One of the rather unfortunate side effects of false teachings is there is always someone vulnerable enough to become ensnared by it. Some souls are truly ensnared; meaning they stepped into the clutches of a false teacher unawares. Others, link up with false religious movements out of a desire to scratch the itch of their ears for something other than what God has said. While some false teachings with a Christian facade have waned, others are going strong. Meanwhile, others are constantly attempting to reinvent themselves to seduce new victims.
The entire religious homosexual ideology is but a facet of a larger web cast wide by satan to deceive as many people as possible. In case you forgot, satan is a doomed creature (Rev 20:7-10) with zero chance of redemption, forgiveness or escape. His destiny is an unimaginable horror set for an eternity in the lake of fire. He knows that and seeks to bamboozle as many humans as possible before his time is up. We’ve talked about satan and his agenda here and here before.
And false teachers, prophets and ministers are all under the delusion of the enemy. All false teachers and their false teachings are rooted in two things: rebellion and lust. In fact lust breeds rebellion. With a little study you can trace both to satan’s expulsion from heaven (Ezekiel 28).
The inclusion doctrine has spawned several hypothesis which are in some churches repeated as if an angel from heaven brought it to earth on golden tablets of stone. In this postmodern, westernized religious vacuum we live in, the impact and influence is so great, some churches and pastors who hold a biblical worldview on other issues allow these philosophies to color their thinking about homosexuality.
2.1 The theory of being born gay
Just like the theory of evolution is but an unproven hypothesis, so is the theory of being born gay. It ranks right up there with pink elephants on Mars and little green men on Saturn.
The homosexual inclusion component of inclusion theology is a match made in hell. Its embedded with just about every major element of apostasy known to us.
The born gay theory assumes that a person can’t and shouldn’t be forced to change or alter something about themselves that is genetic or hereditary. In order to respond properly, Christians must be able to answer the following questions with biblical context :
- What is sexual orientation?
- Is sexual orientation genetic?
2.2 Gay churches: evolution to evil
Are gay churches valid as Christian churches? For an individual attending a predominately homosexual church, and claiming to be a Christian, the Apostle Paul offers these guidelines in I Corinthians 5:9-13 (Message Bible)
I wrote you in my earlier letter that you shouldn’t make yourselves at home among the sexually promiscuous. I didn’t mean that you should have nothing at all to do with outsiders of that sort. Or with crooks, whether blue or white-collar. Or with spiritual phonies, for that matter. You’d have to leave the world entirely to do that! But I am saying that you shouldn’t act as if everything is just fine when a friend who claims to be a Christian is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God or rude to friends, gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory. You can’t just go along with this, treating it as acceptable behavior. I’m not responsible for what the outsiders do, but don’t we have some responsibility for those within our community of believers? God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of line and, if necessary, clean house.
Gay churches, I believe, are partially a result of the neglect and failure of the church to address homosexuality in a consistent and holistic manner. In our society, credibility is everything. Homosexual churches now have large buildings, thousands of members, talented “gospel” choirs and regular fellowship with well known Christian music artists and speakers. All of which promotes credibility.
Such credibility, however, has considerably weakened the argument that the Holy Spirit is not with homosexuals who claim to be Christians. Specifically, it postulates that due to grace and love, one’s personal sexual behavior is immaterial to God. That’s the same argument the heretical antinominians used in the first century church. Those arguments were refuted in 1 John 1, 2.
2.3 The impact of “social justice”
Social Justice issues are concerns advocated by individuals in reference to basic human rights. Advocates seek the eradication of these problems from the human family. These issues have gained attention and include: environmentalism, equality (and inclusivity), racism, globalization, poverty, homelessness and violence (war).
Homosexual religious rights are seen as a major part of social justice. Issues of equality and nondiscrimination are said to have its roots in Matt 25. The inference is that barring gays and lesbians from full and equal participation in the life and governance of the church is a violation of scripture. Particularly, Jesus’ command to love.
How should you answer that charge?
Jesus did not come to set up an earthly kingdom, but rather to bring the Kingdom of God to the earth. While social justice should be a valid concern of the church, it should never overshadow or circumvent our primary purpose to reconcile lost, sinful souls to God through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The problem with social justice is that the definition continues to include whatever “injustice” man deems worthy despite what God says. Just because society declares something unjust, doesn’t mean the church must change its biblical meaning.
2.4 The impact of biblical revisionism
Biblical revisionism is the alternate rendering of the Bible’s texts based on a more skeptical view of literary and archaeological sources than the traditional perspective. Supporters of homosexual inclusion often accuse us of “cherry picking” scriptures to make a point. That’s a silly charge simply because every Word of God is good for reproof, correction, rebuke and instruction in righteousness. We must rightly divide the Word, but it is all still in full effect. The real problem inclusion with God’s Word is that it is so sharp and clear, it cannot be denied. Because of this the gay christian movement is forced to (a) discredit it (b) minimize it (c) circumvent it (d) falsely interpret it.
This has served the religious homosexual movement well in restructuring the meanings of scriptures which condemn homosexual conduct, thus seeding discord and confusion in the church.
- Ruth and Naomi’s relationship is an example of lesbian love in the Bible.
- David and Jonathan’s relationship is an example of gay love.
- The sin of Sodom was inhospitality, not homosexuality.
- Jesus said nothing about homosexuality.
To give such claims a progressive air of theological credibility, revisionists have enlisted their own scholars, theologians and historians (see John Boswell), to sanctify the revised meanings. Thus, individuals properly interpreting scripture are derided as fundamentalist, ignorant, bigoted, homophobic and intolerant.
Please understand that we have been warned (2 Pet 2:1) of such things would come and severely test our faith. We should always be open to the Holy Spirit’s leading, but remain faithful to defend the faith once delivered to the saints.
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