Stand for the Truth of God’s word.

 

Titus 1:11

 

Are you living in the Thrill of Victory because Jesus has set your free? Don’t live in the Agony of Defeat.

 

If you haven’t heard because you have been living under a rock for the last week. Mark and Heather Couch are now Grandparents which also makes Vicki and I grandparents.  Michael and Julia’s baby is scheduled to arrive in December.

 

As we have studied the duties of Elders and Evangelist the last few weeks we also notice what the Apostle Paul told Timothy and Titus to focus on in the churches.

 

Paul warned the Ephesian elders of the same thing.

 

Acts 20:29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30  Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31  So be on your guard!

 

Just because someone says they are Christian doesn’t mean they are teaching the truth. We have to be careful that false teaching does not creep into the church.  Be careful with the Christian books you read, even the Study Bibles you buy.  Be careful when you research a question on a website.  There is plenty of false information at your fingertips.  Be careful with devotional material.  I know “Jesus Calling” is an older book but is gaining popularity.

The author wrote down these revelations as she listened to God during her quiet times.  She writes as if Jesus is the one speaking to the reader.  Let’s not claim something is from Jesus that is not from Jesus.

 

Let’s let God speak for Himself through His word.

2 Timothy 3:16  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17  so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

We don’t need someone tell us what God said to her to know what God is saying to us through His word.

 

We must hold to sound doctrine and not be deceived by false teachings.

 

Titus 1:9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. 10 For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. 11  They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach–and that for the sake of dishonest gain.

 

This is the job of the Elders and the evangelist.

 

1 Timothy 1:3 …command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer

 

False teachers are to be silenced. False teachers are to be commanded to stop teaching.

False teaching is not to be tolerated. Everyone’s truth is not equal with God’s revealed Truth.

Your beliefs and my beliefs are not equal with God’s Truth.

We are losing the battle today because we lost the battle years ago that there is such a thing as absolute truth.

What I believe is funny that those who claim there is not absolute truth claim that their statement is absolutely true. If there is not absolute truth, then they may be wrong.  They can’t claim absolutely that there is not absolute truth – that is contradictory.  There might not be absolute truth which then they leave the possibility that God’s word is absolutely true.

 

We will look at some false doctrine but first I want to warn us about not overreacting to false doctrines.

We can’t swing from one position to another as an overreaction. We don’t have to react at all.  We just need to state the truth and not move.  Our goal is to teach what the Bible teaches.  Our ultimate goal is to align / join ourselves with God and invite others to join us as well.

 

Jesus silenced the false teachers of His day and we need to do the same.

Matthew 22:34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35  One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: …41  While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, … 46  No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

 

One of the first teachings Paul gives to Timothy is about the role of women.

1 Timothy 2:12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.

 

We spent three weeks during Bible study discussing this issue. Let me just say that God’s word is clear that God didn’t give women permission to teach or preach to men.  God ordained male headship in the Garden of Eden.  I know our Bible colleges are beginning to teach that women can preach but not be preachers – this is a false teaching that we will become women can be preachers – already have one in Cincinnati to women can be elders – some of our church’s teach that also.

 

People overreact and say I hate women or trying to oppress women – that is not true – I am aligning myself with God’s word. Headship has nothing to do with value.  Men are not more valuable than women.  God doesn’t love men more than women.  God has given men and women different roles and responsibilities.

 

The false teachings today are not that different than the false teachings in the first century. Satan is a liar and he keeps using the same play book because it works.

 

Paul refuted the false teaching of human sexuality in Romans 1 and we are still dealing with the same issue today. The hippie sexual revolution is still happening today.  The issued changed from “free love” to “same-sex love” to transgender identity.

 

The issue in the news is transgender bathrooms. Some will think that I should not deal with this issue from the pulpit, it is a political issue not a church issue.  Wrong, all (at least most) political issues are moral issues which have an impact on the church.  We need to know the truth of God’s word and how to stand against false teaching with grace.  Our goal is not to prove we are right; our goal is to lead lost sinners to Christ so they will follow His truth.

 

God clearly created men and women to be men and women.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

 

Do we really have to have a discussion about a person’s male or femaleness? Since creation we know if we need to buy blue clothes or pink or if we put bows in the hair.  But there is becoming more and more confusion today.  This is not a new issue but it is gaining ground and infiltrating churches.  There are many denominations who welcome LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender).

 

We also welcome all sinners because we have all been saved by the grace of God.

 

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10  nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

 

Our sinful lifestyle is what we were not what we are in Christ. Jesus didn’t condemn the woman caught in adultery but He did give her a command.

 

John 8:10  Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11  “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

 

Christians are seen as judgmental and bigoted if we call LGBT community sinners and say they need to change. They don’t have a problem telling us we have to change our Biblical stance or thousands of years of history of how to know if one is male or female.  Gender is anatomy not a feeling.

Hoxworth Blood center had to change their question from gender at birth to sex at birth.  The transgender movement believes gender is a decision and your sex is your anatomy.

 

Girl Scouts position since 2012

“If the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe.”

 

You know the debate is heating up.

Hall of Fame pitcher and ESPN commentator, Curt Schilling, was fired because he disagrees with transgender bathrooms and made a comment on his personal Facebook page.

 

Target’s policy

“We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.  Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.”Target’s recent ‘inclusivity’ announcement concludes by saying “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.” Really? Telling me you’re ok with men walking into the bathroom behind my baby girl actually doesn’t make me feel like I belong.Target’s recent ‘inclusivity’ announcement concludes by saying “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.” Really? Telling me you’re ok with men walking into the bathroom behind my baby girl actually doesn’t make me feel like I belong.

Do woman who don’t want men who feel like a woman in the restroom with them belong?

 

GOP candidate Donald Trump supports transgender bathrooms. He said Caitlyn Jenner could use any bathroom she wanted in Trump Tower.  Please consider who you vote for and what they stand for.

 

The news stories are not being made up about the arrest of transgendered men in woman’s restroom and women shelters.

 

Christians are accused of being against everything. I am not against people’s views; I am for God’s word.  I am for the protection of others.  God’s word came first so they are against the Creator of the Universe – let’s frame the argument correctly.

I am for God’s creation of male and female. I am for marriage just like Adam and Eve.

 

Let me give you more history. This is important because this is the false teaching of our day.  It is just as harmful as the Judaizers of the first century.

 

Transgenderism was considered a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association until December 2012.  That is when that board under pressure changed transgenderism diagnosis term from “Gender Identity Disorder” to “Gender Dysphoria”.

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

 

A similar thing happened with homosexuality in 1974.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, until 1974 homosexuality was a mental illness.  Freud had alluded to homosexuality numerous times in his writings, and had concluded that paranoia and homosexuality were inseparable.

 

Let me quote from a pro-homosexual website.

“What’s noteworthy about this is that the removal of homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses was not triggered by some scientific breakthrough. There was no new fact or set of facts that stimulated this major change.  Rather, it was the simple reality that gay people started to kick up a fuss.”

So in 1974 all the members attending the American Psychiatric Association convention voted on whether they believed homosexuality to be a mental disorder. 5,854 psychiatrists voted no and 3,810 yes. So by a 60 to 40% vote homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.

 

It is not loving to allow someone to continue to harm themselves without proper treatment. It is not Christian to say live and let live.  It is not godly to say that they are not hurting me.  These kinds of attitudes are what has led to churches acceptance of immorality and to our society promoting harmful immorality.

 

If we love people like Jesus, then we will tell them the truth in love.

 

John 8:10 “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

 

We all must leave our life of sin. Your sin is not holier before God than the sin of transgenderism or homosexuality.  Sin is sin and Jesus died on the cross to save all of us.

 

Will you repent and leave your life of sin?

Come and be immersed into Jesus and find forgiveness and you will receive the indwelling gift of God the Holy Spirit.