By Nathan Jones
I was all prepared for a firestorm of protest from the pro-gay lobby when we published Dr. Reagan's article on homosexuality as an end times sign in our e-newsletter and blog. What I wasn't prepared for was how the primary opposition didn't turn out to be gays, but instead were fellow Christians who "love Jesus more than anything in this world."
These professing Christians inundated our email box and the comments section claiming we were "throwing stones" by "condemning others." We were "very cruel" and "hostile," leaving them with a "bitter taste." We were "complete ignoramuses" who were spewing "lies spread by bigots." And, of course, we were what now has become the stereotype of anyone who says homosexuality is a sin — "hateful homophobes." These last two labels are the world's buzz words wielded effectively to bludgeon any opposition into quiet submission. And these were the brethren!
As a member of the Post-Modern Generation, I realize it's anathema to say anything against any kind of sin. Without the Bible as one's moral compass, people turn to themselves to define what is right and wrong, usually based on how they're living. The only sin of this age is to offend. If one speaks out against homosexuality — the sacred cow of this day — because it's literally killing the practitioners and destroying society, well then you're just crossing the line. I just didn't think we'd be crossing the line of professing believers.
A Hateful Tone?
Just in case you're thinking the article was harsh sounding or that those affirming it acted like a torch-wielding mob so we deserved the backlash, neither was the case. Just what the Bible says about homosexuality was plainly laid out.
In God's own words, the Bible tell us that fornication (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 5:28; 1 Cor. 5:1-5; Heb. 13:4) and homosexuality (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10) are sins and therefore are wrong. Jesus Himself in Matthew 19:4-5 reiterated the natural order of sexual union is between one man and one woman for life. Nobody was acting like a jerk unless the mere mention of the Bible makes one a jerk (which is really the crux of the issue).
Saved But in Rebellion?
Some objectors claimed that a person can be a practicing homosexual and still be saved. True? To answer the question with a question, "Is it possible for a person who is living in continued and open rebellion against God to be at the same time living in obedience to God in repentance and submission?" The answer is obviously "No." To put it in another context, how could I be called faithful to my wedding vows if I was continually living in an adulterous relationship with a mistress?
It was brought up that Jesus showed mercy to the adulteress and therefore He tolerates sin. But, didn't Jesus whip the money changers out of the Temple because of their dishonoring God (Jn. 2:15)? Doesn't Revelation 19:13 tell us that Jesus' robe will be covered in the blood from the enemies He Himself will destroy upon His Second Coming? And, doesn't Jesus as judge finally send to the Lake of Fire everyone who ever rejected His salvation (Rev. 20:11-15)?
Yes, Jesus forgave, but He also told her to "leave your life of sin" (Jn. 8:11). According to Jesus' own words and requirements, we must leave our lifestyle of sin upon accepting Him as our Savior. To do otherwise leaves us remaining under God's wrath and final judgment in Hell (Jn. 3:36).
Loving People Straight to Hell?
Should the Christian response to those trapped in what the Bible calls detestable behavior (Lev. 18:22) just show "love and more love" and "endless forgiveness?" Certainly, we should love all people and show forgiveness as Jesus commanded. But, if anyone forgives a sinner yet the sinner hasn't sought God's forgiveness, then what does it matter? It really doesn't. A sinner can seek reconciliation with another person, but if they haven't done so with God, then that person still remains under God's wrath. If we don't proclaim this truth, our own apathy will "love" these lost ones straight to Hell. Christian enablers pass off their own forgiveness as God's, and that's when we are "loving" a person straight to Hell. That's a sin, and one the Lord says we'll be held accountable for (Ezek. 3:18-20; 33:6-8; Lk. 17:1-2; 1 Cor. 8:12).
Gay to Straight?
Protestations that Christians should stay away from the Bible and just leave it up to God to convict a homosexual caused a voice of experience to reply. A former lesbian responded that, "God does redeem and change people that were once caught up totally in homosexuality... after being confronted with the truth about themselves. Laying down sin is not self-initiated, it is part of divine, grace-filled correction."
Victory over the shackles of a sin-addicted life is possible in Christ, but it must come by the "feet of one who brings good news... who proclaims salvation" (Isa. 52:7). You're likely to be labeled a "hateful homophobe" if you try in love to rescue a homosexual from eternal death, but some will respond in faith.
So, be brave! Come out of the apathetic, end times Church of Laodicea and show true Christian love by unapologetically bringing the lost homosexual the life-changing Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.