Anyone who reads my little blog knows that I have compassion to those who have same sex attractions. And I also believe that many are born with such attractions even though some others willingly acquire them through rebellion, molestation, peer pressure, and rejection. And I also believe that a sinner can believe on Jesus and be born again without changing one single aspect of his sinful life beforehand. When I came to Christ in 1975 I did not give up one single sin as I believed on Jesus and was gloriously changed forever. The Spirit has illuminated my spirit and empowered me to repent of many things along the way, and I am not the same person I was in 1975.
However let me also say I have more to go to be like Jesus than I have travelled thus far. Yes, the road before me to be completely conformed to Christ is significantly further than the road I have come in almost four decades. The church seems to count the “big sin” as having more weight than all the minor adjustments. That is because we are prone to self righteousness and we have created a caste system which forgives our own sins much more aggressively than we are willing to assign to the sins we ourselves do not commit. In fact that blindness has lent itself to a more convenient way to define sin. Our sin is generic and comes redemption ready while some sins that we do not commit must be completely repented of and ceased before God can or will forgive them. That is self righteousness.
All of us sin. We sin every single day regardless of how diligent we are to stay pure and holy. We all need God’s grace and forgiveness on a daily basis. That does not give us license to sin but it gives us the grace we need to serve the Savior. Without the grace of God we would be destroyed at our first unholy or selfish thought. The minute we drove 5 mph over the speed limit we would once again be the enemy of God. You see, the moment we truly believed on Christ we were grafted in as a child of God and we started a journey as His child. But we will not reach perfection unto God Himself receives us into His presence, and that will be all by His grace.
Now having said that, we cannot excuse or condone sin. This is the intersect where compassion and grace meets sin and disobedience. Adultery can be forgiven but it must not be condoned. Greed can be forgiven but it must not be condoned. And homosexual behavior can be forgiven but it must not be condoned. What Mr. Bell is suggesting is that we can commit sin, but as long as our sin is in a monogamous and committed relationship then God approves of it. And that is exactly where we who love the gay community cannot go. And that kind of tortured reasoning is what is unraveling the faith. On one side you have vicious words being spewed at sinners and on the other side you have false words of comfort.
But manmade theologies like that do more damage than just redefining sin. They rip at the very essence of redemption. If you read any of Rob Bell’s theology you will find a universalism throughout. It took Bell quite a while to speak clearly about his views on same sex relationships, and he still hides behind clever words as it pertains to the exclusivity of Christ. But make no mistake there are gateway issues that lead to heresy just like there are gateway drugs that lead to more dangerous drugs and eventually to death. And condoning and embracing certain sins is just one of those gateways.
I reject and denounce the often hateful verbiage launched at gay people from professing believers. And I contend that we should never get involved with the compost heap called politics and hold hands with moral unbelievers (if there is such a thing) and pass all kinds of self righteous laws designed to elevate our own morality and condemn those in need of Christ’s redemption. But within the community of believers who should be striving to know and emulate and please our Savior we must stand fast to His eternal Word. It cannot be otherwise or else we are venturing into a territory of our own making which will evolve with each succeeding generation and with each new and innovative human voice.
But I cannot nor will I join hands with false teachers like Rob Bell. With men like him there is no gray area. If Jesus tarries for another fifty years the faith once called Christian will only exist in local pockets. We are witnessing the destruction of the faith not with swords and gallows but with enticing words of men’s wisdom. Every sinner can be saved through faith in Jesus Christ. But the church cannot condone sin whether it is ours or someone else’s. And when Bell suggests that a sinful relationship is approved by God just because they limit their sin to each other, then we have changed God’s Word. In the video he quotes some man about the nature of sin. Again, the words and thoughts of man.
Because so many rail against lost sinners and champion political causes against certain sins it is tempting to go the other way. But let us cling to God’s Word with grace and humility but with certain truth. Jesus was filled with grace and truth and that is our template. The days are evil and deceptions of all kinds are swirling within and without the church. I have no doubt that the most sincere among us have been tainted by one deception or another and by the strength of the culture in which we live. But we cannot, we must not surrender any more ground. Let us never allow our compassion to be a gateway to error.
Jude says that some will be saved with compassion. That means that our compassion is within the gospel and not with falsehoods that have arisen because of the present day mores. God's Word is eternal. It cannot change. Men sit around and share their so called wisdom and they quote other men and they suggest that times have changed. Do not be deceived. The final deception is upon us. And in these next few years we will see and hear many astonishing things as men teach things they ought not and movements are birthed that are against God while still using the name of Jesus.
Stand fast. Pray much. Beg God to humble you. And keep looking at Jesus.