Know

Know

Yesterday morning we engaged in a new preaching series through the letter of 1 John—one of three letters written by the apostle John who also penned the Gospel of John.  Over the next 90 days, we intend to walk through this relatively short letter and examine our own faith and walk with the Lord in the process.  As John wrote this letter most likely from Ephesus, his audience would have been the churches in various cities surrounding Ephesus in Asia minor.  John desired to edify the body of Christ by causing them to examine themselves to see if they were in the faith and to promote a serious approach to the faith which was under attack and was becoming a bit lazy among the churches.

Know This:  Jesus Was God Who Became Man

In a brilliant explosion of intense light, from the very beginning John bursts forth into an array of doctrinal themes including the highest—the deity of Jesus.  John writes, “That which was from the beginning” and it sounds much like the way he began his Gospel account (John 1:1-3).  If the church in John’s day and if the church in our day will live boldly for Christ, we must have a healthy understanding of his deity.  The very moment that we come to the reality that Jesus is not a fictional character in a story book for children or a mere figurine for the Christmas tree, but that he is sovereign God—creator of the entire universe—at that moment we should be brought to a place of humble submission.  Jesus is God.  That’s the way John begins his letter of encouragement.

John also wanted to emphasize the humanity of Jesus.  Not only was he from the beginning, but he was actually a real man in time.  Very God of very God took upon himself human flesh as he entered the womb of a young Jewish lady named Mary.  Jesus was able to be heard, touched, and visibly seen by the apostles.  What was once invisible had now become manifest—and John wanted everyone to understand this unique point.  God had become a man without ceasing to be God, yet he became a real man at the same time.

Know This:  The Proclamation of the Gospel has a Purpose

John used two different terms that point to the reality of his ambition to make Christ known.  He talked about testifying (μαρτυρέω) which means to confirm or attest something on the basis of personal knowledge or belief, bear witness, be a witness.  John also said that he was proclaiming (ἀπαγγέλλω) which means to give an account of something or report (back), announce, tell.

The purpose of John’s proclamation was for people to come into fellowship with the church and with God the Father and his Son—Jesus the Christ.  John points to the blessing of fellowship (κοινωνία).  This word means, “close association involving mutual interests and sharing, association, communion, fellowship, close relationship, marked by intimacy.”  True Christian fellowship transcends “hello” in the hallway or a slap on the back on Sunday.  As John will unfold more as we continue through his letter, we are called to love one another in the church and that isn’t possible without true fellowship.  How is fellowship accomplished?  It’s accomplished through the saving grace of God upon a group of sinners who are adopted into the family of God.

In like manner, this saving grace of God enables true fellowship to happen between sinners and holy God.  As the sins of people are taken away by Jesus, they are brought out of darkness into the marvelous light of Christ.  Sinners are no longer the enemies of God as they are saved by Jesus, and this enables people to have true fellowship with God.  What a joy and privilege to know and be known by God.

Know This:  The Faith of the Church Brings the Leaders Joy

John’s ultimate joy in life came through connecting people to Jesus Christ.  Do you have a greater joy from your job, your material possessions, or other things in your life than testifying and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus?  The heartbeat of John and his fellow apostles was centered on connecting people to joy in Jesus!  What is your greatest joy and ambition in life?

As we consider the Christian life, God wants us to know some things about him, our salvation, the faith once delivered to the saints, and he likewise wants us to have assurance of our salvation.  Christianity should not be superficial and shallow.  That’s why John uses at least three different Greek words over 30 times that point to the need to know certain things about God and our faith.  Alistair Begg once said,

[We] must understand that Christianity is not served by mindlessness, but by the knowledge of God through the Word of God. Such knowledge engages our minds, stirs our hearts, and transforms our lives. This knowledge is personal. How is it fostered? By listening to what He says (the priority of preaching), by engaging Him in conversation (the emphasis on prayer), by spending time in His company (the need for a devotional life), and by being with others who know Him too (the need for gathered worship). This knowledge is progressive and dynamic, not static. At the end of our journey, we should still be exclaiming with Paul:  “I want to know Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:2).

 

4 Compelling Reasons to Pray for Your Pastor

4 Compelling Reasons to Pray for Your Pastor

Over the past eleven weeks, our church has been studying through D.A. Carson’s book—Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation in Sunday school.  That study nicely intersected with the end of Ephesians as Paul placed his focus on the need for prayer to be employed along with the whole armor of God.  If prayer is so vital for the health of the individual Christian and the church as a whole—why is it continually neglected?  Consider the reasons why you should be praying for your pastor on a weekly basis.  If your church has multiple pastors, as our church does, don’t neglect praying for all of them as they serve you and your family on a weekly basis.

If Paul Needed Prayer—So Does Your Pastor

At the end of a powerful letter by the apostle Paul to the church in Ephesus and the surrounding cities, Paul calls upon the church to pray for him.  Interestingly enough, the towering theological giant of the New Testament requested prayer for his words.  Paul writes, “and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Eph. 6:19).  Paul was asking for the Christian community to pray for his words, so that he would have clarity of speech and bold speech when he was given opportunity to proclaim the gospel.

Over the years, I have talked with many people at conferences and different friends who have complained about their pastor’s sermons.  As I was recently preaching through Ephesians, I came across Ephesians 6:19 and it made me consider the importance of praying for the pastor as he prepares to preach each week.  Words matter.  Clarity of speech is crucial in preaching.  Boldness is a necessity for a gospel preacher.  Prayer is central to the pastor’s ability to preach with power and without ambiguity.

Your Pastor Is Not Superhuman

Has it ever dawned upon you that your pastor is not superhuman?  Often pastors are called to work 50-70 hours per week, and many of those hours are off-peak hours—working to accommodate the schedules and needs of the people within the church.  Every person in the church should recognize the fact that their pastors are flesh and bone—real humans who need strength from the Holy Spirit to labor in the work of ministry.  Paul came to the end of 1 Thessalonians and said, “Brothers, pray for us” (1 Thess. 5:25).

Many churches are served by bi-vocational pastors who are pulling many hours for their “9-5 job” and then many more hours in their study, prayer, and service of their local church.  The work of a pastor is never finished.  The work is often filled with discouragement, death, disease, and rare victories along the way.  In short, the work of pastoral ministry is hard, and that’s why so many pastors quit along the journey.  Don’t forget that your pastor is human.  He needs your prayers.

Beyond the workload of a pastor is the need for his sanctification.  How many parents desire their children to grow and mature physically?  How many people expect to grow in the knowledge and skill of their occupation professionally?  How many Christians expect to grow in their faith through the years?  Why then do we expect our pastors to be superhero Christians who never grow and develop doctrinally?  Shouldn’t the older Paul be more mature in his faith than the younger Paul?  You should desire for your pastor to be growing spiritually and it would be wise for you to be praying for him in this process.

Your Pastor Is Watching for Your Soul

Have you ever heard someone ask their anesthesiologist if he slept well the night before their surgery?  It’s a common question that you hear patients jokingly ask their doctor.  Why, you ask?  Because everyone wants a doctor who is alert and not distracted by mental fatigue.  When it comes to your pastors, the ones charged with watching for your soul, you want a man who is alert and not suffering from distractions.  In short, your pastors need prayer.

Immediately after explaining to the Hebrew believers that they should submit to their leaders who watch over their soul by obeying them, the writer to the Hebrews says, “Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things” (Heb. 13:18).  Prayer is essential to the work of a pastor, and a church that doesn’t spend time praying for her pastors doesn’t understand that prayer and ministry are inseparably linked together.

Your Pastor Is Hated by the Devil

If your pastors are men who stand firm upon the Word of God and preach the gospel faithfully—they are not loved by the devil.  In 1 Thessalonians 2:18, Paul writes the following, “because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us.”  It should be no secret that the devil hates the pastors who oversee and care for your local church.  The plans, dreams, goals, sermons, prayers, and ambition of your pastors are often hindered by the work of spiritual warfare.

Jesus once said the following to Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat” (Luke 22:31).  Do you recall the desire of Satan to test the sincerity of Job’s faith (Job 1)?  The demonic beings, real and powerful, stand opposed to the work of your pastors on a daily basis.  Have you spent time praying for your pastors?  How would you feel if you discovered that your pastors weren’t praying for you?  Would you feel neglected?  Would you feel vulnerable?  Why then, would you neglect praying for your pastors—the very ones given the charge of caring for you, leading you, feeding you, and watching over your soul?

Do you want your church to grow?  Do you want to see souls saved in the community?  Do you want to see your pastor’s sermons become more rich and clearly proclaimed?  Do you want to see your church become more healthy and vibrant?  All of this begins in prayer, and specifically, by praying for your pastors—those entrusted with leading the church forward.  Alistair Begg writes:

Prayer is an acknowledgment that our need of God’s help is not partial but total… Yet many of our church prayer meetings have dwindled in size and influence. Ultimately, the explanation can be traced to spiritual warfare. If, as the hymn writer says, Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees,” then we may be sure that he and his minions will be working hard to discredit the value of united prayer. The Evil One has scored a great victory in getting sincere believers to waver in their conviction that prayer is necessary and powerful. [1]


  1. Alistair Begg, Made For His Pleasure, (Chicago: Moody Press, 1996), 52.
The Biblical Command Is Love—Not Tolerance

The Biblical Command Is Love—Not Tolerance

A popular campaign that many churches are promoting in our day is titled: “I Love My Church.”  How many churches do you know who may pass out bumper stickers or T-shirts with this slogan, but in reality, they merely tolerate one another?

The culture today is swimming in a sea of tolerance.  The politically correct behavior today is centered on tolerance and we’re commanded to tolerate everyone and every idea that comes our way.  Interestingly enough, many Christians in the church stand directly opposed to that type of ideology and rightly so.  However, many of the same Christians are unwilling to tolerate false doctrines and cultural movements, but they want to merely tolerate their fellow church members rather than engaging in the hard work of love.

One of the greatest errors of many church members today is the idea that God is perfectly happy with us merely tolerating one another and refusing to love one another in the life of the church.  God’s Word clearly teaches his people to love one another in a way that involves more than tolerance and casual passivity in the hallway of the local church building.

Love Is Commanded

In multiple places in the Bible (Rom. 12:10; Eph. 4:2; 1 Thess. 3:12; 2 Thess. 1:3; Heb. 10:24; 1 John 3:23; 1 John 4:11-12), we see God’s children being called to engage in the hard and often messy work of love toward fellow Christians.  Love is nowhere in God’s Word considered an option worthy of consideration in the church.  God drives his point home with crystal clarity that he has called his people to a life and ministry of love rather than mere tolerance.

Far too many people in the local church live as if 1 John 4:7 reads as follows:

Beloved, let us tolerate one another, for tolerance is from God, and whoever tolerates has been born of God and knows God.

While most Christians would stand boldly before the person who would dare to change God’s Word and pervert the holy Scriptures, but often they live in such a manner that seems to change love into tolerance.  We would never do this with a pen, but we do this with our attitudes.  We would never promote such an agenda in the world of academics, but we often promote it in the world of our local churches by how we live out 1 John 4:7.

Love Requires Sacrifice

It is impossible to love others without some means of sacrifice.  For instance, in Romans 12:10, the apostle Paul writes, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”  When Paul insists that the Christians in Rome should outdo one another in showing honor, this type of behavior will be one of sacrifice.  It may not be a financial sacrifice (although it could be), it will certainly involve some form of sacrifice such as time, resources, or talents.

To the church at Galatia, Paul said:

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

In serving one another, you sacrifice some of yourself, some of your time, some of your money, some of your energy, and you pour into the life of another person.  You can’t serve someone that you don’t love.  Have you ever tried to serve someone out of a fake love?  Your heart wasn’t into it and perhaps the only reason you did it was in order to appear holy or to avoid showing your real dislike for another person or group.  True love requires a measure of sacrifice and that is never an easy thing.  Pride is natural and sacrifice is not only abnormal—but difficult in many ways.

Love Honors God

When we consider the fact that God is love (1 John 4:8) and that God demonstrated his love for fallen sinners in a sacrificial manner (Rom. 5:8; John 3:16), to engage in the labor of love and the lifestyle of love is to genuinely pursue God.  As Christians, we know that we’re called to be holy—in essence we’re called to be like God.  Have you ever considered the reality that we are never more like God than when we are engaging in true love for others?  The opposite is likewise true.  To refuse to love others is to refuse to be like God.

Tolerance may be something that the culture teaches, but if we genuinely want to be like Jesus and to pursue holiness as followers of Christ—we must go well beyond the borders of tolerance.  We are called to a life of love and that’s not an easy thing.

John 13:34 — A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

 

Don’t Skip Sunday School

Don’t Skip Sunday School

One of the things that happens in the evangelical church world that mirrors the culture is that local churches often engage in the trends of the day.  For instance, if community churches are in vogue, it’s a common thing to see many local churches named “________ Community Church.”  If it’s multi-site church growth models, it’s common to see a church described as “one church in six locations.”  In short, many church leaders want to be ever progressing to avoid the image of age and to dodge the title of “old fashioned.”  Perhaps this is why Sunday school has fallen on hard times in many circles.  It just sounds old and outdated so it must not be profitable—right?

Wrong.  To judge the Sunday school book by its cover would be to make a grievous error.  Just because one church down the road calls it “life groups” or “connection groups” and your church still refers to the Sunday morning gathering as “Sunday school” doesn’t mean that your church is behind the times.  Have you considered the many reasons why you should stop skipping Sunday school?

You Need to be Taught

Far more important than your ability to network in a local church with certain friends is the ability to learn the Word of God.  How serious do you take the study of the Bible?  Is it merely a hobby that you engage in every so often or is it at the core of who you are as a person?  Every child of God needs to be taught the Word of God, and without such teaching the individual Christian will dry up spiritually.  Sunday school is a place for Christians to learn.  God desires for us to know him and make him known.

The central aim of the local church is the teaching and preaching of the the doctrines of God’s Word.  The central agenda of pastors is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” and this is accomplished through the right handling of God’s Word (Eph. 4:12; Col. 1:28).  Are you bored with the Bible?  Do you believe God to be boring?  J.I. Packer, in his excellent book,  A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, once said, “Doctrinal preaching certainly bores the hypocrites; but it is only doctrinal preaching that will save Christ’s sheep.” [1]

Teaching and preaching overlap considerably, but the teaching atmosphere in the small group Sunday school setting is invaluable for the growth of the Christian.  There is a certain dynamic that happens in that gathering that doesn’t happen in the sermon.  For instance, the ability to ask question immediately and to engage in the process of iron sharpening iron is extremely helpful and something that we should regularly engage in.

You Need a Close Community

Many churches have tried to help modernize Sunday school in the eyes of a younger population by renaming it something catchy like, “Connexion Pointe” or “Cross Groups” or “Impact Groups.”  While that may be a certain trend that many churches employ to appear to be relevant, let’s be honest—the name really doesn’t matter.  What matters is that the group actually develops into a meaningful community.  The Sunday school ministry of your local church is a place where you can know and be known by others.  Real friendships that last for a lifetime are often birthed and nurtured in these groups.

Last week I wrote an article that critiqued Mark Zuckerberg’s comments about Facebook bridging the gap of failing church membership by offering a meaningful community group through Facebook.  While Zuckerberg is correct that people feel more whole and fulfilled as they are connected in a meaningful community, he misses the mark by believing that Facebook is capable of solving the problem of falling church membership.

Facebook may serve as a tool for the local church to strengthen their community efforts, it will never replace real biblical churches.  Why not?  Because real community cannot happen through the click of a mouse or engagement in a social networking website.  For real meaningful community to take place, people must spend time in the same room, hear one another speak, show interest and care for one another, share one another’s burdens, and serve with one another at some level for an important cause.  The place where Christians can accomplish this type of genuine community is within small groups—even if it’s named “Sunday school.”  Far too often people who become disconnected and disappear from your local church disappear from Sunday school first.

You Need to Serve

One of the latest trends among the millennial population is the need to support a company that promotes, supports, or serves in some charitable way in their local community or perhaps a third world nation.  This is not a Christian thing—this is a millennial trend.  The latest trends demonstrate that many younger people are interested in buying from a company if they know that that particular company is giving back a percentage of their profits to fund some humanitarian cause.

We enjoy doing for others, and as Christians, we should enjoy serving the church and the community together for the glory of Christ.  The overall vision of the church can often be set by the pastors and that agenda often is heard from the pulpit.  However, it’s through the Sunday school (or small group) of the local church that the vision is carried out.  Often the local and foreign mission work is pushed through the local church’s Sunday school gathering by natural conversations, intentional praying, and planning means of involvement.

If you aren’t involved in a Sunday school class in your local church it’s very likely that you aren’t serving in your church or beyond the borders of your church campus beneath the banner of the gospel.  Consider your need to serve and how opportunities will arise through your Sunday school group in your church.  Get involved and start serving.

If you don’t like the name “Sunday school” — that’s fine, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.  Immerse yourself into a class and seek to know God more through the study of the Bible.  If you’re resistant to making new friends and opening up, that’s understandable—but know that you need real friends who will know you (the real you that you don’t put on Facebook), and you need people to be honest with you.  You don’t have to air out your dirty laundry each week in your Sunday school class, but a measure of openness and intimacy is necessary.  You may already know that God has gifted you for a reason, and you need to engage in serving the Lord through your local church.  What better way to do so than through a meaningful and healthy Sunday school class.

You need Sunday school and your church’s Sunday school needs you.


  1. J.I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, (Wheaton: Crossway, 1990) 285.
Why Zuckerberg’s Church Cannot Replace Jesus’ Church

Why Zuckerberg’s Church Cannot Replace Jesus’ Church

In a recent statement about the progress of Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that the social media platform was able to fill the gap of falling church membership.  With an expanding population that has now crossed the 2 billion user mark, Zuckerberg is looking to bring people closer through social media.  It might be true that church membership is dropping and our world is becoming more secular and less religious—but there are several reasons why Zuckerberg’s church will never be able to replace Jesus’ church.

Jesus’ Church Will Never Fail

When Jesus was talking with his disciples, he pointed out the reality that he was building his church and the gates of hell would not prevail against his church (Matt. 16:18).  Through the years, from the very beginning, the gates of hell have attacked the church.  From organized efforts of the Jewish Sanhedrin to the persecution of the Roman Catholic Church during the days of the Reformation—many attempts have been made to silence God’s people and to stop the growth of God’s church.

None of these attacks have proven successful.  In fact, the more blood that has fallen from God’s people, the more vibrant the church of Jesus Christ has grown and expanded.  Today’s falling church membership is not indicative of a failing church.  Perhaps in some circles, falling church membership is indicative of deficient methods of former days that caused the local churches to become bloated with false conversions.  No matter what happens across the denominational lines—we should rest assured that God’s church will never fail (Phil. 1:6).

True Community Cannot Be Fulfilled through Social Media

One thing that Facebook taps into is the basic need for social interaction among people.  I can travel to remote villages in the Andes mountains and find groups of teenagers huddled up in Internet cafes interacting with friends on Facebook.  It’s true—Zuckerberg has tapped into a common need among all humans—the need for friends.

Jesus’ church is better than Zuckerberg’s church in that real friendships, real interaction, real social networking, and real communication happens on levels that are more healthy and more intimate than text on a social media platform.  While social media can bridge a temporary gap among people—the church of Jesus Christ can provide more meaningful and healthy relationships.

Furthermore, the community that’s built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and assembles in person will not only have more healthy relationships—but will also be able to work together for social causes and helping the poor along with other humanitarian needs.  It may be that the church of Jesus Christ can use Zuckerberg’s Facebook to accomplish some really good things—but Zuckerberg’s Facebook will never become anyone’s church.  In fact, if Zuckerberg becomes a Christian and joins a local church he will completely understand the difference between social media platforms and a local church.

Jesus’ Church Has a Far Greater Mission

The mission of Facebook has now been revised from “Make the world more open and connected” to “Bring the world closer together.”  The overall goal of Zuckerberg and the Facebook staff is to build a network that bridges the gap of communication, connects people and business, provides entertainment opportunities, and all of this makes the world smaller and brings the world closer together.

The mission of Jesus is to bring people to hear and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This transforms much more than a community’s communication network—it transforms the hearts of real people and changes the overall direction, morals, goals, ambition, affection, and purpose of entire groups of people.  The mission of Jesus is to bring people to a saving knowledge of God’s gospel which is a far greater mission than connecting people in a social network.

The purpose of Jesus’ church is to engage in a mission to reach unbelievers, but then the gathering of the local church on a weekly basis is for the worship of God.  The worship of God involves the preached Word, the observance of ordinances, prayer and praise to God—none of which require Facebook.

If Zuckerberg is looking to bring the world together, the only hope that the world has is Jesus Christ—not Facebook.

What Does the Rainbow Really Mean?

What Does the Rainbow Really Mean?

This week, as we traveled down the highway, our family spotted a beautiful rainbow to the east as the sun was setting in the west.  The contrast of colors filling the sky was stunningly beautiful.  As we pointed to the rainbow in the sky, we asked our youngest daughter if she understood the meaning behind this beautiful spectacle that reappears in the sky on certain occasions.  She responded by saying that there was probably gold at the end—so after a quick chuckle we talked about the real meaning of the colorful bow in the sky.

The Origin of the Rainbow

The rainbow finds its origin in a covenant that was made to Noah after the great flood.  The Bible records that event in Genesis 9, and the whole backdrop can be seen leading up to the Noahic covenant.  God was angry with the depraved population that filled planet earth.  He commissioned Noah to build the ark in accordance with his plan of judgment and salvation.  Only Noah and his family (eight people in total) were saved from the fury of God’s vengeance.

After flooding the entire world with a global flood, God made a promise that he would never again destroy the world with water.  In order to communicate this promise, God not only spoke it to Noah, but he also hung a majestic bow in the sky.  Genesis 9:12-17 records the scene of God’s promise to Noah and future generations:

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

The rainbow, like all of God’s creation, reflects the beauty and majesty of God.  The radiant colors and glorious appearance of a rainbow in the sky points to the existence of God and reflects his glory.  When we see a rainbow, we should consider how much more glorious and beautiful God is and one day the whole world will see his glory shine in an unveiled manner.

The Hijacking of the Rainbow

A few years ago I was riding in a vehicle through a remote village high in the Andes mountains.  As we passed clusters of homes along the road, I noticed that many of the windows of the homes were decorated with a rainbow banner.  Immediately my mind went to the homosexual agenda.  I asked my friend who lives in Ecuador to explain, and he informed me that the rainbow banner represents a specific political party.

Why did my mind immediately go to the LGBTQ agenda rather than God’s covenant with Noah?  Years ago, a man named Gilbert Baker was one of the original architects who designed a plan to use the rainbow as a symbol of the gay pride movement.  Baker died at 65 in March of 2017 and is being honored this month at many LGBTQ events.  According to Baker, “The flag is an action – it’s more than just the cloth and the stripes. When a person puts the Rainbow Flag on his car or his house, they’re not just flying a flag. They’re taking action.” [1]  The idea took off with a great deal of enthusiasm and soon large numbers of homosexuals were marching the streets of major cities in America waving, wearing, and identifying themselves under majestic and colorful rainbow banners and flags.  Today, that image is placed on bumper stickers and even appeared on the White House following the Obergefell v. Hodges decision in 2015.  Baker would later recount:

The moment I knew that the flag was beyond my own personal experience – that it wasn’t just something I was making but was something that was happening – was the 1993 March on Washington. From my home in San Francisco I watched the March on C-SPAN and saw hundreds of thousands of people carrying and waving Rainbow Flags on a scale I’d never imagined. [2]

The Paradox of the LGBTQ Symbol

Interestingly enough, as the LGBTQ groups use the rainbow to identify their movement and to celebrate their freedom, God remains angry with sinners—including those engaged in the sin of homosexuality.  The rainbow was not created by God as a sign of God’s cessation of anger.  It was a sign to remember that God is holding back his anger and will not issue a global flood again.

The rainbow does not communicate that God is pleased with homosexuals.  It communicates that God remains angry with sin and sinners, but he has chosen to not destroy the earth with a global flood again.  That does not mean that God will not unleash his divine wrath.  It should be noted that when Christ returns, he will come clothed in wrath to judge all rebels of God.  On that day, people will run into the hills and hide in caves and no place will be safe—not even beneath a rainbow flag.

The very symbol used to promote freedom among the LGBTQ population is one that communicates the fact that God’s wrath is coming upon the world of sinners.  When Christ returns, he will certainly reclaim the rainbow for what it was originally intended for in the first place.  Even around the throne of God, there is pictured a majestic rainbow—used to communicate the glory of God (Rev. 4:3).  One day, the rainbow will no longer be misused by sinners to boast in their sin.  The rainbow will be reserved for the glory of God alone when Christ returns and makes all things new.

Until Christ returns, we must communicate the truth and the glory of the rainbow to our daughters and sons as we ride down the highway.  We likewise have a duty to communicate this same truth to others who have misused, abused, and hijacked a glorious symbol used by God to communicate a promise.  Veiled in God’s promise to not flood the earth with water is another promise that God remains angry with sinners.  God’s glory will shine again throughout the whole earth, but before then Christ will return in judgment (Rom. 2:8; Matt. 13:41-43; Matt. 24:51; Is. 66).  Therefore, we must point people to find their refuge in Jesus Christ, the only means of satisfying the divine wrath and holy justice of God.  Until Christ returns—we must point all people to Jesus Christ for salvation.  God loves to save sinners through his Son (1 Cor. 6:9-11).


  1. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE RAINBOW FLAG [accessed 6-26-17]
  2. Ibid