A Clear Message

I read an article this morning from the L. A. Times (online) entitled “Crystal Cathedral sex covenant stirs controversy”
It deals with a covenant that choir members were asked to sign stating that God intends sex to be between married heterosexuals.
The covenant says: “I understand that in an era where images of family relationship and personal sexuality are often confused, Crystal Cathedral ministries believes that it is important to teach and model the biblical view. I understand that Crystal Cathedral Ministries teaches that sexual intimacy is intended by God to only be within the bonds of marriage, between one man and one woman.”
Of course there were other things in the covenant like not gossiping or backbiting, being accountable, and being a good representative of Christ and the church.
The covenant has been retracted and a senior pastor has offered an apology.
One choir member, who sang in the choir for 10 years, is reported to have said she wouldn’t have signed the document and that she would have left the church.
I don’t believe this is necessarily about homosexuality but about purity!
Again, let’s look at what the Bible says.
Matt 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication , thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
Fornication, that is, sex between two unmarried persons is listed with other sins!
1 Cor 6:9-10 Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
Fornication, that is, sex between two unmarried persons is listed with other sins!
2 Cor 12:21 …for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication , and lewdness which they have practiced.
Fornication, that is, sex between two unmarried persons is listed with other sins!
Gal 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Fornication, that is, sex between two unmarried persons is listed with other sins!
Eph 5:3-7 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.
Need I say it again, fornication, that is, sex between two unmarried persons is listed with other sins!
It seems the Bible is clear on the subject, at least to me.
It seems that many others ignore what it said, at least to me.
But I encourage you to read the Bible for yourself and discover what it says for yourself.
It is a clear message of God’s love and offering redemption for sinners.
It is a clear message of God’s judgment on those that reject His love and redemption.

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