I really struggle with how to reach the gay/lesbian/transgender community for Christ. It’s a hot button situation and as we’ve not handled it, or handled it correctly, it’s becoming more a part of our society and even our churches.
And its difficult. In this day and time, most of us know someone who this affects. Please think for a moment… it seems to me that in the beginning God created only two genders. How can we say now that there are more than those two, or that we were born in the wrong one? Why? Why do you think God would do that and bring all that confusion into your life? God is not the author of confusion, the Devil is.
Here is the black and white truth… sin is sin. The sin of homosexuality is no different than the sin of having any sex outside of the bonds of marriage or any other sin. What complicates things is that, as a whole, churches don’t condone sin. Couples who are living together outside of marriage, drug users, adulterers (I’m referring to people who live this way, not people who commit sin, as we all do. But those who have adopted a particular sinful lifestyle) may be welcome in church, but they aren’t told their choices, their sin, is okay.
People have been seduced by a wrong spirit who has them convinced that it is not a sin, but a lifestyle choice. Let me be clear… it is a sin.
Leviticus 18:22 – Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
I’ve heard many argue that if we had to follow everything in the Old Testament, we’d be doing all kinds of things that we don’t do now or consider sin, such as letting fields rest every 7 years. First of all, even though we aren’t under the law anymore, God never gave us rules for the fun of it. Everything, even those things we don’t feel required to follow now, was given for our own good. He, in His wisdom, knows better than we do. But still, if you need to see it in the New Testament, here it is:
Romans 1:26-28King James Version (KJV)
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Look closely at verse 28. That would be a scary place to be. To go so far in your sin, to be so determined to do it your way, that God would give you over to your own reprobate mind.
Am I saying gays/lesbians/transgenders should not be welcome in church? By no means. How else will they hear the truth? But that means they need to be in a church that is preaching and teaching the truth. And that would not be somewhere with a gay minister.
I don’t hate anyone. I want all to be saved. But just as people can justify any sin they want to make okay, that is what the homosexual church community has done. They’ve changed what the Word says….I recently read on one of their forums that Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction had nothing to do with the sin of homosexuality but with the fact that it was an inhospitable city. What? This group and those that support them have truly been deceived and we need to be in prayer for them and for our country daily! We have to stand firm on the truth and not let this demonic movement take anymore ground. And while being firm, we must also be loving to all those caught up in this wrong thinking. Not an easy task.