The Bible is not unclear. We have not been given a muffled message. To be able to refute unsound doctrine we must be able to listen to others and separate the truth from the lie and the Gospel from secular humanism.
Silence implies consent.
Many who experience, if not suffer discrimination today, are individuals who do not withhold but rather insist on speaking ‘truth’ about sexual immorality. In America, we have strayed so far from ‘truth’ on what constitutes healthy sexuality, anyone challenging or standing up for ‘truth,’ righteousness and holiness will be hated.
Hate ideology in its purest form.
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” (John 15:8)
Let the world change its beliefs with regard to sexual expression but a Christian must not. Let others close their eyes and their mouths to moral concerns, but Christians must not. True, faithful followers of all the teachings of Christ Jesus must continue to live with conviction, commitment, and constancy.
When a Christian individual, family, ministry or church offers a blend of uncompromised grace and ‘truth’ they are well positioned to offer dynamic ministry. But what happens when ‘truth’ is withheld?
It is an undeniable fact many in the Church today are consciously and deliberately avoiding the topic of homosexuality. Frankly, gay activists have done their job well in scaring many speechless. I, all too frequently hear excuses such as…
• Homosexuality is just too confusing.
• If I speak about homosexuality I might hurt someone’s feelings.
• Stating gays and lesbians can change seems politically incorrect.
• I just can’t hit that balance of both truth and grace on the topic of homosexuality.
• This subject just rubs too many the wrong way.
I will summarize all of the above in one word – fear.
Fear appears to be guiding far too many. Or is it many have become preoccupied and concerned about personal reputation more than that of Christ Jesus?
It is catastrophic to be held in the ‘grip of fear’ because fear is a formidable barrier to what God desires to accomplish in our lives and in the life of His Church.
God has not given His people a spirit of fear. “…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Personally, I have found that those who are so defensive and uptight about the topic of homosexuality usually do not understand the causes of homosexuality, and…nor do they see just how their negativity is actually working against the process of recovery that men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions are desperately seeking.
A very popular and important Scripture that is constantly offered to the broken is John 8:32, “…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Question: How will they know the truth and be free if truth is being withheld?
With everything that has transpired and everything that continues to unfold, most Christians still learn more about homosexuality from movies, the Internet and television than they learn in their own congregations. Often, hanging in the balance, are many who struggle with same-sex attraction and remain torn by the on-going rhetoric and debate while yearning to hear the redemptive truth of the Bible.
If we truly love God then we have nothing to fear.
If we truly love God and people, we cannot allow them to live a compromised life of sexual brokenness and sin, unchallenged?
Personally-speaking, I learned early on in my new life in Christ Jesus there is no wiggle room with regard to God’s commandments. Consequently, I found healing and wholeness in the Church because ‘truth’ was not withheld from me.
Anyone that does not side fully with the ‘truth’ of the Holy Scriptures regarding homosexual practice while at the same time uncompromisingly extending God’s grace is enabling and contributing to a distorted view of Christianity.
Speak the Scriptural truths regarding homosexual practice.
Silence implies consent.
Pastor Phillip Lee
His Way Out Ministries
Member of Restored Hope Network
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