I have just read lately about one of the major Christian denominations problems with addressing the LGBT situation of our country. The newly elected president of the denomination has stated that he would give up “being right” so as not to lose the friendship of an LGBT person. There have been many comments set forth about the comments. Some have been Biblical and some not exactly Biblical. By the fact that it has raised such a tumult indicates that true Christianity has not been working in this company. My question to them would be, “Is true discipline love?”
What does the Bible say?
What does the Bible say about this subject? First of all and above all the Bible makes clear that God is LOVE. Nothing supersedes that axiom. The question becomes then, “How is that love expressed?” The greatest expression of that love is Jesus, God’s only-begotten Son, hanging on a cross, bearing the sins of the world and paying the total price of the sin of every person who would ever live on this earth. In so doing He opened the door for whosoever will receive that love.
Now, we must understand that God’s standard is perfection. Perfection leaves no room for comparison of sins when we stand before the perfection of the God of Creation. So we can not compare me to you and think that I can please God over you. Neither of us can in our own self. There is only One Who can, and that is Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be the righteousness of God in Him.” In Colossians 1:27 Paul the apostle writes concerning those who have gone before, “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” In Galatians 3:27 he says it this way: “For as many of you were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Your hope then is not in yourself but in Christ Jesus Who is in you and in Whom you are. The perfect Judge of the universe does not see you but He sees Jesus. Therefore, you are declared, “Righteous”. That is the greatest expression of love in all creation.
Where to stand
Since the price for everyone’s sin has been paid, God’s love is extended to everyone. But it is not forced on anyone. Now, the new president of that denomination has made the ambiguous statement, “We have to love our gay neighbor more than we love our position on sexual morality.” We must then ask, “From where does one get their position on morality?” For the Christian the source of morality is the Word of God, the Bible. The problem for the above statement is not the love that we should have for all people, but which is loved more. It is clear from the quoted statement that he is exalting a desire to be accepted by someone over the loving stance of God’s Word. After all, when the serpent tempted Eve he did not openly attack God, he merely offered an alternative.
If the new president of the denomination is seeking to show love to the LGBT person he should step back and take a look at his approach. If a blind person were walking toward a 1000-foot cliff and would surely fall over the edge at any moment, would you try to build a relationship with them by continuing to walk toward the cliff with them? Or would you come alongside and gently warn them of the impending danger and then if they did not stop use ever stronger warnings. True love does the latter. It is not relationships that will save the LGBT person. It is the Word of God that will save them. God did not say that He would honor your relationships with people to bring them into His Kingdom. The only thing that has the power to bring anyone out of darkness into light is the Word of God. Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my Word be that goes forth from My mouth, It shall not return to Me void, but It shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” When describing how faith comes in Romans 10, Paul wrote, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Just one more example of the power of God’s Word. Read Genesis chapter one. How did God bring about creation? He used His Words. The only thing that will turn LGBT people from their sin is the same thing that turned every Christian from his or her sin, The Word of God.
Apparently this man has a denominational slant in his understanding of God’s word. True love does not let the blind person walk over the edge of the cliff while you fain love for them. That is love of self, thinking you have impressed someone with your kindness and understanding and false humility. You will let a person go headlong into hell so that you look good to other religious and pious people. Jesus, in Matthew 4:17 preached, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Repent means to turn from the direction you are going and go the other way.
Romans 1:18ff, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. for since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Mr. President of the denomination, please understand that the LGBT people are aware that there is a God. Your job is not to judge them or think that you can get them into the Kingdom of Heaven through building a relationship, but your goal and my goal and the goal of every Christian is to love them with the love of God and to lovingly share the Word of God that calls us to repentance, to turn from our sins, and to receive the life of Jesus(Who is the Word) into our lives.
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