- Religion and Philosophy
Homosexuals in the Church
God does not approve of open homosexuality in the church
Adultery in the Church
Scripture says, "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10). Basically, God loved us when we were yet sinners.
Suffering a temptation does not disqualify people from seeking out God, or disqualify them from being worthy of love from the Body.
I will go even one step further and say that even if a homosexual, or a porn addict, or some other occasionally lost a battle in his or her war, she can still come to Sunday.
But, these people should not lay hands on others. They should not be told porn addiction, adultery, or homosexuality is acceptable- it isn't.
In fact, if I go to a church where they say, "Greet 5 or 6 people in your area and say good morning", I don't do it. Who are these people? What spirits do they have that might attempt to transfer by laying hands on my hand?
I know a mighty man of God, Peter Kumar. He once went to India on a mission. The Holy Spirit warned him not to lay hands on one man. He did anyway, and saw in the spirit two snakes wind up his arms from out of the man. They bound his voice, and he could barely speak during his mission preaching.
I also heard Tom Deckard report how he was at a church to speak. The pastor told him privately, "We have a real problem with sexual sin in this church, which we are fighting." Deckard said that he spoke before he could think, in the Holy Spirit, "Well, there wouldn't be if you would stop laying hands on them."
So, a person not yet set free should be actively addressing the issue by submitting to prayer and repenting. He/she should hate the sin. He/she should not lay hands on others.
I attended a UMC, St. James in Athens, GA. A lesbian couple attended each week for three years. They had gay pride stickers on their bumper. That is not acceptable. If homosexuals want to attend, they should not be in an active relationship which they have every intention of keeping. They should not be flying a proud flag in support of their burden. Jon Bevere teaches that Grace is not a license to sin; Grace is the power in God to overcome sin.
And, if the congregation cannot set these people free after a time, they should encourage adulterers, addicts, and others to seek another fellowship- one where the Power of the Kingdom of God actually rests. In this case, the "church" should fire itself, if the person has not fired them already by quitting and attending somewhere else.
Paul was much more aggressive. Those who taught sin, and who refused to quit, were kicked out, and identified by name. (Read 1 Corinthians chapter 4 to learn more.)
Homosexuality = Adultery
The only place fornicating with a member of the opposite sex is permitted, is in marriage. God does not recognize marriage between members of the same sex. God explicitly condemns men laying with men as they would with a woman.
Homosexuality may be worse than adultery. But, the issue of gay and lesbian sin seems so heavily emphasized in the press. Fearful Christians whimper away from the press on this issue. Doing so is choosing the opinions of men over the opinion of God. It is a the worst kind of error. Still, in the church, preaching against sex outside of marriage is rarely heard, if ever.
God is against Melissa swapping spit with Mary. And, He is against Billy kissing Sally before marriage. After all, God created "Adam and Eve", not "Adam and Steve".
Unrepentant Homosexuality in the Church Okay?
Is it acceptable to have open homosexual couples in the church, who do NOT repent of it?
Unrepentant Heterosexual Adultery in the Church Okay?
Is it acceptable for a male and female, not married, to be in a sexual relationship, and stay in the church?
Origin of Homosexuality?
How does a person become gay?
What Happened to the Lutherans
Above, there is an image of a broken, inverted cross. Satanists invert a cross and include this God-hatred in some of their rituals. In this case, a cloudless sky produced a tornado that came down and hit this steeple, breaking it and leaving it as shown, as a kind of mock-Satanic identifier.
The storm also took up tents set up all over the church grounds as part of the convention to vote in an approval of open homosexuality -acceptance and approval- in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
More Problems for Lutherans
Also in 2009, a member of the Lutheran Church in Kansas was killed in the church. "Doctor" George Tiller had been warned by God already. First, in 1985, Tiller's clinic was bombed. But, Tiller continued his practice of killing babies in the womb- after the 21st week. Second, an assailant shot Tiller in both arms in 1993. Finally, in 2009, a shooter killed Tiller in the foyer of the church.
That church allowed a murderer to stay in their midst. And, in the end, God allowed murder to enter the church itself.
Sin: murder, homosexuality, rape, stealing, and other immoral acts should not be condoned in the church. Yes, the church is for bound people. It is for people who want to be set free. That is why Jesus came. It is NOT, however, for people who want to promote and condone sin.
Of course, we want every kind of sinner to come to the churches. We want them to be led to the healing power and loving arms of an Almighty, forgiving God. If we tell them they are okay with all their sins, we do them a great disservice. Perhaps the best tool is to not just to show them right living by our example, but to pray for them earnestly and to encourage them to pray regularly and openly, and to teach them to read the Word of God daily.
Jesus is coming for a spotless bride, not one spotted with concessions.