I can’t seem to get this subject of homosexuality and sin off my mind.
While I was getting ready today. I had the following thoughts: Who deems what is a sin? God of course. And we get the answers from the Bible. Well at least I know that I do. Some would argue this point, if they are not Christians. But I think we all can agree that the basis for “right and wrong” originates from the Bible.
Who has, and when was homosexuality deemed a sin? My answer would be God, and the Bible. With very specific passages, referencing this, in my last post.
Who has, and when was adultry deemed a sin? Again, the answer would be God and the Bible – His Word.
Any sin could be listed and the answer would be the same. God and the Bible.
If we distort His Word and make our own rules, when will this ever come to an end? Meaning……if homosexuality becomes acceptable as a sin, when will adultery become acceptable as a sin? Both are listed in His Word as sins, sins originating from lust. The feel good right now, pay later kind of sin.
Then I thought about bringing this lifestyle, outwardly, to my home and family. You see, I have very close relatives who are openly homosexuals – and I do not hate them because of this!
However, I do not want it to be publicized to my children that this is a Godly way of life. I receive direction from His Word on how to live. And again – it states it very clearly that it is a sin. I also wouldn’t want anyone to sit and talk about someone he/she is dating, sleeping with or having relations with – while being married.
I love my sister-in-law, who steals from her parents to buy and use drugs. Discussing her lifestyle with my children is not acceptable. But she is still welcomed into my home at any time.
The reference of “keeping it in the closet” is just as I have mentioned above. It’s not about being a bigot. It’s about following His Word and teaching our children to love one another, sinners alike. But not tolerate the way of life that does not glorify God.
I am far from perfect when it comes to sin! And I try my best to acknowledge my shortcommings to myself, my family, God or whoever it has affected. I struggle with sin just as everyone does. So I’m NOT judgemental of sinners. But I will continue to defend His Word, continue to teach my children His Word and hopefully have the strength to stand firm for God. Even if it goes against the grain.
And lastly, it always seems to come back to Christians being so judgemental. How God is a God of love and we are not to be judgemental towards anyone – that’s God’s job. And this is indeed correct!
Question: “What is the Judgment Seat of Christ / Bema Seat of Christ?”
Answer: Romans 14:10-12 says, “For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat…so then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:10 tells us, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
In the context, it is clear that both scriptures are referring to Christians, not unbelievers. The judgment seat of Christ, therefore, involves believers giving an account of their lives to Christ. The judgment seat of Christ does not determine salvation; that was determined by Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf (1 John 2:2) and our faith in Him (John 3:16).
All of our sins are forgiven, and we will never be condemned for them (Romans 8:1). We should not look at the judgment seat of Christ as God judging our sins, but rather as God rewarding us for our lives. Yes, as the Bible says, we will have to give an account of ourselves. Part of this is surely answering for the sins we committed. However, that is not going to be the primary focus of the judgment seat of Christ.
At the judgment seat of Christ, believers are rewarded based on how faithfully they served Christ (1 Corinthians 9:4-27; 2 Timothy 2:5). Some of the things we might be judged on are how well we obeyed the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), how victorious we were over sin (Romans 6:1-4), and how well we controlled our tongues (James 3:1-9).
The Bible speaks of believers receiving crowns for different things based on how faithfully they served Christ (1 Corinthians 9:4-27; 2 Timothy 2:5). The various crowns are described in 2 Timothy 2:5, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:4, and Revelation 2:10. James 1:12 is a good summary of how we should think about the judgment seat of Christ: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”