The “Christian” Left goes to great lengths to tell us how “inclusive” they are (unless you are a Bible-believing Christian). The emotively twist the “are gays are allowed in the church or not” debate and deliberately fail to properly frame the question.
But consider these choices:
1. Repentant adulterer wants to join the church. He affirms core doctrines (i.e., Jesus’ deity, exclusivity for salvation, the Trinity, the authority of scripture, etc.) and the church’s teachings on marriage and sexuality. He is tempted by adulterous thoughts but is fighting them.
2. Unrepentant adulterer wants to join the church. He denies church teachings on fidelity and thinks the church should change. He has no interest in fighting his adulterous desires. In fact, he is proud of them and thinks others should be, too. Oh, and he denies the core doctrines of the church as well but is quick to speak of the “unconditional” love of God. He wants to shut down any church or business who won’t participate in celebrating his adulterous unions.
Now replace “adulterer” with “homosexual” and you’ll see where I land. I’d gladly let the first guy be a member, join my small group, etc., whether he was the adulterer or the guy with same-sex attractions. But the 2nd one would be welcome to visit yet not be a member. I’d gladly share the truth with him but would never affirm his false beliefs.
I know same-sex attracted people who are Christians and they fight the temptation. It would be hateful of me to tell them to give in to their desires. I’d be loving the world and my popularity more than the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Yet that is exactly what the “Christian” Left does.
As always, the question is, “What does God say in his word?” The Bible couldn’t be more clear. Bible-believing Christians and even two out of the three types of pro-gay people* (religious or not) can see these truths:
– 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior describe it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
– 100% of the verses referring to God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
– 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
– 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions of any kind. There are no exceptions for “committed” relationships.
– 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to LGBT couples parenting children.
Having said that, I believe that Christians should support and encourage those who are fighting same-sex attraction. And no one needs to grandstand on the issue before getting to the Good News of the cross.
* The three general types of pro-gay theology people:
1. “The Bible says homosexuality is wrong but it isn’t the word of God.” (Obviously non-Christians)
2. “The Bible says it is wrong but God changed his mind and is only telling the theological Left.” (Only about 10 things wrong with that.)
3. “The Bible is the word of God but you are just misunderstanding it” (Uh, no, not really.)
2 thoughts on “Would you let either of these people join your church?”
You could choose any sin to replace the sin of homosexual behavior. It doesn’t even have to be another form of sexual immorality. But the activist will never accept that any homosexual should regard his compulsions as sinful. They put their compulsions above Scriptural teaching. And they denigrate anyone who suggests that those compulsions should be resisted, as if the rest of us don’t have our own sinful compulsions with which we struggle daily. They don’t even care.
Forget being a member: Person number 2 needs to forced to leave the property and never return! He is not interested in the truth, so there is no legitimate reason for him to be there. The fact that he knows the truth, denies the truth, and wants the church to change so that it too denies the truth means that he is most likely there to be a false teacher.