The global body of Christ, The Church, is facing a multitude of dilemmas in these last days. This article will focus on one dilemma in particular, homosexual acceptance in The Church. We at Truth & Freedom Ministries are not without our own disagreements on the subject, as discussed in our recent Soap Box video ‘Homosexuals in The Church,’ but we all unite on the fact that it is a sin and there is a need to repent of and turn away from all sin. I personally feel this topic is vital to what will be a choice in the last days, and that is to either hold on to what the Bible says or deny it for public acceptance. Although this is not about prophecy it will be clear to see how it fits into those studies.
The topic of homosexual acceptance in The Church is a hot button issue that has mostly been made so due to The Church allowing outsiders to form the argument itself. Persons with unbiblical perspectives have essentially given Christians two choices; 1) Accept homosexuality completely and without question (or) 2) be labeled as a hypocrite and be categorized with those who discriminate and kill homosexuals. These choices leave many Christians in a dilemma; do I accept homosexuality and thus deny what the Bible says or do I hold to the Bible and be hated by all as being no better than a racist? To compound matters into something worse, there are Christian thinkers who tell others to accept homosexuality because of the Golden Rule and the commandment that says to ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’
Ethically, when viewing only these two options, we would have to accept homosexuality. Because in Christian focused studies of ethics love is the bottom-line. If it is not of love it is not of the Lord. Thus we must choose to accept homosexuality. Furthermore, Christians believe it will “hurt their witness” (ref. ‘Shoot Christians Say’ jk ;))
However, when viewing these two options from the perspective of it being a legal dilemma, a different prioritization or option emerges. We do not base outcomes on love alone but we look at love and the situation in relation to law. We have only two laws which tower above all else; 1) Love the Lord, your God & 2) Love your neighbor as yourself. When looking at this problem from a legal point of view, Jesus’ prioritization of the Law of Love comes forth. First, the greatest commandment is to love the Lord and second, not equal to it remember, is to love your neighbor.
So as an ethical dilemma the first option stated above would be the correct option. But the very fact that we have received commands, laws, and other such guidelines from Christ and the Apostles, should tell us this is not an ethical decision but it is a legal one. Legally speaking, we know that homosexuality is forbidden in the Bible. It is a sin plain and simple. To sin is not to love God and thus love cannot even be mentioned as a reason why to accept homosexuality. This is not legalism, which is to hold to the letter and not to the spirit of the law, but it is legal, meaning right within the eyes of the law giver, Christ, and the overseers of that law which expounded upon said law’s spirit, the Apostles.
When applying ethics to situations which are pushed by godless people neither case will ever be the one which the Lord wants. For how can the ungodly and unrepentant know what our Righteous and Holy God wants? However, when we look at it as a matter of legality, the answer is simple; homosexuality cannot be accepted because it is sin.
Ethics within the Church is nothing new. It has been around for centuries as man has attempted to justify actions that are not always clear in scripture. Applying ethics to situations is not inherently wrong unless you do it without knowing what the Bible says about the situation first and foremost. In the 1960’s an Episcopal priest by the name of Joseph Fletcher developed a Christian ethical theory known as Situational Ethics. His work stated that all things should be looked at from the perspective of ‘love your neighbor.’ Within this he developed ten principles, which I will not cover in this article, that all came from the argument that the end justifies the means as long as that end is love.
On the surface well meaning Christians could see how this could be embraced and applied. BUT, this entire thought is based upon ‘loving your neighbor as yourself’ being the top, and really only, commandment. So this theory is disproven because we know that to love the Lord is first in any priority. The Situational Ethics view of love, which has lost the love giver (that’s God), is a love that is unbiblical and it is of no surprise that sinful lust has crept in. When Christians pursue love without God it is empty and only self-fulfilling. It is not even possible to love your neighbor without first loving God.
The use of the ethical argument has occured for centuries, and really since the conception of sin, as man has tried to make since of his world. However, Satan has been there to form the boundaries of the discussion as the moderator. The interesting pattern that emerges with Satan in relation to ethics is that he attacks the family. Some of his most successful spiritual campaigns against the people of God have been to attack the institution which God established at the very beginning of our creation. The family was meant to be where connection to the Most High first started and was maintained throughout life. A church building or ministry is really only there as a way to provide direction, it is the family that is the true building block of The Church.
Some of the first ethical dilemmas arose early on with adultery and divorce. Because of lust, masquerading as love, humans denied the family by committing adultery. Then, once someone believed they were in love with another, not being their spouse, they sought divorce. God allowed divorce on grounds of unfaithfulness but more so He wanted reconciliation to take place. Nonetheless, God allowed it. There was a big stipulation though, the person who committed adultery, and the person who they committed the sinful acts with are living in sin until repentance. Even then that person once married is meant to remain unmarried and betrothed only to the Lord.
Time progressed on and people then decided that they could divorce for any reason. This time God did not allow it and if two people were to divorce and remarry others they were declared adulterers until they repented of their sin. Soon the institution of marriage itself, and its sacred sexual acts, was denied and premarital sex became a norm. People saw no need to wait for their future spouse and they gave in to their sexual desires. God did not allow this either and these people live in sin until they seek repentance. Because of premarital sex came abortions. Either to hide an act of sinfulness, or for selfish reasons, people choose to murder a child while still in the womb. God rejected this act as it is classified as murder and those who have abortions are guilty of murder until they seek repentance from the Lord.
All of these were tools used by Satan to destroy the family and all of these could be associated with a wrongfully placed ethical argument about love. For adultery it is about love, for divorce it is about love, for premarital sex it is about love, and for abortions it is about love… or so it is argued. Adultery and premarital sex is not love it is lust. Divorce is not love it is hate. Abortion is not love for oneself or out of concern it is murder. See how Satan will take and twist love to his advantage? See how people will accept that because of love these acts should be accepted?
Homosexuality is on this level. It is lust, hate, and denial of God all in one act. It denies the very laws of science that God established, let alone the commands given in the Bible. This is why homosexual acts are given a special designation in the Bible; they are called abominations, something not used lightly. Those acts are an affront to all God is and commands.
As stated before, when used properly, ethics are not a bad. An ethic is a moral principle that governs a behavior and in that since it is similar to a law. If your ethics are biblically based, and not contrary to any scripture, it is a good thing and can be utilized in places where the Bible truly is silent or unclear given modern advancements and situations. However, when you attempted to unevenly yoke a secular worldview with one that is meant to be righteous, disaster is sure to occur. Likewise, having a law, when used properly, is not a bad thing. The Bible itself is prescriptive in nature and to deny there is biblical law is to deny the Bible.
All things should work together for good and thus if the Bible clearly lays out a behavior as sinful it cannot be overturned by another part of the Bible that speaks of love. To do this is to destroy the very integrity of scripture.
I believe we are living in the last days. Satan is trying with all his might to confuse you and to make you feel hated and wrong. He wants you to fall away from the truth. He wants to enslave you once again in sin. The only way to know which direction to go is to know your Bible. The Sword of the Spirit is your offensive weapon to combat the enemy. There is coming a time when you will not be able to pick up a phone and call your pastor about a situation. Your church friends will not save you. In the last days the decisions you make will be personal and will have to be made by you. If you know your Bible, if you read it and study it and meditate upon it, you will make the right choice because you will be in tune with the Holy Spirit. He was the one who inspired that book, and He will be the one to guide you through the dark times ahead. You will be hated for the truth, but fear not, they hated Christ first.
In the First Century and during times of extreme persecution since, Christians have not been afraid to take a stand for God. Will you be among them in the last days? Will you stand for what is holy, just, and righteous? Or will you be counted among the enemies of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? The choice, ultimately, is yours.