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THE GIFT OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
COPING WITH BURNING SEXUAL DESIRES
Why are we sexually accountable to God?
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE MARRIAGE
THE MALE FEMALE SEX DRIVE
THE GREAT PORN PANDEMIC IS UPON US
THE IMPACT OF PORN ON MARRIAGES
SAME SEX MARRIAGE
LGBT A STUNNING SUCCESS STORY ..OR IS IT??
THE TIME OF GREAT PERSECUTION
DELAYING MARRIAGE, THE TRUE COST FOR MANY WOMEN
The my baby's daddy syndrome
VIOLENT FAITH
COPING WITH SICKNESS/SUFFERING VIA OUR FAITH
SICKNESS AS IT RELATES TO OUR FAITH
A BALANCED EXPECTATION OF GOD
THE IMPACT OF PAIN AND SUFFERING ON FAITH
HOW TO OBTAIN TRUE CONTENTMENT PART #1
DIVORCE REMARRIAGE AND BEYOUND
BY BIRTH OR BY CHOICE?  A TRUE STORY OF DELIVERANCE
When God gives up part one
When God Gives Up part two
GIVING RISE TO THE BEST
OVERCOMING-LOVE, SEX, AND ROMANCE ADDICTION
YOUNG AND COPING, in the days of youth
THE KINGDOM
Divorce Remarriage And Beyond Part 2
THE #1 PROBLEM NO FEAR OF GOD
BEING A SOUL SURVIVOR #2
PART #2 THE MIND A JOURNEY MY STORY
REMEMBER GOD IN THE DAZE OF YOUTH
LOVING GOD FIRST, LOVING OTHERS,  GETTING A RIGHT BALANCE
BY BIRTH OR BY CHOICE?
THE SALVATION CONSPIRACY
THE MIND A JOURNEY TO SELF UNDERSTANDING
THE MIND A JOURNEY TO SELF UNDERSTANDING
HOW TO OBTAIN TRUE CONTENTMENT #2
THE GREAT REBELLION

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 It is in the first chapter of Romans, that Paul speaks of God giving up on reaching out to certain individuals, and giving them oer to themselves.  Not only this but Paul but Paul also explains the process by which this "giving up" process  develops. In this chapter Paul taught that when a person  continually hardens their heart to the call/voice of God, there comes a time when God will give up on calling that, and give them over to themselves. 

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Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;    Rom 1:21-31.

Some take offense at the teachings of Paul, as outlined in Romans one.  The reason being they have misled by themselves or someone else into believing that God never gives up on a person, till their last breath.  

 

Others people will take offense because they have been taught,  that once you get saved, you are always saved.  They believe that even if they turn away from God, (after salvation) and continually live in sin, God never gives up  trying to get them to come back. 

 

Then there are those of this generation who will take offense, because even though they know they have a call on their lives, yet  they continually procrastinate, answering God’s call.  They arrogantly assume that God will always be there,  at their beck and call, begging and pleading with them to come to Him.  


Others today who know that God is calling and inviting them to come to Him, think they have plenty of time to come.  Some of these individuals are hearing the call for the first time.  Others have heard the call of God for a long time, and some, who answered the call, had since backslide, (yet God lovingly  calls out to them to come back).  

When we use the term “when God gives up”  we are not implying in any way that God gives up on being who he is.  God has been, is, and always will be God almighty.  The Bible declares of God 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” Psalm 90:2.  God does not give up on being who he is, but he will allow us to remain who we are, if we continually ignore his voice.
 

The Bible does warn us,  by both word and example, that there comes a time when God will give up on trying to call, convict, correct and change those in our society, who continually ignore his voice. We often hear the theme in our songs, “God is just one prayer away”.  Yet God himself (the prayer answerer) shows us by example in his word, that there comes a time when a people can become so wicked, that he will reject all prayers made on their behalf.  

Compare what he said in the book of Jeremiah,  
“Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee”.  Jer 7:2-16.  How could a people become so wicked in he sight of God, that he tells the prophet to not pray for them, and if he does pray for them, He (God) would not hear? 
 

As we shall see, The Bible gives us examples of how a people, can so insult the grace of God and the call of God, that he eventually ceases in his attempt to change them. There does come a time, when after God has, called and called, and called , and we continually ignore him, he stops trying to call, convict and correct us.  It is my hope and prayer that you and I are spared this fate.

 

There is no denying the fact that God loves us,  (His work on the cross prove this).   God is love.  It is equally true that this same God of love is also a God of wrath and judgment, (the floods of Noah’s day proves this). In this book we will strive to understand why God gives up on trying to change certain people leaves them to their own carnal ways. We will do so, in hopes of examining ourselves, least we in our stubbornness and arrogance, become part of this group.
 

The apostle Paul gives a word of warning to the believers,  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2nd Cor 13:5. In this book we are looking at the signs God’s word tells us accompanies, the attitude and lifestyle of those whom God simply leaves alone and gives them over to the deadly choices they have embraced and refuse to let go of. We are aware that a person can ignore God for a long period of  time, yet God in his love and longsuffering still will reach out to them. 
 

But it is a dangerous attitude to have, if we think God will always be there trying to change us till the day we die.  Unfortunately, many whom God have been calling for a long time, think this way.  Therefore, they intend to live a life a sin, all the way up to the moment they are about to draw their last breath, then they plan to call on God, thinking that he is obligated to answer them.  To all who think like this, we say beware. 


 

WHEN GOD GIVES UP, THE EXAMPLES OF THE DAYS OF NOAH AND THE DAYS OF LOT-   In Romans one, where Paul spoke of the prevailing conditions that exist when God gives us,  he directs our attention, back to the days of Noah and Lot.  In the book of Genesis that we find these two notable examples of God giving up on a people. 

In both cases it was not merely the gross over the top sinfulness, they were committing which led to their doom:  But it was the arrogance and pride in which they sinned before God, which was a major contributing factor,   

 

Before the Flood the Lord made the following statement concerning the people on the earth. My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. Gen 6:3.   Just before the two angels of God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah they sounded this warning to Lot,  13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.”  Gen 19:13.

There are several key things that Paul expounds on in Romans 1:1-32.  Paul tells us the key reasons why God gave up on the people of Noah's and Lot's day.   Paul  also tells us the tragic result which developed as a result of this giving up process.  Compare below.

"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.   1.  They pushed God out of their minds). 

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  (2. They worshiped themselves more than God) 

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.   (3. They indulged themselves in all manner of sexual perversion) 

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,  (4.  They arrogantly assumed that they were smarter than God).  God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  (5. They continually chose to live a lifestyle of wickedness, deciet and violence) 

30 Backbiters, haters of God,   (6.  They hated God and His guidelines, not wanting to have anything to do with either).  despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:"  Rom 1:21-31.

Many of todays generation are so much into the moment of now, that they give little if any attention to eternity.   The "feel good now" mindset has so dominated todays cultural mindset to the point that for many their pleasure has become their tressure.    This has left no room for God in the lives of many.   Such was the case during Noah's and Lot's day.  
 

"And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:  27 "They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 "but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.  30 "Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.  
 

According to Christ, the same lines of trespass that they continually crossed with little if regards to their conscience,  will once again become  the normal mode of conduct. 
 

 We could have just have easily have named this chapter,   "WHEN MAN GIVES UP ON GOD", because in reality this is exactly what many have done.   Just when we need God most,  our rejection of Him, is pushing us further away from Him.  The Bible makes note of how God called to his people, even to the point of repeatedly sending messengers to them, but they rejected effort on the part of God to draw them back to Him.  Therefore; God said there was no remedy for his people. 

We need to beware least the same fate befalls us. "And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:  But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy", 2ND Chrn 36:15-16.    

According to Christ, the same lines of trespass that they continually crossed with little if regards to their conscience,  will once again become  the normal mode of conduct. Dr. Ray Pritchard tells us in both cases of destruction the day it took place was BUSINESS AS USUAL.

“They were eating and drinking (nothing wrong with that), marrying and giving in marriage (nothing wrong with that). They were buying and selling and continuing in all the usual activities of human life. Children went to school each day, businessmen made deals, teachers taught, doctors dispensed healing, farmers tended their crops.

They evidently paid no attention to “crazy Noah” and the big boat he was building in his backyard. Maybe he was regarded as a local whacko whose oddities were tolerated and made the butt of cocktail-hour humor.

As he warned them of impending judgment, they paid him no mind whatsoever. But at last the day came when Noah entered the Ark. “The rains came down and the flood came up.” I’m sure in that day the people started beating on the door but it was too late. One translation of verse 39 says “they did not know.” What a damning indictment. It was an age of enlightenment. But they did not know.

It was an age of great progress. But they did not know. It was an age of music, fine arts and literature. But they did not know.  It was an age of military might. But they did not know. It was an age when mighty men roamed the earth. But they did not know.

 

They knew so much but understood so little. They knew more and more about less and less until they knew everything about nothing and nothing about what really mattered. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. They had no time for God until it was too late.

 

Paul tells us that God will only go so far in His efforts to lovingly invite us to come to Him.  Paul warns that  if we continually ignore God,  that God will eventually give up and give us over to ourselves.  Paul explains that the more God gives up and gives us over to ourselves, the more prevalent sinful lifestyles of every persuasion become. Paul explains that the prevalence of the LGBT  lifestyle, is but one of the symptoms that this process has been fully activated.


There does come a time, when after God has, called and called, and called , and we continually ignore him, he stops trying to call, convict and correct us. 

This should cause each of us to stop and think.  (Compare God's message to those who continually ignore Him, below)

 

24 But since you refuse to listen when I call  and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;  I will mock when calamity overtakes you  27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,  when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge   and did not choose to fear the Lord. 30 Since they would not accept my advice  and spurned my rebuke,31 they will eat the fruit of their ways  Proverbs 1:24-30 (NIV). 

There  have been many theologians who taught that the reason why God gave up on Sodom and Gomorrah, and sent destruction,  was because of rampart homosexuality. 

 There are others today (especially LGBT activist) who say this was not the case. They say that is the inhospitality of the people of  these two cities which caused their destruction.  A close examination of scripture clearly shows that sexual promiscuity of every variety (including homosexuality) was a contributing factor to the fiery destruction of these two cities.  

 

As Jude explains, sexual misconduct was a major contributing factor to tb downfall of Sodom and Gomorrah.   Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.  Jude 1:7. 

 While its true that homosexuality was prevalent in these two cities,  there were many in Sodom and Gomorrah who were not participating in the gay lifestyle.  This facts brings up this obvious question, Why did God destroy the entire population of these two cities, which included man who were not into homosexuality??  

The widespread acceptance of the LGBT lifestyle,  is not the main problem, but it is a sign that we now have a gravely serous problem. The seemingly overnight acceptance of the LGBT lifestyle, and the subsequent backing of many of the nations of the world,  should cause alarm.   The reason being, as Paul explains in Romans one,  it is indicative that our society as a whole (in the sight of God), has reached the tragic point of no return.    

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr  comments about the new sexual landscape,  “The spectacular success of the LGBT movement stands as one of the most fascinating phenomena of our time. In less than two decades, homosexuality has moved from “the love that dares not speak its name,” to the center of America’s public life. The LGBT agenda has advanced even more quickly than its most ardent proponents had expected.

 We are now witnesses to a revolution that is sweeping away a sexual morality and a definition of marriage that has existed for thousands of years. The revolution that is centered on transforming sexual morality and redefining marriage has succeeded faster than its most eager advocates had even imagined, as they themselves now admit. But this revolution could not have achieved such a velocity if the ground had not been cleared by developments that came long before same-sex marriage.”

 Every Christian church – and every Christian – will face huge decisions in the wake of this moral storm. When marriage is redefined, an entire universe of laws, customs, rules, and expectations changes as well. Words such as husband and wifemother and father, once the common vocabulary of every society in its own language, are now battlegrounds of moral conflict. Just consider how children’s picture books have to change in the wake of this revolution. As those who demand this revolution make clear, there will be no model of a normative family structure left in its wake. 

In Romans the first chapter Paul explains what leads up to this giving up and giving over process. In this chapter Paul taught that when a person (not just a gay person but any person), continually hardens their heart to the voice of God, there comes a time when God will give up on calling that, and give them over to themselves. Most would agree that it was the sinfulness of the people of Noah's day and of Lot's day  that led to their destruction.  While it's true that they sinned grievously in the sight of God, James tells us that sin can only exist where there is knowledge of right and wrong.  To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17. 

 There is no denying the fact that the people of Noah’s and Lot’s day, had very limited knowledge, in regards to the things that pertain to godliness. Especially when we consider the  following facts.  Fact #1. they did not have a church that they could attend.  Fact #2.  They did not have a Bible in which they could read God’s guidelines.  And Fact #3.  They did not have the Ten Commandments, or any aspects of the written law, (this was long before the time of Moses).    So how could God judge them??  In other words how can they be ticketed get  for speeding if there were no speed limit signs posted. Some would argue that they were ignorant by way of ignorance.

There is no denying the fact that the people of Noah’s and Lot’s day, had very limited knowledge, in regards to the things that pertain to godliness. Especially when we consider the  following facts.  Fact #1. they did not have a church that they could attend.  Fact #2.  They did not have a Bible in which they could read God’s guidelines.  And Fact #3.  They did not have the Ten Commandments, or any aspects of the written law, (this was long before the time of Moses).    So how could God judge them??  In other words how can they be ticketed get  for speeding if there were no speed limit signs posted. Some would argue that they were ignorant by way of ignorance. 

From the very beginning of  the founding of our nation and the founding of other nations,  around the world, there have been certain basic guidelines that most people adhered to.  Although these guidelines were a reflection of certain basic Judeo Christian Guidelines, many who accepted and respected these guidelines were not necessarily Christians.   These guidelines were established long before God  engraved the Ten Commandments on the two tablets at Mt Sinai.

 

In fact they were established long before there was a Bible to read, or even a church of any denomination to attend.  These have been some of the most important guidelines for the nations of the world to observe.  It has been the observance of these basic guidelines that have aided many nations of the world, in their efforts to maintain a orderly society.   

1. CREATION, Adam and Eve knew that God was their creator.  They knew to respect Him as such.  

2. THE MALE—FEMALE ASSIGNED ROLES,  They understood that God had assigned them different roles in which to function, which were to compliment each other.                                            

3. MARRIAGE  IS HONORABLE,   The first thing God did was to joined them together in matrimony.  Therefore they understood that marriage was honorable.  

4. MAINTAINACE OF THE FAMILY, They understood that they were to be fruitful and multiply, and function under the auspices of a family unity.           

 5. MAN’S  LEADERSHIP   ROLE,  By virtue of God creating the man first, and appointed him as head,  they understood that the man was to take the leadership role, in being the protector and provider.                               

 6.  NO VIOLENCE AND ABUSE  They knew that  violence and abuse against the innocent was  forbidden. 

The LGBT issue is not a stand alone issue.   There is not another set of lifestyle choices that affects so much of our society as does the LGBT issue.   The LGBT lifestyle challenges every aspect of what has been for thousands of years view as the norm in areas such as the distinctive male and female roles and identities.  The traditional concept of what constitutes a viable marriage.   Societies views of what constitutes a family.  Even the matter of who should be allowed to go into which restroom is now being challenged. These are but a few of the many issues   The very essence of normalcy itself is now being challenged. 

 At the heart of the LGBT rights movement is a push to achieve several key objectives.  #1. To allow certain individuals free reign to sexually act any way they so desire. #2. To rearrange the very fabric of our societal structure, in such a way, as to accommodate this lifestyle.  #3. To eradicate any and all so called “moral guidelines” which would hinder Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, by those who are LGBT#4.  To silence all who disagree with this lifestyle, by any means necessary, which includes prosecution, and persecution.

 We are  now facing a sexual landscape with the backing of our government, the likes of which the world has not seen.  The LGBT movement is pushing for the legitimation of sexuality on a unprecedented scale.   What most people don't give much thought to, is the fact that our divine creator is closely monitoring these develops.  Not only this but he it taking note of how each of us are responding to these stunning developments.  

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