Miles opened the message by likening the immorality of Noah's time to certain recent issues. Just as Noah's world was corrupted by sin, today, we are faced with a crisis which threatens to ruin this country - homosexual marriages. Clearly, God loves all, yet all must repent of their sins. Proponents of homosexual marriages argue the importance of loving/accepting others as they are, but the Rock Church refuses to do so. The Rock does not claim to be tolerant, but biblical.
This issue is particularly grave, as it carries with it the potential for gender declassification, and the claim that women/men are interchangeable. A law exists which requires United States public schools to honor children's cross-gender assertions in support of the theory that gender is not really about one's physical body, but his/her perceived sexuality.
Through the story of Noah, Miles taught of the proper way to live. As we find ourselves in a country that is institutionalizing an unhealthy, disease-ridden, deviant behavior, this message is particularly important.
Six important characteristics of the days of Noah serve to identify the sin of his time, and God's love and redemption.
- The earth was full of wickedness.
In addition to man's evilness, corrupt sexual unions occurred which consequentially poisoned the human race. Many believe that the "sons of God" referenced in verse 2 were actually demonic beings that preyed sexually upon mortal women. 2 Peter 2:4-8 and Jude 1:5-7 offer additional insight into the beings of the time.
While it holds true that all sins are created equal, one must also concede that some sins carry more substantial consequences. Sexual sin brings with it great repercussions, as all other sins are committed outside a man's body. You must only read the account of Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction (which can be found in Genesis 19), to know that this is truth.
- The Holy Spirit was striving with man.
God, then and now, calls for repentance. He cannot tolerate sin, and wants dearly for us to turn to him, seeking forgiveness for our disobedience and transgressions.
- God's heart was grieved.
The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and his heart was full of pain Genesis 6:5-6
- Justice was demanded and 120 years was given to build the ark.
Our God is merciful yet just. Because of the wickedness of mankind, He decided to wipe every creature from the earth, save Noah and his family (as Noah had found favor with the Lord). 2 Peter 3:9 provides additional evidence of God's love and desire for repentance.
- Grace was found; Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Genesis 6:9b When the whole world was sexually deviant, Noah chose to serve and honor God, refusing to bow before sin. A Christian must seek to please God, commiting his/her ways to the Lord.
Today, in the midst of the spiritual warfare surrounding the homosexual marriage issue, we must trust God, and do only as He says. We are called to be preachers of righteousness, like Noah. For any suffering or persecution that we could experience during our short lives on earth does not compare to an eternity without God.
- God provided a plan of salvation.
Just as God spared Noah and his family, God can provide us with abundant, purposeful life. The promise of John 3:16 should still speak to us today, reminding us of God's inconceivable love for his creation, and the grace that we have all been shown despite our sins.