Homosexuality: A Biblical Response (Part II)


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Understanding the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is also vital to understanding God’s disposition toward the sin of sexual immorality in general and homosexuality in particular. The LORD is often accused as being capricious in the Old Testament and filled with uncontrolled anger. The accounts of Sodom and Gomorrah, specifically as they relate to the Abrahamic Covenant, reveals that the LORD is just the opposite of what He is accused. Yes, He is a jealous God (Ex. 20:15; Ex. 34:14; Deut. 4:24). However, His jealousy is provoked by His righteousness and holiness. The context of Genesis chapters 18 and 19 reveals that Yahweh has set His sights on Sodom and Gomorrah. Their wickedness is not merely an afterthought. Instead, her sins are crying out for judgment. Impending judgment solicits Abraham’s plea for mercy. In Abraham’s dialogue with Yahweh, it is evident that if there are among the wicked, righteous persons then a stay of execution will be granted to Sodom and Gomorrah.

If we fast forward, God’s holiness demands judgment. It demands that His wrath must be satisfied. His assurances to Abraham testify that He is merciful to the righteous. However, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah are clear indications that there were no righteous ones present in Sodom and Gomorrah. What were her sins?

In Genesis 19:1-11, we read that there were angels who had come to Sodom. It was the men of the town who desired sexual relations with them, as they stayed in Lot’s home. Their behavior became aggressive and debaucherous. Their grievous desires caused them to pursue that which is abominable in the sight of God. In case there are any misunderstandings as to how this was viewed, even in the ancient world, Lot’s response to the men is revealed in Genesis 19:7, “…please do not act wickedly.” There was nothing natural, noble, or normal about what the townsmen desired to do with the angels. Their depravity is evident as Lot would rather give his daughter over to them if it would satisfy their perverse blood lust. The men were struck with supernatural blindness (v. 11), so that they could not consummate their vileness as they had hoped with the angels.

After this account, Genesis 19:12-25 records the warning from the angels and the destruction of Sodom. The LORD rained fire and brimstone upon the land, as He promised. Abraham surveys the damage in Genesis 19:23-27. This is not a mythological account, as the sinfulness of man would rather mythologize historical realities than face them. The justice of God demanded retribution for wickedness. Since the Abrahamic Covenant promised blessing for the nations, one can readily admit that Sodom, Gomorrah, and the respective villages had no allotment in this promise. The angels had come as visible warning to the city. Instead of responding in repentance, Sodom and Gomorrah responded with sexual perversity. One facet of her wickedness is identified as homosexuality. God’s love is expressed toward those who are recipients of His righteousness and have contrite hearts of repentance and faith in His name. He is not obligated to tolerate wickedness and vileness, no matter how much the modern society legislates sin or attempts to make it socially respectable. This reminder of God’s hatred for sin, specifically homosexual sin, is a timeless warning. We will continue to examine a biblical theology of God’s dealing with homosexuality, while pleading with those who are captive to this sin that they must repent of their sins and turn from this perverse generation, flee the wrath to come and turn to Christ Jesus. Do not excuse your sin, because a deceived society provides excuses. Do not genetically justify persistence in sin because novel, genetic arguments are ‘discovered’ with no basis. It is time that the Christian’s love in calling such sinners to repent, supersedes the world’s permissible hatred as she speedily rushes toward the judgement of God for her own sins. Sexual perversion, as we see in this Genesis account, and will see in the Scriptures to follow, is the last expression of depravity before the wrath of God is dispensed in unrestrained fury. The mercy of God in Jesus Christ demands, not smug replies and witty quips, but falling upon your face in mourning over wickedness that shall separate you forever from the love of God in Jesus Christ.

(To Be Continued…)

Doron Gladden
Biblical Christ Research Institute



Homosexuality: A Biblical Response (Part I)


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Lev. 18:20 ‘You shall not have intercourse with your neighbor’s wife, to be defiled with her.  21 ‘You shall not give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.  22 ‘You shall not lie with a male as 1one lies with a female; it is an abomination.  23 ‘Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion.

Lev. 18:24   ‘Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled.  25 ‘For the land has become defiled, atherefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants.  26 ‘But as for you, you are to keep My statutes and My judgments and shall not do any of these abominations, neither the native, nor the alien who sojourns among you 27 (for the men of the land who have been before you have done all these abominations, and the land has become defiled);  28 so that the land will not spew you out, should you defile it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you.  29 ‘For whoever does any of these abominations, those persons who do so shall be cut off from among their people.  30 ‘Thus you are to keep My charge, that you do not practice any of the abominable customs which have been practiced before you, so as not to defile yourselves with them; I am the LORD your God.’”

The Levitical mandate has been often misunderstood in light of what Yahweh commanded concerning homosexuality. Specifically, the case has been made that these commands are archaic, and that Yahweh has relaxed His standards concerning the prohibitions in the text. The case is also made that Yahweh failed to consider cultural and scientific advancements in the modern world, and thus miscalculated the necessities of modern man. Another argument is that the prohibitions were simply for BC Israel and that any consideration of these prohibitions outside of this context is a laughable imposition.

An exegetical and expositional consideration of this passage in its near and larger context must be examined to engage the aforementioned disagreements. First, it must be considered that God is not lacking in knowledge of His creatures (1 Cor. 2:10-11). It is serious folly and blasphemy to suppose that Yahweh lacks the necessary information or ability to understand the depths of His creatures (Gen. 1:26). Can man stand in accusation against Yahweh, when man is beneath his maker? (Job 38:4-7;  Isaiah 29:16, 45:9; Romans 9:21) Scripture soundly speaks of God’s sovereign control over all things, even men and their affairs (Psalm 24:1).

Considering the Levitical text, it must be said plainly that this examination will reveal that homosexuality is not a mere afterthought in ancient Israel. It is not a cultural prohibition that has been abandoned in the modern day. In fact, it is a prescription for understanding the holiness of God, not a mythological account. The book of Leviticus is a mandate to the sons of Israel through the Levitical priest concerning the holiness of Israel before Yahweh and the nations. The text also reveals that the prohibitions for Israel were not unique to them. They extended to the nations (Leviticus 18:26). This is key because the argument is often made that certain prohibitions in Leviticus are too outlandish for modern society. Therefore, as the argument goes, since those commands are outlandish in our western context, then the prohibition concerning homosexuality and other moral statutes are equally outlandish. Yahweh could not have imposed these things if He considered at all the 21st century. However, this argument collapses on two levels. First, all considerations for Israel in the Old Testament must be understood as Israel is to pursue ceremonial purity and moral purity (Dr. Michael Grisanti, Israel IBEX notes, unpublished).

Ceremonial purity meant that Yahweh commanded certain acts and prohibitions for Israel, for the purpose of their coming to Him in worship. Moral purity was assumed and required to live in the presence of Yahweh as He dwelled among the people in the Jerusalem Temple. Each of these must be understood as calls for Israel to be a kingdom of priests, not as a pious testimony to themselves. These prohibitions and commands were commands to be distinct from the pagan nations. Also, these distinctions served to draw the pagan, Gentile nations to Yahweh and repent of such moral/ceremonial failures (Isaiah 49:6; Exodus 19:6). Paul will make the same case in Romans 1 when he argues that the wrath of God is upon all ungodliness of men, who are truth suppressors (Romans 1). Second, Israel’s distinction and holiness was not only for a specific moment in time. Instead, this holiness was to bear blessing for obedience and cursing for disobedience (Deuteromony 28). By way of reminder, Moses is given the second rendering of law  to the Israelites as they are to inherit the promised land (δευτερος =second,νομος =law). The moral premises are still built within the commandments. They are given, primarily for Israel, however they are simultaneously to serve as a demonstration to the Gentile nations. Yahweh’s name is directly attached to His commands and judgments. His prohibitions and commands in Leviticus 18, serve as a witness of Yahweh’s holy expectation, and as an indictment to those who fail to meet those expectations in the Gentile nations. Especially since Israel is supposed to be a ‘light to the Gentiles’.  The Leviticus context (chapter 18) reveals that defilement and misrepresentation of the Holy One was at stake if the prohibitions were ignored. The Lord did not deal lightly with those who rebelled against His commands. The question remains, in His eyes has the absolute moral standard been lifted because we are in the modern era? Because God is immutable (never changing) in His divine perfections (attributes), to borrow the language of the apostle Paul, “May it never be!” The mandate in Israel was the death penalty for those who committed acts of sexual immorality, specifically those who committed acts of homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13). While the death mandate of theocratic justice for homosexuality has been lifted (we will come back to this), it is still considered an abominable sin before Yahweh, worthy of death. However it is a sin whereby death is deferred as one plummets down the cycle of this sexual sin. The wages of all sin is death (eternal death), while the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). The Levitical mandates are pertinent when we consider Yahweh’s disposition toward sin specifically. He will judge sin. Because He does not immediately administer a death sentence for some sins committed (exceptions include, in some states, murder), it does not mean that Yahweh has become lax in His judgment (Acts 17:30). Israel, specifically, and the Old Testament in general is not an ancient book with which we give a dismissive glance and mock its use for today. It is an example, as Paul mentioned in New Testament Corinthians, for us to heed and learn from its warnings (1 Corithians 10:11). The Old Testament is written for the dual purpose of informing how all must live before Yahweh, while historically/contextually/grammatically informing us concerning His righteous expectations for Israel. The unified corpus of both the Old and New Testament testifies to us which commands have been abdicated and which commands are pertinent for believers today. God determines this in His word, not modern cultural sensibilities, moral relativism, or supposed scientific findings.

(To be continued)….

-Doron Gladden


I Shall Not Be Moved


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I had decided to make the move to Blogger as a result of this “rainbow” stupidity. However, in giving it much thought, I am staying. Here’s why…You see my issue was that it was imposed. And it was, on Christians who stand for the truth that God created marriage, defines it as one man and one woman, and has given it as an example of Christ and the Church. No one can change that truth and no stupid hijacking of His rainbow can ever change the truth of either God’s covenant rainbow OR His creation of marriage. Nothing ever changes truth. Nothing. (Did you know they are not the first to do it? New Agers did it back in the 60’s and 70’s and the homosexual agenda stole it from them. Who got their britches in an uproar when the proponents of New Age Gnosticism used it? Anyone? Hello??)

So I am rescinding my move. I have decided to stay right where I am. If their agenda is to cause us to leave, it won’t work with this sister. They shall either have to censor my posts or delete my account. This girl shall not be moved.

And so I will still continue to post the truth of God’s word at WordPress, because some stupid rainbow cannot cause me to flee like a little girl with a garden snake being thrust at her….Perhaps some of those lost will read some biblical truth and be saved. Perhaps not. But either way, may God be glorified and may I be found still standing regardless of what wicked people do or do not do. The truth is, it is all about HIM, not about WordPress, the depraved, or anything else. And having a hissy fit about the lost doing what the lost does only serves to make it be about something else. For the one hissying, it is about them, and secondary, it brings too much attention to wickedness when we ought to be speaking truth of God instead. And for the record, God calls homosexuality an abomination, and so do I. And they still need to be saved through the biblical Christ. So keep speaking the truth of it, and never compromise one lost soul for anything or anyone. THAT is biblical love.


There’s a war going on…and we’ve got our marching papers!

Your Sexual Sin, Who Do You Blame?


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It is YOUR choice men, you only have YOU to blame. Have you blamed your wife? DO you blame her for your choices? Speaking of your wife, you want some truth? Your wife? She is your traumatized victim, in a way that is akin to the victim of rape. YOU, sir, are her rapist. Emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and no doubt serially. If she is cold toward you, it is because YOU caused that coldness. If she doesn’t trust you, it is because YOU betrayed her and abused her with your lies and your sinfulness and because in choosing to do that  YOUare untrustworthy. If she is angry with you, YOU caused that anger and it is well deserved. Do you think for one moment ANY wife likes feeling how your wife feels? Do you? If so you have been given over to your own sick fantasy life. Do you think for one moment that GOD likes that the wife HE gave you is feeling like that? Does He turn a blind eye to what you have done to her in the marriage HE gave you to protect, the wife HE gave you to protect and cherish and love as He loves the Church? Do you? Do you think that you can do those things and God will not repay? That He gives you a pass? Is His grace as your repentance is? Capricious and worldly? Are you still treating your wife as though she is responsible for YOUR sin? If not overtly, in any way? Well she is not. YOU are. No one else. And it is SIN not “addiction” or “disease” or ” mistake”. God calls it SIN. Your sin.

Only a deceived sinner would blame the victim of rape for the consequences to the one raped. If you are blaming your wife for any of YOUR consequences, you are a deceived and depraved fool. And in the end the truth will hit you full force. But you shall not have a defense. God’s judgement. YOU earned that. Feel the full weight of your guilt now, or feel it for eternity. That too is your choice. I tell you it is much lighter now. Man up. Or perish. Unless your conscience is just too dead to be able to feel it. If that is the case, you are already a dead man walking headlong into Hell, and you may as well just live what you are and stop pretending. Hey…the world will accept your sin as okay…and you are of the world. That payoff you get for your sin, for ignoring it, for blame shifting onto your victim….remember it….it is the most pleasure you will get for all of eternity. That conscience you have hardened….it will testify against you at the judgment. ALL of it. And continue to for all of eternity.


And for women married to these “men”….this is the only taste of Hell you shall ever have, eternally free from all residual pain if you are Christ’s. I know…it cannot come soon enough. But one day all of this evil will e vanquished, and we, along side the King, shall be cheering His righteous judgement. Maranatha.

God’s word on Homosexuality….


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And those who choose it, uphold it, promote it….repent and be saved. Before it is too late.


Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;

To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Desire to Visit Rome

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, 10 making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. 15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.

The Just Live by Faith

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

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[c] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[d] unmerciful;32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Moving to Blogger For Good!

I am packing and moving as well. When it is up and running, and things are moved over I shall let you know. It is just as easy to follow, not quite as user friendly, but hey…I did not request a “rainbow” at the top of my stats page or elsewhere. So WordPress….take your rainbow, for all it’s worth (about less than 1 cent), and I shall take GOD’S rainbow, which still belongs to HIM with me as I go. Shaking the dust off….

Stay tuned! Love y’all!

Is This The Face of WordPress?!

Admittedly, when viewing this post the top was the same as always….no rainbow. However, I do wonder what would happen if a cross was in it’s place and the world had to view that whether they liked it or not. Can you imagine? Hysterics would abound. Hmmm…..not a bad idea…. 😉

Ahhhh….I found it. An imposed “rainbow” on my stats page. No thank you very much.

Is This The Face of WordPress?!.

Marriage will not fix your porn problem


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Marriage will not fix ANY form of sexual sin choice, but it most certainly will be destroyed by it, for to indulge in any sexual sin is adultery, betrayal, serial emotional traumatizing, and always involves lies. Is this how Christ loves the Church? Not at all. And, hard truth here, if Jesus has not “fixed” it either then you REALLY have a problem. An eternal one. Enough fantasy. You need the real biblical Christ. It’s the only place to start. The ONLY place to start.

Slaves of Righteousness


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“The sinful unregenerate person cannot help manifesting his or her TRUE CHARACTER neither can the regenerate person” – this statement from the post says much [many claim to love and follow Christ] but the “fruit” (spiritual fruit) is undeniable and will be present in the outward appearance of a converting-and-regenerate-person. Thanks Pastor MacArthur your teaching has helped many tremendously….

Few issues can make a person cringe as much as slavery. It’s not the subject of casual, carefree conversation. Whether one refers to past injustices or modern evils, the subject of slavery is usually met with angst and contempt. With that in mind, slavery isn’t the metaphor we tend to reach for to communicate encouraging spiritual truth.

Not so with God’s Word. Scripture repeatedly uses the imagery of slavery to poignantly describe unrepentant man’s relationship with sin (John 8:34; 2 Peter 2:19). It’s an apt metaphor—sin marks us as its own, it rules without mercy, binds us in chains, and won’t let us go.

But in Romans 6:17-18, Paul writes about a different kind of slavery for believers. Contrasting our new position in Christ against our former slavery to sin, he writes,

But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness (emphasis added).

Dead to Sin

The key to understanding what it means to be slaves of righteousness is that we have first been set free from our slavery to sin. Earlier in the chapter, Paul asks his readers a pointed rhetorical question: “How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:2).

In his book The Gospel According to the Apostles, John MacArthur explains that the Greek word translated “died to sin”

speaks of a historical fact referring to our death in the death of Christ. Because we are “in Christ” (Romans 6:11; 8:1), and He died in our place (Romans 5:6-8), we are counted dead with Him. We are therefore dead to sin’s penalty and dominion. Death is permanent. Death and life are incompatible. So the person who has died to sin cannot continue living in iniquity. Certainly we can commit sins, but we do not live anymore in the dimension of sin and under sin’s rule. Sin is contrary to our new disposition. “No one who is born of God practices sin,” according to John, “because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). It is not merely that weshould not continue to live in unbroken sin but that we cannot. [1]

John adds that “dying to sin implies an abrupt, irreversible, wholesale break with the power of sin.”[2]

Justified and Sanctifying

In the moment of salvation, God breaks the power of sin in our lives as part of His work of regeneration (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Romans 6:6-7). But we are also instantaneously justified in God’s sight, free from the guilt and punishment of our sin. In effect, the slate is wiped clean. John MacArthur explains it this way:

In its theological sense, justification is a forensic, or purely legal, term. It describes what God declares about the believer, not what He does to change the believer. In fact, justification effects no actual change whatsoever in the sinner’s nature or character. Justification is a divine judicial edict. It changes our status only, but it carries ramifications that guarantee other changes will follow. [3]

Those changes are called sanctification. We’ve already defined God’s sanctifying work, but it’s important to consider how it differs from justification. As John explains,

Justification is distinct from sanctification because in justification God does not make the sinner righteous; He declares that person righteous (Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16). Justification imputes Christ’s righteousness to the sinner’s account (Romans 4:11); sanctification imparts righteousness to the sinner personally and practically (Romans 6:1-7; 8:11-14). Justification takes place outside sinners and changes their standing (Romans 5:1-2); sanctification is internal and changes the believer’s state (Romans 6:19) Justification is an event, sanctification a process. The two must be distinguished but can never be separated. God does not justify whom He does not sanctify, and He does not sanctify whom He does not justify. Both are essential elements of salvation. [4]

Put simply, “Justification frees us from the guilt of sin, sanctification from the pollution of sin.” [5]

Dying to our sin is then the first step in the process of sanctification. It’s the process through which the Spirit refines us, killing off the remnants of our former selves—our sinful habits, tastes, and desires—and replacing them with godly affections and inclinations. It’s the active, ongoing transformation of your heart, mind, and entire self, beginning at the moment of salvation and continuing throughout the remainder of your life.

When we are born again [regeneration], God not only declares us righteous [justification], but He also begins to cultivate righteousness in our lives [sanctification]. Thus salvation is not only a forensic declaration; it is a miracle of conversion, of transformation. There is no such thing as a true convert to Christ who is justified but who is not being sanctified. . . . As the sinful, unregenerate person cannot help manifesting his or her true character, neither can the regenerate person. [6]

As slaves of righteousness, it is impossible to remain slaves of sin. Our new nature in Christ guarantees a transformed life. Paul emphasizes the change that ought to be manifest in every believer in Romans 6:3-5.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.

As John explains,

In Christ we are not the same people we were before salvation. “Our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6). . . . Our new life as Christians is not an amended old life but a divinely bestowed new life that is of the same nature as Christ’s very own. . . .

That does not mean our sinful tendencies are annihilated. The Greek word translated “done away with” literally means “to render inoperative, invalidate.” Sin has lost its dominating control over us. Obviously we all struggle with sinful propensities. Death to the sinful self does not mean death to the flesh and its corrupted inclinations. Because of the pleasures of sin and the weakness of our remaining flesh, we often yield to sin.

The tyranny and penalty of sin have been nullified, but sin’s potential for expression has not yet been fully removed. Our human weaknesses and instincts make us capable of succumbing to temptation. . . . We are, in short, new creations—holy and redeemed but wrapped in grave clothes of unredeemed flesh. We are like Lazarus, who came forth from the grave still wrapped from head to foot in his burial garments. [7]

As slaves of righteousness, our entire being has been rescued and reoriented under the authority of Christ. Through the work of the Spirit, we are being conformed into Christ’s character and refined for the work of His kingdom.


Sin and the Christian God


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“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

A Christian has no desire for his past life of sin. As we see in our text, we should “flee these things” and “lay hold on eternal life,” putting off whatever is old and instead putting on what is new. The second verse of our study hymn “Higher Ground” expresses this as well.

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

One of the most precious promises of Christianity can be found in 2 Corinthians 5:17, where we see that “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” We are told that we can put our old habits of sin behind us and live a new life in victory over sin and death. No longer can sin reign over us—we can live in victory. Even doubts and fears can be dismissed from our presence. Our God has promised throughout His Scriptures: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10).

There is no need to be anywhere else. My prayer and my aim is to walk where He leads and be where He wants me to be. Only while there can we be assured of higher ground with Him. JDM

(Days of Praise)

The sins of the godly go nearest to God’s heart. The sins of the wicked anger the Lord. The godly man’s sins grieve Him. The sins of the wicked pierce Christ’s side. The sins of the godly wound his heart . . . How far from being godly are those who scarcely ever shed a tear for sin!–Thomas Watson, “The Godly Person Weeps”