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Understanding God's Established And Accepted Moral Standard, Gay And Lesbian Relationships Are Not A Part Of God's Natural Order, Jesus And The Apostles Indirectly Inform Us Concerning God's View Regarding Homosexuality By Confirming The Accepted Standard Of Human Sexual Behavior, Heterosexual Marriage: One Man With One Wife, One-To-One Clearly Preferred Over Polygamy, QJB Publishers Are Guilty Of Omission And Gross Distortion, Warnings Regarding False Prophets And False Doctrines, How To Deal With False Brethren And False Gospels, Final Word To QJB Publishers, Warning To Potentials Buyers Of Queen James Bible Closing Remarks, Bill's Suggested Reading Resources List
While we have now examined various verses in the Scriptures where gay and lesbian relationships are clearly prohibited, our discussion is still not quite complete. While one way in which we understand what is not acceptable to -- and is in fact viewed as being sinful by -- our Heavenly Father is by studying verses which plainly tell us so, there is another easy method by which we can determine what He views as being objectionable. That is simply by learning through His Word, what God has already established as His accepted standard. Stated another way, we can understand what is not acceptable to God, by knowing what is acceptable. This approach may not be as direct as the previous method, but it is nevertheless helpful.
As we discussed earlier in this series, due to their spiritual blindness, the publishers of the blasphemous abomination that they call the Queen James Bible have deluded themselves into believing that by editing the various Scriptures which we have already discussed, they have taken care of the "problem". They honestly believe that by adding words to, removing words from, changing the meanings of some words, and moving phrases in the aforementioned verses, it is now impossible to find anything in the Bible which casts a negative light on, or which in fact condemns, modern gay and lesbian sexual relations. They are so confident that they have created a bullet-proof version of the Bible which can't be used to expose the sin of these unnatural lifestyles. As they boastfully claim, "We succeeded". Really?
The fact of the matter is that even if all of the verses that they targeted were not included in the King James Version of the Bible, using the second, indirect method that I mentioned a moment ago, a Spirit-filled Christian would still be able to discern that gay and lesbian relationships are not a part of God's natural order. As I explain in other articles, the Lord has established a very clear standard in His Word, insofar as human sexual relationships are concerned.
Some gays and lesbians may argue that in the Gospels, Jesus never issued a direct condemnation of the gay and lesbian lifestyle. While it may indeed be true that the Lord did not directly teach anything regarding homosexual acts -- at least not in the Scriptures which have survived to our current time -- He did in fact address the issue in an indirect manner, as I have already explained. A Spirit-led person will recognize that the way in which Jesus did this is by confirming what had already been established since the Book of Genesis. Along the same lines, while the publishers of the QJB argue that the Epistles don't condemn homosexual acts, by comparing the verses which I have shared in this series with other verses which we find in the Epistles, we arrive at a more balanced understanding regarding what the Epistles actually teach us insofar as human sexual relationships are concerned.
So exactly what is the moral standard which God Himself has ordained and established? What consistent code of conduct do we find in the Bible from beginning to end? What was said in the Book of Genesis? What advice is given in the Proverbs? What did Jesus confirm in the Gospels? What counsel is given in the Epistles? The following verses make it very clear for anyone who has eyes to see, and ears to hear:
"And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."
Genesis 2:23-24, KJV
"Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD."
Proverbs 18:22, KJV
"The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
Matthew 19:3-6, KJV
"And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
Mark 10:2-9, KJV
"What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh."
1 Corinthians 6:16, KJV
"For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh."
Ephesians 5:31, KJV
"A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;"
1 Timothy 3:2, KJV
"Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well."
1 Timothy 3:12, KJV
"If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly."
Titus 1:6, KJV
It is evident that God's ordained standard for humanity is heterosexual relationships; that is, male with female, and not male with male, or female with female. This standard is consistently taught and promoted throughout the Bible. It is also evident that while some of the Old Testament Patriarchs and kings had more than one wife, in the New Testament, both Jesus and the Apostles demonstrate a preference for one man with one wife. In fact, when certain characters of the Old Testament period did take more than one wife, it sometimes resulted in serious problems for them. For example, Abraham had to eventually forsake Hagar, plus he had to send away his other sons in order to avoid jealousy problems with the seed of faith; that is, Isaac. We are likewise aware of how King Solomon fell into deep apostasy, after he took dozens of pagan wives who led him astray.
The Bible clearly teaches that "whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing." It doesn't in any way teach that whoever finds a gay lover or a lesbian lover finds a good thing; does it? To reiterate, God's ordained natural plan for the human race, and the kind of relationship which He has in fact blessed, is a healthy, natural, heterosexual relationship; that is, one male with one female. That is the solid truth of God's Word. Do you believe this or don't you? For additional information regarding this topic, please consider reading the article entitled "Biblical Marriage Ceremonies".
The simple truth is that there is absolutely no way to even remotely construe any of the previous verses as condoning gay and lesbian so-called "civil unions" or same-sex "marriages". Is it not rather odd that the publishers of the blasphemous abomination known as the Queen James Bible make absolutely no mention of any of these verses on their website? Are they in fact not already guilty of omission and gross distortion of God's Word? Have we not already observed that through their intentional twisting of the Scriptures, they are purposely, and forcefully, trying to promote a false understanding of certain Bible verses?
By intentionally endeavoring to narrow the meanings of the verses which I have shared in this series, and by refusing to even take into consideration or mention these additional verses which address human relationships and human sexuality, the misguided publishers of the Queen James Bible purposely deceive people, promote a false gospel, and carry out their own wicked agenda; probably for the sake of profit! God help them!
These people are spiritually blind by their own choice. In fact, I don't even think that it is proper to say that they are spiritually blind. They have the entire Bible, and they know what it says. As we have already seen, their problem is that they knowingly and willfully choose to reject its holy truth, in order to promote their own agenda. As I warn my readers in many other articles, the New Testament is full of verses which warn us to beware of these deceivers and false angels of light who promote another gospel -- that is to say, a false gospel -- and another Jesus. Jesus and the Apostles were very keenly aware of the false teachers, false prophets, and wolves in sheep's clothing who crept into the flocks of the Lord, and then attempted to corrupt them by promoting a perverted and false gospel, just like the publishers of this Queen James Bible. Consider the following set of verses and be warned:
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
Matthew 7:15-20, KJV
"And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many . . . For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
Matthew 24:11, 24, KJV
"For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect."
Mark 13:22, KJV
"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them."
Acts 20:28-30, KJV
"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."
Romans 16:17, KJV
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
2 Corinthians 11:13-15, KJV
"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
Galatians 1:6-9, KJV
"And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:"
Galatians 2:4, KJV
"That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:"
Ephesians 4:14-15, KJV
"Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision."
Philippians 3:2, KJV
"As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do."
1 Timothy 1:3-4, KJV
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;"
1 Timothy 4:1-2, KJV
"If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself."
1 Timothy 6:3-5, KJV
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
2 Timothy 3:13, KJV
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;"
2 Timothy 4:3, KJV
"Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein."
Hebrews 13:9, KJV
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."
2 Peter 2:1, KJV
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
1 John 4:1, KJV
"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
2 John 1:9-11, KJV
Allow me to impart a final word to the misguided publishers of this blasphemous abomination which they disgustingly call the Queen James Bible. While I obviously do not agree with the sinful, unnatural, ungodly lifestyle which you believe in and actively promote; and while I equally do not support in the least this wretched work of yours, if you are going to demand that gays, lesbians and other liberals fork over thirty-five dollars for this tome in which you have edited eight verses out of a total of 31,102 verses which are found in the time-honored Authorized King James Version of God's Holy Word, then at least have the courtesy to show your faces, instead of lurking in the shadows as you are now doing. What are you afraid of? What do you have to hide?
To those of you who may be foolish enough to purchase a copy of this corrupt and perverted version of the Bible, please keep in mind that by doing so, not only are you helping the publishers to continue to produce it, but it is also quite possible that -- without your knowledge or consent -- you may be helping to support and promote other gay and lesbian causes as well. After all, you have no idea what the money is being used for; do you?
With these thoughts I will bring this series to a close. I trust that all of my God-fearing, Bible-believing friends have enjoyed it, learned something from it, and I pray that it has been a blessing in your life. If you have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, etc, I would really appreciate if you would take the time to click on the corresponding link that is found on this page. Please consider that just by clicking on these links, as well as by sharing my related image on my Facebook timeline, you may very well be helping to stop another young individual from becoming involved in the sinful gay and lesbian lifestyle. Thank you so very much for your consideration! May God bless you abundantly!
For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this series, or which contain topics which are related to this series. All of these articles are likewise located on this very same Bill's Bible Basics website:
All Are Given a Chance, But . . .
Biblical Marriage Ceremonies
Free Will and Personal Choice
History of the Authorized King James Bible
In Defense of the KJV Bible
Is the Message of Salvation Meant for All Men?
Money-Making Bible Hucksters and Mammon
Mp3's, Commercialized Christianity and Christian Hypocrisy
Not Everyone is a Child of God
Pornography: Flee Youthful Lusts!
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
The Gay and Lesbian Agenda: To the Point!
The Gay Gene?
The Overhauling of Straight America
When Sin is no Longer a Sin!