“Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” – 2 Timothy 3:5
The “form” of godliness is religion – Christianity and all other world religious systems, as well as personal rituals. But such religion has no eternal value without “power.” This power that many people today deny is the Holy Spirit. He alone gives spiritual conception, birth, and growth. The Spirit alone transforms people into new living creations, who are born from above and become children of God. The Spirit alone anoints people for Christian service and evangelism.
Who would deny such power? People who think they don’t need it or that God isn’t willing and able to change them. “Gay Christians” fall into this category. They believe God made them gay from the womb; therefore he approves of their sinful nature and behavior. They say in their hearts, “If I’m born this way, then God must love me this way. He doesn’t create anything bad.”
“In Adam’s fall, we sinned all.” – Puritan proverb
Gay Christians deny original sin. That leads to denying the necessity of the cross and of the new birth. [See my blog post “The Necessity of the New Birth.”] Why would Jesus die and rise again if we aren’t sinners by nature and don’t need to be saved? Yet we’re born sinners, not saints. We need radical spiritual transformation in order to become saints and enter heaven. Our sinful nature must die so that Christ can live and reign in us, working his perfect will through the power of the Spirit (Galatians 2:20).
“Straight is the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). The word “straight” (stenos – Greek) means narrow because of obstacles standing about. The word “narrow” (thlibo – Greek) means to crowd. What are these obstacles and what’s crowding us on the road to eternal life? God sends fiery trials and temptations to purify us. In order to stay on the path, we must keep saying a resounding “no” to self and sin. Jesus is the gate, the only entrance to this narrow road (John 14:6). [See the blog post “Narrow Gate” on SOJ4.]
It doesn’t matter if your problem is alcohol, drugs, sex, money, fame, or anything else your sinful nature craves. These truths apply to you. You cannot believe God approves of your sinful nature and deeds and will not judge you for them. That is a lie. You must believe God is willing and able to change you. Have you asked Jesus for spiritual transformation (new birth) so you can live the Christ life through the power of the Holy Spirit – not that of your weak, sinful flesh?
God can transform the Adam nature into the Christ nature. When God changes people, when He transforms them spiritually, both the sinful nature and specific sins leave. In Christ
- the dead come back to life
- the blind see
- the lame walk
- alcoholics and drug addicts become sober
- thieves earn and give
- sex addicts become pure
- gays become straight
Jesus Christ says we cannot “see the kingdom of God” (heaven) unless we become new creatures (John 3:3; cf Roman 8:9, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15). We must be born again, “of water and of the Spirit” (John 3:5). Turn away from those who deny such transforming power.