Supporting Immorality

Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast permeates the whole batch of dough?
— 1 Corinthians 5:6

A man was telling his friend about his visit to a new church. He said, "The pastor preached on sin."

"And what did he say?" 

"He's against it."

Remember a time when preachers were against sin? 

In 2015 the pastor of a large evangelical church in Franklin, Tennessee announced he would perform same-sex weddings. Almost immediately the church took a precipitous drop in attendance. After two years of continued decline they listed their property for sale. Ironically the buyer is a conservative evangelical congregation... which is growing.  

Is God pleased with progressive preachers who support immorality? The Word of God is clear:  our acceptance of sin is "not good." It may win the praise of the evangelical left and LGBT community, but God is grieved! Why? Because sin destroys--and if it is embraced by the church it will destroy that church. A little yeast ruins the whole batch of dough.

Are there not other issues besides homosexuality that grieve God? 

Of course!

The case Paul addressed in I Corinthians 5 involved incest. The truth is that all grieves God! 

"But what about love? Isn't God a God of love?" Yes, God is love... and that is precisely why He hates sin. Why? All sin has disastrous consequences. Sin separates man from God. Sin separates man from his fellow man. Sin caused death. Sin nailed Jesus to the cross. 

Can you imagine going to a doctor for tests. A week later you go back to the doctor to hear the results. He says bluntly, "Well, you have cancer." 

After you catch your breath you say, "So, when will you operate?"

He says: "Well, this is actually a unique form of cancer. We're going make you a test case. You'll die, but you have the honor of being the subject of an historic research experiment." 

What would you do? 

Find a sane doctor!  That one seems to love disease more than he loves his patient. 

If we really love people we will take a hard line against the sin which will destroy them... and the church.