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Biblically Homosexual? 2 of 7

By: Pastor Gil Rugh

One reason the Church has gotten into so much trouble is due to the authority that has been given to psychiatrists, psychologists, and sociologists. Consider what Tony Compollo, professor of sociology at Eastern College said concerning the subject of homosexuality: “Evangelicals have been undeniably cruel and mean. I feel that the way the Church is behaving toward gays is an embarrassment to Jesus.”5 The article continues, “these stands, as well as the large number of students who wrote letters to their school newspaper condemning the bitterness of the debate, seems to have reassured some homosexuals that it might be safe for them to remain enrolled at Christian colleges.”6

Another concern is the political activity of accrediting associations. Some states have passed homosexual rights legislation. Richard Gathro, Vice President of the Christian College Coalition said, “Some Christian schools might become vulnerable to losing accreditation, or to lawsuits.”7

The “coming out” of homosexuals who say they remain true to their Evangelical Christian heritage is galvanizing the theological debate. These students are often respected by their peers and teachers, and their faith language sounds familiar. They feel they are being good Christians. The issue is not what “feels right,” but what is biblically right. Correct biblical interpretation has nothing to do with feelings and emotion. Christians must take a position on a subject by looking at the theology first, second, and last.

When emotions and feelings become part of the consideration in an issue such as homosexuality, we begin to question the validity of the Bible. Thoughts creep in such as, “I know that person who said he’s gay. He’s pretty nice. He doesn’t cause any problems. I respect his opinion in class. He publicly displayed his faith in Christ last year. What’s the big deal? Let’s just go on with our lives and not make an issue out of his homosexuality.” That all may be true, but Christians are not called to “get on with our lives.” They are called to take a biblical stand with Christian love. The character of Christ must characterize all who are believers in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Often, those who are genuine Bible-believing Christians are called “narrow-minded,” “judgmental,” and “bigots” because of the stand taken against the things welcomed by the world. The stand Jesus Christ took against all sin, however, could not be any clearer. He was perhaps the most “narrow-minded,” “judgmental,” “bigoted” person to ever walk the face of the earth, as viewed by this world’s standards.

Within the homosexuality debate is the argument that claims scriptural acceptance of homosexuals. A leader in this movement recently asserted that Scripture forbids only the act of homosexual prostitution. He asserts that a monogamous homosexual relationship based on love is within the bounds of a scriptural relationship. He said, “If homosexual students on Christian campuses do not find support, they will go outside of the school to find it. If gay students can’t date on campus, where are they going to find someone to share their life with?”8 How does this question have anything to do with the issue? Are we to believe that we cannot tell a homosexual he is in sin, because he might leave the campus of a Christian school, without finding a homosexual, lifelong partner? The Apostle Paul instructed Christians on how to deal with such situations. He said, “deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (1 Corinthians 5:5).

The article in Christianity Today concludes, “Because they are often respected, likeable and spiritually committed students, the issue moves from being solely a political and moral debate to being an agonizingly personal one.”9 Well, that is just not true. Homosexuality is a biblical issue, not a political issue. How we “feel” about it is not relevant. What the Bible says about it is completely relevant.

For believers, the pressure from the world to conform to its’ standards is intense. Romans 12:1, 2 reminds us how we are to live as children of God. Paul says, “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” When believers allow themselves to be harnessed by the standards of this world, they are being conformed, rather than transformed.

There are two foundational points I would like to examine before delving into the biblical view of homosexuality. The first is found in Isaiah 8:19:”And when they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter, ‘ should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?” In this passage Israel was turning to other things besides the Living God to set their standard. They were even consulting the mediums and the spiritists. In Isaiah 8:20, Isaiah goes on to say, “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.” In other words, if someone disagrees with the revealed Word of God, it is because they are in darkness. God’s Word is absolute truth and is the only true standard by which we must live.

The second point that must be understood is that Scripture is not to be reinterpreted to fit particular needs and wants. This is what the proponents of “Christian” gay rights are doing. In 2 Peter 3:14 we read, “Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless.” Peter continues, “As also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness” (2 Peter 3:16,17). Christians must be wary of those who distort God’s truth.

In the Church today, the Scripture is being twisted over and over again, and many believers are being misled by unprincipled men. Behavior which the Bible unequivocally condemns is being welcomed with open arms, while biblical standards and commandments are being called “outdated,” “narrow-minded” and “unloving.”

By: Pastor Gil Rugh http://www.ihcc.org/

Retrieved from: Bible Bulletin Board http://www.biblebb.com/

One Response to “Biblically Homosexual? 2 of 7”

  1. dh said

    There is a difference between understanding what the Bible says about “sin” and understanding how to respond to the sinner. We are all too quick as Christians to “cast out” the homosexual but we would not necessarily do the same with the heterosexual in sexual sin. I have seen elders in a church who are caught in sexual abuse of young children and are allowed to stay in the church – this is far more repulsive. There are huge contradictions in how people are treated. We are called to love and dwell in community among all sinners – like Jesus did.
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    Jesus hung out with sinners to help them to repentance and the Father; he did not get on their level but instead brought them to a higher standard and quality of life.

    I am not sure how much embracing you are proposing Christians should do because there does come a time when we have to say, ‘enough is enough’ when we’ve done what is required (that’s a tough call) to help someone find their way to the Savior, regardless of the sin, and leave it in God’s hands completely. The difference, as is pointed out in the essay, lies in ‘repentance’, to include a changed attitude/life. The church cannot condone any known sin/wrong and allow people to think it’s ‘okay’. I am convinced that some will argue with satan himself, while blindly following his lead, all the while.

    It is a dilemma to the extreme when children are factored in…

    More importantly, and I addressed this in an earlier post that I wrote (which I don’t do often enough in this blog), is not to worry whether others are right, but whether we are right with God. A neighbor of mine had been misled by a church leader regarding prayer and came to me for expansion. I did not diss the leader to her— she already figured out not to trust the answer ( I did call the leader personally and privately and it was resolved)—, but I did make sure the friend had scriptural answers with scriptural augmentation.

    There are blogs all about the scandals and abuses, but few expounding (by members) on what the Church does to help others.

    Thanks for coming by and leaving an interesting comment. We just have to keep praying and trying, eh?!?

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