We Signed A Contract
Read Deuteronomy Chapter 29
Dt 29:12 You are standing here in order to enter into a covenant with the LORD your God, a covenant the LORD is making with you this day and sealing with an oath, 13 to confirm you this day as His people, that He may be your God as he promised you and as He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 14 I am making this covenant, with its oath, not only with you 15 who are standing here with us today in the presence of the LORD our God but also with those who are not here today……………..
Dt 29:18 Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns away from the LORD our God to go and worship the gods of those nations; make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison. 19 When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing on himself and therefore thinks, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way.” This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.
In this passage, Moses is giving instruction to the Israelites regarding their covenant with the Lord. He makes some serious statements. The covenant is sealed with an oath. It confirms that they are His people. He will be their God. But look at something from verse 14 – this covenant is not only for those who heard Moses speak, but also to all those (future children of God) who are not here. Could Moses be referring to the Israelites who could not make the meeting? No, because in verse two (not shown), we see that all Israelites are present. He could have been referencing future Israelites, and that is true. But I propose that Moses was including any and all who will believe in God anytime in the future, including you and me. I cannot be convinced otherwise.
When we come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as our Savior, we enter into a covenant with Him and His Father. Even though there are some differences between our covenant today and the one made by the Israelites, there are also many similarities. Neither covenant; the one in the Old Testament, nor the one in the New Testament, give us any room for disobedience. Both covenants require God’s people to live lives which honor and glorify Him. The only pathway to bringing Him such honor is to listen to Him and obey His word.
Today’s church generally fails to tell those who come to Christ that they are entering into an agreement to forsake their sinful ways and follow Him. The message coming from many Christians today has been watered down. It is more of a “Come to Christ and He will show you what you must give up.” That is true to up to a point. He is still showing me the corners of my life which need to be adjusted. But that is a false message when a man comes to Christ living an obviously sinful life. If a murderer asked us what must He do to be saved, we would tell Him to believe in Christ and to follow Him in obedience. We would not tell him that he can continue murdering up until such time as he was convicted by the Holy Spirit that murder was a no-no. That is equally true in regard to same-sex behaviors.
The word many hear today is that they can believe in Christ and continue to indulge in same-sex actions, no strings attached. They might hear this additional word, “You must remain true to one lover, forsaking all others for him.” It is simply not true. Jesus never said that to anyone. His message was, “Go your way, and sin no more.” There can be no question but that Jesus knew his listener was going to sin again. But the unspoken message was that the believer must break the chains of his sin, in whatever way is necessary, The SSA believer must know that his same-sex actions must be done away with. He cannot continue willfully giving in to his weakness with no regret – special emphasis on ‘willfully.’
The men and women I know, who have heard the truth about Christ and homosexuality, have at one time or another realized that same-sex lusts and actions are against God’s instructions. Once a person hears and receives that message, they have no excuse to remain in sin. There must be a desire to flee from it. He may fail, but he will pick himself back up and get back into the spiritual battle. The most alarming statement in this passage can be found in verses 18-19. It is a serious thing to hear the truth and ignore it. “Make sure there is no man or woman whose heart turns away from the Lord.” The latter part of verse 19 contains a dire prediction. If a man believes that the covenant will protect him from God’s anger, he is mistaken.
“I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way.” Wow! This is exactly what many are saying today. If a man can believe that, and continue to openly and willingly live a persistent gay life, he is in a heap of trouble. If he is not saved, he is on a pathway to eternity without God. His road will end in the worst death of all, the ‘second death.’ If he is saved, he is in for an enormous amount of discipline from our Lord. His life will be full of woe, agony, and defeat. He will not and cannot ‘live happily ever after,’ so to speak. He will be hounded by the Holy Spirit until such time as his heart becomes in harmony with his Savior. Disaster after disaster will follow him as long as he ‘persists in going his own way.’
Prayer: God, have mercy on all of us – we who have ‘gone our way’ for a while, and those who continue to do so.