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#011:Love’s Response to Culture with Rachel Burchfield

Homosexuality is the hot topic in the nation today, but it’s been on a Biblical radar for much longer. In this special seminar with out Texas Bible Institute students Pastor Rachel explains how to respond to this taboo topic and give the biblical answers to cultures greatest questions.

Loves Response to Culture
What is culture?
Culture is the characteristics, beliefs, customs, and attitudes of a particular group of people which distinguishes them from someone else
Culture is not right or wrong good or bad, it is just the way we are
We Have to decide our personal convictions
If you truly believe the Word of God is without error then you are a bold bible believer and will base all your decisions off of the written word of God
Dealing with Homosexuality
There is an intentional homosexual agenda
When a face is put with the sin it is harder to stand on your ground
Jesus perfectly balanced grace and mercy with confrontation and correction
If we respond in hate then we have completely missed the Father’s Love
Christian websites with info on homosexuality
Do not be afraid of attitudes and ideas that are contrary to the word of God
What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
7 references to homosexuality
250 references to how we use our money
300 references about caring for the poor
According to the Word of God it is a sin…all sin separates us from experiencing the Word of God
The father’s love is always there we just can’t experience it
Eph 4:15 Speak the truth in love
Major on the majors and not on the minors when you are working with people
The seven references to homosexuality: Gen 19:7-11, Judges 19:16-30, Lev. 18:22, Lev. 20:13, Matt 19:4, Mark 10:6 (Jesus defines marriage), Romans 1:26, 1 Cor 1:9-11, 1 Tim. 1:9-11
Like frogs boiling in a pot, the temp of culture is shifting and we don’t even know it
Leviticus is divided into three kinds of laws
Moral law is still in effect the others are not (All sexual sin including homosexual sin is located here)
Seven Questions
If christians use Leviticus 18:22 to condemn homosexuality aren’t they hypocrites if they go eat fried shrimp and wear jeans?
Are people born gay?
According to science: There is no conclusive evidence. There has been studies of Identical twins that do not have uniformity in sexual orientation and yet they have the exact same gene sequence
Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:1 states that we are born in sin: Meaning different people may be inclined to a certain kind of sin since they were born
Example: Generational curses such as alcoholism
According to the word of God: We
If I have a same sex attraction am I homosexual?
No, We all have sinful thoughts of different types that we should not dwell on. Whatever you think on too much you will become
The Train Analogy : What ever leads the rest will follow
Thoughts: the Engine
Feelings/Emotions: The next car
Physical Body: the caboose
How should I respond to same sex urges?
The same thing you do when any other temptation comes your way.
Doesn’t homosexuality exist in the animal world?
It does but, animals also eat their babies, eat their own feces, etc..
Homosexuality is now normal so whats wrong with it? Isn’t this God’s answer for many of the orphans in the world?
There are wonderful loving good people ready to adopt these babies but they can’t just love who they want to love.
Normal means a conforming to the standard of the common type
Homosexuality is not statistically normal, biologically, physiological, evolutionarily
It may be socially accepted but it is not biblically accepted
We can not bend the principals of God word to suit the vocal minority groups
How do I respond to someone that is gay?
We must be accepting, loving, and not look at them as a person who is doing evil but a person who is in a trap
We must be compassionate to a friend who has fallen into this trap
We must step into some new areas and speak the truth in love
Galatians 6:1
Luke 15
Ephesians 4:15
1 Cor 16:13
What relation do I have with this person?
Depending on the relationship you should respond differently
Peer or Friend: talk, listen, spend time with them
Relative: different boundaries
Leadership: be even more clear with your boundaries
When is the right time for excommunicating/avoiding someone?
Romans 16:17 and 1 Cor. 5:9- These scriptures should only be used for when you are in leadership
Only when you are in Leadership and you see that it is having a negative effect on the rest of the group
When confronting someone who believes they are homosexual use the sandwich method: confront, Lots of love, confront
Romans 12:31 do not be overcome by evil
Evil is the judgemental arrogance of christians who do not know how to respond
1 Cor. 16:13-14 “Watch, stand fast in the faith be brave, be strong. let all that you do be done with love”

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