Easter joys: confession of sin, and the day of silence...
...but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
(Tim) Here in Bloomington, there were two sweet endings to a wonderful week among the People of God celebrating Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Let me share them with you for the building up of your faith.
First, following the service, yesterday, a young man came up to me with a smile on his face. Accompanied by a friend, he said he had a sin to confess and told me of his quite-serious dishonesty in certain academic work. Today he will tell the authorities about his sin--confess it to them--and it could well mean the end of his plans for the future. He was ashamed, but joyful. Christ died for that sin and he is forgiven. Christ rose from the grave and because He lives, we also shall live.
What a precious gift this confession of sin is. Everywhere it goes, it lays waste the pride of man and glorifies Jesus Christ. We are less and He is more. It was the perfect end to Holy Week!
But wait, there's more...
Later on in the afternoon, as the sanctuary was being cleaned up after having been packed for several hours with people feasting on ham, potatoes, and green beans, four young men who attend our public high schools asked for advice concerning how they should respond to the Day of Silence that will be taking over their schools' classrooms this coming Friday.
But first, a word of explanation.
The Day of Silence held April 19th each year is a day of student advocacy of sodomy and other sexual perversions. But of course, those who love sexual perversion never admit they love sexual perversion, nor do they demand that others love it. That would be gauche...
Instead, they love "choice" and "diversity" and "tolerance."
It just so happens each flows in only one direction: "choice" is for the mother--not her unborn baby; "diversity" means sexual perversion and the lies that justify it are given a seat at the table--not followers of Jesus Christ and the Law of God; "tolerance" is shown men who murder other men through sexual intercourse--not those who speak up against this great evil, calling for laws to protect society against those who intentionally unleash physical, financial, relational, familial, and moral mayhem that makes the risks of unfastened seat belts and secondhand smoke look tame by comparison.
So Friday, student protesters will lie or serve as useful idiots for those in love with death. No one will admit the Day of Silence is a day given over to silencing history, public health, the English Common Law Tradition, the Ten Commandments, and the Muslims and Jews and Roman Catholics and Christians who grieve over sodomy's temporal and spiritual destruction.
Instead, student protesters will disrupt schools across the country in protest against the purported silencing of sodomites by mainstream society.
The silencing of sodomites by mainstream society? Where? When? Please tell me so I can plan our family vacation.
The hypocrisy of this whole proposition is laughable. Stop and think when the last time was that you read the news or rented a movie or watched a show on television or browsed in Borders or read a magazine or did the op-ed page of your newspaper or sat through a freshman orientation seminar or attended a lecture in your evolutionary biology, astronomy, or quantum physics class without being browbeaten about the beauty and glory and chicness of sodomites, and the dullbrained prejudice of those old-and-in-the-way who, still at this late date, disapprove.
The silencing of sodomites? The ladies do protest too much, methinks.
So back to our young Christian men. The went off and spent their Lord's Day afternoon writing out this witness to Jesus Christ which they plan to give to their fellow students, tomorrow. If you read it, you'll know why my heart is glad.
Silence Can’t Hide the Truth
Although people attempt to write off sodomy as merely a lifestyle choice, it is in fact morally wrong. Arguments to the contrary could go on forever, but the conscience and the Word of God give indisputable evidence that it is sin.
Despite this fact, many believe that they can continue in this sin without any form of judgment, and try in every way to gain equal approval from others. However, even if all voices were to cease speaking out against homosexuality, in the coming judgment no one will be able to escape or to justify himself.
While this may seem cruel and heartless, as there are none who are perfect, God has given us a way to escape from our sin and be saved from the coming judgment. By sending His son Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins He has taken the punishment on Himself. If we trust and believe in Him, and give up our sins He is faithful to deliver us from the captivity of sin. “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son [Jesus], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17)
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed…in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11)