by Mike Ratliff
9 Ἢ οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι ἄδικοι θεοῦ βασιλείαν οὐ κληρονομήσουσιν; μὴ πλανᾶσθε· οὔτε πόρνοι οὔτε εἰδωλολάτραι οὔτε μοιχοὶ οὔτε μαλακοὶ οὔτε ἀρσενοκοῖται 10 οὔτε κλέπται οὔτε πλεονέκται, οὐ μέθυσοι, οὐ λοίδοροι, οὐχ ἅρπαγες βασιλείαν θεοῦ κληρονομήσουσιν. 11 καὶ ταῦτά τινες ἦτε· ἀλλʼ ἀπελούσασθε, ἀλλʼ ἡγιάσθητε, ἀλλʼ ἐδικαιώθητε ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ ἐν τῷ πνεύματι τοῦ θεοῦ ἡμῶν. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NA28)
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous ones will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Be not deceived; neither fornicators nor idolators nor adulterers nor effeminate nor homosexuals 10 nor thieves nor greedy ones nor drunkards nor revilers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ n the Spirit of of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Translated from the NA28 Greek text)
We heard a very good sermon this morning at church. The Gospel was presented fully and that meant we heard Law and Gospel and that meant that there was no soft-sell on how one comes to Christ. We heard a great deal about repentance being a necessary part of the Christian walk. Even through the evangelist never came to the passage above, it kept running through my head the entire time. after our Small Group prayer time tonight I knew I had to post this.
Several years ago I heard a presentation from a friend about a “sermon” made by Matthew Vines who is a homosexual activist. He actually preached a sermon based on 1 Corinthians 6-9-11, however, what he said was that the Greek had been mistranslated in v11 and it should actually say, “And such ARE some of you.” not long after this I had a homosexual person contact me and he tried to convince me that Matthew Vines was right. I told him that I could read and translate Greek and I knew that our translations such as the KJV, the NASB, NIV, etc. were correct and Vines was a deceiver.
Our Small group tonight focused on our own Testimonies. Mine was one in which I went forward during a “Revival” when I was 9 years old not really understanding anything. No one counseled me. No one prayed with me. I just ended up being baptized the following Sunday. I just got wet. I was not a Christian. In other words. the description in v11 above did not occur for me then. However, in January 1986, The Holy Spirit met up with me one Sunday Morning in Church and I suddenly KNEW I was lost and it was time to believe and repent turning to the Lord Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I did that and nothing has been the same since, therefore, that statement, “And such were some of you” did in fact describe me, because now I had been washed, sanctified, justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Spirit of our God. How about you?
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Good to see your own writing again, Mike!