A powerful political voice has developed within the ranks of an extremely small minority of citizens. The homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgendered persons have proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Representing perhaps one to two percent of the population, this group of vocal and determined advocates have found great influence in the court systems of this country, the congress, the entertainment and news media, and unfortunately, the church.
Their long-term plan has been to normalize an abnormal sexual and relational life, while winning the sympathy and support of Americans through the promotion of themselves as a disenfranchised minority. Now the airways are literally flooded with sitcoms, news reports, and documentaries that hammer out a very consistent message: “We are a legitimate expression of love and relationship and deserve not only equal treatment, but preferential treatment.”
Hence this organized group is seeking the right to marry (already granted in several States), the right to adopt children (common in many areas), the right to spousal and family benefits provided through employers (growing in acceptance), along with special considerations due them because of their “minority” status.
For example, the group is gaining success promoting hate crime legislation that makes the injury or murder of someone from this class of people a more serious crime with greater punishment. They also are pursuing hate crime legislation that could eventually restrict free speech and even the reading of God’s Word by punishing anyone (including a pastor) who speaks against the practice of homosexuality or associated activities.
Pockets of society are very supportive of this movement. Thankfully, we are seeing an awakening among evangelical Christians that is responding appropriately to the threat this movement promises. Many States are now passing amendments to their constitutions that define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. However, these amendments are passing by smaller and smaller margins. In contradiction, many representatives in the congress, along with the President, are aggressively working to undermine the rights of individual States and are promoting Federal reform to normalize and integrate homosexuality within the fiber of American family life.
Still, it is amazing that we are in the position of having to “reclaim” what has been a defining feature of civilization throughout history. Unfortunately, we are very close to lowering the gates to the degree that everything anyone dreams about can be legislated and adjudicated into the legal expression of relational life.
The Biblical Stance
As Christian believers we are bound to the Word of God as our source of truth and instruction. As a consequence, we can only sanction and bring validation to relationships and behaviors that are recognized as acceptable by the Scriptures. Homosexual sex (Lev 20:13, Rom 1:26-27, 1 Cor 6:9), fornication (Eph 5:3, Col 3:5, 1 Cor 6:9) and sodomy (1 Tim 1:8-11, 1 Cor 6:9) are all forbidden unions and activities according to God’s Word.
Additionally, there is no provision in Scripture for the creation of a marriage between two people of the same sex. God cannot sanction nor bless a union that blatantly violates His Word and instruction. A homosexual marriage does exactly that.
Many liberal theologians look at the scriptures noted above and suggest that other explanations are in order. How is another “explanation” possible in the following passage?
If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (Lev 20:13)
They claim that the Old Testament prohibition no longer applies and suggest that it was a product of the archaic Hebrew culture. But God’s instruction contains a constant relativism. In other words, everything that applies then applies today, because: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8).
The next argument some people try to make is that Jesus Himself never spoke directly to the issue of homosexuality; therefore, He must not have disapproved of its expression, they reason. According to this argument, only the words in red, denoting the spoken words of Christ, should be used as our reference. It is a common distortion of the Bible to select and use segments that seem to give permission for our craved activities while ignoring the entire Word, the complete context of the Bible.
In this case, the proponents of homosexuality attempt to find sanction in the absence of comment. To define one’s theology in this manner is dangerous. Absence of comment does not convey endorsement. These types of leaping associations have created a very distorted representation of Christ and the full communication of God’s nature.
The whole Bible is from God and we are expected to apply every word thereof. Jesus frequently quoted Moses, David and the prophets; passages that now are canonized as parts of the Old Testament (Mark 7:6-7, Matt 13:14, Luke 4:17-19, 4:4). The apostles also quoted Moses and the prophets and referenced the Old Testament scrolls repeatedly. Still Jesus brings the greatest validation to the entire Word, including the laws of God in the following:
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Matt 5:17-18)
Subsequently, the teachings of the Old Testament, along with the expansion of the New Testament, still apply. There is no undoing of the Word for modern application. There are no suitable adjustments to account for a changing culture.
Other liberal theologians and homosexual proponents argue that New Testament comments about homosexual behavior are “misunderstood.” They rightfully state that homosexuality is often listed along with other expressions of sin. They argue: “Why then is homosexuality singled out as “worse than” other sins listed?” Consider the following:
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 homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10)
First of all, homosexuality is not singled out as “worse than” other sins, but the issue is this: No group of organized fornicators, thieves, idolaters, or drunkards is seeking special privileges, nor are they seeking to have their sin acknowledged as “normal, acceptable, and godly.” Drunkards and thieves are not pushing, as a “special minority group,” to become pastors and bishops.
It is the homosexual movement that has singled out this biblical notation of sin and claimed its uniqueness. Their claim is to the right for ongoing, willful sin to be excluded from the list and given accepted status within the church and society. God’s Word simply does not allow this. Continuing in Chapter 6 of 1 Corinthians we see this clearly:
And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (v. 11)
“And such were some of you….” Is there any question about what Paul means here? The behaviors that are listed as sin are former actions that are no longer present in our justified state. When we are “washed, sanctified, and justified” in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to diligently seek the expulsion of sin from our lives, making previous willful conduct an element of our past. To claim that one can remain boldly and happily homosexual, while pursuing the kingdom of God, completely denies His teachings.
There is no doubt one can be saved yet still struggle with sexual sin. It is possible to have Jesus in your heart and fall into the sin of homosexual behavior. But it is not possible to do so without the conviction of the Holy Spirit that will make you acutely aware of your sin and the need for change.
If anyone has accepted a gospel that affirms homosexuality while encouraging the denial of God’s Word, he/she has accepted a false gospel. This is a lie that may not only perpetuate a painful and abnormal lifestyle, but it may in deny the presence salvation. Evidence of our salvation comes not only in our profession of faith, but in our submission and surrender to Christ.
This submission and surrender to Christ is certainly not always immediate, nor is it perfect. But acceptance of Christ requires the confession of sin and the request that Christ assume control of one’s life empowering his/her capacity for transformation. If an individual comes before Jesus, claiming Him as Savior and yet refuses to acknowledge the sins of homosexuality, sodomy, and fornication; then his/her salvation is in question. How can one be saved from sin if he/she unwilling to see the totality of that sin and repent?
The Bible is either true or it is not true. It must be taken in its entirety; it must be taken literally and it must be given reverence as God’s final Word on all issues addressed therein. God has defined homosexuality as sin that must be removed from one’s life. He insists upon the confession and repentance of sin and the pursuit of holiness. His Word is not a buffet table from which we pick and choose truth. We are called to address everything in our lives defined as unacceptable.
Yet the world is filled with wisdom, false science, evil agendas, and fleshly desires. There is a clear and defined battle at hand and the counsel of this world is leading thousands upon thousands astray. Christians must not fall prey to the seemingly reasonable arguments that are abundant and embedded throughout all sources of media. We must be vigilant to guard our hearts and discern the source of counsel we receive:
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful. (Psalm 1:1)
There are many false teachers who will lead us astray. Paul cautions his student Timothy:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2 Tim 4:3-4)
All of us are gullible to swallowing teachings that are easy to digest. Most, to some degree, hope for a doctrine that is “according to their own desires.” But let us make our union upon the single truth of God’s Word knowing that there is no other reliable source.
The world will no doubt go the way of it’s own desire. I pray the Church will stand apart and fight yielding to this rapidly advancing lie. Even as we Christians bear the attack that is surely to come, we must stand firmly rooted in the Source of our hope; the Lord Jesus Christ. He is forever faithful and His truth will never succumb to the foolish banter that surrounds us today.
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself (2 Tim 2:13 KJV).
Excerpts taken from: Christian Shrinks Answer ALL Your Questions…No Couch Required by Dr. Ab Abercrombie and Karen Abercrombie, Xulon Press, 2005.