“I grew up in a Southern Baptist church, and I am eternally grateful for what I learned there — the truth that I learned and the biblical foundation that I have,” Chambers said. “But there was no way that I was ever going to tell anybody in my church growing up that I struggled with these things. I am very thankful to say that that has changed [in that church]…. But we’ve still all got to do better.” -Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International
One of the most pervasive errors in Christianity is one of presumptive perfectionism; The false presumption that everyone in the Church has no issues to deal with; That we are all “just fine”, said with a cheesy grin and a false bravado. Should we not rather be honest about what we struggle with and be willing to admit to brokenness, instead?
Bob Stith, the Southern Baptist Convention’s national strategist for gender issues and the representative of the convention’s Task Force on Ministry to Homosexuals said recently, the Church, “should at least acknowledge that we have not responded well”, especially in hearing from those still struggling with their sin. Last I heard, Bob, everyone “struggles” or they aren’t Christian. The very fact you continue in the struggle over sin demonstrates Whose you are.
Is anyone better than Paul the Apostle? Didn’t Paul have “struggles”, even calling one so heinous as to be a thorn in his flesh? Didn’t Peter? How about Paul and Barnabas struggling over John Mark?
We have much too much to work toward to be now living in the DELUSION that we have, in ANY way, attained perfection ahead of so great a Disciple as Paul the Apostle (Phil 3:12).
In Hebrews 13:5 God describes how we must live free of “covetousness” in our “conversation”, being grateful for what we have in contentment because Jesus will never leave NOR forsake us. The idea we should then be even concerned with reaching a specific group, as if their struggles are in need of special sensitivity, some even excusing their sin as merely “struggling”, in order to reach them, is absurd and sinful in itself.
We all “struggle”, as Bob should know. And we do have a requirement in how we manage ourselves, and why, from our Father Himself:
For if we discerned ourselves, we wouldn’t be judged. But when we are judged, we are punished by YAHWEH (THE LORD), that we may not be condemned with the world.
Considering this, we should continue to look to ourselves as we tend to one another, in the Love of Christ, holding fast to the Truth. But in no way should we separate one sin over another in our love for each other.That being said, we must acknowledge something is indeed different about certain “struggles”.
Do some struggle with lust? Those who have overcome the lust of the flesh are to minister to these to achieve Victory with our brothers. Those who have overcome sexual deviance, by Christ’s Power, minister to those who have that “struggle” too. There is little difference in either approach, except that homosexual deviance has a special characteristic and special consideration among Believers. And Bob should know why…
Homosexual sin, and Lesbianism as well, by the way, is a special sin in that this sin is a specific curse from God for a very specific reason. Bob knows this and should understand that, as Believing men, we have to protect our families from the results of that Curse.
ALL sin is a result of lust; Lust is the root of it all. We all want in error and manifest the evil desire in the different sins defined by God. But deviant sexual sin is different, because of the origination of that sin. In every instance deviant sexual sin is a direct curse from God for consummate idolatry. [See to what Paul refers in God "giving them over" to, in Romans and Corinthians, and why He did.] Whenever a people, or individual, persists in rejecting God, rejecting His Authority over them, those have been given over to “unnatural affection” for one another. God’s judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah shows a very specific response to those people from God, in that they were so wicked Yahweh destroyed them from the face of the earth.
Today we have a culture that seeks to side with Sodom and Gomorrah, saying God was wrong to them, that they are, instead, merely a protected people group, worthy of special consideration and reparations! How far the lost have fallen. Shall the Church also treat the sexually deviant this way, as deserving of something other than to be cursed by God? And why are they cursed? What is God’s purpose for their particular curse?
Homosexuality is a curse from God meant then to cause them to repent broken in their despair over their inability to resist their particular depravity!
Just like Job they are being Judged that some at least will then utterly surrender.
So when those who “struggle” with this curse from God desire fellowship with Believers it gives us pause, for good reason. These “gays”, “lesbians” and anything else that falls under what God defines as sexual deviance, are under a curse that is designed to BREAK them by God. They will not all repent, but SOME WILL. And that is God’s MERCY to them! Shall we then make it easier for them so they don’t break? Shall we enable them to remain cursed? Is that the Christian thing to do?
Should Christians be making Homosexual sin easier to remain under?
The answer should be obvious, but it appears some are so caught up in the emotions of the issues in dealing with sexual deviance they have lost sight of reality.
Without repentance in utter surrender there is no salvation
I remember years ago reading a very accurate Baptist flyer that showed in cartoon form how sinners will sometimes attempt to use their sadness in struggling with their sins to try and get you to feel sorry for them and offer them “another” way bu the Cross of Christ. Don’t give in; don’t enable sin to remain.
There is no other way, we all must SURRENDER or die in our sins, guilty…
And what does that surrender look like in someone who is under the curse of homosexuality? A COMPLETE ad UTTER rejection of all mannerisms, thoughts and deeds of that sin. Any lingering evidence shows a lack of surrender; These still need to be broken further.
Consider this the next time you feel the need to coddle someone who claims to “be gay.” Give them the Law, the Ten Commandments, and make room for the Hand of God to do His Work in them, lest you be found guilty of trying to hinder His Will for them.
I am not guilty of homosexuality, but I also had to learn “the hard way” over other sins. I am SO grateful the people that God used to reach me didn’t try and get in God’s Way for me in desiring to make my life easy enough to remain in my sins. No, they gave me The Truth and let the Holy Spirit cut my dependency from me, blow by blow.
Everyone can be delivered, some just have to lose a lot more flesh to get there…
Love them enough to let it hurt as much as God requires…