The Bleating Sheep of “Gay Christianity”

And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed be you to the Lord. I have performed the commandment of the Lord.” And Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?” – I Samuel 15:14-15

King Saul was commanded by God to destroy all living things in his war with the Amalekites, including sheep and oxen. Saul, however, decided to spare the best of the animals supposedly to sacrifice them to the Lord (I Samuel 15:21). We find out a later, however, that Saul was really just seeking to please the people, not the Lord (I Samuel 15:24). In other words, he was worried more about what men thought than about what God thought.

This is a temptation for men and women in all ages – seeking to follow God just enough to appear faithful but not so much that it offends or alienates the world.  This is often, as with Saul, cloaked in a desire to please God but in reality is about pleasing ourselves.

There is now a group of people, calling themselves “gay Christians” or,  in some cases, “bisexual Christians.”  They see themselves as a “sexual minority” within the church and believe the church should minister to them under that rubric. They claim they “have performed the commandment of the Lord,” because they practice celibacy outside of marriage (something all Christians are called to do) and hold to traditional Christian beliefs regarding marriage (again, something all Christians are called to do). Yet, at the same time, they refuse to submit their identity to God. They are willing to follow him up to a point, but not all the way to crucifying their identity as an LGBT+ person. They hold the Bible’s view on sexual behavior in one hand and the world’s view on identity and sexual orientation in the other. This tension will not hold.

God calls us to repent, not just of external behaviors, but also of beliefs and desires that are at odds with His word, for they are the fount of all external sinful behavior (Matthew 15:19). And nothing is more at odds with his word, His character and His created order than to say that homosexuality, transgenderism, bisexuality, and an alphabet soup of other sexual proclivities (the “+” in LBGT+) remain who a person is after coming to Christ.  Such things are disordered desires rooted in the Fall, not God-given, morally neutral identities (Romans 1:26-27, I John 2:16). You are not a member of a “sexual minority” if you deal with homosexual temptation, you are a member of the sinful majority – all of humanity who deal with sin and temptation of one kind or another.

Discussing our life before and after Christ in I Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul says:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Is he saying the temptation to engage in this list of sins disappeared when those who practiced them came to Christ? Of course not.  But nowhere in scripture are we told because temptation remains we should identify ourselves by our former sin. There are no “gay” Christians any more than there are adulterer Christians, or greedy Christians, or drunkard Christians or swindler Christians. We were those things but in Christ we are no longer. The notion that my sexual desires are my identity is from the world, not the scriptures.

To allow your sin to define you is to deny the gospel of Jesus Christ and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. It is to put yourself back under bondage after having been set free (Galatians 5:1).

The church must reject this half-measures approach to repentance from sexual sin and the notion that such sin is in a unique category requiring special language and handling. And, she must rebuke those who insist on holding an LGBT+ identity with one hand and Christ with the other, for we cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24).

No sin is so difficult that the ordinary means of grace are insufficient. The homosexual or bisexual or transgender person, like any other sinner, needs to repent, turn from his sin, identify with a local church, read the scriptures, pray, take the Lord’s Supper, fellowship with believers – in short, live the Christian life and pursue holiness like everyone else who is a new creature in Christ.

 

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Inequality Does Not Equal Injustice

Inequality Does Not Equal Injustice

There’s been a lot of talk in Christian circles lately about justice. And that’s good, because Christians should be concerned about justice. Justice is one of God’s attributes:

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. – Isaiah 30:18

The trouble is, some of those talking about justice either don’t define what they mean by the term or define it wrongly. I want to deal with the latter, defining justice wrongly, and one particular manifestation of that – the idea that inequality itself is unjust. This was suggested by  David Platt in a recent speech at the 2018 T4G conference and by Matt Chandler in his talk at the ERLC’s MLK 50 Conference before that.

Is the mere existence of a disparity between two people or two groups injustice?

No.

In fact if it is, God is unjust. Consider Matthew 25:14-30:

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Jesus is teaching here about the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven, about what will happen on the Last Day. A man went away and entrusted his servants with certain resources until he returned. Upon his return, those servants would be held accountable for how they used what they were given.

But, and here’s the important part for our discussion, they weren’t given equal amounts. It’s also important to note that the “master” in the parable is God. So, God has given three people three different amounts of, in this example, money – ten talents, five talents and one talent. When the master returns, he does not chastise the servants with ten talents and five talents for not sharing what they had with the man who received only one. On the contrary, he praises them for using their resources to produce more. The one who’d been given the least, far from being treated as a victim of injustice, is called wicked and slothful and chastised for not making use of the resources he was given. The master even took away what little the man  had and gave it to the servant who had the most!  God doesn’t distribute resources so that everyone has the same, he distributes them as he sees fit and expects everyone to be faithful with the resources they are given.

Scripture is full of examples of God providing for people in ways that are unequal (Matthew 20:1-16, I Corinthians 12:4-11). Yet, is God unjust? As Paul says, “by no means!” (Romans 9:14).

So, if we want to identify injustice, we must have more than a disparity between two people or groups – we must have biblically definable injustices. Can income disparity be a result of injustice?

Certainly.

But, you must determine what the biblically definable injustice is that is leading to the disparity and address that. You cannot just point to the disparity and call it unjust. If, for example, the disparity is caused by employers not paying their employees what is owed, Scripture is clear that is unjust:

You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning. – Leviticus 19:13

Christians should speak out against this form of injustice. They should call the people involved to repent. They should work to make sure the law is used to help people who have been defrauded in this way. What they should not do, however, is make sweeping statements that imply everyone who is better off than these laborers is guilty of injustice towards them or that society is systemically unjust because of the disparity. That’s Marxism, not justice.

Be concerned with justice, yes, but define it biblically. For to define it otherwise is the very thing you’re trying to avoid – injustice.

 

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Why Is This Happening?

There’s no such thing as God or any authority higher than human beings.

BANG!

There’s nothing special about humans, we evolved from lower forms and are just another animal.

BANG!

Truth is relative, there’s your truth and my truth but nothing that’s true for everyone.

BANG!

Sex is just a physical act you do for your own pleasure, have sex with as many people as you want.

BANG!

If your unborn child is inconvenient, you have the right to kill it.

BANG!

The traditional family is an oppressive social construct that must be eliminated or subordinated to more progressive structures.

BANG!

Gender has no grounding in reality, children can decide which gender they are or even if they have a gender.

BANG!

If you’re still not happy after all this, here’s a pill.

BANG!

Why is this happening?

It’s the guns.

Would You Ever See This from a Group of Evangelical Leaders?

Gospel opposition to homosexuality & transgenderism

This weekend, white nationalists homosexuals & transgenders will descend on Tennessee, in both Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, for a “White Lives Matter” rally  “Gay pride” parade. As Christian leaders in Tennessee, we declare ourselves in resolute opposition to this expression of racism and white supremacy  distortion of God’s good design for human sexuality and we denounce and repudiate white supremacy  homosexuality and transgenderism as a work of the devil, designed to dehumanize and divide. Ideologies that declare the white race as superior  homosexuality and transgenderism as legitimate are an assault against the Word of God, which declares that every human being is created in the image of God and worthy of dignity and respect (Genesis 1:26-27; 1 Peter 2:17; James 3:9). These ideologies stand in opposition to the gospel of Jesus Christ, which reconciles, in Christ’s body, people from every tribe, tongue, and nation (Ephesians 2:15; Galatians 3:28; Revelation 7:9) every sinful lifestyle (I Corinthians 6:9-11).

Racism and white supremacy  Homosexuality and transgenderism are, sadly, not extinct but present  promoted all over the world in various  white supremacist civil rights movements, sometimes known as “white nationalism” or “alt-right.diversity or anti-hate movements. History shows that indifference, by the church, allows such evil to flourish. We must not only declare racism homosexuality and transgenderism to be wrong, we must oppose specific acts and movements that would degrade and dehumanize our brothers and sisters in Christ. allow such things to gain acceptance in our culture and in the church.

We call every follower of Jesus in the state of Tennessee to speak out against white supremacy  homosexuality and transgenderism in all of its forms, and to pray and work for racial unity a restoration of biblical sexual morality in our communities. We also pray for those who advocate racist ideologies homosexuality and transgenderism and those who are thereby deceived, that they may see their error through the light of the Gospel, repent of these hatreds  sins and come to know the peace and love of Christ through redeemed fellowship in the Kingdom of God.

Gospel Opposition to White Supremacy

The Feminists and the Film Maker

The Feminists and the Film MakerIn the 1960s and early 1970s feminists like Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and Kate Millette wrote about a fantasy world, a nirvana where all that was wrong with the world would be set right. But this wasn’t a Hollywood screenplay; it was a plan for remaking American culture. That world was the land of Women’s Liberation. They charted a course to get there and women by the thousands signed up to go – especially those in places like Hollywood and America’s elite universities.

How would they get there? Here’s Kate Millette’s sister, Mallory explaining as she recounts an early meeting of what would become the National Organization of Women:

It was 1969. Kate invited me to join her for a gathering at the home of her friend, Lila Karp. They called the assemblage a “consciousness-raising-group,” a typical communist exercise, something practiced in Maoist China.  We gathered at a large table as the chairperson opened the meeting with a back-and-forth recitation, like a Litany, a type of prayer done in Catholic Church. But now it was Marxism, the Church of the Left, mimicking religious practice:

“Why are we here today?” she asked.
“To make revolution,” they answered.
“What kind of revolution?” she replied.
“The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted.
“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded.
“By destroying the American family!” they answered.
“How do we destroy the family?” she came back.
“By destroying the American Patriarch,” they cried exuberantly.
“And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she replied.
“By taking away his power!”
“How do we do that?”
“By destroying monogamy!” they shouted.
“How can we destroy monogamy?”

Their answer left me dumbstruck, breathless, disbelieving my ears.  Was I on planet earth?  Who were these people?

“By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality!” they resounded.

And, by and large they’ve achieved those goals. The family is on the ropes, marriage is anything anyone wants it to be, homosexuality is celebrated, pornography has been mainstreamed and even gender itself is no longer a given. And in the most liberal, feminist bastion in the nation, Hollywood, California, the entire industry is still built on the sexual exploitation of others. Sexual exploitation that feminists by the score, both male and female, turned a blind eye to for years. And that’s not because Hollywood’s movers and shakers haven’t bought in to feminism but because they have. They’ve fully embraced the idea that sex is just a physical act that can be done between any two (or more) people and that it has no long-term implications.  Sharing a bed with someone is no different than sharing a cup of coffee. But thinking the destruction of cultural and sexual norms is the answer to sexual exploitation is like thinking a dousing of kerosene is the answer to a fire. It made such things worse, not better. It didn’t empower women, it enabled and emboldened abusers.

Feminists set out to destroy the family and have  partnered with every imaginable sexual perversion lobby group to that end. They’ve supported the murder of millions of children so they could have consequence-free sex. Then, they’re shocked and appalled when at the end of the rainbow of sexual liberation they find not a pot of gold but a pot-bellied old lech in a bathrobe leering at them.

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