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A Message from Martinsburg: A Nation’s Children Are Precious


By Rev. Larry Thompson,

Pastor Martinsburg Church in Bruin

 

As Jesus was leaving Galilee and heading for Jerusalem (Mat.19), he was followed by large crowds of desperate people needing healing. As His journey continued, parents began to bring their children to Him; asking Him to bless them and pray for them (Mat.19:13-15). Thinking this to be a waste of time, His disciples began to rebuke the parents and turn them away, but Jesus would have none of it. He instructed His disciples to, “Allow these little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of heaven. And He laid His hands upon them before He departed (Mat.19:14-15).”

In the midst of “Pride Month” across America, these words and example of Jesus are all but forgotten. Purveyors of the LGBTQ+ lifestyle are stepping up their campaign to recruit our teens and young children into their dark and sordid world of immorality and perversion. Adult men in “drag” are reading to our young children during story hours, the “trans” movement continues to inflame gender dysphoria (confusion) amongst our teens and young children and on June 11, Joe and Jill Biden hosted a “Pride Month” celebration on the south lawn of the White House. Be assured, God is not pleased by any of this. He is not pleased by those who target (for sin) innocent children and young people and He is not pleased by those in political office who accommodate such moral darkness.

Jesus speaks very strongly of those who cause or open the way for children to enter into sin: “But whoso shall offend (cause to sin) one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea (Mat.18:6).” These words are true, but no one need face such condemnation.

In 1 Corinthians 6, the Apostle Paul addresses members of the Corinthian church who were once engaged in aspects of the LGBTQ+ lifestyle, but had confessed their sin and come to salvation through Jesus Christ: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified (set aside in Christ), but ye are justified (declared righteous) in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the (Holy) Spirit of our God (1 Cor.6:11).”

Apart from one’s outright rejection of God’s free gift of salvation, there is no sin so vile, that is beyond the parameters of God’s promise to forgive; “(for He is) not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet.3:9).” In Romans 5:8, the Apostle Paul writes: “But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ died for me and He died for you. “The (free) gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord; and whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom.6:23; 10:13).”Christ is the life and light of all who know him as Savior and Lord (John 1:4).



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