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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Building Bridges, Adorning the Gospel

For years I rejected the idea that before sharing the Gospel as Christians we should nurture relationships and build bridges with people we see on a regular fashion before sharing the Gospel of free grace.  Neighbors, friends, schoolmates, family or workmates, they must all hear the Gospel the very first time you see them.  After all, you never know when they will die.  They could die the very night you first met or saw them without the Lord, and their blood will be demanded from your hands.  The Lord is powerless to use anyone or anything but you in sharing the cross with them.

That is the position I used to take very dogmatically.  Now, I don’t mean to say with this that there should be no sense of urgency in reaching the lost or that I am minimizing in any way the gravity of the issue.  Even those close to you or that you see on a regular fashion, there may be circumstances in which you might have to share the Gospel with them right away.  I am speaking, however, of our day-to-day routines.  There are people we see everyday who do not believe in Christ.  It is to these people, to whom you are an open letter, to whom your life is exposed to day after day, who are watching you to see whether you really possess what you confess.  It is of these that I am talking about.

I have a schoolmate who is a Roman Catholic.  She helped me with some resources for the program we are studying in school, very valuable stuff for me.  I wanted to reach out to her, since I had previously discussed the issue of abortion with another classmate, and she heard our exchange.  It was then that I realized she is a Roman Catholic.  I decided the best way to start what I hope will flourish into a great opportunity for sharing the Gospel later this year was to give her a book, a book that would help her see the Christ of Scripture rather than the Christ of Rome.  She replied back by not only accepting the book graciously, but by giving me one as well.  That book is written by a “former” Christian, more particularly, a Calvinist (from what I perceive), which I think will only add richness to the discussions I hope to have with her in the future.  Why is that?  Because that author formerly held to the Five Solas of the Reformation.  What a more perfect way to introduce the Gospel, God willing, than through the history of the Reformation?

More to the point of this post, if the Lord does not will for us to have a discussion and all I was able to give her was that book, praise the Lord.  In the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 (NASB),

“What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.  I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”

God is sovereign, and I trust He will use me in whatever way He sees fit.  If He wills for me to have a discussion with her in which I will firmly and graciously share the cross, great!  If He doesn’t, great!  He may use someone else to do it, but He may certainly use the book to get her mind thinking.

My point is this:  God is sovereign.  He will save His sheep (John 6, John 10, John 17).  If one of the means He uses for that purpose is my speaking to her, that would be an honor for me.  If He doesn’t, He is gracious and good in not doing so.  We cannot live our lives thinking that we have to be repeating the message of the Gospel every second of every day to every single person, no matter how honest and noble the intention, because we would then be neglecting the other commandments, duties, and blessings God has given to His people.

My friends at the Santa Monica promenade have an open mic session every Saturday afternoon.  They don’t repeat the message of the Gospel every second.  It certainly is a part of the session, but they open the mic for people to ask any question they want.  In those sessions there is discussion on apologetics, gospel-preaching, politics, finances, theology, science, philosophy, among many other subjects.  It does not have to be only Gospel-preaching all the time.  Some people choose to do that, and that’s fine, but some don’t, and that’s also fine.

So before you think that you have to repeat the Gospel every second, pause for a moment and read what I said before again: God is sovereign in salvation, not man.  I believe that is partly the reason why I rejected the idea of nurturing relationships and dismissed it and generalized it as part of the “social evangelism” movement.

By “social evangelism” I mean that prevalent movement that espouses things like the misquote by St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words,” which is ridiculous because it is impossible to preach the Gospel without using words, much less the right words.  I mean the movement that shares a watered down gospel in order to be politically correct and “sensitive.”  I mean the movement that seeks to make God subservient to man rather than man subservient to God.

What do I mean, then, by building bridges before sharing the Gospel with someone?  In the words of the 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith,

“Good works are only such as God hath commanded in his Holy Word, and not such as without the warrant thereof are devised by men out of blind zeal, or upon any pretence of good intentions.   These good works, done in obedience to God’s commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith; and by them believers manifest their thankfulness, strengthen their assurance, edify their brethren, adorn the profession of the gospel, stop the mouths of the adversaries, and glorify God, whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto, that having their fruit unto holiness they may have the end eternal life.” Art. 16:1-2

Good works include those things that add to the beauty the Gospel already has, that makes it beautiful to those who listen to it, even if it is foolishness and an aroma of death to them (1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Cor. 2:16).  They are those things that make people say what was said of Daniel in Daniel 6:4-5,

“Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.  Then these men said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.”

Is it possible that many times we are just trying to share the Gospel with people without intending to create any sort of relationship with them, many times in a very unbecoming way?  Is it possible to be in a “share frenzy” while at the same time neglecting to obey God in the way we handle our finances, our temper, our responsibilities?  Can it be that in many ways we are enabling people to slander the gospel by the way we act towards them or to our own duties?  Shouldn’t we of all people be the most gracious, the most loving, the kindest, the most ready to serve, and the most patient people of all?  How can unbelievers glorify God through our Christ-likeness?  When they see us, who are supposed to follow in the footsteps of Christ and the Apostles, and they see that very thing, they will see that our profession matches our expression of that message, and they will thus glorify God.  For what good will the message of the gospel do to the mind of an unbeliever if we are not showing any evidence of change?  What worth will they see in Christ if we act exactly like the unbelievers do?

No, we will not be perfect, we will fail.  But that in no way takes away from our duty to live our lives for the glory of God and the benefit of our fellow man.

This was meant to be a short Facebook post, but let me now say the short statement I wanted to from the beginning:  Want to share the Gospel with that family member you see everyday?  Bring them some food, a glass of water, show yourself a servant to him or her.  Want to reach out to that classmate or workmate you see everyday?  Invite them over to your house for dinner, show yourself a servant to them.  Want your neighbor to hear the Gospel?  Invite them over to dinner, bring them food, help them in their distress (illness, someone they know suffering, etc.), help them move that box to the garage, show yourself a servant to them.  Win the right to share the Gospel with that person.  Build a bridge that you may cross later to share the Gospel, if God so wills.  Don’t burn bridges before you have even built them.

The Gospel is already offensive enough (to the unbeliever):  God created man upright and gave him a law that would have been unto life had he kept it (Genesis 2:15-17).  Man represented all of mankind, so when he sinned, we sinned in him and have inherited his guilt and corruption (Romans 5).  We are born sinners, hating God and man, in rebellion to the King of the universe (Romans 3).  The just retribution for our rebellion is eternal, conscious suffering in hell, away from the presence and grace of the Lamb (Matthew 10:28; Luke 16:24; Jude 12-13; Revelation 14:11; Revelation 19:20, etc.).  Man cannot save himself by anything he does because every action of his is polluted and tainted by sin (Romans 3).  God is holy and righteous, and He cannot accept anything corrupted by sin.  God requires perfection, and no man can be perfect (Matthew 5:48).  God does not lower His standard because we are unable to fulfill His law, however.  God cannot demand anything less than what he is: thrice holy and just (Isaiah 6).  Our only hope of perfect righteousness would have to be extra nos (outside of us).  It would have to be a man because he would have to represent men, not dogs or horses.  He would have to be God as well because no man can perfectly and satisfactorily propitiate the wrath of God on behalf of sinners.  Jesus Christ, our only mediator and surety, perfectly fulfilled the law and bore the wrath of the Father on behalf of his people.  He was raised three days after His death (1 Corinthians 15), thus proving that the Father accepted His mediation, and now sits at the right hand of Majesty in heaven interceding for His people (Hebrews 8:1).  He came once as a meek lamb, but He will return to judge the living and the dead in fiery and swift judgment (1 Thessalonians 1).  The only way to escape the just wrath of God “against those who disobey the gospel” (2 Thessalonians 1:8) is by grace through faith in Christ’s work alone, “and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-10).  You must, therefore, repent and believe the gospel, Christ offered in the place of sinners, Christ the only way, the only truth, and the only life (John 14:6); Christ, the only mediator (1 Timothy 2:5), God and Savior (Titus 2:13).  You can’t save yourself (Galatians 3:10-12; James 2:8-12; Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:20).  You are not good (Romans 3).  You are doomed unless you appropriate Christ through God-given faith.  Repent, renounce your sins and come to Christ.

To the carnal mind, that is the most offensive and enraging message that can ever be preached.  God decided to use this that to unbelievers is foolishness to exalt himself and put man in his place (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).  Don’t make the Gospel more offensive than it already is.  Build bridges, nurture relationships, and then graciously share and contend for the truth in love, firmly and without wavering, but with charity (Jude 3; 1 Peter 3:15).  When they hear you they may reject it, but they will know you are living proof of the grace of God, and that it shows through your life.

Pray for God to give you opportunities to share the Gospel and move as you pray, but also study the Word of God, spend time in prayer, spend time with your family, enjoy the blessings of God, and live in the knowledge of the providence of God.  Don’t neglect the whole of Christianity for one thing.  Let everything be Gospel-centered, but don’t become a broken record.  Let your life be a living witness of the renewing, saving grace of God.

I will finish with the words of the Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 1:1-11,

Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.  

Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”

Soli Deo Gloria

YouTube Joins the Homosexual Debacle

20130702-211214 After the U.S. Supreme Court declared DOMA to be unconstitutional, YouTube joined the debacle by taking sides with the homosexual movement.  Personally, I am not surprised, I don’t expect any different from a God-hating society.  It is simply a sign of judgment perfectly consistent with Romans 1.

Furthermore, I don’t believe it is the government’s business to define marriage.  They have no authority or foundation upon which to do that.  So I disagree with both those who advocate that government should allow only heterosexual marriage and pass legislation banning any others, and with those who advocate that the government should allow homosexual unions.  I realize that will be controversial to some of my brothers and sisters in Christ, but why do I say this?  Because both sides start from a flawed foundation: They believe the government has or should have the authority to regulate a God-given institution.  Where in Scripture do we see that?  As soon as you give that power to the government, why be surprised when it revokes DOMA, for example?  If you give that away to the government, it may or it may not do what you wanted them to do.  If you are a Christian advocating the government’s involvement with the institution of marriage, keep in mind that your starting point is the word of God, the government’s is not.  And you should not and cannot expect unbelievers to act consistently with their God-given conscience, yet polluted with sin. 1

So why am I writing this?  The problem is in the caption:

We believe that everyone has the right to love and be loved.”

“What, why, who are you proud to love?”

Let’s start with the first caption.  Consistent with the statement underneath this one, this statement really admits more than probably the LGBT community is willing to accept.  As soon as you destroy the meaning of marriage, as soon as you do away with all concept of a God-honoring, lifelong covenant with a person of the opposite sex for the glory of God, the doors are flung wide open for this very statement: Be it a man or a woman, men or women, boy(s) and girl(s),  brother(s) and sister(s), dog(s) or cat(s), cow(s) or horse(s), a boat (2), or even yourself (3), you should be proud to “love” whatever and whoever you want, right?  The liberal agenda is not really looking to be included in marriage, but to destroy the notion of it completely, to obliterate all objectivity and meaning to the words “husband” and “wife.” 4  Listen to the words of LGBT activist, Masha Gessen in the following video:

Now, let’s go back to our point.  Why do I say consistent?  Because of the caption underneath, which is the statement of faith of the religion of our day:

We believe that everyone has the right to love and be loved.”

Of course, by “love” we understand YouTube not to mean the love human beings have toward parents and siblings, but the desire to engage in sexual immorality with whoever and whatever people want to do this with under the guise of “loving, committed relationships for life.”

Many objections can be raised to the above.  It is not my intent to address those in this post, as I already have in a previous post.  There is one unanswerable objection that I have raised and will do so again in this post, which we will deal with in the rest of the caption.

“We believe that everyone has the right to love and be loved.”

The main inconsistency often found in liberal rhetoric is that of failure to define terminology.  The priests of the liberal movement, both in so-called Christian circles and secular, preach tolerance, love, and condemn “hate speech,” and intolerance.  Of course, what “tolerance” and “intolerance” mean is confined to that which is agreeable to their position.  Tolerance ends where there is disagreement with their position.  Intolerance is any view that does not accept liberal rhetoric.  As soon as someone steps out of the accepted norm, he or she is condemned as a bigot, homophobe, intolerant, arrogant, unloving, hateful person (5); many even equate disagreement with homosexuality with slave-owner mentality! 6

My challenge is this:  Are you truly ready to stand by your statement consistently?  Does everyone have the “right’ to “love” and be “loved”?  Are you ready to extend this “right” to polygamists, one of their spokeswoman reported as stating,

We polyamorists are grateful to our [LGBT] brothers and sisters for blazing the marriage equality trail“? 7

Or to pedophiles?  How about those who practice bestiality or necrophilia?  On what consistent basis will you deny them the “right” to love and be loved?  As polygamists cheer this further breakdown of the meaning of the covenant of marriage with you, will you be intolerant, hateful, bigoted, racist, and unloving? Shouldn’t they be “proud” to love whatever and whoever they want?   Don’t they have the “right” to love and be loved?  It is about time that those who advocate homosexuality step up and address this question honestly and objectively.

Inconsistency is the sign of a failed argument.” – Dr. James White

Check out more articles on homosexuality here.

1. https://truthwartoday.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/four-points-on-supreme-court-ruling-of-doma/

2. http://www.baysidebulletin.com.au/story/1308489/man-marries-dream-boat/

3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/25/nadine-schweigert-woman-marries-herself_n_1546024.html

4. http://rt.com/news/uk-husband-wife-overrule-379/

5. Street Preacher Interrogated by Police: http://www.archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.ca/

6. https://truthwartoday.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/ten-things-i-wish-the-church-would-know-about-homosexuality-answered/

7. http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/polygamists-gay-marriage-ruling/2013/06/27/id/512233?s=al&promo_code=13FB6-1