There is a lot of talk about sexuality in our culture today. It seems that everyone wants their standard of morality to be accepted even if that means that someone else’s standard must be compromised. This should not shock the believer. This has been the story of humanity since . Unfortunately, I fear that the church has not handled this issue well. Sexuality is now a primary cultural issue because the church stopped holding to a biblical view of marriage several decades ago. However, that is for another article for another time.
This article is intended to explain why we want homosexuals to attend our church. To put it bluntly, we want homosexuals here because they need the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let me be clear, they do not need the gospel just because they are homosexual. They need the gospel because they are trapped in sin like the rest of mankind apart from the redemptive work of Christ ().
I know that it is wildly unpopular to call homosexuality sin in today’s culture. However, if you value the authority of the Bible at all you cannot escape the reality that homosexuality is sin. Read . It does not get more straightforward than that. But I want you to notice something about that passage. Homosexuality is mentioned alongside such things as gossip, pride, disobedience and lying. You find the same thing in and . I understand that you may find the idea of calling homosexuality a sin difficult to swallow, but we as a church cannot back down from what the Bible teaches, nor will we treat the homosexual as if they are committing the unpardonable sin.
Homosexuality is sin. That’s the bad news. Homosexual sin can be forgiven just like any other sin. That is the glorious good news of the gospel. Why do we want the homosexual to attend our church? We want them to attend our church for the same reason we want the drunk or the adulterer to attend our church; we are desperate for them to sit under the authority of the preached Word of God. We believe that it is the power of God unto salvation ().
That does not mean that if you struggle with homosexual thoughts or actions that you must overcome them before you can attend our church. We would not expect an alcoholic or an addict to clean up their sin before they came to church and we won’t expect that from the homosexual either. You are welcome to attend our church in the midst of your sin. If we only allowed people that did not struggle with sin to attend our church our services would be quite empty. However, as with any sin, it would not be acceptable to flaunt rebellion against God during a time that is devoted to His worship and exaltation.
Our prayer is that the homosexual, like all sinners, would attend our church and hear the Word of God proclaimed and that through the power of the Holy Spirit would be drawn to repentance for the glory of God. As a church culture we need to quit treating homosexual sin as the plague while winking at heterosexual sin, anger, slander, and deceit within our church walls. We must proclaim the whole gospel to whole people the whole time. The homosexual does not need an extra portion of the gospel or more of Jesus’ blood to cover them in order to be redeemed. Neither does the drug addict or the gang banger. They simply need to hear the gospel of Christ crucified and resurrected proclaimed to them in love.
So if you are a sinner and you are looking for a perfect church, you won’t find it here. If you are looking for perfect people, you won’t find them here. If you are looking to hear a weak and powerless compromised gospel, you won’t find that here. If you are looking to be accepted and loved and instructed in the Word of God, come and join us this Sunday.
3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”
17 And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (ESV)
By Grace Through Faith
2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (ESV)
God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (ESV)
8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (ESV)
9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. (ESV)
The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (ESV)