In His Name
8/5/15 at 04:32 PM 0 Comments

What Do Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and Gay Christians Have In Common?

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You probably know exactly where I'm going....they don't exist. That is a harsh truth, but it is truth. I understand the blind spot that those submerged in the sin of homosexuality and those who love them have developed. They have these deep emotional feelings for somebody of the same gender and they think that this love they feel for one another surely cannot be condemned by God. God is a God of infinite love, isn't He? And therein lies the conundrum for Christians like me. Having grown up in the era of "if it feels good do it" and "flower power!" I have a tendency towards letting Bob and Carol & Ted and Alice live their lives without any input from me. Or actually I should say HAD a tendency. Then I met Christ. Then I grew in Christ delving deeper into God's Word to us and I realized Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice had a big, big problem. They were headed to the Lake of Fire, forever to suffer like the Rich Man who spoke across the divide to Abraham who was comforting Lazarus. [Luke 16:19-31] And I realized I would not want my worst enemy to suffer that fate. So I turned to my Bible to sort things out. Actually, I turned to several Bible translations to try and avoid any translational biases.

 Romans 1:26-27 New King James Version (NKJV)

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

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1 Corinthians 6:9 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

9 Don’t you know that unrighteous people will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t delude yourselves — people who engage in sex before marriage, who worship idols, who engage in sex after marriage with someone other than their spouse, who engage in active or passive homosexuality,

As a side note, the 1599 Geneva Bible uses the term "buggerer" instead of "homosexual" which to me evokes a very distinct imagery.

"God gave them up...," and "Don't delude yourselves...," at least to my mind, are fairly strong indicators that if we try to justify or otherwise overlay our human feelings onto these passages we are making a grave mistake. Before you shrug that off and think that's THEIR mistake, not mine, consider where the passage from Romans finishes....

Romans 1:32 New King James Version (NKJV)

32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. [emphasis added]

 So, in the end one can be a Christian or one can be steeped in homosexuality but one cannot be both. That does NOT mean people who are caught in the trap Satan has them in, i.e. homosexuality, should be kept out of our Churches. Quite the opposite is true, we should gladly welcome them in, but we must stay on the side of the line where we are teaching an unrepentant sinner about God's Word and about God's love. We mustn't allow ourselves to become approving of their sins. Or anybody else's sin for that matter. It can be difficult being on God's side of this contentious social debate, but keep this in mind...

Isaiah 51:7 New Living Translation (NLT)

7 “Listen to me, you who know right from wrong,
you who cherish my law in your hearts.
Do not be afraid of people’s scorn,
nor fear their insults.

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