I am a sinner. Just because I am a sinner doesn’t mean that I accept my sin. Just because I am a sinner doesn’t mean that I should ever celebrate my sin.
I am redeemed. My redemption does not secure me a license to embrace sin. It gives me the joy of being free from my sin.
Over the past day I have seen the discussion of hetro/homosexual marriage rise because Hollingsworth Vs. Perry was heard before the supreme court. Before blogging I listened intently the entire case. I have seen many friends show their support for both sides of the issue. I do not want my words to come as crass or arrogant, but instead as simply trying to define what scripture teaches about marriage. I do not want to make a legal argument, I am not a layer. I am a pastor and the good of the church is my heart.
Before I jump into this issue I want to clear up the common objections.
1. The bible has lots of laws that we don’t follow, isn’t Homosexual marriage just one of many irrelevant ones in the old testament.
False: There are two specific types of laws throughout the Old Testament. It has moral laws and ceremonial laws. Ceremonial laws range anywhere from what you can or cannot eat to how to sacrifice. Jesus Christ fulfilled every ceremonial law. In fact both the book of acts and Hebrews lay out how Jesus did this in his death and resurrection. Moral laws are different. God gave us moral instruction to show us what a life that is pleasing to him would look like. Most of the moral law is reiterated in the New Testament. Homosexuality is defined as sin both the OT and the NT.
2. Christianity is a religion of tolerance.
False: Any sin is abominable to God. Whether gluttony, drunkenness, gossip, homosexuality, adultery or anger all men deserve the due penalty for their sin: death and God’s wrath. Jesus Christ died so that men might be set free from these sins. He did this by taking the punishment for those who by faith trust him. No man can gladly live in a lifestyle that Jesus suffered for and be right with God. Not only that, God has never promised to be a tolerant God. God defines Himself as just, meaning that he gives men what the deserve, death for those who embrace and love sin and redemption for those looking are to be free by trusting in Jesus.
3. Jesus told us not to judge others.
True/False: Jesus taught that everyman is condemned by his sin and already judged by God. In this believers cannot ever look down at others supposing they are more righteous. All men are equally condemned. There is only one who is righteous, Jesus Christ. Our call as believers is to keep ourselves and our brothers who trust in Christ from sin. That means caring for one another to the point that we have difficult conversations exposing sin so that we grow to be more like Jesus. No one who trusts Jesus should ever be content to stay in nor celebrate something that scripture calls sin. As to people who do not trust in Christ we are to understand that they are not redeemed and so we call them to Jesus and allow Jesus to change the heart.
4. I love Jesus, that is enough.
Jesus is not a pacifist. He is a king who both will judge the guilty and save those who belong to him. Over and over in scripture a simple theme is repeated: You cannot trust in Jesus and remain content in sin. We can only have one boss of our heart, we can either allow Jesus to control us which, means we accept His ways as our own, or we can allow sin. You cannot say I love Jesus celebrate homosexuality. It is a contradiction that scripture will not support.
This morning as I watched friend after friend place red equal signs on their facebook pages I was shocked when I saw several friends who were serving in ministry follow.
As I said earlier, I am a pastor, not a lawyer. I cannot argue legally homosexual rights. I can stand on the authority of scripture.
No person can say they believe scripture and support homosexual unions. It’s a contradiction that will either lead you to reject the union or scripture. If you are intellectually honest you would have to make a choice.
Here is what scripture communicates:
Leviticus 18:22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
Leviticus 20:13If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination;
Romans 1:26-27 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
1 Timothy 1:8-10Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality,
I don’t write these words carelessly. For my Christian friends who support homosexual unions, come out of the closet. Here is what I mean, come out and embrace what you truly believe. If you believe that homosexuality is right, please stop using Jesus. Jesus does not love nor condone this stance. Own it.
Here is where my heart is, come back. Go to Jesus and seek forgiveness. Turn your back away from that which scripture calls sin and turn to Jesus. Just as I have thrown myself at the feet of Jesus over my sin come to Him and find mercy and grace.