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The most morally attractive command Jesus ever uttered also happens to be the most difficult to obey:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37–40)

It’s a breathtaking statement. All that God requires of us, everything Scripture contains regarding “life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), summed up in two simple commands.

Start by loving enemies well enough to tell the truth.

I believe an appropriate question for the Church today regarding homosexuality and related issues is, “Am I being loyal to the notions of Jesus, or loyal to Him?”

Are we, His Church, remaining loyal to what He has clearly stated in His Word regarding homosexuality, or are we trying to find compromises with conceptions that never came from Him?

Is it not abundantly clear that we, God’s people, are standing front and center of one of the greatest crossroads the Church has ever faced?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for what is right; a man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice; a man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”

We are treading on terribly treacherous turf.

Ultimately, I am satisfied God’s truth, His absolute truth, will always “be” whether you and I or anyone else believes it or likes it.

1 Corinthians 13:6 says, “Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rather rejoices with truth.”

Personally, I cannot come to any other conclusion other than “love, pure, true, undefiled love, supports absolute truth.”

We must challenge our culture with God’s absolute truth because feelings, personal opinions, theories, notions, and ideas have consequences.

Paul wrote in Romans 13:9 and Galatians 5:14, and what James wrote in James 2:8, make it clear that the apostles believed Jesus expects us to seriously seek to love God with our whole being and love our neighbor as ourselves — now, in this age, even today.

God calls us to stand for truth and seek to rescue those imprisoned by deceit.

In light of – “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15) — I hear Jesus’s two great commandments and his expectation that we take them with the utmost seriousness.

Ultimately, for any man or woman aspiring to true Biblical discipleship, it really doesn’t get more radical than Christlike love.

Again, there is no doubt, no question God has called us to stand for truth and seek to rescue those imprisoned by deceit.

This is by no means an optional extra for dedicated faithful followers of Christ Jesus.

Yes, we can love the LGBT community as God loves them because Christ Jesus would never call us to a standard that He would not also enable us to meet.

Pastor Phillip Lee
Executive Director
His Way Out Ministries

His Way Out has been faithfully ministering to men and women seeking a way out of sexually broken lifestyles since 1994. We could not do it without the support of Christians like you. Every dollar that you give to His Way Out Ministries helps to further this vital ministry. Won’t you take a minute to prayerfully consider a monthly donation to His Way Out? Please consider making a one-time donation or set up a secure monthly PayPal contribution on our donation page at https://www.hiswayout.com/donate/. Thank you, Pastor Phillip Lee

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