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Pretty Woman or Pretty Slut? What are we encouraging our daughters to become?

Only 22 years ago young women the world over fell in love with the “Pretty Woman.” A pretty prostitute is rescued by Prince Charming. Richard Gere played the Wall Street tycoon who was redeemed from his company devouring, life destroying ways by helping to “convert” Julia Roberts into the “Pretty Woman.” Sex was the veiled backdrop to the theme of ‘pretty’ redemption.

Fast forward to 2012. Redemption is a theme we see only rarely on current movie and television screens. Sex is no longer in the background. Sex is front and center. Not married sex, but slutty, down and dirty sex. A prime example is one of the top twenty five shows in its second season and already picked up for syndication by TBS (which means it will be around for a long time): 2 Broke Girls. (This is only a prime example of what our children are being bombarded with across all media)

2 Broke Girls

Wikipedia: Set in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the series chronicles the lives of two waitresses in their mid twenties—Max (Kat Dennings), who comes from a poor working-class family, and Caroline (Beth Behrs), who was born rich but is now disgraced and penniless due to her father, Martin Channing, getting caught operating a Bernard Madoff-esque Ponzi scheme—working together at a Brooklyn restaurant. The two become friends and build toward their dream of one day opening a cupcake shop.

Television and movies are culture changers. They target younger audiences, and rather than try to reflect the conscience of the day, they push the conscience to the edge of changing morals. Pretty Woman glamorized immorality and glossed it over with a ‘redemption’ theme. Redemption is out the window now, and immorality is being accepted, glamorized and emphasized.

About “2 Broke Girls” – The show has received mixed to positive reviews from critics, earning a score of 66/100 from review aggregator Metacritic, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. The show has been criticized for its racially charged humor and sexual jokes. Despite this, the show has been generally well received by the public, and is one of the most watched shows of 2011-2012.

For example, in the November 18th episode, Caroline, the fallen rich girl, is going out with “Candy Andy.” She wonders why he doesn’t put the “moves” on her. Caroline is wondering if he is gay, but hoping they will “hook up” on their second date. She asks Max how the poor date, what should she expect on the second date. Her ‘broke’ friend indicates sex of a sodomite kind. Laugh, laugh. Max assures Caroline that Andy is not gay. Caroline chooses to go to a very “slutty” bar, hoping Andy will take the hint. However, Andy holds back, even though everyone around them is “Dirty Dancing.” Max (the poorer girl friend) comes to the rescue, and confronts Andy about his lack of aggressive sexual pursuit. He explains that he can’t because he sees Caroline as THECaroline Channing, rich princess.” He sees her as a dignified princess, not as a sex object. (What does this say about how we are to see women?)

Max reports back to Caroline and tells her to start acting slutty. Once Andy sees how Caroline really is, he can give way to his passions and they can have sex, even the sodomite kind, ‘laugh laugh.’ Instead of Richard Gere pulling up as a white knight in his expensive limousine, Poor slutty Max comes to the rescue with encouragement for Caroline to demean herself. And so she does. And the young audience gets the message that slutty is good, sex is good, immorality is great and fun and funny!

Gone is redemption.

Andy did not want redemption. Caroline did not want redemption. They are seen as only wanting sex and lots of it. And they must do what they can to get it. Laugh Laugh. And we wonder why 25% of our teenage daughters have sexually transmitted diseases!

Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon is an Old Testament Book about Solomon and one of his wives, his favorite according to the book.

There is plenty of sex here, but it is portrayed with dignity and beauty. It reflects two hearts very much in love with each other, not in lust. Do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with sex and sexual desires. However, God designed them to be the fleshly glue that keeps two hearts racing together in a marriage relationship. Sex is an essential component in a fulfilling marriage relationship. Listen in on this passage from Song of Solomon 5:

The Woman:

(1) I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse;
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey;
I have drunk my wine with my milk.
(2) I sleep, but my heart is awake;
It is the voice of my beloved!
He knocks, saying,

She is asleep, and is awakened by the voice of her beloved. She doesn’t know if she is dreaming or not!

Solomon:

“Open for me, my sister, my love,
My dove, my perfect one;
For my head is covered with dew,
My locks with the drops of the night.”

He is wet from the rain and needs to come in and dry off. He calls to her, his “sister, his dove, his love, his perfect one” There is no demeaning tone or sexual lust in his voice. This is no midnight ‘booty call.’ His heart is filled with love for his perfect one!

But she is half awake, and hesitates to come to the door. She is already in bed, she has washed her feet.

(3) I have taken off my robe;
How can I put it on again?
I have washed my feet;
How can I defile them?
(4) My beloved put his hand
By the latch of the door,
And my heart yearned for him.

Still, her heart longs for him, and she awakes from her dream-like state realizing that it really was his hand upon her door. She jumps from her bed and runs to the door. There is his oil of myrrh on the door handle, and her hands now drip with oil.

(5) I arose to open for my beloved,
And my hands dripped with myrrh,
My fingers with liquid myrrh,
On the handles of the lock.
(6) I opened for my beloved,
But my beloved had turned away and was gone.
My heart leaped up when he spoke.
I sought him, but I could not find him;
I called him, but he gave me no answer.

Sadly, she realized that he had gone. She had delayed too long. She ran after him, calling for him, but he was not to be found. Instead of finder her lover, she was accosted by the men pretending to watch over the city. These men represent the men of the world, corrupted by wrong standards, men apart from God.

(7) The watchmen who went about the city found me.
They struck me, they wounded me;
The keepers of the walls
Took my veil away from me.

The men of the world, instead of offering protection, beat and injured the woman. They sexually demeaned and abused her. This is what is meant by taking the veil away. Their actions brought shame upon her life. She is a picture of what this world wants to do (and is doing) to the daughters of God. This world wants to turn them into sexual objects, demeaned, objectified and sluttified. Exactly as 2 Broke Girls pictures them (albeit in the form of ‘comedy.’)

This woman represents a redeemed woman. Her feet have been washed, she is perfect in the sight of God and her lover. She is esteemed, respected and regarded with dignity and honor. This is the way Christ said we are to treat our wives, our daughters-with dignity and honor. We are not to see them as slutty sex objects, demeaned and de-humanized.

Jesus Christ is calling out to us to join Him, to experience his redeeming love. He wants us to escape the corruption that is in this world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)

If we hesitate to open the door, we will miss Him, and we will fall prey to the media moguls who frame our thinking with the corruption of lust and demeaning desires. We will be abused and walk in shame as we cast off the dignity and protection of our Savior!

Sick of Love

(8) I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
i
f ye find my beloved,
that ye tell him,
that I am sick of love.

She commands her sisters not to tell her beloved about her injuries or shame, but rather that she is “sick of love.” Scripture indicates this is one of the signs of the end times. “Because iniquity abounds the love of many will wax cold.” (Matt 24:12).

What this means for our children and grandchildren is a society with greater acceptance of immorality and even perverted behavior, and more and more broken marriages as our concept of “love” becomes sicker and sicker. We will continue to see pornography increase because society will be ‘sick of love.’ 

I am genuinely concerned about what my grand daughters will face in Middle and High School. What can we do to combat the corrupted “watchmen” who are exposing our children to immorality and demeaning behavior?

What is the solution? We need the cleansing oil of our redeeming Savior! We need to wake out of our slumber and run to the door to let our Savior back into our homes and lives. We need to have His cleansing oil wash the filth from our hearts and minds. We need a return to the morality of Scriptures, a morality that stresses our creation in the “image of God,” the dignity of men and women whom God is mindful of, even in pursuit of!

We need to embrace dignity and honor in our lives and relationships. We need to reject the lust and immorality that is so prevalent on television and in the movies! God’s warned us to protect our daughters from the corruption of lust and immorality. If we fail to do s, the land will become depraved and wicked!

Leviticus 19:29 “Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, lest the land fall into prostitution and the land become full of depravity.

Wake Up!

Are you sick of love? Is your heart struggling with lust and immorality? Are you a Christian who has been asleep and not diligent in your quest to follow Jesus? Time to wake up and sound the alarm! Time to say no to the abusers and those that would force shame on our society, our daughters and granddaughters! We need to embrace the true lover of our souls, Jesus Christ!

If we truly love Jesus Christ, we will make the necessary sacrifices to keep Him as Lord over our life and loves. In Him is perfect love! In Him is genuine love. Lust and immorality are degrading substitutes!

Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

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God had a reason for marriageWhy did you get married? Why do you want to get married? Answers are varied, but usually focus on love, completeness, happiness, maybe even hotness…, lust, some people even throw in God.

But did anyone say they got married to be please God? I don’t think so.

Marriage is a big deal throughout the world. There is something within normally wired men and women that draws us together. We are drawn into relationships, and those relationships usually end up in marriage.

Me-MarriageIn the 21st Century we have come to regard marriage as a “me” thing. It must make “me” happy. It must have romance, it must have spontenaity, it must meet “me” needs. Books are written on how to compromise so that both me’s in the marriage are kept happy. Gone are the books about subjection and submission and pleasing the husband. Gone are the books about ruling your home and discipline and leadership. They have all been replaced with books about tolerance, sensitivity, freedom, acceptance and sharing responsibilities.

starter marriageChildren are raised with the idea that life is all about them and what they want, and so they go into marriage expecting the same. Most have experienced their parents divorcing, so they have this pre-programed attitude that if their spouse fails to meet their needs, they leave and move on to someone else. We have even come to accept the reality of “starter marriages” and how they can be beneficial in opening our eyes to the hardships and struggles that marriages often have.

As most young people enamored with the romance and beauty of extravagant marriages and honeymoons soon discover, marriage quickly turns into the excitement of driving across Kansas and seeing an occasional overpass. Too often couples see marriage as an ideal that they want to have in their lives, but it soon descends into hurt and disappointment and even resentment and hatred.

Mature-MarriageSo most couples who survive the turmoils of learning to live with a person of the opposite sex and opposite thinking, trade the romantic “Me-Marriage” for realistic “Mature-Marriage”. Instead of leaving the marriage because of selfish expectations, they stay in the marriage and learn to settle for or tolerate each other. The marriage becomes “livable” and “convenient”.

Is the “Me-Marriage” or even the “Mature-Marriage” what God had in mind when he created Eve for Adam?

God from the very beginning told Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it”.

Marriage is about Life and EnergyMarriage was designed to be full of Life and to Subdue this World for God! Marriages are to Conquer, to Win, to be Victorious! God designed Marriage to generate energy and LIFE, not just energy to survive each other, but to subdue the world! God’s marriage generated energy to Overcome and have LIFE!

God is all about Life and Life that is Abundant, Fruitful and Fulfilling! God designed Marriage to accomplish His purpose!

God designed marriage so that the challenges and problems a couple faces should be transformational- should bring them closer to the power and purpose of God! Marriage is all about the Life that God wants us to Live!

Now if marriages are to accomplish what God wants, they can’t be about Me or even We.

Marriage Designed to make us HolyAnd if Marriages are about Victory and Conquering, they shouldn’t be boring or lifeless or settling and mature. They should be about Life! The life that God gives.

We need to see marriage and our relationships with our spouses in a different light. We need to see them as God designed.

  • God did not design marriage to make us happy, but to make us Holy.
  • God did not design marriage to benefit us, but to Empower us!

We all got married with dreams in our heads.

Sexy-Nightie-or-Ratty-Sweat-PantsI imagined Lydia would make a great pastor’s wife. I could see her faithfully by my side as I preached to admiring audiences. But somewhere along the line my dreams of saving the world turned into the nightmare of feeding six children, of Chuck E Cheese, of braces, and fighting about watching Terminator instead of Pretty Woman for the 30th time.  Seemingly overnight we went from sexy nighties to ratty sweats. What happened to those dreams? Is this what marriage is really all about?

So What does God Want Marriages to be?

What was His design – “Sexy Nighties” or “Ratty Sweats”? How can Marriage make us Holy and Empower us to be like God, and accommodate any attire, any stage of life? This is the purpose of this series of messages – to discover God’s design for marriage, and to discover how to become TotallyMarried.

There are two Non-Negotiable beliefs that we must embrace if we are to become TotallyMarried.

1. Marriage requires a 24/7 commitment.
2. Marriage requires a new and selfless life.

If we are to discover God’s purpose for marriage, we must commit our heart to God, without reservation. If we are to discover God’s purpose for marriage, we must surrender our will, our notions, our preconceptions to Him.

Marriage Designed to Please GodGod Designed Marriage to Please Him!

1 Corinthians 7:1-2 (NIV) Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.

1. “So Much Immorality”

God knew we had needs and so he designed marriage to deal with those needs. But those needs aren’t limited to sex, for marriage will also deal with anger, selfishness, pride, inadequacy, loneliness, anger. We never enter marriage perfect. We bring our character needs with us, and marriage is designedby God to deal with them.

2. God uses Marriage to Confront our Needs

No one who is afraid to face themselves as they really are should ever get married. Your spouse will quickly figure out your deficiencies, idiosyncrasies, strengths, weaknesses. Marriage reveals and often brings to the forefront our character needs and deficiencies.

3. You Decide if Marriage will Shape and Empower You.

Marriage is a Stress test for heartMarriage is all about relationships and is the most strenuous “relational exercise” you will ever have. Marriage is a stress-test for our heart. Failure to deal with character needs will result in fights, relational walls, alienation, bitterness and worse. Marriage becomes God’s principle means for preparing us for eternity, as He uses marriage to mold and conform us to His Son, Jesus Christ. You can accept God’s purpose and design, or you can kick and scream and throw a fit.

4. Marriage Reveals There Is No Substitute For God.

Anyone who thinks their mate will complete them or give them total fulfillment soon discovers that will not be the case. God is our source of fulfillment and peace. Marriage simply reveals our need for Him. Your spouse is designed to complement you, not complete you. We are only complete in Christ. Therefore, we must look to God anytime we feel our spouse is not meeting our needs, or neglecting us, or even abusing us.

Marriage-is-a-signpost5. Marriage: Signpost Pointing Us to God

Marriage is used to Explore and Know God. You can either be married in a vacuum and deal with life on your own, or you can accept that God has a purpose for your marriage and that is to use it and the problems and trials to explore and know Him. Marriage can be a daily reminder of God’s presence in your life. Everything about our marriage is designed to reveal Him in a more powerful and real way.

6. Marriage Pictures Reconciliation

marriage about reconciliation

There is no better word to describe God’s heart toward man than RECONCILIATION. The Entire Bible is God’s message of what He has done to reconcile man to Him. He offers this hope to His people, who have constantly rejected Him and killed His prophets and even killed His Son:

Isaiah 62:5 “As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you”

So much of the Word illustrates marriage and its picture of RECONCILIATION.

  • God became united with flesh in Jesus Christ.
  • Jesus Christ is seeking His bride for the wedding to the lamb (Rev 19:7) where we will enjoy the wedding banquet (Matthew 22:1-14)
  • Jesus reconciled God to Man so that we can know Him and have a relationship with Him.
  • Marriage is the place of reconciliation that displays the Father’s Love to the world.
  • Marriage pictures the ongoing relationship between Christ and His church.
  • Couples will face moments of reconciliation constantly through their marriage.

7. We Must Chose between having a Man-centered vs. God-centered View of Marriage

  • Man: We will maintain our marriage as long as our earthly comforts, desires and expectations are met. ( Marriage is all about my enjoyment.)
  • God: We preserve our marriage because it brings glory to God and points a sinful world to a reconciling Creator (Marriage is about God’s Glory)

Marriage Pleases God8. God Designed Marriage to Please Him

2 Corinthians 5:9 (NIV) So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

Paul says our goal in life should be to please God. Marriage is  more than happiness, sexual expression, bearing children, companionship, mutual care and provision. Marriage is designed be God to PLEASE HIM! We ask not “What will make me happy”? We ask “what will make God happy?”

2 Corinthians 5:15 (NIV)And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Married couples are to use their marriages to LIVE FOR HIM!

9. Marriage Fulfills the Ministry of Reconciliation

Marriage Pictures Ministry of Reconciliation2 Corinthians 5:16-19 (NIV) So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Marriages model Christs forgiveness, selfless love and sacrifice.  Marriages that fail send a message to the world that I have stopped loving someone and  have broken a promise I made many years earlier. Sad that Barna notes Born Again Christians have a divorce rate that is higher than non-believers (27% to 23%) How can children believe us when we tell them God’s promise to Love and forgive them is secure when they can’t see that we honor our word.

Divorce signals that at least one of the Spouses has failed to put the Gospel first in their lives.

10. Successful Marriages require a commitment to Christian Duty.

700 year old treePictured is a 700 year old tree in the Northern Cascade National Park. These trees grow so old in the Northern Cascades because the constant rain and wetness ofthe  forest minimizes fire from lightning strikes.

  1. The Western Slope of the Cascades are so wet that lightning strikes cause relatively few fires. Traditional forests face lightning initiated fires every 50 or 60 years.
  2. Christian marriages will still be stuck by lightning-sexual temptation, communication problems, frustrations, trials, hardships, unrealized expectations. If marriages are heavily watered with an unwavering commitment to please God, the conditions will not be ripe for a devastating fire to follow the lightning strike.

If I am married only for my happiness, and my happiness wanes for whatever reason, one little spark will burn the entire forest down. But if my aim is to proclaim and model God’s ministry of reconciliation, my endurance and marriage will be fireproof.

Totally Married in God's Design11. We must practice the Spiritual Discipline of Marriage.

I must put my own relationship with God first. Sticking it out is a victory in and of itself. A 700 year old tree commands our attention simply because it has endured so long. Christians can command attention simply by staying married. When asked why, we say “would you like to hear more about the good news of reconciliation?” Of course, if our hearts are committed to God and pleasing Him, He will use our marriage to energize us and bring His Life to us!

Marriages Are The Message Of Reconciliation This World Needs To Hear And See.


Does Jesus have power to transform lives?

Does Jesus have power to transform lives?

I have a real problem with the reality and power of Jesus Christ when it comes to the corruption that is in this world through lust. Christians are tolerating evil to the point that evil and immorality are no longer frowned upon or spoken against, even from the pulpit. Does the Holy Spirit of God stir up the saints anymore? Do we just shake our heads and mutter something like “What is this world coming to?”. Where is our righteous indignation, our table tossing zeal for the Holiness of God and the transforming power of the gospel of Christ? I would venture that a majority of Christians have allowed the world to flavor our concept of sin and what is allowable. We are an excusing nation of Christians.

Divorce, sexual immorality, temporal values, drunkenness, homosexuality have become accepted and tolerated in mainstream Christianity. We still draw the line at child pornography but our condemnation of sexual perversion is becoming weaker and weaker. I fear that someday soon even that line will be crossed. Our society is changing, Christianity is changing, our tolerance for sin is changing. Righteousness is being re-defined. Evil is wearing a mask, and Christians are being deceived.

Christians are being deceived

Christians are being deceived

I have enjoyed songs by Ray Boltz. His 1994 song “Thank You” is one of my favorites. My sister Angie sang it at my Dad’s funeral in 1995. There wasn’t a dry eye in the sanctuary as we all thought about the impact my Dad had upon their lives. That is what the song is all about-“changed lives”:

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave

Now Ray Boltz has admitted he is homosexual.

He's been gay all along

Ray has been gay all along

I assume that means a practicing homosexual. We are all sinners. But John in his first epistle says there is a problem if we are practicing sinners. Jesus Christ is not just some feel-good guy who loves everybody and accepts everybody no matter how they live. We often see Jesus as the guy who partied with sinners and drunks, so that means he loves everyone. But we forget that Jesus was the Great Physician. We forget that Jesus called them “sick”. We forget that Jesus came to heal sin-sick sinners. We gloss over the need for repentance, for turning to righteousness, the righteousness that Jesus lived.

16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Mark 2:16-17 (NKJV)

The Apostle John cautions us:

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:1-6 (NKJV)

We need to follow the Holy Spirit in order to be able to test the spirits. We need the Holy Spirit in order to see and resist the spirit of the Antichrist. We need the Holy Spirit, for greater is He that is in us than he who is in the world. John says we are of God! Those that are of God will hear the Word and heed its call. Those who do not listen are not of God. Here is what Paul said about Christians and our attitude toward the Holy Spirit and immorality:

1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (NKJV)

God desires all Christians to be SANCTIFIED – set apart. We must know how to possess our vessel in sanctification and honor, not in the passion of lust. God has called us to holiness, not uncleanness. Anyone who rejects that call rejects God, because God has given Christians the Holy Spirit.

Can a Follower of Christ who has been born again and indwelt by the Holy Spirit be a practicing homosexual, or a practicing adulterer, or a practicing sexual pervert, or a practicing fornicator? Would God tolerate such behavior of His own Son, Jesus Christ? NO! Jesus would have failed in His mission to conquer sin, to become our Sinless Adam. God’s judgment would have been upon Him. He would have rotted in the grave. Paul makes it clear that those who reject the work of the Holy Spirit in their life reject God Himself. Could such a person who continually rejects God have been born again by the Holy Spirit? Read what the Apostle John wrote:

4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:4-10 (NASB)

John says that it should be obvious who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are.

Another song that Ray Boltz wrote is “Sinner’s Prayer”

Lord, You’ve touched my heart today
That is why I’ve come to pray
You see all I have inside
All the things I try to hide

Jesus, I believe that You are there
And You’re listening
To this sinner’s prayer
Touch this broken heart and make it new
I believe in You

Please forgive me for my sin
All I’ve done and all I’ve been
Serving You forevermore
Everyday You’ll be my Lord

Jesus, I believe that You are there
And You’re listening
To this sinner’s prayer
Knowing You’ll remember
What You’ve heard
I believe Your word

In Your name this prayer will end
And a new life will begin
Now I know I’m not alone
Hold my hand and lead me home

Ray says he has been a homosexual all along. He is saying that Jesus lives in his Homosexual heart. Jesus tolerates, accepts and loves his homosexuality. Believers everywhere shake their heads and say once again “What is this world coming to?”

What we should be doing is proclaiming the righteousness of God.

Jesus came to heal the sick. According to God’s Word, homosexuality is sick. Jesus was not a homosexual. He did not come to embrace homosexuality. He came to heal the sin-sick souls of this world. He came to transform lives corrupted by the lust of this world. He came to empower us to live victorious lives. The struggle against sin has been won by Jesus Christ! True Christians have the power of the Holy Spirit to walk in newness of life, if we abide in Jesus and His Word! Those who are born again must claim that power and lift high the banner of a Righteous Jesus Christ. True Christians must do as Ray wrote in his 1998 song “I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb”:

By His Stripes We Are Healed

By His Stripes We Are Healed

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb
With all my strength
With all I am
I will seek to honor His commands
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

I have heard how Christians long ago
Were brought before a tyrant’s throne
They were told that he
Would spare their lives
If they would renounce
The name of Christ
But one by one they chose to die
The Son of God, they would not deny
Like a great angelic choir sings
I can almost hear their voices ring

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb
With all my strength
With all I am
I will seek to honor His commands
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

Now the years have come
And the years have gone
And the cause of Jesus still goes on
Now our time has come
To count the cost
To reject this world
To embrace the Cross

And one by one let us live our lives
For the One who died to give us life
Till the trumpet sounds on the final day
Let us proudly stand and boldly say

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb
With all my strength
With all I am
I will seek to honor His commands
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

To the Lamb of God who bore my pain
Who took my place
Who wore my shame
I will seek to honor His commands
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

We must honor the commands of Christ. We must dedicate our lives to embracing His Cross, regardless of the cost. We must reject this world and all of its perversions and upside-down thinking. We must heed the call of God to be Holy and Set Apart! We can love homosexuals, and pray for their redemption. But the cross means death to who you are. Coming to Christ means dying to sin and self and living in the power of the Righteous, Life-Changing Jesus Christ! And Jesus was no homosexual!