NOTE: This article is meant to address the decisions of the church in dealing with, and allowing such sins as homosexuality and gender confusion, and does in no way devalue the need for loving and evangelizing those who are dead in such sins. All of us need Jesus, our only Lord and Savior.
This week, the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) gathered together to vote on severing ties with one of Louisville’s local KBC-affiliated churches. What was the reason behind their decision to release the church from affiliation? The church, Crescent Hill Baptist Church, made the choice to affirm and perform same-sex marriages. As if that was not bad enough, Crescent Hill also decided to ordain members of their church, regardless of ones sexual preferences or gender-identity. This would allow homosexual or transgender men and women to serve and lead from within the church (you can read more here).
So, what’s the problem? It’s the 21st century, and shouldn’t we be over this sort of rigid fundamentalism by now?
Sure, if your desires and actions are motivated by the culture, rather than God.
But God loves everyone, doesn’t He? Surely He wouldn’t allow for such condemning and judgmental behaviors from within His own church?
Well, let’s see.
Here is a list of passages of Scripture that clearly condemn homosexual activity:
You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination (Lev. 18:22).
If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them. (Lev. 20:13).
Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10).
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper (Romans 1:26-28).
These passages, when taken within their rightful context, leave no room for speculation. Homosexuality is a sin, like every other sin mentioned in the Bible, in that it is punishable by death (Romans 3:23). Yet homosexuality is unique because it is the supreme example of distorted and disorderly worship. Homosexuality, and to deny ones God-given identity, is to deny the very image of God in which they were created. This is not to say that man’s sinful nature does not produce unwanted desires and attractions in us; but they can be overcome, in Christ. For the Christian, they must be overcome, as we are to no longer live according to the flesh (Romans 8:12-13). Furthermore, nowhere does the Bible affirm same-sex relationships, let alone condone the appointment of unrepentant homosexuals to the office of deacon or elder (See biblical qualifications in 1 Tim. 3, Titus 2).
To reject these truths of scripture is to reject God’s Word, and to reject God’s Word is to reject God himself. What Crescent Hill church has done, is taken a ride down the slippery slope of biblical liberalism. When being politically correct becomes more important than being biblically sound, you have degenerated from the very will of God.
At the heart of this issue between the KBC and Crescent Hill, is the question: did God actually say no to homosexuality? In fact, this is the very question posed to Eve, in the Garden of Eden, that deceived man into rejecting God’s Word, while choosing the creation over the Creator. “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1) This is the very question that is being answered wrongfully by so many professing Christian denominations across the globe. But God does say no to homosexuality, same-sex relationships, and all-of-the-above, as clearly revealed in His inerrant and authoritative Word. To deviate from God’s Truth is to deviate from the standard of faith, as measured according to scripture, and practiced and affirmed by over two thousand years of historical Christianity.
Crescent Hill, and others, must realize that when it comes to God’s Word, you must either believe all of it, or none of it, but it must not be just some of it. This is not a gray-area issue like whether or not Christians can drink alcohol or dance—the integrity of God’s Word is on the line. Once Christians begin to reject fundamental truths concerning the institution of marriage and being made in the image of God, it isn’t too long before the Bible itself is rejected. Sure, they may say they believe in God, but it will not be the God of the Bible! The truth of the matter is that you will either stand on the Word of God, or you will fall by the Word of God.
So, Christian, where will you stand?
To listen to Dr. Albert Mohler of The Briefing, and President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, weigh in on the issue, click here.