August 17, 2006

Rabbi Fears "Holy City" Becoming "Homo City"

A story in the Agape Press (Aug. 7) -- Orthodox Jewish rabbi Yehuda Levin fears that the welcome of “WorldPride Week” into the City of David is turning Jerusalem--the “Holy City”--into a “Homo City.” Levin is outraged and asserts that the homosexual pride event could be the beginning of the judgment of God, which could lead to a spiritual and physical Armageddon.
Anecdotally, Rabbi Levin “notes that Israel's prime minister, Olmert and Hezbollah's leader, Nazrallah cannot explain why they had gone to war when they did. Coincidentally (?) at the same time, the Israeli government was rejecting an effort to have the permits for the WorldPride event rescinded.
Levin “believes they may have had no choice” and that they are “literally puppets of Almighty God.”
This is interesting reading and filled with complex questions—how to respond in such limited space…
God is sovereign and we know from historical precedent that He can and does at times intervene in the events of the world to bring about his purposes. When you read something like Romans Chapter 9 concerning God hardening Pharaoh’s heart, Levin’s comments do not seem so preposterous. But we know the situation in Egypt with Moses and Pharaoh because has revealed it to us; He has not done so concerning the events in Israel and WorldPride Week.
One needs to be very careful about painting with such a broad and simplistic sweep of a theological brush. It’s too easy to paint way outside the lines with such a massive instrument.
That being said, we cannot ignore that Jerusalem—the City of David—the City of God, is indeed special. “The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwelling places of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God.” (Psalm 87:2-3)
So while there seems to be a convenient correlation making Levin’s assertion seem less than far fetched, the fact is Israel in general, and Jerusalem in particular have a more serious problem than the rejection of sexual morality, namely, the rejection of Jesus as the Messiah.
The Scriptures are clear that no one, Jews included, reaps eternal condemnation for homosexuality—or any other sin for that matter, but for rejecting the One and Only Savior of mankind.
So while Rabbi Levin has reason to be angry over the flaunting of sexual sin, he might look in a mirror to behold a fellow sinner who is as far away from God Almighty as the homosexuals he decries. Jesus did not stutter when He said, “I am the WAY, I am the Truth, and the Life, NO ONE comes to the Father but by me.” Not even those whose sins are more subtle.


Blogger PaulTarsus said...

The Scriptures seem quite clear that one DOES reap eternal condemnation for sin.
''....through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned..''
''The wages of sin is death...''
Paul wrote to the believers at Ephesus that ''..and you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins..''
While ''dead in trespasses and sins'' the spiritual condition of mankind is described in Romans chapter 3 ''There is none righteous, no not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one''
The Apostle Paul goes on to write, in that chapter, that those under the law are ''guilty before God''.
Man is guilty in the Supreme Court of the Creator for their SIN, NOT for rejecting Christ as Messiah.
I don't understand why you put all the power in the hands of the person to make some kind of ''decision'' to ''accept Christ''? The result, according to you, being that on judgment day they will be judged on THEIR decision or lack thereof, rather then be condemned for the breaking of God's law.
''So then it is not him (man) who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy'' Romans 9:16
Praise God that He has shown mercy and compassion to those whom He wills. While justice , for our sins, demands eternal condemnation, HE has instead chosen to have mercy on us.
You are the one guilty of ''painting with such a broad and simplistic sweep of a theological brush'' my opinion.
God is not sitting on the edge of His throne, hoping...wishing....waiting...for DEAD man to ''make a decision''.
It is He who calls, ''lazareth, come forth'' and makes dead men alive.
''Unless you are born again you CANNOT SEE the Kingdom of heaven''
We SEE after He regenerates our dead souls.
HE came to save HIS people from their sins!!
ALL glory to God Almighty the King of King and Lord of Lords.

7:34 AM  
Blogger PB said...

Be careful of “straw man” arguments. I couldn’t agree with you more about man kind being condemned due to individual sin and not condemned due to rejecting the One and Only Savior of mankind. I think you may be mired in the age old quagmire of the Arminian/Calvin debate.

It is a quagmire that has not been settled since it arose centuries ago and there are wonderful people of faith on both sides of the debate. I don’t intend to settle it here.

To be honest I am much more in the camp of the sovereignty of God than I am human responsibility, but I am not ready due to many scriptures, to jump into what can become a fatalism with no human responsibility at all. If that were the case–as some hyper-calvinists seem to want to assert, any and every notion of mission, evangelism, witnessing and being ready to give account of the hope that lies within...” become not only moot, offensive. I’m not there yet.
So when it comes to Israel, you have to deal with the fact that God has clearly revealed that He has hardened their hearts for a season until the fullness of God’s plan (for the Gentiles) comes to pass.

1:04 PM  
Blogger PaulTarsus said...

I am not a Hyper-Calvinist. I am not a debator. I am not mired in the ''Calvin-Arminian debate'', however I was formerly mired in sin, a wretched man seperated from Christ by my sin.
God is absolutely Sovereign (emphasis on absolutely) and man is 100% responsible before Him. I do not need to reconcile this truth, I cannot comprehend this truth, I just believe it because God's Word teaches it.
If Jewish rabbi Yehuda Levin stands before God at judgment day and is cast into outer darkness it will not be because of a lack of a decision on his part, but will be because he is a condemned sinner, has broken God's law, and has loved darkness more then the Light.
I read your Blog because you are a gifted writer and bring up thought provoking topics. Since it seems obvious that you love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and mind, I pay attention and ponder your opinions.
However , when I read this comment by you: ''The Scriptures are clear that no one, Jews included, reaps eternal condemnation for homosexuality—or any other sin for that matter, but for rejecting the One and Only Savior of mankind.''
I am compelled to respond.
For those who read this who do not know Christ Jesus they need to hear the truth concerning their present condition before the Holy, Holy, Holy Almighty of the Universe.
May God continue to bless and keep you.

1:35 PM  
Blogger PB said...

I think there is an "e-mail" disconnect of a serious situation. The written word has its limitations as evidenced that God took on human form and became the Word incarnate.

I see our differences as symantical, not theological--my apologies!

2:51 PM  
Blogger PaulTarsus said...

I appreciate that, you are very gracious. However, we definitely do not agree, theologically, as it pertains to the Father's work in election, the Son's work in redemption, and the Holy Spirit's work in regeneration. Why I say we don't agree is because your position bleeds through all your posts.

2:35 PM  

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