This past Sunday during House Church, many things were stirring within the hearts of the people in attendance. At one point during a time of deep heartfelt prayer, my heart sensed that there is a LGBT issue within the church. At first it was not clear what was meant by an LGBT issue. It then became clear that the letters LGBT represented an acronym of sins that the church, including me, are dealing with at this time. After searching my heart if this was to be shared with the group, it was evident that it needed to be brought forth.
Per the request of Joseph Horevay, the Senior Pastor of NEO House Church Network, I was asked to share the substance of what was shared this past Sunday regarding LGBT. Here is my best recollection of what came forth.
The (L) represents a love issue.
For some, if not many, it is essential to return to our first love which is Jesus Christ. When the Body of Christ consistently receives and believes in His love for us, we will then share that love with others (1 John 4:19). The (L) also indicates that once and for all the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life must go (1 John 2:15-17).
The (G) stands for gluttony, gossip and grumbling within the church.
The old adage, “you are what you eat”, if taken seriously, would indicate that there are far too many food issues within the Body. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and operates at its best when supplied with healthy food (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Proverbs 23:20-21). We must stop eating too much food and especially food that harms us. Gossip is a lethal enemy within the Church. If our brother or sister has offended us we must go to that person first before we go to others. The Matthew 18 protocol is the solution for dealing with offenses (Matthew 18:15). To gossip is to harm our fellow believers and it must stop. Grumbling is an issue as well and must cease. When people connect with us, are we grumblers and complainers or are we encouragers (Ephesians 4:29)? The children of Israel grumbled and complained in the desert and it cost them immensely (Numbers 14:26-35).
The (B) stands for belief
There seems to be a belief issue in the camp. In the book of Numbers, ten said “no” and two said “go” (Numbers 13:17-20, 14:6-9). The Spirit of Christ in Caleb was ignored and a negative report was brought to the children of Israel after the spies returned from Canaan. For too long we have had unbelief about the promises of God regarding Cleveland. Many strong leadership voices have spoken about the glorious destiny of Cleveland but we have yet to take the land that the Lord has promised us.
The (T) represents thanksgiving and tithing
Regardless of the suffering, persecution, trials and tribulations we have or may be facing, a thankful heart is pleasing to our Heavenly Father (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). On the aspect of tithing, what if every believer in Christ in NE Ohio and beyond took the tithing principle seriously? There would be an explosion of generous giving which could unlock incredible resources for the Kingdom of God. Ultimately, if we are not tithing we are robbing God (Malachi 3:8).
In closing, though it may be easy for the Body of Christ to look at our culture and wonder if the Word of God is being adhered to anymore, what an opportunity disciples of Christ have to take His word seriously and to be radically obedient to the truth of Jesus Christ. Like Daniel and his three Hebrew companions, we can be standard bearers of truth and light in our culture (Daniel 1:19-20). When sin in the camp is removed we may be on the verge of a tremendous victory like in the days of Joshua. By God’s grace, with repentant hearts and a deep love for God and His people, let us return to our first love, eliminate lust, set aside gluttony, gossip and grumbling, stand in belief on the promises of our Heavenly Father, display thanksgiving consistently and commit to faithful tithing. By dealing with the LGBT issues within our camp, we will be better positioned to take the Gospel of the Kingdom into our current culture with great success and with signs and wonders following. Let us be the generation that rises up in the Spirit that was in Caleb, the wholehearted one, and take the land.