June 3, 2015

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I’ve felt the need to respond to the Caitlyn Jenner event, but, at the same time, I’ve been reluctant to do so. My mom’s words, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” have kept my fingers off the keyboard. So, rather than wade into the fracas, I’ll let others do the talking for me.

Of all the stuff I’ve read about Jenner, I’ve most appreciated and resonated with what Marty Duren has to say: For God so Love Kaitlyn Jenner.

Mike Donehey responds to watching his first episode of The Bachelorette. Here’s the quote that carries the heavy freight:

“Choosing to love one woman for the rest of your life is a far far wilder ride for your heart than promiscuous sex will ever be.”

Carl Trueman always delivers the goods. Freedom is … a Sexual Ponzi Scheme is no exception. Here is a snippet from his critique:

And, as the pièce de résistance, once again the Enlightenment axiom, that one cannot derive an ought from an is, is conveniently suspended in the cause of denigrating monogamy and denying any moral significance to incontinent fornication: People commit adultery and get divorced, so sexual promiscuity is therefore good and natural. Well, some people are foot fetishists and others are serial killers. These things may be “natural” but does that make them socially desirable?

Russell Moore offers super-wise technological advice for parents raising children in our sexually charged, indulgent, promiscuous, destructive society.

Of course, we are waiting for the SCOTUS decision on Gay marriage. It seems that this decision will have a significant impact on our country. Be praying!

Finally, MacArthur’s book, Being A Dad Who Leads is free this month from Christianaudio. Dads and future dads, click the link and start listening. What do you have to lose?


7 Responses to “Destinations”

  1. phfs9 Says:

    For all the things in life people do that hurts us or offends us, the things that offend God that He has taught us are wrong, the only input I can offer here is “love the sinner – hate the sin.”

  2. Jim Kelly Says:

    I would agree that the Father loves all, but wants obedience more than sacrifice (or anything else), to obey Him, to follow Him, to love Him. Also wants all His leaders speaking the Truth, His word, and not accepting, or tolerating, or condoning sin of any kind without speaking Truth to all of that. My comment would be, did God put them in the wrong body or is there another problem, like the transgender that already switched twice and now thinks it was right before and wants to switch again??? I would always err on the side to hear the Lord say, “No Jim you are not a hater, speak My word, that let someone think what they are doing is ok and spend eternity in hell. Pastor Mark I really value your thoughts, not sure about this Marty person and hope you do eventually share what you think.

    • Mark Says:

      The problem when it comes to sexuality today is that we think that we can define gender and marriage. Obviously, we can’t. God makes us who we are; God made marriage what it is. It is an illusion to think that two homosexuals can get married in the biblical sense. There is no real way to dignify homosexual behavior.

      That said, I am grieved for those who struggle with homosexual temptation and gender confusion. I realize that everyone struggles with sin in some way, but homosexuality seems particularly onerous, not that one perversion is better than another. So, while I would obviously condemn any sort of sexual behavior outside of marriage (and even some inside), I want Bowman to be about the gospel so much so that the transgender, transvestite, lesbian, or gay could comfortably come to Bowman, be loved in spite of his or her sinful behavior, and hear the good news that their souls so desperately need.

      • Jim Kelly Says:

        I agree sin is sin, just wish so many would quit flaunting it in everyone’s face and declare it normal and ok. I will not take their view that I must accept, condone and approve of their behavior/sin, or anyone else also. Also I would hope they could feel comfortable going to any gospel teaching church, if they were seeking the Truth, and not let sin/satan close their ears/eyes. Really enjoy your post pastor.

  3. Mark Says:

    I agree with you completely, Jim. They know their behavior is wrong. The work of the law written on their hearts (Ro 2:15) won’t let them escape this reality. To counter this nagging voice within them, they do all they can to get society to tell them they’re OK. I think they will be successful, and Bible-believing Christian will be the ones to pay for their effort to drown out the voice of their consciences.

  4. Jim Kelly Says:

    I think a lot of believers are “paying” already for their faith in this country because of this, bakers, photographers, property owners, etc. Pray daily for wisdom and discernment for our Supreme Court Justices and their upcoming decisions on marriage, or soon enough we will be adding pastors and teachers to that list.

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