Over the weekend I received a list of questions from one anonymous:
Mind if I ask you a few questions? 1) What’s your religion (and denomination if any)? 2) Are you pro-life or pro-choice? 3) In your view, is homosexuality a sin according to the Bible? 4) What are your thoughts on Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer?
First off, thank you for sending in your question. Please do read this post/answer carefully, pray about it, consult the Bible on these, and ask for the insight of older Christians who you know are strong in the Lord :) May this post/answer bless you and others wondering about these…
1. What is your religion (and denomination if any)?
Religion, according to the online dictionary, is a system of belief or faith. So from my understanding of my faith and belief, my religion is Jesus Christ :) You can call me a born-again Christian. I was absolutely a slave of sin, and I am now alive as I was redeemed by the free gift of eternal life through the Lord Jesus (see John 3). A bit about me and my testimony is here. I am member of the Lord’s church body through Christ’s Commission Fellowship.
2. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
I’ve been attentively watching current events since I was a kid and I never thought of abortion as something good, not at all sincerely helpful. To be clear on the definition of abortion I’m basing this response on is this:
the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.
By the grace of God, I was always pro-life. I always saw babies as something special, and I was never less amazed by the wonders of the life in pregnancy :) I was already pro-life even before receiving the Lord Jesus because my parents taught me that there are always consequences to our mistakes or the mistakes of other people. I was raised to remember that there is always a solution to a problem, and it may seem most difficult at times but solutions - when right - always work.
When I became a Christian, when I received the Lord Jesus as my Savior and Lord, I was able to grow enlightened against abortion. Why? Because our heavenly Father is a sovereign God. Nothing happens without His approval, and whatever He approves He gives His grace to reveal His purpose, His glory. It means that whatever reason a woman got pregnant, whether it’s her fault or someone else’s, God is there to provide what is best. He will provide for the mother, and most definitely for the child. How do I trust that? There is God’s Word…
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
from Psalm 139
Every single soul that walked/walks this earth is no surprise to a supernatural God. The Good News is He is a holy God :) He delights in the lives of His creation, and He loves each of us with a personal love.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, or the Lord holds them by the hand. (Psalm 37:23-24)
The babies in the body of each and every woman is in God’s plan. To terminate a human pregnancy is murder, it is taking life, and what’s worse is it is taking life from God’s work. Anything that we think or do that is not according to God’s design, God’s will, and God’s heart is called sin. Sin is basically choosing our choices over trusting God and His plans for us.
I am pro-life not only because of the babies, I am pro-life also because of the mommies. Being a woman who got into early, unprepared pregnancy at 19 years old, I felt how it was to be scared of the future, to constantly go through self-pity, to be judged by others, and to feel alone. I understand the physical pain, the emotional struggle, and the spiritual battle pregnancy brings. I know well that being pregnant has its list of risks, but to terminate a pregnancy, to abort, is a risk not one mother should take. Abortion has a longer list of life-threatening possibilities, and you will certainly miss out on the best things life offers through another person that needs you — your child. Abortion is a foolish, selfish step to make for the sake of “more important things.” Nothing is more important than facing life the way life is.
Those who declare that a pregnant woman has the choice to keep the baby or not can always tell you to abort the baby because they are basing this decision on reasoning. Please keep in mind that reasoning should not be your moral basis. Your moral values should lead your reasoning. The world can offer so many good debates, but at the end of the day, only God’s choices can bring the peace of mind we need.
God loves the babies He allows to exist, and God also loves the women He allows to be mothers — no matter what society thinks of them. Stand with me, let’s build up other women (and men) to let God be God, trusting His ways, obeying His Word, and welcoming babies with a grateful heart. The Lord Jesus can meet you where you are, and you can experience the joy there is in real freedom :)
3. In your view, is homosexuality a sin according to the Bible?
When I was a kid being gay was something to be ashamed of because people somehow knew it was an odd way to live. The people dating the same sex were living their lives quietly. Today, being gay is one of the loudest decisions people make and some of them verbally demand people’s agreement. Whenever that happens, my heart breaks for them.
"If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:13)
God’s Word is twisted by people - gay or straight - whenever they want to do things their way. They consider God’s Word “unclear” or foolish just so they can believe that their sin is not as terrible as it is.
To practice homosexuality is a sin. It is against God’s design. It takes away the beauty of God’s work in a man’s or woman’s life. To be male or female each holds a remarkable series of experiences to learn from and love. Practicing homosexuality is against the obvious pattern God has placed upon nature. It’s why people instinctively find it odd to like the same sex, and/or act like the opposite sex. It is simply different from the wonderful life God has planned for us. Anything we choose to think and/or do that is not according God’s design is sin.
There are serious factors to why a person is secretly or openly gay. Either way, we should treat them with respect because only God can judge. What is best is we pray for them, treat them in ways that will radiate the grace of the Lord Jesus. Be careful with what you say, and be careful with what you refuse to say, too. I love my gay friends, and I always will. I understand the factors of their decisions. I believe that they have valid reasons to feel that way, but more than those, I trust that God’s design is best for them. This means that I accept them for what they are right now, and I continue to pray for their best :) I’m their friend, and they have my support in the things they do that I know will lead them into getting to know God’s love for them more. I will always be here to tell them the truth, and also to hug them when life’s hard.
It is fascinating to see God’s wonders in the lives of the gay people who chose the Lord Jesus over the desires of the flesh. Yes, I’ve seen the Lord Jesus redeem them. They’re inspiring role models of trust and real joy. Not everything is smooth for them but everything they have now has meaning to them :) To be a man or woman holds wonders that only trusting in God can unfold.
4. What are your thoughts on Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer?
I believe that we cannot depend on the teachings of faith by Joel Osteen or Joyce Meyer. We should also pray for them.
Here’s a post on false prophets I wrote in 2012: Mentors of faith… Are they real followers of the Lord Jesus? This post contains what makes a person/preacher a false prophet and how we should respond after learning about this. Please read carefully.
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For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Romans 1:16-17)
Thank you again for these questions. I hope that my response helps you and those reading this. Please read the Bible about these things, ask for insight from a seasoned Christian by God’s grace, and seek God in prayer :)
Love, Another Life Saved