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The "Down - Low" Going On in The Church! ~ Part I ~
The “Down-Low” Going On within The Church
I must preface this by saying that the “Down-Low” is a rather controversial “taboo” subject! You may be offended by the contents before you; in general it is preferably for adults only? It may ruffle your feathers a bit? However, I do think that having an open conversation with your mature teens should be considered at your discretion… You might be quite surprised by their reactions? This helps to protect them from acquiring felonious information in regards to the “Down-Low” from an outside source as well as keeps the lines of communication open. They may know more than you think? If you are sensitive to the topic of sex; read no further!
What is the “Down-Low”? The “Down-Low” is a discreet sexual encounter between a straight married man as well as unmarried men who have sexual relationships with other men. They often have sex with their friends and other men without telling their spouse or partner! This happens within many races and cultures on every social economic level! Often random one night stands… Many who are professed Christians! The fact that it is kept secret should tell you something! It is actually another form of homosexuality.
In this 21st century it becomes increasingly clear to me why God designed marriage in the way in which He did. One Man and one Woman! He has not changed His design! I understand that the Supreme Court of the United States voted against the WORD of GOD concerning marriage. God our Heavenly Father created us and knows what is best for us. His design for sex within marriage was to give us healthy sexual boundaries! This keeps us free from unwarranted emotional pain, STD’S, Herpes, HIV and AIDS and so much more!
The "Down-Low" is a homosexual act... According to the Word of God homosexuality goes against nature. It is considered an indecent act! This is still in your Bible if you have not torn it out! What is interesting that we have many people who believe they should have rights because of their sexual preferences. God does not sanction same sex relationships! You can elect to have sexual relationships with whomever you choose. But it is very important to know that the only sex that GOD sanctions is between one man and one woman who are married!
“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchange the TRUTH of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator- who is forever praised. AMEN! Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged the natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” Romans 1.
I believe all of God’s Word! Do as you please but nowhere in the Word does God condone any form of homosexuality, adultery, fornication, sexual abuse or any other sex outside of marriage! Deliverance yes! God is able! The woman that was caught in adultery, Jesus told her “To go and sin no more!” I realize that these may be chosen lifestyles for many? You can choose as you please… But it does not make it right in the eyes of God regardless of who says so! It does not have God’s blessing! The Word of God is supposed to be our "Life Manual" We; meaning believers are supposed to be "in the world but not of the world.” John 17. World; meaning cosmos the devil is the ruler of the cosmos. We are physically present in this world, but we are children of the kingdom of God! We are sanctified by believing and implementing the Truth of God’s Word in our lives! “Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven...”
The enemy seeks to have you/us step outside of the Word of God! The Word of God points us in God’s direction. It is a Lamp unto our feet & a Light unto our path. It shines the Light on darkness and can point us back to the right path as well! This is why we need Jesus as Savior and Lord to save us from the power and clutches of sin. Sin separates us from God!
I have counseled with some who have been ensnared into lifestyles of alternative sexual relationships. I have seen the turbulent aftermath of what it does to the soul, the person, spouse and family… In many cases it creates an ongoing cycle of distrust, rejection, selfishness and secretiveness that causes much ambivalence, despair, paranoia, insecurity, resentment and anxiety for those involved.
When the man on the “Down-Low” is in ministry this can be devastating. This causes much conflict within the family as far as their belief system. For example; it is not uncommon that the woman may seek the comfort of another woman. This in turn leads to a confusing physical relationship that further complicates her life as well. This is the ultimate rejection so her self esteem is at stake. She begins to question her own sexuality? To assuage her guilt she now turns to drugs and or promiscuity!
The various family members begin to act out rebelliously and justify turning to worldly living… In some cases becoming a lesbian, a homosexual or bi sexual… The children become further confused as to what is right? They begin to experiment and then become promiscuous as they reach puberty, get involved in drugs and also rebel against the parent or parents… Which begins to perpetuate another vicious cycle of dysfunction? Now the world has entered their home and the enemy has covertly shifted the entire focus of the family from God’s principles…
Sexual misconduct should not be embraced or excused especially when you are called to minister. To be a Minister means that we commit to preaching, teaching, proclaiming and living out the principles of God within our own lives and encourage others to do so as well. We are supposed to present the TRUTH of GOD'S WORD regardless of what the world, the masses or anyone else says is okay! We are not to compromise the Word of God in order to make others comfortable. Jesus overcame sin in the flesh for us ALL! Whenever you are experiencing extensive inner turmoil or conflict one must or should seek wise spiritual godly counsel and seek to resolve the issue or conflict that hinders you from confronting whatever the problem at hand might be that is keeping you from reconciling yourself to the Lord.
For an example Iyanla Vanzant on her show "Fix my life" has presented an episode that depicts two different Ministers who have been involved in multiple secret homosexual affairs. They both preside over congregations. The emotional turmoil and stress they are experiencing is candidly showcased. The consequences of this behavior choice has greatly impacted the marital life of one and for both ministers their family life as well as the congregations that they pastor. The inner pain that they are experiencing due to the shame and secret deception is quite evident. One can not have inner peace apart from God. God is compassionate caring and loving, but He does not ever condone or sanction any behavior that is contrary to His Word. Here lies the conflict. By what spirit are you ministering to God's people or non believers when you are practicing sin? The call to ministry is not to adjust GOD'S WORD to make anyone feel comfortable in sin. Sin is what separates us from God.
We are having so much conflict within "God's Church" because we all to often continue to allow others to feel safe in sin! Sin is comforted and you are labeled judgmental when you bring it to their attention. Here lies even more conflict! Tolerance and acceptance is being promoted as LOVE! "GOD IS LOVE!!!" The BIBLE is HIS living WORD! Please Please, spend some time in HIS WORD! Within it one can discover HIS principles for life and living! The world tells you that you can do however it is you feel. God Loves us ALL but HE does not sanction, support or lead us to do ANYTHING that ever goes against HIS WORD! This is why we ALL need JESUS CHRIST as SAVIOR & LORD! Allow HIM HIS place in your life daily to speak to your heart and deliver you from the flesh! "GOD IS MORE THAN ABLE!" We must diligently seek HIS "WILL and HIS WAY" above ALL else to get back on track! If you are here please STOP!!!
It really boils down to spiritual warfare!!!
The Word of God is powerful and was given to help us navigate through this maze of life! Darkness is all about us. Were it not for the Light the Lord has provided we would all live in darkness. We must proclaim the Truth of His Word and encourage others to draw closer to the Lord in these last days. I know what it is like to be censored, discredited, misunderstood and oppressed for believing and proclaiming the Truth of God’s Word. Yet, we must STAND on the Word of God! HALLLELLLUJAH ANYHOW! “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These men will divide you who follow mere instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, build yourself up in the most Holy Faith and PRAY in the Spirit.” Jude 1.
When you see someone drowning do you try to help them? The point is we are called believers for a reason. The world and its ways of manipulation have worked itself into God’s Church. I am not talking about the building! I mean the lives of many baptized believers! REMEMBER! The world says “do whatever you feel is right” The Word of God says “REPENT” Which means to make a change and turn to God; not to repeat and let it become your lifestyle? We are not to jump into the quicksand of life! “Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch them out from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear – hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” Jude 1.
It is important not to compromise the Word of God even if it means being rejected, mistreated and or misunderstood! It is much more important what God knows rather than what others think? Don’t give in to false doctrine that goes against what God says! We are supposed to influence the world not let it influence us! Spend time meditating on His Word; “Be still and know!”
If you are in ministry you are operating under a "seducing spirit" and know that the LORD is not pleased! Know this, sexual sin harms the body, mind and soul! There is a reason why you feel conflict and shame. When you think about it; is it really worth it? You must fast and pray and ask for deliverance! God can heal you!
It is so important that we personally know God’s Word! We must develop and ongoing, growing intimate relationship with the Lord! This is about learning how to honor God with your bodies. In the Old Testament sacrifices were offered to God for the sins of the people! Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world. Now we are to offer our body as a sacrifice to the Lord! As we do this our lives are transformed and our minds can be renewed daily by the Word of God! Do you believe God knows what is best for us?
“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God –this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer by the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12.
One must seek to rise above any behavior that is not pleasing to the Lord! This closeted homosexuality, adulterous, bisexuality is dangerous! Any sex outside of marriage between and man and a woman is outside of the will of the LORD! The “Down-Low” is one of those patterns of the world, and it is inappropriate! If you are sleeping with someone else's spouse you are "out of order" as well!
I realize that the Church is divided on the subject of sex. No one wants to talk about sex really, or address the growing issues? Do we continue to just bury our heads in the sand like an ostrich? Many go to worship, sing, pray, dance, shout, fellowship and then go right back in many instances to a lifestyle that is contrary to what God says is acceptable! Worship really becomes a temporary distraction or just another social activity to attend? Think for a moment; what if Jesus were to return tomorrow or today? Or in the midst of worship? God is aware of the Truth… True worshipers must “Worship HIM in Spirit and in TRUTH.”
The idea of worship is to honor the Lord is it not? Are we not to learn to worship Him with our lives daily?
Should we as believers not be concerned? Concerned does not mean you make someone feel comfortable in sin! It means that you care enough that you want to do something about it to help them… Many do not realize that they are looking for love in all the wrong places. The enemy just uses sex to win a stronghold over your life! He always perverts what God made for Good!
If you know that your spouse is indulging in a sexual relationship outside of marriage! I suggest stepping back. If you suspect this is so, be careful how you confront your spouse! Set aside some time when you both can talk. It is important that you get yourself tested? Prepare yourself. Keep in mind he may not be ready to confront his behavior. He may be offended if he is a leader in the Church… This makes it just that much more important! Talk about your relationship and how you feel. Allow him to talk about how he is feeling. Ask him about his current sexual relationship with you before you approach his suspected infidelities if you are not sure?
When you find out this is so? Know you cannot change him; he has to want to change. Many women marry men thinking that they are going to change them? It won’t happen! Only God can do this! "HE IS ABLE!" You can and should model godly behavior. You can intercede and pray fervently! This is his problem and you are not the cause. It is important that he seeks help and you both get godly counsel as to how you go forward?
See PART II
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