Southern Gospel’s stars “in bed” with homosexual church.

I have always enjoyed much of what Southern Gospel has offered. Even though my musical taste takes me across other lines, I love Southern Gospel music. However, I have of late become increasingly frustrated with the whole deal. Today’s Christian music scene is becoming nothing more than a entourage of Hollywood wannabes. Anyone with a little discernment or at least a little brain activity can see this in the showmanship and the surrounding fanfare. There are elements of sincerity that keep us coming back. However, to discover pro-homosexual activities among these so called psalmists, should shock Southern Gospel’s faithful. I for one will not sit quietly while my XM radio blasts the sounds of these few, but prominent, individuals. This article will only touch a little corner of this widespread problem, specifically the most visual, yet ignored, homosexual and pro-homosexual artists.

As my good brother reported on the gcmwatch blog GCMBLOG, Kirk Talley, (who came out of the closet after a man, who Kirk had sent a nude picture of himself, threatened blackmail), has frequented the sodomite and lesbian congregation of Open Door Community Church near Little Rock, Arkansas several times in the past. Curious to who else may have shared fellowship with the church, I did some surfing. What I found wasn’t surprising to me, but it was disappointing. Back in 2006 Kirk “Is he Gay or not” Talley shared the Open Door stage with Joyce Martin of the Martins. Can’t believe it? Here is a link with pictures of the touching event. Pics Unless the sodomites rush to take down the pictures, you will see Kirk and Joyce lovingly ministering and fellowshipping with both sodomites and lesbians. For those of you who will throw up the whole “but Joyce is too anointed to be wrong” argument, let me remind you that the anointing of God is neither charisma nor talent. The anointing argument is often used to exclude the person from any scrutiny or rebuke. Listen to what the book of 1 John says about an anointing from God:

1Jn 2:26-27 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

No lies, no rebellion to truth allowed! Scripture itself teaches you that whoever would fellowship with sodomites and lesbians are enemies of God.

James 4:4-10 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

1Co 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
1Co 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
1Co 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
1Co 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
(Notice verse 11 allows for redemption from this lifestyle, but total submission and repentance is necessary)

Now, to get to the verse I know some of you are waiting to throw at me.

James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

The Bible clearly directs this passage to those who are in the fellowship of the church. The Bible places these heroes of the stage outside of that fellowship. (1 Cor 5:9-12 see above)

Lets bring in one more favorite story of redemption before we get to Kirk’s testimony at Open Door (of which this blogger has obtained a copy!). A few years back the Bishop family split up without any explanation. It was rumored that Kenny was in trouble. Years and a divorce later, Kenny admitted to his bar-hopping ways. Now, I can’t condemn him for something of which he claims repentance. However, just like Kirk, Kenny’s road to recovery led right through a gay spot near old Little Rock. On April 26, 2005, Kenny shared the stage at Open Door. In attendance that day was no other than Dr. Tony Campolo and Marsha “won’t Bill Gaither give me one more hug” Stevens. Its no wonder that Kirk and Kenny have some common dates this year, since they share the same crowd! For those who don’t know either, they are both pro-homosexual “ministers”. The openly lesbian Marsha Stevens is best known for her songwriting. One of her most famous songs is the theologically incorrect “For Those Tears I Died”. Marsha is also the founder of BALM – (Born Again Lesbian Music). See the GCMBLOG for more info on Stevens (hint: search Mark Lowery)

Back to the superstar of this story. Recently, those in the know (this blogger) has personally been in contact with those who are scheduled to host Mr. Talley. When asked about Kirk’s upcoming date with Evangelicals Concerned, ECWR Kirk defended himself to them by saying that he was only going to give his testimony. Another church was given the excuse that is only a business engagement and that they weren’t going to limit what he said. When you read the summary of his “testimony” you will see why a militant gay group would agree to these terms. They’re not in bed with the enemy, Kirk’s an old friend of their cause. In our scoop Link (go to speakers and scroll down to Kirk Talley, 4/06) of the “testimony’ of Kirk Talley, we see a very arrogant response to the whole situation. I know this is going to sound much different than what you have heard, but remember Kirk’s among friends at the Open Door church.

The first thing that I noticed was Kirk’s familiarity with the church. He was no stranger to the crowd. He has been in this hole before! He begins by giving an overview of the entire story. One thing that was new to me was the admission that homosexuality had broken up his marriage. This was way back in the 80’s. Now, this revelation came to his family at this time. Roger and Deb (His brother and sister in law. The three comprised the Talley Trio Talleys corrected 3/29) knew that Kirk was gay for almost 20 years before the scandal broke. An interesting bit is that he has one sister who is bold enough to obey the Bible and stop fellowship. Kirk claims that he hasn’t spoken to her since 86. If Roger had been so bold, we would have been saved 20 years of deception! Anyway, he went from the family story to the scandal. In vivid detail he describes how his world fell apart when the Knoxville News Sentinel broke the story. He was suicidal because he was going to lose everything. He made it sound like “everything” was his spot in the industry. No regrets of homosexuality breaking up his marriage, driving away his sister, or causing his lifelong depression. Man, I hate to lose my place in the charts due to everybody hatin’ me!!! Not once did he say that his sin had caused this fall. He blamed his church, his High School friends (I went to Middle School in the same building), his family, and the extortionist. Evidently he’s not responsible for his own actions (maybe he was born that way?). Matter of fact he spent exactly 37 minutes and 21 seconds blaming everyone else for the pain he had gone through. By his own admission, 2004 was the worst year of his life. He lost money, singing dates, received mean emails, etc. The whole time I’m listening to him complain, I’m thinking of Numbers 32:22-23 “And the land be subdued before the LORD: then afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the LORD, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the LORD. But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.” I tried to hold out hope that he was going to swing this thing around and rebuke the spirit of sodomy. All hope fell when he invoked the name of the lesbian gospel saviorette, Marsha Stevens. He related her rejection by the church with his own. Hmmm. Kirk she’s a lesbian, what are you driving at? After some time, he brought up his process of redemption. Funny, his redemption didn’t include admittance of sin nor repentance. He stated that his 6 member advisory board had asked him to sit down because he was “emotionally unfit to talk to anyone.” I thought it was because he was contacting gay men with pornographic pictures of himself in order to “discuss” his hidden gay desires! In testimony language meeting gay men online with lewd photographs of oneself in order to act upon his sodomite urges while you continue to deceive the church is translated as, “finding someone to talk to.” Anyway, when this board finally saw that not singing was leaving him in a worse state, they let him sing again. One of early concerts was at The Potter’s House Fellowship in Miami. He said that he went there and experienced a move of God more powerful than he had ever experienced in any type of church. He told the Open Door crowd that The Potter’s House was “a wonderful, loving church like this one.” For those of you who are wondering it is also a sodomite & lesbian church, just like Open Door. He went on to brag about the way that church ministered and worshiped god. Kirk, is worshiping the god of this world really that great? The next day he said one of the 6 ministers called him to ask about where he had been. When he answered that he had been at a gay church, his spiritual advisor asked him, “aren’t you afraid to sing there?” Kirk arrogantly replies, “When he said that I just kinda… I just kinda snapped, (crowd laughs) I said, ‘LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, I’ve sung to gay people all my life’ I said, ‘They’ve just been hid, in your congregation, and on your staff, and on, and in your choir, no I’m not afraid to sing there.’ I said, ‘how inconsistent would it be of my testimony if I said, “no I can’t go and sing” (homosexual crowd claps). Evidently the conversation shifts to money and Kirk basically tells him that the homosexual church took care of him while a nearby straight church wouldn’t even pay for his hotel room. Its an industry baby… gotta have that money thing happening in order to be right! The rest of the story is littered with his prideful account of how GQ treated him better than the Christian media. Ok, he said a lot, to be fair go listen for yourself.

If you decide to go to the site and listen, here are a few words and phrases that you will fail to hear: repent, sin, I take responsibility, deliverance, abomination, hell, I’m sorry, I deserve the fruit of my sin, I beg forgiveness. If you contact Kirk, don’t expect a straight answer (no pun intended). He will tell you whatever it takes to get in bed with your congregation. If you have him for a concert, expect tears, pity, blame, and bitterness. Don’t expect repentance. Don’t expect a saved, sanctified, submitted, saint. If you are a spirit-filled child of God, don’t be surprised if your spirit and mouth echo the words of the apostle Paul in Acts 13:9-10 “Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?”

I encourage you to demand an end to this promotion of this abomination. Earlier this year I street preached at the Super Bowl’s Gospel Celebration. The headliner was the pro-homosexual Patti Labelle. Get some boldness, don’t let this vile, nasty spirit into the church or your heart. Mark my words, the silent church will be the lost church!

Rev 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
Rev 2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Rev 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
Rev 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
Rev 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
Rev 2:24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
Rev 2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Please feel free to comment. Watch for further blogs about the music industry’s secrets in the future.

Open Door Homosexual Churchhttp://www.www.sherwoodopendoor.org

w/pics of Martin & Talleyhttp://www.sherwoodopendoor.org/talleymartinconcert.html

list of guest speakers and performers w/audio fileshttp://www.sherwoodopendoor.org/downloads.html

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19 responses to “Southern Gospel’s stars “in bed” with homosexual church.

  1. werewolffan98

    Well if i read the bible correctly, it states, “whosoever believes in the lord shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

    It’s not too late to repent from being a homophobe

  2. biblicalfoundations

    Werewolf, thank you for your response. I have to tell you that you may not read you Bible correctly. The Bible should be read with discernment. You apply the word “believe” as though it means to acknowledge the existence of something. In John 3:16 (your verse), the Greek word translated as “believe” is “pisteuō”. The definition would be as such, “to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well being to Christ): – believe (-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.”
    You see, believing is more than just acknowledging the existence of Jesus, it is to put you faith in and submit to Him. Since the Bible condemns homosexuality in many passages, (1Co 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.) a homosexual cannot be a “believer” in Christ. So, thank you for making the point that homosexuals are utterly condemned to hell.
    As far as being a homophobe, thank you. The word means “one who fears homosexuals”. Yes, I do fear the perversion and depravity that they bring into the church, community, schools, and world.

    Repent and “believe” the Bible…

  3. werewolffan98

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” See it

    Dear Bibilical Foundations,
    Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s law. I have learned a great deal from you, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

    When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with this?

    I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as it suggests in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

    I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

    Lev. 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are around us. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not Canadians. Can you clarify?

    I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

    A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 10:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?

    Lev. 20:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

    I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

  4. werewolffan98

    it “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life”

    see it doesn’t say “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him{ except homosexualst} should not perish but have everlasting life}

    Sorry,kinda hit reply a little too early.

  5. biblicalfoundations

    Funny, when the Bible doesn’t say what you want, you slander it. It seems as though I hit a nerve, are you a sodomite??

    Prov 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
    Prov 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

  6. werewolffan98

    well didn’t you peole once accused Rock N Roll of being a part of a satanic conspiricy and Dungeons And dragons as being evil, why don’t you protest against rock music anymore, could it be that it’s so passe, so 1980’s and that the new satanic menance is us gays.

    p.s. the only message i heard when i played stairway to heaven backwards “where there is a bustle in your hedgerow” was “jami needs some pudding”

  7. werewolffam98

    it is not homophobic to say that homosexuality is a sin. It is an act of kindness and truth, so you can repent of your sins, and accept forgiveness. Once you do this, then you can have salvation. Salvation is not just a cheap “belief” There are instructions that accompany that belief statement, and you have to follow them, or you will perish.

    the problem really is that gays are Christ-0 phobic…they are resistant to repent, and expect God’s acceptance while they deny their sin, and refuse to repent.

    marianne

    http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/

  8. biblicalfoundations

    I was 4 years old in 1980, so, nothing is really so 1980s to me. I preach the Bible. The Bible teaches separation from the world. The Bible teaches to live Holy. You will never understand this until you allow conviction to enter your heart. My hope for you is that God would convict you of, yes homosexuality, but also all sin. You seem really bitter, and you also seem bothered by the truth of the Bible. You try your hardest to destroy its authority, but I know it plagues you. Why don’t you step back for a moment, let down your defenses to the Word of Jesus Christ and see what happens. Stop fighting God. You may not like me, you may hate me, but you cannot deny the love and holiness of God. I hope you will accept His gift of direction, forgiveness, and real love. Repent of homosexuality, repent of it all! Don’t let your pride keep you in your sin. May God bless you and may you accept it!

  9. werewolffan98

    well i notice the bible mentions slavery,so i can sell someone into slavery,help me out on this, it’s in the bible in Lev. 25-44-45.

  10. werewolffan98

    are you looking for excuses not to believe God,

    or are you looking for a relationship with God.

    If you do accept God, and do it his way, not yours, you will find the answers to the questions you ask.

    love
    marianne

    http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/

  11. lol @ Aaron.

    That just about sums it up.

  12. DARLENE S.

    You right wingers are all alike. Werewolf asked you some serious questions about Bible verses but instead of giving him an answer you just gave him the brush off and one of you even called him an idiot. That is very Unchristian as far as I am concerned. If you know your Bible, you should have given the man a sincere and humane answer or been honest enough to admit that you didn’t know. And stop picking on Kirk Talley. Let he is without sin be the first to cast a stone. We all all sinners and have a lot of work to do before we reach that state of sinless perfection which of course will not be on this earth. I used to be like you at one time but God opened up my eyes and I realized that gays and lesbians are people too and we should accept them as they are. Since that day my Christian walk has taken a turn for the better and I have never been happier. I remember hearing the Talleys in concert and Kirk has always sounded like a sincere Christian which proves to me that the idea that gays are evil is all in the mind. I changed my attitude. Perhaps you all should do the same. You too can be happy and fulfilled like I am. Trust me, it really works!

  13. salvation is only granted to those who are willing to repent of their sins. those that refuse cannot be forgiven.

  14. biblicalfoundations

    Darlene assumes much about “right-wingers”. Why does it seem that individuals assume that Bible believing Christians are always unfulfilled and unhappy?

  15. I remember hearing the Talleys in concert and Kirk has always sounded like a sincere Christian which proves to me that the idea that gays are evil is all in the mind.

    Herein lies the problem of people who judge according to outward appearances rather than by what scriptures says in effect “righteous judgement (John7:24)

    With the snarky little snipper about so called “rightwingers”, I’m sure Darlene doesnt care what the Bible says, she can just “look at people” and through some sort of accumulated osmosis determine they are “ok”. Wow, what a neat trick.

    But here’s what the Bible says anyway:
    Beloved believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God, for many false Christs have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

    Darlene, you arent smart enough to do that on your own. Trust the Word of God and quit leaning to your own understanding. You always get a false reading when you do that.

  16. Jim O.

    I think it’s great that Kirk and Joyce are visiting this church. Not to get into a debate, but many Christians believe that the Bible verses most often used to condem homosexuality are misinterpreted. Why should someone be be put down because their beliefs might be your own. There is no need to belittle anyone because you don’t share their beliefs.

  17. Eve

    Worth repeating over and over…just to acknowledge the existence of God is not to believe in him.

    Just to acknowledge your sin is not enough,,you must repent. I have heard people say they know they are sinning and they need to get right with God..but they don’t realize that life has an abrupt end and your time for salvation is now, not tomorrow, not next week, today. You are not guaranteed tomorrow. Do it now. Don’t just acknowledge your sin,,repent from it and ask God to forgive you. He is faithful and will welcome you with open arms.

    Signed: A 64 year old housewife, saved since 1980. Praise God.

  18. Rather than offend homosexuals by directly confronting the issue of their sinful lifestyle, modern evangelism often tries to soften the approach by saying that “God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.” This isn’t a new concept.

    Charles Finney stated, “God is not angry merely against the sin abstracted from the sinner, but against the sinner himself. Some persons have labored hard to set up this ridiculous and absurd abstraction, and would fain make it appear that God is angry at sin, yet not at the sinner. He hates the theft, but loves the thief. He abhors adultery, but is pleased with the adulterer. Now this is supreme nonsense! The sin has no moral character apart from the sinner. The act is nothing apart from the actor. The very thing that God hates and disapproves is not the mere event—the thing done in distinction from the doer; but it is the doer himself. It grieves and displeases Him that a rational moral agent, under His government, should array himself against his own God and Father, against all that is right and just in the universe. This is the thing that offends God. The sinner himself is the direct and the only object of his anger.”

    So the Bible shows. God is angry with the wicked [Psalm 7:11], not with the abstract sin. If the wicked turn not, God will whet His sword—He has bent His bow and made it ready—not to shoot at the sin, but the sinner—the wicked man who has done the abominable thing. This is the only doctrine of either the Bible or of common sense on this subject” (The Guilt of Sin).

    The biblical way to witness to a homosexual is not to argue with him about his lifestyle but to use the Law to bring the knowledge of sin. This will show him that he is guilty of breaking God’s holy Law, and he is damned not because of, but despite his sexual preference. The Law was made for homosexuals, as well as other lawbreakers.

    Imagine for a moment that you are standing on the sea-shore gazing at a large ocean liner. The sun is shining. There is no wind and the sea is calm. To your amazement, about thirty people suddenly dive off the end of the ship and cling to a lifeboat. You shake your head in disbelief at their foolishness. Then without warning, the great ocean liner strikes an iceberg and suddenly sinks, taking all on board with it.

    Those who looked like fools in abandoning the ship were actually wise, and those who seemed wise by staying on board were, in truth, fools.

    The world scoffs at those who abandon the ship of this world and cling to the lifeboat of the Savior. But Christians know that this great pleasure-cruiser will eventually come into contact with the immovable iceberg of the Law of God, sink into hell …and take all those on board with it.

    “There is no absolute truth. You can’t be sure of anything!”

    Those who say that there are no absolutes are often very adamant about their belief. If they say that they are absolutely sure, then they are wrong because their own statement is an absolute. If they are not 100 percent sure, then there is a chance that they are wrong and they are risking their eternal salvation by trusting in a wrong belief. God tells us that there is an objective, absolute truth that is not subject to man’s interpretations or whims, on which we can base our eternity. That truth is the Word of God (John 17:7).

    “God made me to be a homosexual, so He doesn’t want me to change.”

    Homosexuals argue that they did not make a conscious decision to be that way, so it must be natural. They are born that way—just as all of us are born with a sin nature and sinful desires (Ephesians 2:1– ). Tell them that it is natural for them, and for all of us, to be tempted to do things that God says are wrong. In the same way, pedophiles and adulterers (alcoholics, drug addicts, etc.) don’t make a conscious decision to “choose” that self-destructive lifestyle, they simply give in to their sinful desires. However, although sin is natural for unbelievers, that doesn’t mean God wants them to remain that way. God can set them free from their sinful nature (Romans 7:23–8:2), give them new desires (Ephesians 4:22–24), and help them withstand temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13).

    “Jesus didn’t condemn the woman caught in the act of adultery, but condemned those who judged her. Therefore you shouldn’t judge others.”

    The Christian is not “judging others” but simply telling the world of God’s judgment —that God (not the Christian) has judged all the world as being guilty before Him (Romans 3:19,23). Jesus was able to offer that woman forgiveness for her sin, be-cause He was on His way to die on the cross for her. She acknowledged Him as “Lord,” but He still told her, “Go, and sin no more.” If she didn’t repent, she would perish.

    “Judge not lest you be judged. You therefore have no right to judge me when it comes to my sins!”

    The world often takes this verse out of context and uses it to accuse Christians of being “judgmental” when they speak of sin. In the context of the verse Jesus is telling His disciples not to judge one another, something the Bible condemns (Romans 14:10; James 4:11). In Luke 6:41,42 He speaks of seeing a speck in a brother’s eye. In John 7:24 He said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” If someone steals, lies, commits adultery or murder, is a homosexual, etc., the Christian can make a (righteous) moral judgment and say that the actions were morally wrong, and that these sins will have eternal consequences. Chuck Colson said, “True tolerance is not a total lack of judgment. It’s knowing what should be tolerated—and refusing to tolerate that which shouldn’t.”

    The existence of hell and the surety of the judgment are not the claims of fallible man. The Bible is the source of the claim, and it is utterly infallible. When someone becomes a Christian, he is admitting that he was in the wrong, and that God is justified in His declarations that we have sinned against Him.

    However, let’s surmise for a moment that there is no Judgment Day and no hell. That would mean that the Bible is a huge hoax, in which more than forty authors collaborated (over a period of 3,000 years) to produce a document revealing God’s character as “just.” They portrayed Him as a just judge, who warned that He would eventually punish murderers, rapists, liars, thieves, adulterers, etc. Each of those writers (who professed to be godly) therefore bore false witness, transgressing the very commandments they claimed to be true.

    It would mean that Jesus Christ was a liar, and that all the claims He made about the reality of judgment were there-fore false. It would also mean that He gave His life in vain, as did multitudes of martyrs who have given their lives for the cause of Christ. Add to that the thought that if there is no ultimate justice, it means that the Creator of all things is unjust—that He sees murder and rape and couldn’t care less, making Him worse than a corrupt human judge who refuses to bring criminals to justice.

    Here’s the good news, though, if there is no hell: You won’t know a thing after you die. It will be the end. No heaven, no hell. Just nothing. You won’t even realize that it’s good news.

    Here’s the bad news if the Bible is right and that there is eternal justice: You will find yourself standing before the judgment throne of a holy God, who has seen every sin you have ever committed. Think of it. A holy and perfect Creator has seen your thought-life and every secret sin you have ever committed. You have a multitude of sins, and God must by nature carry out justice. Ask Him to remind you of the sins of your youth. Ask Him to bring to remembrance your secret sexual sins, the lies, the gossip, and other idle words. You may have forgotten your past sins, but God hasn’t. Hell will be your just desert (exactly what you deserve), and you will have no one to blame but yourself. This is the claim of the Bible. If you don’t believe it, it is still true. It will still happen.

    Yet, there is good news—incredibly good news. We deserve judgment, but God offers us mercy through the cross. He paid our fine so that we could leave the courtroom. He destroyed the power of the grave for all who obey Him. Simply obey the gospel, and live. By doing that you will find out for yourself that the gospel is indeed the “gospel truth.” Jesus said that if you obey Him, you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free (see John 8:31,32).

    Get on your knees today, confess and forsake your sins. Tell God you are truly sorry, then trust the Savior as you would trust yourself to a parachute. Then you will find yourself in a terrible dilemma. You will know for certain that hell is a reality. When you get up the courage to warn people you care about, they will smile passively, and say, “Could you be wrong in your claims about Judgment Day and the existence of hell?”

    Hypocrites may show up at a church building every Sunday, but there are no hypocrites in the Church (Christ’s body). Hypocrite comes from the Greek word for “actor,” or pretender. Hypocrisy is “the practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold.”

    The Church is made up of true believers; hypocrites are “pretenders” who sit among God’s people. God knows those who love Him, and the Bible warns that He will sort out the true converts from the false on the Day of Judgment. All hypocrites will end up in hell (Matthew 24:51).

    I think I have said enough and answered most of the “questions” here.

    One last thing…

    Contradictions in the Bible—Why Are They There?

    The Bible has many seeming contradictions within its pages. For example, the four Gospels give four differing accounts as to what was written on the sign that hung on the cross. Matthew said, “This is Jesus the King of the Jews” (27:37). However, Mark contradicts that with “The King of the Jews” (15:26). Luke says something different: “This is the King of the Jews” (23:38), and John maintains that the sign said “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews” (19:19).

    Those who are looking for contradictions may therefore say, “See—the Bible is full of mistakes!” and choose to reject it entirely as being untrustworthy. However, those who trust God have no problem harmonizing the Gospels. There is no contradiction if the sign simply said, “This is Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.”

    The godly base their confidence on two truths: 1) “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16); and 2) an elementary rule of Scripture is that God has deliberately included seeming contradictions in His Word to “snare” the proud. He has “hidden” things from the “wise and prudent” and “revealed them to babes” (Luke 10:21), purposely choosing foolish things to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).

    In 1889 a schoolteacher told a ten-year-old boy, “You will never amount to very much.” That boy was Albert Einstein. In 1954 a music manager told a young singer, “You ought to go back to driving a truck.” That singer was Elvis Presley. In 1962 a record company told a group of singers, “We don’t like your sound. Groups with guitars are definitely on their way out.” They said that to the Beatles. Man is prone to make mistakes. Those who reject the Bible should take the time to look at the evidence before they come to a verdict.

    1. It is unique in its continuity.
    If just 10 people today were picked who were from the same place, born around the same time, spoke the same language, and made about the same amount of money, and were asked to write on just one controversial subject, they would have trouble agreeing with each other. But the Bible stands alone. It was written over a period of 1,600 years by more than 40 writers from all walks of life. Some were fishermen; some were politicians. Others were generals or kings, shepherds or historians. They were from three different continents, and wrote in three different languages. They wrote on hundreds of controversial subjects yet they wrote with agreement and harmony. They wrote in dungeons, in temples, on beaches, and on hillsides, during peacetime and during war. Yet their words sound like they came from the same source. So even though 10 people today couldn’t write on one controversial subject and agree, God picked 40 different people to write the Bible—and it stands the test of time.

    2. It is unique in its circulation.
    The invention of the printing press in 1450 made it possible to print books in large quantities. The first book printed was the Bible. Since then, the Bible has been read by more people and printed more times than any other book in history. By 1930, over one billion Bibles had been distributed by Bible societies around the world. By 1977, Bible societies alone were printing over 200 million Bibles each year, and this doesn’t include the rest of the Bible publishing companies. No one who is interested in knowing the truth can ignore such an important book.

    3. It is unique in its translation.
    The Bible has been translated into over 1,400 languages. No other book even comes close.

    4. It is unique in its survival.
    In ancient times, books were copied by hand onto manuscripts which were made from parchment and would decay over time. Ancient books are available today only because someone made copies of the originals to preserve them. For example, the original writings of Julius Caesar are no longer around. We know what he wrote only by the copies we have. Only 10 copies still exist, and they were made 1,000 years after he died. Only 600 copies of Homer’s The Iliad exist, made 1,300 years after the originals were written. No other book has as many copies of the ancient manuscripts as the Bible. In fact, there are over 24,000 copies of New Testament manuscripts, some written within 35 years of the writer’s death.

    5. It is unique in withstanding attack.
    No other book has been so attacked throughout history as the Bible. In A.D. 300 the Roman emperor Diocletian ordered every Bible burned because he thought that by destroying the Scriptures he could destroy Christianity. Anyone caught with a Bible would be executed. But just 25 years later, the Roman emperor Constantine ordered that 50 perfect copies of the Bible be made at government expense. The French philosopher Voltaire, a skeptic who destroyed the faith of many people, boasted that within 100 years of his death, the Bible would disappear from the face of the earth. Voltaire died in 1728, but the Bible lives on. The irony of history is that 50 years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society moved into his former house and used his printing presses to print thousands of Bibles.

    The Bible has also survived criticism. No book has been more attacked for its accuracy. And yet archeologists are proving every year that the Bible’s detailed descriptions of historic events are correct.

    “Because Jesus died on the cross, we are all forgiven of every sin.”

    The forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ is conditional upon “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). It is a gift that God offers to everyone, but individuals must receive it by repenting and trusting in Christ, or they will remain dead in their sins. No one has biblical grounds to continue in sin, assuming that they are safe just because Jesus died on the cross. See 1 John 3:4–6.

    In Christ’s Army,
    John J. McCall
    McCall Music Ministry

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