Sound Doctrine and Bible Prophecy
by Don Costello 3/28/2013 / Bible Studies
As most everyone is in news media is letting us know, homosexual marriage is on the docket at the Supreme Court this week. Just in the last couple of weeks, a former President, five current Senators and one former Senator and Secretary of State all lined up in support of homosexual marriage. No doubt it is all an attempt to influence the Justices at the Court.
The emergence of the homosexual movement in our day and all the inroads it has made in both secular and church cultures including decriminalization, the attempt to remove it's immoral stigma, creating laws protecting the behavior, and challenging the God designed institution of marriage is infallibly linked to the last days apostasy warned of in the Bible by Jesus, the Prophets, the Apostles and the epistles of Paul. As we watch the Supreme Court wrestle with the definition of marriage, we are watching prophetic events played out before our eyes.
The Apostle Paul wrote in his first epistle to Timothy: 1Timothy 1:9-11 [NIV] "We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurersand for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me." In that passage Paul writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that laws that forbid homosexual behavior among other sins are "sound doctrine". He also says those same laws, laws that forbid homosexual behavior, "conform to the gospel of the blessed God." That is quite a mouthful but that is exactly what it says, laws that forbid homosexual behavior are sound doctrine! Ten years ago in 2003 the Supreme Court struck down all state laws criminalizing homosexual behavior so we know we are on that route.
In 2 Timothy 3:1through 2Timothy 4:4 Paul warns of the apostasy that will come upon the church in the last days. In 2 Timothy 3:16- 4:4 [KJV] he writes, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." Paul writes that the time would come when those in the church would not "put up with sound doctrine". They will not put up with laws that forbid homosexual behavior but would gather around teachers who say what they want to hear, they will turn away from the truth and instead listen to the fables, myths and fairly tales these teachers are saying. I would be curious to know how many in our churches believe that male or female homosexuality is a sexual orientation? In Romans 1:26 Paul does not refer to women having sex with women and men having sex with men as a "sexual orientation", he calls it a "lust", which gives more clarity to what Paul warned in 2 Timothy 4:3 [KJV] "after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears." According to Scripture the so called science surrounding sexual orientation is a myth. There is no doubt we are watching prophetic events. Do you want a sign that Jesus is coming soon? You are watching one unfold before your eyes!
My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God's word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.