But today, on the eve of the 2013 National Day of Prayer, I want to draw your attention to some of the talk surrounding this year’s honorary chairman for the national event, Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Ministries in California. Due to Harvest Ministries’ biblical statement against the sin of homosexuality mentioned in this article, the Human Rights Campaign released this statement:
Pastor Laurie’s message is out of step with what the majority of people of faith across this country believe,” said Dr. Sharon Groves, director of HRC’s Religion & Faith Program. “In greater numbers than ever before, people of faith are feeling compelled to speak up and organize for equality – because of their faith.
OutServe-SLDN called for Pastor Laurie’s invitation to the Pentagon for Thursday to be revoked, saying he “represents the worst our nation’s communities of faith have to offer when it comes to fairness, justice, and equality.” His views are then described as “out-of-the-mainstream…”
My question is, since when is sticking to the Bible “out-of-the-mainstream” for Christian believers? I think it is a tactic to mainstream homosexuality into the church, which has happened in some denominations already. A church that would mainstream homosexuality:
Revokes “Flee fornication,” in the name of “Love thy neighbor”: The two are not only compatible, but irrevocably linked. To truly love my neighbor, I must uphold biblical truth in everything I do. The Bible does call out sin for the believer, so sin can be avoided. To condone sinful behavior is the ultimate betrayal to the world. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)
Rejects “work out thine own salvation,” in favor of “judge not…”: Each of us has personal responsibility for our own salvation. We each are required to discern (judge) what is sin and what is not in order to avoid sin and please God. Judgment of sin is not the same as judging people, of whom God is the only Judge. As far as God’s judgment, a Christian should love people enough to portray the way to escape judgment (see my 1st point).
Reduces the Gospel to a mere suggestion under the weight of societal pressure: “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” (Matthew 16:24). No one has to follow Jesus. But those who do must do so on His terms. It is a tremendous cross to bear. When the whole of society rejects Christ, and it is tempting to test the wind on matters of faith, we are required to hold fast to the Gospel we have believed.
Mainstreaming homosexuality is not based on the Bible, it is based on a false narrative that would lead the church to believe that it is unfair, inequitable, and unloving if it stands firm on biblical doctrine that opposes homosexuality. Nothing could be further from the truth. On the National Day of Prayer, lift up all who are bound by sinful lifestyles, and lift up the Church, that she does not cave on her biblical principles and teachings.
Copyright (C) 2013 Glen Gaugh