Chances are in our community, when you think of Houston you think of two things: mega-churches and sangers (“sangers,” because they can sang!). Off the top of my head, I can think of a few mega-pastors and several Gospel singers who dwell in the area. This would logically lead to there being a large Christian populace there. Apparently, 53.79 percent of Houston identifies as Christian so why then, does the city have an openly lesbian mayor who is turning her sights to attacking the Church? Mayor Annise Parker has subpoenaed a group of ministers hand over their sermons that reference “homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker.” All who refuse to comply could be held in contempt of court (TPNN).
I guess that argument “what people do in their bedrooms is their business” just got thrown out the window right about now.
What’s Done in the Dark Gets Yelled in the Light
What’s done in secret always comes out into the light. We often think of this in terms of God exposing someone, but sometimes, people are so happy in their disobedience, that they don’t recognize their blindness and expose themselves.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5)
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. (II Corinthians 4:3, 4)
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. (John 3:19-20)
Don’t think you can separate the unrepentant from their sins; only Jesus’ blood can do that. But until that time, the sins of a man or woman absolutely affect the other areas of their life, or in this case, the governing of a city. Unrepentant disobedience demands the justice of God and that justice, after grace is expired–and it does expire!–is wrath.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 5:6, see 5-7 for full context)
Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience… (Colossians 3:6, see 5-7 for full context)
While we cannot control the sins of another human being, we can control who we vote for. And if we happen to vote in an unworthy candidate, then we can control how we respond to their ungodly agendas. But Jesus isn’t going to register for you, drive you to the polls, or fill out the voting forms! Just like the Angel of the Lord in the Book of Acts told Peter to get up and put on his sandals, so you also must get up, inform yourself, and vote/act accordingly!
It’s time for the Church of the Living God in Houston, TX to wake up, get up, and speak up!
Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. (Isaiah 58:1)
A Word to the Silent & the Cowardly
The Bible doesn’t mince words for those who prefer to stay silent or are too scared (or unconcerned) to ruffle any feathers. Did you know there’s actually a punishment for those who remain silent in the face of evil? Well there is!
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness….For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness…who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18, 26-32, see 18-32 for full context)
But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)
Just think of it: in sophisticated America, the land of the free, those who uphold the faith of the Founding Fathers, the same faith of those who fled here for safety from persecution, may be potentially jailed for not complying with an antiChrist’s agenda. Saints in Houston, will you allow this to happen?
Yet, the world is attacking a divided Church. We can’t even bring ourselves to agree that what the Bible says about homosexuality is actually the truth about homosexuality. We attack the bold Peters who stand for right and rock the boat. Yes, Peter probably got on the other apostles’ nerves and I’m positive he got on Jesus’ nerves at some point. But ponder this: Jesus said to Peter and no other, upon this rock I will build My Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail (Matthew 16:18).
Your boldness may not look like my boldness, but we are called to be bold, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. We are the Church and we will be persecuted. But instead of allowing the world to flap their jaws about nothing, let’s show them a united Body, stand up for our faith, and speak the truth in love. Even if they hate us, our Father in Heaven will reward us. So now I ask: Would the real Church in Houston please stand up??
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