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one. There is none that
understandeth, there is none that
seeketh after God. They are all
gone out of the way, they are
together become unprofitable; there
is none that doeth good, no, not one
For all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
As you read the next scripture verse,
please do so carefully and let the Apostle
Paul’s words sink deep into your heart.
In fact, I ask you to read it twice. Slowly.
But by the grace of God I am what
I am (1 Corinthians 15:10).
This scripture first became real to me
when I was just 25 years old. I had been
invited to serve as one of several leaders
at our church congregation. At the time, I
felt far too young and wet behind the
ears; however, I accepted the invitation
and asked the Lord to use me for His
eternal glory. Soon thereafter, a member
in our church fell into the sin of adultery.
Everyone was devastated and sought the
Lord for direction. The church leaders
came together and discussed the biblical
way of handling this member who had
fallen. As we sat there in a circle, each
man taking his turn to share, an older
gray-haired deacon named Bill raised his
head and said the words which would
profoundly impact me for the rest of my
life: “but for the grace of God, there go
Dear reader, with that humbling thought
in mind, may I challenge you to consider
this fact: if you have never been tangled
up in the sin of sexual wickedness, such
as masturbation, incest, dirty magazines,
loose talk, fornication, adultery, or
homosexuality, then you might do well to
agree with the Apostle Paul and my gray-
haired deacon friend when they say:
by the grace of God I am what I am.
Let us continue our discussion on same
sex marriages, the Supreme Court ruling
and how that is affecting every person in
America, including those who live in the
Amish and Mennonite culture.
Many of us, including myself, have had
our heads buried in the sand when it
comes to Amish and Mennonite
homosexuality. We have said it just
won’t happen in these two cultures. But
the truth is, it is happening in those two
cultures! It is happening everywhere. It
is happening in all tongues, nations, and
cultures. Sadly, the Scripture tells us
clearly; it will get worse before it gets
Consider the following portions of God’s
This know also, that in the last days
perilous times shall come. For men
shall be lovers of their own
affection...despisers of those that are
good...lovers of pleasures more than
lovers of God (II Timothy 3:2-4).
Wherefore God also gave them up
to uncleanness through the lusts of
their own hearts, to dishonor their
own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a
lie...For this cause God gave them
up unto vile affections: for even their
women did change the natural use
into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving
the natural use of the woman,
burned in their lust one toward
another... (Romans 1:24-27).
I am not aware of any Amish churches in
membership. However, that is not the
case with all Mennonite
churches. There is one
(Mennonite USA) that
not only accepts the
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