Resistance to or defiance of any authority, control or tradition. This is the definition found in my Random House Dictionary of the word rebellion. It is a word that is difficult to deal with in the context of homosexual ministry in that the person feels he or she did not choose this sin and therefore there is a resistance to seeing that the very act of homosexual sex is a form of rebellion since we all know that God did not create this form of sex.
Perversity is a state of being willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired, contrary. It was refreshing to see in my dictionary which was published in 1967, one meaning of perversion which read: “any of various means of attaining sexual gratification that are widely regarded as being abnormal, especially when practiced habitually and in preference to normal heterosexual intercourse.”. Very politically incorrect, but right on the mark with God.
In dealing with the problem of homosexuality, there is no “hotter” word than loneliness. It begins to create dejection within a person because he or she feels so alone and without someone to be with. This is rooted in years of feeling rejected, left out and abandoned. Many times the addictive reaction to this word will be set in notion by these feelings and a person will quickly seek sexual connection in an attempt to stop the pain of loneliness.
Fear is one of the first emotions a child experiences, but how that fear is dealt with makes all the difference. In my early childhood and beyond fear was a daily fact of life, being used and encouraged many ways. Superstition (the belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, of the ominous significance of a thing or circumstance) was practiced in our home.
Criticism is the act of passing severe judgment or of censuring someone or finding fault. There is, of course, constructive criticism, which is intended to upbuild and strengthen by pointing out places that need improvement or work, to give realistic judgment of someone's work or character so hidden faults can be revealed and cleared up. But the criticism we are dealing with in this article pertains to the first definition--that of severe judgment, strong or vehement expression of disapproval, condemnation, rebuke, reprimand or blame.
For their rock is not our Rock
as even our enemies concede.
Their vine comes from the vine of Sodom
and from the fields of Gomorrah.
Their grapes are filled with poison
and their clusters with bitterness.
Their wine is the venom of serpents,
The deadly poison of cobras.
He who is full loathes honey.
But to the hungry even what is
bitter tastes sweet.
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil.
Who put darkness for light
And light for darkness.
“Distress or uneasiness of mind caused by apprehension of danger or misfortune” is the traditional definition of the state of anxiety. In psychiatry, it is defined as a state of apprehension and psychic tension found in most forms of mental disorder.
All of us have felt anger and probably continue to feel anger when we are hurt, abused or wronged. There is no doubt that we need to look at this very powerful and potentially deadly emotion and learn how we can deal with it in our lives. The scriptures speak clearly in regard to this emotion and show us how to deal with anger with the purifying power of the truth of God. We see that the scriptures do not expect us never to be angry and even set forth the truth that there is a righteous form of anger.
Lust is a desire to have our way regardless of God's truth or another person's will. It is making a person an object to be used and not a person to relate to and learn to love. This ought not to be and we will see, causes very serious consequences.