WOW! I created quite a stir last week. What caused such a stir? I mentioned on a social network that <<>> christians should should mourn and repent because homosexuality has become socially acceptable and governmentally approved in one of the most conservative states in America.
BREAKING NON NEWS….. A conservative baptist pastor believes that christians should be disheartened because a sin which the Bible specifically condemns has become common place not only in america but also among those who consider themselves to be followers of Jesus Christ.
I had friends coming out of the wood work telling me how I should recant and come back from this disastrous ledge. Its not PC! The Bible is open for interpretation! How on earth will we ever reach people if we don’t candy coat God because God’s ways just aren’t friendly to the world around us.
What I realized in this small discussion was that the church today cares more about pleasing the world than it does about pleasing God.
As I have said before and will say again. I am a pastor. God has called me to love, lead and often direct his church. I have no authority except the Word of God. What I stand on today is His Word. I believe that it was written by Him and for the admonition of his church throughout the generations of this world. It is just as infallible today as it was when it was written. Here I stand, I can do no other.
Here is my response to the church of America who seems to be at a crossroads in how to relate to a world that invites it into sin.
(I am using references primarily out of the NT because I want to illustrate how the call of righteousness and holiness is not just an Old Testament call, but a New Testament call as well.)
1. The church’s great call is to please God, not man.
Romans 8:1-8, Galatians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:3-5
2. When we lead people to a god who accepts their sin we lead them to an idol that is not God.
1 Peter 4:1-6, 1 John 5:18-21, Romans 1:21-31
3. God’s call to His people is to expose sin, not hide it.
Ephesians 5:3-13, John 3:19-21, 1 John 3:9-10
4. God’s grace is for everyone, but repentance is necessary.
Romans 2:1-11, 2 corinthians 5:16-21, Ephesians 2:4-10
5. We should not continue to sin so that grace may abound.
Romans 6:1-11, Colossians 3:5-10, 1 John 3:4-10
6. Once you become a child of God you embrace the things of God, not the things of this world.
Colossians 3:1-4, Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:17-24
7. The church cannot ever love, embrace or even tolerate the sins which Jesus suffered for on the cross.
Romans 6:6-14, 1 John 1:7-10, 1 Peter 1:13-21
Over the next few weeks I will unpack each of these since they are gigantic ideas in and of themselves.
(If you would like to discuss this further with me, please read the texts of scripture first before commenting.)