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Wow. Great job, man. You’re really helping a lot of people here :)
All glory to God! I praise him for giving me the opportunity to help people and for putting strong spiritual mentors in my life to guide me.
Anonymous said: A lot of Christians wear mixed garments. The Bible states that we shouldn't do this but most people ignore it. Why are some sins given more attention than others?
Pretty sure this falls under civil laws, which no longer apply to us.
Scroll down and check out the answer I gave to the anon about gay marriage and the laws in Leviticus recently! Hope it answers your question!
your-simplicity-is-bliss said: So as anon asked about homosexuality being a sin, what does the bible say about how we should treat them? Many assume that Christians shun all things that are sin in nature, but doesn't the bible say that we should not judge others for their behavior? That we are called to love them and accept them and trust that God will judge them based on their choices and actions?
Simply put, love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39). Who is your neighbor? Everyone! Believers, non-believers, homosexuals, heterosexuals, friends, enemies, etc.
The vast majority of homosexuals are non-believers (which doesn’t mean too much, considering most heterosexuals are also non-believers, shown by the way they live), and so we treat them with love, like any non-believer, trying to share the Gospel with them, because that is the most important thing: bringing people to Christ.
It is rare that a homosexual is also a believer, but if that is the case, then as any believer struggling with sin, we would treat them with love, but talk to them about their sin, show them that their sin is wrong and that they must repent. Remember that we are called to do it with a spirit of gentleness (Galatians 6:1). If we would not let a fellow believer stay in their sin, why should a believer struggling with homosexuality be any different? If we truly love them, we will talk to them about it and pray that God will change their hearts.
Do we treat homosexuals with love? Absolutely
Do we approve of their sin? Absolutely not.
We are called to bring them to Christ because ultimately, we all need Jesus.
Hope this helped!
Anonymous said: Can Christians be democrats/liberal?
Yes, it is possible to be both Christian and a Democrat/Liberal, but a lot of things that Democrats/Liberals advocate do not follow the Bible, so I would be very careful. I’m not saying that being a Christian means being a Republican. As Christians, we should strive to love God (which means to obey His commandments; Matthew 22:37; John 14:15), love others (Matthew 22:39), obey the authorities (Romans 13:1-7), and live at peace with everyone, if possible (Romans 12:18), no matter which political party we associate with.
Hope this helped!
Anonymous said: If so many people use a passage Leviticus to denounce gay marriage, why don't they do the same with the verses in the same book that are against rounded haircuts, mixed fabrics, any part of a pig etc?
Really great question. I once wondered this as well.
First of all, Leviticus is not the only passage in the Bible to condemn homosexuality, Romans 1:26-28 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 denounce it as well. It does say twice in Leviticus that homosexuality is wrong, but that’s the one that people tend to reference most.
Second, there are tons of laws throughout the bible, particularly in the Old Testament, but they are primarily classified into three types of laws.
1) Civil laws were specifically given for the nation of Israel. Examples would be dietary laws and other things to do with their culture.
2) Ceremonial laws were meant for the ceremonies and talk about cleanliness and the proper procedures for priests and worship ceremonies, etc.
3) Moral laws are based on God’s judgment and would include the 10 commandments.
The civil and ceremonial laws no longer apply to us. Because of Jesus, we are sanctified and cleansed through Him, not religious ceremonies, and the old laws are replaced by the new (Hebrews 8:13). That’s why Christians can eat freely and they don’t have to follow the rules with crazier restrictions.
However, the moral laws still apply to us! We are still commanded not to murder, steal, commit adultery, etc. Homosexuality falls under the moral law, along with other sinful behavior, (mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) but the good news is, in verse 11 of 1 Corinthians 6, you can be made clean, sanctified and justified in Christ.
Basically, the civil and ceremonial laws no longer apply to us, but the moral laws, which include homosexuality as a sin, will always apply to us. Hope this answered your question!
Lots of great questions out of nowhere. I love it.
Don’t hesitate to ask anything, anonymous or not! (:
Anonymous said: Is masturbation a sin?
While it does not explicitly state in the bible that masturbation is a sin, it is extremely difficult to see it as otherwise.
In Matthew 5:27-28, Jesus says that anyone who has looked at someone with lust has committed adultery in their heart. Lustful thoughts are sinful; therefore, masturbation with lustful thoughts is sinful as well.
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is a great passage on sexual immorality. “Flee sexual immorality…your body is a temple…so glorify God in your body.”
Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5, and 1 Thessalonians 4:2-5 also talk about avoiding sexual immorality and lust.
I also recently reblogged a post concerning pornography, it has similar thoughts, if you wanted to check it out.
Sexual immorality is a dangerous, deadly sin, and I pray that you would flee from it. God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but provide a way out! (1 Corinthians 10:13) Hope this helped!
Anonymous said: if the definition of feminist is someone who believes in equality for both genders, would you consider yourself one?
I believe that God created man and woman as different for a reason.
They are equally important; however, each one has a different role.
In marriage, the husband is to lead the wife and provide and care for her and the family. The wife is to submit to her husband’s authority in everything.
Ephesians 5:21-33 is a great passage on this subject.
I am all for equal treatment of women. But most feminists advocate certain things that the Bible, and therefore I as well, do not agree with.
Anonymous said: are you a feminist
Depends on your definition of feminist. I would not call myself a feminist.
Anonymous said: Is watching pornography a sin?
Introduction: The Bible does not specifically address the issue of viewing pornography, since it didn’t really exist at the time the books of the Bible were written. So, does this mean that it is allowable as a “freedom in Christ” issue? Can we discern a clear moral teaching based upon what the Bible teaches about other sexual sins?
Prohibited sex: Several specific sexual acts are forbidden in the Bible. Among these are homosexuality, bestiality (sex with animals), and incest (sexual relations with close family members, including your mother, sister, niece, aunt, daughter-in-law, and sister-in-law), fornication (sexual relations outside of marriage and adultery (sexual relations with another person’s spouse), rape (forced sex). and orgies. To emphasize the seriousness of these kinds of offenses, the penalty was death. All of these categories are abundantly represented in pornographic offerings. The only acceptable form of sexual expression - between a married husband and wife - is virtually absent. So, virtually all the acts pornography depicts are prohibited in the Bible. Obviously, one should not be participating in such acts, even vicariously.
Acts of the mind: Christianity is not just about avoiding sinful physical acts, but also about mental purity. Actually, this idea did not begin with Christianity, but originated from Judaism, the belief system from which Christianity arose. The Decalogue (10 commandments) first delineates the requirement of mental purity:
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:17)
So, the prohibition against coveting specifically prohibits desiring another man’s wife. Jesus specifically addressed the question of lusting after a women who wasn’t one’s wife, equating it with the physical act of adultery:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. (Matthew 5:27-29)
The prohibition against lust is found throughout the New Testament, which says that such desires “wage war against the soul.” James gives an analogy of lust to procreation, in which lust conceives and gives birth to sin, which results in death. Of course, the goal of pornography is to elicit lust, which makes its consumption a form of sin.
Renew your mind: The Bible makes it clear that our thoughts are subject to the scrutiny of God. It tells us that we are to mind on the things above, not on the things of the earth. Instead of thinking about things of the flesh, which results in spiritual death, Christians are to set our minds on spiritual matters. The mind set on fleshly desires cannot please God, but eventually becomes defiled as the conscience becomes seared. The viewing of pornography by Christians results in a mind that is focused on lust and fleshly desires, instead of on the things of God. The goal of the Christian is escape conformity to the desires of the world, but to be transformed by Christ through the renewing of our minds, so that we can do the perfect will of God
Your body is not yours: Christians are to avoid all forms of sexual sin, since the Christian’s body is the indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Paul says that the body is meant for the Lord and not for sexual immorality. Since Christians are redeemed (bought back with a price - which was the sacrifice of Jesus Christ) we no longer “own” our bodies, since they have been purchased by God. Not only are Christians to avoid sexual sins, but we are to avoid those who claim to be Christians, yet practice such things. The Bible says that those who are sexually immoral are separated from God and will not share in God’s inheritance upon death.
Conclusion: Pornography is a big problem in the Christian Church, because it results in Christians who are double-minded - wanting to have one foot in heaven and the other in hell. Pornography is so insidious because it destroys our purity of mind and makes our consciences corrupt, being unable to discern the true will of God. For one who is married, pornography is tantamount to adultery, since Jesus said one who “looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” The Bible says that we the temple of the Holy Spirit and that we are to be transformed by the experience - to renew our minds to know the perfect will of God for our lives.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
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