Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Words of Comfort: Gambling or Gaming



“Ray, what about when it comes to arguing about same sex marriage? Most of our argument is the moral value we learn from the Word of God? Your thoughts? Should we as Christians ever argue?” Jerry Alcaraz

This world has forsaken the moral Law (the Ten Commandments). Adultery is openly practiced, and even encouraged. Of course it isn’t called “adultery” but an “affair”—which removes any reminder of the Law of God. Gambling is called “gaming,” which puts more distance between greed and the Tenth Commandment that condemns it. Blasphemy is common language, idolatry is rampant (with its insipid image of God as being humanity’s divine butler), so is lying, pornography, theft, and murder is commonplace. All these “signs of the times” were prophesied 2,000 years ago in the words of Jesus, “lawlessness shall abound” (see Matthew 24:12).

Included in this slippery downward moral trend is the embracing of homosexuality as a normal practice.  This is also prophesied in the Scriptures as men and women being “without natural affection” and the end of this age (see Romans 1:31, 2 Timothy 3:3).  Despite the inclination, the Scriptures are very clear: “Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).  While it seems that there is no stopping this momentum towards a Lawless world, we owe it to adulterers, homosexuals, fornicators, and all who violate God’s Law to warn them that they are going down a road that is morally abhorrent to a holy Creator and that there will be eternal and devastating repercussions. While many may say that it’s hate speech to warn them, all we are doing is holding up a road sign to speeding traffic, that says “Massive sinkhole ahead! Please turn around. Do not proceed.”  

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