“Not every sin is equal.”

René Malgo

Sometimes we Christians must address serious topics. This issue is one such case. There are many things which can lead a person to fall and destroy him in the end. But, in one area, the cunning attacks of the devil are particularly insidious and far-reaching. Thus, it is necessary, today more than ever, to warn against it without reserve, even when it is unpleasant.

American author Jeff Kinley grabs the bull by the horns. The topic is not suitable for children, but especially plagues youth and adults: sexual immorality.

Kinley brings together end-times prophecy, the time of Noah, and the present moral decay in a remarkable way, and shows which hour has now struck. He treads carefully, but he does not conceal anything. He does not gloss over reality. Kinley’s thoughts come from a book he wrote about the end times, which we can highly recommend (As It Was in the Days of Noah, Item 2286).

When we look at Romans 1, we recognize that the summit of divine wrath over human ungodliness and injustice is reached through “vile affections” (Rom 1:26). It is a sign of judgment when God allows a society to exchange “natural use” for “that which is against nature.” This is grievous, and modern man understandably does not like to read it. And yes, there is no doubt that every person is loved and desired by God: Christ has gone to the cross for every person, whether he wants to be gay, lesbian, or something in between. No sin or aberration is too great for forgiveness. God seeks out sinners. But, as Kinley shows, not every sin is equal.

There is a good reason why the Bible is full of commands for sanctification, and urges us to keep fleeing indecency. “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry” (Col 3:5, NIV). As Christians, we must be different from the rest of the world. We’re not doing nonbelievers any favors when we live without discipline and approve or tolerate everything that a lost person would do. We are no light when we do not let our light shine.

Love is necessary. We must not hate and despise. Unfortunately, we believers can often give that impression when we talk about homosexuals and the immoral. This is wrong. Even the greatest sinners are created in the image of God and are intended for God’s glory, and not for aberration, death, or corruption. Being light involves selfless love.

And truth, too. It is an expression of love when we say that the path of fornication and impurity leads to ruin. “Let no man deceive you with vain words,” Paul emphasizes precisely in this regard, “for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them” (Eph 5:6-7).

Sexual immorality leads to bondage. And the remedy against this slavery of darkness is only the light itself: Jesus Christ. When we concern ourselves with Him; when we grow in the knowledge of His person and love; when we are obedient and follow Him; when we concentrate on what is “true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise”—then the “God of Peace” Himself will be with us, even in the great darkness of this time (Phil 4:8-9; cf. Eph 3:14-19; 5:1-2; 1 John 2:1-5).

Maranatha: come, Lord Jesus!

Midnight Call - 05/2017

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