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.
‘Vain Imaginations Growing in Reprobate Minds’. ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ at Washington state libraries attracts protesters
June 21, 2019
SPOKANE, Wash. — As children and their parents lined up to get inside the South Hill Library here, hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters faced off in front of the building waving signs at one another and trying to drown out each other’s chants and jeers.
June 15 marked the city’s first Drag Queen Story Hour, a national program that brings drag queens into local libraries to read to children as a way to expose kids to queer role models and get them thinking about gender fluidity, according to the DQSH website. The program is especially popular during LGBT Pride month.
Andrea Tate, a drag king who goes by Tirrany, initiated the Drag Queen Story Hour in Spokane, where the books read included “The Princess and the Pony,” “Not all Princesses Wear Pink” and “Love Is Love Is Love.”
“I’m done with letting drag be confined to adult-only spaces,” said Tate. “Obviously we’re not teaching kids what it means to be gay. That’s not our goal here. Our goal with this story hour is to teach kids that regardless of what someone else looks like, or who they love, we have no place telling them they’re not allowed to do that.”
Despite the popularity of the story hours — dozens of kids were turned away in Spokane — where singing and laughing seemed to dominate the proceedings, it’s not uncommon for the events to be met with opposition.
This week at a Seattle story hour, an anti-LGBTQ rights organization called MassResistance mobilized a protest, claiming the events are inappropriate and hypersexualized. Earlier this month, two Drag Queen Story Hours in central Ohio were canceled due to hostile threats, and a Texas public library north of Austin was partially shut down due to demonstrations.
Tom Turner, a conservative Christian, joined the crowd of about 200 who protested the Spokane program on Saturday. The Spokane protest, like many across the country, was organized by a group of local parents.
“I’m on this side of the street because God isn’t over there,” he said, pointing across the street to the counter protest — about double the size — that was supporting the drag queens. “Ultimately, they’re being deceived.”
Turner cited the New Testament’s First Letter to the Romans, in which the Apostle Paul said that God’s wrath will be revealed, and he will turn people over to their sinful desires.
“The fact that this is happening all over the U.S. reflects where our society and culture is headed,” Turner said. “Sin is never satisfied.”
Others opposing the story hour held signs that read, “Gender fluidity is a lie,” “Drag is Black Face,” and “You can be free from the bondage of sin.”
At a forum, attended by about 100 people, held at the Downtown Spokane Library three days before the story hour, panelists shared a different view.
The Rev. Andrea CastroLang, pastor of Westminster United Congregational Church of Christ, applauded the event, saying she was glad it was something her granddaughter would be able to attend.
“I’m guess I’m here tonight,” she said, “to let you know that even though there’s only one of me up here, there are other Christian churches that are friends and allies, and it really sucks to have to represent Christianity sometimes because we’ve done a lot of disservice. So I’m here to try and be a friendly face.”
She added that Christians are known by their love and not by the threatening messages that have been sent to Spokane libraries and other libraries throughout the U.S.
“If you can’t be loving, if you can’t build up this city, if you can’t open up your heart and mind, then I don’t know what language you’re speaking, but it’s not the language of love,” she said.
Lisa Logan, Women’s and Gender Education Center manager at Eastern Washington University, said there’s something about Drag Queen Story Hour, and about gender, that triggers people.
It’s a line in the sand, she said.
“A lot of us like to think gender is immutable, unchangeable, solid, and it’s just not,” Logan said.