Last night I listened to my daughter read a blog post by Brandon Hatmaker, husband of author/speaker Jen Hatmaker. Jen, in a recent interview, said that homosexual unions can be "holy," if they are committed, loving and monogamous. Brandon wrote in support of his wife. He says that this is a conclusion they came to together as a result of searching the Scriptures. According to him, every Scripture that condemns homosexuality is outside the context of a monogamous relationship.
As I listened I became increasingly disturbed, and then outraged. I felt compelled to speak out. Homosexuality, in any context, is a violation of the very first command in Scripture. "God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it'" (Genesis 1:28). This is impossible in a homosexual relationship. One of the purposes of marriage is to raise godly offspring. You must have a man and woman to produce a child, and the only way to produce that child in purity is within the context of marriage. Homosexuality is also a violation of the image of God in man. "So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female" (Genesis 1:27). There is something mysterious in the union of male and female that expresses the personality of God. This cannot be achieved in any other union; it must be male and female. Listen to what Adam exclaimed when he saw the woman for the first time: "This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man" (Genesis 2:23). There is something in the union of a man and a woman that is essential to God's design. Any union of any other kind is an abuse of God's design.
In recent decades there has been a propaganda war for the normalization of homosexuality. The thing I find so disturbing is that now some of the most popular Christian leaders are joining the campaign!
But why this particular sin? Why are they not joining their voices to condemn abortion? Because when a society comes to the place that we call right "wrong" and wrong "right" we have hit rock-bottom morally and spiritually. America, we are there!
One of the things that I found so disturbing about Brandon's article is that it sounded so good. He writes better than me. There are people who will read these words and say, "It sounds so good... so plausible... so reasonable, he must be right!" Let me remind you that the serpent sounded good... plausible... and reasonable to Eve--but it was a lie!!
I have very few real friends who are homosexuals. This is not because I am homophobic. It is because I refuse to compromise. I love them--and I will continue to love them--but I will not compromise truth so they will accept me. They want me to accept them as they are... fine, but they'll have to accept me as I am.
Grace is not a cozy blanket we wrap our filthy selves in. On one occasion when our granddaughter spent the night with us she climbed into bed and said, "Dee Dee, these covers feel good!" There are few luxuries in life as pleasant as snuggling up in a clean set of sheets. But suppose I came home from the gym and jumped directly in bed? Those sheets, no matter how clean, would not feel as good. But if I showered first, then jumped in bed... ahhhh! A slice of heaven!
Grace is like clean sheets! But if I am covered in the filth of my sin grace will be of little comfort to me. In fact, the first objective of grace is not to comfort us in our sin but to convict us of our sin! The kindness of God is intended to bring us to repentance (Romans 2:4). Remember that word, "repentance"? We hardly hear it any more in our conversations about grace. But if I will bring my filthy self to the cross, and confess my sin and repent, then the blood of Jesus will wash me clean. Then the grace of God will be like clean sheets to my soul!
We are seeing today this slow encroachment of unbiblical ideas infiltrating our churches. The church is supposed to be "the pillar and foundation of the truth" (1Timothy 3:15), but today many churches are proliferating a progressive revelation--which is in reality a suppression of the truth... and outright lies!
What should we do when we hear these things? Do what the Bereans did long ago: "They were more noble-minded that those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were true" (Acts 17:11). They did not open a podcast--they opened the Scriptures! They did this because they believed the Scriptures to be the repository of truth. They accepted the fallibility of men and the infallibility of God's Word. Remember there are two ways to read the Bible: with your mind made up or to make up your mind.
We are living in the last days--so don't be gullible! Don't shallow something just because some popular preacher or your favorite author said it. Go to the source--God's Word!