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The "DOWN - LOW" Going On Within The CHURCH ~ PART II ~
The “DOWN-LOW” Going On within The Church
The Down-Low is taking same sexual relationships to a lower low! It is also an incubator for AIDS! I realize that many do not want to go here! Pastors, assistant pastors, evangelists, apostles, ministers, choir directors, priests, bishops, deacons, members, mothers, fathers, visitors and friends this should not be! What type of message is this sending to future generations? We must begin to speak the Truth of God’s Word way too many are being ensnared into a degrading web of sexual debauchery!
Did you know that sexual indiscretions hinder your spiritual gifts…? The world is watching and the children of God are putting on a good show… This should not be! Better yet God is aware! God holds us accountable for our actions!
Think for a moment? How many of Jesus disciples that walked with Him actually had sexual problems? How many were homosexuals, lesbians or bisexuals? How many had affairs? Peter is often referred to for his abruptness and walking on the water... But never for his inappropriate sexual behavior, the disciples were accountable to Jesus for their behavior! Notice how He sent them out in two’s… Having a partner of accountability is very important! The point here is the constant presence of Jesus in their lives made a difference! “He is able to KEEP you from falling!”
Jesus came to point us to the Father; after He ascended to heaven He left us His Holy Spirit! He realized that we needed a Comforter! To lead us to all Truth!
The enemy has cleverly manipulated a growing number of sexual problems into the lives of believers! The world at large is becoming more and more like “Sodom and Gomorrah! Sodom had a reputation for immorality! The Lord destroyed Sodom because it had become a degenerated cesspool of immorality! They practiced bestiality, sex with children and adolescents, incest, fornication, adultery, heterosexual rape and homosexuality! See the story in Genesis 19. Don’t just give intellectual assent to the Word of God! Its TRUE believe it! These are not fables they are true life stories to help us live better God centered lives!
Many ways of the world has made its way into God’s Church from the pew to the pulpit. The consequences are becoming more and more evident! “God is not a respecter of persons.” He holds us accountable for our actions! Hardly a week passes that the Church is in the news for some type of sexual indiscretions? Grace is not a license to sin! Does not God set the standard for His Church? Do you believe His Word?
Jesus came so we could have a better life! When you accept Him into your heart it is for a purpose! On the profession of your Faith it means that you want to live life His way! Or does it? For many it appears they want membership in a somewhat Christian social club? You do want Him to become your personal Savior? He wants the Fruit of His Spirit to emanate from our lives as we grow spiritually! Self-control is a part of His Fruit! It is so important to know the Word of God for yourself! Every Word is True!
Don’t allow the enemy to seduce you away from your God given purpose! God has a plan for your life that only you can fill. He can make you a new creation! He will not lead us to do anything that goes contrary to His Word!
The Word points out sin! What is so interesting one of the first things that you may hear is “this is being judgmental” whenever you talk about sexual indiscretions? I find this quite interesting! How is it someone can come to you and talk to you about anything? The moment you won’t agree with them; you are being judgmental? They really want you to make them feel comfortable in a dangerous situation… God’s Word is clear about sex! As a matter of fact it is clear about a lot of things! There is a whole entire Book called Judges in the Bible. It covers approximately (325) three hundred and twenty-five years that records oppression and deliverance that took place in the lives of the children of Israel! The Bible is all true! These are real people like you and I! God wants us to develop healthy boundaries in all areas of our lives!
In order to help the children of Israel God appointed (13) thirteen judges, (12) twelve men and (1) one woman to deliver the children of Israel from their oppressors. Rather than remove them from the land they intermingled with them… Judges is in the Old Testament and is about sin and consequences! Joshua is the leader that took over after Moses! Joshua is the book right before Judges! It ends with the children of God taking a stand.
Why does one usually cry you are being judgmental? Is it because they do not want to deal with the fact of what is happening? Is it they want to make it seem like you want to hurt them for whatever reason? At some point we must begin to take God at His Word! God has said if you do this? Something is going to happen! Do you know that in one day 25,000 dropped dead due to immorality! Think about it? Unless you stand up all day; you make a judgment everyday you sit in a chair that it will hold you up!
Take the Book of Judges! What is so interesting, God told them not to intermingle and marry or take on the practices of the pagans (non believers). They were to drive the enemy out of the land. Instead they married their women and took on their customs and everyone began “doing what was right in their own eyes!” They too set aside God’s Word! When God’s way for life and living is overlooked sin begins to take the helm. This is why we must look to His Word! God has determined already what is right and wrong! Jesus Himself was crucified because He told the religious leaders they were wrong so they devised a plan to discredit Him, undermine His authority and entrap Him along with the officials! They used false witnesses to do so… Does this sound familiar?
The “DOWN-LOW” is not a hypothetical situation. It is a known fact! This is about confronting a growing problem that is continuing to permeate the Church. It has been said that the “Down-Low” is a growing problem for the Black Church? The Truth be told there is no Black Church in reality! Nor Hispanic, Latino, Asian, English, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Chinese, African, European, White, Red, Brown or Yellow… There is only one true Church and it is made up of all colors and cultures from all over the world. Division is just another ploy of the devil to keep God’s children divided. Unbridled sex to keep them shackled to sin!
Sex outside of marriage is rampart throughout God’s Church! The Catholics are all over the news due to many priests molesting the children... The United Methodist and Episcopalians say its okay to be homosexual and be a minister… Pornography is rampart within the Church on all levels! Well known preachers, evangelists and ministers are having affairs, divorcing and remarrying all in the same breath… All one has to do is pay their tithes or dues to be excused? This is then said to be practicing “unconditional love!” Something is wrong with this picture? We as believers must begin to address these growing sexual problems as they arise! We must begin to consult the Lord and His Word for His direction. It is supposed to be our “Life Manual!” Jesus Christ is coming back for His Church!
Adultery, homosexuality, fornication, the Down-Low any sex outside of marriage regardless of who does it, is not God’s way! Why is it that the Church often uses the ways and resources of the world to deal with their problems? Is not God Omnipotent! We must move from the Word being letters on a page! God is able!
It is important to spend some time in the Word and see what God has to say for yourself! Don’t take my word or anyone else’s word. Read, meditate on His Word and really do some inner soul searching? The Proverbs has a wealth of wisdom. King Solomon who had (700) seven hundred wives (300) three hundred concubines has a lot to say about marriage and sex! The key to any behavior that is not pleasing to the Lord is repentance! Read Romans 1. It is never too late to change! If you really want to see the Church grow in every way it will have to be done God's Way! Turning to God’s Word for direction when you have lost your way is the direction His children are supposed to go! Then sincerely go before the Lord confess your sin and begin the process of repentance!
The “Down-Low” is only one of many sexual infidelities that God is not pleased with! Anytime you or I choose to operate outside of the spiritual boundaries that God has designed to protect us for whatever reason, we put our physical, emotional and spiritual life in jeopardy! Say Amen! Lights?
There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes behind the pulpit, worship, gospel concerts, conventions and musicals that is quite fleshy and carnal! A lot of times it is “business as usual.” This is not a game, a performance nor a scene out of a movie! This is a problem that is not just going to go away! If you are caught up in this; let this be a wake- up call! No wonder these children want to walk around with their pants down to their ankles… Please do not pass this down to the next generation! There is power in the blood of Jesus!
I must also say that there is a plethora of men and women of God who are dedicated and committed to living out His Will and His Way! They realize that “ministry goes beyond the walls!” They fully embrace what His Word stands for and seek to live each day to proclaim His Great Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified! They realize how important it is to stay on the straight and narrow! It is possible! God is able to Keep you! "The Gates of hell will not prevail against God's Church!"
His Word says the “TRUTH sets you FREE!” It really does!
There are also many multitudes of men and women who are truly committed to God’s standards for marriage and relationships and need to be commended for doing so! There is much spiritual warfare and conflict that persists between allowing the ways of the world to continue to permeate worship!
God is worthy! All of His Word must be proclaimed! My intent here is to bring attention to the “Down-Low!” As well as any type of sexual sin that is not pleasing to the Lord!
There is a lot that goes on during sex on a much deeper spiritual level than one fully comprehends. An exchange of bodily fluids is taking place. There is a bonding. Like epoxy! It is such a forceful thermosetting polymer that when the two cohesive components come together they are virtually impossible to separate. How interesting! It can take minutes … Sex is so powerful that a life can be formed! That is an everyday miracle! Look at God! I should say that is when it takes place between a man and a woman! Did you know that sexual sins scar the soul? God is able to make you a new creature! God's WORD is INCREDIBLE! One must sincerely repent and seek spiritual cleansing and deliverance through the power of His Holy Spirit!
This is why it is important to be careful to whom you join yourself together! You cannot undo what has been done, but you can go forward differently! When sex takes place outside of marriage the compulsive pull of sexual desire becomes such a strong animalistic magnetic pull that it often causes one to abandon God’s design for sex! Know this is a weakness!
What is so interesting God designed sex to be pleasurable! But the fact is; it is like fire outside of the fireplace when practiced outside of marriage! It does NOT have God's Blessing! It is dangerous and can burn your house down. It can also destroy your body; which is now supposed to be a Temple if you are a believer! The consequences for a few moments of pleasure can have life altering consequences!
Did you know that the medical profession has never proven that one, who is oriented to same sex relationships, does so because it is genetic or inborn! It is a learned modeled behavior… There is a deep persistent need for intimacy between the same sexes that has resulted in an aberrant sexual desire. I say this realizing that the medical profession has changed what once was considered and classified as an abnormal behavior; to now being an alternative lifestyle. God has not changed!
I believe that as with any sin God can and will deliver you if you are truly willing… God accepts you and loves you regardless of your background! There is nothing hidden to Him! God LOVES you because HE IS LOVE! As a believer I am Pro Marriage God’s Way! There is a difference between acceptance and approval!
The “Down –Low” lifestyle is still in the closet for many. But not to God! What makes it even more difficult and disheartening is when one ministers in the name of the Lord and practices this form of perverted sex! There is a seducing spirit in operation. It is so strong that it causes the man to leave the natural desire of the woman and vice versa there is a compulsive uncontrollable desire for the same sex.
There is a void in us that only God can fill! We must begin to live our lives as though it were before “An audience of ONE!” God sees everything! He is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent! I believe that deliverance is much needed here! Throughout history as a nation declines what is prevalent is a moving away from its foundational principles! A lackadaisical diminishing attitude toward sex becomes the norm as well. “Anything goes!” God’s basic principles for our lives have not changed!
The “Down -Low” is just that! It takes one down to such a low level that they compromise their value system in order to satisfy their incessant sexual desire for a same sex partner! This is why it is done in the dark! It is an out of control compulsive behavior! When you married you made a vow to your partner and the Lord! Or did you? The world has deceived you! The bar has been lowered the unacceptable has become acceptable. But not where God is concerned! Is God being judgmental?
You put your health as well as your wife’s health and well being in jeopardy!
From the beginning of time God made us for His Glory! His desire was that our lives are to be centered around Him! Jesus came in the flesh to restore us! No man, woman, prophet, prophetess or priest was able to totally conquer sin in the flesh! Therefore He allowed His only begotten Son to come down from heaven and adorn himself in a sinless flesh! He LOVES us just that much!
He allowed Jesus to be born of the virgin Mary! Live a sinless life, suffer, yet never sin! Jesus experienced a shameful death crucified on the cross, died and was buried! He then arose from the dead with ALL power! This is not a story it is life finest at its fullest! Jesus is “the Way the TRUTH and the LIFE. No one comes to the FATHER except through ME.” John 14.
Man again in this 21st century continues to do “what is right in his own eyes.” As it was from the very beginning of time. He sets aside what God has said and simply does as he pleases! We all have heard the term “Do your own thing!” One must faithfully spend time meditating on the Lord’s Word! Then implement and put into practice what it says! Lets’ take a glance way back for a moment in history to better understand why we are here! There is an ongoing pattern…
“When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, He called them “man.” Genesis 5. God created Adam and took a rib from his side and made Eve. Adam and Eve were designed for championship and to have fellowship with one another in a beautiful God centered relationship! She was designed to be his helpmeet! The Lord also created the perfect paradise with everything they possibly needed! But, Eve instead allowed satan to make her doubt God and she succumbed to temptation. She should have checked with God first after all He made her! It is at this point because of her disobedience she becomes spiritually separated from God…
Eve allowed herself to be deceived by Satan and Adam then followed, they were banned from their paradise; The Garden of Eden! Now the consequence of evil progressively became more and more apparent. Their first born son Cain kills his brother Abel because he is jealous. As the wickedness of man increased so did their disobedience. They moved further and further away from the very things that God told them not to do. The earth had now become totally corrupt!
“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – men and animals , and creatures that move along the ground, the birds of the air – for I am grieved that I have made them. But Noah found FAVOR in the eyes of God.” Genesis 6. Noah was a righteous man that obeyed the Lord.
One can only imagine some of things that have gone on under the sun? Nothing goes on that God who is Omniscient is not aware of! No wonder the flood! Noah was ridiculed for building “The Ark” no doubt. Although it had never rained he continued on building faithfully listening to God!
Sin was reigning and was rampart all around Noah! The earth was heavily populated! Man had begun to do “what was right in his own eyes...” The flood came, washed everything away so they could start anew. So here we are centuries later and man once again continues to do “what is right in their own eyes.” But is God pleased? This time it won’t be a flood! It is going to be fire!
The “Down- Low” goes totally against what God says in regards to His design for sexual relationships. “A man shall … be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2. It is just another form of homosexuality! Those who elect to participate are in staunch denial! Claiming that it is just sex and they are straight? I have seen the horrible consequences of this perversion. It literally destroys the confidence and moral fiber of the wife. Leaving her feeling dejected, rejected, a mere cast away with the lowest of low self esteem. What makes it even sadder it is rampart within God’s Church. It is a vicious form of depraved betrayal!
It is quite unfortunate that the enemy has cleverly cloaked himself, entrapped and snared many into this web of deception. Experience is not always the best teacher. It is important to know nothing gets by God!
Please know this is not about being judgmental! If you are here! PLEASE STOP! Get some HELP! God knows everything that has every happened in your life! GOD LOVES YOU! But not the sin. Sin separates us from God! This is why one feels judged when they walk in the flesh! There is no condemnation when you are walking after the Spirit! “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who love in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires…” Romans 8. If you are a believer please pray and fast for those who are caught up in any inappropriate sexual behaviors!
Please listen with you spiritual ears and eyes and see what God reveals to you! God is real and He really does know the intentions of our hearts! It is important that we allow the Word of God to govern our lives. Not in a rigid legalistic way! But in a way that the Fruit of His Spirit becomes apparent! I pray that you are enlightened and encouraged to Stand on the Lord’s WORD! God wants us to offer our lives up to Him and walk in obedience! Have you truly been washed in the blood of the lamb? It is important to know it is only through JESUS CHRIST we have the VICTORY!
The “DOWN-LOW” going on in the CHURCH concludes with the Word: “Do you know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither will the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God …...Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside the body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is the Temple of The Holy Spirit, who is in you whom you have recieved from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. THEREFORE HONOR GOD WITH YOUR BODY. ” I Corinthians 1.
“Our FATHER which art in Heaven , hallowed be Your Name, Your kingdom come, Your Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”