Excerpt from a message I preached November 21, 2010 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. Rev. Dwight McKissic, pastor. Text from Judges 2:6-13
Marching through generations
Due to changing social conditions after World War II, homosexuals began to push for more visibility and as a consequence the government began to systematically fire and bar them from certain jobs. Homosexuals reacted by organizing themselves politically and socially to fight discrimination against them. For the next 20 odd years homosexuals made gains on several fronts and eventually began affecting sectors of American society which spurred even more clashes with those who believed it to be wrong. Language identifiers began to change also. Homosexuals began referring to themselves as “gay” and later changed from referring to their “sexual preference” as “sexual orientation”. The word “gay” was intended to deflect attention away from homosexual acts and instead reframe the national discussion around identity. The phrase sexual orientation was intended to lend credibility to the notion that homosexuals are born as such without a personal choice in the matter.
In the early 1950s, there was a near consensus in North America that gays, lesbians, and bisexuals were mentally disordered individuals engaging in obscene, perverted sexual behavior. Same-gender sexual behavior was considered a criminal act in all jurisdictions.
Almost all homosexuals existed only as a secret part of society and few heterosexuals were aware of having met one.
It took a full generation from the time that a woman named Dr. Evelyn Hooker’s first study of homosexuality until the mental health professionals at the American Psychiatric Association were pressured into removing homosexuality from its mental illness list. It took another generation before a significant percentage of adults, and a larger percentage of youth, started to accept homosexuality as a normal “minority sexual orientation”.
In 1970 The first Gay Liberation Day March was held in New York City. Seven years later a woman named Anita Bryant stood up against homosexuality in Miami (Dade County) FL and as a consequence suffered the stunning loss of her very lucrative career and the break up of her family.
What happened to Anita Bryant in 1977 (when I was a freshman in high school) sent a chilling message to many Christian leaders. The message was this: homosexuals were powerful and ruthless. Opposing them could mean the loss of everything you had worked hard to build up. That initiated the silencing of the church and another significant change in our generation. No longer would homosexuals be a silent minority, they were moving into a sphere of influence unrivaled in our nation’s history.
One of the strongest revendications emerging out of the homosexual movement was the “right” to teach homosexuality in public schools. The goal was to be able to freely proselytize among children and teenagers; thus seeding into the minds of the coming generation that homosexuality was simply another benign expression of sexuality on par with heterosexuality. High school students who thought they might be gay were encouraged to attend meetings and explore homosexuality, cross gender expression, bisexuality and more.
The rise of homosexual religion
In 1968 something else took root. The homosexual church movement, a religious entity which advocated for the redefinition of homosexuality as a sin, arose and began its trek into the heart of the Christian church. I must tell you that they have enacted a brilliant strategy and it is working.
The progression of the gay christian movement has been both stunning and devastating. In just a short generation, the Christian church has experienced a deep fundamental transformation, which in some instances it is hardly recognizable as a representative of Christ the Lord. Not all the changes are directly attributed to religious homosexual activism. But as Steve Gallagher, the founder of Pure Life Ministries said, its a fruit of the church’s methodical march away from God and his word.
“Another reason I believe we are quickly headed in the direction of seeing evangelical churches ordain homosexuals is because of our corporate loss of shame over sin in the Church. The number of ministers willing to assail sin in the pews and call their people to genuine repentance and holy living has greatly dwindled over the past 20 years. Even those in our congregations involved in the most abominable behavior are quickly assured that God’s grace covers all their sin. To a large extent the enemy has effectively silenced that crucial safeguard amongst God’s people.”
Every major Christian denomination has had serious internal battles over homosexuality and the authority of scripture. Once biblically stalwart groups like Baptists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians have fallen and begun ordaining homosexual clergy and consecrating homosexual bishops. The foundation of the African American church is being eaten alive by a religious “don’t ask don’t tell” policy which has severely weakened its ability to preach truth and integrity. Homosexuals influence much of the gospel music industry and false teachings such as the “gospel of inclusion” has wreaked havoc on the church and its mission to preach a pure Gospel of deliverance.
An ill fought war
Now, people of God, this generation is buckling under the weight of just two generations of an ill fought war. Homosexuals in most instances have the upper hand in media, education, entertainment, government, social organizations and law. They are moving to overtake the military and the church is under assault from within and without.
Just like the generation that arose after the death of Joshua, the next generation will have lost perhaps 95 percent if not more of its foundational beliefs about homosexuality. The idea or the concept of homosexuality as a sin has been largely erased and replaced with a dizzying mix of cultural lies, scientific repositioning and religious relativism.
Will this generation know God?
While Joshua’s generation lived, the memory of God’s mighty works in their midst remained fresh. And God was worshipped and obeyed. Joshua’s generation was the generation who, by God’s grace, had defeated the Amalekites, had crossed the Jordan River on dry ground, had seen Jericho’s walls fall down, and for whom even the sun itself had stood still. How tragic that when Joshua’s generation died off, two things died with them. One was the memory of the God who had done so many spectacular miracles and the other was their obedience and remembrance of the law of God.
It wasnt that Joshua’s generation intentionally dropped the ball. But they lacked a purpose to pass on to the next generation what made them unique among all the peoples of the earth.
People of God this passage in Judges reflects what we are facing today if we do not pass on the knowledge of God, his word and his commandments to the next generation. The message is clear: when you forget the mighty acts of God, when you stop worshiping Him, its inevitable that you will fall into the practice of merging our beliefs with whatever is prevalent in the culture around us. In the end, we worship our own idols and even ourselves because we have forgotten God and his law.
Touch your neighbor and tell them don’t forget God, and don’t forget his law. Tell your child don’t forget God and don’t forget his law. Look at your homeboy and your bff and tell them don’t forget God and don’t forget his law. Now tell yourself don’t forget God and don’t forget his law.
There are seven things God wants this generation to know about homosexuality:
1. God does not change Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not
2. God’s word will not change Ps 119:89
3. Homosexuality is the opposite of holiness is what God requires 1 Thess 4:7
4. Homosexuality produces death (James 1:14,15)
5. The acceptance of homosexuality is a sign of God’s judgment upon us
6. Contextually, homosexuality is no more or less of a sin than any other. 1 Cor 6:9
7. The solution for homosexuality is the same as it is for all other sin. Mark 1:15
Hebrews 9:22 says, “Without shedding of blood there is no remission.” I John 1:7 tells us that “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.” God, in choosing the cleansing agent for our sins, chose the very best that He had, the blood of His own Son. It is by the precious blood of our Lord, that we are cleansed from all of our sins. Revelation 1:5 says, “To Him who loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.” Yes, it is only by the blood of our Lord Jesus washes away the sin and stain of homosexuality.
Thank God for the blood. It reaches to the highest mountain and it flows to the lowest valley.
There is a fountain filled with blood which flows from Emanuels veins; sinners can still plunge beneath its flood and lose all their guilty stains.
I can’t answer for you today but for me the blood that gives me strength from day to day will never, ever, never, never lose its power.