Saturday, May 26, 2012

Print Page The Four Lepers - 2 Kings 6:24-7:20

I find the historical account of the 4 lepers in 2 Kings interesting. There were 4 men who were not allowed into the city of Samaria because of their disease (Leviticus 13:46). Webster's 1828 dictionary describes leprosy in this manner.
A foul cutaneous disease, appearing in dry, white, thin, scurfy scabs, attended with violent itching. It sometimes covers the whole body, rarely the face.
You can find descriptions of it in the Bible in Exodus 4:6, Leviticus 13, Numbers 12:10 and 2 Samuel 3:29. Even if these lepers entered the city there was a famine taking place because of the siege by Syria so they would just die of starvation (2 Kings 6:24-25). It was so bad people resorted to eating their own children (2 Kings 6:28-29). If they just stayed outside the city they would die of their disease. So they decided to go to the Syrians to see if they would help. They thought even if they were killed by the Syrians they are no worse off.

To their surprise no one was at the Syrian camp. Instead there was just tents, horses, silver, gold and raiment. For God in his divine power caused the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots and horses and they fled for their lives thinking Israel hired the kings of the Hittites and Egyptians to come help them. The lepers filled their bellies with food and took the silver and gold. They rejoiced in their good tidings but thought it well to tell those in the city lest mischief would come upon them (2 Kings 7:9). They ran back to the city and told the porter and the message made it to the king. The king was cautious so he sent out men with the 5 remaining horses in the city. The men found the story from the lepers to be true and they found all the riches left by the Syrians. The famine was over and fine flour sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel just as God had Elisha prophecied (2 Kings 7:1).

How great is our God who can conquer nations and famine without our help. God used 4 outcasts to notify a locked up city, who were eating each other literally, that God had already saved them. If God can use outcasts like that to bring salvation to others he can use us to bring a even greater news of salvation to others. The salvation of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 15).


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Print Page Homosexuality Is Sin

Only 12 years ago most people would have agreed that homosexuality is morally wrong. Much has changed in 12 years. Recently a Gallup Poll showed that 54% of the people found homosexual relationships morally acceptable compared to 40% in 2001. We currently have a President that supports gay marriage. Anglicans have gay Bishops. Since August 21st, 2009 the largest Lutheran group, the ECLA, has blessed homosexual relations and leaders. The largest U.S. Presbyterian group, PCUSA, has homosexual leaders and members. All the way back since 1985 the United Church of Christ has welcomed active homosexuals. Even Baptist groups such as the American Baptists and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are taking more of a pro homosexual stance. My question would be, where do you get your morals from? If it is from the Bible you clearly would be against homosexual relationships. When churches reject the clear teachings of the Bible then wicked acts such as homosexuality get touted as morally acceptable.

The direction society is going should be of no surprise. Paul in Romans tells us:
Romans 1:22-32  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
God has given society up to their own lusts. They claim to be wise and call Bible believers ignorant when in reality they are the fools. These are not my claims but the claims of God and His Bible. God designed marriage to be between one man and one woman. This is seen in the letter to the Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 7:2  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.  
Mark also wrote about God's design.
Mark 10:6-9  But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.  7  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;  8  And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.  9  What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder
Finally we are told that homosexuals won't inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
As you can see a person does not even have to go to the Old Testament to see clearly that God doesn't find homosexuality moral. Of  course just like all sinners homosexuals can be forgiven and saved. If churches want to be helpful to homosexuals they will reach out to them in truth and love. Sadly the truth is often missing which makes the love meaningless.