Standing for the Truth: What Your Church Can Do
- Saturday, June 12, 2004
Sixth, I recommend that every church distribute copies of Erwin Lutzer's brand-new book, The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage. We hope to put a copy of this book into the hands of every family in our congregation. It's biblical, wise, compassionate, honest, with a strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God.
Seventh, I don't think we need to worry about what "the other side" thinks of us or try to protect our reputation. The truth is, some people won't like what we say no matter how we say it. Our standard ought to be: We will be as bold about what we believe as the other side is about what they believe. In Oak Park the other side is not bashful at all. They are "out there" in every sense of the word. We should be at least as bold as they are. If we can speak the truth in love, we can rest well, knowing that the Lord will take care of our reputation.
Eighth, let's remember that only the gospel can change the human heart. That means we should preach the gospel and then pray for God to do what only God can do. The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord (Proverbs 21:1). Those who are thoroughly broken by sexual sin can be reclaimed, redeemed, and restored by Jesus Christ. And even those who today seem thoroughly opposed to the truth may yet have their eyes opened by God.
Here's one more word from Kevin McCullough:
God did not call his remnant for this hour to lead us to total destruction. Those who have the heart and the courage can today commit their marriages to God. Men can give up pornography. Men can love their wives. Women can commit to supporting and serving their families - and through their Godliness - teach their children discipleship. Men and Women can communicate with one another and together pledge themselves a new to be agents of holiness and love to a world that is crying out for it.
Amen and Amen! We must not lose heart. These are amazing days in which we live. Our part is to be faithful. The rest is up to the Lord.
Dr. Ray Pritchard, Senior Pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL, has ministered extensively overseas and is a frequent conference speaker and guest on Christian radio and television talk shows. He has written 23 books, including An Anchor for the Soul, Man of Honor, What a Christian Believes, The ABCs of Wisdom, Keep Believing, and The God You Can Trust. Ray and Marlene, his wife of 29 years, have three sons—Josh, Mark and Nick. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
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