Summary: This is the final message of the series.
What’s wrong with Christianity – Part 3
This series looks at some of the things that Christianity teaches that many Christians are not in agreement with.
Today is Part 3 of “What’s Wrong With Christianity?” As I said before, these messages are not asking what’s wrong with Christianity. Instead, they are describing what’s wrong with Christianity from the viewpoint of the Body of Christ.
Everything you’ll hear today is based on one thing: Do you truly believe the Bible is the Word of God? Let me say it another way: Is the Bible your foundation, your standard, for what you believe? If not, you are going to struggle with these messages.
I’m not going to do any review today, except to say that we have seen, from scripture, that
? Most Christians don’t agree that the Bible speaks in absolutes.
? Most Christians don’t see the Bible as the only standard for how they are to live.
? Most Christians don’t understand what it means to live a holy lifestyle.
? Most Christians don’t are not truly dependent upon God.
? Most Christians don’t believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.
? Most Christians agree with the world’s way of thinking when Christian calls it ungodly.
Turn with me to Romans 1. I’m going to fill in the blank for the next topic we’re going to look at even before we get started. Christianity teaches that homosexuality, in all its forms, is sin. Lesbian. Gay. Transgender. Bi-sexual. Gender Diaspora. Whatever you want to call it, the Bible says it is sin.
You have a lot of ministers who won’t stand in the pulpit and say what I just said. Why? They fear losing their big givers. They fear losing the tithe. They don’t truly believe Philippians 4:19, which says, “For my God shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” When you are free from man, you can teach what the Bible says. Amen?
Please turn to Romans 1. “But Bro. Barry, they were born that way.” I got news for you. If they were born that way, why would God go to the lengths He goes through in the Bible to call it sin? If a person is born a homosexual, God wouldn’t call it sin. Think about it. The man born blind in John 9. Did God say he was in sin? The man born lame and laid at the gate called Beautiful in Acts 3. Did God say he was in sin? No. God healed both of them!
And this tells me something else, ladies and gentlemen. Homosexuality is not something you can be healed of. You can be delivered from homosexuality, but you can’t be healed of it. And they only way to be delivered from homosexuality is to be born again, the new birth, by confessing Jesus as your Lord and Savior. That’s the only way.
You know what breaks my heart, two things, and I know I’m belaboring this point.
First, there are so many homosexuals who say they are Christians. They are not. You cannot live an unrepentant homosexual lifestyle and be a Christian. The Bible calls such behavior unnatural and that those who practice it know that they are living in opposition to what the Bible says. And that is exactly what we read in Romans 1. These people think they are Christians. But the truth is this: they will spend an eternity in the lake of fire.
Second, there are so many people in the homosexual community who are not going to accept Jesus Christ. The majority, ladies and gentlemen, are not going to make it to heaven because they’ve already drawn a line in the sand and said “This is who I am.”
They are going to the lake of fire – not because God doesn’t want them, not because God is not reaching out to them. They are going to lake of fire because they believe God accepts them as they are and that they can live this way. There is nothing in the Bible that says “God accepts us.”
The Bible says “For God so loved…” I love my children but when they were small there were a lot of things they did that I didn’t accept. Are you following me?
In Romans 1, we’re going to read verses 24 through 27 and verse 32 from the Amplified Bible.
(24) Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their [own] hearts in sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin],
(25) Because they exchanged the truth of God
In other words, they knew the truth of God! Do you hear me, ladies and gentlemen? It is not a secret. They know the truth. When we tell someone homosexuality is wrong, we are not giving them our opinion. We are giving them the truth!