A Response to a Misleading Lie22 April, 2016
There’s been a disturbing video that’s been making its rounds, promoting a Christian lady who’s a lesbian and Christian at the same time. She’s promoting the virtue of being a happy homosexual Christian.
I find this very disturbing and misleading, and I felt that it’d make a good teaching moment for us to draw a clear dichotomy between the two. Let me put it in simple and unambiguous terms: A homosexual Christian is an oxymoron. You cannot live a lifestyle that the Bible condemns and say you’re a believer in Jesus Christ at the same time. It’s not only theologically-unsound; it’s deceptive for untaught people watching it. So I feel it’s only right for me to respond to this, since the video was launched in public square.
The first thing we need to understand as believers is that her misleading testimony represents an insidious attempt to corrupt, undermine, distort and confuse the basic tenets of our Christian faith. Nowhere in Scripture does the Bible condone the act of homosexuality. In fact, both in the Old and New Testaments, the Word of God condemns strongly this act and calls it an abomination or a hateful thing. But I do understand the strategy to claim this as an expression of their free speech and “religious liberty”.
They say “we’re Christians too and this is what we believe.” But please read your Bible and don’t misquote it. I assure you that a practicing homosexual will not see the insides of heaven if they continue down this path. The Scriptures are clear on this; and the true Church has an obligation to stand up and point out that true Christianity has an objective basis – the eternal Word of God, and not the feelings and preferences of man, which is the essence of sin – rebellion and self-determination. It’s the function of the Church to also sift truth from falsehood/heresy, to protect its flock, to secure the integrity of its fundamental beliefs, and to clearly communicate to those interested (members beyond the faith community) what its core beliefs are. In so doing, we the Church exercise our right to free speech and religious freedom. We discharge our commitment and love to the Truth as divinely-revealed, as well as our duty to the community of the faithful in upholding its biblical teachings on (sexual) morality and holiness.
As Christians, we believe that sex is to be reserved for the intimacy within the commitment of the marriage covenant clearly stated in Genesis 2. One man, one woman, one lifetime; and the best place to bear and raise children is within the family, being the basic unit of society. Any attempt to change God’s definition of what constitutes a true marriage will lead to a disastrous path of fatherless-ness or motherless-ness, and we’re now witnessing the fruit of this malady in our generation.
So to the members of my church constituency: the Bible warns us that in the last days, apostasy, which is a defection or revolt from Truth, will arise. This dates all the way back to the Garden of Eden when the serpent sought to deceive humanity through lies. The Prophet Isaiah also warns of this form of moral rebellion or apostasy in Isaiah 5:20 – “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.” As Christians, we believe that God alone, through His Word, defines what’s right and wrong. And to those who seek to subvert divinely-revealed truth (which is also evident to the conscience of all in Romans 2), and who want to redefine right and wrong to serve their own purposes and to create the world in their own image, you will bear the judgement of apostasy.
After all, what’s the test of true faith? In 2 Cor 13:5, the apostle Paul says, “Examine yourselves as to whether you’re in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless indeed you fail to meet the test.” The evidence of faith is the presence of the Spirit of Christ within us and He is holy. Holiness cannot co-exist with sin.
A final note: Homosexuality, and may I add, adultery, fornication and an addiction to pornography is sin. While the word “homosexuality” does not appear in the New Testament, it’s simply because the term itself was invented in 1795, after the King James Bible was printed. Homosexual acts fall within the general term “fornication”. The word “homosexual” was not coined as a word until much later and it was a word that was first used in Germany and then picked up later in 1892 in the English dictionary.
The King James Version could not use this word because it was translated 300 years before the word was coined in English. So make no mistake, the Lord Jesus very clearly condemned homosexuality. He used the word for His day which would’ve identified the homosexual act – fornication. Once this is understood, then it’s clear that the Lord Jesus condemned it. Also, the Book of Jude ties together homosexuality with the word fornication or sexual immorality and the Bible warns that the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was an example to those who would practice this same fornication.
I hope this has been helpful. Let no one steal your crown and salvation.
Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong