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The Double Yellow Line

The Double Yellow Line

A double yellow line is something we see almost every day. What does it say? It says “Do not Cross!” I realize there are some exceptions in the Virginia Driver’s Manual, however; the overall warning is still “Do Not Cross!” Why? Because if we cross it we are facing possible destruction. It’s a warning against danger and even possible death!

God has several double yellow lines in His manual called the Bible. The difference with His lines are the odds for destruction are much greater. As a matter of fact, without a miracle of grace and mercy we can depend on destruction and we will pay the price.

SEXUAL IMMORALITY

One double yellow line in God’s manual is sexual immorality. In His book all sexual immorality takes place outside of a particular covenant He created called marriage between one man and one woman.

1 Thessalonians 4:3–8 (NKJV)
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;

The first double yellow line He speaks of concerning sexual immorality is adultery. He states that any type of sex outside of His covenant of marriage is called “adultery” and that it’s dangerous. He calls it sin. Have you ever wondered why He placed this double yellow line in the covenant of marriage? Have you ever asked “What’s wrong with adultery? It’s two people consenting isn’t it?

I think we can all agree God’s determination for this particular double yellow line is fair and right. A marriage covenant should be one of commitment and faithfulness. Plus, when we add the possibilities of sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, divorce, broken families, and hurt children… let’s just go ahead and say God was right on this one.

Proverbs 6:32 (NKJV)
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.

So, why would God declare this particular double yellow line within marriage? Because of eminent destruction. You see, He, being our Heavenly Father, wants us to succeed in life so He wrote a manual for success. Like the driver’s manual, anyone can learn what not to do by having an accident, however; we can learn better, safer, and a lot less expensive by obeying the law, not crossing the double yellow line, and avoiding the accident. A double yellow line is there to protect us and is typical in curves where we cannot see what is coming up ahead. We might think it’s safe, but destruction can be just around the corner. Danger, Danger!

God places double yellow lines in other areas also. You will probably agree with me that He got these right too…

  • Do not lie
  • Do not steal
  • Do not murder

Let’s ask the same question. Why would God set double yellow lines with these? However, we all know that lying, stealing, and murder bring destruction, and in all actuality – great destruction! Do we think lying, stealing, and murder should be legalized? Absolutely not! No one in their right mind would recommend that for any society.

But why does God place a double yellow line on ALL sex outside of marriage between one man and one woman, including pedophilia, bestiality, fornication, homosexuality, and even same-sex marriage? What is wrong with any of those behaviors?

Maybe we can understand why pedophilia and bestiality have boundaries, but why consensual sex outside of marriage, including heterosexual and homosexual? And why would homosexual sex be wrong within a covenant of same-sex marriage? I’m sure we all agree rape is destructive, but what’s wrong with any sex within the lines of consent?

Without any judging, condemnation, personal likes or dislikes, what could possibly be wrong with same-sex marriage? With two people who are in love and are willing to make a commitment to that relationship, what is wrong with it? If two people are in consent and prepared to be faithful to one another in a marriage covenant, why would same-sex marriage be any different than heterosexual marriage? Yes, they might not be able to have children naturally, but they could be loving and faithful parents through adoption, fostering, and can even have children through sperm donation, artificial insemination, or hiring a surrogate father or mother.

Does God really say it’s immoral and wrong? If so, why? What’s His problem? Why would He not allow and sanction this type of marriage and commitment? Is it just because He does not like it? Jesus never said anything against it, and it seems He is marrying both men and women at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! He’s the Groom and we are the Bride! Questions, many questions! Well, …stick with me.

IMPROPER EXEGESIS (interpretation)

You see, there are several ways to use improper interpretation of the Bible in an attempt to approve sexual immorality.

One, is to conclude that Hebrews 13:4 says within the marriage covenant the bed is undefiled even in a same-sex marriage.

Hebrews 13:4 (NKJV)
4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

This interpretation would say; because same-sex marriage is a covenant of commitment and love, it’s approved by God. Well, if this were true, there should be a reference somewhere in the Bible to same-sex marriage, but guess what… there isn’t. Actually, the only covenant of marriage that is mentioned and sanctioned in the Bible is between one man and one woman.  True, there are many marriages with multiple wives and concubines, but by reading Genesis through Revelation, we see clearly this was not sanctioned by God. It seems even Solomon realized this after his great fall by saying the following…

Ecclesiastes 1:14 (NKJV)
14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:1–3 (NKJV)
1 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity.
2 I said of laughter—“Madness!”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?”
3 I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.

Another very interesting observation is that in every mention of adultery in the Bible it is defined as infidelity between a man and a woman. There is no mention of adultery between two married men or two married women. Does this mean that a man or woman in a same-sex marriage cannot commit adultery? No, what it means is that God does not recognize or sanction a marriage between two of the same sex. In His eyes it is not a marriage.

That being the case, I think it’s only fair to ask again… why? Why God, do you only sanction marriage between a man and a woman? What could possibly be wrong with two men or two woman who love each other, and want to make a commitment of faithfulness in marriage? What destruction could this possibly bring?

I am a person of practicality, reason, and I need solid answers. I don’t think it is improper to ask God questions like; why, what for, or how come? If He is God, He must have good reasons for all that He does and everything He has declared in His Word. I don’t believe He just makes up rules based upon what He likes or dislikes.

I do think, however; that all His boundaries (His double yellow lines) are for good reasons, for our protection, and for our benefit. Just like the double yellow line in the middle of the road, His boundaries are there to keep us safe. Safe from what? Safe from destruction. Safe from danger around the corner. We can’t see it – but it’s there!

Things like don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t murder, and don’t commit adultery, are all tremendous words of wisdom. If you don’t think so, try them some time! But homosexuality and same-sex marriage? Why does it say so evidently that this behavior is also a boundary? What is wrong with it? Who is it hurting?

A second improper interpretation is that Jesus is the bridegroom and we are the bride – including both men and women – concluding that Jesus will be marrying both men and women.

True, Jesus will be marrying both men and women, however; in heaven there will be neither marrying nor giving in marriage, we will be like the angels in heaven. In other words, those who were married on earth will no longer be married, and other than we being the Bride of Christ there will be no other marriage in Heaven. Jesus explained this well.

Matthew 22:23–30 (NKJV)
23 The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,
24 saying: “Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
25 Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother.
26 Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh.
27 Last of all the woman died also.
28 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.

Our marriage to Christ is in the spirit – not in the flesh! We will not be having physical sex of any kind.

Yes, on earth, between a man and a woman, the marriage bed is undefiled. However; the reason there is no scripture mentioning adultery between two men or two women is because there is not a marriage covenant sanctioned by God for same-sex marriage.

A third argument is that the story of Sodom and Gomorrah doesn’t actually say the word homosexuality. But when we take into context scriptures within the Bible history of Sodom and Gomorrah it is very evident what God does not sanction.

Genesis 13:13 (NKJV)
13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.

Genesis 18:20–21 (NKJV)
20 And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave,
21 I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”

Genesis 19:1–5 (NKJV)
1 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.
2 And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.”
3 But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
4 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.
5 And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”

The Amplified Version says; “…that we may know (be intimate with) them,” and The New Living Translation says; “so we can have sex with them!”

Romans 1:26–27 (NKJV)
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

2 Peter 2:6 (NKJV)
6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;

Jude 7 (NKJV)
7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Yes, it can be argued it’s possible not ALL of Sodom and Gomorrah’s grave sins were homosexuality. I would agree that fornication and adultery must also have been an issue just the same as it is today; however, it’s clear that all three are included in what the Bible defines as sexual immorality.

1 Thessalonians 4:3–8 (NKJV)
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;
4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;
6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.
8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

Okay, but that still does not define whether same-sex is approved within a covenant marriage. I get it. The theory is that adultery is the same as homosexuality, and both are wrong outside of a marriage covenant of commitment and faithfulness. But what proof do we have that says same-sex marriage is not acceptable to God? Besides, what harm is it to anyone?

It is evident that God placed judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember, He is the God of grace, but also the God of righteous judgment. Conclusion? His judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah must have been right whether I agree or not, or whether I understand or not. But still, it’s fair for me to ask why.

GOD IS A RIGHTEOUS JUDGE

Does a marriage covenant sanction adultery? No, adultery has the potential to destroy the marriage covenant and family.

Does a marriage covenant sanction fornication? No, fornication has the potential to destroy the marriage covenant and family.

Does the marriage covenant sanction, pedophilia, bestiality, and pornography? No, they all have the potential to destroy the marriage covenant and family.

Why does God declare these as boundaries for our lives? Because they destroy. Just like the double yellow-line in the middle of the road, God is giving us wisdom for success. How to live and not die. How to win and not lose. How to be healthy and not sick. How to build and not destroy. How to avoid the danger just beyond the curve. So, stay between the lines – this is wisdom from God.

But someone might ask… “Do we really have free will? Didn’t He make me this way? Wasn’t I was born an adulterer? I have tried to stop but I cannot!” Great question! If that’s the truth, then all of us are merely slaves to how He created us. It would mean we have not been given free will, and His boundaries are completely unfair because we simply cannot follow or obey them.

Joshua 24:14–15 (NKJV)
14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Simply spoken; if we are merely slaves without free will, all of His Word is a lie, we are just puppets on strings, and the above scripture directing us to choose is in error.

Free Will / Free Choice
If man isn’t born with 100% free will, then he is a puppet with someone else’s hand for a backbone. This then begets the question… “Who’s hand is it?” – Jim Langlois

So, why Lord? It’s simply because homosexuality and same-sex marriage will destroy in the same way any sex outside of His defined marriage covenant will destroy. This includes fornication, pornography, bestiality, rape, pedophilia, adultery, and more. What will they destroy? They will destroy family. Here are the known results…

  • Sexual relations outside of marriage is the cause of almost all STD’s.
  • Sexual relations outside of marriage is the cause of almost all teenage pregnancies.
  • Sexual relations outside of marriage is the cause of almost all abortions.
  • Sexual relations outside of marriage causes hundreds of thousands of children to be brought up in single parent homes.
  • Sexual relations outside of marriage is one of the greatest causes of divorce.
  • Sexual relations outside of marriage, is sin, it always causes problems, it never helps in the decision of marrying someone, it always causes confusion, it is always temporary, and it always causes long-term problems, complications, and tragedy.

But wait a minute! You are only talking about sex outside of marriage – WHAT ABOUT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE – what’s wrong with that? How is that harmful?

Okay, I must make a note at this point. If you do not agree that the Bible is God’s Word to man – His Manual for success, then there is no reason to go any further. If you do not believe that the Bible is the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation written through the hands of man, then this article will not help you.

If the Bible is not the inspired inerrant Word of God then it doesn’t matter. But if it is… – Jim Langlois

However, if you do believe the Bible is God’s Inerrant and Inspired Word to man, then…

  • You will accept the writings of the Apostle Paul (and all the authors of the Bible) as inspired by God.
  • You will accept the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah as the judgment of God.
  • You will believe that it is God’s will to not commit sexual immorality.
  • You will view God’s double yellow lines as His Wisdom for your success in life whether you understand them or not.
  • You will understand and believe what you sow – you will also reap.

Galatians 6:7–9 (NKJV)
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 (NKJV
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;

How do we know that God does not sanction marriage between two men to two woman?

Because adultery only applies to the marriage covenant He gave – the one between one man and one woman.

How do we know that God does not sanction homosexuality?

Because He does not sanction ANY kind of sex outside the marriage covenant between one man and one woman.

How do we know that God does not sanction pedophilia, bestiality, rape, fornication, and pornography?

Because He does not sanction ANY kind of sex outside the marriage covenant between one man and one woman.

And why does He not sanction ANY of these behaviors? Because they are destructive. They destroy men, woman, marriage, children, life, family, and they bring disease, divorce, division, and failure.

Do we trust God? Do we believe He is smarter than we are? Do we believe He is for us and not against us? Do we believe He good and not bad? Do we believe He is righteous and not evil?

Somehow, we simply need to submit to Him, listen to His directions and trust His double yellow line boundaries. Somehow, we need to understand we have free choice and He is not a dictator. Somehow we must believe He has given us the ability to drive and stay on the correct side of the double yellow line. Somehow we must understand it would be totally wrong for Him to create a double yellow line that ‘s impossible for us to navigate.

And if that’s the case, let us all bow our knees to Him in repentance, and seek His enablement to drive safely through life!

But wait! Doesn’t the Bible say homosexuals should be killed (Leviticus 20:13)? Yes, and it says the same concerning adulterers (Leviticus 20:10). That’s according to the Law of the Old Testament. We live in the dispensation of the New Testament also known as the dispensation of Grace. And this is EXACTLY how Jesus handled it…

John 8:3–11 (NKJV)
3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst,
4  they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”
6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

And here is some GOOD exegesis “Repent, receive His forgiveness, go and sin no more.”

My conclusion is that we need to accept His double yellow lines as truth’s for our benefit, and by faith believe we have a free will, that we are New Creatures in Christ, and we can do all things through Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Let’s thank God for His Double Yellow Lines!

1 Corinthians 6:9–11 (NKJV)
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners 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 and by the Spirit of our God.

I thank God for His mercy and grace, and I receive them fully for my life. You see, like the Apostle Paul, I too am a chief of sinners. I have committed all Ten Commandments in one way or another, as a young man I was diagnosed with an incurable STD, and I have been divorced. Condemn someone else? No – I cannot do that! However; I can through my failures and bad seed that brought destruction in my life try and help others not cross the double yellow line like I have. The double yellow line is there for a reason. I have the free will to cross it at any time, but I WILL reap what I sow. Yes, I have reaped destruction by crossing God’s double yellow line and I am learning to respect it.

I gave my life to Jesus on February, 11, 1979. I repented of my sin, and received His grace, His mercy, and His forgiveness. Oh, I have made mistakes since then, and I will probably will make some more. However; each day I seek His face to sow seeds of righteousness, to stay away from what He defines as unclean, and simply work on my dedication, faithfulness, and commitment to Him. Repentance and faith are the way of life for those who love Him. Seeds of righteousness always bring a good harvest. This article is another seed sown. It’s a seed for you and I am believing for a harvest.

I have also written a book on sexual immorality. It focuses on ALL sexual immorality, not just homosexuality or same-sex marriage. It’s titled. “Living Pure in an Impure World,” and can be purchased at most online book dealers. It share’s my life and testimony, and gives great detail through scripture how to live pure in an impure world. I recommend it highly and pray that it blesses and helps you as you dedicate yourself in faithfulness and commitment to the Lord.

So, do we simply just trust God, or not?

I call you blessed,

Pastor Jim Langlois

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