Luke 13:1-5 There were present at that season some who told Him (the Lord Jesus) about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." (NKJV)
Our news headlines have been filled with some of the most horrific things humanly imaginable. We have witnessed the mass murders of people we consider to be innocent of such a thing happening to them. Our desire to understand these things has driven panel discussions of all sorts and yet there seems to be no definitive answers found. Our Lord was confronted with similar events that happened during His time down here on earth. His response was then I’m sure perplexing to His listeners then, as I believe it has been for the many generations since He spoke those words in Luke 13:1-5.
I believe that maybe one of the most hated and despised people that have made recent headlines for what is considered horrible sin is Mr. Jerry Sandusky. He is the former Penn State Assistant Football Coach that was convicted of molesting several underage boys over a period of as long as 15 years. He is now incarcerated because this country has laws against adults having sex with minor children, however, if Mr. Sandusky were having sex with teenage boys 18 or older, he would still be free today.
Does the age of the boys make his sin more intolerable? In the hearts and minds of many human beings it does, but how does God view his sin. Does Mr. Sandusky deserve hell for taking advantage of these young children the way he did? If the Lord Jesus were here on the earth today, he would say the same thing he did in Luke 13. Why? You see He is the same today, yesterday, and forever. He does not change His position, His nature, and His character because man increases over time in knowledge or human wisdom. He is The Lord and He changes not. Therefore, He would say to us today, do you think that Mr. Sandusky is a worse sinner than anyone else in America or the rest of the world who practices sexual immorality? No, he is not a worse sinner than all who practice sexual immorality.
However, we human beings having increased in knowledge over the many centuries, think that we are due different consideration because of how we perceive the times today. We have decided that we know better than an all knowing Creator who sees the past, present, and future as the same. No generation of man is more or less intelligent in His sight, but all generations are equally foolish and born in the same sin.
For example, we have people being interviewed by Gay and Lesbian Magazines like “Out Magazine” declaring that they are homosexuals and proud of their lifestyle. I read on the internet recently where Anderson Cooper one of the news personalities on CNN declared that he is a homosexual. I watched a great soccer game between the USA women and Japan for the gold medal with the USA winning the contest. The very same night one of the national news stations (NBC) did a story on one of the players, Megan Rapinoe detailing how she was interviewed by “Out Magazine” and declared she is a lesbian and that she wants to be a role model for young girls to feel comfortable being who they are. As I read the story of Anderson Cooper and watched the news story of Megan Rapinoe, I was saddened and immediately drawn to the words of my Lord, Master, and Savior Jesus Christ in Luke 13:1-5. How tragic it is for so many people like them to consciously or unconsciously consider their sinful lifestyle elevated above another sinful sexually immoral lifestyle because society in this era or generation has declared it acceptable.
All sexual immorality is sin and if it be sin un-repented of it will cause that soul to perish eternally. I know that this is strong medicine for our politically correct times and even considered hate speech in many circles. Despite all of that it is the truth directly from the Word of God. So many people think that they are showing God’s love to the Megan Rapinoes and Anderson Coopers of the world, but despite their misguided perception of God’s love they are not showing them love, but in reality they don’t really love them at all. Megan Rapinoe and Anderson Cooper are like a blind and deaf man and women walking toward a train track unable to see or hear the train coming down the track about to smash them. Look I used these two people as examples because of the tolerance today for this particular sexually immoral sin over many of the others. However, listen to the Apostle John in the last book of the Bible: Revelation 21:7-8 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (NKJV)
Do you want to love people like Jerry Sandusky, Megan Rapinoe, and Anderson Cooper as the Lord Jesus loves them, then love them unconditionally as they are now and pray for them to be born again. I promise you that our Lord Jesus Christ is sending His true sons and daughters to each of them with the gospel and much prayer in the prayer closet for their conversion. He is doing the exact same thing for every soul trapped in all sexual immorality over this entire world.
I love people in the truth and this is why I must speak the truth as it is represented in the Word of God. There are no second chances after death and all people will not get into Heaven in the end (Universalism). No one still alive can pray for their dead friends or family to be saved from the sure judgment of God. The Bible clearly teaches that it is appointed for every person once to die and after that judgment. Listen again to the Apostle John in the last Chapter of the last book of the Bible: Revelation 22:11-15 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still." "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (NKJV)
Amen-So let it be!!!
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book will be available soon…
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You hit the nail on the head. The biggest issue with homosexuality is the denial that it is a sin. No sin then no repentance needed. Another writer on here recently pointed out how many church's have dropped the ball on this too. They would never appoint an openly active adulterer or thief as a Pastor or Deacon. But some denominations have done this with active gays thinking they are being more loving. The problem is by doing this they are essentially telling everyone it is not a sin. I say welcome everyone but be honest with them. There may be some areas of the Bible that I do not like either but I just cannot cut them out. The Bible is very clear it is a sin. If that is the truth of what it says we must stick to it. This reminds me of Eze 33:6. Thanks for your article.