We Should Seek Revival:
When God informed Abraham that he was going to destroy the
city of Sodom and Gomorrah because “their sin was
exceedingly grave”, Abraham wrestled with the Lord in prayer
seeking a reversal of God’s decision to unleash His wrath.
The basis of Abraham’s argument was that God should not
destroy the city if there were a righteous remnant present
among this populace. The Lord patiently explained to
Abraham that such a remnant was not present. Thus Abraham of
course deferred to God’s judgment. Genesis 18:22-33.
does not indicate that God always promises to withhold the
unleashing of His wrath when a righteous remnant is present
within a city or a country. There are many examples in
Scripture where God brought devastating judgment upon Israel
notwithstanding the presence of a righteous remnant.
Nevertheless, this text sets forth a general principle - if
the body of Christ anticipates the increased likelihood of
God’s wrath upon our Country in response to the Court’s
ruling, it would be wise for the Church to seek revival.
2 Chron 7:12-14
Revival There Is Peace About The Future:
True revival results in the transformation of believers who
are experiencing their first love, Rev 2:4. And with
the experience of that “first love”, there is peace
regarding the possibility of persecution upon Christian
schools who do not hire homosexuals and upon churches who do
not conduct their homosexual wedding ceremonies. The God
who delivered His Son over for us on the cross will provide
all that we need to face whatever eventually does happen in
the future. Rom 8:32
Revival There Is A Great Commission Focus:
The Church needs to focus on revival, not political action.
I am not saying that all believers should avoid political
action. I praise God for brothers like Jay Sekulow of the
ACLJ who are in Washington DC seeking to protect our
religious freedoms. What I am saying is that the
preeminent calling of the Church as a whole is the Great
Commission. We are not to fix our attention on legal
battles to fight against the loss of religious freedom. We
have a grand and non-delegable task to carry out. We best
not get distracted from this assignment. Matt 28:18-20.
A revived Church refuses to allow anything to interfere with
being placed by God onto the “front lines” to rescue sinners
including homosexual spouses.
Revival There Is Gratitude:
With the peace and focus on the Great Commission that
revival produces, there will be gratitude to the Lord for
the abundant religious freedom that we enjoy presently, and
have enjoyed for hundreds of years in America. Our past as
well as our present religious freedom in the United States
is historically unprecedented. Appreciation for these
privileges should motivate us to use them now more than
ever. The Court’s decision only highlights what has been
obvious for many years – our Nation needs the bride to
exercise her religious freedom. Let us prayerfully and
intentionally spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Revival There is Confidence in the Gospel:
Confidence in the gospel’s power to transform is critical if
we are to respond to the High Court’s decision with wisdom.
Secularists steeped in powerless worldly philosophies offer
a false and damning hope to homosexuals. Their teachings
serve only to chain homosexuals more tightly to the very
sins which will ruin their lives on earth and which will
make their eternity in the fires of hell hotter. Prov
5:21-23, Rev 20:11-15.
believers exude great confidence in the power of Christ to
overcome sin. All of us who are saved still struggle with
the lusts of the flesh which wage war in the members of our
body, Gal 5:17; 1 Pet 2:11. When we succumb to these
powerful lusts, the consequences in our lives can be
staggering. We grieve the Holy Spirit,
Ps 32:3-4. We feel trapped and helpless, Jn 15:5.
We once again are ruled by our sin until restored by our
faithful Shepherd, Ps 23:1-3; 1 Pet 2:25; Ps 32.
told by secularists that our calls for repentance will do
irreparable harm to those who supposedly have been born with
natural, same sex inclinations, we will speak to them with a
fixed confidence in the power of the gospel of salvation.
And why is that? Because we personally are experiencing
Christ’s ongoing merciful deliverance in our own souls.
Those who are continually being washed in the blood, 1 Jn
1:7, will have bold confidence in the power of the cross
to deliver homosexual spouses regardless of the depth of
their enslavement to this sin.
Revival There is Love for Married Homosexuals:
When Simon was asked by our Lord who loves the most, the one
who has been forgiven more or the one who has been forgiven
less, even he, the self-righteous hypocrite, had to respond,
“I suppose the one whom he forgave more”, Luke 7:42-43.
produces a profound depth of intimacy with the Holy One,
Prov 3:32; Isaiah 6:1-7; 57:15. With depth of
communion, there is much forgiveness. With much forgiveness
from God, there is a fervent and tender love toward
homosexuals. It is out of this humility and love that our
gospel outreach to homosexuals will be effective. Otherwise
in our gospel pleadings to snatch homosexuals out of the
fires of hell, Jude 22-23, we are useless, noisy
gongs and clanging symbols, 1 Cor 13:1.
I have placed on the table in the foyer an article written
by Pastor John Piper because I agree with his response to
last week’s Supreme Court decision legalizing homosexual
marriage. I praise God for his response, and I commend this
article to you for your review!