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Dominoes Falling (2)

Debate 2 Falls

Responding to Ron Rhodes’ The 8 Great Debates of Bible Prophecy

Debate 2: Ron Rhodes asks, “Are Israel and the Church Distinct in Bible Prophecy?”

Absurdity Hides the Truth

Ron Rhodes puts forward the question “Are Israel and the Church distinct in Bible prophecy?” The fact that this question can even be asked without its absurdity being immediately apparent, not only shows Dispensationalists’ brazen misunderstanding of Scripture, but also the inroads that their false teaching has had on Christendom.

Besides, Rhodes’ intent with the question is to disprove a straw-man case of the Church replacing Israel and establish the Dispensationalist case for the Church and Israel remaining distinct. However, a simple study of the Bible, free from affiliated doctrinal bias, shows that there is no case for either position.

Israel not Replaced, but Saved

Scripture teaches that Jews (those of Israel) who accept Jesus as their prophesied Messiah are automatically made a part of His Church. Consequently, those of Israel who believe, are not replaced by the Church, but are saved into her and are therefore not distinct from the Church but are of her. Conversely, those of Israel (Jews) who don’t accept Jesus remain under the judgment of God.

Though not a majority, over the millennia many Jews have received Jesus as their Messiah and have formed a part of His Church. This is the Church that Jesus, a Jew, told His Jewish apostles He would build. And, though countless believing Jews have been rejected by the mainstream of Jews and their leadership over the years, their believing didn’t stop them from being Jews or a part of Israel.

Not Rejected nor Postponed

At a time when it may have appeared to some that God had rejected Israel (the Jews), Paul said that they were not rejected, citing himself as an example. So, salvation for Israel (the Jews) is not postponed either. He explained that a partial hardening of Israel was in effect until the fullness of the Gentiles had come in. Paul said that he desired in this life to make his fellow Jews jealous. As such, the Jews who reject Jesus and miss the purpose of the covenants and promises are not rejected as a people, but are still able to receive Him if they repent and believe on Him in this life.

It is only in so far as the majority of Jews rejected Jesus that God said that another people would replace them (see Matt 21:43). This judgment came upon them as a nation on the whole as an outcome of their general unbelief. However, Paul teaches in Romans 11 that God had not rejected Israel (the Jews). Consequently, like Paul, and many other Jews who initially rejected Jesus, Jews could still be saved. However, God had a new people in mind. But what people? The new Israel, the Church, comprising of a multitude of believing Gentiles along with the believing Jews.

Engrafted Gentiles

Romans chapter 11 clearly teaches “engrafted theology” rather than dispensationalism or replacement theology. Paul teaches that believing Gentiles are grafted into the promises and covenants given to Israel. Also, in Ephesians 3:4-6 Paul writes that the mystery in Christ is that the Gentiles have been made co-heirs with believing Jews, comprising one Body.

The Jews were given the covenants and promises and Paul therefore calls them the natural branches. When they believe in Jesus, they receive the promised Messiah as the chief outcome of the covenants and promises. They co-inherit all that Christ has inherited. They, along with Gentiles who have been grafted in as unnatural branches, are the true Israel of God.

Israel Fulfills Prophecy

Failure by unbelieving Israel to receive Jesus is a failure to receive the blessings of salvation promised through the prophets. The result is, just as in the Old Testament, calamity upon calamity, rejection by outsiders, being a byword on people’s lips, and experiencing a continued lack of peace – all the curses promised by the prophets. In this sense, unbelieving Israel is distinct from believing Israel and the engrafted Gentiles who together comprise the Church. Those who remain unrepentant have no further prophecy to look forward to except of judgment.

Believing Israel fulfills prophecy by being saved, receiving their Messiah (Christ) in a promised New Covenant. They become co-inheritors with Christ and a part of His Church. Therefore, though Gentiles are by far the majority in the Church, they have been engrafted into what is Israel’s. Conversely, unbelieving Israel fulfills prophecy by either being saved through believing in Jesus their Messiah and included in the Church or by being judged both in this life and at His coming.

Deadly Doctrine of Dispensationalism and Replacement Theology

Clearly, Dispensationalists are unable to see that their own option is flawed. They then have become further trapped, and have become a trap to the undiscerning, by arguing against a straw-man of replacement theology. Neither is true! Both are false doctrines with unfortunate outcomes. The former can lead to and foster anti-Semitism while the latter can lead to a misdirected hope for the Jews. Both have deadly outcomes!

The Rightful Heirs

Therefore, though unbelieving Jews and Gentiles still occupy much of what is Christ’s, they do so as His enemies only until they have been made His footstool or have been saved. So, though believing Jews don’t occupy or rule the land of Israel, they, along with all believers, are the true heirs of more than just Israel, but the whole world. And, this will certainly be theirs in the promised new heavens and new earth.

Rob Morley

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Toppling Dispensationalism

Dominoes Falling (1)

Toppling Dispensationalism

Responding to Ron Rhodes’ The 8 Great Debates of Bible Prophecy

Debate 1: Part 2. Covenant Theology Versus Dispensationalism?

By comparing dispensationalism and the Bible, dispensationalism is evidently a lie in that it…

…focuses on the unbelieving Jews (the synagogue of Satan) and on the modern State of Israel, instead of on God’s chief goal in this final dispensation, that is, on His household, His Church, His Temple, His dwelling place comprising both Jews and Gentiles in unity, in one body, a new race, holy nation and a royal priesthood in Christ.

  • Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, … That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ (Eph 1:9-10).
  • So then you (Gentiles) are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints(believing Jews) and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit (Eph 2:19-22).
  • But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

…distracts people from Christ’s singular purpose of building His Church. It belittles the purpose of the Church and the enormity of its duties, which is God’s only program for both Jews and Gentiles.

  • “…And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mat 16:18).
    • Peter: Jew
    • Church: His ecclesia
    • gates of hell: real enemy
  • Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).
  • that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

…robs people of the truth that Christ is already reigning.

  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
  • Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass (Zech 9:9).
  • Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me…” (Mat 28:18).
  • “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one” (Zech. 14:9).
  • Then the high priest said to Him, “I charge You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus answered. “But I say to all of you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven (Mat 26:63-64).
    • From now on = imminently and continually
    • Right hand of the Mighty One = having God’s authority and power
    • Coming on the clouds of heaven = bringing judgments
  • For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves (Col 1:13).
  • For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet (1 Cor 15:25).
  • For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” (1 Cor 15:27).

…misunderstands rebellion in the world as evidence of Christ not yet reigning, not realizing that Christ already reigns while awaiting for His enemies to become His footstool.

  • But when this Priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time, He waits for His enemies to be made a footstool for His feet (Heb 10:12-13).
    • Right hand of God = having God’s authority and power

 …fails to see that Jews and Gentiles have no other time than now to enter into Christ’s kingdom.

  • And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Heb 9:27).
  • What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin (Rom 3:9).
  • but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Cor 1:24).

 …fails to see God’s preordained unity being manifest between Jews and Gentiles in Christ.

  • even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles (Rom 9:24).
  • The marvel was not that Jews were accepting Christ, but that Gentiles were.
  • For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility… that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace (Eph 2:14-15).
  • For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit (1 Cor 12:13).
  • … fails to see that the kingdom is not outwardly observed.
  • Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” (luke 17:20-21).

… focusses on earthly inheritance, failing to magnify the need of both Jew and Gentile of deliverance from death, trespasses and sin, this world and from Satan. This failure is exactly why the Jews lost the land.

  • And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Eph 2:1-3).

…fails to see that the land promise has already been fulfilled in the Old Testament and again in Christ who has all authority in Heaven and on Earth. Though occupied by others, the land belongs to Christ and all who are joined to him, whether Jew or Gentile.

  • “But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt” (Acts 7:17).
  • Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt (1 Kings 4:21).
  • “Thou art the LORD the GOD, who didst choose Abram, and brought him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gave him the name Abraham; and foundeth his heart faithful before Thee, and made a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed Thy Words; for Thou art righteous” (Neh 9:7-8).
  • Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me…” (Mat 28:18).

…fails to see the conditionality of the promise. Because of unbelief, not all who were promised the land entered in.

  • And I will bring you (Israelite slaves who, because of unbelief, did not all enter) to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the LORD (Ex 6:8).
  • not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, who you said would become a prey, I will bring in, and they shall know the land that you have rejected (Num 14:30-31).

…fails to see that the land is a type linked to Abraham’s greater understanding of being heir of the whole world and beyond; that Christ is heir of the world and beyond and that Christians, both Jew and Gentile, are co-heirs in Him.

  • For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith (Rom 4:13).
  • “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt 5:5).
  • Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ (1 Cor 15:23).

…gives a land prophecy intended for an ancient generation of Jews to today’s unbelieving unrepentant Jews and then interprets the opposite of what it meant.

  • “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD” (Ezek 20:33-38).
    • This is an act done in wrath
    • This is done outside the land
    • This is done to purge out the rebels and keep them from entering the land
    • This is not about today. Are modern day Jews who enter the land purged of their rebellion?

…falsely proclaims a hope beyond this present time for unbelieving Jews and the State of Israel. It’s a false hope outside of Christ that gets told to the church regarding the Jews whom God has, is and will continue to judge as long as they reject Him and His Anointed One, their Messiah.

  • Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits (Mat 21:43).
  • And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation (Luke 19:41-44).

Covenant Theology

Covenant Theology and New Covenant Theology both teach that God has made a covenant in Christ by which all men, whether Jew or Gentile, can be saved.

The Jews who believed that Christ was the Mediator of a New Covenant, not only for Israel, but for the sin of the world, shared this Gospel with unbelieving Gentiles, of whom I am one. Surely the least we can do is reciprocate and share the Gospel with unbelieving Jews.

For more on God’s love and plan of salvation for the Jews read please read Jewish Salvation.

Rob Morley

Who You Were to Who You Are

The Old Testament exodus narrative helps us to understand our own past and, more importantly, our purpose as believers today.

Old Testament Type

The Old Testament contains many types of our own reality. Consider these scriptures:

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. (Ex 19:5-6).

But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be a people of his own inheritance, as you are (having been obedient?) this day (Deut 4:20).

The ‘if’ shows that obedience was conditional to being God’s people in the Old Testament.

New Testament Reality

Consider how these New Testament scriptures use the imagery and terms of the Old Testament to help us understand our own reality in Christ:

you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ ( 1 Pet 2:5).

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9).

Faith in Christ, that produces obedience, is the only condition to being God’s people. Have you come out of spiritual darkness and become one of God’s own? Have you discovered your profound purpose? Do you need a Reorientation Miracle to help you see the light?

Rob Morley

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Toppling Literalists

Responding to Ron Rhodes’ The 8 Great Debates of Bible Prophecy

Debate 1: Ron Rhodes asks, “Should Bible Prophecy Be Interpreted Literally or Allegorically?”

  • Part 1. The Hermeneutics of Bible Prophecy: Literal or Allegorical?

Knocking Down False Views

This serves as the first in a series of responses to the debates put forward by Ron Rhodes in his book, The 8 Great Debates of Bible Prophecy. The book is really just a platform for promoting Rhodes’ end-time views which I plan to debunk as I to respond to each debate with the truth of Scripture. My posts will not be exhaustive responses to the questions raised in the book, yet they will be enough to hopefully keep many from the false end-time beliefs associated with Rhodes’ views and lead them to enjoy the liberty that comes from understanding God’s word.

Straw man Leverage

Firstly, the question “Should Bible Prophecy Be Interpreted Literally or Allegorically?” creates false leverage in order to discredit allegorical interpretations of certain Bible prophecies that don’t fit with Ron Rhodes’ preferred literal interpretations. It creates the assumption that all Bible prophecy must be viewed through only one lens of interpretation and the straw man that those who view certain prophecies allegorically do so for all prophecies. This is of course not true.

A better question would have been, “Should Bible prophesy always be interpreted literally?” This would have avoided the implied premise that one interpretation method is always correct and in turn have avoided the unfair straw man created by such a dichotomy.

Ron Rhodes further entrenches this straw man argument by citing prophecies where the literal interpretation has clearly been fulfilled in order to use these as proofs that this approach is the only option for prophecy. However, this is as flawed as saying that the night sky is full of bright stars; therefore, everything bright in the night sky is a star.

Literal unless Indicated

I agree with Ron Rhodes that the literal interpretative method has proven to be the best starting point when approaching Scripture. Regarding this he says, “A literal approach allows for allegorical or symbolic meanings when indicated in the context, as is often the case in such apocalyptic literature as the books of Daniel and Revelation.” However, where we disagree is the extent to which “allegorical or symbolic” has been “indicated in the context”, including in certain prophecies.

Firstly, let me point out that by simply citing Revelation as an example of apocalyptic literature that contains allegorical meanings, Rhodes disproves his notion that a literal interpretation is required when interpreting prophecy, because Revelation is prophecy. So, clearly, the issue appears to be identifying where a book is to be understood allegorically and not whether or not prophecy can be interpreted allegorically or not.

Consistency of Interpretation

Secondly, when interpreting Revelation, Rhodes is far more selective in his use of allegorical interpretation than what I believe the text demands. For consistency in interpreting Revelation, a book loaded with symbolism, why would the “7 spirits of God” in Revelation 1:4 be allegorically representative of the Holy Spirit while the “1000 year reign” in Chapter 20 be literal?

On what basis would the number “7” associated with the term “spirits of God” be clearly understood as allegorical and yet the number “1000” associated with the term “years” be understood as literal? What of the 24 elders, the 12000 stadia, the 144000 people, etc.?

Explaining the 1000 year Reign of Christ

In the Bible numerology is commonly used to depict meaning. Certain numbers had certain connotations. For example 12 could allude to the tribes of Israel, or to the apostles, 3 to the Trinity, 7 to qualitative fullness associated with God and creation and 10 was understood as quantitative fullness. Therefore, with 10 meaning quantitative fullness and 3 as the number of God, 1000, which is 10 x 10 x 10 or 103, would symbolically represent the fullness of time that God has determined rather than a literal 1000 years.

In apocalyptic literature, if the author has clearly used numerology, especially in his first use of a number, as John did with “the 7 spirits of God”, then that is an indication that numerology should be considered when other numbers present themselves. This is especially true if the numbers that are used are consistently distinctively Biblical like 3, 6, 7, 10 or 12. Finally, if in applying consistency of interpretation and numerological meaning to the numbers we find that this leads to real meaning that is in line with Biblical truth, then it is unlikely that we have stumbled upon chance. This final point is consistently true of every number found in Revelation and, because there are so many, chance is eliminated. Revelation proves that its numbers are to be allegorically understood.

Some Dare not See

I suggest that Rhodes’ bias, tied to his end-time belief in a literal 1000 year reign of Christ, makes him unable or unwilling to see the “allegorical” clearly “indicated” around the numbers used in Revelation. Sadly, instead of using Revelation’s own cues, Rhodes misses the use of numerology throughout and, as a result, the real meaning behind the numbers.

I believe that Rhodes and other premillennialists are forced to turn a blind eye to the allegory in order to maintain a belief system that is interlinked with other fallacies. However, by doing this they have clearly moved away from Scripture, preferring a popular, but flawed interpretation. Rhodes created this first debate in order to champion this view, unaware that his own concession to the “allegorical or symbolic when indicated in the context” is this view’s undoing.

Click here for Numerology in The Revelation.

Rob Morley

Straightening Out

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Homosexuality is Unnatural and Sinful

The Bible explains that because of the Fall, all of humankind is innately sinful. More specifically, it considers homosexuality to be unnatural and sinful. Therefore, it stands to reason that an innate homosexual orientation (if it exists), or a developed one, is an expression of fallen mankind’s brokenness and sinfulness.

We All Need to be Rescued

All humans are born with a sinful nature and are inclined to sin in one way or another. Therefore, regardless of the particular characteristics of each person’s sinful nature, whether innate or developed, we are all in need of a Savior to rescue us from its awful consequence. These consequences include our separation from God, our inability to walk free of sin, and our inability to adequately make just amends for the wrongs of our past.

Is the Orientation or the Act a Sin?

In trying to help those who struggle with homosexual orientation, it has been said that the orientation is not a sin, it’s only the activity. However, this cannot refer to the lust of homosexuality, because lusting for something is considered by God to be equivalent to the sin itself. Nor, obviously, could it refer to the orientation prior to coming to Christ, because all sinful orientation is away from God, which is the essence of sinfulness. Instead, the only way in which a Christian can be legitimately associated with a homosexual orientation is when old mindsets and triggers still lurk as sources of temptations.

Our Old Orientation

Sinful orientation is not considered a personal sin if we refer to the intermittent pulls and temptations of the body and un-renewed mind in someone who has come to Christ. These old mindsets and bodily triggers no longer have control over the believer, because the Christian has crucified the flesh. However, they need to be dealt with or they can easily become sources of sin.

Alive, but Challenged

Spiritually, we are completely changed when we come to Christ. However, this begins a journey of further transformation through the renewing of our minds and the putting to death of the inappropriate pulls of the body. Certain soulish and physical triggers remain in the background with the potential to lure a believer into sin. Nevertheless, because a Christian has crucified their flesh, these old ways no longer have the ability to influence a person, as long as they walk in the Spirit.

Victory By The Spirit

It is in this sense that remnants of a homosexual orientation may still exist in a person (in their old mindsets and learned bodily triggers) who was homosexually orientated when they came to Christ. In Christ, however, a person is no longer subject to the flesh, but is free to walk in the Spirit. In fact, they must, for walking in the Spirit is the Christian life. And, to the extent that they walk in the Spirit, they will be enabled to put to death the misdeeds of their bodies and renew their minds and be transformed.

Forgiven and Empowered

However, just as everyone is likely to sin in the same area that they sinned before coming to Christ, it should not surprise us if a person who struggled with pornography has occasional lapses in the same area, or if person who was a homosexual is tempted by their old thoughts and bodily triggers. The good news is that if we have all the resources in Christ to overcome our internal challenges, and, even if we are entangled by sin, which the Bible says can happen easily, we can receive forgiveness, be restored and continue to walk in the Spirit.

Hallelujah!

Amen!

Blessings to all who are struggling in Christ,

Rob

 

I Was Born That Way!

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Conceived in Sin and Iniquity

From conception we are all orientated away from God with an innately sinful nature. This may mean that each of us starts off life with any number of particular innate ungodly orientations. Therefore, if homosexual orientation is proven to be innate in certain persons, this should not surprise us. These orientations, whether innate or developed, the Bible calls iniquities, and are the personal predispositions or bents toward particular sin.

Objection

Someone may object, “Surely being born homosexually orientated legitimizes it. Also, how can such a person be judged if they had no part in being orientated that way?” Consider that we are all born with a sinful nature that we had no part in creating, yet our lack of participation doesn’t legitimize it. We will all be judged for our sins and iniquities inherited in Adam if we haven’t accepted God’s mercy and help in Christ Jesus, who died to forgive our sins and iniquities and give us a new life free from them.

Scientific Evidence

That said, the extent to which people may be innately orientated toward certain sins appears to be unclear. In fact, a report by Dr. Lawrence Mayer and Dr. Paul McHugh, entitled, Sexuality and Gender, maintains that the understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are “born that way” — is not supported by scientific evidence.

From Homosexual Orientation to God and Wholeness

Regardless of how a deviance begins, God can fix it. Whether a person had been born blind or became blind, Jesus could heal them. Similarly, God can heal someone with a homosexual orientation regardless of how it began. Now, while it is true that the blind are rarely miraculously healed (yet, if they have come to Christ they will most certainly be healed in the life to come), nevertheless, the morally deviant who come to Christ are immediately given a new spirit, a new heart and the Holy Spirit to help transform them through renewing any remaining innate or learned orientation.

Do You Want To Be Healed?

So, whether homosexual orientation becomes a part a person at conception or during development, whether inadvertently or through their own deliberate choices, it is just one of many deviances found in humanity’s fallen nature for which Christ died in order to bring forgiveness and restoration. Whatever the sinful orientation, like He did with the crippled man, Jesus is asking, “Do you want to be made whole?”

Rob

nDeBjaIResearchers’ Unscientific Beliefs

I put forward in a previous post, Prenatal Sexual Orientation Findings Confirm God’s Word, to the extent researchers’ beliefs concerning sexual orientation cited by Wiki were true, namely, that ‘sexual orientation is not a choice, and … established at conception’, that this would only serve to agree with God’s word concerning everyone having an innate sinful nature from conception.

That said, these researchers’ beliefs, along with other beliefs related to the LGBT community and touted by academics as truth, were exposed as being unscientific in a report by Dr. Lawrence Mayer, professor of psychiatry and statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University and Dr. Paul McHugh, one of the world’s leading psychiatrists (psychiatrist-in-chief, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore from 1975 to 2001), entitled, Sexuality and Gender.

With regard to sexual orientation and gender identity, their conclusions were as follows:

  • The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are “born that way” — is not supported by scientific evidence.
  • The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be “a man trapped in a woman’s body” or “a woman trapped in a man’s body” — is not supported by scientific evidence.

Brokenness and Innate Sinful Nature

If the above report is true, which I am inclined to believe it is, then gender confusion or homosexual orientation is a development from a person’s innate brokenness and sinful nature. However, if any innateness is found in homosexual orientation or gender confusion, it would still be explained by the fall of mankind and humanity’s inherited sinful nature. The only difference is that these traits would be understood as innate expressions of human brokenness and sinful nature rather than a later development from them.

So, whether gender confusion or homosexual orientation has any measure of innateness or not, God’s word explains their existence as coming from brokenness and/or sinfulness. As David says, ‘Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me’ (Psalm 51:5).

Rob

From Death to Life

Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).

Other posts in this series on the plight of man and the Good News:

Dead at Conception

Sinful Since Conception

Humanity Died

Unmerited Opportunity

Diagnosed a Sinner

 

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God’s Law reveals sins, the symptoms of mankind’s fallen human nature that has an inherent disregard for God.

Other posts in this series on the plight of man and the Good News:

Dead at Conception

Sinful Since Conception

Humanity Died

Unmerited Opportunity

Unmerited Opportunity

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Our temporary existence is an unmerited and merciful opportunity given to us so that we might reconnect with our God.

 

Other posts in this series on the plight of man and the Good News:

Dead at Conception

Sinful Since Conception

Humanity Died

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