Sodom in the Sanctuary Revisited...
The Coming Purgeby Harold Vaughan — 3 years, 3 months ago
The public acceptance, celebration, and acceleration of homosexuality is staggering. It seems the President can hardly wait to praise athletes, or others, who come out of the closet.
The general public repeatedly elects pro-gay politicians. Money trumps morality. Skin trumps sin. Regardless of ethnicity, people favor "race" over "grace." Even many "conservative" public figures view homosexuality as a non-issue.
I happened to be preaching in the United Kingdom when the government announced that reading Scripture passages which forbid sodomy would be considered a "hate-crime." It is likely that America will follow suit VERY soon.
I am not surprised at all that liberal churches embrace "alternative lifestyles" as the norm. This has been in the making for decades.
But Sodom in the Sanctuary will divide many congregations. Even now families are leaving Bible-based churches. A pastor related how parents and grandparents left his church because their children and grandchildren had opted for same-sex relationships. They became upset when their pastor preached those passages which addressed biblical morality. This pastor was not harsh or hateful—he only echoed the plain teaching of Scripture. Blood relation trumped biblical revelation. As is often the case, the issue of "kin" triumphed over the issue of "sin."
Superficial and surface spirituality will be unmasked. For many the drawing power of culture is stronger than the transforming power of Christ. But the coming purge, and the sure-to-follow persecution, will purify the church.
Standing for Truth in moral matters will be costly for Christian churches, educational institutions, and organizations. Already professing evangelical establishments are hedging in the moral arena. To avoid the purge, MANY will merge with the apostasy. Jesus did not come to bring peace always, but at times a sword. Get prepared for the unexpected and the unexplainable as choices must be made because of Sodom in the sanctuary.
Postscript: Divorce was once rare in our culture, but it has become so common that few families are untouched by it on some level. The same thing is happening with the issue of homosexuality. Churches and Christians must minister to ALL people with the gospel message. Name calling and vitriolic speech need to be replaced by “Grace and truth” speech. As the culture spirals downward, God is calling us to engage those conflicted with gender identity issues, sexual abuse, and same-sex attraction. The gospel rescued many from moral sin in the early church and will do the same today—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…shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus(1 Cor. 6:9-11). A Spirit-filled church will minister with compassion to this broken generation without compromising the moral code of Scripture.