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2 Timothy 3 to 4
Don't be an old fuddy-duddy! You are so out of touch! We live in a modern world and you must think accordingly! You have to change with the times.
We all hear comments like these and whereas life is all about change, there is a 'new-think' out there which not only must we avoid, but we must work towards changing ourselves.
In a world in which we are continually besieged by noise, images and faces; if we do not take a positive stand for what we believe we will be washed away with the remaining flood defences.
Heb 13:4 Marriage is honourable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. NKJV
I am the first to say that we cannot expect 19th century hymns to appeal to a 21st century congregation. The way we communicate has to be relevant and up to date. That isn't to say that some of those 19th century hymns aren't still good – especially with a new musical arrangement!
What we have to avoid is 'bringing our morality up to date'. God doesn't change and neither does Jesus.
Mal 3:6 "I the LORD do not change .NIV
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. NIV
1 Peter 1:25 the word of the Lord stands forever NIV
In a world that believes you should 'do your thing' and that everything is 'cool', there is a still a standard waved by scripture that says the opposite. I thank God that He loves sinners – otherwise I would not be here! But sexual intimacy outside of the marriage of a man and woman is not acceptable to God and demeans the value and dignity of humanity.
So, as a church we do not vilify or hate those who sin sexually or by any other means – but we cannot excuse sin or call it another name. We now refer to wife-swappers as 'swingers' instead of sinners. Whereas we don't want to single out individuals because
Rom 3:23 all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God NIV
- this does serve as an example of calling something that is not part of God's plan by a 'nice' name to take the sting out of it.
The Bible is littered with examples of the destruction that comes upon those who ignore God's wisdom and just 'do their thing'. We help no-one and actually only add to the problem when we refuse to speak up for truth.
In a day in which the family unit is crippled and society looks for a legitimate way to apply euthanasia, when sexually transmitted disease is at record levels and human fertility is falling, we need to say that there is a better way! Of course saying it is not enough – we ourselves must 'live it'.
So let us remember that the Bible has no grey areas when it comes to sexuality.
Eph 5:3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, NIV