What Is The Church To Do With Homosexuals?
July 9, 2011 3 Comments
It appears that the Presbyterian Church USA will be allowing openly homosexual pastors. This after several other mainline protestant denominations have ordained homosexuals over the last decade. Meanwhile a church in New Jersey is offering a summer camp for homosexual teenagers. What we are witnessing in the church today is a move away from scripture, which clearly condemns homosexual acts and lust as sin. These churches are moving in the direction of cultural marxism, which seeks to separate us from our traditional Christian heritage. There can be nothing more separating for us than to glorify and accept sin.
Leviticus calls homosexual acts an abomination. In Romans Paul writes:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. Romans 1:21-27
It is clear that homosexual acts and lust are forbidden by scripture. These denominations, professing to be ever so wise and tolerate, are nothing but fools. We must call on them to repent and turn from this wickedness. Likewise, we should also call on homosexuals to repent and turn from their wickedness.
What are we to do with the so-called gay Christian? There is no magic cure all for those who find themselves mired in the sin of homosexuality, just like there is no magic cure all for the drunk or heterosexual fornicator who burns in his lust. We in the church must be willing to accept the sincere repentance of homosexual sinners and like any other believer we must hold them to account when they sin. Like we wouldn’t tolerate fornication among single heterosexuals, we must not tolerate homosexual sexual relations. But we must be willing to forgive and we must we willing to help them overcome their sin, just like we would for any other sinner, ourselves included.
We in the church have spent to much time demonizing homosexuals, to the point where at many churches even repentant homosexuals are unwelcome. This is a grave mistake. I understand that the radical homosexual movement is perhaps the biggest threat to the Christian church today. We should no doubt fight back against the absurdity of homosexual marriage and the normalization of homosexual acts. But at the same time, we have to be careful not to demonize these sinners to the point that they never consider seeking repentance.
There is no hope in the homosexual death style. There is however hope in Jesus Christ and we ought not deny that hope to homosexuals who seek repentance. The church is open to all kinds of sinners who seek mercy and forgiveness through the blood of Christ. Surely homosexuals must be offered the same mercy and forgiveness. We must never tolerate their sin, in fact we shouldn’t tolerate any sin. But we must open the church up to homosexuals and work with them on their sin. Accepting their sin as normal isn’t going to do them or the church any good. But showing them love, kindness and mercy will do both the sinner and the church good. Christ calls on us to do just this.