I did not know the late Alan Medinger, but he is a legend. His insights from 2002 are very relevant today. The whole culture we live in has collapsed around us since 2002. In fact the past 60 years since the sexual revolution have been devastating for a Biblical world view and for godly families.
I recently updated an article by Alan. Reading this article again today it was evident to me how far downhill we’ve gone as a nation in the past two decades. The moral values of an entire nation have degraded enormously. Alan writes about SSA (same-sex attraction) but I see the same deep longing for real life in the “straight” world. Alan notes that most gay men he met back then, long to be married in a normal marriage. Today few gay men have that desire, but they do want love and affirmation. In my lifetime I have seen very few functional, godly, heterosexual marriages. It's the kids who pay the price when mom and dad are not living in harmony with Jesus Christ. Alan notes that everyone is lacking in love because we are estranged from God. The notion of man’s advancement, evolution, improvement over time is pure fiction. “Great Civilizations” of the past have crashed and disappeared like a proverbial House of Cards.
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Judge not, that you be not judged.
“For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged;
and with the measure you use,
it will be measured back to you.
“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye,
but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
“Or how can you say to your brother,
‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’;
and look, a plank is in your own eye?
First remove the plank from your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.“
A preacher communicating truth about the living God ought to be teaching what righteousness really is (and he needs to be a faithful role model in this). If he is always talking about adokimos and bashing one select group of sinners but saying nothing about other sins, or the rest of the sin package, he is a hypocrite. Kids with a Discernment Radar pick this up right away. They will say that preacher has “Bad Vibes” and that "man of God" behind the podium will have low credulity with them.
Are we not all totally depraved to start with? How can we expect others to follow us on a path that we have not blazed already? These old school, old paradigm preachers are now not very credible.
Everyone we interact with deserves to meet and experience Christ in us. Yesterday’s platitudes don’t work no more!
A huge generation disconnect exists today! Any objective observer sees right away that neither side is in tune with the real God! It's not about right and wrong, life styles, or identity per se. It's all about, "Do you know Jesus personally?" "If not, why not?" Do you know about Body Life?
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves...” (Matthew 23:13-15)
The Greek word usually translated “reprobate” is adokimos which really means: not standing the test, not approved, properly used of metals and coins, that which does not prove itself such as it ought, unfit for, unproved, spurious, reprobate. Reformed theologians often say that a “reprobate“ person, an outcast, the scum of the earth--is the last step in downward decline for many. They miss, apparently, the meaning of the Greek adokimos which means not passing the test. Fake, phony, counterfeit. A fake coin. Heat it up and see if it stands the heat. The test, the final exam will be a thorough review by Jesus.
“Without dikaios” applies to all of us. We all must pass the Final Exam before Judge Jesus not Judge Judy! I believe we are all totally depraved from the start, so that “moral” “god-fearing” church goers are also totally depraved (self righteous). Perhaps 10-20% of church goers these days know Jesus and obey Him. Romans Chapter 1 shows how God releases restraints on a nation to make publicly open to all the motives of the heart that were there all along. “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” God hates hypocrisy. See The Last One Percent. “ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” applies to everyone.
When I hear a preacher talking down to LGBT people as an entire counter-culture group, CSL comes to mind:
“The pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronizing and spoiling sport, and back-biting, the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. This is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But of course, it is better to be neither." --C.S. Lewis
Kids pick up bad vibes from us and if we are not yielded to Jesus we radiate that. The kids don’t see they need Jesus either which is actually a bigger issue than hypocritical elders. BTW, the root issue is not about "sound doctrine" it's about knowing Jesus and obeying Him daily. Of course knowing the real God is in harmony with correct interpretation. Bryce Self wrote: It’s helpful to look at the positive side — to consider those who ARE “approved.”
For the record note that the Apostle Paul addressed his remarks in his letter to the Romans to everyone young and old, male and female, to that entire generation. He knew well how sinful all men are. His entire letter to the Romans confirms this! We are about 50 generations later in history now, but we haven't learned much about God, for sure.
God's Wrath is Upon All Forms of Unrighteousness
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:16-32)
Total DepravityBy James M. Boice
The condition of every human being apart from the grace of God in Jesus Christ is described in Romans 3 beginning in verse 9. It is not a good picture. Verses 10 and 11 substantially summarize it all:There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none who understands, there is none who seeks after God.This is a serious, indeed a devastating, picture of the race, because it portrays human beings as unable to do even one single thing either to please, understand or find God. It is an expression of what theologians rightly call man's "total depravity." The doctrine of total depravity is hard for the human race to accept, for one of the results of our being sinners is that we tend to treat sin lightly. We are willing to admit that we are not perfect. Indeed, it would take an extraordinary supply of arrogance for any mere human being to pretend that he is perfect. We do not do that. But this is a far different thing from admitting that we are utterly depraved in our ability to please God and that we are devoid of any true spiritual understanding. We are willing to admit that we wander off the path of moral virtue at times, but we won't admit that we are not even on the right path. Instead, we pretend that we are seeking Him. We therefore desperately need to come to terms with this bad tendency. Without a true and humbling knowledge of our sin, we will never come to know the meaning of God's grace. Without an awareness of our pride we will never appreciate God's greatness. Nor will we come to God for the healing that we need so crucially. The situation is a bit like our being sick and needing a doctor. As long as we think we are well (or at least almost well), we will not seek medical care. But if we know we are sick, then we will turn to the Great Physician, the Lord Jesus Christ, who alone is able to heal us.
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