Toward the end of the day, the Lord put on Frank and my hearts to share the love of Jesus with the homosexuals at the "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender" booth. We had a very amiable and hopefully ‘bridge-building’ conversation. Our prayer is that we might discuss the truth of the gospel even further as we go back tomorrow. Please pray for this encounter.
We asked the lone gentleman behind the booth about the origins of the rainbow colors as a symbol for the homosexual movement. He gave us some history, apparently in San Francisco is where it originated. It was meant to reflect the diversity of lifestyles. This was an easy springboard to a discussion of the origins of the actual rainbow. We talked about Noah's flood and God's promise to Noah (and by implication all people down through the times, including sodomites, whom we love) that He would never destroy the world again through a global flood. This personable and easy going man told us that he grew up in the Nazarene church where he was put off by the ‘black and white’ standards of right and wrong conduct. He had some recollection of the "Noah story", but we explained to him that Noah's flood was a real historical event and that it was the judgment of God on sin. He acknowledged sin and even that he was a sinner, even further that there is a heaven and hell. Of course, like most people he thought that when he died he would go to heaven. Listen to the clip to hear the rest of the story. Please take a moment to pray for the folks at the GLBT booth.
To be crystal clear, it is out of love that we share the gospel with any and everyone, including homosexuals. In the New King James Version 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says, "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God." This burdens our hearts because we know that unrepentant sodomites will not inherit the kingdom of God, they will perish in Hell. Thus our compassion and love for the lost compels us to preach the gospel of grace to these folks. For we know that "there but by the grace of God go I" as the very next verse states, "And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God." Praise the Lord there there is forgiveness available for all sins through our Lord Jesus Christ! Through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus, sins of sodomy, idolatry, adultery, etc. can be forgiven, placed as far as the east is from the west. Praise His merciful name!