I enjoyed reading this commentary from former gay youth activist and leader in the gay movement Michael Glatze. After a 2007 encounter with Christ, Glatze says he came to believe it wasn’t possible for a person to claim to be a Christian and remain in homosexuality. Still, he argues, the love of a Christian isn’t passive assent but potent and effective in dealing with those who have chosen to live their lives as homosexuals.
Published at OneNewsNow, Glatze makes some very important —and heartfelt— points about Christian love and the issue of homosexuality.
Some of the highlights:
“Jesus provides a way out of all temptations that are common to man. Homosexuality is one of those temptations that some people face. There will always be the temptation to dive in, completely, becoming identified with a sinful behavior; in fact, this temptation has become a political movement – supported by many politicians and courts in our land, as well as other countries in this world. But Christians aren’t to be afraid of the pressure of an increasingly prevalent world system; we are not to be yoked together and conformed to the ways of this world.
And, so, it is frustrating when Christians lose their principles and compromise on the brilliant truth and the power of the gospel to save people from all sins. It is frustrating when Christians take the side of the enemy, against fellow believers. And it is frustrating when Christians re-crucify Christ, through their obsession with never-ending transgression. But, all these things – and, so much more – needn’t make us afraid; they should make us more ready to love.
“For me, it is remarkably frustrating to see some people within the so-called “Christian” sphere compromising the Word of God on the issue of homosexuality. It terrifies me to think of what might happen to these people’s souls. I know that homosexuality is a powerful force in today’s world – but don’t forget that it was a powerful force in ancient times as well. Remember in the book of Judges, how homosexuality pops up at the end of a long, progressive apostasy? Remember how homosexuality is described as one of the lusts that enflames people, after they have turned away from God, causing in them the results of their transgression? Have we gotten so far from God that we are willing to attempt a revision of reality, simply because we’re too afraid to see how bad things have gotten?
“The truth of homosexuality is that it is, like so many other things, a sin. And the truth about healing from homosexuality is that, like so many other sins, it can be done.”
As we have seen with some Christian leaders profiled on GCM Watch, we thought they were fairly solid in their theological perspective on homosexuality. But Glatze says the real issue is satan’s agenda of division.
“When I first came out of homosexuality, publicly, in 2007, I received 900 e-mails from loving Christians, praying, asking for guidance, sending their love. But in the last three years, I have seen strong, good Christian leaders fall into a pit of apologetic confusion around this issue of homosexuality. And I have seen good Christians turn on their brothers and sisters with an accusatory look, and the curses of the devil, because of their support for homosexuality. Make no mistake: Satan wants this issue to divide the church.”
That division comes when we reject God’s Word and his plan for man’s salvation and instead offer ourselves and our plans as sufficient to save.
Read the entire commentary at One News Now.