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For This Reason

For This Reason is the blog of our pastor, Joe Helt.

It covers a wide range of topics concerning the church and how we are to live as Christians.

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Response to News 14

The following was sent to NBC 14 News in response to Ms. Jamee French's questions. Her questions and my response follow.


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Dear Ms. French,


Thank you for giving me the chance to respond to your good questions. Taking them in order:


Question 1: Please tell me why you made the post?


Answer: I wrote the post because I am a preacher of the Gospel in God’s Word, the Bible. And God’s Word commands us to flee and repent of our sins. This public party robs men and women and children tempted by various sexual sins of repentance by telling them to celebrate their sins, so I gave our community God’s warning.



Question 2: Please tell me if you still stand by it after it's received several comments and shares of backlash?


Answer: Sure. I moved here from Bloomington, so I knew the partiers and their friends would not want to hear God’s call to repentance. I’m not a politician; I’m a preacher of the Gospel and I’m not ashamed of the Gospel.



Question 3: Also what's your message to those who are upset by your post?


Answer: I understand, and there’s a solution: repent of your sexual sin and trust the blood of Jesus to wash you. If you turn to Jesus, your anger will turn to sorrow, then joy and peace.



Question 4: If you had a loved one who was LGBTQ+ would you still feel the same way?


Answer: First, if you’ll allow me to nitpick over words, this has nothing to do with feelings. It’s God’s law and my work is preaching. But about loved ones, why would anyone assume a pastor calling women and men to repent of sexual sins doesn’t know or love women and men in bondage to sexual sins? Not true. I have loved men all my life, and maybe more intensely than any gay or bi man has ever loved another man. My work preaching is fighting to save their souls.


Cordially,


Joseph Helt

Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Jasper

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Letter regarding Pride in the Park in Jasper, IN

      Dear community and community leaders,

 

           We write as Christians out of a spirit of goodwill who want the best for our neighbors. The Lord Jesus has commanded us to love our neighbors and work for the good of our communities. One of the ways we are taught to do this is by appealing to our neighbors to embrace truth and reject what will ultimately harm them. 

           In late June this year, Jasper will host the third annual Gay Pride event at a public park. For any town to allow such an event speaks to the moral degradation of the age. Homosexuality is not a matter of pride because no one should take pride in his or her sin, regardless of what that sin is.  Any public support for hosting it at any publicly funded facility is to our shame. 

           Appeals like this are often met with cries of “homophobia,” but we all know this is an illegitimate argument. Disagreement is not hatred, and actual love is neither unconditional agreement nor unconditional approval. Actual love for our neighbor wants what is best for one another. 

           The dangers of homosexuality are many. It produces heartache at many levels. It correlates to massive spikes in many STDs, depression, and suicide. A community that celebrates homosexuality puts its citizens at increased risk of misery and death. We do not promote drunkenness or drug addiction because we all know the effect it has on individuals and communities. We should not promote homosexuality on similar terms.

           Adding to the darkness of this event is the insistence by the promoters that it is "family friendly" and that there are specific events meant to appeal to "youth." It is well known and documented that grooming of children is a large part of the development of homosexual sin - that it is often helped along by older men and women who urge children and teens to embrace these sins. We ought to protect our youth from these practices and ideas so that they will not suffer the very real consequences outlined above. Jesus says, in Luke 17:2, “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.”

           The Gospel of Jesus Christ is both grace and truth. The truth that humans are lawbreakers of the law of God must be admitted and confessed, and the grace of God to forgive sins and grant eternal life is available to any who will come to God through turning from sin and trusting in the Lord Jesus by faith. God’s grace must never be used as an excuse for indulging in wickedness, for Scripture says, “God is not mocked.” 

           1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” God has spoken from heaven and He is clear, rebellion against Him will never bring us near to Him. But there is the free offer of grace and forgiveness for any who will come to Him. We desire for all to have this forgiveness and appeal to you to receive it. 

           Christians should call for the City Parks Department to deny the event use of its facilities. God calls for the community leaders and companies who have supported it to publicly denounce it. And God calls for all churches in the area to call men to repentance. 

 

In Christ’s love,

 

Joe Helt, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Jasper

Josh Lagrange, Pastor of True Vine Baptist Church of Ferdinand

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When Roe Is Overturned

Each year in Indiana approximately 7,500 of our citizens are murdered. Year after year, mothers and fathers have walked through the doors of various abortuaries to kill their unborn sons and daughters. While it is true that abortion has been around since time immemorial, we have mechanized it and perfected it in our day. It is clinical, and it is common.


But, with the very real hope of Roe v. Wade being overturned, we have a coming reality: we will have thousands of children who otherwise would have been murdered by their parents coming into the world to breathe and live. It is a good reality, but it comes hand-in-hand with the complex problem of knowing how to care for these children. Although a problem, this does not mean it is bad; rather, we must think of solutions and prepare. Are we prepared for this world?


Beginning very soon, thousands of unwanted children will enter the world around us. We must be ready to meet them as orphans in our streets. We must be prepared to care for them and love them. We must be ready to bring them into our homes and lives. What preparations are necessary?


We will have to work twice as hard to provide material goods for them. The money and food and clothing we have been giving will have to double or triple. Many of us must enter the world of adoption and foster care. Baby boxes for abandoned infants will need to be commonplace.


Though the world has accused the church of not caring for the least of these—and using that argument to slaughter their children—we know that we have been hard at work. The church has built pregnancy centers and food pantries and diaper drives. Now we must redouble the work. The world will always have orphans, and soon it will have many more.


It is a logistical problem, to be sure, but it is also a spiritual problem. In ourselves, we do not have the strength and resources to help all these little ones. But we do have the power of the Spirit to help us care for the unwanted and unloved. We must ask God for His help to prepare for and to do the work. We must cry out to Him for the strength to meet the need.


Thousands of children will now need our help in very real ways. Rise up, O Church!

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