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It’s still all about the Gospel

Posted on Jun 27 , 2015 in Blog

As we shared in last Sunday’s message the issue the church is confronted with today is found in Romans 1:16-23…

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith”.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Thus Christians (those who have repented of their sin, turned to Christ shed blood alone for forgiveness of their sin, and are living out a progressively growing holy life) are not ashamed of the Gospel and call what God calls sin, sin. Thus yesterday’s Supreme Court decision changes NOTHING from a Biblical perspective.

We believe that God is sovereignly in control because He is the Creator of all (Col 1:15-20):

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Thus whatever God is accomplishing at this point and time in history, is simply another step towards accomplishing His ultimate goal of preparing an eternal home for all who truly repent and turn to Christ alone for salvation.

We are not the first people to wonder what God is trying to do. If you read the OT prophets they could not always understand God’s purposes. Just read the book of Habakkuk. In fact many Christians today sound just like Habbakuk sounded in 1:2-4

2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you Violence! and you will not save? 3 Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. 4 So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.

Yet God’s answer is awesome and humbling:

5 Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.

Let us not weep over the fact that man calls sin good and good sin. Rather let us pray and declare the Gospel unashamedly, as that is the only thing that will change the hardened heart of a sinner.

Let’s be reminded that even if the Supreme Court had upheld marriage as one man one woman, mankind would still have a sin problem. Thus let me repeat, the only way to change man’s sin problem is through the Gospel:

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith”.

Now from the standpoint of our Republic, we are doomed based on two rulings this past week:

1. The ruling by Chief Justice Roberts which he wrote concerning the ACA. Basically he said it doesn’t matter what the legislature wrote, this is what it means. This ruling erodes whatever was left of the check and balances between the Legislature-Judiciary-Executive branches.

To quote Humpty Dumpty from Alice in Wonderland: "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that’s all." Basically now no matter what Laws the Legislature passes, if the Executive or Judicial Branches think it means something else, so be it.

Don’t think it can happen…

2. On Friday Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion on marriage. Basically ignoring the plain meaning of the 10th Amendment: "powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. This amendment became the constitutional foundation for those who wish to promote the rights and powers of the states vis-à-vis the federal government”.

BUT for the Christian our God given mandate has not changed: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith”. It’s still all about the Gospel.

Let me end with this:

The teaching of Bible Baptist Church is based on the Scriptures. Our interpretation of the Scripture is based on the following:

  1. Normal – understanding the words of Scripture in their common usage unless otherwise indicated by the context.
  2. Literal – understanding the meaning of Scripture in its ordinary sense unless the context requires a figurative interpretation.
  3. Grammatical – using the recognized rules of grammar to interpret the text.
  4. Historical – understanding the words of Scripture in the context of the times in which they were written.
  5. Systematic – categorizing and comparing the teaching of the Scriptures with the whole of Scripture in view.

RESOURCES:

http://www.tms.edu/preachersandpreaching/a-biblical-response-to-homosexuality/

http://thecripplegate.com/anchoring-in-gods-word-thoughts-on-the-supreme-courts-same-sex-marriage-ruling/

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/so-called-same-sex-marriage?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=FeedPress&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dg-articles+%28Desiring+God%29

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/06/26/why-the-church-should-neither-cave-nor-panic-about-the-decision-on-gay-marriage/?tid=sm_tw

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