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Romans 1-3 continued...

Romans 1:24-32.

Romans 1:24-32, "Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them."

Sexual immorality is nothing new. Homosexuality is nothing new. Homosexuality was rampant in the Roman Empire. It was written that Julius Caesar was every woman's man, and every man's woman. The dean of a 1.1 million person Christian denomination said that he doesn't believe that homosexuality is a sin. This is a dean of a seminary! He just lost the nomination for president of that 1.1 million member denomination. He says "Homosexuality is by no stretch of the imagination a Biblical theme. Sodom and Gomorrah had nothing to do with homosexuality" he said. "Paul criticized immorality, not homosexuals" said this theologian. An Episcopal Bishop has written a book in which he says the apostle Paul was a self-hating repressed homosexual. In his book "Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism" Don Shelby Sponge, Bishop of the Newark, New Jersey Diocese contends that, "the apostle Paul was a self-loathing and repressed gay male." According to this AP article (in a newspaper being quoted by pastor Martin) Sponge also argued that the Biblical accounts of miracles such as the virgin birth and the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ never took place, they're not to be taken literally. Even more recently in USA Today there was an article titled "Out Of The Church Closet", talking homosexuality in the Christian Church, with such headings as "Gay Clergy Fight For Their Rights To Minister Their Faith." A lesbian Presbertyrian minister, who is a practicing lesbian pastor of a Rochester, New York Presbertyrian Church is fighting the church courts and says she will go to the civil courts to keep her position at the church because she feels she has a right to minister even though she is a practicing lesbian in a lesbian relationship right now. Bishop Sponge is also quoted in this same newspaper spread. He says, "We should open our heart." He says he has ten openly gay priests serving in parishes serving in his diocese and he also believes and says "That as long as the church refuses to allow gays to come honestly into the church then I don't think the church has the right to say anything to the gay community about sexual ethics." "I think we should open our hearts to accept the gay community" he says, "and only then can the dialogue begin." He continues, "The only thing I think the church should require of gays and lesbians is that they live their life with integrity. That they be in life giving and faithful relationships with their partners." Recently in Pasadena, California, All Saints Church, an Episcopal congregation of 3,000 performed a blessing ceremony for two men in a homosexual relationship. It was basically a homosexual wedding service. I quote from the Moody Monthly, "Such ceremonies have occurred previously in the United Church of Christ, the Pro-Homosexual Metropolitan Community Churches and a few other liberal congregations. But All Saints Church, the largest Episcopal congregation west of the Mississippi is the most prominent church to sponsor one."

What does God think about homosexuality? Genesis 19:1-13. "The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 'My lords,' he said, 'please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.' 'No,' they answered. 'we will spend the night in the square.' But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast [this could have been during the Days of Unleavened Bread], and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom--both young and old--surrounded the house. They called to Lot, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.' Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, 'No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.'

'Get out of the way,' they replied. And they said, 'This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We'll treat you worse than them.' They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.

The two men said to Lot, 'Do you have anyone else here--sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.'"

In Lot's opening statement to the two men he was basically saying "stay with me till morning and then get out of town quick!" In the Middle East, when you ate with someone, you were obliged to be a friend with that person for life and you were his protector as long as he was under your roof. He would protect you with his life. He would spare nothing to spare your life. These two men who were really angels were his guests. The ethics of the day said, "You do anything within your power to spare your guest harm." This is reflected in Jesus' statement in Revelation when he says "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone will hear my voice and will open the door, I will come in and I will eat with him and he with me." He's saying, "I'll be your friend forever--I'll defend you with my life." He's already done that with the danger of our sin.

They said about Lot, "He's an alien, and now he's acting like a judge?!?" This is the homosexual community's constant accusation. There's this society that wants to abuse children [Namibia or something like that], and they're fighting for their rights to abuse children! And if you raise a stand against them, they say, "Oh, so you're our judge?!? You're so much better than us?" This complaint they have is nothing new. They were so bent on sinning that when God smote them with blindness they still didn't stop trying to find the door to Lot's house. They wore themselves out trying to find the door. This is how inflamed they were, how perverted they were. God judged them, Jude said, because these men went after strange flesh. God made them an example of eternal fire [an eternal fire being a fire that isn't quenched, but burns itself out when the fuel is used up.]. They were punished for their sin. God lays down his laws for his society in Leviticus 18:22-29. "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable [Hebrew: audacious depravity]. Do not have sexual relations with an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion. Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations before you became defiled. Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the aliens living among you must not do any of these detestable things, for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you. Everyone who does any of these detestable things--such persons must be cut off from their people."

This takes care of the argument that when God talks about homosexuality, he is talking about promiscuous homosexuality. God says, "I don't care if you are promiscuous about it or not." He says in verse 22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female, it is an audacious depravity." God goes on to say that the people who do that should be cut off. In ancient Israel under God's authority there was a death penalty for that.

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." In Ephesians 5 the apostles Paul tells us "Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them, for it is disgraceful to even speak of the things which are done by them in secret." 1 Timothy 1:9-10. "We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers--and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me." If you have a problem with this you have a problem with God, not me. The Bible says homosexuality is a sin problem not a genetic problem.

The top named sex researchers are saying the same thing. Masters and Johnson said in 1979, "We're born man, woman and sexual beings. We learn our sexual preferences and orientations." Masters and Johnson are the famous sex researchers that everyone quotes when referring to sex problems--they're quoted all the time. Then in 1984 William Masters said, "The genetic theory of homosexuality has been generally discarded today, despite the interest in hormone mechanisms in the origin of homosexuality. No serious scientist today suggests that a simple cause-effect relationship applies."

I'm not gay bashing, because I believe with all my heart that God loves homosexuals. I believe he hates the sin of homosexuality. And I believe that Jesus Christ can set you free if you're struggling with homosexuality or lesbianism or any perversion. God can set you free. It's a learned behavior, and through the power of Christ you can unlearn that, and you can be given new desires, and the power to say "No" to those old desires by the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe that can happen. And it has happened. Dr. Alfred Kinsey stated "I have myself come to the conclusion that homosexuality is largely a matter of conditioning." Dr. R. Kronimeyer, in the New York Tribune said, "With rare exceptions, homosexuality is neither genetic nor the result of some glandular disturbance. Homosexuals are made not born that way. From my 25 years experience as a clinical psychologist I firmly believe that homosexuality is a learned response to early painful experiences and that it can be unlearned." Kinsey was convinced that "The psychologists were making matters worse by starting with the assumption that homosexuality was an inherited abnormality which could not be cured simply because it was inherent. Kinsey was confident that there was absolutely no evidence of inheritance." Of course the Bible has said this for 2,000 years. The Bible isn't right because Masters and Johnson agree with it. The Bible isn't right because Alfred Kinsey has discovered the Bible is right. The Bible is right, and these guys, for once, happen to hit it right on the mark.

What this means is that there is tremendous potential for men and women to be set free from the sexual perversions and bondage's, because it isn't genetic. If it's genetic, how can you change it, right? But it's not, and if you're having these struggles right now, and maybe you've never done anything yet, I want you to listen to me, God didn't make you gay. God didn't make anyone a homosexual or a lesbian or a pervert of any kind. God has not made you that way. A lot of people get their introduction into homosexual lifestyles by being molested, by someone who was molested who was molested. It's a cycle, this pattern that goes on and on. And if you've been hurt that way, Jesus Christ can heal you, and you need to be healed, and he has great compassion for you. So don't get this idea, even if you're involved in it, the Lord loves you, and wants to save you and set you free.

We're not bashing anybody, that's not the spirit of the Word, but the Word is saying, now if you're going to get militant about it, and demand your rights, we have to say, 'Well look, the Bible says, "It's a sin." And it shouldn't be a "right." It will destroy society. Why is it, those of you who know history will attest to this, why is it that every civilization, just before it fell, it's like the thing that pushed it over the edge was a rampant acceptance of homosexuality? The Greek Empire, the Roman Empire, the French just before the revolution occurred, there was this rampant acceptance of homosexuality. When the family gets attacked like that, and the basic building block of the society is the family, the family structure rots and the society is given over to these perversions, then the land itself spews out the inhabitants just like God's Word says [it did in ancient Canaan]. This last month somebody gave me a video of a Gay Rights, Gay Pride Week parade, one held in Portland. I have never in my entire life seen anything as sick and perverted and obscene as what was done in public in this parade. This is what we want to pass tomorrow night. The city [of Phoenix, Arizona] wants to pass Gay Rights legislation. Everyone should see the video I saw, but no one should see it, if you know what I mean. It is absolutely gross. And this is in broad daylight, stuff that like the Bible says, is too gross to even talk about. And yet it needs to be exposed. It's scary. [If you have a gay or lesbian friend, how would you share Jesus with them? This question is answered in David T. Moore's cassette "What Do I Say To My Gay Friend?" which can be ordered online at: . Be sure and order a copy of this tape. True Christians, like Jesus, aren't out to destroy and kill like the Pharisees wanted Jesus to do with that woman caught in adultery. True Christians want to spare, forgive and see Jesus save those who are in bondage to sin, and the gays are no exception. If you've been gay bashing, look closely at your motives, because they're not Christ inspired.]

Well, it's sure easy to point the finger at homosexual immorality, but what about heterosexual immorality?

Some people reason, "One's better than the other, I'll sin straight." Let's look at 1 Corinthians 6:9 again and see who God picks on first. Who's the first group mentioned?--Fornicators. What is fornication? It's just the Bible's word for any kind of pre-marital sex. You've been living together for three years? No you've been fornicating for three years. You love the girl? Well if you love her that much why don't you marry her? Adultery is when you have sex with someone who is not your married partner. Homosexuality is the last thing Paul talks about. The first thing he talks about are promiscuous heterosexuals. The book "The Day America Told The Truth" revealed that one in five Americans loses his or her virginity before the age of 13. At least one third of married men and women are having or have had an affair lasting, on the average, one year. And saddest of all, the survey showed that religion plays no part in shaping more than half of all Americans opinions on sexuality. His survey, funny thing, showed that most Americans believe in God, and they believe in the Bible. But when it comes to what they do with their sexuality, the Bible is thrown out the door--who cares what God says? And we're paying the price. A year ago U.S. News & World Report stated that teenage sexuality is way up from what it had been, and American college students are the most sexually promiscuous group in the country. Well, who's to blame for all this? I think, first of all, parents are to blame. Many teens are simply taking their cue from Mom and Dad. The All-American now has seven sex partners in his or her life. Kids know what you're doing. It doesn't work anymore to be saying, "Don't do as I do, do as I say." That never really worked, and it's not going to work today. Parents can't continue to do that and have their kids unaffected--do you understand? Parents are to blame. Our media is to blame--sexually explicit movies, television, programs, sitcoms, late-night movies and very sexually oriented commercials are to blame. Garbage in, garbage out. Lot got real comfortable [living] in Sodom. The angels had to drag him out of the city before it was destroyed. He was so numbed by what was going on.

Even our public schools are to blame for what's going on. If you're a public school teacher, hats off to you. I am not talking about you, but I am talking about sex education text books that are used in most American classrooms today, that are going far beyond a simple biology lesson explaining the physiological matters of reproduction and birth. Instead they try to teach sex and sex education without any corresponding moral responsibility. And the results have been disastrous. Since they started sex education in school teen pregnancies have soured--it just follows. Look at when it started. When they started giving kids contraceptives, what has happened? In a corresponding relation, teen sex and pregnancy have also increased. Sex education textbooks encourage pre-marital sex as valuable and good. I'm not making this up. I'm going to read, and I've had to edit like crazy to be able to read this to you. One text designed for elementary and High School students says, "Sex is like learning to play a game," and then it goes on, I didn't write it, "encourage the kids to practice so that they can become very good at the game." These textbooks also encourage sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility. Listen to what one textbook says, "Not so long ago, boys believed that they were somehow obligated to marry a girl if they had intercourse with her. That idea isn't nearly so prevalent now. One relationship may end with intercourse and then the boy goes onto a different kind or the same kind of a relationship with another girl. This is all part of the process of growing up, of maturing." Sick! One very popular textbook gives the advice to homosexual teens on how to pick up older homosexual men. I couldn't even read it to you. Now, your kids are in public school, Mom and Dad. When's the last time you checked out what they're being taught??? When's the last time you went to a P.T.O. meeting or a P.T.A. meeting? When's the last time you took their textbook and said, "Let me read this" and you looked up the sections that you need to see? You have a responsibility to do that. "Well, I'm paying them to do that." No, you're paying godless, amoral people who write those textbooks to teach your children what you don't believe in! That's what you're paying for. That's what your tax dollars are giving you. Praise God, we've got some Christian teachers in there, but I tell you, they're fighting a battle that is a losing battle, and they know it. Thank God for those missionaries in the public schools. But they can't stem the tide.

Our heroes are to blame as well. Magic Johnson's dear friend, 1984 Olympic Woman's Basketball team member Pamela McGee shared the following in a Los Angeles Times article, "I guess it didn't surprise me that Magic had the disease, knowing his flamboyant lifestyle. It was bound to happen sooner or later. Magic's closest friends always knew him as a major player and womanizer. He had one-night stands with what he'd call "freaks" all across America. The reason he probably made it public is to warn the thousands of women he has slept with. So it didn't surprise me that he had the insidious disease we call H.I.V." In Sports Illustrated Magazine, Magic stated, "That from the time he first arrived in Los Angeles he accommodated as many women sexually as he could." Oh, he's our hero. And now he's the great A.I.D.S. spokesperson. A guy who by his own admission went out with every freak that would come his direction. What kind of heroes do we have? Wilt Chamberlain, recently made the startling claim that he had sex with nearly twenty thousand women. Why not 500 thousand, Wilt? I don't know if he's telling the truth or not.

Infamous Dallas Cowboy linebacker Hollywood Henderson admitted in his book "Out of Control, Confessions of an NFL Casualty", he admitted that with the five years he was with the Cowboys he had "affairs with over a thousand women, from one night stands to three day romances, to four or five women a night at orgies." What kind of heroes do we have? Pete Rose turns out to be a major league gambler, and Sugar Ray Leonard was discovered to be punching his petite little wife. What kind of heroes do we have? Men running for the highest office of the land talk about their adulterous affairs, like the deceit and immorality that has to accompany an affair will not have any effect on how they operate in public office--and we should not let their affairs effect what we think of them and their credibility. [For more on this subject CLICK ON: and order the cassette series "The Most Dangerous Gospel"] I have a problem with that. I think that those who are in public places and public offices and public leadership have a higher standard [to maintain] than anyone else in our land. Oh but Christians are different, aren't they? I wish.

A number of years ago a survey of recently divorced Christians of a large church appeared in Christianity Today. They weren't all recently divorced, some of them were divorced for a long time. And its research showed among other things, that Christians are involved in sexual immorality in numbers that you never even thought of. Get this. Now before I share with you these statistics, I want you to grab this. In the very beginning of the survey all of the people were asked, "Are you Christians?" "Yes." Well, we know there's a difference between Christians and born-again Christians, right? So the next question was: "Are you a born-again Christian?" And all of them responding to this survey said "Yes." "We are born-again Christians and we know what that means." So when they were asked, "Is celibacy realistic for a formerly married Christian?" Only 47 percent of the divorced men, and 24 percent of the women reported that celibacy is realistic. Now I thought that it would be the guy who would say, "Now forget this, man." It's the women. 29 percent of the men and 28 percent of the women reported that they weren't sure that it was wrong. Oh wait a minute. I don't know where they're going to Church, do you? Only 9 percent, listen, only 9 percent of the men and only 27 percent of the women had been celibates since end of their marriages. That means that celibacy means you don't have sexual relations with anybody. Only 9 percent of these born-again Christian men and only 27 percent of the born-again Christian women had been celibate since the end of their marriage. The rest of the group of born-again Christians were sexually active, some having relations more than 50 times since their divorces. One fourth of the men said that celibacy was unrealistic. Almost half of the women said they could not practice celibacy. The survey asked them an obvious question: "Well, don't you care about what the Bible says and with what you're doing?" And you know what, they almost all of them said? 67 percent of the men, 58 percent of the women said, "Yeah, we've got a conflict going on." One person replied, "Sometimes I feel so despondent after I've been out and engaging in immorality that I feel like I want to die, rather than live in this torn apart feeling." Maybe some of you know how this person feels. Another person said, "I have tremendous guilt when I am sexually immoral. My guilt prevents my spiritual growth." And maybe some of us can relate to our spiritual growth being stifled because of sexual immorality that we're engaging in. But I think one of the most interesting results of this survey is to see how the Christians who are sleeping around justify their sexual immorality. One person who'd slept around 10 to 20 times said, "I've prayed about my sexual needs and God has answered them and given me someone to relate with. I couldn't have planned it that way." Give me a break. Don't any of you come to me, and tell me that God wants you to have this married man--that God's brought him into your life. Don't tell me that. Because God would never do anything to contradict his Word. And God never makes exceptions for us. You're being deceived. That's sin. Another person who had slept around 20 to 50 times simply stated, "I don't feel condemned by God." Well, you know why? Because probably about the 20th time the Holy Spirit stopped bugging you about it anymore. You know you can sin and sin and sin and finally God says, "I'll give you what you want, you can have it, but what you sow you're going to what?--REAP. And you'll stop being convicted of sin. And if you're in an immoral relationship right now and you don't feel guilty about it, YIKES!!! You had better hit the panic button! Hit it! Because you're in danger! You might not even be a Christian if you don't feel condemned by sexual immorality. What makes you feel you are a Christian? Someone who had 10 to 20 episodes said, "My personal faith affirms God's law for the whole man, not unreal antiquated rules." MAN! The One who made us made this Book! You buy a new car and the manual comes with it. You buy a VCR, state of the art, a manual comes with it. You buy a T.V., a manual come with it. And you don't throw it out and call it antiquated rules! I mean, that's how to program things for success. And God's written the rulebook, and He knows how life should be lived, and if you don't live this way you're gonna get yourself in a lot of trouble.

And finally, a person involved in 50 plus episodes sleeping around stated, "Christ wants us to live abundant lives. To me that includes sex." Whoa! Well I'm not anti-sex and I don't believe God's anti-sex. Sex is great, in marriage. God meant for sex to be placed in the protection of a marriage where you're with one partner for the rest of your life. Not to see how many conquests you could make. You know, any dog could do that. I mean, any dog can run around and make conquests. But I like the definition of a good lover. It says, "A man who can satisfy one woman all her life, and a woman who can satisfy one man all her life." That's the definition of a good lover. There's all this pressure to prove you're macho, you know. Macho, smacho, you're just a dog in heat, you know, that's all you are. Well this has been a very interesting message, very uplifting. I feel like apologizing and yet, I mean, it's God's Word.

Now what if the shoe has fit, what if the Holy Spirit has knocked you along side of the head today? I just want to warn you. Listen. We are not talking about something now that is not dangerous. We are now talking about a life and death issue when we're talking about sexuality. We are not being told the whole truth about A.I.D.S. The information I get from sources other than the Center For Disease Control--it's telling me things that you're not hearing. In fact, a little tiny piece in USA Today, about this tall, that nobody probably read, was clipped and given to me. And it's an announcement from the C.D.C. stating, "That we now know, and believe, that there are two to three times as many A.I.D.S. cases as we have reported." So you take the current number, what, 200,000 and multiply that times two or three. And then you multiply that probably times 10 [six million, and this sermon was given around 1995--the data is five years old already. The infected figure could be as high as 20 to 30 million infected A.I.D.S. cases!--one eighth of our population in the United States!!] Because you can have the disease and be passing it along and not have the symptoms yet. A.I.D.S. will kill you. And the sad thing is, A.I.D.S. won't just kill you, it'll kill your family too. I mean, there are families now where the father messed around, his wife got A.I.D.S. from him, the baby got A.I.D.S. because she had it, and the entire family has been killed by this awful disease. You see, it doesn't select the guilty party. It's gone beyond that now, O.K.? You're endangering not only you but the ones you love. You're a fool to be fooling around. God said, "I'm not going to be mocked, whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." And I'm warning you, if ever--you better be serious about what God says about morality, about sexuality and purity, you'd better be serious today, because we're not living in the 70's, we're not living in the 60's, we're living in the 90's and people are going to die, and this congregation if affected already. And it will be more and more. And it's tragic. And it could have all been avoided had we lived what we know. Dear precious flock, I love you, I don't want to see you hurt. Listen to the Lord.

Now next week what I want to do is I want us to get together, and I want us to talk about some of the pressures that you experience as a single, maybe a divorced single, maybe a single single, a married person with strong sexual temptations. We're going to talk about what the pressure is. I mean, in the dating scene today, if you say no, you may never get a date again, right? So, what do you do? Let's talk about that next week. Let's see what God's Word says, and let's see what God's Word has given us, to stand victorious in purity, O.K.?

Now if you have sinned sexually, I don't want you to think it's the end of the world, either. I want you to know that you are forgiven, if you will repent of your sins, Jesus will forgive you. If you'll turn from it, if you'll leave that lifestyle Jesus will forgive you. He's already done it at the cross, you've been forgiven. You need to claim the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. And it says, "And such were some of you, but you are washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God (I Cor. 6:11-12). You are forgiven in Christ. He doesn't hate you. But you can reap awful consequences from your sin. God's forgiveness doesn't mean you won't get A.I.D.S. or syphilis, which is now in epidemic stages [to say nothing of incurable herpes which will destroy your ability to have a loving sexual relationship in marriage for the rest of your life!]. What you sow you will reap. We can pray for a crop failure, though. [Jesus in John 8 said to the woman caught in adultery, "Now go and sin no more." He forgave her and set her free."]

[This has been a transcript of a sermon given by pastor J. Mark Martin of Calvary Community Church, Phoenix, Arizona.]

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