When God is alleged to sanction that which is a direct contradiction of Scripture, a religious travesty is being played out, and boldly. The growing and true dividing line for many today seems to be whether the Bible is inspired and without error in its original delivery to the prophet’s from God, or whether it is just a collection of man-made opinions and myths.
2 Peter 1:21 tells us clearly, “…men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
It is imperative to remember, when you and I call ourselves a “Christian,” we are, or we should be qualifying and clearly stating that, “we are faithful followers of Christ Jesus and all of His teachings.” Meaning, you and I, as a Christian, embrace the totality of Scripture, or not at all. We do not have the luxury of randomly selecting portions of Scripture and possibly rejecting or discarding the rest.
We can and we must be accepting of the wounded, broken and hurting, but we should never accept a theology, a behavior, or a way of life that flies in the face of God’s Word. When the denigration of Biblical authority and a coherent definition of family is under attack, The Church has no choice but to challenge and confront. Ultimately, to not do so translates to the Church of Jesus Christ, called and ordained to be the light of the world, as being void and without clear guidance.
When anyone claims homosexual practice (in any form and to any degree) is God’s gift to the Church and to society, then challenge is appropriate. And, yes, there is a right way and a wrong way for that to be accomplished.
The notion that all gay activists want is equal protection under the law is false. The gay agenda has long since won that battle. Ultimately, it is full, total and complete silencing of any opposing voice, which includes God’s Word. The relentless assault and well strategized attacks upon conservative biblical teachings on homosexual practice are on-going. There is no doubt the ultimate goal for some gay activists will continue until Christians or anyone opposing homosexual practice are discredited and silenced – with some gay activists having already concluded – “Christian, you have neither the faith or the strength to fight, so you might as well just give up.”
There is no doubt the Apostle Paul understood and lived his life as a debtor to everyone on the face of the earth because of the Gospel of Jesus. Do we, as Ambassadors for Christ, realize that same debtedness to every unsaved soul which includes the vast, enormous and virtually untouched mission field called “the gay community”?
The Oxford American Dictionary defines “silence” as, “absence of sound; avoidance or absence of speaking or of making a sound; the fact of not mentioning something.”
Today, there is a segment of the Church choosing to consciously and deliberately avoid the subject of homosexuality. God’s Word is not a thing that a person can push around at their convenience. The Bible is a Voice, a Word, the very Word of the living God. The Church must call homosexual practice sin, and that will remain offensive to many.
I would submit that the calamity and dilemma many professing Christians face today with regard to homosexuality is not unlike a time when Elijah spoke and said: “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him. But the people said nothing.” (Kings 18:21)
Therefore, how should the Church be responding to homosexuality?
For some churches, the homophobic attitudes of the past have led many to directly or indirectly reject the homosexual for the sake of maintaining God’s righteous stand. However, some churches now claim an “awakened or enlightened” understanding of homosexual practice and, discarding traditional Biblical teachings and dismissing Christian ethics with regard to God’s divine intent for human sexuality, have opened the Church to unrepentant homosexual behavior. Being led and misguided by the false notion and theory – “born that way” – they reach out with compassion but are sacrificing righteousness in the process. There is another response. One that takes courage and unwavering allegiance to the Authority of Scripture and The Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Through the atonement of Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, God has, is, and will be setting men and women free from the brokenness of same-sex attraction. Why?
“Because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever!” (Hebrews 13:8)
I hope, I pray, there will be those that will not surrender to the sign of the times and continue to stand for righteousness. Ultimately, the issue for the homosexual is the same as it is for every individual. Where do they stand? Are they dead in sin or alive in Christ? Therefore, we must not withdraw, we must not be silent.
May God grant us courage. It is the clarity of the Holy Scriptures that should compel each and every faithful follower of Christ Jesus to be a light where there is darkness, rather than hiding our witness from those who need it.
Only the Bible gives us the way to eternal life with God, and the true answer to victorious living here on earth. Since God created us, He knows us far better then we can ever know ourselves. He has all power in heaven and earth, and most of all, He loves man.
The Great Light came to extinguish the darkness of hopeless man. Please, do not withhold The Light.
Pastor Phillip Lee
His Way Out Ministries
Member of Restored Hope Network