10 Things Jesus Had to Say about the Sexual Sin Debate
Shane Idleman | Contributor to ChristianHeadlines.com.
My hope is that readers will read the entire article before drawing conclusions. I have nothing but compassion for those trapped in sexual sin. Those who strongly believe in the Bible and God’s will regarding sexual behavior also strongly believe in unconditional love and forgiveness. To say that authentic Christians hate or fear those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of the Christian faith. To “confront in love” simply comes from a desire to honor God and to truly love and care for others. The ability to relate to people on their level, show genuine concern, and love them regardless of their lifestyle is the mark of true Christianity.
In case you don’t continue reading, let me offer some encouragement: if you’re hopeless, depressed, and confused, look to the One who created you. He has the answers. No matter what you have done, you have the ability to turn to Christ and start anew: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
1. WE NEED A REVIVAL OF THE TRUTH.
It’s no surprise that the church, and our nation, desperately need to hear “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” to awaken, convict, and restore. It was not so long ago that we were concerned about “the fall of America.” America cannot fall because she has already fallen. We are now picking up the pieces of a broken nation reflected in our laws, lives, families, and children. America’s moral heartbeat has ceased because we cut off the source of life. We need resuscitation, renewal, and revival of the truth.
2. WE MUST SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE.
When people, groups, denominations, or movements depart from absolute truth, and thus, quench and grieve the Spirit of God, they become mechanical in their approach to Christianity and lose the ability to guide. The Word of God is not in their hearts “like a burning fire” (Jeremiah 20:9), but relative, powerless, and debatable. This is what we see today.
Unfortunately, those who are sounding the alarm are often categorized as irrational, judgmental, bigoted, and intolerant. But how can we warn if we won’t confront, correct if we won’t challenge, and and contend if we won’t question? We must speak the truth in love…the Bible is crystal clear on sexual sin, including homosexuality.
3. PRAYER IS ESSENTIAL.
Why is there a lack of conviction today? The reason may not be in the pew, but in the pulpit. Much depends on the prayer life of the preacher. Pastors, preachers, and teachers must spend extended time in prayer to be truly effective—God prepares the messenger before we prepare the message. Luther’s motto, “He that has prayed well has studied well,” rings true.
4. WE NEED REPENTENCE.
I’m convinced that the majority of the churches in America are seeking to please the masses rather than convict. Judgment is never mentioned; repentance is rarely sought; and sin is often excused. We want to build a church rather than break a heart; be politically correct rather than biblically correct; coddle and comfort rather than stir and convict. This leaves people confused and deceived because we teach and live a form of Christianity void of repentance…void of truth.
5. BIBLICAL STANDARDS OF MORALITY ARE STILL VALID TODAY.
The “moral” laws in the Old Testament such as killing, stealing, lying, adultery, sexual immorality, and so on are all valid today. Jesus referred often to the Old Testament, and said that He didn’t come to abolish it, but to fulfill it. Although many of the ceremonial and dietary laws of the Old Testament do not apply today, the moral laws do. They are as significant today as they have been throughout history. For example, Leviticus 20:13 states, “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination….” To suggest that this verse is invalid today is to advocate the dangerous practice of redefining or deleting what God has said. Jesus referred to the Old Testament often in regard to moral behavior.
The consequences of wrong actions may have changed, but the moral implications remain the same. For instance, even though we no longer stone to death those who commit adultery, this does not mean that adultery is acceptable or any less dangerous. Adultery is wrong even though there aren’t legal consequences.
6. WE ARE ALL BORN SINFUL.
Jesus condemned “all” sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and woman when He said, “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications…these defile a man” (Matthew 15:19). Jesus was implying that all sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman is harmful and immoral. The word “fornication” in the Greek is porneia; where the word “pornography” comes from. We cannot say, “But I was born this way,” because we were all born to lie, cheat, lust, and deceive, but this doesn’t make it right…it makes us sinful and in need of a Savior.
7. SILENCE DOES NOT EQUAL APPROVAL.
An argument cannot be based solely on silence. To suggest that Jesus approved of homosexuality simply because He did not use the term “homosexual,” is to imply that He approved of necrophilia, pedophilia, incest, and bestiality. But, of course, we know better.
8. PEOPLE HAVE TURNED AWAY FROM GOD AND FROM DOING GOOD.
Other passage in the New Testament are clear on this issue as well. Romans 1:18-32 and 1 Corinthians 6:1-20 are good places to start. In short, mankind did not see fit to acknowledge God and they suppressed the truth; therefore, God gave them over to a depraved mind—to do those things which are not proper. Homosexual behavior, and sexual sin in general, is comparable with dishonoring the body and turning from God. “The sexual disordering of the human race is a judgment of God for exchanging Him for the creature” (John Piper).
9. MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.
Jesus said that since the beginning of creation, God created them male and female in order that they would be joined together and become one flesh. He adds, “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:9). Marriage between a man and a woman is God’s plan since creation. No matter how many laws are passed in favor of gay-marriage, it will not change God’s mind. Man often rebels against God; this is nothing new.
10. JESUS OFFERS ABUNDANT LOVE AND FORGIVENESS.
In closing, Jesus would often speak out against sin, but His love and mercy also reached out to those who regretted and hated their condition. Forgiveness is a mark of genuine faith. We should have compassion for those who struggle with same-sex attraction because we all struggle with sin, but at the same time, we should not condone or excuse this type of sin any more than we condone or excuse any other sin.
Public high school features student drag show, berates parents who object. Rebellion of Reprobate Minds.
Fri Jun 14, 2019 – 8:34 pm EST. LIFESITE NEWS.
PHILADELPHIA, June 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The “Gay-Straight Alliance” at Penn Wood High School in southeastern Pennsylvania offered a drag show featuring male students dressed as females singing popular melodies.
According to The College Fix, the event, titled “Coming Home: A Place for Everyone to Feel Safe,” was on the Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, public school campus and had morning sessions at the school library on “Navigating the World: College and Beyond,” “LGBTQ+ Health Issues,” and “Being an Ally.” The all-day program offered a presentation on the history of cross-dressing performers and a video on New York City’s so-called Stonewall riots of 1969, while students could also attend “singing and runway performances” in the auditorium.
The May 22 events commemorated Gay Pride Month, Harvey Milk Day, and the 50thanniversary of the Stonewall riots. Lansdowne is a suburb of Philadelphia known for its “progressive” politicians. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) dubbed Lansdowne a “No Place for Hate” community. Earlier this year, the high school offered a student production of Rent, a Broadway musical that glorifies drag queens, cross-dressing, and homosexuality.
Reportedly, students could choose to attend classes as normal or attend the scheduled events. One of the shows included three cross-dressing male students who sang and danced to the tunes of “Level Up” and “Killing Me Softly.” Kemar Jewel, whose YouTube page has a music video titled “G.A.Y. (God Accepts You),” delivered a performance and a “pep talk” to students. Jewel is a graduate of the high school. The events came to a close with an on-stage sing-along to singer Lady Gaga’s paean to homosexuality, “Born This Way.”
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, school nurse Tracy Boyle is an adviser to the Gay-Straight Alliance. She told the newspaper, “We’re not saying, ‘Oh, everybody be gay.’” She added, “We have straight kids who are in the show and beautiful young people [who] haven’t told us what their sexuality is, and it’s none of our business. They all want to have a fun day.” Parents and others who have complained about the drag program are “kind of still in the Dark Ages.”
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) defines a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) as a “student-run club, typically in a high school or middle school, which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia.” In addition, according to ASCA, some GSAs try to influence their surrounding communities about sexual orientation and gender identity, organize a “Pride Week” and bring in outside speakers, and organize indoctrination of teachers on LGBTQ issues.
School superintendent Jane Ann Harbert said she wants the school to be a “safe space,” stating that some parents may not support a homosexual lifestyle or cross-dressing for their children. She told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Many of our children come from homes or cultures that may not be as supportive, and we want to make sure our school is a safe place for these students.”
According to The College Fix, there remain many religious families in Lansdowne who have taken their children out of Penn Wood High School to enroll them in Christian or parochial schools.