A better question would be who is the Silver Spring Church of Christ? We are a body of people who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord -- meaning that God lived on earth in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus Christ taught us how to live, died for our sins, rose from the dead (to demonstrate that He really was God) and now sits at the right hand of the Father.
Our congregation consists of people from every race, of many languages and nationalities (about 25 nations represented on a typical Sunday morning!), of all ages, educational levels, marital statuses, and economic levels.
We are all sinners who have thrown ourselves on the grace of God, and we live with a joy and peace because God graciously forgives. God's Holy Spirit lives in us, and changes us from what we should otherwise be without Him.
SPEAK WHERE THE BIBLE SPEAKS
I want to be very careful how I write this article as I wish to avoid any misunderstanding. I certainly do not want to be labeled a bigot. My hope is that you, the readers, will read this prayerfully and especially look up the Bible references in your own copy of the Holy Scriptures. In recent weeks we have been bombarded with news articles and TV reports on a professional athelete who "came out of the closet" declaring that he is a homosexual. Many have praised him. Some have decried him. Others are baffled by the entire matter. Now read on for what the Bible says.
Romans, chapter one reveals a most
unfortunate state of affairs among the population which Paul, the
Apostle, confronted. In verse 24, Paul says "God gave them
over to the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for
the degrading of their bodies with one another." Then in
verses 26 and 27 he says "God gave them over to shameful lusts.
Even their women exchanged 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." Paul is even more
specific in his letter of 1 Corinthians 6:9, "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." He repeats this warning in
1 Corinthians 6:18, "Flee from sexual immorality."
As Christians we
want to do what is right in God's sight and teaching in His Word.
May it be our resolve to turn from evil and follow the good in the
days ahead that the Lord gives us to live on this earth. Of
course we are going to be confronted with many temptations.
Let us seek God's help and strength to obey Him in all the
attempts of Satan to draw us away from ways of right, purity, and
gracious Godly living. One wrong path is to look down on
others with disdain and harsh criticism who are going down the
wrong pathway away fron God's will. So when we become aware
of someone practicing homosexuality let us not label them with
some unchristian term such as queer. Shame on you and me if
we do that. Rather let us with caring and concerned hearts
urge upon them the Godly choices they have to live their days
ahead for Him who loved you and me when we were lost in sin.
With His help we can be victorious over the strongest of
temptations. The bottom line for you and me is to Speak Where
The Bible Speaks. Let us do that with love fo God and our
Mike D. Anglin