cultural shift does not define behavior
Self-labeled “Ex-Gay” Matt Moore says
With the ever quickening shift of our culture away from a
moral/biblical view toward sexuality, I think there is a very real
temptation for some Christians, especially in the American Church, to
shift alongside the culture and adopt a different (unbiblical) view of
sexuality…or just to sit back and remain silent about it. And I don’t
think my concern is unwarranted, because it’s already happening.
I’m not going to call out any names, ministries, or church
denominations in this blog—-I don’t wish to give them any more publicity
than they have already attained.
What I do want to do with this blog is urge every Christian that stumbles upon it not to
compromise the gospel for the sake of social acceptance—or for the sake
of anything else for that matter. Do not listen to the voices out there
demanding your silence in the name of what they call “tolerance.” Do
not reject, or even subtly neglect, the truths in the Bible–such as
truths about the sin of homosexual behavior–just because they are hard
for the world to hear and accept. Don’t listen to the professing
“Christians” telling you the Church has misinterpreted the Scriptures
for 2,000 years and that the Bible really does not condemn homosexual
behavior. And please, do not throw out the truth of God because you hear
of gay kids being bullied or committing suicide—these stories are horrifyingly sad—but
the the condemn-able sins of the bullies do not make homosexual
behavior any less of a sin. We should all (regardless of religious
affiliation) be deeply troubled about kids being bullied for being gay
(or weird, quirky, ugly, etc. for that matter) and do all we can to
combat it, but denying the revealed truth about God regarding
homosexuality can not be an option for the Christian.Now hear me… and please hear me clearly… I am not saying you
need to get on facebook every morning and post verses from Leviticus.
I’m not saying you need to get all Westboro and picket gay marriage
ceremonies. What I’m saying is that when you are put in a situation
where you must take a stand on this issue—whether that be in sharing the
gospel with a gay person, a discussion with family members, or whatever
the case—stand firm in the truth. Do not be ashamed in saying,
“I don’t fully understand homosexuality, and I know those who struggle
with it don’t get to choose who they’re attracted to; I can not possibly
begin to understand what’s that like. But I know that God condemns the
behavior and forbids acting out on those temptations for the good of the person, because He loves them.
God created our bodies and He created sex, so He has the authority to
say how, and with who, it should take place. He doesn’t want us to
disobey Him because all disobedience does is separate us further from
God and harden our hearts even more toward Him. I know that if they will
turn from sin, trust in Jesus for forgiveness from ALL sin, and enter
into a relationship with God through Him, they will experience far
greater joy than anything in this world—including a gay
relationship—could ever offer them. And I believe, even though it
saddens me deeply, that if the person will not turn from sin and follow
Jesus, God will be just in condemning them…. not because they’re
attracted to the same sex, but because they’ve rejected His Lordship,
authority, and offer of salvation in Jesus.”
I am also not saying that holding firmly to the truth means
you should separate yourself from the gay people in your life. By all
means, bring them into your homes, go into their homes, share meals,
share discussions… do life with these people and love them
unconditionally. But please do not, even for a second— for the sake of
their souls—condone their embracing of sin. Do not, even for a second—for the sake of their souls—assure them that they are safe in Christ.
It says a lot that he accepts and puts forward the idea that his homosexuality, past or present, is an irrefutable biological, perhaps natural, state but that he rejects the idea that this state of being directly means there is no sin involved.
It is is also important, exactly as he said, that people should be kind and loving. Frankly condemnation of an individual person is an active form of behavior and even the most passive-aggressive manifestation of such is a visible attitude. The absence of condemnation is equally visible.