The Church of England is convening a summit of 38 church leaders from across the world to ‘resolve’ issues over gay rights and same-sex marriage. A major split is in the making. Biblically correct African leaders are expected to walk out if the rest side with the homosexual movements agenda. For run of the mill evangelicals, like we in Truth Watch, this is a non-issue. Debating homosexuality and its place in any Christian communion is an oxymoron. Common or garden Christians like us and you are justifiably perplexed. Why on earth does this need to be debated at all? James 4:4 springs to mind: friendship with the world that defies the commands of God is enmity towards him. To love God is to hate evil; period, no debate. In Galatians 5:19 Paul is explicit: The acts of the sinful nature are obvious and anyone living by them cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
It is tiresome repeating the well known biblical facts about homosexuality ad nauseum. At no point does the Bible refer to homosexuality favourably. Everything said about it is negative and condemnatory. It should therefore be entirely unnecessary to debate this issue within any denomination. Unfortunately, there have always been elements within the Church who vie with each other to distort God’s revelation. Their gnostic arrogance has never known any bounds. They have always stood condemned.
Homosexuality carries the death penalty under Old Testament law. Jesus said he had not come to do away with the law (God’s moral commands) so homosexuality is still a sin. We can argue over the death penalty, but homosexuality is sinful nevertheless. Some say it is no worse a sin than any other. That is true to the extent that if we commit any sin, under God’s perfectly holy watch, we effectively break all his commands. But, some sins carried a heavier penalty under the OT code. God clearly regards some sins as more reprehensible than others. Sexual sins pollute our bodies – the temple of God dwelling in us. For this reason they carried heavier penalties.
The New Testament tells us homosexuals will not enter heaven and God uses homosexuality in Romans 1 to illustrate the lengths to which we humans will go when we deny and disobey God. Sodom and its sister cities were an earlier case in point and God destroyed them.
It seems that liberal theologians either read into Scripture what they want it to say, by completely distorting the plain meaning of the text, or they make some other broad claim. Their condemnation is assured. They often appeal to natural justice, or resort to the claim we are not to judge. Either argument is illegitimate. No Man-made call to justice can override God’s established standards. God tells us to love him is to obey his commands. True justice can only stem from God’s commands. We are also perfectly free to judge on matters on which God has already issued his judgment. If we choose to ignore, or re-interpret any clear command, our love for God must be called into question and our right to speak on matters Christian is abrogated. Likely as not, any ‘rank-holder’, in any Christian denomination, who plies the lie about homosexuality, is almost certainly not a Christian. Paul made it clear to the Corinthians that anyone who flagrantly commits a sexual sin should be turfed out of fellowship until they had renounced and repented of the sin. Homosexual advocating clerics are no different and must, due to their position be judged more strictly. Two courses of action are open to them; repent and be born again, or leave the Church.
Some argue homosexuals are born that way and resort to an unfounded claim to genetic propensity. This is arrant biological nonsense, quite apart from the fact that no such genetic connection has been found. Because homosexuals cannot reproduce any such gene would have long since passed out of the human genome. Of course, it would never have been there in the first place, since to put it there God would have to have contradicted his commands. God never makes mistakes.
Jesus prayed for unity in the Church. When church leaders risk that unity over homosexuality, related to only a small percentage of the population (1-4%), when the plain meaning of Scripture is clear, they are defying the will of God the Father and the Son. Such people prefer the lie to the truth and the Holy Spirit is foreign to them.