“Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.” John 13:26-27 (KJV)
“That thou doest, do quickly” are words which carry an import many are just not getting for these last days. On a recent post I was questioned regarding a statement I made about “disassociating” myself from those who wish to continue practicing homosexuality and be associated with the LGBT movement. I still maintain my position. I shared the position my family took, with me, when I struggled with drug addiction. I was not wanted in their environs or presence. I had made my choices and they were not willing to allow what I was doing to contaminate them or where they lived. I thank them for their “strait” love and courage. I remember oh so well on that bitterly cold December 25th morning, after a blizzard, when my brother put me out of his home. He would later confess to me, “Roy, it was the hardest thing I ever done; but, I knew either one or two things would happen: (1) You would become successful in overcoming this thing, or (2) You would die. Either way, ‘mission accomplished’.
What we are finding within the remnant church of God a “perverted” understanding of God’s love. This “loving the sinner and not the sin” has greatly influenced the wrong ideology within God’s church and is causing an infiltration of sin to creep into the church. This should not be. I hear it often said, in this country where I live, I want someone who will “accept me as I am.” Well, God doesn’t! Why would I? God does not accept you for what you are if you wish to remain AS you are. God has the ability to change your life but if you wish to continue in your life, God then removes His presence from you to allow you to continue in your sin, and because He’s not able to countenance sin, He has “disassociated” you from Himself and you are left to suffer the consequences of your actions and choices.
Jesus told Judas after his involvement in Christ’s mission for over three years, “What you are going to do, do it.” In other words, Judas was finished. From that time on there would be no hope for him. We all know the story. Jesus would no longer allow him to be an influence among those who have chosen the right way of life, despite even their shortcomings. Some would then ask, “Bro. Roy, how do we know WHEN it is time to let someone go?” My brother knew when it was. We should know when it is, too. Regarding the LGBT movement, if they want to come into our churches—COME! Please COME. But DO NOT THINK for a moment we will accept your continued lifestyle of that which you have chosen to live. I’ll even go so far as to side with those who believe it is a gene issue: COME! Please COME. But DO NOT THINK for a moment we will accept your continued lifestyle of that which you have been born into.
We have choices. I could have chosen to walk down my brother’s street, go find somewhere to sit and have died of exposure. It would have only taken moments of hyperthermia for me to have fallen into a sleep never to be awakened. I saw it happen while I was homeless. I know once you get past a certain point, your body mercilessly passes out. You don’t even shiver any longer. But, I am here today to tell you: God. Does. Change. Lives. If He can change mine from an almost 20 year chronic substance abuse, life of sin, surely He can change those who are gay, transgendered thinking and living. He does not and WILL NOT have you to come to Him only to be accepted and remain as you are. NOBODY remains as they are when they truly come into Christ’s presence, and for those who believe otherwise you are foolish because you are an accessory after the fact and will receive your just punishment because one cannot associate with and not become. Hard saying. It IS by our associations we are, therefore, I choose NOT to associate with those I have no desire to become.
A hard message? Yes, it is. Unfair message? No, I don’t think so. We are in a war for our lives and soul salvation. We must act like we are in a war and not on a lunch date!
May 15, 2016