A Different Perspective

The Petty Thief And The Armed Robber


I recently got into a debate with my sister about fornication vs homosexuality.  It’s an argument that I’ve had before, and I had in mind to write a post about it, but put it off.   Well, today’s passionate discussion rekindled that flame in me.  I think this is something we really need to explore and get right, so that people do not remain confused and on the fence about the whole issue of sexual immorality.  I would really appreciate your thoughts too, so please read and comment below.

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what sexual immorality has to do with petty thieves and armed robbers!  Well my point is that both the petty thief and the armed robber are THIEVES and they are both heading to the same place, if they do not repent.  In the same way, both fornication and homosexuality are sexual immorality and will face the same judgment from God!

I’m sure many of you would like to object, and emphasis that homosexuality is much worse.  The way I see it, the difference is but a speck.  The homosexual fornicates the same as the heterosexual.  However, the heterosexual feels superior to the homosexual…in the same way that the petty thief thinks he’s a better person than the armed robber.

The problem with the petty thief is that he has convinced himself that what he does is NOT THAT BAD.  He doesn’t think he’s hurting anyone.  He might even feel justified because he’s poor and has mouths to feed.  If he shoplifts from a store, it wouldn’t stop him from joining the community as they condemn the armed robbers who burgled the same store after him.  But all he will be is a self-righteous hypocrite!

The armed robber may get caught, and go to jail for his crimes.  He will not be able to deny that his thievery was wrong, because he stands publicly disgraced.  But the petty thief rests secure in that his deeds are hidden, and he too lies to himself.

I personally feel it is easier for the armed robber to repent and be saved, than the petty thief, who may never see a need to confess until he stands before God.  And for this reason alone, I think all the petty thieves stand in graver danger.  Consider what Jesus said about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:10-14).

The fact is that the armed robber is worse than the petty thief.  By law, they cannot receive the same treatment, because the armed robber uses force, steals things of great value and endangers lives.  Homosexuality is worse because, not only is it fornication, it is an active rebellion against God and His Law, and a perversion of His order.  The point of this post is not to say that one is okay and one is wrong, but that BOTH ARE WRONG, and when addressing homosexuality, we have to address the fact that the Church is behaving like a big hypocrite because we put up with fornication.  It is no wonder we have little or no defense against homosexuality!

How can a homosexual feel bad for fornicating, when he is judged by fornicating heterosexual hypocrites???  You say he is a perversion and he says you are self-righteous!  The only way to show that the issue being addressed is sexual immorality is for us not to normalise ANY form of sexual immorality.

One of the points my sister raised was that fornicating Christians at least go to Church and ask for forgiveness and try not to do it again.  But that’s SOME!  For a lot of Christians (by religion, not faith) who are fornicating, it is a lifestyle that they have no plans on changing!  In fact, going to Church and seeking forgiveness is such a bother, they probably don’t do it anymore.  They know they’ll be ‘going to the club tonight’ and ‘getting down to business later’, so why pretend?  Many are proudly professing being Christian and sexually active outside marriage that trying to suggest abstinence is a laughing matter (Read ACT LIKE A LADY, THINK LIKE A MAN (UFUOMAEE’S CRITIQUE))!

How is this different from what is happening with homosexuality?  It is also an alternative lifestyle from True Christianity!  And believe it or not, there are still those few gay people in the Church who are going there to confess and repent.  But pretty soon, neither heterosexual fornicator nor homosexual fornicator will bother with such frustrating rituals!

We need to get back to basics and teach ABSTINENCE (celibacy until marriage) FOR ALL!  And yes, God’s way – between a man and a woman.  Let’s show the gay community that the Church means business when it says NO SEXUAL IMMORALITY, and that this is not a cultural, but a spiritual concept with great significance.  So absolutely no thievery is allowed, whether petty or armed.  Let it not even be named among you.  Are we on the same page?

PS: This post sparked a Facebook discussion with an Atheist, and resulted in the post HOW IS MY SEX LIFE ANY OF YOUR CONCERN?

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  1. I didn’t receive this Post notification Ufuomaee from WordPress, I found it through your Oracle Blog but yes I agree with you, we cannot separate sin into big and small, sin is sin and we don’t accept it in ourselves or others, Jesus set us free so we can choose to put our Carnal flesh to death by the empowering of The Holy Spirit so that we no longer sin, as the Scriptures below confirm.

    No Temptation to sin will be greater than we can bear.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man/woman deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    Romans 6 : 1 – 2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

    2 Timothy 2:19-21 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

    Romans 6:5-7 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

    John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

    Romans 8: 8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Romans 6:18-20 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

    1 John 2:4-6 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

    Ephesians 4:23-24 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and True Holiness.

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

    Titus 2:13-15 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all Authority. Let no man despise thee.

    Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

    Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

    2Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in Peace; and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.

    See you soon – Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne

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  2. I am bursting with gratitude, which is giving me the urge to say something nice on this post! 😆

    I am very impressed with your mature perspective. It is balanced and as far as I can tell it does not tip away from the truth of Scripture.

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  3. Hmmm
    I will always say that heterosexual Christians don’t go convincing people or trying to make laws to make their sin acceptable
    Both the homo and the hetero are under the influence of demonic spirits (controlling spirit)
    The judgmental or self righteous human is under the influence of controlling spirits.
    The only solution is to stay under the influence of God’s spirit.

    Also, know that just because you think something doesn’t mean you have to do it.
    I will not say that I have not felt sexual thoughts, it is what I have done with them that matters
    I immediately replace them with God’s words.
    To meditate on those thoughts is to find a way to actualize them so I don’t meditate on sin.

    Finally, God’s responsibility is to judge, our responsibility is to love them to Jesus so they can surrender to the loving arms of Jesus and escape judgment.

    As much as I am not a servant of sin, I know how sin can beset one so I fear sin and i run from situations that would allow sin gain a stronghold in my life because that would make me ineffective in God’s kingdom.

    Cheers

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    • Hi Tessa, I really appreciate your contribution. But to respond to your first statement about making laws to make certain sins acceptable… No heterosexual has to fight for their right to have sex with other heterosexuals because IT IS THE STATUS QUO and very legal. This is not about what is legal in the world, but what is acceptable and pleasing to God. God bless you!

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  4. Great thoughts, and write insightful.
    I have a while lot to say, but will whittle down to a simple statement. We humans will struggle with sin until we come into a personal revelation of The Father and His love. Nothing overpowers your mind and frees it from sin like the revelation of the love of God. Because God is love, it is finding that love that causes His seed to be deposited in you and destroying the taste for sin. A few days ago I sent back to studying John 8, particularly the adulterous woman. Jesus spent more time dealing with the accusers than the woman. What cannot be merely read from that chapter is the intangible transaction that occurred between Jesus and the woman. Statement “woman where are your accusers?…neither do I accuse you. Go and sin no more”, totally broke and changed her. It is that intangible transaction that we all must come to for true change to occur for both the petty thief and the armed robber. Oops..I promised not to say much so others can share their insights on this.

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    • Thanks Reggie for visiting my blog and making such an insightful contribution! I will say that I judge no one, I just speak the Truth. If anyone feels judged, that’s between them and the Truth (God and Jesus)!

      Have a great day x

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