The wages of sin….

….is death.

Rom 6:1  What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2  By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
Rom 6:3  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
Rom 6:6  We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
Rom 6:7  For one who has died has been set free from sin.
Rom 6:8  Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
Rom 6:9  We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
Rom 6:10  For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.
Rom 6:11  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Rom 6:12  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.
Rom 6:13  Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
Rom 6:14  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Rom 6:15  What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
Rom 6:16  Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
Rom 6:17  But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,
Rom 6:18  and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
Rom 6:19  I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
Rom 6:20  When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
Rom 6:21  But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death.
Rom 6:22  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Following on from my previous post, the national meeting of the Dutch Reformed Church leadership body has decided to let celibate homosexuals be ordained as ministers. The passage above strongly shows that such a decision is non-Biblical. One cannot be both a servant of God, and an unrepentant sinner. To add celibacy to the equation does nothing to change the unrepentant sinful desire. It is a tacit admission of acceptance, in which the next argument will be that if the mentality is acceptable, why not the lifestyle?

This whole issue is similar to stating that an atheist may also be a minister in this church, as long as he does not live like an atheist.

I would like to see Biblical motivation for the decision but unfortunately all that came out of the report and subsequent decision was cowardly human platitudes:

“All people are created in the image of God, the redemption in Christ is for all people, and the Spirit is poured out on all believers. All people, regardless of sexual orientation, are included in God’s love, and are accepted as members of God’s church on the basis of their faith and baptism.”

To which I answer:

Rev 21:8  But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” 

It was similar circumstances that caused me to leave this church in the early 90’s. It seems that the church of my forefathers, proudly reformed and unapologetically Christian over hundreds of years has finally succumbed to the world.

Please lift up the thousands of God’s children in the church body in your prayers.

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2 responses to “The wages of sin….

  1. It’s really sad to see what is happening to the Church of Jesus Christ. Who would have thought that this would ever be an issue in the Dutch Reformed Church? After reading Judah’s post on what’s happening in the Episcopal Church, it seems as if the wheat and the tares are growing further and further apart.

    Perhaps, that’s a good thing.

  2. What if that celibate homosexual was also repentant? The desires may be there as temptations which are resisted as sinful – just as we are all sinners and have to resist sinful desires. Are any of us eligible to be ordained ministers, all of us afflicted with a sinful nature with sinful desires?

    I am very much against the ordination of practising gays to the clergy as has happened in the Anglican Communion. But I believe there are some Christians who have homosexual desires against which they struggle, knowing that to be sin, and are repentant of such sin. They may be more successful at celebacy than another who is heterosexual but struggles with gluttony, pride, covetness, etc.

    What argument can you give for disallowing the celibate repentant homosexual (if you do) but not the rest who are sinners?

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