Lot’s Mistake: Homosexuality and the Church – Part 1

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 1 Cor. 5:11

Two girls – friends of my son Joe – came to visit me recently and as we sat in my room after a sumptuous lunch, I was regaling them with tales of how I met my lovely wife Flo (which just happens to be my pet pastime when I have a willing audience as was the case with these girls).

Having honed my story-telling skills over the years, I expertly wove my favorite love yarn until the two doomed girls were leaning into each other’s shoulders, eyes starry-filled with the romance of it all. Giggles of excitement kept ringing out and knowing glances were exchanged.

Both girls were in their early 20s and they were very eager to learn more about our “affair”. But romance ultimately has to do with sexuality. And sexuality has to do with a man and a woman. It was then that the thought crossed my mind that these girls were getting all excited over… a man!

Ugh!!

There are many occasions where I have slept with men in the same bed, after all this is Africa. There are even times we have slept three men in the same bed. The middle guy faces one way, and the other two face the other way.

But when I sleep with a man in the same bed, I want him as far away from me as possible. If by chance he happens to touch me accidentally at night, my entire body freezes like pack ice; a man’s touch is the most horrible feeling that I have ever experienced. Here I am talking about him touching me accidentally, of course. If he were to touch me intentionally, that would be an entirely different matter. No world war that has ever been fought could compare with what would ensue then.

Any amorous feelings that I could possibly have for another man are more likely fossilized in unbreakable ice somewhere in the outermost galaxy of another universe.

That is why I believe that there is something called the devil. Only the devil can make a man to have any sexually passionate feelings towards another man. It is so unnatural!

It is unnatural because the God who created this world and everything in it never intended, nor did he create any such thing as a man to have romantic feelings towards a fellow man. But today, alas! there are men (and women) who have perfected this Sodomite art. I read about a man whose “partner” – another man – died. And they wrote, “His husband died…”

That is a phrase which you should not even try bending your mind around because you could end up in a psychiatric ward, chained to a bed and chewing at your tongue! It’s weird, creepy!

Homosexuality is an exceptional sin. It is utter depravity, and exceedingly loathesome. It is the only sin that we read of in the Bible where God personally came down to check on after He heard that it was being practised in Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18). And the Bible says that upon confirming that these two cities were indeed committing homosexuality, God destroyed them. He rained fire on them from heaven and obliterated the cities and their inhabitants completely from the face of the earth.

[Below: A street scene in Dar es Salaam]

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Memucan – Staying On The “King’s Highway” (Part 1)

“19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
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For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” 1 Corinthians 1:19-21

It is difficult for the church to stay on the King’s highway, especially in our day. But we must.

Who was Memucan, and what is his significance in the Bible? In King Ahasuerus’s kingdom, Memucan was one of the princes “which saw the king’s face, and which sat the first in the kingdom” (Est. 1:14). It is so important to note that.

Memucan is one of the men I love in the Bible. He advised the king and enabled him to make a critical decision when his authority was being tested by the person closest to him – his wife.

Memucan brought on Godly wisdom that allowed a nation to stay on the ‘King’s highway’ at a time when the queen’s disobedience was about to derail the entire nation.

It is so sad how human wisdom has penetrated into the church today and we are not even aware of it.

I have read sermons by modernist preachers in which King Ahasuerus was censured for his “debauchery” and where Queen Vashti was praised for refusing to obey King Ahasuerus’s command to go show off her beauty in front of the king’s “drunken” guests.

Someone high-pitchedly said that Vashti did the right thing in refusing because they too wouldn’t want to be “paraded out there to be displayed like a prize horse!”

Another highly intellectual account talks about Vashti being “forced to surrender her womanly honor” by her “unworthy” husband!

These are simply human ideas about what the Biblical account is about. And you will find countless other similar statements within the church.

But the Bible says right there in the scripture above that we cannot know God through our human wisdom. God has rejected that avenue! It is an avenue all right, but God has rejected it. Only a revelation of God in a humble heart can enable us to know God and to know and walk in His holiness.

When you are not walking in this revelation, you are walking in the flesh, and your brain becomes alive, and God’s ways die in you.

I am glad the Book of Esther is in the Bible. It has been put there on purpose by God Himself to confound the wise men and women of this world – rebellious people, for human wisdom is rebelliousness against God.

There are people who would prefer for the Book of Esther to not be in the Bible. It grates against their intelligence and their sense of decency. This is because they are using their brains instead of their hearts to understand God.

But, you see, God is not about your intelligence or your preferences or your idea of decency. God is not even about what is sensible, rational, logical or judicious. And God is certainly not about women’s lib. I should probably say God is against women’s lib. If you wouldn’t want to be paraded out there like a prize horse, that’s all right with God. But the King plans on parading His bride out there, and that is the important thing.

And I deeply doubt that God is thinking of parading a horse out there, anyway! That is just someone’s human intelligence torturing them.

God is God. Actually, Jesus said that God is Spirit (John 4:24). That means that God is not something that human intelligence can make out.

Human wisdom is actually human pride. Progress, civilization, enlightenment, advancement, development – all these and kindred terms are positive terms as far as human beings are concerned, but it is not even remotely so with God. On the contrary, these very terms are enmity with God.

In our country today, education is at a premium. Parents go to incredible lengths to ensure that their children receive the best education possible. In fact, education has been placed on such a high pedestal that it has become a god. People, including born-again believers, are openly playing idolatry at the altar of education.

And yet this education is the very tool that the devil uses so effectively in his warfare against God. Remember Satan used the most intelligent animal in the Garden of Eden – the serpent – to deceive Eve!

I read in the news today that yesterday (Sunday) a transgender priest preached at the Washington National Cathedral in the U.S. That’s a Christian church! During his sermon he compared the sufferings that transgender people are undergoing worldwide to the sufferings of Christ!

The service was officiated over by a gay priest.

These are highly ‘progressive’ men (and no doubt ministering to highly progressive Christians). I can’t begin to imagine what such people would have to say in a house of God. But whatever they believe in has led them into sin since transgenderism and homosexuality are sin. When ‘progressive’ thoughts are injected into the church the result is sin.

Can you imagine a gay priest preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ? The thought is simply beyond comprehension.