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Standing On God's Word in Changing Times

homosexual debate, Standing on God's Word, Trusting God's Word
Scripture tells us "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15).

2 Timothy 2:23 adds "don't get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights."

When debating Bible truths, we should:
    1. Know what God's Word says - 2 Timothy 2:15
    2. Refrain from anger - James 1:19-20 
    3. Avoid contentious debates - 2 Timothy 2:14
    Proverbs 26:4-5 illustrates our difficulty with this last point:

    "Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation." NLT

    So how do we discern what to do? There's no easy answer, but it's always wise to pray before, during, and after discussions, allowing the Spirit to lead us.
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    This week's Bite Size Bible Study is a follow up to last week's study on what the Bible says about Homosexuality, and it contains some common arguments made against the Bible's teachings.  Check it out HERE and read answers to the following arguments (all of which can be refuted by God's Word):
    Argument 1: God says homosexuality is wrong, but He also says eating shrimp is wrong (Leviticus 11:9-12). Do you really believe that stuff? 
    Argument 2: Homosexuality is the same as any other sin. If you refuse to marry homosexuals in your church, you should refuse to marry gossips. 
    Argument 3: Christians aren't supposed to judge, so you have no business judging another person's sexual orientation. 
    Argument 4: God is always changing His mind about sex. He used to let people have multiple wives.
    Argument 5: David and Jonathan were homosexual lovers, and God didn't condemn them.

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