January-February 2020 – According to the Bible, God allows sexual activity only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. All other sexual conduct is forbidden.
Sinful sexual activity can be forgiven, to be sure, and the Christian is called to overcome the impulses that lead to all sexual sins. This has been the teaching of the Christian church since its inception 2,000 years ago.
With regard to homosexual activity, I encourage you to read the following texts:
• Romans chapter one calls homosexuality unnatural and homosexual acts “shameful.”
• 1 Corinthians says “men who practice homosexuality” will not inherit the kingdom of God.
• 1 Timothy condemns “men who practice homosexuality.”
In the last two passages, all sexual immorality – not just homosexuality – is cited as sin. Read through the Bible, and it’s clear that every single one of us is guilty of something that makes us unacceptable to God unless we repent and seek forgiveness of our sin through Jesus Christ.
In the past three decades, LGBTQ activists have demanded the embrace of homosexuality by society and the church. This LGBTQ demand for “equality” has gone viral, and their storm troopers take no prisoners
They don’t allow Christians to take a “hate the sin, love the sinner” approach. No, they would say that by not affirming homosexuality, we are fostering what they call “hate.” And they desire to outlaw hate and punish those who preach it.
Many Christians don’t know how to stand firm when criticized on this issue. They understand what the Bible teaches on it, but the idea of being called a “hater” is mortifying to them, and so they try and straddle the proverbial fence. It happens a lot. Here are some examples:
• The Boy Scouts of America: While not an explicitly Christian organization, BSA upheld Christian values to millions of young boys for decades. In recent years, the organization has completely sold out to the homosexual agenda.
• Tim Tebow: What a great example for boys across America this man has been. Yet, when LGBTQ groups applied pressure on him, he canceled a speaking engagement at First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, because the church teaches that homosexuality is a sin and Tebow wanted to avoid controversy.
• Louie Giglio: The founder of the Passion youth gatherings, Giglio was one of my favorite Bible teachers. He was asked to pray at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, but when a 20-year-old sermon surfaced in which Giglio warned against the rise of homosexual activism in America, he was severely criticized by the LGBTQ community. Giglio sheepishly withdrew from the event and then would not even reaffirm his own sermon.
• Beth Moore: Millions of Christian women would attest to the value of her teaching over the last 20 years. It was learned recently that Moore went back to a book she wrote years ago and removed references critical of homosexuality. When asked if she still believed it to be a sin, she would not respond.
• Lauren Daigle: The music of this popular gospel singer has blessed millions of people. Recently she was asked her view on homosexuality being a sin, and she responded with this answer: “I can’t honestly answer on that…I can’t say one way or the other.”
• Drew Brees: This NFL quarterback is well known for his strong Christian faith. A few months ago, Brees did an advertisement for “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” sponsored by Focus on the Family. When a New Orleans LGBTQ newspaper called him out for supporting a “hate group,” the quarterback went into panic mode and basically disavowed Focus on the Family.
A more recent example is Chick-fil-A. This is a company founded on Christian principles – and it is extremely popular in the Christian community because of that fact. Chick-fil-A got into hot water with LGBTQ groups when CEO Dan Cathy said in 2012 that he believed in God’s definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Cathy was spooked by the blowback and then tried to separate his private beliefs from his company.
It didn’t work, and Chick-fil-A has been targeted by the left ever since, especially since the corporation made donations to groups such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which are “hate” groups according to the left. Recently Chick-fil-A ditched the Salvation Army and FCA only to name an LGBTQ affirming organization (Covenant House) one of their new beneficiaries.
Make no mistake, for those in high-profile positions, the pressure to conform to the world’s standards on this issue is enormous. However, we are talking about mature Christians who should know better than to surrender on one of the great moral issues of our time. And what’s worse, when they cave on this issue – with either actions or silence –they are unwittingly siding with those who ultimately want to criminalize Christianity.