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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Pedophilia...Is this the next sin accepted as normal?

by Barbara Latta

A recent TED talk given by Miriam Heine in Germany has introduced the concept that pedophiles are born that way and we should all find a way to accept them.
Pedophilia.. is this the next sin accepted as normal?

I have often wondered when something like this would invade society after government policies forced acceptance of homosexuality as a “norm” and required shared restrooms in public places and legalized marriage of people of the same sex.  

When the gate is opened it leaves no boundary that would stop other sinful behavior from being accepted by society.

In her talk, Ms. Heine states that “pedophilia is not an irrelevant phenomenon we can ignore.” She is right, but her solution is wrong. Her solution is to help them learn to control their urges so they won’t become offenders.

But behavior can only change when the sin nature is changed. Behavior modification cannot take away sin. And to accept Jesus as the Lord, a person must recognize they are a sinner. Therein lies the difference between what God says and what the world says. Accepting sin as normal is the first step to sliding into apostasy.

No, we can’t ignore pedophilia, but we need to prosecute those who prey on children and put safeguards around anyplace a pedophile can be in contact with them. In her opinion, pedophiles cannot change their orientation.  Is the next step no prosecution when a child is molested because the offender couldn’t help it?

Old Testament Israel was influenced by the heathen nations surrounding them. They allowed worship of false gods to infiltrate their beliefs until they had become like those who did not know God. Israel forgot God and drifted into sin.

The danger for us is the same. If we listen to the ways of the world by buying into the lies purported by entertainment, godless people, and news we will slowly accept the attitudes slipping into society one by one and our world will crumble.

For decades the church refused to get involved in social issues and we see the result now. A victorious church will stand against sin and show the sinner how to be saved.

One reason this has happened is because there is a risk to getting involved.

Another reason is that we have the attitude of “What difference can one person make?”

Well, one person, Madelyn Murray O’Hair, was the influence behind prayer and Bible reading being taken out of schools.

One person filed a lawsuit that resulted in legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade.

And one person listened to God and followed the call to preach the gospel and became the greatest evangelist we have ever known. His name was Billy Graham.

We are all one person individually, but if we take our stand against wrongs in a righteous way, we can make a difference in our society.

God's grace is greater than all our sin.
The question we must ask ourselves is, “Am I willing to risk what taking a stand against evil will cost?”

When we stand against a sin of this nature, we are labeled as hate mongers. But showing people a way out of their sin is an act of love. To hate would be to allow people to remain in darkness and die and go to hell. You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you may most certainly rebuke your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him (Leviticus 19:17 AMP).

The church is the light of the world and the darker the world grows the brighter God’s light shines. But where sin increased, [God’s remarkable, gracious gift of] grace [His unmerited favor] has surpassed it and increased all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, so also grace would reign through righteousness which brings eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:20-21 AMP).

He took the sin of every homosexual and pedophile who has ever lived or ever will live and gave His life to save them. He gave to save us all.

His grace is greater than all our sin!

What do you think? Share your thoughts.

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