1 John 5:18-19 (NKJV Strong’s) “We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
What would you do if you had a condition and you went to someone that would help you to be free but you were told that there’s no funding to help you get free?
Instinctively, you would go else where to seek help.
But what if you were told that you can’t be free?
Most people would cry to be free.
But when the government wants to do everything in their power to keep you incarcerated, there comes a point where either you decide to remain in that condition, or you would leave that city or state.
When the devil doesn’t want you to leave your sin, he will do everything in his power to ensure that the chains remain. Or lock the doors to the exits so that no one leaves.
And we don’t minimize legitimate means to help people turn away from the sin of homosexuality.
Frivolous means to deal with certain mental conditions need to be exposed but you don’t attack and throw legitimate means in the garbage with illegitimate means.
And the world wants to throw a blanket over all means to help people which includes the Word of God.
Also, we see that minors are coming to their senses to search for freedom from the sin of homosexuality and LGBTQ elites are doing everything in their power to close the exits before more escape and worse…………tell others where to get help and liberty.
Besides, we don’t look to use medical means to free people from sin.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV Strong’s) “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
In John 8:34-36 (KJV Strong’s) “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
Do you want to be free?
Remember what John the Baptist said in John 1:29, when Jesus came to be baptized.
“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the whole world.”
As a result of repentance of sin (see Matthew 4:17), and receiving Jesus (see John 1:12), the Lord makes you a brand new creature according to John 3:3 and 2 Corinthians 5:17.
In my previous blog, we believe in “Conversion therapy” from a Biblical perspective.
Acts 3:19 says “Repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out…”
1 Peter 2:24 says, “…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”
Remember, “therapy” it means “…treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder.”
We all know that there’s the world’s means to deal with a chronic mental illness because the world’s conversion therapy is according to dealing with a disorder in the mind.
Remember, Romans 1:28 (KJV Strong’s) “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”
So what took place in North Carolina is that they’ve eliminated any funding for conversion therapy. In essence, they’ve deliberately intended to keep people in the bondage of sin from getting any relief from the painful effects of homosexuality.
It’s not harmful to get help.
It’s harmful to prevent people from getting help.
Therefore, when they say that government is “protecting minors,” it’s code for keeping minors incarcerated in the sin of homosexuality.
You could read the article here
Acts 3:19 (NKJV Strong’s) “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…”
The word “Converted” is from Strong’s Concordance Dictionary and Vine’s Expository Dictionary of NT words…..“g1994. ἐπιστρέφω epistrephō; from 1909 and 4762; to revert (literally, figuratively or morally): — come (go) again, convert, (re-)turn (about, again).”
2. epistrepho (ἐπιστρέφω, 1994), “to turn about, turn towards” (epi, “towards” and No. 1), is used transitively, and so rendered “convert” (of causing a person to turn) in Jas. 5:19-20.”
We understand that “conversion therapy” has more of a Christian counselor, psychologist’s perspective but when LGBT points its finger at the church regarding conversion, then from a therapy aspect, we need to look at the definition of therapy.
Therapy: therapy | ˈTHerəpē |
noun (plural therapies)
treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder: a course of antibiotic therapy | cancer therapies.
• the treatment of mental or psychological disorders by psychological means: he is currently in therapy | [as modifier] : therapy sessions.
mid 19th century: from modern Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia ‘healing’, from therapeuein ‘minister to, treat medically’.
When it comes to dealing with homosexuals, we could see that such “therapy” identifies its source from a mental perspective, not a healing of the physical body.
So if you’re dealing with conversion therapy, you’re looking to “turn about” and “treatment of mental or psychological disorders by psychological means.”
But also take note of the etymological origin of the word “therapy.”
“….healing…minister to, treat medically.”
1 Peter 2:24-25 (NKJV Strong’s) “…who Himself (Jesus) bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
Biblical salvation is also described as a healing.
Now I know that many WOF/Charismatic denomination of people will strongly say that this is physical healing ONLY.
If you’re open to receive, it can and does include both.
I wouldn’t call it “spiritual healing,” but would just use it as an analogy.
Jesus ministered healing to the physical body BEFORE His crucifixion.
But if you look closely, the Lord Jesus received stripes on His back moments BEFORE He was nailed to the cross.
As a side issue, a preacher once said that the 39 stripes that the Lord Jesus received on His back before crucifixion are symbolic of the 39 original diseases.
Folks, that individual that mentioned 39 stripes as the original diseases never gave a verifiable source for his information and that’s where the problem is. If there’s a preacher that give you no conclusive, verifiable sources, mark that down and exercise caution. These days, you have to vet everything you hear.
So regarding that information, just put 39 stripes back into it’s proper contextual perspective and LEAVE IT THERE.
Now remember that I’ve said it meant “both”….
Look at Matthew 8:16-17 (NKJV Strong’s) “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
“He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”
The bottom portion of the verse is quoted from Isaiah 53:4.
So why just limit 39 original diseases. Obviously, if you’re talking about also sicknesses linked to the 39, then why not say all diseases? Especially when there’s no confirmed record of 39 original diseases.
Getting back on conversion therapy, states have used their legislative process in targeting the closure 1st Amendment. Your freedom to help people and the free for people to seek help to deal with being delivered from homosexuality is at stake.
In one state, where giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, they’ve placed in their law a clause to prevent their drivers license law to illegal immigrants immunity of a statewide referendum by the people.
In other words, the people in that state cannot vote to overturn that law by referendum.
Just imagine every conversion therapy law with an attachment of an immunity from referendum clause.
This would be unconstitutional and MUST BE CHALLENGED in the SCOTUS.
Now some people need professional psychological help, make no mistake about it. Board certified Christian psychological counseling does have some viable benefits.
However, much more important is that if you’re involved in sin, the only cure is found in the Lord Jesus.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV Strong’s) “Come to Me (Jesus), all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
John 3:5-7 (NKJV Strong’s) “Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
John 4:13-14 (NKJV Strong’s) “Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
John 7:37-38 (NKJV Strong’s) “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
When we come to the Lord, the Lord will give you rest, and He will give you living water, to never thirst for again.
This is an offer to be delivered.
Offers could be received or rejected. It’s up to you.
John 8:34-36 (NKJV Strong’s) “Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
You don’t have to remain hopeless. There’s hope in Jesus.
The Lord Jesus can make you free when you repent, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out.
This is true conversion therapy.
John, the apostle of the Lamb said 1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV Strong’s) “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
It’s clear that the Bible is a very revealing story of man’s quest to enjoy the pleasures of sin with impunity.
But just like no criminal gets away with their crime, no sinner will get away from the punishment of sin……unless…. you beg God for His mercy and forgiveness, repenting of sin.
Proud of getting HIV/AIDS and other STDs?
Proud of infecting others?
Proud that little boys are molested and later become homosexuals themselves?
Proud that women become surgically altered men and that men become surgically altered women?
Proud that laws are made to establish non gender conforming people?
Proud of coming out from hiding what you were secretly doing in the bedroom?
Proud that you deceptively think that God accepts what you do getting same sex weddings.
Proud of the SCOTUS ruling in 2015 establishing the lower court ruling that same sex weddings is the law of the land.
Proud that president Obama honored that decision by lighting up the WH with the homosexual pride colors.
Proud of little kids being indoctrinated through education of homosexuality, watching homosexual porn.
Proud that they’re writing and passing laws to stop “conversion therapy,” arresting preachers that warn people of their sins.
Proud that some families and friends accept you in your condition, but will one day watch you die, and if you’re not saved, you will end up in the pit of hell?
Paul said this…..Romans 6:20-21 (NKJV Strong’s) “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.”
There’s nothing to be proud about when it comes to homosexuality.
I would assume that homosexuals want to feel free of the shame and the stigmatization of the sin. That coming out of the closet free’s their conscience.
If that were true, why are some of them committing suicide?
They want to blame helping people get rid of the stigma of homosexuality on conversion therapy.
Far from the truth.
No one blames a doctor for offering healing from certain ailments?
Preachers offer salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and it’s up to man to either accept or reject the offer.
This offer comes with either a blessing when you accept or eternal punishment if you refuse. The reason is that there must be an incentive to make a decision with eternal consequences or benefits if you choose wisely to accept the offer.
We don’t have a problem when our parents punish us for disobeying their rules.
We don’t have a problem when a police office arrests a person for breaking the law.
So if we obey the law, we stay out of jail.
We don’t have a problem when a judge gives their punishment when criminals are convicted of breaking the law.
But when you break God’s law, everyone has a problem with His justice and eternal sentence.
The beautiful thing is that God nailed on the cross our offense and when we repent, we ask for forgiveness, and God abundantly pardons us of our sins.
When we obey the true gospel, we stay out of hell.
When we disobey the true gospel, we’re not allowed in heaven, and we’re sentenced to spend eternity in the flames of hell, fire, and brimstone.
One of the things that people have to be aware of is that satan is the god of this world (see 2 Corinthians 4:4) and he will blind sinners with lies and deceptions (see John 8:44).
Even if the world banishes preaching and the Bible, the Lord can’t be banished and He will speak to the hearts of men to repent and be saved.
satan wants to lie to men and say that you’re hopeless. That there’s no help in God. satan will tell you that you’re doomed. That there’s no way out of the pain you’re feeling. End your life.
But the Lord does the opposite.
The Lord values every life. satan destroys life.
The pride that’s in the heart of men is in defiance of the commands of the Lord to do things His way. satan lies to you to get you to remain God’s enemy.
God sent His Son to gain you as His friend in holiness and righteousness.
However, the danger of ignoring God’s call to be delivered and set free has a “due date.”
Romans 6:23 says…….“The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV Strong’s) “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
God doesn’t want you to be destroyed or to fall.
However, if you insist on believing the deception that the Lord is your sworn enemy and that you don’t want to have anything to do with the Lord, your own will will judge you.
Your own mouth will judge you.
Matthew 12:36-37 (NKJV Strong’s) “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
It doesn’t have to be this way.
You can walk away from your pride and humble yourself by repenting and asking the Lord for forgiveness.
The sin of homosexuality has brought misery and shame, but through Jesus you can get rid of the misery and shame, and receive His love and grace. You can’t enter into heaven in the sin condition. You must, Jesus said, be born again.
Jesus didn’t die for sin so that you could continue in sin. He died and was raised from the dead to free you from sin.
Exchange your pride for humility.
Be reconciled to God.
You could read about LGBT’s own site on dealing with suicide here
You could read the rates of acquiring HIV from the CDC here
A politician will do anything for votes, but when you find out that he lives with his “girlfriend,” that is not his wife, it’s fornication.
John the Baptist spoke to Herod and Herod believed that John was a righteous man. Herod knew that John was right. Herod and his new wife, Herodias, were in an adulterous relationship. No doubt she was furious and steaming mad. She wanted to have John killed so Herod put John in prison (see Matthew 14:1-12).
I know there is price for speaking the Word of political power but we all know what this leads to. A suppression of the truth that endangers preachers everywhere. We know well the risks but we must remain obedience and avoid turning the other way. We must not refuse to point sin out to save our necks.
It’s not coincidence that sexual immorality is connected to this. So it is very easy for Cuomo to advocate for homosexuality when you are a practicing fornicator.
So there has been much said by misguided people that we “can’t legislate morality.”
Well, look at the world “legislating immorality” at will, and daring anyone to preach righteousness.
Well, Mr. Cuomo, the Bible is clear. You are living in sin. Repent.
You are legislating immorality. Repent.
You are attempting to silence the voice of God and His Bible. Repent.
“For we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. For it is the power of God unto salvation.” Romans 1:16
If people want to come out of sin, you can’t stop them. Millions have turned away from this perversion. And the LGBT camp themselves will tell you that no one is born as a homosexual. This lie has been refuted by lesbians and homosexuals.
Homosexuality is a sin of choice not a flaw of creation.
Sin came by the devil through man. Original sin did not come by or through God.
Therefore, even if you and other misguided politicians continue to legislate immorality, you can’t stop God and His Word. In fact, your own conscience is filled with the knowledge of God and it’s inescapable.
You are powerless to erase God from your mind. Even in hell, should you not repent, your very soul will remember God and His Word forever. Except it will be powerless to save, deliver, or set you free. The Lord is firmly Lord over all and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.
You can legislate to silence our voices but as long as we have breath, you and all others will hear the unadulterated Word of God. This Word will be heard in all eternity, forever, and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.
You know full well that God is against the sin of homosexuality, adultery, fornication, bisexuality, bestiality, pornography, and masturbation. Your own conscience has already judged you. And you are already condemned (see John 3:17-36) and the wrath of God abides on you and others.
The only thing that is left is the formality of the eternal sentence issued by the Judge of all the earth.
And that goes for you to, Mr. Christie.
The story about the governor of NY could be read here.
While we know that the elite of LGBT wants to gag all true believers from speaking the truth about the sin of homosexuality, we see that they are deliberately targeting businesses that are owned by true believers that have religious convictions, protected by the First Amendment.
In Oregon, a couple was fined $135,000.00 for not rendering service to two practicing homosexuals.
It’s not enough to fine them, put them out of business, or make them poster children. They are taking it to the next level, and they’ve already done so when pro sports players are forced to go to “sensitivity training” to re-indoctrinate free thinking people to conform to their perverted image of tolerance for sin and intolerance of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:20).
The goals of the elite of the sin of homosexuality is to make sure a Christian “converts” to their “religion.”
It’s amazing to what degree these people will go to get Christ followers to forget about following their convictions.
LGBT has a conviction. And by the Constitution, 5 justices legislated from the bench and has crafted a law to respect and establish a religion.
The religion of “Intolerance Of Christian Convictions.”
The 5 Supreme Court justices, in the affirmative, established the law of homosexual marriage in the land.
Another perilous landmark decision.
A clear history lesson.
1. Engel v. Vitale 1962, “It is unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools.”
Results……We rank the highest number of incarcerated people in the world with over 2,228,424. (rankinginamerica.wordpress.com).
In cognitive skills and education attainment, we rank 14th in the world.
2. Roe v. Wade 1973 (the same year the first tenants moved into the newly built World Trade Center). “The right to privacy under the “Due Process” clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion…”
Results……56 million babies killed. (98% of abortions are unintended pregnancies, 0.03% incest and rape, 1.7 woman’s health is endangered).
3. Obergefell v. Hodges 2015 “…the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same sex couples by both the “Due Process” clause and the “Equal Protection” clause of the 14th Amendment.”
Results……States no longer can prohibit same sex marriage. Opens the flood gates for the SCOTUS and other courts to see cases to legalize polygamy and pedophilia. A 2.5 billion dollar same sex marriage windfall for the 50 states.
And threaten First Amendment rights of pastors, churches, and true believers, to gag them, is next on the elite LGBT hit parade.
Isn’t it amazing that with abortion and homosexuality, the 14th Amendment was targeted?
The religion of tolerance of perversion and intolerance of righteousness is the god of this world’s goal.
Three landmark cases is at the foundation of the perilous course this nation is on.
God is removed, abortion and homosexuality is approved.
But it is not about just gagging believers. It’s about converting believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to the religion of perversion.
We have yet to hear of any civil cases of LGBT entering muslim owned bakery to force them to make a wedding cake to celebrate the sinful homosexual wedding.
Until then, we know the intent.
To get true believers to comply or fry in the pan of the sin of homosexuality.
The story about LGBT’s new religion to convert believers can be read here.
When it comes to conversion therapy, we all know that therapy, absent of God and His Word, is man’s way of dealing with spiritual and mental issues. The Lord is Lord of all flesh. He knows how to deal with our internal issues that ultimately is expressed externally. When it comes to sin, the only remedy is the power of God. The gospel of Jesus Christ (see Romans 1:16).
With that being said, we now have two states that ban gay conversion therapy.
California and New Jersey.
Governor Christie signed the bill “reluctantly.”
Apparently, he and president Obama had a long talk when the president inspected the damage when Sandy came through. Seems like they talked about other issues too. It’s bad enough that this governor is looking to legalize marijuana use for medical reasons. Now he signs a law against gay conversion therapy. Which everyone knows is a precursory law to suppress the church from teaching or preaching that homosexuality is a sin, and that only the power of God can deliver to the uttermost, those bound in the sin of homosexuality.
We all know that this is part of the LGBT agenda to go after the church to silence the Bible and the power of God. It’s a great thing that they cannot write legislation to stop God. Not that He could be stopped but this is just another frustrating move of the devil and his children to silence righteousness.
Once again, it’s the deliberate criminalization of righteousness and the decriminalization of sin.
Sin is a crime against God and His holy Word. Sin is the deliberate, intentional act, thought, or speech against God.
The devil knows that he can’t get at God and His Word so in a very dumb way, the prince of the power of the air is moving in the children of disobedience and wrath to craft ways to stop the power of God operating in the children of God.
The Holy Spirit will continue His work in the earth to “convict the world of sin.” The Holy Spirit will continue, unabated, to wash and regenerate every person that repents and places their full trust in Jesus for salvation. The power of the blood by the eternal Spirit will continue to speak better things of redemption, cleansing, and victory over ALL SINS, including the sin of homosexuality. The Father will abundantly pardon as He said He would do in His Word, upon your repentance. The blood will never lose its power. The name that is above every name, the name of Jesus, along with the Holy Spirit, will continue His dominance over all dark spirits in the realm of the spirit.
Freedom over every enslaving yoke is given. “Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
So, people of God, we have nothing to fear of LGBT and their laws. God knows how to work and break every chain.
The way this law is set up sounds like the Muslim world that persecute their own people should they come to Christ. Human atrocities such as beheading, mutilations, and other human rights atrocities. In their Koran, they put out the death threat on any Muslim for converting to Christ.
The Lord never prevents anyone from leaving Him, and He never uses force to keep people in His kingdom. However, should a person defect from Christ on their own choice, they are condemned by their own decision. The Lord will never force a person to get saved and the Lord will never force a person to stay saved. The devil does quite the opposite and will lash out at anyone that claim to be saved from the sin of homosexuality.
Their flawed argument against salvation is that homosexuals do not believe a person is saved according to the Bible. They believe that to attempt to change a person does more harm than good. This is a lie from the devil. The harm is done in sin, not salvation and righteousness. The harm is spiritual, mental, and physical.
Governor Christie, who claims to be a practicing Catholic, believes that homosexuality is not a sin.
Well, thank God that the Bible is always right and those that do not know the Bible are always wrong.
People that are not saved are not competent or qualified to tell anyone what is sin and what isn’t sin.
Politicians that aren’t believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and disciples of the teachings of Jesus, and the Bible are not competent or qualified to tell anyone what is sin, and what isn’t sin.
Folks ought to leave the business of preaching and teaching the Word of God to those that are saved. That means they know the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Folks ought to leave the preaching and teaching of the Word of God to those who walk in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Folks ought to leave the preaching and teaching of the Word of God to those whom the Lord specifically called into the ministry, were tested by competent ministers, and ordained for the gospel ministry.
LGBT and Governor Christie fail in all of the above.
They do not know the Lord. They do not know the Bible. Therefore, they are incompetent and unqualified in the gospel ministry.
The Bible is clear about sin. The Bible is clear about the remedy of sin. The Bible is clear about the love of God for sinners. The Bible is clear about heaven and hell. What LGBT and other state governments want to do is suppress the truth and eliminate the preachers of the truth. If the truth could be suppressed and preachers prohibited, sin can run freely. However, the Lord has His hand stretched out to the world and He is Faithful and Just to forgive and offer eternal life to those that repent.
I am not offering any advice.
I am saying that government need to stay out of the business of righteousness. Keep out of the Bible and stop oppressing preachers.
Of course, they will say that we preachers need to stay out of their business of establishing sin in the lives of people. We refuse to do so because we were called to preach the gospel to the nations. Preachers cannot force anyone to get saved. Preachers cannot force people to walk in righteousness. Nonetheless, we are still charged to preach the Word of God whether folk want to hear it or not.
To impose laws to suppress the preaching of the Word of God is nothing more than totalitarianism.
It is like we are taking a page out of the Soviet Union.
As long as there is breath in our lungs and blood running warm in our veins, we will obey God, preach the Word of God, and should anyone repent and believe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, we stand ready to disciple them in the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ, to walk holy and righteous just as Jesus did.