There has been a lot of controversy both in and out of the church about the issue of gay marriage. Emotions are running wild as those who are for it cry out for liberty against legalism, those against proclaim sin is sin. I am far from a neutral party, I believe the bible is the inspired, inerrant word of the living God. So while the subject is still a matter of much discussion I thought I’d preserve the apologetic I’ve been using in the debate with other believers:
A Christian does not rebuke sin in order to condemn the world, the world is already condemned, if your heart is transformed by the Holy Spirit and your sins forgiven by the blood of Jesus you are no longer your own person but a servant to God. Seek God’s Word, he has made it available to us.
It is not I that live but Christ that lives in me, to will and to do according to His good pleasure.
It was Jesus who forgave the adulterous woman and then gave the commandment, “go and sin no more.”
Today adultery is commonplace, and when the Christian rebukes sin, is it in order to condemn the person or to save them?
Fornication is ramped, and taught as virtuous, when the Christian rebukes those living in sin, is it not because Christ first loved us? How can we love without rebuking sin, we are to tell the truth in love. Truth without love is a killer, but love without truth is a liar, if I lie and say that any sin is godly I undermine the very foundation of salvation.
When Christians rebuke homosexuality, it is not because it is a worse sin than any other, but to say that it is part of God’s plan is to throw God’s word, God’s law, and God’s love out and become a law unto ourselves.
When Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, they disobeyed God and redefined good and evil in order to be gods to themselves, and death entered the creation by their sin, but God so loved us that while we were still sinners, rebellious, insolent, arrogant, and boastful, He sent His son Jesus, Yeshua (God our salvation) that any who believe in Him shall not die but have everlasting life.
So now being justified by faith, our sins propitiated on the cross, what manner ought we to conduct ourselves as followers of Christ? Be holy, as He is holy, walk not in the ways of the ungodly, rebuke sin which leads to destruction, and obey God.
The question is not what society will teach is right or wrong, the question is not if one sin is worse than another, the question is this: knowing what God’s word says, I am accountable, will I obey or turn back to the world?
Jesus died because the world hated him, he taught divisive truth, and He died to save us. Ought we now to teach divisive truth and die to save those whom God loves?
Yes, the law condemns homosexuality, and God clearly says it was His plan to make us male and female, to be joined as fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, to honor the God that made us. When we break from that design in any way, we do so in rebellion to God. Christ died while we were yet sinners to forgive us and tell us to sin no more.
The question of homosexuality was posed to Ravi Zacharias and he gave a brilliant response:
May God’s blessing be upon our nation as we attempt to define terms like sexuality and marriage in a culture that has abandoned Him. I pray He will grant us wisdom and discernment in these times by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen.