Love is Love? A Biblical Response

As I write this article, I’m preparing my heart for the extreme reactions it will certainly elicit. Some will shout their agreement and others will call it hate speech. Be that as it may, I simply cannot let this go. I must speak up on behalf of my Savior.

Today, a youth pastor in my hometown, wrote an open letter to his congregation regarding his decision to perform a same-sex wedding. He presented three points that he felt explained his stance on homosexuality and the church. To say that I was stunned is the understatement of the century. As I read his words, I felt myself become enraged at the inaccuracy and deception. One direct quote misinterpreting Scripture is, “the writers of the Scriptures especially the New Testament writers are not dealing with the same issue that we are dealing with in our day and age when it comes to same sex relationships. They are addressing mod violence, rape, ancient fertility cults, temple prostitution, and idolatry. This is far from the issue of two same sex individuals desiring to have a committed loving relationship.” He goes on to say that Genesis 1 is a poem with a pattern of separating and filling. He states the the pattern is binary but upon looking closer, we see all the in-between in which we live. He states that Adam and Eve are opposite ends of a spectrum and he believes there are people that fall in between. There is absolutely no Biblical justification for this stance! Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” He didn’t say he created a spectrum of gender identity and sexuality preferences. He created TWO genders that compliment each other perfectly to further His creation. Any other stance regarding gender is simply false.

At this point, you might be thinking, okay, you clearly disagree so just move on. Well, that simply isn’t an option. Eternal souls are at stake! Misuse of Scripture can alter the course of eternity. Hundreds of souls are impacted by the ministry of this local church. They are being misguided and it simply cannot be ignored. As disciples of Christ, we are called to uphold the Gospel. We must be willing to stand on His word; no matter the opposition we will certainly face. 2 Timothy 2:15 commands us, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” The Word of God hasn’t changed and will never change. It doesn’t change according to our evolving society. It doesn’t bend to our will; we are called to surrender to His will. John 1:1 says the Word was with God and the Word was God. Additionally, 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

The mantra of today is love and acceptance. If you don’t accept someone’s lifestyle then you are against them. Sadly, the church has fallen victim to this mentality as well. In the spirit of being inclusive, Harvard University appointed an open atheist as head chaplain last week. An atheist will be spiritually guiding the youth at Harvard. It’s the ultimate oxymoron! Friend, accepting sin is not love! Standing by while someone lives a life that leads to hell is not a kindness. True love is rooted in truth. The Bible is clear. Homosexuality is a sin, just as is fornication, lying, or stealing. But here’s the good news – God forgives ALL sin! He died on the cross for every single sinner. His blood can wash clean every single heart! 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 illustrates this clearly. “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. 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.” Justified means just as though I never sinned. He can erase every sin if we only repent and turn to Him!

As it is very clear we are living in the last days, we must be about our Father’s business. It is up to us to make sure everyone knows the truth of His Word. We must pray for those who’ve fallen victim to the ways of the world. God can open their eyes and set them on the correct path. He’s the only one who can. We cannot change anyone in our own self. We must be full of the Holy Spirit and He will guide our steps. Countless lives depend on our faithfulness.

Stand strong in His Word, friend. Don’t let the fear of persecution hinder your calling. Speak truth, even if it appears no one is listening.

Until next time,

Erica Lee

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