A Letter to Pastors and Elders

GCM Watch Note: We received the following letter from Laurie Higgins.  Deeply concerned about the relentless assault upon biblical values, she penned this letter (in collaboration with John Haskins of the Parents’ Rights Coalition in MA) to America’s Pastors and Elders.  We concur that American pastoral leadership is vastly unequipped to deal with the tide of sexual moderism invading the church.  Laurie encourages every other deeply concerned member of the Body of Christ to copy the letter and send it to as many pastors as you can. The letter can be modified as you see fit.

An Urgent Call to Our Beloved Shepherds and Elders

Dear Pastors and Elders,

Many Christians are confused, discouraged, and even more troubling, seduced by the relentless assaults on biblical truth waged by the culture of homosexuality that tirelessly pursues its goal of total cultural acceptance by infiltrating our churches, schools, families, and the media. This confusion, discouragement, and seduction are exacerbated by the relative silence of the church. The church must end its silence, and begin the difficult work of helping adults and children understand both the scriptural and secular arguments used to normalize homosexuality. The stubborn rebellious assaults on Scripture include the “homosexualized” revision of the stories of David and Jonathan, Ruth and Naomi, and Sodom and Gomorrah, as well as the wholesale dismissal of St. Paul’s indictment of homosexuality.

Christianity is corrupted by the pursuit of personal fulfillment, radical autonomy, and the realization of earthly ambitions. The flock no longer sees itself as fundamentally distinct from the surrounding culture. Some erroneously assume that the presence and potential discomfort of unbelievers in the Church should circumscribe or determine what is taught. They erroneously believe that hard truths serve as an obstacle to salvation. But retreat from expositions of sin does not make conversion more likely. Quite the contrary, many of us come to the cross via a painful recognition of our own dark sin.

Too many believers, spiritual leaders, and teachers are unprepared to fight the type of spiritual, intellectual, and socio-political battles that two thousand years of our predecessors in the Church accepted as their inescapable duty. Only a relatively small army of dedicated believers have been holding the fort while the rest of us decide whether or not to fight. We are on the sidelines, imprisoned, first, by our own material and social preoccupations, and second, by the daily and weekly maintenance of the house of God itself. But neither of these is our highest calling in a desperately confused and dying world. As satanic ideas about sexuality perpetuate, we must arm ourselves for battle where the Enemy is attacking.

On the subject of homosexuality, our young people face diabolical attempts at indoctrination in high school, in college, and in the mass media. Adults and children encounter a daily barrage of images and messages that promote the idea that homosexuality is good, right, and “cool,” and that opposition to that view constitutes cruelty and injustice. They see and hear those messages in television shows, films, plays, books, magazines, advertisements, the news, music, and from their friends and teachers. Tragically the response from their churches is largely a deafening silence. The Church cannot continue to treat this danger as a minor issue. We must do some serious thinking and study in order to address competently the specious and malignant arguments permeating society.

Believers, including pastors and elders, ignore at great peril the command: “Be not conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Acceptance and practice of homosexual and bisexual behavior, and support for civil unions and same-sex “marriage” are growing rapidly among young people, even Christians. If young Christians come to view Scripture as untrustworthy on sexual matters, they will find it untrustworthy on other matters as well. The Barna Research group has published a study indicating that young Christians are falling away from Christ in huge numbers at college. The dangers are real, imminent, and closer to home than many older Christians realize.

We must be willing and determined to address these grave moral and spiritual deceptions without hint of concession to the world. The temptation to soften biblical truth on culturally controversial matters is powerful even within “Bible-believing” churches today. But as God’s messengers, yielding to this temptation is not our right. Can censoring of God’s Word or even soft-pedaling to accommodate anyone be seen at any point in the recorded words of Christ? In the words of Moses or Jeremiah?  Isaiah? Hosea? Habakkuk? John the Baptist? Any of the Reformers? In the revival evangelists whose warnings set free a spiritual fire in this country? If anyone comes to Christ on their own terms, they have not come to Christ, but to an idol made in their own image.

Christ saw into the soul and identified exactly which obstacle prevented a person from finding salvation. Think of his words to the rich young ruler, and to the Pharisees, scribes and lawyers. The hard truths were the ones He placed as the obstacle between them and the Kingdom of Heaven. Many went away or hated Him. If pastors have lost sight of this, they have lost sight of Christ.

In the face of this sweeping spiritual and cultural assault, where, if not the church, do our pastors think their followers will be taught truth? And who, if not the church, will equip them with an understanding of the revisionist “pro-gay” scriptural arguments as well as the substance of and flaws in the secular arguments? Who, if not the church, will provide both teens and adults with answers so that they will be able to engage intelligently and compassionately with the culture, and so that they themselves are not deceived by seductive lies?

Hear the prescient words of Martin Luther:
If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except  precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.

We must stand tall in the face of the enemies of the Eternal Living God. We must seek the approval of a just and holy God, not the approval of a fallen and rebellious world at war with God. The powers of darkness lose something that matters when we obey Christ and renounce the spirits of fear, apathy, and conformity. To retreat from speaking the truth about homosexuality boldly and to fail to prepare Christians for cultural engagement while the pernicious lie that God loves homosexuality consumes the minds and hearts of our youth is a grievous, unconscionable abdication of responsibility.

It is God’s will that His shepherds disciple and train ordinary members of His body to be mighty warriors, bringing truth to the world outside the church. There is no greater honor than to be used as little David was, to stand before the giant and proclaim the incorruptible holiness and omnipotence of God, to defend His little ones, and let fly the stones He has commanded us to pick up from the stream and place in our bag for the moment of battle.  

Teaching (about homosexual issues) could be provided through sermons, Sunday school classes, evening or weekend seminars, or small groups. Certainly, a pastor or youth group leader ought not to preach or teach on homosexuality continually, but to do virtually nothing in the face of such persistent and persuasive attacks on the biblical understanding of homosexuality portends tragedy in all its forms: psychological, emotional, physical, relational, and most important, spiritual. Timidity on the part of leadership weakens the church and renders it complicit, albeit unintentionally, with our cultural degradation.

At different times in history, the enemy chooses different scriptural truths to attack with ferocity, and the church must respond accordingly. During the middle part of the 20th Century, Martin Luther King Jr., following in the footsteps of his namesake, confessed Christ boldly as the church faced, not an assault on sexuality, but an assault on the inherent dignity and equality of all men. But the truths he spoke in “Letter From Birmingham Jail” resonate today as we face yet another assault on truth:

I have been so greatly disappointed with the white church and its leadership. . . . too many . . . have been more cautious than courageous and have remained silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained-glass windows. . . . I have looked at the South’s beautiful churches with their lofty spires pointing heavenward. I have beheld the impressive outlines of her massive religious-education buildings. Over and over I have found myself asking: “What kind of people worship here? Who is their God? . . . 
 
I have heard many ministers say: “Those are social issues, with which the gospel has no real concern.” And I have watched many churches commit themselves to a completely other worldly religion which makes a strange, non-biblical distinction between body and soul, between the sacred and the secular. 
 
In deep disappointment, I have wept over the laxity of the church. . . . I see the church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists. 
 
There was a time when the church was very powerful in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators”‘ But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven,” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide, and gladiatorial contests. 
 
Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Par from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent and often even vocal sanction of things as they are. 
 
But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century.

I have no illusions; this work is difficult. But God is on His throne and calls us to carry His Cross: “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10).

In Christ alone,

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14 thoughts on “A Letter to Pastors and Elders

  1. A really eloquent letter. Yes, the culture of the cosmos is dominating the theology and the evangelistic approach to people who do knot confess and obey Christ. This is truly the age of the anti-Christ. Though the American church has been largely unfazed by the anti Christ spirit despite our present discomfort. Things will get worse and worse. We have not seen the worst of it yet, I believe. We will see real persecution. What we are experienceing is onl the hint of the begining. The church will truly have to “put the difference between the clean and the unclean, the holy and the unholy”.

    I am glad someone is holding forth the banner for truth and righteousness. We can see the influence of the owrld view in the church’s popular leaders Jakes, Osteen and others as they waffle on televison with the question of Christ being the only way to Go da nd eternal life. We, the church must first REPENT, then pray for God’s intervention. Judgement must first beginat the house of GOD. Our day is here. Let us judge ourselves before we have to be judged.

  2. I think its a good thing to teach acceptance of people’s sexuality. I grew up in Christianity, and was taught that it is a sin and we should basically separate ourselves from the people who practice it. One of my good friends is a homosexual, and he has helped me more than most Christians in my 30 years of life have. Matter of fact the ones that are usually there for me is Non-Christians. All the Christians seem to do is try to say things happen because I’m in this sin or that. You whats funny though? I’ve seen Christians in the church sinning just as much as me and they aren’t having as much trouble in life as me. So why would God bless one and punish the other. Sounds like a double standard to me. Maybe it’s not punishment at all, but just things that happen in life. Let’s let them live their lives in peace and they’ll do the same for us. They just want to have the same rights we have and that they are entitled too. Back off Christians and stop trying to force your doctrine on everyone else. You believe your way will believe ours.

    Also who perscuting who when you exclude the homosexual, you are perscuting them. Just becuase people don’t want to follow your beliefs and fight to keep you from forcing it on them, that equals percution. I don’t think so. The church is not under perscution but to me looks like they are the ones doing the perscution.

  3. Great letter and wake up call by Ms. Higgins. Thanks for posting it. I wonder if she is the same sister that writes up in IL at a high school reading center?

    speakingoutworld,
    When did delivering the good news of Christ, proclaiming the word of God, become persecution to you? Perhaps you and the Romans that fed folks to lions have more in common than you are willing to admit?

    Living in rebellion to God and his word is one’s choice. Speaking of the eternal dangers of such rebellion remains our right. More importantly, it is our duty in love, as slaves of Christ to tell the truth no matter how the world or modern day “Romans” are offended . Just as back then, many gods were celebrated, it was only the God of Christ that caused them to kill and feed folks to lions. Ever wonder why? and is your heart set like theirs? The evil in our hearts has always dispised the truth and word of God. One cannot serve two masters.

  4. 1) I didn’t throw anyone to the lions.
    2) By making people live by your religion’s standards through force of politics is wrong.
    3) The 1500 years of the Christian church killing anyone who didn’t believe their way.
    4) The 1500 of destroying knowledge of medicine, science, and keeping us in the dark ages
    5) The many years the church separated the Jews by locking them behind walls
    6) The destruction of the Library Of Alexiandria by the church
    7) The burning of any books that wasn’t the bible by the church
    I can go on. Search Christian history death all over the place under th name of Jesus. You can say what you feel is wrong but, to make us abide by force is where the persecution is. By telling us through government how to live our lives by Christian morality is persecution. Let them do what they want. The bible says even “don’t stand in the path (way) of sinners”. So if they want to be gay let them and don’t exclude them from your circles and make laws to prohibite it.

  5. speakingout,
    dont come here to argue politics. You’ll find yourself banned fairly quickly. You can talk about the scripture, as in the context of the letter and this blog.

    Just a point of logic, if someone did something “in your name” that was wrong, would that make you wrong?

    We deplore ignorant activities that led people into “darkness” whether by the church or others. That’s why it is important we dont allow the sexual modernists to force a dark spiritual age upon us.

    Exclusion is a good thing, when evil is attempting to gain entrance.

    God will exclude anyone from entrance into heaven if they do not meet his requirements for entrance. READ (the words of Jesus) in Rev 22:12-16

    “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

    14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

    16 I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you[a] this testimony for the churches.

  6. well for one thing the battle that the church is fighting had been through the government. By saying homosexuals can’t get married or at least have the same tax rights and so on. Also, They try to change laws that don’t fit the bible. Jesus himself during his whole recorded ministry never tried to change the laws of the land, but just didn’t follow or participate in it. However, the church is raging the war against people that are homosexual or other Non- Christian conforming by trying to change the laws. If the fight is being fought by the church in politics and thats what I seen indirectly in that letter than why shouldn’t I write about that. Besides, didn’t Mark before me bring up the politics of the old Roman Empire? Where’s your warning of ban to him. Just like a Christian you want to ban anything that is truth other than what you want to deal with. The churches that are fighting the good fight are doing it in through the governmentso that is why I bring that up.

  7. well for one thing the battle that the church is fighting had been through the government

    No, that would be political religious conservatives. From the definition given in scripture, that is different than “the church”. Mark mentioned “Romans”, there was no political point to his post. Learn the difference.
    There are plenty, you go count them, of gay sites that ban Christians for speaking against homosexuality, so please keep that lame argument to yourself.

    Im still waiting on your biblical defense for your assertions. If there are none, say so.

  8. i just want to list all the stuff. just look at how the bible was put together and there is my answer to my biblical defense. I just don’t believe it period.

  9. This letter brought tears to my eyes. How urgently our Christian pastors and laity needs to hear her words.

    I skipped over most of the comments by “speakingoutworld, ” except for the last one:

    i just want to list all the stuff. just look at how the bible was put together and there is my answer to my biblical defense. I just don’t believe it period.

    His arrogant, yet honest reply is a classic case of how brainwashed he already is by the gcm.

  10. to Christinewjc,
    I came to my conclusion without the help of the gcm. I have never dealt with them. I have grown up Christian, tried to get answers to things that haven’t made sense about the bible. There are holes in the bible and to many contradictions for me to believe in the bible as the word of God, but yet as a book of teachings to be considered for good living. I established my own beliefs on my own and not by any organization. So to say the gcm brainwashed me is wrong. Comments like that show me that you are not much different than the world. They say Christians are brainwashed. I say they just need to study for themselves and not just a book the Roman Empire had put together to try establish peace. There are many other faith based texts that should be considered before anyone should say they are right. So what I’m saying is don’t judge others, but judge yourself. Your lifestyle is yours, and theirs are theirs. They should act the same way. They only push because the church have pushed them for hundreds of years. If you don’t want homosexuals to push their agenda don’t push yours.

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