EVERYTHING IS PERMISSIBLE… but not everything is beneficial

Your potential is determined by your purity

“Your potential is determined by your purity. If your motives are pure, there is nothing God cannot do through you.” That’s a quote from a recent Mark Batterson blog post. It rang true for me and my motives for this website. The future possibilities, your dreams, your God-given vision are all determined by the ‘heart choices’ you make today.

Batterson quotes Joshua 3:5:

Purify yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.

What does that mean? Batterson continues,

Instead of focusing all of our energy on planning the future maybe we ought to focus on purifying ourselves. After all, that is how God prepares us. You want to be used by God? Purify yourself. You want the favor of God? Purify yourself. You want to experience peace and joy? Purify yourself. You want to see God do wonders? Purify yourself. Or maybe I should say: let God purify you. You can’t do it yourself. But Christ has done it for you on the cross.

This reaches to the bottom of why I think the EIP discussion is so important. We need to keep ourselves pure. This isn’t for ourselves, at least not physically. It IS for our soul, for our spirituality.

Our biggest problem is seen even in the first few posts I’ve written so far. We started off with foundational truths, things that are simply out of the question when it comes to dating and relationships, things that are, for the most part, obvious (i.e. homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, etc.) Unfortunately, this is usually the direction we head when it comes to relationships: What can I NOT do in this relationship? We’re essentially asking, How close can I come to sinning?

Instead, our hearts need to be heading in the opposite direction: What can I do to keep myself pure? What can I do today to prepare myself for my future mate, or to encourage a healthy relationship with your existing partner, so that you can remain pure together until marriage.

This direction will require us to make choices that aren’t popular with the culture we live in. Batterson ends his post with:

By the way, that probably means we’ll go through some painful things. Purifying always involves some fire. But God redeems our pain and uses it for His gain! And it’s the painful things that makes the wonderful things so wonderful.

And as we can see from Scripture, it’s what God calls us to–holy, set apart, purified!

It’s time to make some hard choices! What direction do you want to take your relationships? Toeing the line of sinning, but not crossing? Or running as far away from sin as you can? (Not choosing one is just as dangerous!)

Question: What decisions in your relationships have you made to run away from sin?

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Not Permissible: LGBT Lifestyle

Things that are Not Permissible… To start off, when talking about relationships between two people, we are implying a boy and a girl. That’s probably obvious to most, but let’s not assume. Perhaps an argument could be made that the same principles of dating could apply to Christians who happen to be LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered). Then of course it would be argued that calling someone both a Christian and a homosexual in the same sentence is sacriligious. But I have to say, I’ve heard it said those Christians are “so gay.” So touché!

All joking aside, scripture is clear that homosexuality is a perversion of the image God had intended for His Creation in creating man and woman, and such a lifestyle should be condemned.

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:24-27,

God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

This passage stands pretty clear on its own that a relationship outside a man and woman is degrading, shameful, unnatural, indecent, and perverted. (Let’s not lose focus, however. Scripture says the same thing about promiscuity between a man and woman as well. We’re all held accountable.)

My view on the LGBT lifestyle… whether or not one is born with a certain sexual flavour is irrelevant. Scripture is clear it should be forbidden. Therefore, if someone confessed to me they had homosexual tendencies, I would condemn that (as that’s God’s place, not mine). But I would show them what the Bible teaches, encourage them to refrain from practice, and get counseling.

Tony Campolo makes a sad but true observation to the effective of, all the Christians are moving towards lives without marrige (whether common law or through divorce). Meanwhile the homosexuals are begging to be allowed to marry.

Something is very backwards here.

Question: Can a person be both gay and a Christian at the same time? What about the many United/Anglican/Episcopalian priests?

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