Arguments for “gay” “Christianity” points 1-5 responded to (entry 2 of 4)
|March 6, 2011||Posted by Joseph Keysor under Blog|
The previous blog entry presented 10 popular arguments in favor of the false teaching that practicing and unrepentant homosexuals could be Christians. The next three blog entries will be devoted to a point by point response.
I submit that homosexuality is plainly condemned by the Bible, never acceptable at any time, and directly contrary to God’s law. In support of this contention, I make the following responses to the first six of the ten arguments for “gay” “Christianity” presented in the previous blog entry.
1. Jesus never mentioned homosexuality. Surely if it had been important to him he would have done so.
Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, but he did say that “evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, and fornications” defile us. Jesus did not specifically mention child-molesting, rape, or bestiality either, but those who have the Spirit of God know they are included. There are countless verses about holiness, righteousness, and purity. Those who think these verses allow for the enjoyment of any open sin, including homosexuality, are still in the gall of bitterness and the bondage of iniquity – no matter how much they talk about Jesus.
2. It is wrong to claim that only heterosexuals may receive God’s grace. God loves sinners, and we are all sinners, heterosexuals and homosexuals alike. It is claimed that in Christ there is neither slave nor free, male nor female, gay nor straight.
It is true, that homosexuals as well as heterosexuals may receive God’s grace – but God’s grace shows us our sins, convicts us of them, and (maybe after some time and many failures) gives us the victory over them. God loves sinners so much that he is willing to forgive them if they come to him, but not if they remain defiantly proud in their sin.
But in grace there are no distinctions of gender!? Those who are in Christ have a real concern for holiness and righteousness. They are grieved by their sins and want to live a life that is pleasing to God. This cannot be said of those who think they are free to commit sexual immorality of whatever sort.
3. Homosexuals and lesbians need to hear the good news that God loves them and accepts them as they are. Legalism, sin, wrath, judgment – these drive them away from the gospel. The main things are love, acceptance, affirmation of others, and justice (meaning equal rights for gays and silencing differing points of view).
Homosexuals and lesbians do need to hear the good news that God loves them – he loves them enough to forgive them and heal them of their same-sex attractions, and restore them to normality. True, legalism and wrath can drive people away if presented in an unloving and graceless way – but God’s law and judgment must be included at some point. Without them, Christ’s sacrifice and our repentance are nullified.
4. Opposition to homosexuality is conformity to the world. It shows not the righteousness of God but rather the same sinful ignorance that supported slavery and oppresses women. Biblical condemnations of homosexuality today are the result of bigotry, hatred, and fear – not of God’s righteousness and laws.
Opposition to homosexuality can be unChristlike, but biblical opposition comes inevitably and necessarily from a concern for God’s holiness and righteousness, and from a love for lost people. Attributing it to bigotry, ignorance, hatred, fear, whatever, is a smart propaganda move or a sincere delusion, nothing more. God’s moral laws are for our benefit, and we can find enduring happiness only within them and nowhere else.
5. Bible verses in the Old and New Testaments do not condemn mature and loving relationships between individuals of the same sex. They condemn rape, temple prostitution, or homosexual acts by heterosexuals who are acting contrary to their nature. They do not apply to those who are homosexual by nature, and were created that way by God.
Attempts to argue that biblical condemnations of homosexuality are limited to certain abuses and not to homosexuality as a whole will not hold up before God on the day of judgment. These evasive tactics are sweet to the ears of those who are in love with their sins and do not want to give them up, but they do not fool the God before whom all of the secrets of our hearts are open. They apply to all open or secret practitioners of homosexual sin and of other sins as well.
The next blog entry will respond to points 6 and 7.
This material has been adapted from my forthcoming book Contra Feminism: An Appeal to the Faithful Remnant in Christ Jesus.