The comments I received when I published my post on homosexuals and Christianity surprised me. Since I’ve been blogging I have not seen this happen. My post was about the casual application of the term “Christian” or “Christianity”. I said I wasn’t going near the debate about whether homosexuals can be Christians. Anyone can call themselves a Christian today and no one can tell me what that means. Most of the comments I received plunged into the cultural debate about whether homosexuals could be Christians. I did ask that question, and, as you will read, some folks addressed it. Unfortunately only one or two comments addressed the misnomer “Christian”.
I thought you might enjoy reading how several of my readers responded to this cultural hot button. Enjoy.
I wish to make two points.
#1: If someone were to ask me if I were an evangelical Christian, I would answer, “Define ‘evangelical Christian’.” The liberal media seems to indicate that evangelicals are narrow-minded right-wing fundamentalists. In which case I would say, “I certainly hope I’m not.”
Others would say being an evangelical Christian is to be part of a practicing bible believing group of followers. In which case I would say “I certainly hope I am.” So “Christian” and “evangelical Christian” are open to definition.
#2: It’s high time professing believers take the log out of their own eye before they cast stones at others whose beliefs and feelings differ from theirs. We all need to do a lot less finger-pointing, and a lot more soul-searching. The sin of PRIDE (thinking we are saved and others are condemned) is every bit as sinful as adultery, homosexuality, or any other deviation you can name. “Judge not, lest YE be judged!” Only GOD knows who’s going where in the afterlife.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the Kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ…”
There are blessed truths here! It doesn’t matter what you were… there’s a cleansing. Open to all, including homosexuals and adulterers!
Should we write a special dispensation for homosexuals and say, “No, you don’t have to be cleansed. Come on in to our church.” If we welcome them here on earth and they are sent off with the goats in hell, have we done them any favors?
If one is an authentic follower of Jesus, one who believes John 3:16, trusts in the shed blood of Jesus only for salvation, we are all still sinners saved by the grace of God. st Paul said that he still does things he should not do and also doesn’t do the things He should do. My point is that being a true Christian does not mean being sinless. we should not use God’s grace to sin, but we all still do. we will have our basic sin nature until we die and go to heaven. So, all true Christians are sinners, but all sinners are true Christians.
In The Name Of Christianity
A lot of things were done in the name of “Christianity” but were far from it. As Proverbs tells us, there is a way that seems right to a man but leads to destruction. Oprah calls herself a Christian yet believes that it is absurd to believe that Jesus is only one way to the Father. That is why Jesus said that the road to life is narrow and only FEW find it!
“Christian” and “Follower of Jesus” should be synonymous but sadly today they aren’t. Because of sin, man has decided what is sin and what isn’t sin. Rather than referring to God’s Holy Word on the matter of sin, man has looked into his own deceitful/sinful heart (Jer 17:9) to determine what is sinful. Due to this practice, today, the term Christian can mean anything that man wants it to mean. In light of this revelation, yes, it is perfectly acceptable for a Christian to be a homosexual.
Very good points…anyone can say they are a Christian. Who really knows what that even means anymore? I think you picked some good verses to help explain how you feel. Weren’t the first Christians known as People Of The Way? As in “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”.
We’re Not To Continue Living In Sin
One who follows Christ must turn away from sin. 2 Timothy 2:19 says, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (KJV).
Of course, that doesn’t mean we will never fall. But we are not to purposely continue to live in sin and think that’s okay. Hebrews 10:26-31 says, “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
We don’t need to condemn our brothers and sisters who are caught in sin, but we are instructed to humbly confront them and teach them. “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).
It’s to save us from the bondage and deception of the devil who tempts us to sin. The Bible says, “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother” (1 John 3:7-10).
Anyone who has truly accepted Christ has His seed in them. We must encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ to allow God to water that seed by spending time with Him in prayer and studying His Word. As that seed grows our desires began to change and we want turn away from sin and follow His Word because we start to see how His commands are really for our benefit. God wants to protect us from sin because He knows it leads to death and destruction. So no matter the sin, adultery, homosexuality, pride, dishonesty, or gossip, we should never rejoice in doing those things because we are new creation, created to live holy lives pleasing to God, doing as Jesus did.
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13