Our Mission, Our Response

I am posting the manuscript of my sermon from yesterday, July 5th, in the Preacherman’s Blog this week. It is not the exact wording of my message. To hear the audio of the message, go to www.southsidebaptist.net , click on Sermons at the top of the page or go to the link in the middle of the page to see the video.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” King Solomon gave us that bit of wisdom in Proverbs 29:18. If you remember from the last several weeks, we dug deeply into that verse and came away with exactly what the King was saying to us: “Where there is no understanding of God’s divine revelation, the people go unrestrained.” Do you see this book that I am holding this morning. It is called the Holy Bible, and it remains the number one best-seller of all time. Almost everyone in this room, no doubt, has multiple copies. But do you want to know what this really is? It is God’s divine revelation to man. Paul tells us in Hebrews that God has spoken in various ways to His people in the past, but in that day, He had chosen to speak through His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave His life on Calvary’s Cross for our sin, revealing to us the great love of God for mankind – all of mankind. And today, He is still speaking through His Son, but the primary way that God is revealing His will to us is through this precious book. Our problem is not that we don’t have access to God’s divine revelation. Our problem is that we have tossed it on the shelf. Our problem is that we have torn out the pages that we don’t want to accept. Our problem is that we have rejected God’s divine revelation. Listen to me as I say this. I do not believe that a person can be a true Christian if he doesn’t believe every word in this book.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” In other words, when we don’t grasp in our minds and in our hearts the plan that God has for us as individuals, families, churches, and nations, we do whatever it is that we want to do regardless of what God’s desire for our lives might be. Sound familiar? Sadly, the latest research is telling the story. Fewer people attend church. More people are identifying themselves as atheists and agnostics. Even our Southern Baptist Convention finds itself with more churches but fewer members who are baptizing fewer new believers. As people continues to refuse to listen to God’s Word, the nation goes unrestrained. They tell me today 60% of Americans approve of same-sex marriage. That number has almost doubled since the year 2000.

No doubt you have read all of the articles and have probably been overwhelmed by all the news reports about the Supreme Court’s decision. I’m not going to spend any time talking about their judicial activism, nor will I comment on the lack of constitutional support for their decision. I’m not going to spend time talking about what the Bible says about homosexuality except to say that without hesitation and without qualification, the Bible says that homosexuality is sin, and just because the courts have made it legal that does not make it righteous. In fact, the Bible says, “Woe to them who call evil, good, and good, evil.”

What I will say today is that I believe that this one decision could be the final step on the United States’ path to judgment. You have heard me say over and over again that the USA is not mentioned in end-times Bible prophecy. This very well could be the reason. Not only do I believe that the Rapture of the church is imminent, but also I believe that our judgment at the hands of God is imminent as well. Over the next several weeks, God has laid on my heart the need to focus on the last days and what we as Christians need to do to be ready. And today, I want to do two things: I want to conclude my series of messages on the mission and vision of Southside Baptist Church, and I want to tell you how I believe that we should respond to the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. Hear me when I say this. They are one and the same. Our mission and our response. Nothing really changed when the Supreme Court decision was announced. God was not surprised by the verdict. He did not wring His hands and say, “Oh, no. Now I have to come up with plan B.” And church, neither should we.

(To be continued)

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