14)
God hates arrogance and pride because it not only brought about the fall of Satan, but the fall of mankind also. For in Genesis chapter 3:4-6 we read that Eve’s heart was deceived by the Devil’s tempting words, wanting to be like God and thus bringing sin upon her, Adam, and the whole human race. And we know because of this folly, God out of his heart of love toward us, sent his beloved Son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins. So again, God hates pride which competition sports are based on. This is true whether it’s done in a professional setting in some stadium or in the backyard with your kids. That’s because kids just like adults play to win, and the only reason they want to win is to show that they’re better.
The downfall of pride in one’s life:
So, what camp should we Christians be in? Is it the prideful and self-seeking, or those who are the Kingdom seekers who are doing the things which matters most to God? And let’s remember that Jesus separated the people groups of the world into two classes as stated below. So, read through both classes and decide which one you want to be in. I know for me; I want to be those who are blessed of the Father who are going into the Kingdom of Heaven. And I hope and pray that you feel the same. Amen.
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Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)