Charisma article: holiness is non-negotiable

Perhaps the following words are nothing new to regular readers of Gay Christian Movement Watch. But for the wider constituency in the black church, they may fall on ears that will hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Selected as one of 7 Emerging Voices in the African American church by Charisma Magazine here’s what I felt in my spirit to say. This will also be featured in a special black history month print edition of the magazine, out in February.

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Taking a Stand for Righteousness
By DL Foster

It is no secret that religious gays and lesbians are on a relentless quest to establish theological credibility for same-sex relationships in the black church today. It’s also no secret that they are gaining ground. Although the quandary of religious homosexuality is not unique to the black church, certain efforts by religious gays are destabilizing the foundations of order, faith and biblical authority in the church.

Although a majority of black Christians believe that homosexuality is sinful, there is a sharp disconnect between belief and the application of our beliefs. In this, we are people of dead works. A myriad of sexually immoral practices exist within our churches, even among our leaders. The open stench of this blatant hypocrisy is the primary reason we have lost the authority necessary to confront the rapid advancement of homosexual-affirming theology.

Can we eradicate homosexuality in the church? No, and neither is it the goal. But we can hold false teachers and their false doctrines in check by advocating a radical return to holiness and the Word of God.

Using a false construct of “love and acceptance,” these congenial prophets in our pulpits are loaded with talent, charisma and energy, but like Balaam their ultimate goal is to turn the church away from the standards of God’s Word.

The church cannot become so tolerant, relevant and “next-leveled” that we forget that on the surface Satan and his ministers are attractive, engaging and persuasive (see 1 Cor. 11:14).

Despite the work of these false teachers, the greatest threat to the black church lies within. In 1996 I spoke with my pastor, G. Gillum Jr., about what I believed the Holy Spirit was showing me regarding homosexuality in the church. I recognized it because I spent 11 years in homosexuality before my radical return to Christ.

I told my pastor, “Somebody needs to do something.” I’ll never forget his response. He said: “You’re somebody. Why don’t you do something?”

His words impacted me because, the truth was, I didn’t think I was anybody, and I felt powerless to do anything. Far too many saints today feel the same way, believing homosexuality is too complicated for them to address. But our silence and inaction will only make matters worse.

Despite the work of numerous ministries, including the one I founded in Atlanta, homosexuality has become more rampant among churchgoers. What’s more, it is better organized and openly hostile to the truth. What is now a “storm out on the ocean” could evolve into a spiritual Katrina in the black church. Wise pastors should prepare themselves now in several ways.

First, we should heed the voices of men and women skilled in ministry to homosexuals. We must offer discipleship-based training rooted in the biblical foundations of change, healing and transformation despite sociopolitical theories about sexuality.

Second, pastors and churches must revise their procedures and policies in the face of these new challenges, including training ministers to cease using intentionally derogatory terms against homosexuals.

Third, when confronted with homosexuality among professing Christians, we must follow the biblical mandate to offer balanced, spiritual restoration.

If we fail to prepare now, the next generation of ministry leaders may not view homosexuality as a sin but as an acceptable variant of human sexuality. Neither homosexuals nor the black church need the false hope of “radical inclusion” but a radical return to holiness and its loving truth.

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10 thoughts on “Charisma article: holiness is non-negotiable

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  2. Pastor Foster,
    First I want to greatly commend you and encourage you for being a beacon of light in these dark and perilous times. You truly are a “Watchman” sounding the alarm to not just the black church but the body of Christ here in America.

    I truly believe in my spirit that we are living and breathing in the very time and hour our Lord told us to look for as in Noah and Lot. As a minister for the past 10 years, God has separated me from the mainstream and the trend of big-time ministries and mega church mania and I went hard core holiness–If I had resisted and not obeyed I would not be where I am today in Christ. When one repents and goes the way (an old saints saying) the way of holiness and working out our soul salvation with fear and trembling, then the blessing we desire from the Lord will overtake us. I know this is a fact.

    I do not know what it is be gay–but I know what it was to be bound to heterosexual sex and pornography. When God showed up in my life and gave me undeserved mercy and miracles in 1997, I knew I was a guilty man (I preached a message that only the guilty can receive Christ) . I knew I was a sinner that deserved the punishment of hell because my sins were numerous and when I repented God forgave me and Praise God–He delivered me and I had to give up everything, dating, clubbing, even going to shopping malls to kill the lust for women in my heart and mind for 5 years. You see Pastor, I got saved in my mid 20s and I had bought into the boyfriend/girlfriend deception that the enemy had planted in my mind in junior high/high school and college and then after college. As you have stated in earlier posts, the enemy’s tactic is bombardment and using mainstream and acceptance to deceive young minds(the impressionable minds of our young children) You see it and hear it enough–then it’s OK–this is the enemy’s lie and it is a lie from the pits of hell!

    Well after 5 years, God brought me my wife (Genesis 2:22–I prayed the scripture–the Lord brought the woman to the man–The Spirit touched my right rib cage in 2001 and before the end of the year he brought her to me! Hallelujah! This is just a part of my testimony!

    I am a black man that is happily married with 2 sons, ages 4 and 2. I live in Prince George’s Maryland/DC Metro and a lot of ministers have stated that homosexuality and lesbianism is vogue in the high schools and that peer pressure and gang violence is forcing this on our black youth. The fruit of legislating God out of our schools and government is devastating. My wife and I will have to consider Private religious education because I will not send my kids to a lions den.

    I want to share some scriptures that I am sure Pastor you are very aware of. Ecclesiastes 1:9: The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. In Judges Chapters 19, 20, and 21 speak prophetically to the Black Church and the Church in America as a whole. There are consequence for falling away from God’s law and His commandments.
    Ecclesiastes 21:25. In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. The king is Jesus Christ and His Word because He is the Word of God! Churches are so fragmented and on every block with a decent black population there is a church on every block!

    When blacks as a whole were oppressed through savage racial brutality, it was the black church and its ministers united to confront this wickedness and civil rights were established. Dr. King who we just honored and celebrated this week stood on the Word of God and God brought deliverance to us.

    But now, the black church is living out the last chapters of the book of Judges. The black church has gotten into building its own kingdom and the love of filthy lucre. The black church as a whole has lost its focus!
    Sons of Belial have crept in and the spirit must be dealt with.

    Pastor you have warned the Body of Christ that the storm is on the horizon. You mentioned spiritual Katrina–I concur. Not only will it be a spiritual problem but this thing will come out in the natural and it will bring utter shame, reproach and contempt on the church. This is one of the reasons most heterosexual black men are not drawn and do not want to have anything to do with the church. They see the hyprocrisy and the fronts and the black church looks like a joke to the world. They get the impression that the church and the choirs are pimps and if they aren’t walking upright, how you going to tell them that they are in sin! They will not listen to you. The black church has lost its witness because of compromise and not standing for holiness and righteousness!

    To all of you who say holy works don’t save you. Hogwash! Every man is going to judged for his works and deeds. You have to repent of your sins daily and be filled daily with God’s Spirit and know His word for yourself. You have to want to be a son or daughter of God. You have to want to be born again. You have got to want to be holy and then do the word and not just hear the word! The Lord Jesus just not give himself to everybody, every doctrine, and to any way you want to live and have it your way–John 2:24-25
    24But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
    25And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

    People have treaded upon the holy blood of our Lord and Savior and have been duped by the lie of Satan that we live in a dispensation of grace. The Holy Spirit explained to me grace works 2 ways. 1. He told me that grace means like a grace period–time to get things right. God made the investment in us through His Son Jesus–that’s the gift of God. And each of at our appointed times will have to appear at the Judgement Seat when the grace period is up! Grace does not mean the freedom to do what you want and live as you please–this is evil and if one thinks they can do as they want and live as they please they are mistaken. God is holy!
    2. He said Jesus gave the Church/Body of Christ Grace in the sense that the Levitical priesthood/Ceremonial Law and all the requirements of animal sacrifice ended at the cross–but GOD’s commandments/moral laws, ordinances, and statutes never died. This is the grace of GOD that JESUS did for us at Calvary. The penalties and curses written in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy are still applicable today and are present today in the Church! They never passed away! That’s why God raised up and sent a voice like GCMWatch because the black church and the church of America as a whole has turned away (apostasy) from GOD’s commandments and moral Law!
    Hebrews 10:28-31 is a passage to remember and pay dire attention to when one says we live under grace and not law.
    28He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
    29Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
    30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
    31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    I apologize for my lengthy post Pastor–I am here to encourage you in Jesus Name!

    God bless you and keep it up!

  3. Pastor D.L.,

    I praise God that you are a true servant of the Lord who refuses to follow the postmodern minions that would turn to error in their ministries.

    Your entire Holy Spirit led speech was truly awesome! I want to focus in on this portion:

    Can we eradicate homosexuality in the church? No, and neither is it the goal. But we can hold false teachers and their false doctrines in check by advocating a radical return to holiness and the Word of God.

    Using a false construct of “love and acceptance,” these congenial prophets in our pulpits are loaded with talent, charisma and energy, but like Balaam their ultimate goal is to turn the church away from the standards of God’s Word.

    The church cannot become so tolerant, relevant and “next-leveled” that we forget that on the surface Satan and his ministers are attractive, engaging and persuasive (see 1 Cor. 11:14).

    The wisdom of God and His Word has been spoken through you this day! So very powerful!!

    My post at Talk Wisdom today reiterates the fact that when compromise creeps into the churches, God-centered worship gets pushed aside.

    There are all kinds of sins running rampant in the “seeker-sensitive” churches today. Homosexuality is just one of them, but is rapidly growing in the heretical churches. Tolerance for sin has replaced holiness. The standards of God’s Word has been replaced with compromise. God bless you for urging believers to repent! It is only then that souls can be saved from the lie of the gay christian movement. Each individual person must turn back to the heart of worship – Jesus Christ! After all, it’s not about us. It’s all about Jesus! Amen?

    One of the huge dangers inherent in Christians trying to accommodate the world through the various heresy movements out there is the fact that as biblical preaching decreases, ignorance of Scripture grows. This leads to the future decline of discernment. See the vicious circle that occurs?

    Truth is unchanging. Yet, when discernment is forfeited, doctrinal confusion rises. Next, Christians lose precise theology, precise morals, and precise conduct.

    The word of God is settled forever in heaven (see Psalm 119:89). Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (see Hebrews 13:8). God Himself does not change (see Malachi 3:6).

    My prayers are with you D.L. May you continue to be the great influence that you currently are in your valuable and crucial ministry efforts. Jesus is smiling at you for you are an awesome and valiant warrior in the ongoing Christian Truth war!

  4. Christine and Enoch, Im deeply touched by your encouragement. Lord knows it doesnt feel good to be despised for standing with Gods truth. The compromise seems to be everywhere. And sometimes the people (of God) seem not to be concerned. But God said cry aloud and spare not lift your voice like a trumpet and shew my people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. Isaiah 58:1

    Its only after REPENTANCE comes does God speak comforting words.

    We are in that season now, where the call to holiness, righteousness and truth must be loud and ongoing.

    Contrary to what the “positivity rethinkers” would have us to believe when we ignore sin, we are damning ourselves to hell.

    But look at the PROMISE to those who repent in Isaiah 59:
    20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the LORD.
    21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,” says the LORD.

    We all have to face him one day. I, for one, want to hear him say “well done”.

    Ok, I just went over my preaching quota for today.

  5. Amen!

    Preacher Pastor D.L.! Preach through this blog! The liars and the abominable cannot say they didnt hear and read the truth! Preach!

    GCMW: Enoch I fixed that for you. Man you have an awesome testimony. Blessings on your family! Like you I thought my sexual sin would mean I would never be a father or husband. But God proved that the devil is a bald faced liar. I encourage you to let God use it to bring himself much glory. Thanks so much for sharing it here. I will say there is sexual sin on both sides of the fence and there needs to be someone confronting those who are involved in heterosexual sin, but excuse it because they dont see it as bad as homosexual sin.

  6. My area is currently experiencing a combination of rain and sunshine. Earlier this morning, I let the dogs out into the back yard and there was a huge rainbow across the sky!

    It has always disheartened me that the gay rights political movement had hijacked the rainbow as a symbol.

    However, seeing this rainbow today renewed my utmost joy in the Lord!

    We know what God’s true and original intention was, and still is, when we spot one in the sky. It is to remind us that His promises are…FOREVER! (see Revelation 4)

    Rev 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and [there was] a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. (bold mine)

    No matter what the unrepentant sinners do or say, we can take comfort in knowing that we are following God’s call towards holiness, righteousness and sharing the truth!

    GCMW: Christine so true. My wife was telling she felt the same way about the rainbow. But youre right it is a promise from God that he wont destroy the world in that way again. Its a great promise and an sobering reminder that next time, it will be with fire. Let the disobedient and unrepentant beware.

  7. Another beautiful verse:

    Eze 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so [was] the appearance of the brightness round about. This [was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw [it], I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

  8. Thank You Pastor D.L. for your encouragement!

    Please let me know when you will be ministering in the Washington DC/Maryland/Baltimore area. I will bring my church family out to support you.

    I pray this blessing upon you my brother-in-Christ!
    Numbers 6:24-26
    24The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
    25The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
    26The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

  9. God Bless Elder Foster,

    Thank God for the advancement. As you continue to lift up those arms we’ll help. Thank God for a voice of clarity and most of all the WORD of God.

    God bless.

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