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Sin is Against Human Nature & Campus Tour Fall ’08
Aug 14, 2008
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“Him we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom,
that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” Colossians 1:28
OCEAN CITY BEACH, MARYLAND
Ocean City Beach was the first stop on our summer beach tour. I had never preached there before so I didn’t know what to expect. But when I saw that the boardwalk constantly had thousands of people walking up and down it, I knew we were going to have some great outreaches! With our signs, banners, t-shirts, and amplification, we got ready for an awesome time of ministry.
Day and night we preached the Gospel to the lost. Many gathered around us as we were confronting their sin. In many ways, this was just like preaching on the campuses. We had hecklers, mockers, and scoffers. But we also had those who seriously considered what we were saying and those who came under definite conviction. Over the few days that we were preaching there were many Christians who came up to us to encourage us, telling us that they were encouraged by what we were doing. Open air preaching really should be common place in Christianity, but sadly it seems to be only the minority that is doing it.
Rehoboth Beach is known for its homosexuality. As soon as we got out of the car we saw groups of men walking down the sidewalk holding hands. Many were flaunting their sin publicly without any shame. So I knew we were going to be in for a rough night. Sure enough, as soon as we started preaching, the crowd went crazy. They were yelling, screaming, mocking, even throwing stones at us. I have been in some very hostile places, and have had some very wild outreaches, but I can honestly say that I was worried during this one. Anger and hatred could be felt in the air from this crowd.
It wasn’t long before the Police showed up. They told the crowd to leave and then commanded us to leave as well or be arrested. When we tried to reason with them, they wouldn’t budge. We requested to talk to their Superior and when he showed up, he was even worse! He immediately took our camera so that we could not film the discussion and then commanded us to leave or be arrested. He was acting as if it was a “mercy” that he was giving us a chance to leave instead of being arrested immediately. Instead of pushing it, we followed their unconstitutional command to leave. We did however record the audio from the entire discussion. We will probably try to preach there another time in the future and take it from there.
We had the blessing of attending the Southeastern Open Air Preachers Association Conference. The best part of these types of conferences is being able to fellowship and preach with other saints who do this type of ministry. We all headed out to the streets and boardwalk together, split into groups, and had a great time of preaching. My team started out on the sidewalk of the street. Almost immediately we had hecklers from a nearby bar. One British man even came out in a dress while we were preaching. I think he might have bought the dress at a local store specifically for us when he saw us preaching. Soon afterwards, another British man (his friend) came out with a dress on as well. All they did was prove our point about the depravity of our culture and the necessity of a work of God to change their lives. Our society has men acting like women and women acting like men. We need to get back to what God designed us for. Men and women need to start living according to their God given natures. We need to be what God created us to be! Anything else is sinful and corrupt.
On the boardwalk, large crowds gathered around us as we preached the Bible. But they were at enmity with God, they were hostile to the truth. We cannot expect the world to accept us, they reject Jesus. They are not merely sinners in position, they are sinners in practice. They are hostile towards the Moral Government of God. They do not want God to reign over them. They want to rule their own lives. They are sinners because they choose to rebel against God, choosing to break His good and holy law. But the moral influence of the Holy Spirit can bring them to repentance. The devil brings them to depravity through lies, but God can regenerate them through the truth. When we preach the Gospel, the Holy Spirit presents the truth about sin, hell, and the cross to their minds, and this provides a moral influence upon their wills. If they submit to the truth of God, they will give their entire lives to Jesus Christ. But if they resist the truth of God, they will harden their own hearts. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to influence their wills to bring them to repentance and obedience, that God will continue to convince their minds of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come.
I had the honor of preaching to preachers at the S.O.A.P.A. conference. I was asked to talk about the question, “Are homosexuals born that way?” I presented the Biblical position that their sin is not their human nature but that their sin is their own selfish, foolish choice. They are responsible and accountable for being sinners because it is their own fault, it is their own choice. And because sin is their own fault, because it is their own choice, they need the atonement of Jesus Christ. Christ didn’t die for us because we were cripples who couldn’t obey God, but because we were criminals who choose not to obey God. My entire outline for this message can be found at the bottom of this newsletter. My hope is that it will challenge many peoples perspective of sin and human nature.
This year brothers from all over the world attended the open air preachers conference. We had men who came from Norway, India, Africa, and the Philippines!! It was the first time this conference has had international preachers in attendance. Now they can take these truths and methods back to their own country and do battle for the Kingdom of God! The Gospel of repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ needs to be preached across the Globe!
I had never been to “Bele Chere” before but was told it was a rough crowd. THOUSANDS of people packed the streets for this three day event. The entire downtown of Asheville was blocked off because there were so many people. This type of event seemed to attract a great deal of pagans, hippies, and homosexuals. And they were anything but friendly towards the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As you can see in the picture above, we faced some pretty heated opposition. As we were preaching, Police observed and watched to make sure that nobody got out of hand. Our first day, they arrested one individual for exposing himself to our crowd, another individual for attacking one of our preachers, and then another individual for attacking one of our preachers. And this is the same crowd that wants the society to be “tolerant” and wants people to accept them “as they are”.
The first day of preaching at Bele Chere was the hardest. But the second day was much easier. I think that the hecklers, mockers, and scoffers must have run out of energy. They used so much of it the first day! But the second day, the crowd was very calm. They simply sat around, listened, and asked questions. Sure there was some hostility, but not nearly as much as the first day. Perseverance at these types of places is necessary. If we had simply gotten discouraged, packed up, and left after the first day we would have missed a great day of ministry the second day.
I had one conversation with a homosexual that was very promising. When I began to talk to him about his sin he said, “I’m not even going to justify it. I know it is wrong.” I began to talk to him even further about how sin is destructive but God wants the best for him, that is why God gave us a law telling us not to sin. I also told him that I have an open air preaching friend who is a former homosexual. Therefore he is not beyond hope. He said, “maybe one day I will get my life right”. I encouraged him not to put if off, since he never knows how long he will live. And his heart will only get worse and worse as time goes on and he continues to sin. I gave him my contact information and told him that he can call me any time if he ever needs anything. Please keep him in your prayers.
Downtown Greenville on Friday and Saturday nights has been a location we have preached at all year. During the school year there are many college students out there since it is right next to a campus. To our surprise, there are still large crowds of sinners who go out there in the summer as well. As soon as we arrived, we caused “no small stir”. With Bibles and voices we stood on the street corner and called sinners to repentance. They need to wake up to the reality that God is going to judge their lives. God is their King, He has given them a free will and a moral law, and He will punish their disobedience. The only way they can be saved is if they turn from their disobedience and put their hope and trust in Jesus Christ’s blood which was shed as a substitute for their punishment.
Numerous individuals who were out there to drink and dance told us that they are Christians and will be going to Church on Sunday. That is the fruit of preaching a Gospel message void of repentance and obedience. We must proclaim loud and clear that a Christian is someone who follows Christ and that Jesus is the author of salvation to all them that obey Him. Unless a man repents, he will surely perish.
A fellow open air preacher from New York was driving through and wanted to visit. We wanted to take him out to do some open air preaching. The only problem was that it was Sunday night. Where could we possible preach on a Sunday night? I had seen “Hooters” in our city many times and always wondered what would happen if we preached outside of it. So we decided to give it a try. With a sandwich board and two banners, we lifted up our voices from the public sidewalk. One Police Officer came over to see what we were doing. He called into the Station to inquire if it was legal and we never heard back from him. He left us alone the rest of the time we were there.
To our surprise, a whole group of waitresses came out with the manager leading them. They tried to give us some free food and t-shirts, which we refused, and presented the Gospel to them. We explained how they were sinning and were causing others to sin. God will forgive them, but only if they repent of their sins. One of the girls said, “My father is a Pastor” “I’m going to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart” and “All my sins are forgiven, past, present, and future.” This Pastor’s false doctrine has turned his own daughter into a waitress at Hooters! God can only forgive the past sins that we have turned away from. God, as the Moral Governor of the Universe, cannot and does not give anyone a license to sin presently or in the future. All who are deliberately disobeying God are under His wrath and until they forsake their sin they cannot have His mercy. The obedient are under grace, the disobedient are under the curse of the law.
Outside of a strip club we were able to draw in a crowd of about five guys. That is pretty hard since we are competing with the strippers! What is truly sad is that many of the men who go into these places are married with rings on their fingers. Worst still is that many will tell them, “Nobodies perfect” “your only human” “it’s human nature” and all other sorts of foolishness they have heard which strengthen them in their sinning. One sinner even told us, “God has chosen every bodies path” as if God had predestined him to be an adulterer and go to this strip club! I explained how his sin was not God’s plan but was his own free will choice. Therefore he is responsible and accountable for his sin. His sin is his own fault because his sin is his own choice. And since His sin is contrary to God’s plan (God’s Law) he will be punished if he does not stop his disobedience and trust in Jesus Christ.
Five Police cars showed up on the scene. This strip club is in a pretty bad neighborhood where lots of crimes occur. One Officer was starting to give us a hard time when another Officer stepped in and told us everything we were doing was completely legal and fine. They simply cautioned us to be careful because we were in a bad neighborhood.
We preached the truth outside of another strip club called “Secrets”. The Bible says that the deeds done in darkness will be brought to light and all things are displayed before God to whom we have to give an account. There is no such thing as a “secret sin” in this sense. God is omniscient and sees everything that is happening. God is not blind, whenever anyone sins, God sees it perfectly and clearly.
When we returned to our car afterwards, there was something oily that was put on our door handles. Then two bouncers start laughing and taking pictures. It appeared to have been pepper spray. It didn’t do any sort of damage, either to us or to the car, but it was pretty annoying. Besides, out of all the things they could have put on the doors, I’m sort of glad they only used pepper spray!
Who would have thought that a club would have a long line outside of it on a Sunday night! Right as we were leaving to go home, since the night was already late, we spotted this line outside of a club. We couldn’t resist. So with our signs and banners, we warned sinners to save themselves and flee from the wrath that is to come. Police Officers tried to give us a hard time but after speaking with them and standing firm on our rights, they allowed us to continue preaching the Gospel. This is not only freedom of speech, this is also exercising religion. God commands us to love our neighbor as ourself and preach the Gospel!
Budweiser was sponsoring a rock concert in Raleigh, NC. These beer companies work with these musicians because their audience usually consists of drunkards. Sure enough, hundreds of drunkards attended this event. The main attraction was the former lead singer of “Bad Company” named Brian Howe. One of the members of our team actually got to witness to Brian one on one twice during this event. He noticed us because of our big banners. If only more Christians would use signs and banners, we could reach A LOT more people with the Gospel.
A club named “Sin City” was the perfect target for a Gospel attack. A very long line was gathered outside of this club when we arrived. As soon as we pulled our banners out of our car, a Police Officer came over and insisted that we needed a permit. He refused to talk reasonably with us and blurted out “I’m an atheist”. We requested to talk to his superior. When his superior drove up he didn’t even get out of his car. He talked to his Officer and explained to him that we were not doing anything illegal and had every legal right to be there. I praise God for Officers who know the law and uphold the constitution!
We had four preachers rotate that night. We explained how the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is everlasting life. God is offering salvation to every single person, they simply need to turn from their sins and trust in Christ in order to receive it.
FALL ’08 ITINERARY
Please pray for my wife and I as we are hitting the road together for five straight months. Pray that we receive all of the financial help we need for gas, food, etc. And pray that the thousands which will hear the Gospel will be brought to repentance and faith. We are very grateful for your prayers.
*** Dates Subject To Change***
If we are coming to your area and you would like to know more information about what campus we are preaching on, feel free to contact me at: Jesse@OpenAirOutreach.com
My wife and I are extremely excited about this new semester. We are ready with great passion to preach the Gospel another year. We are starting our fourth year in full time evangelism. I believe that the Lord is going to do a mighty work on these campuses. Please keep us in your prayers as we are traveling. Pray that the Lord will provide for all of our needs and that we will see souls saved through the preaching of the Gospel.
The Lord has provided host homes for most of our locations. There are a few places that we are planning on spending a week where we have not been able to find any host homes. If any of you want to help with hotel costs for some of these places, that would be a huge blessing to the ministry.
For the next five months, we are going to be living at host homes, hotels, and even camping in a tent. We will have no home to call our own. But after these five months, it has been on our heart for a long time to travel with either a motor home or with a truck and a trailer. That will give us a place to live and would enable us to preach in locations all across America where we do not have contacts yet. The only problem is that we have never been able to afford either a motor home or a truck with a trailer. If any of you have one which would be good on gas for traveling long distances, that you would like to donate to the ministry (or owner finance), we could put it to very good use for the cause of the Kingdom.
We greatly appreciate all the saints that are praying for our needs. We really could not do this without you. Thank you for all your service to God!
Jesse & Krista Morrell
OPEN AIR TRAINING DVD
A lecture on open air ministry given at an evangelism seminar at Liberty University
The prophets, apostles, and Jesus Christ Himself all presented the Gospel to the world through open air preaching. If the Church is going to accomplish the Great Commission, it will not be through the wisdom of this world with all of its modern methods, it will be through the wisdom of the ages, through the wisdom of God.
We are living in a time when darkness and sin is everywhere. Men and women of God need to learn how to rise up and confront the darkness with the light. We need bold men and women of God who will dare to stand against the culture, against the world, against the devil, taking a stand for the Lord Jesus Christ.
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SIN IS AGAINST HUMAN NATURE
SIN IS AN ABUSE OF HUMAN NATURE
The following outline is a message I preached at a recent open air preachers conference. It is designed to destroy the excuses of sinners, such as “I was born this way” or “my nature made me do it”. It is designed to show that the sinner is totally responsible and accountable for his sin because it is his own fault. Sin is his own fault because sin is his own avoidable choice. God did not make men in the womb as sinners. Men have made themselves sinners by violating their conscience and misusing their free will.
HOMOSEXUALS ARE NOT BORN THAT WAY
Sin is a perversion of human nature
By Jesse Morrell
“God hath made man upright: but they have sought out many inventions.” Ecc. 7:29
I. THE NECESSITY OF OPEN AIR PREACHERS TO UNDERSTAND THIS ISSUE (2 Cor. 10:5):
1. Homosexuality is spreading like a plague (2 Tim. 3:1-4).
A. We need to be relevant to our culture (Isa. 58:1).
B. We are to be the salt and light of our world (Mat. 5:13-14).
2. Preachers are to destroy every excuse of a sinner (2 Cor. 10:5).
A. We need to be familiar with their excuses in order to destroy them.
3. None can be saved unless they give up their justifying and excusing (Rom. 3:19).
A. Sinners can never justify God and condemn themselves, or see their need of atonement, unless they see how totally unnatural and unreasonable their sin really is.
B. Sinners must see how the fault lies with their own choice and not with their God given nature. They must see how their moral problem is voluntary, not involuntary.
II. WHY HOMOSEXUALS SAY THAT THEY ARE BORN THAT WAY (Lk. 14:18):
1. They know that if they are born that way, it is not their fault.
A. If the fault is their nature, and not their choice, they cannot be blamed.
“If a man were created evil, he would not deserve punishment, since he was not evil of himself, being unable to do anything else than what he was made for.” Justin Martyr (First Apology Chap. 43)
“If man is in fault for his [supposed] sinful nature, why not condemn man for having blue or black eyes? The fact is, sin never can consist in having a nature, nor in what nature is, but only and alone in the bad use which we make of our nature. This is all. Our Maker will never find fault with us for what He has Himself done or made; certainly not. He will not condemn us, if we will only make a right use of our powers – of our intellect, our sensibilities, and our will. He never holds us responsible for our original nature… since there is no law against nature, nature cannot be a transgression… man’s nature is not a proper subject for legislation, precept, and penalty, inasmuch as it lies entirely without the pale of voluntary action, or of any action of man at all.” Charles Finney (Sermons on Gospel Themes, p. 78-79, published by Truth in Heart)
“And lest, on the other hand, it should be thought to be nature’s fault that some have been unrighteous, I shall use the evidence of the scripture, which everywhere lay upon sinners the heavy weight of the charge of having used their own will and do not excuse them for having acted only under constraint of nature.” Pelagius (The Letters of Pelagius and his Followers by B. R. Rees, p. 43, published by The Boydell Press).
B. If the fault is their will, and not their nature, they are to be blamed.
“If anyone is truly religious, he is a man of God; but if he is irreligious, he is a man of the devil, made such, not by nature, but by his own choice.” Ignatius
“The Scriptures…emphasize the freedom of the will. They condemn those who sin, and approve those who do right… We are responsible for being bad and worthy of being cast outside. For it is not the nature in us that is the cause of the evil; rather, it is the voluntary choice that works evil.” Origen (A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs by David Bercot, p. 289, published by Hendrickson Publishers)
“Homosexuals often cover and excuse their evil acts of perversion by saying that they were born homosexual. And if the teaching is true that men are born with a sinful nature, homosexuals are right to say they were born homosexuals. For they were born homosexuals if they were born sinners. Also they are right to excuse their evil actions of perversion. For is they were born sinners, they were born homosexuals; and if they were born homosexuals they can no more be blamed for their evil acts of perversion than the brute beasts can be blamed for being born brute beasts. Likewise the alcoholic cannot be blamed for his drinking if it true that he was born with the ‘disease of alcoholism’. In fact the murderer, the rapist, and all other sinners have a perfect and legitimate excuse for all their sins if they were born with a sinful nature. But God never excuses the murderer or the drunkard or the rapist or the homosexual or any other sinner for his sins. For God created al men with a good nature. All sin is a corruption of man’s nature, it is a perversion of man’s nature. It is rebellion against our nature – it is rebellion against the ‘law of God written in our hearts’ and against the God who has written his law in our hearts. No man is born a sinner. No man is born with the ‘disease of alcoholism’. No man is born a homosexual.” Alfred T. Overstreet (Over One Hundred Texts From The Bible That Show That Babies Are Not Born Sinners, pg. 8).
C. If sin is not their fault, they cannot be punished.
(1.) It would be unjust for God to create them in the womb as homosexuals and then punish them for being what He Himself created them to be.
(2.) It would be unjust for God to create anyone in the womb as a sinner and then punish
D. Responsibility and accountability are limited to free will choices.
(1.) You are not responsible or accountable for the condition of your nature at birth.
(2.) Men do not deserve hell for the flesh, blood, bones, skin they involuntarily and unavoidably inherit.
(3.) Men deserve hell for the voluntary, avoidable choices they have made (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 2:2-3; 5:5-6; Rev. 21:8; 22:15).
(4.) Since God punishes sinners, including homosexuals, this proves that it is their own fault that they are sinners. And if it is their own fault, it must be their own free choice. This shows the justice of God destroying Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19:24) as well as the justice in their eternal condemnation (Rom. 1:32; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
Charles Finney said, “To represent the constitution as sinful, is to present God, who is the author of the constitution, as the author of sin.” (Finney’s Systematic Theology, Bethany House, p. 261).
An unknown writer in the Early Church said, “… it is impious to say that sin is inherent in nature, because in this way the author of nature is being judged at fault.” (The Letters of Pelagius and his Followers by B. R. Rees, p. 168, published by The Boydell Press).
“To equate humanity with sinfulness is to make God the Author of His own worst enemy; to make God responsible for the thing that has brought Him unhappiness.” Winkie Pratney (Youth Aflame, Bethany House, pg. 78).
“The next dogma deserving attention is the position, that mankind derived from our first progenitor a corrupt nature, which renders obedience to the commands of God impossible, and disobedience necessary, and that for the mere existence of this nature, men ‘deserve God’s wrath and curse, ot only in this world, but in that which is to come.’ If the above dogma is true, it is demonstrably evident, that this corrupt nature comes into existence without knowledge, choice, or agency of the creature, who for its existence is pronounced deserving of, and ‘bound over to the wrath of God.’ Equally evident is it, that this corrupt nature exists as the result of the direct agency of God. He proclaims himself the maker of ‘every soul of man.’ As its Maker, He must have imparted to that soul the constitution or nature which it actually possesses. It does not help the matter at all, to say, that this nature is derived from our progenitor: for the laws of generation, by which this corrupt nature is derived from that progenitor, are sustained and continued by God himself… If, then, the above dogma is true, man in the first place, is held as deserving of eternal punishment for that which exists wholly independent of his knowledge, choice or agency, in any sense, direct or indirect, He is also held responsible for the result, not of his own agency, but for that which results from the agency of God.” Asa Mahan (Doctrine of the Will, published by Truth in Heart, p. 115).
A. If a person is born a sinner, instead of being a sinner by choice, they cannot be responsible to
III. HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH HUMAN NATURE
“Those who are unwilling to correct their own way of life appear to want to correct nature itself instead.” Pelagius (The Letters of Pelagius and his Followers by B. R. Rees, p. 39, published by The Boydell Press).
“Obedience [and disobedience] results from a decision of the mind, not the substance of the body.” Pelagius (The Letters of Pelagius and his Followers by B. R. Rees, p. 90, published by The Boydell Press)
1. God is the author of our metaphysical nature (Gen. 4:1; Ex. 4:11; Isa. 27:11; 43:7; 49:5; 64:8; Jer. 1:5; Ps. 95:6;139:13-14, 16; Ecc. 7:29; Job 10:8-11; 31:15; 35:10; Jn. 1:3).
A. Our metaphysical nature is fallen (physical depravity) but not sinful (moral depravity).
(1.) God creates some with physical depravities and deformities (Ex. 4:11). But it is not sinful to be born blind, deaf, or lame. This is physical, not moral depravity.
(2.) God has subjected human nature to physical death (Gen. 3:22-24; 1 Cor. 15:21-22). Being subjected to death is a physical depravity, not a moral depravity. Infants, animals, and even Jesus Christ were subjected to physical death, yet these are sinless.
(3.) Physical depravity is hereditary (Gen. 1:21; 1 Cor. 15:21-22, 38-39; Heb. 2:14) but moral depravity is not hereditary (Deut. 24:16; 2 Kng. 14:6; 2 Chron. 25:4; Eze. 18:2-4, 19-20; Matt. 16:27; Rom. 2:6, 8-9; 9:11; 2 Cor. 5:10; 11:15; Jas. 4:17; Rev. 22:12). Moral depravity is developed by moral choices.
(4.) Infants may be born “drug babies”, that is, their bodies have an unnatural craving for drugs. The infant inherits temptation, not sin. It is a blemish upon his metaphysical constitution, but not a blemish upon his moral character.
(5.) The body in and of itself is amoral. It is good or bad depending on how free will decide to use it (Rom. 6:13, 19; 12:1; 1 Thes. 4:4, 5:23; 1 Tim. 2:8). Flesh, blood, bones, skin, are all amoral just like rocks, sticks, dirt, etc are. In fact, God made us out of the dirt (Gen. 2:7). Our bodies are only as sinful as dirt is sinful, and dirt is not sinful. You could use a rock in an evil way, but the rock itself is not evil. You could use your body in an evil way, but your body itself is not sinful. Sin is not physical. Sin is a choice of the heart.
(6.) Jesus had the same flesh and blood that we have (Rom. 8:3 with Php. 2:7-8; Heb. 2:14, 16-18 with 4:15; Rom. 1:3 with 2 Tim. 2:8).
(7.) The Gnostic heretics denied Jesus came in the flesh (1 Jn. 4:3; 2 Jn. 1:7) because they said the physical body was in and of itself sinful.
(8.) When the Bible says that Jesus was made in the “likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3) it simply means he was “made in the likeness of men” (Php. 2:7-8). “Flesh” is a term used for men in the Bible (Gen. 6:12; Matt. 16:17; Gal. 1:16).
B. We are still wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14).
(1.) The functionality and intricate complications of the body are amazing and awesome to contemplate. If our bodies, natures, or constitutions were totally depraved, we wouldn’t be able to think, feel, decide, walk, talk, smell, see, digest, or reproduce.
(2.) The moral and intellectual abilities God has given mankind is wonderful (Gen. 4:6-7; Isa. 1:18). We have the ability to think, feel, and decide the same way God does (Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6; Jas 3:9).
C. We are still made upright (Ecc. 7:29). Our developed constitution inclines us towards obedience to God’s moral law.
(1.) Because of our constitutional conscience.
(2.) Because of the physical destructiveness of many sins.
D. We are still made in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6; 1 Cor. 11:7; Jas 3:9).
(1.) We are free moral beings like God is, with a free will, emotions, and intelligence.
“Man in his spiritual essence is a tiny replica of the great God and possesses in finite miniature the abilities and qualifies of being that God possesses in His infinite realm.” Gordon Olson (The Moral Government of God, pg 22).
2. Homosexuality is condemned by our God given nature or constitution (Rom. 2:14-15).
“Sin is never natural. It is horribly un-natural. Sin is never ‘human’. It is horribly in-human. Sin creates remorse, guilt, and shame; every time a man feels these three witnesses in his soul, they tell him sin is not natural. Even the simple lie-detector can tell us this. The whole body reacts adversely when a man sins… God never planned sin for man. It is the most un-natural thing in the moral Universe… Do not dare say sin is ‘natural’! God hates sin with perfect hatred; He loves humanity.” Winkie Pratney (Youth Aflame, Bethany House, pg. 78).
“The nature we are born with teaches us to reject evil and choose good…. Men must go against their nature to sin.” Alfred T. Overstreet (Over One Hundred Texts From The Bible That Show That Babies Are Not Born Sinners, pg. 6-7).
A. We are so constituted by God that our conscience condemns sin (Rom. 2:14-15).
B. Sin is always contrary to our reason, so it is unreasonable (Ecc. 9:3; Mat. 7:26; Rom. 7:16, 22, 25).
Gordon Olson said, “Rebellion against the kind and loving God is… madness.”
A. The body or human nature has a natural design and function.
(1.) You have to corrupt your nature to enjoy cigarettes. Your mind, tastes, and lungs naturally reject it.
(2.) You have to corrupt your nature to enjoy alcohol. Your mind, tastes, and stomach naturally reject it.
(3.) Homosexuality is a state that a person degenerates into (Romans 1:18-32). They are abusing their natures, misusing their bodies (1 Cor. 6:9).
(4.) In this sense, a corrupt nature is the effect of our sin, not the cause of our sin.
B. God had a purpose or intention in creation (Gen. 6:5-6).
(1.) The will of God is to have a sinless universe (Gen. 17:1; Deut. 18:13; 1 Chro. 28:9; 2 Chro.19:9; Ps. 4:4; Isa. 1:16; Matt. 5:48; Jn. 5:14; 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:31; 2 Cor. 13:11; Eph. 4:26-28; 1Tim. 5:7; Rev. 3:2).
IV. WHAT THE NATURE OF SIN IS:
1. Sin is not a substance, or an involuntary feeling, it is a committal of the will (Isa. 14:13-14; Lk.
A. If a person is tempted to gratify sexual desire in an immoral way, the sexual desire is
B. Just because a person has a “desire” or temptation does not give them the right to seek
C. If a person has an unnatural attraction to the same sex, for whatever reason, that does not
D. Self-control, when free will is submitted unto God, is possible and required for all moral
2. God has given us natural desires that can be gratified lawfully or unlawfully (Gen. 3:6).
“When God made us He gave us many different appetites… But God looked at the being He made and to whom He had given all these appetites and urges and said, ‘It is good!” Paris Reidhead
A. We have a natural desire for food (Gen. 2:16).
B. We have a natural desire for sexual relations (Gen. 1:28; 2:24).
C. We have a natural desire for well-being (Gen. 2:18).
D. The natural desire God has created us with are good, not evil (Gen. 1:31).
3. Sin is when the will of man seeks to gratify a natural desire in an unlawful manner (Gen. 3:6).
A. Our natural desire for food can be used for gluttony.
B. Our natural desire for sexual relations can be used for fornication, adultery, or
C. Our natural desire for well-being can lead to selfishness and greed.
“Now temptation is not sin. Temptation is the proposition presented to the mind that you can satisfy a good appetite in a forbidden way. Temptation leads to sin…. Sin is the decision of the will…. sin is the decision to gratify a good appetite in a bad way.” Paris Reidhead (Finding the Reality of God, pg 141-142)
“Don’t mistake temptation for sin. Temptation is a suggestion to gratify a desire in an illegal way or amount. Temptation is not sin. Jesus was tempted.” Winkie Pratney (Youth Aflame, Bethany House, pg. 83).
“The bodily appetites and tendencies of body and mind, when strongly excited, become the occasions of sin. So it was with Adam. No one will say that Adam had a sinful nature. But he had, by his constitution, an appetite for food and a desire for knowledge. These were not sinful but were as God made them. They were necessary to fit him to live in this world as a subject of God’s moral government. But being strongly excited led to indulgence, and thus became the occasions of his sinning against God. These tendencies were innocent in themselves, but he yielded to them in a sinful manner, and that was his sin.” Charles Finney(You Can Be Holy, published by Whitaker House, p. 215).
“We have a nature that is capable of being perverted from legitimate to illegitimate, from the natural to the unnatural, from the pure to the polluted.” Sin is to “pervert… natural, legitimate, human desires.” F. Lagard Smith (Troubling Questions for Calvinists, page 134-135).
“Evil is making a bad use of a good thing.” Augustine
4. Sin is essentially the supreme pursuit of your own self-gratification (Isa. 14:13-14; Lk. 19:14, 27).
A. The type of sin may vary, but the nature of sin is always the same.
B. The motive of a fornicator and the motive of a homosexual are identical (Jas. 2:10).
C. The essence of sin is selfishness.
(1.) Sin is transgression of the law (1 Jn. 3:4).
(2.) The law is the law of love (Deut. 6:5; 10:12; Matt. 22:35-40; Mk. 12:30-31; Lk.
(3.) Love is a committal of your will to promote the well-being of others (Jn. 3:16;
(4.) Sin, which is transgression of the law of love, consists in selfishness.
5. The occasion of sin and the cause of sin must be distinguished.
A. The occasion of sin (temptation) is the lust of the flesh
(1.) The lusts of the flesh are an influence, not causation (1 Cor. 10:13).
“If these feelings are not suffered to influence the will… if such feelings are not cherished, and are not suffered to shake the integrity of the will; they are not sin. That is, the will does not consent to them, but the contrary. They are only temptations. If they are allowed to control the will, to break forth in words and actions, then there is sin; but the sin does not consist in the feelings, but in the consent of the will, to gratify them.” Charles Finney (Systematic Theology pg. 191).
B. The cause of sin is the decision or choice of the heart or will (Isa. 14:13-14; Rom. 6:12).
(1.) Men make themselves sinners (Gen. 6:12; Exo. 32:7; Deut. 9:12; 32:5; 1 Sam. 3:13; Jdg. 2:19; Isa. 66:3; Hos. 9:9; Ps. 14:2-3; Isa. 53:6; Ecc. 7:29; Zep. 3:7; Matt. 12:34-35; 15:17-20; Mk. 7:15, 21-22; Lk. 6:45; Rom. 3:23).
(2.) Men originate their sin in their own hearts (Ecc. 7:29; Matt. 12:34-35; 15:17-20; Mk. 7:15, 21-22; Lk. 6:45).
“… all men must look to themselves as the cause of their sin.” Gordon Olson
“It is the very essence of moral government that man is the sole author of his own
C. Sin is an abuse of our God given nature.
Pelagius said sinners “abuse the liberty granted to them” but the righteous are “rightly using freewill.” (An Historical Presentation of Augustinism And Pelagianism by Wiggers, p. 223)
“Moral beings themselves are the author of their own rebellion, which is an unintelligent abuse of their God-given endowments of personality…. It is man who has abused his God-given freedom.” Gordon Olson (The Entrance of Sin into the World, pg. 31, 38).
(1.) Free will is an element of our nature. This is abused or misused when sin is chosen. The purpose of free will was so that we could obey God, so that we could love God and each other.
(2.) Intelligence is an element of our nature. This is abused or misused when sin is chosen. The purpose of our intelligence was so that we could know right from wrong, so that we could know the will or law of God.
(3.) Emotions are an element of our nature. This is abused or misused when sin is chosen. The purpose of our emotions was so that we could experience and enjoy God and each other.
(4.) Sinners use their free will to serve their emotions, while acting entirely contrary to their intelligence. But free will was meant to obey our intelligence, and our emotions were meant to serve us.
(5.) Sinners seek to gratify their God given desires in an unlawful and forbidden manner.
(6.) Sinners have corrupted themselves (Gen. 6:12; Exo. 32:7; Deut. 9:12; Deut. 32:5; Jdg. 2:19; Hos. 9:9) and have perverted their own way (Jer. 3:21).
(7.) Homosexuals are considered those who abuse themselves with mankind (1 Cor. 6:9). They are abusing what God has given them, using for evil what God meant for good.
“Sin… A failing to hit the mark… a misdirection of our faculties.” Gordon Olson
V. WHAT A SINNER IS:
1. A sinner is someone who personally and deliberately chooses to sin (Gen. 6:12; Exo. 32:7; Deut. 9:12; 32:5; 1 Sam. 3:13; Jdg. 2:19; Isa. 66:3; Hos. 9:9; Ps. 14:2-3; Isa. 53:6; Ecc. 7:29; Zep. 3:7; Matt. 12:34-35; 15:17-20; Mk. 7:15, 21-22; Lk. 6:45; Rom. 3:23).
A. Homosexuals cannot be born that way, since infants have not made any choices yet (Rom. 9:11).
B. Morally, all men are born innocent (2 Kng. 21:16; 24:4; Jer. 13:26-27; Matt. 18:3). Then they choose to become filthy (Ps. 14:3; Rom. 3:12).
C. Individuals are innocent until the age of accountability, which is the age of reason, when they know right from wrong (Deut. 1:39; Isa. 7:15-16), and choose to do what they know is wrong (Jas. 4:17).
“Are people in trouble spiritually because they inherit some spiritual defect from their parents
“Now remember, sin is a crime. It is the committal of the will to the principle and practice of
D. Men cannot be born homosexuals, because a homosexual is someone who chooses to engage in sexual perversion. A liar is someone who lies, a thief is someone who steals, a murderer is someone who murders, a sinner is someone who sins.
(1.) Being a homosexual is a moral condition, not a metaphysical condition.
(2.) Metaphysical conditions are hereditary (Gen. 1:21; 1 Cor. 15:21-22, 38-39; Heb. 2:14).
(3.) Metaphysical constitutions have no moral character in and of themselves, apart from their voluntary use as controlled by the will or heart of man (Matt. 15:17-20; Mk. 7:15; Rom. 6:13, 19).
(4.) Moral conditions are not hereditary (Deut. 24:16; 2 Kng. 14:6; 2 Chron. 25:4; Eze. 18:2-4, 19-20; Matt. 16:27; Rom. 2:6, 8-9; 9:11; 2 Cor. 5:10; 11:15; Jas. 4:17; Rev. 22:12).
E. Sexual desires normally develop at puberty, not birth.
F. Homosexuals are responsible for their actions, since it is their own free will choice to be perverted.
G. Homosexuals are accountable for their perversions, since their sin originates in their own hearts (free will) and not in their natures (God given constitutions).
2. A homosexual is someone who chooses to gratify sexual desire through unnatural perversion.
A. God gave us natural sexual desires to be fruitful and multiply (Gen. 1:28; 2:24; 9:1; Ps. 127:3-5).
B. Homosexuals, like fornicators and adulterers, seek to gratify these desires in an unnatural way (Rom. 1:26; 1:31; 1 Cor. 6:9; 2 Tim. 3:3; Jude 1:7).
“No homosexual is born – he learns his sin!” Winkie Pratney,
VI. ANSWERING SCRIPTURES USED TO SUPPORT THE “BORN SINNER” CONCEPT:
1. “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Ps. 51:5:
A. This scripture is talking about David and his mother. It is not referencing all of humanity.
B. Taken literally, it is saying that David’s mother was in some sort of sin when she conceived him.
C. A strong case can be made that Ps. 51:5 is talking about the defilement of David’s mother, because of a previous marriage to another man – a heathen.
(1.) David had two half-sisters named Zeruiah and Abigail (1 Chron. 2:13-16).
(2.) The father of David’s half sisters was not Jesse but Nahash (2 Sam. 17:25).
(3.) Nahash was an Ammonite king (1 Sam. 11:1; 1 Sam. 12:12).
(4.) David’s father was Jesse, not Nahash. But the Father of David’s half sisters were daughts of Nahash. This could explain why Nahash showed kindness towards David (2 Sam. 10:2).
(5.) David’s mother was most likely the second wife of Jesse. The first wife of Jesse would have been considered superior to his second wife which had been either the concubine or wife of a heathen king.
(6.) This would explain why David’s half brothers viewed themselves as superior to David, and why David was considered prideful for thinking he was as good as them (1 Sam. 17:28-30).
(7.) This may explain why David was not called before Samuel the prophet amongst the other sons (1 Sam. 16:11).
(8.) David’s mother apparently had a good relationship with the Lord (Ps. 86:16; 116:16). But she would have been, in the eyes of Jewish law, considered defiled by her previous relationship with an Ammonite (Num. 25:1,2; Deut. 7:3,4; 1 Kings 11:2-4, Ezra 9:2; Neh. 13:23,25; 2 Cor. 6:14-17).
D. David said that he was “wonderfully” made by God in the womb (Ps. 139:14). Therefore, he could not have been sinfully made by his mother in the womb. It is not wonderful to be sinful.
2. “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking
A. This is a poetic book which verses can be taken figuratively or literally.
B. The context of this passage requires a figurative interpretation.
(1.) The entire chapter is figurative; the surrounding verses are all poetic. It talks of men being like serpents and deaf adders (vs. 4), of God breaking the teeth of the young lions (vs. 6), men melting away like running water (vs.7), God bending his bow to shoot arrows (vs. 7), men passing away as a snail which melts (vs. 8), and God destroying like a whirlwind (vs. 9).
(2.) It says that children speak lies from the womb.
(3.) Infants do not know how to speak as soon as they are born.
(4.) Therefore, this passage is poetic not realistic; it is figurative not literal.
C. The obvious meaning of this passage is that individuals choose to sin at a very early age, from the dawn of their moral agency, and the first sin which children usually commit is lying.
3. “For as by one mans disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall
A. By Adam’s disobedience of eating from the tree, Adam provided all mankind with the opportunity of choosing to be sinners, since moral knowledge has been granted to all men.
B. By Christ’s obedience of hanging on the tree, Christ has provided all mankind with the opportunity of choosing to be saved, since remission of sin has been offered to all men.
C. The word “made” used in these passages is not referring to a constitutional change, but referring to a conditional position which requires the consent of the will. Being a sinner is conditional upon choosing to sin. Likewise, being justified is conditional upon choosing to repent and believe.
4. “…by nature children of wrath” Ephesians 2:3:
A. The word nature can describe a man’s God given constitution: (Rom 1:26; 1:31; 2:14; 2:27; 2 Tim 3:3). But this is just dirt and it is created by God. Therefore it cannot be sinful in and of itself.
B. The word nature can describe a man’s self chosen character, custom, habit, or manner of life: (Jer. 13:23; Acts 26:4; 1 Cor 2:14; Eph 2:2-3; Gal 2:14-15; 2 Tim 3:10; 2 Pet 1:4). This is voluntary and has to do with the heart. Therefore moral character, or sinfulness, can belong to this type of nature.
C. The context of this particular passage is talking about a former manner of life, addressing a previous lifestyle. “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world… among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of the flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind…” Eph. 2:2-3
D. A sinful nature is moral not metaphysical, it is a person’s self chosen character and not his God given constitution. A man’s heart (will) can be sinful, but a man’s body can only be an occasion of temptation.
“For Paul, the ‘sinful nature’ has to do with conduct, habit, and developed character.” F. Lagard Smith (Troubling Questions for Calvinists, pg. 123).
VII. HOW TO DEAL WITH HOMOSEXUALS WHEN WITNESSING AND PREACHING:
1. Destroy all their excuses.
A. “I was born this way” (Ecc. 7:29).
B. “I can’t help it” (Gen. 4:6-7; 1 Cor. 10:13).
C. “Homosexuality is my human nature” (Rom. 1:26; 1:31; 1 Cor. 6:9; 2 Tim. 3:3; Jude 1:7).
D. “God accepts me as I am” (Jn. 3:3; Lk. 13:3).
E. “Jesus died for me so I am ok” (Heb. 10:26-31; 2 Pet. 2:1).
2. Show them the nature of their sin.
A. They are choosing to disobey God’s law, as revealed to their conscience (Rom. 2:14-15;
B. They are perverting their God given desires (Rom. 1:26; 1:31; 1 Cor. 6:9; 2 Tim. 3:3; Jude
C. They are abusing their God given body (1 Cor. 6:9).
D. They are corrupting their God given nature (Gen. 6:12; Exo. 32:7; Deut. 9:12; Deut. 32:5;
E. Explain how they might not choose what temptations they face, but they do choose what
3. Convince their minds of the justice of their condemnation.
A. The judge of all the earth will do right (Gen. 18:25).
B. The Lord is righteous in all His ways (Ps. 145:17).
C. God will judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:31).
D. They will be judged for their own works (Deut. 24:16; 2 Kin. 14:6; 2 Chro. 25:4; Eze.
E. They are responsible for their own condemnation (Eze. 14:14; Hos. 13:9; Rom. 2:5; 2:27;
4. Present to their hearts and minds the atonement of Jesus Christ
A. Explain how God can remit the execution of their penalty because of the atonement (Mat. 26:28; Rom. 3:25; Heb. 9:22).
(1.) Christ died for all men, including all homosexuals (Isa. 45:22; 53:6; 55:1; Eze. 18:30-32; Matt. 23:37; Mk. 16:15-16; Lk. 2:10-11; Jn. 1:29; 3:16; Rom. 2:11; 5:15; Heb. 2:9; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; 1 Tim. 2:11; 4:10; Tit. 2:11; Heb. 2:9; 2 Pet. 2:1; 1 Jn. 2:22; Rev. 3:20).
(2.) God has saved homosexuals in the past (1 Cor. 6:11).
B. Explain how grace is offered to all those who forsake their sin and trust in Christ
(1.) Explain how their choice to be homosexuals is what the Bible calls having a
(2.) Explain how repentance must come before salvation (Acts 3:19; 2 Cor. 7:10),
(3.) God calls all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30-31) and God rightly blames
C. Pray that the moral influence of the atonement will subdue their selfish hearts, bringing
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