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Sunday, April 18, 2010 | Comments (4)

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Here's the topic for today's discussion:

When John MacArthur appeared on Larry King Live to address the issue of same-sex marriage, San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom scoffed at the concerns some have over the “slippery slope”—i.e., if you allow same-sex marriage, why not allow people to marry children or pets? (Click here to watch the video.)

Obviously, within the evolutionary worldview, there is no way to draw the line on human sexuality and remain consistent. Remind me…Why do Christians want to harmonize evolution and the Bible? (Don’t answer that; it was rhetorical!)

Here’s a good topic for the comment thread: How can you use the “evolving” cultural attitudes on sexuality as a conversation-starter for evangelism?


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#1  Posted by Douglas Grogg  |  Sunday, April 18, 2010at 9:52 PM

If we were like Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, we would speak of how man is not “evolving” but rather how man is rapidly devolving and the Day is coming when all of mankind will hide themselves in caves and among the rocks of the mountains and will cry out for the mountains and the rocks to fall on them and hide them from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb which is coming (see Revelation 6:15,16 and 17). If we were full of grace and faith we would “bleed much Bible” and if we were able to exhort we would get rather personal about it as did Stephen (see Acts 7: 52, 53).

Paul in his “defense” before Felix spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. And what did he discuss? “And as he was discussing righteousness, self control and judgment to come, Felix became frightened…” (Acts 24:25). That sounds a lot like the Holy Spirit doesn’t it? “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment” (John 16:8). Paul’s use of the word rendered self control specifically referred to self control of sexual lusts, a sin which Felix was in bondage to. Paul got rather personal didn’t he? We have heard many biblically illiterate individuals who have a form of godliness tell us that that is the role of the Holy Spirit and not our role. I guess Paul and Stephen never got the message. John MacArthur’s book “Ashamed of the Gospel” has a glorious example of what it is to not be ashamed of the gospel in the appendix. It is entitled “Carnal v. Spiritual Wisdom”. It is taken from Thomas Boston’s The Art of Manfishing. Oh, how far we have fallen from authentic Biblical evangelism. May Our Merciful and Faithful High Priest grant us much mercy and even more enabling grace –His Unworthy Slave

#2  Posted by Rick White  |  Monday, April 19, 2010at 1:13 AM

How can we use the "evolving" cultural attitudes on sexuality as a conversation-starter for evangelism?

We start asking people questions.Such as,if evolution is true and there are no biblical standards,why should I not commit adultery,or not steal,or not lie,or not kill? If it's just about survival and domination all those things are meaningless. Do any of us want to live in a society where those things don't matter? I don't think any rational human could not see how horrible life would be under those conditions. We have truly been blessed by a loving Creator that has given us true values and the Holy Spirit to act as a restraint on our evil hearts.

#3  Posted by Michial Brown  |  Monday, April 19, 2010at 1:31 PM

This topic is a great launch pad for the gospel. We can show how this worldview leaves us with complete despair. No meaning exists thus anything goes. We can then show how this is being lived out in our culture. Rather than things getting better things are getting worse. This can lead to sin and its progression in the last times. If they deny sin we can use evolution to show anything goes. We can say "Fine. What transcendent code says if I murder or rape its bad? " They will object. You can show them that is God's law in their conscience and springboard to sin and grace in Christ.

#4  Posted by Elaine Bittencourt  |  Thursday, April 22, 2010at 8:14 PM

I am enjoying the conversation. Thank you everyone for their input!

Grace and Peace,

E.