Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Friday, November 30, 2007

"Were" and "Wicked"

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 our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)

Whoever these people were, they are no longer what they were. They must have been dirty because they were washed. They must have been unholy because now they are holy. They must have been unjust because now they have been justified.

Now I will let the scripture tell you who and what they were.

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither 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. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10)

Paul, during the two years in Corinth, had led these people to the Father through Jesus Christ. He knew who and what they were before they entered the small gate and the narrow way. They were wicked, in general, and, specifically, some were male prostitutes and the rest of the list.

We all know of drunks and thieves and adulterers who have been forgiven and who are now clean and are no longer living the way they used to live.

However, there is teaching today that this is not true of the homosexuals. “They are not wicked in their practice, so they do not need to be made clean. They are that way by birth, so they cannot change.”

However, Paul says, “And that is what some of you were.” He knew them before and after. If they practice homosexual acts, they are as wicked as a greedy person or any other kind of immoral person. They are on the broad way to the bad place. They need to turn around. Jesus Christ is the means.

Contact me. I am willing to introduce you to former homosexuals.

You can contact me by calling (208) 883-0997 or by sending an email to ccm@moscow.com. Our website address is http://ccmbooks.org.

(Taken from Good News/Bad News)

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