It’s Time I Told You the Truth: A Response to Gay Christianity

I recently wrote a response (<– read here) to an article that my friend Christian brown wrote about coming out as gay, which took everyone by surprise. Not just gay, but a professing gay Christian.

It was heartbreaking, especially living in a nation that hates God and His word. However, I knew this was one of many such articles coming out in support of the oxymoron of gay Christianity that demanded an answer. And so I decided to write a thorough rebuttal to his article in a frank, Biblical, loving and imploring manner.

It is my hope that it can be an instrument to reach others who are close to us that are yielding to these lies; and that it will drive people to see the beauty and all-sufficiency of Christ as well as the abhorrent nature of not only this sin, but any sin.

The 1787 hymn “How Firm a Foundation” by John Rippon beautifully summarizes the hope that those who struggle with sin have in Jesus, the one who came to redeem those who with contrite hearts surrender to Jesus in faith. It is the hope that drives us as the church to proclaim the King’s message of redemption and cleansing in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Cor. 6:9-11).

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

Even down to old age all My people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

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2 thoughts on “It’s Time I Told You the Truth: A Response to Gay Christianity

  1. Thank you for sharing your heart, Eliezer. I can tell that you are doing your best to show the love of Christ to LGB people. However, when you offhandedly say that gay Christian is an oxymoron, it can be pretty hurtful and falls short of showing love. Personally, I agree that sexual acts between two people of the same sex are sinful, but at the same time, I am willing to admit my own fallibility and hold my interpretations of scripture with an open hand. As such, I try my best to refrain from calling into questions anyone’s salvation and instead, attempt to live my life in such a way as to point to Christ and pray that, when necessary, He and the Holy Spirit will convict my brothers and sisters of any sin in their lives and lead them into His better way of living.

    • Hi, Matthew. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for taking the time to engage with my response.
      I will address your comment from a Biblical point of view, since you profess the name of Christ. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines an oxymoron as “a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (as cruel kindness); broadly: something (as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements.” The Bible defines marriage as between a man and a woman from the Old Testament through the New Testament at every point (i.e.: Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:5; Mark 10:7; 1 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 5:31, etc.) Therefore, marriage, by God’s definition (the only truly objective standard that exists), is the covenant union solely between one man and one woman. Two men or two women cannot, then, be truly married in God’s sight. Therefore, that is, by definition, an oxymoron. Whether it is “pretty hurtful” or “falls short of showing love” is irrelevant to what reality is.

      However, you have not defined the standards you are using. Can you please define what you mean by “hurtful” and loving? What is to hurt someone? What is to show love, Biblically speaking? You profess the name of Christ, yet the language you use is that of the culture, and very vacuous of meaning. Ironically, you are protesting my use of the word “oxymoron” while engaging in an oxymoron yourself: You say that it’s hurtful to say that gay Christianity is an oxymoron, and a sentence later you say “Personally, I agree that sexual acts between two people of the same sex are sinful.” It has to be one or the other. “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” You also contradict yourself when you continue stating that “at the same time, I am willing to admit my own fallibility and hold my interpretations of scripture with an open hand.” I ask you: Are you willing to hold doctrines you mention such as salvation, God’s “better way of living,” the conviction of the Holy Spirit, sin, Christology, etc. in an open hand? Are you saying there is a possibility those doctrines are not true? Is there any certainty to be pursued in this life? If you are not willing to do that, you are being selective and inconsistent yourself with what you profess.

      Was the apostle John shy of calling out people living oxymoronic lives? Did not the apostle John in 1 John speak out against the most basic of oxymora, namely, a person who professes to be a Christian yet is living in sin? Did not the Apostle Paul speak out against the church in Corinth that professed to be a church yet allowed an incestuous couple among their congregation (1 Cor. 5:1-13)? They actually boasted of being non-confrontational. Paul rebukes them for taking such a “laid back” approach. Did not Christ speak out against the religious leaders of his day who professed to be holy yet were “whitewashed tombs” (Jesus’ words) in Matthew 23? Would you say it was “pretty hurtful” and “unloving” of Jesus, the son of God, the perfect God-man to level these accusations against them (and as Christians we are to follow His example, including this)? If so, and you have to in order to be consistent, you are saying that Jesus was not who He claimed to be, namely, the perfect lamb of God, and therefore not God in the flesh and therefore all mankind is utterly doomed to God’s eternal righteous wrath. Of course, I am not saying that is necessarily what you believe. But it is the logical conclusion of your argument. I encourage you to consider more deeply the arguments and accusations you make.

      Just because we are fallible does not mean we should not call out sin where we see it, starting with ourselves. It is because we are fallible and because we’ve been called to holiness that we must call out sin. Did Paul tell the Corinthians that because they were fallible they should not hold to any doctrine absolutely because it might be wrong? Did he tell them to just let the Holy Spirit convict people in sin? How would you respond to what he says in 1 Cor. 5:9-13?

      “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people – not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of [that’s an oxymoron] sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler – not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders [unbelievers]? Is it not those inside the church [believers] whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Purge the evil person from among you [cf. Deut. 13:5, 17:7, 12, 21:21, 22:21,22,24; Judg. 20:13].’”

      You create a false dichotomy in saying that you choose to live an individual pursuit of sanctification rather than take the Bible seriously and call out sin where it must be called out. We are to do both.

      Knowing that the wrath of God and His judgment are certain, the truly hurtful and unloving thing is to not warn unbelievers of this truth and to neglect the sanctification process of those who profess to be Christians yet are in sin. That is “pretty hurtful” and “falls short of showing love.” If we truly love people, we will not only warn them of God’s wrath, but show them the beauty and all-sufficiency of Christ. We want others to be in fellowship with God just like we are (1 John 1). But we must also remember that “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1).

      I encourage you to read the small book I wrote in response to Christian’s article, which you will find in this article. It addresses at several points the oxymora of gay Christianity and gay marriage and the objections you’ve made in your comment. It also addresses Biblically the inconsistency of “laid back” Christianity. That is, that form of Christianity that says the church is just to point to Christ and lay back and let the Spirit convict people in sin of their sin. That is an oxymoron. The church is called to be “the pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15), and as such, it must enforce God’s commandments in Scripture for His glory and the good of His people.

      I look forward to continuing to dialogue with you. Thank you once again for stopping by.

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