1 Corinthians 9:11
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How To Be Delivered
The key is twofold: first with respect to the world, NONCONFORMITY; and, second, with respect to the mind, TRANSFORMATION. There must be, first of all, a willingness to stand against the world-forces that seek to push us into their mold. This involves a commitment to resist and oppose, in the power of the Holy Spirit, any behavior that is contrary to God's Word.
"Transformed" is the Greek word metamorphoo. It denotes a change from within, like the metamorphosis that turns a caterpillar into a butterfly. Efforts to achieve an outward reformation will be futile until there has been an inward (spiritual) transformation. The work of the Holy Spirit in your MIND is "renewal." His work in your SPIRIT is "regeneration" (John 3:5; Titus 3:5).
The first step toward conquering homosexuality, then, is to experience personally the regenerating and renewing work of the Holy Spirit in salvation. It begins with a conscious decision to receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord (Rom. 10:9-10)óan act of the intellect and the will.
Other things condemned
Different sins were more serious in nature and therefore had greater consequences:
Homosexual activists claimed a great victory when the American Psychiatric Association (APA) finally removed homosexuality from the DSM-11, its listing of psychological disorders, in 1973. Considering the suicide rate among homosexuals (anywhere from six to 87 times higher than the general population), their proneness to alcoholism and drug addiction, and associated sexual compulsion problems (studies have shown that the typical homosexual will have sex with as many as 500 partners during his lifetime), and their greatly reduced life expectancy (up to 36 years less than the general population), it's difficult to see how anyone can consider homosexuality normal.
Leviticus 18:22 "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."
Leviticus 20:13 "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them."
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 "Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are."
1 Corinthians 6:18 "Flee fornication. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the man committing-fornication4 sins against his own body."
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, Nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and happily-pleasing and perfect."
Ephesians 6:10 "Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might"
1 Chronicles 16:11, Psalm 105:4 "Seek Yehovah and His strength; seek His face continually."
Romans 6:12-13 "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as weapons of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as weapons of righteousness to God."
1 Timothy 1:9-10 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching."
Genesis 2:18-24 "And Yehovah-Elohim said, it is not good, Adam being alone; I will make a helper corresponding-to him. And Yehovah-Elohim formed from-the-ground every living-creature of-the-field and every fowl of the heavens, and brought them to Adam, to-see what he would call it; and all which Adam called it, each living soul, that was its name. And Adam gave names to all the livestock, and to the fowl of the heavens, and to every animal of the field; But for Adam there was not found a helper corresponding to him. And Yehovah-Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he slept. And He took one of his-ribs and closed up the flesh underneath. And Yehovah-Elohim constructed the rib which He had taken from Adam into a woman, and brought her in to Adam. And Adam said, "This now at last is bone from my-bones, and flesh from my flesh! For this shall be called woman," because this has been taken out of man. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."
Romans 1:18-27 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them, for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they know God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over to the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them up to a mind void of judgment, to do those things which are not proper."
Genesis 9:20-25 "Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. And he drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their-faces were turned away, so that they did not see their fatherís nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him. So he said, ĎCursed be Canaan; a servant of servants he shall be to his brothers.í"