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Strengthening the Hands of the Wicked

By Watchman | October 19, 2011

Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life.  (Ezekiel 13:22)

But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.  None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him…(Ezekiel 18:21-22)

     A few nights ago I watched a television drama which dealt with the “bullying” death by suicide of a lesbian teenager.  It was stated during the climax of the show that this occurred not because of one young person’s meanness or another’s weaknesses, but because we are a mean-spirited people:  we oppose homosexual marriages; we in the body of believers believe homosexuality to be a sin, and we approve of the discrimination against those who do not believe as we do.  Listening to this program and recalling others I’ve seen in the past year, I was struck by the number of TV shows which now have dedicated an inordinate amount of episodes to the regularization of homosexuality.  Christians in particular seem to be the preferred target; we are portrayed as judgmental, rigid and unkind.

     When I wrote “God’s Word About Homosexuality” a few years back, I intended to never address the issue again in a post dedicated only to that subject.  Frankly, with the topic discussed ad nauseum in various media outlets and in every internet resource from every imaginable point of view, I felt it came under the heading of flogging a dead horse.   This last year has brought upon us all great changes socially and, unfortunately, many of these changes have not been for the better.  Increasingly, those in positions either of authority or of influence have been advocating the complete abolition of the word of God, to be replaced with a social gospel of acceptance of that which we know to be sinful.  On the other hand, those who oppose homosexuality as a sin against God appear to be falling primarily into one of three categories:  either they are silent altogether as speaking out the truth of God’s word becomes increasingly more unpopular; or they are caving to public pressure and denying the Scriptural values they have always adhered to, or they are becoming hardened and aggressive towards those souls in such danger of spiritual death.   Therefore, it is time to address the church again about our role in the entire issue of homosexuality.

     When the prophets of Israel promoted their false teachings back in Ezekiel’s day, God accused them of strengthening the hands of wickedness by condoning that which was evil and falsely promising life, thus ensuring that the wicked would not turn away from their evil deeds and be saved.  When we today keep silent about our knowledge of those things which God has condemned or, worse yet, embrace those things in an effort to appease the demonic god of political correctness, we are doing exactly the same thing that God warned the prophets about:  we are endangering the immortal souls of countless people because we hesitate to offend the world by proclaiming the inerrant word of the Father.  God has made known to us in the Bible that we will be required to answer for those souls led astray who could have been saved by our intervention.  Those men and women who call themselves by His name yet are condoning the present evil acceptance of homosexuality, even going so far as to marry homosexual couples,  must answer to the One who has declared this behavior to be an abomination.

     So what, I am frequently asked, about Jesus’ words to “judge not, lest you be judged”?  Dear brothers and sisters, this is NOT my judgment.  This judgment was made by God Himself, long before any of us came upon the scene.  While I cannot judge the relationship between any other person’s heart and God (for that is God’s province and His only), there are certain behaviors that God has unequivocally condemned, and we must certainly condemn these behaviors as He does.  To do otherwise is to assist in the damnation of those who have not learned the truth.  To do otherwise is to commit a sin as egregious as any we can engage in. We are strengthening the hands of the wicked, either by our silence (a sin of omission) or our active acceptance (a sin of commission).

     While the tolerance of evil is forbidden to those of us who are believers, we are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves.  Too often we view these two truths as mutually exclusive, when in fact they are not.  To hate sin is not to loathe the sinner.  To renounce sin does not mean that we are allowed to revile those who are living apart from God.  How it must grieve the heart of our Lord when He hears those who call themselves Christians use opprobrious words against His wayward children!  The disgusting and degrading words many have used to describe those engaged in homosexual relationships should NEVER be heard on the lips of people of God.  We are commanded to share the truth in love, not out of hate or anger.  We cannot embrace the sin, but we should stand ready to embrace the sinner.  Our purpose is not just to repel evil, but to show those who are unsaved that there is perfect love and forgiveness awaiting them through the shed blood of our Savior, Jesus.  This purpose is not well served by the announcement that AIDS is God’s judgment on homosexuals–a statement that is untrue.  AIDS  is an unfortunate but natural consequence of ungodly and risky behavior, just as contracting other STDs is an unfortunate but natural consequence of committing other immoral sexual sins.  While these are not judgments on specific people, God has certainly allowed us to reap the natural rewards of our sinful behaviors.  We have refused His intervention in our lives as a nation, and He has lifted His hand in order to show us what we bring on ourselves when left to our own devices and desires. God knew that there were certain sexual behaviors that would result in disease, heartache and death; He also knew that if man continued in those behaviors many innocent people would suffer as well.  God’s laws for us are practical as well as spiritual.   God does not offer us the option to behave in an unkindly manner towards those who are dying for lack of knowledge of Him.  He sees all His unbelieving children as sheep without a Shepherd; as those who are ill but are refusing the great Physician who can heal their bodies and their souls.  This is also how He expects us to see them.  We must be sure that we do not strengthen the hands of the wicked by our words or attitudes, but that we bring them to a right understanding of the reality and heart of God.

     Many Hollywood actors and producers have accepted a position of leadership in the fight to marginalize the Christian values system, promote the tolerance of all that  God has deemed unworthy of His family and even to reject the righteousness of God Himself.  They know, as many do not, that art does not necessarily imitate life; that art can actually influence our worldview of life.  We must not be silent, but we must respond–not react–in love.  At this point, I am not certain if this battle against the influences of iconic Hollywood celebrities can be won;  I am certain only that we must continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus and obey the commandments of God.  We must continue to act as Jesus would have us act, behave as He would have us behave, speak as the Holy Spirit leads us to speak, and show love to those in need of His love.  Whether or not we lose this battle, we know with certainty that God will win the war, because He is God–holy, righteous and all-powerful.  The battle is really His.  He does use us, though, as instruments through which He speaks the desires of His heart, and to weaken the hands of the wicked instead of to give them strength.

Maranatha!

    

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2 Responses to “Strengthening the Hands of the Wicked”

  1. Shirley Says:
    October 19th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Said with love, inspired and anointed by God. Well done, good and faithful Watchman!

  2. Susan Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Girlfriend, what a powerful message delivered in the spirit love! I know that I use these words over and again in referencing the subject matter the Holy Spirit leads you to address each time you write an entry for your “Watchman”blog.

    Thank you for sharing with me along with others that it is not we who “judge” but God alone. In serving Him – just as you said – we are called to love the sinner and hate the sin, just as God Himself does for us all.

    It is the holy and righteous Lord God, Creator and Redeemer, who has declared what is sinful in His sight. NO matter how many imperfect human beings demand that they are the ones who decide what is right and what is wrong, what is sin and what is not – theie zeal and words change nothing in the end. What God has declared – God meant. “He is not a man that He should lie – nor the sons of men who changes with each new toss of the waves of the oceans.

    GREAT POST!

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