The outlawed Word of God

thidguitarsmall.jpgWorldNetDaily reports that Congressman John Conyers (a Democrat from Michigan) is trying to maneuver legislation through Congress that would, in effect, make certain biblical beliefs a crime. Should his proposed legislation become law it would be a crime to preach about the sinful nature of homosexuality.

Similar legislation has passed in other countries — like Australia and Sweden — and in both places it is now illegal to even read from the pulpit the Scripture verses that deal with homosexuality.

Did you get that?

Portions of God’s Word have been outlawed. Rest assured the proponents of this new legislation in the United States won’t stop until portions of God’s Word are outlawed here, too.

Now, the interesting thing is this: In a completely unrelated story, a woman who used to be a lesbian and was the editor of a homosexual magazine for 13 years, Charlene Cothran, has been saved, placed her faith in Christ Jesus, and repented of homosexuality.

In order for Charlene to be saved someone, somewhere had to share God’s Word with her. Paul wrote, in Romans 10, “For whosoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him in whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

Paul starts by proclaiming that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” and then follows up with a series of rhetorical questions:

  1. How can they call upon him in whom they have not believed?
  2. How can they believe in him in whom they have not heard?
  3. How can they hear without a preacher?

The obvious answer to all of these questions is: “They can’t.”

Just a few verses after this passage Paul continues, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

He also wrote, in the first chapter of Romans, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

Through the writings of Paul God has told us that nobody is saved apart from the gospel and that it is because of the law we are made aware of our sinfulness before a holy God. Yet, the United State Congress is considering legislation to outlaw the sharing of this good news with a lost and dying world because it is “offensive” in nature.

You bet it’s offensive. But as Christians we are called to share God’s Word even though we know beforehand it has the potential to offend. Charlene was first confronted with her sin…

…THEN she was saved — as is the case with all of us.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, when describing the kind of faith necessary for salvation, said of the sinner:

“He is fairly driven up into a corner, and there is but this one way of escape, namely, by the righteousness of another; for he feels he cannot escape by any good deeds, or sufferings of his own, and he cometh to Christ and humbleth himself, because he cannot do without Christ, and must perish unless he lay hold of him.”

In America we’ve often prayed for other countries where the Word of God is banned. We’ve given money so that Bibles could be smuggled into countries where they are prohibited by law. We never dreamed our own country could become like that.

We need to look closely, Congress is trying to take another step in that direction. The message that saved Charlene Cothran may be illegal in America sooner than we think.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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