[A word of explanation about the title of this post. Last year predictions were made of massive destruction through yet another earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand. The prediction had a date attached. The day came and went without the threatened destruction – some recognised their error and repented through publicly apology. Others refused to admit their error. Clearly many do not learn]
A new hurricane is in the news, apparently heading towards New Orleans. Some point out that it will hit exactly 7 years to the day after Katrina almost destroyed the city. Significance is given to the number seven because of its biblical relevance. It is also predicted to hit the city at the time of a major homosexual festival, so this adds to the claims of God’s impending judgement.
While the number 7 may be significant – I find it more significant that no one seemed to make these judgement predictions until AFTER Hurricane Isaac came onto the scene. Therefore it seems more like a “prophetic” joining of existing dots than a genuine revelation given by God.
Two significantly different incidents mentioned in scripture possibly shed light on situations like this.
Luke 13: 1 “There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
Luke 9 “And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.”
Do you see the difference? Which attitude most closely resembles those who continually declare God’s specific and imminent judgement against other sinners?
It is clear that attitudes to homosexuality play a big part in these regular warnings of judgement. It must seem to these people that God has a greater desire to pour out wrath on the homosexual community than upon those guilty of other sins. But what does scripture say specifically about judgement and homosexuality? Does it warn that homosexual practice will result in more judgement by natural disaster than any other sin? Or is the link to judgement something totally different?
I see the latter.
Romans 1 tells us that increased homosexual practice and acceptance of homosexual practice within a society IS the judgement of God upon that society. It is the result of God giving people over to the things they have chosen above Him and His ways. It results in the “storing up of wrath … for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed” When God “will give to each person according to what he has done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”
Salvation is no less available for those individuals involved in homosexual acts than it is for those involved in any other sin. But there is strong significance when things of this type take on a broader presence – when they move on from being an individual matter to being embraced by the wider community.
Rather than being a sign of rebellion that will attract imminent demonstration of judgement from God, the increase in these things ARE a sign OF God’s judgement, that He is giving those whole societies over to their most depraved desires.
What greater reason could we have not to identify with those societies through over-patriotic devotion?
What greater reason to make sure we are part of GOD’s Kingdom and to devote ourselves to HIM?