I wrote last week about how the Gospel, the real Gospel, is offensive to the homosexual…as well as every other person, and that that is the intent of the Gospel, to offend us all so that we see our true condition before God and see our need for salvation.
Therefore, there is no difference between the homosexual who has offended God with his or her sin and the heterosexual who has offended God likewise with their sin. The Bible says that there is no difference, for all have sinned (homosexual and heterosexual) and have fallen short of the glory of God, and all (homosexual and heterosexual) can be justified by His grace when we turn from our sin and trust in the blood of Jesus that was the atonement for our sins.
So, what is the way for us to truly come into the faith of Jesus Christ? It is simply to recognize that our sin is an absolute stench in the eyes of a holy and perfect God. And it is to recognize that such sin has damned us to hell without hope. And it is to recognize that only through the mercy of God by Jesus paying the penalty for our sins can we ever be fully forgiven to be able to be in the presence of a living God. And of course this is what leads us to repent (to turn away from following our own way, whether that be homosexuality or materialism or whatever) and turn to Jesus and seek to follow Him.
So what is my point here? It is very simple. As Christians, we are doing serious harm to the homosexual if we think that embracing them is going to help them for the better. There is a great big problem with the mindset that says, “Let’s just love the homosexual.” There is a great big problem, and misunderstanding of the Bible, with the person who says, “We must love the sinner and hate the sin.” We must realize that nowhere in the Bible does God make a distinction between the unrepentant sinner and the sin of the unrepentant person. They are one and the same. And yes, God loves sinners. How do we know? Because He died for them. Jesus gave His life on the cross for sinners. There can be no greater demonstration of love. But God also hates the sinner. Did I just say that? Yes, I did. Its all throughout the Bible. The wickedness of men is an abomination before the Lord.
The Bible says that we are either friends of God (those who have repented and trusted in Him for their salvation) or we are His enemies (those who still live in rebellion to the ways of God). There is no middle ground. There is no unrepentant sinner whom God loves wholly yet hates the sin that he commits. No, they are one and the same. Sin is not something that is separate from us. Its who we are. We are sinners. And without Christ, our hearts, the very core of who we are, are wicked.
Therefore, the homosexual DOES NOT need to hear that he or she is loved by God and loved by all people and that we Christians should not place a judgment on them. Why not? Because anybody who hears such a message, whether homosexual or heterosexual, is never going to see the severity of their sin and also their desperate need for God. We are not helping them with such a message…we are hating them.
Think about it rationally please. If my daughter is doing something now as an eight year old girl that I know will only cause her harm when she becomes a woman, if I truly love her, I am most certainly going to discipline her, correct her, explain to her the wrong that she is doing, and steer her in the right direction. If I didn’t do anything, but instead said, “Well, let me just love on her” and just “accepted” her behavior and told her that nobody has the right to judge her, that would not demonstrate love. It would demonstrate hate. Truly loving her means that I am going to show her that she is in danger by what she is doing in hopes that she recognizes such danger and turns from it.
It is the same with the homosexual. Christians who say “Let’s just love them” and who go to their gay parades to show that they love them and tell them that they should not be judged by anyone, are really just showing hatred not love. How? Because as a Christian, if we really believe that God is going to damn unrepentant sinners to hell, then showing love would mean telling them that they are in grave danger, that they are enemies of God, that unless they repent, they will certainly perish. And it also means sharing with them about the gift of eternal life that Christ came to give us for those who turn away from themselves and turn to God.
Isn’t that what we do whenever we evangelize? Don’t we explain to people what the Bible says about sin as much as what it says about forgiveness and eternal life? I mean, we can’t even comprehend what mercy is unless we realize that we are damned. And that is how we introduce people to the Gospel that saves. Its the only way. I can’t really be saved if I don’t really understand that I am damned.
So why is it that with our children we will discipline them and correct them in order for them to avoid danger in the future, and with the average person we will try to show them that their sin has offended a holy and perfect God and we plead with them to turn from their sin and be reconciled to God, but to the homosexual we show up at their gay parades in the name of Christ’s love and we ask them forgiveness for the church making judgments against them? How is that love?
If the entry point for the Gospel of salvation to take root in our souls is the deep recognition that we have sinned and have offended a holy God, then wouldn’t it be the most loving thing for us Christians to show the unrepentant homosexual as well as the unrepentant heterosexual that their sin, their lifestyle, and the very essence of who they are is an offense against God? And then from there we go on to share with them the most amazing gift of mercy and grace ever offered to such sinful men. That is what real love for the homosexual is all about.
I have mentioned a few times about the Christian that tries to show love to the homosexual community by showing up at their gay parades and telling them that they love them and are sorry for having judged them. This was not a hypothetical situation. This really happens all the time…and it is very sad.
Check out this link here It is an article about a group of Christians who wanted to show God’s love to the homosexual community, so they had shirts made up that said “I’m sorry” and they made signs that told the homosexual that they were loved by God and that they should not be judged. Please don’t just read the article, which is very sad because of the effect that it caused on the gay community where they felt more loved and accepted (which please recognize is NOT a good thing), but also read some of the comments too, both from the gay community and how they feel more accepted by God and by Christians, and from the many Christians who sadly support such actions.
The most sad part of the article for me was the fact that this Christian who did this kept on stating that it was so beautiful in the eyes of God because biblical reconciliation was taking place. Christian, this was nothing of the sort of biblical reconciliation, for reconciliation only occurs when a sinner recognizes their need for mercy and comes to the only One who is able to provide such mercy. There can be no reconciliation whatsoever if there is no repentance. That is Bible 101. How can we not see and understand this? How in the world could any Christian, such as this guy, have said that had Jesus been at that gay parade, that He too would have been given out hugs? Perhaps He would have hugged those who recognized His Lordship and while hugging them, He would say, “Now, turn away from your life of sin and follow me.” He certainly would not have hugged them, told them that He was sorry for making the commands of God so rigid, and walked away leaving them to feel good about themselves.
This type of action only lets the homosexual offender continue to believe that their lifestyle and who they are should be completely accepted before both God and man. It allows the homosexual to justify themselves and continue on in living in a way that makes them enemies of the cross of Jesus Christ. My friends…this is not how we love the homosexual. – Cody