Most Baptist churches in the world today are either apostate or spiritually and morally compromised with the world. We were reminded of this at the recent announcement of a Baptist Conference on Sexuality and Covenant scheduled for April at First Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia. The event, co-sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Mercer University, is “headlined” by Jenell Paris, author of The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Determine Who We Are. Music will be provided by contemporary Christian musician Jennifer Knapp, who “came out” as a lesbian in 2010. Conference sessions will “explore how current realities and research challenge traditional categories of sexual ethics” (“Baptist Sexuality Conference,” Associated Baptist Press, Jan. 10, 2012). The conference planning team invited speakers who have “genuinely struggled with questions and matters of sexuality.” This “struggle” is a product of unbelief, because God’s Word describes the issue of sexuality in the clearest terms and it’s not our part to “struggle” with God’s Word; it’s our part to believe. “But without faith it is impossible to please him...” (Heb. 11:6). From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible nowhere says God approves of “same sex” relations; rather, it reproves them as an abomination (Rom. 1:26-28). According to Scripture, the only acceptable environment for sexual relationship is holy marriage, and there is no divine authority for marriage for same sex couples. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). This has been true from the time of man’s creation as recorded in Genesis and Jesus confirmed its abiding authority during His earthly ministry (Matthew 19:1-6). This puts the lie to the claim that Jesus didn’t address the issue of “same sex” relationships. He addressed the issue both by limiting the lawfulness of marriage to male/female and by warning of the destruction of Sodom (Mat. 10:15; 11:23-24). Further, He addressed the issue of homosexuality by His Spirit in the prophets and apostles who delivered the canon of Scripture by divine inspiration (John 16:12-15).
(Friday Church News Notes, January 13, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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