Prove you love Jesus!
“If you love homosexuals, support pro-homosexuality laws”.
By Julio Severo
In the early times of Christianity, Roman Empire forced Christians to deny Jesus, under death threats. But faithful Christians proved to Jesus their love, not renouncing him or denying him. They were not afraid of being martyred for Jesus’ sake.
Yet, do not think that the strategy from darkness does not change. Today, while the State works eagerly to impose capital punishment on the Christian expression and testimony in the society, trendy voices demand another kind of behavior from Christians.
On the homosexual issue, the leftist media and homosexual groups yell, “If you love Jesus, approve anti-discrimination laws” — which sanctify homosexuality making it exempt from criticism. They also aggressively raise “homophobia” charges against Christians, saying, “If you do not approve those laws, thousands of homosexuals will be murdered, and Jesus does not want it. Prove your Christian love!”
If you do not follow their instructions on the “right way of loving Jesus”, you are immediately charged of being intolerant. If you dare to say that “you love homosexuals, but that homosexuality is a sin”, they will say that you are promoting hate and violence.
What to do when the society, or the spiritual forces manipulating it, craftily uses the words in the Bible to push Christians to approve laws that will eventually make sin sacred and produce persecution and death to the Christian testimony in the society?
If you have ever been led to a situation where words in the Bible were used to force you to follow determined direction, know that you are not the first victim of this exploitation,
And Satan said to Jesus, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone’”. (Matthew 4:6)
Answering the devil that was manipulating the words in the Bible, Jesus said, “You shall not tempt the LORD your God.” (Matthew 4:7 NKJV)
Jesus answered with God’s Word because he knew it very well.
The devil twists anything to achieve its intents. This is why certain anti-discrimination laws, which are covertly aimed at promoting homosexuality, are strategically entitled laws of “protection for the homosexual minority”. The plot is evident: to frame all criticism to the gay agenda in those laws as a direct assault against the “protection for the homosexual minority”!
This exploitation is purported to leave Christians and others in an unpleasing defensive situation: If you do not approve those laws, you support violence and murders of homosexuals.
Strange voices insistently demand from Christians,
“Those laws are only to protect homosexuals”.
“If you do not approve them, you are not a Christian”.
“If you do not approve them, you do not love homosexuals”.
“If you do not approve them, you do not love Jesus!”
Have you ever heard those voices?
And the shrewdness of those voices does not end there. Thousands of pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality socialist politicians have been elected in the whole world by millions of Christian voters that have been misled by the fraudulent proposals from socialism. Many of those Christians ask the question, “Is it ok for me to vote for a pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality candidate?” Immediately the voices appease them, “Do not worry about the abortion and homosexuality issue. There are things more important to consider. The most important is that this candidate is in favor of the poor. Wasn’t Jesus in favor of the poor? If you love Jesus and the poor, vote for him”.
The devil is neither in favor of the poor nor of the Bible, but he always manipulate them when convenient. So if you do not know sufficiently God’s Word, the world and the devil himself are going to use the words in the Bible to tell you what you should do to prove your love for God.
To answer these attacks, you should know God’s Word much more that the world and the devil do.
Then you will not need to follow their orders to demonstrate your love. You will demonstrate it to Jesus. And the world will hate you as much as it hated the One that demonstrated maximum love for all the human beings. Jesus said,
“And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Mark 13:13 NKJV)
“If you had anything in common with the world, the world would love you as one of its own. But you don’t have anything in common with the world. I chose you from the world, and that’s why the world hates you.” (John 15:19 GWV)
However, the devil and the world make special promises to those that avoid being hated: ignore God’s commands. Do the world’s will, and its hate against you ends. Approve pro-homosexuality laws, and the world and the devil will praise you. Had not Jesus himself warned about it 2,000 years ago?
“Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26 NKJV)
“How horrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you. That’s the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26 GWV)
In the Roman Empire, the order was,
“Deny Jesus or die!”
The modern order is,
“Love Jesus, but deny his commands. As a reward, everybody will praise you”.
The same devil that persecuted and murdered the first Christians is offering a compromise for the modern Christians, “You do not need to deny your love for Jesus. Just deny God’s commands!”
If you do not comply, they will spill on you infernal hate and have even the brazenness to defame you as hate and violence promoter. Those that are intolerant, threatening and violent against your testimony will have the cynicism to charge you of intolerant, “homophobic” and instigator of crimes, and your free speech will be speedily beheaded.
Yet, Truth will prevail, because the Holy Spirit is active convincing of sin and unrighteousness.
The true love for Jesus always goes together with God’s commands. Jesus said,
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21 NKJV)
About homosexuality, God’s command is clear,
“If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13 NKJV)
“Do ye not know that unrighteous persons shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who make women of themselves, nor who abuse themselves with men, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor abusive persons, nor the rapacious, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Darby)
The counterfeit, worldly and devilish version of “love for Jesus” does not contain God’s commands, and its use is exclusively to induce, press and mislead the emotions of Christians to approve laws that are not according to God’s laws.
Therefore, if you want to prove your love for Jesus, just follow his commands — regardless what the counterfeit versions of “love for Jesus” try to impose on you.
If you want to prove your love for Jesus, tell the truth to homosexuals and the society. Tell that they are in need of Jesus to be saved from hell. And let Jesus use you to deliver men that are captive in the homosexual sin.
If you love homosexuals, let them know that there is a way out from the homosexual sin, even though you are afraid to be morally martyred by anti-“homophobia” lynchers.
The demonstration of this love and the truth implies many risks today, including malicious and criminal charges of hate incitation, intolerance, violence, discrimination, prejudice, “homophobia”, etc.
Many Christians, wanting to avoid problems, answer “Yes” to the voice that says, “If you love Jesus or if you love homosexuals, approve laws favoring homosexuality”. By their silence to the truth that disturbs the world and the devils, they get false security, comfort and many praises.
Yet, those insisting in speaking the truth suffer viciously by the hate sowers. And the time is speedily coming near when innocent men and women may be condemned to prison for telling that “homosexuality is a sin”.
In the presence of the modern haters that use any and every defamation and are ready to throw Christians into the lion’s dens, who will be courageous to prove his love for Jesus by following his commands and speaking the truth?
Portuguese version of this article: Prove que você ama Jesus!