Did Exodus President Alan Chambers misrepresent God’s love when responding to gay activist audiences? In a statement to the exgaywatch website question about his previous promise not to involve his organization in politics Chambers said,
“My overwhelming message will be that God is deeply in love with the most adversarial of gay activists and that as these groups [political conservatives] do battle over policy they must never forget that fact.”
Is God deeply in love with adversarial gay activists? Im a little wary of language that romanticizes God to sinners. The scriptures do speak clearly of God’s love for humanity, prompting him to send his Son to die for our sins. Paul writes “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly”.
But clearly attached to God’s agape –which should not be confused with phileo or eros— is a penalty for rejecting that love. Read John 3:16-20. If we dont present the entire message of God’s love, arent we shortchanging those who we claim we’re trying to help? Accepting God’s love means you acknowledge your sinful condition and follow God’s plan of salvation.
Chambers is right about the conservative political action groups, yet we have to understand that “conservative” isnt a set parallel to biblical. Its problematic to evoke the “treating people fairly” issue when homosexual activists equate being treated fairly to acceptance of their destructive political and religious goals.
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