Open the Church’s Dirty Closet: From the Theologian’s Corner

We know that the church has it’s share of homosexuals in the membership. How do we deal with the issue, and how do we rescue the soul.

The Church has a closet just like we have in our homes. If you clean it out in the spring, you will find all kinds of mess you should have discarded years ago. As a matter of fact, you will find things that you didn’t want any one to know about as well. This is the problem that confronts the Church of Generation-X. It is a much more liberal generation, and it is becoming infiltrated by tolerance to Satan’s plan for the Church, instead of Christ’s plan. One of the biggest perpetration’s of blatant disrespect for the Sanctuary of God is parading homosexuals in the presence of the so called Saints of God. The Church is clearly in limbo over something that had been made so clear by scripture, there was no need for the Bible to go into detail.

Is Homosexuality a Sin?

No doubt about it, the Bible is clear this is a sin. Scripture is clear, and there is not a lot of interpretation needed. Leviticus 18:22 NLT states, “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.” If you need further evidence, the Leviticus Laws are even more vivid. Leviticus 20:13 states, “If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act.” The synonym for the word detestable is abomination which is found in other translations of the Bible. Abomination means in the Webster’s dictionary, worthy of or causing disgust or hatred. The word hatred is strong language, and to think the Lord could have hate for any one or any group of people is scary. I realize there are people who will argue that the Old testament has no bearing on how we live today, and I will counter this by making it clear that similar passages against homosexuality appear in the new covenant as well. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize this is not a natural practice, and it goes against God’s instruction to be fruitful and multiply the earth.

Should We Welcome Gays To Our Churches

Let’s examine if we should welcome Homosexuals to the Church, and there is only one answer which is yes. I heard a Pastor on the radio some time ago speaking about welcoming homosexuals to his worship services. He defended brilliantly his position which is as follows. Salvation is for everyone, and the Gospel is to be preached to every sinner. Remember what Jesus said in Mark 2:17 NLT, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” This tells me that salvation is for homosexuals as well as all other sinners. The key is to turn from the sin. The Pastor went on to say that he would preach a sermon on the topic as the Holy spirit gave him a notion to do so. Lets get it straight, you cannot clean up anyone unless they hear the word, and most of the time it will probably be in the sanctuary. This is why we should not restrict any one’s access to the service based on the category of sin. The last thing the Pastor said he expected was to have a increase in Gays attending the worship service. Some parishioners took offense and even left the congregation, but there is so little understanding of what the primary call of a Christian is, and that is adding to the body of Christ by winning souls, even gay ones.

What About The New Testament

We seem to believe that the Old testament is dead, or that God has changed his mind. Some even contend that God has not made up his mind. We call this process theology, meaning God is in the process of making up his mind. This is far from the truth, and the New Testament makes it clear in 1 Timothy 1:10 NLT. “The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders,* liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.” This means man kind needed the Law to realize they need a messiah to help them where they fall short. Perhaps we can apply this same Law to the homosexual population who is willing to listen to reason. The Bible continues to back up the old covenant with 1 Corinthians 6:9, “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” I don’t believe there is nothing else to say about this, case is closed.

Discrimination Is Justified

I believe discrimination is justified based on the scripture Romans 1:26. “That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.  And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.” This life style is a choice, and although I believe that some men are a little more feminine, and some women masculine, the conscious choice has to be made to have intercourse. You always have the option to remain single as the Apostle Paul did. That being said, the homosexual movement is trying to compare their struggles with the civil rights movement and this is troubling. I think it is safe to say, that Blacks and Jews have no choice in the matter of what race they belong to, and so persecution based on these factors are despicable. However, a Homosexual has a choice in his lifestyle choices, and the discrimination that follows is self inflicted based on the scripture. Let me state for the record that any tolerance for the life style is going against what God has made clear is detestable to him, and His wrath is sure to follow.

Conclusion

The Church has work to do, and will stand for something or continue to fall for anything. We as leaders and followers should welcome all who come to the temple for worship, and should correct those who need to be rebuked, however this should be done with gentleness. You can win more bees with honey instead of vinegar. The Gospel must be spoken, and is not to be watered down, but you can still make some one feel at home to receive the Word. That being said, Homosexuality is not a civil rights issue and the church has no business supporting a detestable in the eyes of God lifestyle. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah and I will conclude with Jude1:7. “ And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment.”