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Lust

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 30, 2010, 2:42 PM
(You Will Never Be The Same) Lust


We all know the power of lust, which is in our flesh. Eve lusted for the fruit. David lusted for the wife of Uriah. Is there anyone among us who does not know how lust can suddenly arise in our hearts? We think, for example, that we cannot live, if we cannot satisfy our desire for the other sex, for a certain person. This lust arises from time to time in our blood. It has an overpowering force which is unwilling to be confined within the limits of the commandments of God, and through it sin upon sin is born. "Desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin" (Jas. 1: 15a): adultery, theft, murder.

The power of sensual desires, when people give in to them, can make them so blind that they completely disregard the commandments of God. The consequence is unbridled sexual indulgence, premarital and extramarital intercourse or sexual relations with members of the same sex. Such behaviour is almost taken for granted today. But the judgment of God is upon it, for Scripture says: "God will judge the immoral and the adulterous" (Heb. 13: 4b). "No immoral or impure man ... has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience" (Eph. 5: 5, 6). They will weep and lament in Satan's kingdom, the kingdom of torment.

The enemy knows how to cover up the curse that lies in indulging in our lust, by trying to justify the lust in our flesh: "God, the Creator, has laid this desire in our blood; we have to satisfy it, otherwise we will not have a well-rounded personality." In reality, however, to indulge in unbridled lust leads to ruin. Certainly our sexuality belongs to the creation of God and when we practise it in the sight of His holiness, with discipline according to His commandments, we will experience His blessing. But there is scarcely any other gift of God which is so terribly misused as this one. Here the devil has found an open door. We think indulging in our desires will bring us the happiness for which we long. But apart from the Creator, and in disobedience towards Him, lust will lead us into ruin, because it brings us under Satan's dominion.

The consequences of seeking to satisfy our desires by drinking, taking drugs or indulging in sex are dreadful. If we do so, we could literally experience our bodies' decay. Many drug addicts die from overdoses, or they end up in mental institutions. People want to "enjoy" life; so they drink the cup of poison that the enemy offers them. Body and soul become poisoned; they have to suffer dreadfully and are finally destroyed-here in earthly life and then in the next world in dreadful torment.

This is a law, for sin always gives birth to death. We think we can get more out of life when we satisfy our lust, but actually we just get death. This will be revealed in a horrible way in eternity. There everyone will be able to see on our bodies just how much we have given in to our desires, and some shall awake "to shame and everlasting contempt" (Dan. 12: 2). In hell the members of our bodies that indulged in sin (for instance, the tongue of the rich man, Luke 16: 19-24) will burn, without ever being totally burned up. The desires will continue to burn in our bodies but instead of satisfaction we will experience dreadful torment.

No matter how high the price, the sinful factor in our urges, that leads us into indulgence and fornication, has to be put to death here on earth. We have to turn away from it immediately and begin to fight the battle of faith today, for we never know whether tomorrow will still come. If we are suddenly called away from this life, we may find ourselves today suffering heartache, torture and torment in the kingdom of darkness. The Word of God warns us many times about extramarital sexual relationships and sharply condemns every sexual relationship with members of the same sex. "Immorality, impurity, licentiousness ... those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Gal. 5: 19, 20). "Neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals . . . will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor. 6: 9, 10). "Shun immorality ... the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not on your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" (1 Cor. 6: 18-20).

We cannot tolerate the sin of lust in any area of our lives. It must be brought into the light at once, confessed and renounced. We have to break from this sin, otherwise Satan will hold us in his chains and we will not get loose. But that is not all that is necessary. Because these urges are so deeply rooted in us, we have to begin a daily battle of prayer, and praise the redeeming power of Jesus blood over our sin-infested blood. Part of this battle of prayer is that we confront in faith the cry of our hearts; "We want to live and satisfy our desires" with a clear resoluteness; "We want to die to our lust; we want to be crucified with Jesus and arise with Him to new life and inherit glory."

Is there any other way to come to the joy-filled life that we all long for except by dying? Even in nature we can see this law at work "Die and come to life!" All life is born out of death. Should there be any other way for us men who are so laden with sin and guilt?

The first step must be taken in our thought-life. Lust has to be confronted immediately and fought against, as soon as it appears in our thoughts. People are often tormented by impure thoughts, feelings and fantasies even in their dreams. Let this be our practical guide: Do not read anything in magazines, look at anything on television or listen to anything on the radio that could nourish such impure, lustful thoughts, feelings or fantasies. If we do not leave them alone, we will not become free. We will have to reap what we have sown, by letting all these things come into our hearts and thoughts. Here they torment us and will not let us go, and one day a terrible punishment will await us.

But whoever consistently refuses to look at impure things, or listen to them, and always claims the blood of the Lamb for that which is in his feelings and thought will experience that he will be set free.

That is also true when our desires are unduly directed at a certain person. Above all we must not let ourselves be deceived by the enemy's arguments such as: friendship with a married person is allowed because his spouse cannot offer him what he needs. The needs of the person justify the situation, and so on. We must unmask the camouflage of this temptation and then in practice avoid meetings where we might possibly encounter him, even it is painful to make such a sacrifice. Or we have to tear up letters or pictures, if they bind us ever anew to a person and make us lust for him.

Jesus Himself tells us how important it is to fight a radical battle for eternity. He exhorts us to pluck out our eye, if it causes us to sin through evil glances. But after the exhortation comes an even more cutting word, "It is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell" (Matt. 5: 29). The punishment for the immoral and adulterous which the Letter to the Ephesians (5: 5, 6) so earnestly speaks of is damnation into hell where we will be dreadfully tormented by Satan, the lord of hell.

That is why, if we are chained by this sin, we have to listen to Jesus' warning, "Fear Him (God, the judge) who can destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matt. 10: 28).

We must radically turn away from all indulgence in our lust, which is a trespass against the commandments of God. In the blood of the Lamb there is power to free from the chains of sin. Jesus' name is Redeemer. Indeed He is a Redeemer and that is why He will redeem us from the fetters of sin, which bind us to Satan. Whoever makes a thorough break with his desires in faith in Jesus will experience that Jesus has come to give us life and complete satisfaction. He will thoroughly develop all the gifts of our body, soul and spirit. He will make us complete happy. He will give us the divine radiance of a loving, joyous, natural personality. Jesus is the essence of life. He alone can give us the fullness of life-only He. That is why we have to dare to act according to His words. Renounce everything; that is, forgo what we desire and what our lustful desires yearn for; leave them and hate them, insofar as they go against the commandments of God. Then we will experience that such death is the entrance gate to a joy-filled life, where we will receive the abundance of divine life, which is in Him.

In Jesus' sufferings we can see the deadly curse of all sensual lust; we can see its dreadful manifestations on Jesus' body. The picture of our Saviour, scourged and crucified, is a sermon for us; Jesus had to lay down His life for us, because we do not want to lay down our lives. We are full of desire and lust. He had to offer His body up as a sacrifice, because we so often misuse our bodies, indulge in lust and disregard the limits that God has set in His word. He had to suffer so much, because we, through such sin, disfigure the image of God, although He created and redeemed us to bear this image.

Now Jesus is asking us: "Trusting in My sacrifice, dare to lay down your life and believe that I will give you the full life!"
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Taken from YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME by M Basilea Schlink


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thatpervytrap Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
This type of christian is the most amusing, yet tragic christian, where you have become so literal in your approach to your cultural language that you fail to progress into the real world. 
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levite Featured By Owner May 14, 2012   Artist
~fujoshianimechick

It will be very difficult to receive an answer if you block those you seek answers from.

There is no sin in asexuality. As it relates to Christians, the Apostle Paul says as a concession, not as a command that it is better to be asexual as it is seen as a gift of continence ( [link] ). An unmarried person is concerned about the Lord’s affairs —how he can please the Lord (1 Cor. 7:32). Feeling an attraction (not sexual, taking into account that you claim asexuality) for different people is no different than me loving my family members, my best friend, etc.

Correction, our disapproval of same sex marriage has nothing to do with their inability to bare children. There are many heterosexual couples that are unable to bare children as well due to infertility. Our opposition is strictly based on God's word and what He clearly commands.

Regarding your philosophical question, no, if both individuals are heterosexual and are both asexual it may work. However, if you are asexual and your husband/wife is not, it becomes obvious that there will be a great problem (see [link] ).
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fujoshianimechick Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If lust is bad and must be controlled until the wedding night, how do you feel about asexuals like me? Asexuals are those do not experience sexual attraction. Asexuality differs from celibacy or abstinence. Celibacy is a choice, and those who are celibate still feel sexual attraction. Abstinence is the postponement of sex until marriage. Asexuality, contrary to the beliefs of some, is neither a choice nor a disease, despite what a previous episode of House may have led you to believe. Although asexuals do not experience sexual attraction, many feel romantic attraction. This romantic attraction can be felt towards members of the opposite sex (heteroromantic, like me! =D ), the same sex (homoromantic), or both sexes (biromantic). Those who do not experience even romantic attraction towards anyone are called aromantic.
I'm going to take this comment to something completely different. One of the reasons why you disapprove of gay marriage, from what I have gathered, is the fact that members of the LGBT community will not produce children. Neither can hetero-romantic or bi-romantic asexuals who marry members of the opposite sex.
This ties into my list of philosophical questions for everyone reading this. Do you think asexuals should be banned from the institution of marriage? In your eyes, is our asexuality a gift from God or a sin? Are we unnatural heathens or simply sinners like everyone else in the eyes of the god? Are the marriages between a man and a woman, if one or both is asexual, unimportant or void because they are not consummated? In short, as I have asked at the beginning of this note, how do you, or Christians in general, feel about asexuality if you condemn lust?
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It's not exactly saying lust is bad. It's not.
It's a type of lust that is bad. I mean YES lust is lust.. there's no types of lust, BUT lust can be justified. 
The lust a husband feels for his wife (or vice versa) is not only okay, it is God's design. Sex and lust are part of what keeps a romantic relationship together in many married relationships.
However, oogling at someone walking down the street, or watching porn... this is the type of lust that is bad. 
And comparing asexuals, aromantics, or infertile people to the LGBT+ community doesn't make much sense. 
Why? Because the parts are all there. A gay couple can try alllll they want for years, years, and years to make a baby on their own (with no medial help, no doctors, no pills, no surgeries, just plain ol' sex). Guess what? Neither are going to get pregnant. 
Eventhough a woman might have a deformity in her uterus or something of the like, or a guy could have some sort of genital issue, or if someone experiences no sexual or romantic attraction and they might not ever have sex, or have children, technically they could. They have the parts and when the sperm is in the incubator, it would make a child. 
It's like...imagine if you had a DVD video. Of anything. Then try to watch that DVD....by sitting it on top of another DVD. Nothing is going to happen.
Now imagine if you had a tv. You can insert the DVD into the slot on the tv, and there you go! 
Now imagine the tv you have is broken. You can't watch the DVD...BUT TECHNICALLY, if the tv WAS working, you could. Same goes for if the DVD was bent and the tv was working.
But you can't watch the DVD with anoher DVD... and you can't watch a DVD when all you have is two tvs. 
Does that make ANY sense? I hope it does.
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CosmicGrounds Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Writer
I struggle with lust and unclean sexual thoughts. I just knowingly sinned through entertaining myself earlier (alone, I won't go into details) and I stumbled across a story I had written years ago on an erotica site and in that story the main character reads a verse from James 1:15 -- I was an atheist then, but it's interesting that now I had written that in a story long ago when my mind was reprobate and my heart was darkened, against religion, most specifically, the Christian faith. I read that scripture from the bible that was in my bed and thought about it -- while I was looking at unclean things online from earlier, I prayed to God, asked him to deliver me from this junk and that I will promise to follow him forever (I've promised him countless times before and failed miserably); because I can entertain myself and not even enjoy it after awhile. No, I don't have demons in me; however, I can say, lust is one of the several things of the flesh I struggle with. This was a great read, but I wish it had went more into depth.
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Dexter96 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I think lust is natural and inevitable.
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Agreed.
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levite Featured By Owner May 14, 2012   Artist
Unfortunately, due to our sinful nature it is. Therefore, while we are continually tempted by lust, it is necessary that we obey God and not our flesh.

Romans 8:9 "You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ."
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*Takes deep breath, because she feels big rant coming on.* OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKAY. This is from an agnostic outsider's perspective, so I hope you all will take it to heart. Please do not think I mean to demonize Christianity in any way.
First of all, I don't think that lust is inherently evil. It's just another biological characteristic. I think that the ways some people deal with lust can be evil. For example, the way lust was dealt with in The Crucible [link] Accusing your former lover's wife of witchcraft so she'll be executed, anyone? Evil, right? But what about the ways most people deal with lust? Like having consensual sex with your spouse?
This brings me to my next point.
Why do people condemn extramarital/premarital sex? Because it's supposedly dishonest and dirty. But what happens when people try to prevent this, or heck, even LUST from happening is even worse. Female genital mutilation? [link] Awful and shocking. It makes me shudder to even think about it. STONING ADULTERERS? Equally awful and shocking. Condemning Gardisil and refusing to teach people how to use condoms? Leads to even MORE super-happy-fun stuff like cervical cancer, unwanted pregnancies, and STDs. Just encourage abstinence without condemning those who don't wait for marriage. It will ensure that less people sneak around and are dishonest. It's human nature that people will admit more readily to things that are not wrong and immoral than to things that are (obviously). As for sneaking around and having affairs, that is unforgivable.
As for God "sharply [condemning] every sexual relationship with members of the same sex." What. All I've heard from the bible "condemning" homosexuality is "Thou shalt not lie with another man as you shall with a woman." Many Bible Scholars and historians agree that this was because it was a custom to ANALLY RAPE conquered peoples after defeating them in battle. The Bible says nothing about FEMALE homosexuality either. I'll leave that up to interpretation, but I think that it was because even in those days, a LOT of men thought that lesbians were hot. :facepalm: Also, we don't follow all rules of the Bible. [link] Like we shake hands with menstruating women. And we wear mixed-fiber clothes. We can't pick and choose what we follow and what we don't follow if we're all going to be 100% Christian. "Neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals . . . will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor. 6: 9, 10). " Homosexuals? I'd like to see your copy of the bible, pal. You might be reading a trollfic from the Westboro baptist church instead of the actual bible.
That is all I have to say on this matter. Replies are very welcome and very wanted.
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levite Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012   Artist
Well, in midst of the rant, I will pick up a few things and try to address them.

If you are an agnostic, I am very glad to you have entered a "Christian" group in order to read the material presented to its members. Therefore, kindly remember that the journal is directed to practicing Christians. However, why would we present an article about LUST to Christians? Of course, because we are human too and we struggle with what the BIBLE establishes as lust. For that matter I would venture to say that every man or woman at certain point may have had lustful thought of some kind.

Having consensual sex with your spouse is not lust, it is defined as the parameter in which a man and a woman enjoy each other in "legal" matrimony and accordance to God's eyes.

"But what happens when people try to prevent this, or heck, even LUST from happening is even worse."


This article is designed exactly for that purpose. To help anyone who struggles with lust to overcome it. We ARE capable of making decisions and we can decide not tio sin against God. We cannot say "the devil made me do it" or I was incapable... as we are capable of making right or wrong decisions.

Stoning Adulterers


I believe Jesus dealt with that problem head on: [link]

I concur with you that we must teach our children about abstinence. That is the best solution. However, as Christians we also teach them that such practice is sin if not abstained.

Many Bible Scholars and historians agree that this was because it was a custom to ANALLY RAPE conquered peoples after defeating them in battle


Considering that I possess a degree in Bible Theology and Christian Education and I also teach Bible Theology, thus required to learn well the History of the Christian Church, kindly provide me the list of "many Bible Scholars" particularly of the early church, who make such claim. I would be very thankful but doubt VERY much that you would be able to corroborate your statement. You may have slipped in the passion of your presentation. I believe that you mean, many contemporary theologians, specifically, those of recent years.

" Homosexuals? I'd like to see your copy of the bible, pal.


Obviously, it is wiser to use contemporary language when you address a contemporary crowd, specially taking into account a translation of contemporary language. However, your concern can easily be addressed, by providing you the ACTUAL word use in the Alexandrian Greek of the original text, as we understand that the NT was not written in English originally and a Greek lexicon for your comprehension review of the passage. The word in question is not malakos (which many cling to) but arsenokoitēs. Fortunately, the Bible does not need us to interpret what it is known and understood in its common and ordinary way (1st rule of proper Biblical Hermeneutics). The Bible is its best own interpreter (1st Law of proper Biblical Hermeneutics).

The entire verse in its context with proper greek lexicon: [link]
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NoviLunar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I agree with this except for:
"where we will be dreadfully tormented by Satan, the lord of hell."

There is nothing in the Bible which says Satan is the lord of hell or torments those in hell. Don't get me wrong, hell is a place a torment no matter how you interpret it, but it was made for Satan and he will be tormented, probably not tormenting.
I don't know where the whole "demons torture people in Hell" idea came from.
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levite Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012   Artist
I agree...
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SnipeSmash Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Thank you for such a great post, hopefully this puts an end to my urges to do thing to myself, now if only I can find a post for my birth sins, wrath and gluttony.
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Shazzae Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so true! Thank you for the "Lust" posting! It does destroy the soul and heart and mind, tragically.
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Gryphonia Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Thank you for the article :heart:
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ShadeChemy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
But, isn't Christianity about loving your fellow man? We gays can't help that we're born as we are, so why do you think God hates us? My church believes in salvation for all people, no matter their gender, race or sexual orientation. Why don't you believe the same?
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I was randomly passing through when I saw your post and kinda skimmed the conversation. I don't know what all was said and forgive me if this has already been said but I thought maybe I'd offer some additional insight on the answer to your question/statement. :)

As you said, "We gays can't help that we're born as we are,[...]" we humans can't help that we're born into a fallen world and are tainted from conception with the cancer that is sin. All sin, no matter the form it's in, is an addiction. I'm addicted to it just as everyone else is, BUT the difference between a Christian and a non Christian who's addicted to sin is that the Christian's goal--no matter their struggle--is to overcome their cravings and addictions to sin through our Redeemer Jesus. Our goal is to give up the seductions of sin, overcome it through Christ and never indulge in it again so as to honor the temple--our bodies--that he made for Him. As it is written: Our bodies are the Lord's temple; the body is for the Lord and the Lord for the body.

Honey I know your sin is just as difficult as my own. You're hardwired to follow it, and where we fail in trying to overcome sin ourselves, Jesus has the victory. All things are possible through Him, and if you are willing, if you are convicted to do all you can to honor the Lord with your temple, then that "simple" choice (though it's still hard) is all the Lord needs in you to be able to transform you into an image of His likeness. :aww:

Your struggles with sin can be conquered if you're willing to let God help you as only through Him can you overcome such a difficult obstacle like the one you face. :hug: We do come to God as we are, but we also must remember that if we take His name, we need to be willing to grow in His likeness of holiness and perfection. His Spirit will help--will transform you--so all you have to do is ask. :) And my dear, you will receive. :heart:

May the Lord continue to bless you and bring you into a greater understanding of His word and deeper love of His character. Christ's love to you. :rose:
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Achar223 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student
OMG I LOVE WHAT YOU JUST WROTE!!!! I LOVE THAT!!!
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SDA-MessengersOracle Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: I had to go back and read what you were so excited about as I had no idea. lol :XD: But praise the LORD! :aww: You're more than welcome to use this if you need it sometime in the future. It's a delicate topic and it requires a delicate response. I hope someone may be able to draw some hope from it somewhere if they see it.

Hmm, in fact...I just might have to turn this into an actual piece (maybe with a few tweaks) and upload it. You never know what encourages people. :) Thanks so much for the inspiring comment! :hug:
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Achar223 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student
LOL I can get over-excited sometimes! xD
Indeed! REALLY?!?!?!?!?!?!? OMG That would be awesome!
It really, really caught my attention and it made so much sense! You put it together so... splendidly!

:iconshockplz: Really? That's so cool!!! You're welcome!
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SDA-MessengersOracle Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Excitedness for things of the Lord is a good thing though, don't feel bad. :aww:

And I'll message you if you want in the near future with the tweaks I need to make to it so as to upload it in deviation format. ;) Because the basic idea of, "Slow down, we're all the same, no one is better," seems to get kinda lost in translation sometimes. :XD: Reminders are good.
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Achar223 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student
:)

Oh! ok! Thanks! xD
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Finally got around to doing some tweaking to my comment that I was going to turn into a deviation. :XD: I'm glad I waited because since then, my growth and testimony will perhaps impact the essence of the message. =) Here it is if you want to see it: the1enchantress.deviantart.com…
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levite Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010   Artist
God loves u dearly... he loves all, but as we all sinned, we have all fallen short from the grace of God. While God loves the sinner, he hates the sin.
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ShadeChemy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
But you didn't answer me... we can't help that we're born that way... Do you accept gay christians, or not?
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levite Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010   Artist
Unfortunately, the term "gay christians" is an oxymoron according to Scriptures. We are born male or female. Scriptures and NATURE teach it and we need not be biologists to understand it.

In regards to your answer... we do have members who have confessed struggle with this sin. Anyone who agrees to our groups Essentials of Christianity and Statement of Faith is allowed membership under those conditions and statement of faith. In the same fashion, liars, chaters, adulterers, homosexuals that come to Christ are ALL accepted by Him. What is not accepted is their sin and practice of the same thereof.

1 John 3:8-9 (Amplified Bible)

"[But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].

No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and [a]habitually] practices sin, for God's nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God."

The Scripture is clear:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (Amplified Bible)

"Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality, Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God."
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WarriorofHeaven Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a former porn addict, I can say from experience that everything in this journal is accurate. I still struggle with this issue, but with God's help, I am combating this issue, and prayerfully I can overcome this through Him. Anyways, lust is an addiction, plain and simple. It is no more or less addicting than drugs or alcohol, it is just as physical and just as alluring. Like what we all seek, we think lust can give us that 'eternal' experience, but in the end, we're ultimately looking for God. As G.K. Chesterton once said, we all are trying to fill a God-shaped hole that only He can satisfy.
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levite Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010   Artist
I love reading people as yourself... you are a true blessing of honesty and helpful insight. God bless you!
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WarriorofHeaven Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Praise God!
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calmyafarm Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Student Interface Designer
I needed this! Thanks for posting it
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op9e Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
BEAUTIFULL!
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terra13 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This was definitely a God moment for me. I'm going to have to read it again sometime later today and truly meditate what it means for my life as I am dealing with a lot lately. Thank you for posting this up =)
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FuzzyDiceChick Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel I must confes:
I don't read all the journals that get uploaded here. In fact most times I just delete them because I feel too busy/guilty/overwhelmed.
But today I checked my messages and saw this journal. It was a complete GOD send.
I have been sinning and though I feel that my sin is something between me and GOD, I will say that it heaverly relates to this journal.
But I think the thing that struck me most about this entry was that it gave me a way out:

renouncing my sin to GOD and asking for his forgivness.

I know that breaking from this thing that is keeping me from having a full relationship with my Lord and Saviour is not going to be a small task, but I take courage in the fact that The LORD who breathed the stars into place, created laminin, gave every man his own language, is no small thing either, and HE is on my side. And that GOD said he would forgive me, and equip me with everything I need as a worrior of HIS Kingdom to fight the evil one who trys to trap us. The evil one has no power, GOD reigns over my life! Praise The LORD.
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levite Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010   Artist
God is indeed and awesome loving God... I truly worship him as I read your testimony. He is indeed our Savior and Lord who cares for us. Heed the Lord's call today, as you have no idea what we had to go through in private as a group in order for us to do God's will and place this article here. He purposed this moment with love in his thought :)

May the Lord continue to guide you and strengthen you in your walk in Christ!
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FuzzyDiceChick Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for you're kind words. Praise GOD for people like you and the others on this group. :)
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levite Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010   Artist
It is ALL about Christ doing my dear sister... only He loves you as He does... enough to have you today in mind. :)

God bless you and keep pressing on.
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FuzzyDiceChick Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for that. I believe even if I fall HE will help me back up again. And again and again, that's a real comfort.

Thank you and GOD bless.
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Tuikkis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just want say.. Thanks for this text.

God's blessing.

Amen.
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