August 8th, 2016
Gay Clothing Means Richly Dressed
For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? (James 2:2-4 KJV)
These verses are pointing out disparity in the eye of an over critical person of a man who is dressed to the hilt in rich apparel weighing against the appearance of another who look as if he is poor and is clothed in soiled rags.
God does not look at individuals solely by their outward appearance; rather He intently peers at the inward spiritual heart condition of their heart. The heart of mankind is the center of his soul or who he is as a person (Proverbs 4:23). Man either has a spiritually godly heart or a wicked evil heart aligned with the god of this world.
Today I want to examine a different aspect of these particular verses.
The word “gay” is found only once in God’s Word. It is found in this particular King James Bible verse from the book of James. The use of the word “gay” as inspired of God solely in describing the outer apparel of this rich man.
However, the word “gay” is no longer used in the same godly context today. It is widely implied and used and accepted and recognized in “modern” bibles and contemporary vocabulary adopted in this world as a word having to do with a chosen lifestyle of intimate personal relations with a person of the same sex.
God’s terminology has not changed since the beginning of time. The word “gay” will always aptly describe something joyful, rich, and colorful. In this case a man’s choice of clothing.
God will always call the choice of ungodly affection what it is: vile affection, unseemingly, unnatural affection (Romans 1:26-27, 2 Timothy 3:3) and fornication (1 Corinthians 6:9). God also called it an abomination (a disgrace to the holiness of God) in (Leviticus 20:13). The wicked men of Sodom chose to live by the evil desire of their flesh and becoming known as inhabitants of Sodom or “Sodomites” who preferred the act of “Sodomy” rather than natural relations as God intended.
God set a pattern in place in the beginning detailing natural roles for both males and females (Genesis 1:27-28.) and aptly called anything outside of natural relations as He saw aptly fit named as Sodomy.
Isn’t it crazy how the world’s sinful desires have moved to change or hijack the definition of words revealed in the Word of God over a course of a few thousand years to point towards another meaning much different than was presented by God?
However, these evil practices come as no surprise to God. (Proverbs 17:15, Isaiah 5:20, Luke 16:15).