“Now I, Paul, make a personal appeal to you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ–I who am humble among you in person but bold toward you when absent. I beg you that when I am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are behaving in an unspiritual way. For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an nonspiritual way, since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:1-5 HCSB)

I am sure you are aware that the title of this entry comes from the oath we would take in a court of law. We are cautioned by this oath to tell the truth, yet, sadly, that does not seem to apply when a Christian tells the truth about sin and the consequences of rejecting the offer of forgiveness that Christ has made possible. The Supreme Court of the United States, issued a majority opinion about same-sex marriage. The LGBT minority is rejoicing in this unfortunate ruling with no regard for what it means spiritually. Christians have been labeled bigots, intolerable, and haters by the LGBT community, as well as other organized anti-Christian groups. The day has come for Bible-believing Christians to be bold in the belief that the Word of God is the final word on the truth about sin-not the courts.

Never before in the history of our nation has such a blatant dismissal of God’s truth been so direct and open. There are many who say that Christians are intolerant. It is God Who is intolerant of sin and Christians are rightfully on the side of God in this. Supreme Court rulings do not change God’s law and people will still die in their sins if they do not trust Christ as Lord and Savior. Christians do not hate the LGBT community or any other persons who hold such strong, albeit, wrong beliefs. We Christians fear for the unrepentant soul of these individuals. Satan certainly is behind this and is also rejoicing. The Bible is clear that to become a Christian the person must be drawn by the Holy Spirit to conviction of sin according to God—not us, while repenting (changing how one thinks) from all sin. If a person is drawn to the place where they want to make a decision for Christ and he/she does not choose to or want to confess and turn away from all sin—thoughts and actions–then that person cannot be saved-no matter how much they think they can.

The passage of scripture above is Paul’s way of saying that God can demolish the strong hold that sin has on one’s life. God loves every person on this earth, but unfortunately many people shackle themselves to choices, behaviors, and ungodly, ideological ideals, and will not choose to accept His grace and mercy and be saved for all of eternity. The Bible describes this as a stronghold. What is your morality and value system based on? As you read this, if you are bound by the stronghold of hatred toward any person who is not a Christian-especially those of the LGBT community-then you are wrong and need to reaffirm your Christian values. I am saddened by the ruling, but God is still where He has always been. Christ will still save anyone who truly believes in Him, repents (turns away) from sin as God defines it, and accepts Him as Lord (boss) and Savior (keeps you from going to hell and guarantees you will go to heaven).

Marriage has been under attack for a long time, and more so in this present time. Many people are choosing to unashamedly live together outside of marriage, commit infidelity within marriage, and fail to pray (Christians) about the person God has chosen for them. If you are engaging in any ungodly activity, please understand that God loves you, but you are showing God that you love yourself more than him. We are all sinners according to the Bible (Romans 3:23). We all need Christ, but we cannot truly know Him as our Savior until we are convicted of sin, confess our sins, repent of our sins, and call upon Christ (Romans 10:9-10).

By now you may be thinking that I am being judgmental. I believe I am sharing what the Bible teaches, and most of the time what it says is gut wrenching and hard to swallow (Just ask Ezekiel-Ez 3:2-3). Read what the Bible says about marriage, relationships, prayer, and examine evidences of your personal declaration of being a Christian. Stand up for what you believe. If you were to ask me if I think everyone should believe as I do, my answer is, yes, because I believe what the Bible says.

My challenge to you is to let people know you love them and that you have a message from God that can change their life for eternity. Go to church and stop sitting at home thinking that you can worship God just as well there as you can with other Christians. It’s time for us as Christians to wake up and be ready to give an account to this world about what we believe. Share the plan of salvation with someone for a change and stop being cynical in church. Know the Bible and what it teaches, because when it comes to matters of faith, marriage, life, and salvation; the Bible is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.