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Christians Are We Ready?

Maybe I am overstating the obvious here, but the Christian church has lost a lot of ground with regards to homosexuality. I’m not talking about on the legislative or protest front, I’m talking about in our preaching and teaching of the gospel. We are losing and the culture is looking at us as old, fuddy-duddies who simply haven’t got a clue.

In truth, I have to admit, when it came to discussing homosexuality, this was an area I just stayed out of. I simply believed I was going to get steam rolled if I ever tried to talk about it, so it just didn’t seem worth it. And it’s not like there isn’t evidence to support this. How many videos have we seen of Christians being escorted by police away from homosexual events or neighborhoods. The animosity from the homosexual community toward Christians is pretty well documented. So honestly, I felt justified in staying away from the matter.

But I realize now that I have done a disservice to the gospel. In fact, I would wager that I have sinned by unilaterally deciding to never deal with the issue. I say this because I never bothered to dig into scripture and learn how to defend what God teaches on this matter. I never learned how to explain how homosexuality was still wrong while eating shrimp was fine. I never learned how to preach the gospel compassionately and lovingly to a person who was struggling to understand how their attractions could be an affront to the God who created him. I simply just didn’t want to do it.

Now, all one has to do is peruse social media and blogging sites to see the prevailing attitude among our culture. Young people have no clue what the Bible says about homosexuality. And what little they think they know is grossly wrenched out of context. But the sad truth is that many Christians know less about this issue, biblically speaking, than those whose voices are being the agent of change in our culture. We simply don’t know how to defend the faith, and we look like fools when we try. So the culture throws the out of context verses at us, along with emotionally charged rhetoric, and we either respond with half thought answers, or we fold under the pressure. The result is that immorality grows unabated and the church loses more influence everyday.

So how do we address this? Well, it certainly isn’t going to be through protests, legislation and lawsuits. Just watch the evening news to see how well that battle is going. What’s worse, because there is no gospel centeredness in such efforts, all we appear to be are hate mongering jerks who want everyone to do things our way.

I believe that we as a church must first start by educating ourselves in the scriptures. And this means doing a lot of hermeneutical homework. We have to understand the passages of scripture, and their contexts, with regard to homosexuality. We also have to understand the passages the world loves to use to point out the so called hypocrisy in what we obey (such as the prohibitions to the Jews to wearing blended fabrics or eating shellfish). We have to understand for ourselves the differences between moral and civil laws and know what it is Christ really said about marriage. If we don’t take the time to do this individually, we will be ill prepared for any conversation that comes up. Incidentally, a good resource on this, which has prompted me to reconsider my involvement, is Dr. James White’s response to Matthew Vines (a young homosexual who spoke at a church regarding homosexuality not being sinful). Dr. White spent five hours on his webcast dissecting Mr. Vines’ speech and addressing the very issues we see being brought up today. He has made this response available as a download. You can find it on the main page at www.aomin.org. Please consider downloading and listening to this resource.

Once we have spent the time learning what the Bible really says, we need to start taking this out into the world to share. And I don’t mean go on some holy crusade to lash out at people on websites or get into arguments with people at protest rallies. I simply mean that as we talk with people, as we share the gospel, be prepared to answer this matter biblically. When the subject comes up with friends, relatives and co-workers (trust me, it will), give loving and compassionate answers straight from God’s word. Also, let us discuss this matter within our own homes. Face it, our husbands, wives and children are being exposed to this everyday. All you have to do is turn on the evening news and it’s right there. We have to raise them up in the scriptures so that they too will have a firm foundation to stand on.

Finally, let us be about our Father’s business of preaching the gospel at every single opportunity we have. Let us do so with great love and compassion, knowing that we too are sinners, but have been saved by the grace of Christ alone. While it is very easy to look at the agenda of the homosexual lobby and become angry, let us never forget that those lobbies contain hundreds and thousands of lost souls desperately in need of the gospel.

We have lost so much ground because, as a church, we have not invested the time to learn the right answers. We have lashed out angrily, we have given weak answers that toppled with a mere shove, or we have cowered into our philosophical corners and let the issue march right by. Yet, we serve a great and powerful God! His gospel is the power of salvation to all mankind! Let us not retreat in fear, let us not strike out in anger, but let us proclaim the truth to all mankind in love so that sinners might be saved. In doing, we might just change the attitude of our culture because people will be getting saved and led by the Spirit. Let us engage the culture and let us stand on God’s word alone.

About Chris Hohnholz

Born again believer in Jesus Christ • Co-Host, Producer, All Around Gofer Monkey at Cross Encounters Radio

15 comments on “Christians Are We Ready?

  1. “Let us not retreat in fear, let us not strike out in anger, but let us proclaim the truth to all mankind in love so that sinners might be saved. In doing, we might just change the attitude of our culture because people will be getting saved and led by the Spirit. Let us engage the culture and let us stand on God’s word alone.”

    Well balanced and well spoken Chris. This will of course carry a price. And the title of your post is very appropriate: “Are we ready” (to engage the culture in love and truth and pay the price of being the bearers of unwanted truth to a hostile world)? Hope so. If not, are we ready to give account of ourselves to the Lord for our time on earth?

  2. Good post, my brother. We need – by and large – need a wake-up call. Bear in mind this Truth: the church is fine and will always prosper and survive. We have that promise from our Lord and Savior. We were also told that those who appeared to be of the church would leave so as to be identified; that false teachers would arise and gather listeners; that many will be deceived and fall away. This is the beginning of birth pains, as we anxiously await the Lord and His sickle.

  3. Oh, I most definitely believe the church will continue to grow as it is the bride of Christ. The gates of Hell won’t prevail against it, as our Savior promised. I only wish to call our brethren out of the malaise that has caused us to fail in the proper preaching of the gospel in this area.

  4. I often wonder if those who are “pastors” and are silent or passive on these issues are aware of their own personal condition. I do not see how a blood-bought child of the Living God could go along publicly as so many do.

  5. Another excellent source is Dr. White’s book ‘same sex controversy’, I highly recommend this to all to help ‘equip’ the saints as the revisionists tear down God’s word, especially the book of Leviticus.
    Dr. White states in his book “”The defender of homosexuality must produce a viable criterion for distinguishing between the moral and ceremonial laws, or else consistently reject them all. We have New Testament warrant for discontinuing the sacrificial system {Hebrews 10:1-18} and the failure to observe the symbols of separation from the Gentile no longer displeases God {Acts 10:9-20}. However, the Scriptures never alter God’s revealed law regarding homosexuality, but leave us under its full requirement {Deut. 8:3; 12:32; Matthew 4:4}. Indeed, the Bible repeatedly condemns homosexuality, the New Testament itself stressing that it is contrary to God’s law {1st Tim. 1:9-10}. Therefore, the prohibition against homosexuality cannot be viewed as part of the ceremonial system prefiguring Christ or as temporary in its obligation.”

    The key to defending God’s truth concerning homosexuality starts with rightly understanding Leviticus, the book they mis-use to justify their sin.

  6. Good post and well thought out, my brother. Keep standing firm. Sadly, the acceptance of such wicked lifestyles is creeping into churches here in Liberia because pastors waver from speaking the truth. The main reason is because many are actually allowing open sin to be permitted in their own homes. When you permit sin, it is rank hypocrisy to try and preach against the sins of others.

  7. So many people have so many different views when it comes to the subject of homosexuality…just ask Carrie Underwood, who has come out in support of gay marriage. (ugh!) But, the truth is, it does not matter what we think or what our opinion is…It only matters what God thinks in His Holy Word! So, it’s not about us! To me, that is freedom! Remember Kirk Cameron with Piers Morgan on the gay marriage( http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/02/kirk-cameron-on-homosexuality-its-detrimental-and-ultimately-destructive/ ) Even though I thought he did a good job…to me, he said a lot of “I think” and “here is what I believe”…..and really it should be, here is what God thinks or here is what the Bible says….This IS the final authority! There has to be a standard and authority greater than ourselves. If left to ourselves on what is right or wrong..leaves us with total confusion. If I was on a talk show and the host ask me if homosexuality is a sin…I would say the Bible says that ANY sex outside of marriage, (between a man and a woman), is a sin. A guy and a girl shacking up together unmarried is in sin, a married man cheating on his wife, is a sin…The only approved sex, is in marriage, between a man and a woman. So, that means, that there is a lot of people in trouble..including homosexuals and heterosexuals. The gospel can reach all groups of people, no matter what their sin is. Let’s not loose touch with this…The truth is there is none righteous and we all deserve hell, because we’ve broken all of God’s commands, but the good news is that Jesus Christ paid the price for our sin, by dieing on a cross for our sins and if we repent and put our faith in trust in Him.

  8. Lynn said

    “The gospel can reach all groups of people, no matter what their sin is. Let’s not loose touch with this…The truth is there is none righteous and we all deserve hell, because we’ve broken all of God’s commands, but the good news is that Jesus Christ paid the price for our sin, by dieing on a cross for our sins and if we repent and put our faith in trust in Him.”

    Amen!

  9. Here is another link that will help to understand the argument they present…http://headhearthand.org/blog/2012/06/19/homosexuality-polyester-and-shellfish/

  10. Well said, brother. It’s tragic when antichristians have better hermeneutical skill than us.

  11. I do want to say that I appreciate Kirk Cameron and his boldness….

    Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake…

    We need men who are bold and will stand up for Truth…..in love. Not easy in this day and time.

  12. Great article, Chris. I appreciate your insight, clarity, and grace in this matter.

  13. We, the church, have in some respects, lost when it comes to the issue of homosexuality for some of the same reasons we lost when it comes to abortion… there was not united unified voice collectively coming from the universal church. Good post.

  14. “We, the church, have in some respects, lost when it comes to the issue of homosexuality for some of the same reasons we lost when it comes to abortion… there was not united unified voice collectively coming from the universal church”

    I think God will not support the hypocrisy of evangelical churchianity that is riddled with divorce and remarriage but is preaching against other peoples sins. Maybe he sees through the cover and knows it is full of dead mens bones. We know he hates divorce, why not try to legislate stopping that instead of fighting homosexuality? Because it would cause financial ruin to the denominations and pastors whose churches are supported by professing christians who freely divorce and remarry. I am not writing this to condemn anyone who was divorced and remarried before they were saved, etc. I am talking about the choir member who divorces her husband and marries another man because “god wants her to be happy”. Look at the statistics.

    Paul makes it very clear in 1 Cor 5 that we are to judge these things inside the visible church and not the actions of unbelievers.

  15. I suggest that a key element with this topic is ‘hate’. For some homosexuals, their accusation of Christians hating them, is more than just rhetoric – they really believe it. And, I think there are cases where that has indeed been the case, perhaps when a debate about it arises and the Christian feels like he or she is loosing that debate, it’s easy for frustration to turn into anger and passionate dislike. How sad, when the defining mark of a Christian is supposed to be love! I suggest that when going into a debate about homosexuality, Christians need to stick with an attitude that it’s more important to be loving (while still calling a sin a ‘sin’) than it is to win the argument.

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