Silence Isn’t Golden
Read Luke Chapter 14
Lk 14:23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.
Lk 14:33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.
I have been drawn to the Parable of the Great Banquet for quite a while. It was the topic of two devotions for the month of January. Here is another one. I also have been very concerned for a long time over how deceived many SSA men and women have become over the past few years. Forgive me for once again making a point, that we cannot allow ourselves to be shamed into silence over the issue of homosexual behavior.
In verse 23, I am impressed that the master told his servants to MAKE (NIV) them come in. That is a strong term. Not wanting to make a mistake by overemphasizing that verb, I decided to look at other translations. New American Standard: “compel.” Amplified: “urge and constrain.” King James: “compel.” There seems to be a solid consensus as to the meaning of this command. The master’s wish is for his servants to grab men and women by whatever means are available to us and pull them into the banquet hall. Our Master wants us to strongly urge, compel, or make others come into His Kingdom.
Does that sound like we should be soft pedaling our message to unbelievers, or to those who are being deceived? Are we to stand idly by while men and women ignore or disobey God’s word? We might be accused of going too far in applying this scripture if it were not for verse 33. Although it is a verse on a different subject, it has a vital message to those who wish to claim a relationship with Christ.
Any man or woman who comes to Christ must be willing to give up anything and everything which God requires. God knows that we will not live perfect lives, but He requires that our hearts must desire to be sinless; that we are willing to give up whatever has the capacity to separate us from Him.
Putting two and two together; we must not, cannot, compel someone to give their lives to Christ, and at the same time tell them they can continue to practice homosexuality. It is absolutely necessary that we spread the truth to all who stubbornly and willfully hold on to their same-sex actions. It is impossible for a person to willfully sin (continually) and be in right-standing with God. The true believer will sin, but the Holy Spirit will make certain that he will not be happy and at peace until he repents.
Ro 1:32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
As we spread God’s true and unchangeable message, many will not listen. They will call us haters, lacking compassion, and rigidly legalistic. But some will listen, and come to the Father’s banquet table with their wedding clothes on. We must endure the pain of rejection from some, so that others will know the truth and the truth will set them free.
Prayer: Once again we come to You, Lord, asking that you take the blinders off of those who have been deceived. Give us opportunity to spread Your messages to all who will hear and heed. Give us the ability and willingness to suffer the abuse that we will receive from those who will not believe. God have mercy!