By falling from our God-given image as spiritual beings, we have plunged into a secular persona revealed in sexual obsession. Americans aren’t merely interested in sex, or passionate about sex; as was said about Sonya Heine, we are addicted to and obsessed with sex.
That obsession has given homosexuals the freedom to demand their lifestyle as equally normal and acceptable. Though only those whose arrogant disregard of God’s authority, and the Bible as his inerrant Word, could now claim as original, acceptable behavior what God condemns throughout the Bible as fallen, wicked behavior. That is the dead-end thinking of the pro-homosexual lobby. They feel they can’t be criticized, let alone judged, for their sexual choice since it came with their nativity. Such specious thinking always occurs when we insist on finding new rules when our lifestyle contradicts the old ones. Somerset Maugham and Oscar Wilde did it in their day to justify homosexuality. Their heirs continue the travesty in ours. It amounted then, and amounts now, only to colossal self-deceit, of which all humanity has an endless capacity.
Part III – The issue of tolerance.
Knowing the Russian opposition to homosexuality, President Obama appointed some openly-gay athletes to represent the U.S. in the opening and closing ceremonies in Sochi. Obama called his decision a clarion for tolerance and diversity in America. All it rang was a further death knell on a dying country.
The issue of tolerance is so overworked in society it mocks any attempt to impose Biblical teachings of any kind. For what is there in our unsaved culture that desires, let alone seeks, let alone tolerates, being restrained by God’s Word?
The Corinthians thought themselves tolerant by accepting as spiritual equals a man who lived sexually with his step-mother. But Paul censored their tolerance and called for the pair’s exclusion from the Christian assembly I Corinthians 5:1-5.
Tolerance taken to its extreme, to which it will unerringly go, will never criticize any behavior, however wicked, simply because tolerance removes limitations on expression.
If we aren’t intolerant of spiritual wrongs; if we do not speak publicly against them; if we resort to a “live and let live” philosophy, the righteous are no less wicked. For how can wrong have rights? Indeed, only a perverted culture can, in the same breath, demand rights for wrong while it damns right as wrong.
Do we automatically condemn homosexuals to hell? No. Jesus Christ alone makes those decisions, for he has all the authority to make them. If he wants to make exceptions for anyone, he has the right. However, he never gives his believers the right to make exceptions to his rules. For he knows that as soon as we start making exceptions, we’ll have only exceptions and no rules.
However, and an interesting sidebar of inconsistency: while demanding tolerance of their lifestyle, homosexuals offer none to Christians who believe God spoke clearly, emphatically and repeatedly against the practice. What kind of tolerance is it when homosexuals demand we accept their lifestyle while they refuse to let us embrace Christ’s? Why would they think it necessary for Christians to surrender Christ’s teachings to curry favor with fallen mortals? Especially when we are repeatedly warned to hold firmly to our faith in Christ Matthew 10:22; I Corinthians 15:2; Ephesians 6:14; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:22-23.
What kind of disciples would we be to buckle under sledge-hammer blows, let alone the pin-pricks of homosexuals? God made us oaks in the woods, not pansies in flowerpots. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:13-14, God has equipped us in every way to stand for Jesus. Having been thus equipped, and ordered to stand, we STAND for Jesus. Finis.