I’m just a little confused and I guess wondering if others are too. I can’t seem to reconcile a few things that I have read lately with the Truth of God’s Word. My line of thinking goes something like this.
Is homosexuality a sin? Some people say “yes”, some people say “no”…many of the people who say “yes” follow it up with “but so is lying”. I understand…sin is sin. What I don’t understand is why we would think that makes it acceptable as a lifestyle. Lying is very destructive. As a matter of fact, it is one of 3 things that the Lord specifically says He hates…along with pride and murder. So just as a Christian would not pursue a lifestyle of lying…I’m not sure why we think this excuses the fact that professing Christians are beginning to pursue same sex attraction. “Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you.” If the Spirit of Christ is truly at work in us, we are continually searching our heart for sin and eradicating it at all costs.
Is homosexuality the agenda of the world or the agenda of the Church? If you disagree with me here I will need you to provide Bible verses…ones where God ever blessed same sex relationships. He created man and woman and then commanded them to be fruitful and multiply. When He talked about the Church as His Bride, He was very specific to name Himself as the Groom. As a matter of fact, every reference in the Bible to homosexuality is so blatantly negative that our society would surely label God a bigot if they actually read them.
Did Jesus die for homosexuals? YES, YES, and YES. In that sense, homosexuality joins a very long list of things that we can be saved from…freed from the web of sin. Did He die so that homosexuals could be free to live that lifestyle? Never. There is a reason He specifically told the woman in adultery to “Go and sin no more”…her lifestyle would lead nowhere but destruction. It was killing her inside. He wanted her to be whole.
Can a practicing homosexual have fellowship with Christ? Here’s where I get really confused and maybe you do too. There are now groups publically professing to be born again, Jesus-following Christians AND living in a homosexual relationship. If you believe the truth of God’s Word, you have to believe that homosexuality is included in a long list of sins… a long list of sins that as a Christian we give our very lives to avoid and instantly repent of when we fall into. Hebrews 10:27 puts it like this “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries of God.” Guys, this is serious. There is a serious difference between willful continuation in sin and avoidance of sin at all costs with repentance when it is brought to light. A homosexual lifestyle is the willful continuation of sin. So can you love Christ and a sinful attraction at the same time? “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Matthew 6:24
Why not leave this issue alone? After all, it is their choice. First of all, because we are not called to leave people to die in their sins…we are called to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. People with same sex attractions are struggling with much confusion themselves. It must be very scary to not have normal feelings automatically coming forth when a child arrives at the right age for them. Many times, this confusion is compounded by sexual abuses or unhealthy parental relationships that might encourage the same sex attraction in some way. I am sure there is much guilt and shame for many people when it seems they cannot control these impulses of the flesh. And while the LGBT powers that be tell you how “freeing” it is to “come out of the closet” and just “be myself”, I don’t buy it. I think just as people who will carry baggage and face consequences for sex before marriage, people who are openly gay are struggling with the destruction that inevitably comes with rebellion toward God. Of course, the people with the agenda for the next generation…the loud voices of the LGBT community… will tell you that they all feel perfectly normal and are as happy as any heterosexual couple…maybe as happy as any heterosexual couple continuing in sin, but never one who is free to enjoy each other because they have placed themselves under the parameters of a loving and protecting God. Outside of those parameters, there isn’t any long lasting peace or joy.
What happens when the Church raises the white flag on this issue? We expect the world to wear this sin as well as they wear any other. We expect people who need Jesus to be living a lifestyle of sin of whichever flavor tempts them, but what happens when the Church lets the world win on this issue? All you have to do is look at what has happened to marriages since we raised the white flag on fornication and adultery. Virginity and abstinence might as well be dirty words. People are SHOCKED when sex is saved for the “til death do us part” partner. Divorce in society is the order of the day…or why get married at all? Abortion is a casual way to fix a “mistake”. Sexual abuse has overtaken a society that gives in to every craving of the heart and flesh… a society that is never satisfied but always wants something more “taboo”, more exciting, more arousing. Sin is never happy with the territory it has taken…it will always, always, ALWAYS go after more. That’s why Christians are always in an inner battle…because if we aren’t, sin wins. Edmund Burke said “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” and it is true…because evil is in pursuit of your soul just as passionately as Jesus is. And living for Jesus requires a choice…a daily choice. So no choice is a decision for evil.
How do we fight sin without ostracizing the people who need us? First of all, with open eyes…sometimes the cry of “You hate us” from the homosexual community is actually just a ploy to do what is now being done…have everybody try to prove they love you. So now instead of being confronted with their sin, they are being crowned for it by the Church. Society is accepting it as mainstream. Their laws are being passed. Their curriculum is being written. They are getting their way under the guise that if you disagree, you are an intolerant hater. Yet Jesus is very clear in Revelation 2 when He is writing the Churches that He is not happy with the one who tolerates Jezebel and her sexual sins that she is teaching to others within the Church. There is a standard and the enemy should not get past it. Jesus never sat down to “talks” with the world. He didn’t sit around and ask people’s opinions of how He could be more loving or more popular with sinners. When He sat down with sinners and tax collectors, it was to share the Truth that His Father had sent Him to share. Because in His love for them, He gave them the only thing that could set them free…and it wasn’t an acceptance of their sin. Secondly, we need to be so very careful about being harsh, condemning, and ugly with our words toward people struggling in sin. We need to realize that we are the light. We have their way out. “But no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who are made in God’s likeness.” James 3:8-9 You come across that posting on social media and you just want to let loose with your words…me too. We must stop! Think! God loves that person JUST as much as He loves us. He wants them to come to the full knowledge of Truth JUST as much as He wanted us to. We are carrying His Name to those who don’t know Him. We don’t have to soften our Message one bit!! Let’s soften our tone and let the Message speak for itself. Step out of the judgment seat and offer the free pardon. “Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.” His Words speak for themselves.
Which leads me to my final question, Church. Is friendship with the world, the way to grow the Kingdom? “Adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world’s friend becomes God’s enemy.” James 4:4
We don’t need to soften our Message. We need to trust the Holy Spirit enough to fully believe that He knew what He was saying when He inspired men to write down Words for the ages. We do not know how to draw men to Him, but the Holy Spirit, that is His job. The more the Church decides it needs to get in the way “because of changes to culture”…the more we decide that we need to overlook Scriptural truth in order to appease the outcry of the world…the more we give an audience to evil and try to make peace with it…the dimmer the light becomes for everyone in the world. And the more confused sincere believers become about the line between right and wrong. Satan is here to blur lines.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:14-16