Today’s blog will either result in me being labelled as a bigot by unbelievers or ‘too radical’ by comfortable Christians, but what I am writing about needs to be said. The Gospel that Jesus represents is not a gospel of tolerance for ungodly things. The Gospel that Jesus preached did not give space for double-mindedness but requires a whole-hearted, sold-out stance on the part of all who claim to follow Him.
Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace but a sword. In His own words,
34 Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have come to part asunder a man from his father, and a daughter from her mother, and a newly married wife from her mother-in-law–
36 And a man’s foes will be they of his own household.
37 He who loves [and takes more pleasure in] father or mother more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves [and takes more pleasure in] son or daughter more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me;
38 And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [ cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me.
39 Whoever finds his [ lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life].
Matthew 10:34-39 AMP
Jesus has fully represented Who He is to us, in the Word of God. So I am writing this not from a perspective of defending Jesus. No. He needs no defence. I want to challenge those of us who profess to be His followers to ascertain truthfully whether we only believe in Him or we also believe Him. This is not a group answer. This is something that each individual needs to answer for themselves.
I am concerned by the growing number of believers who seem to promote a tolerance of sin. In order to perpetuate this notion, they will silence anyone who talks to their conscience about a certain sin that they partake in. The silencing is widely stamped by the use of the grand statement, “Do not judge.” How about also, “God loves us all anyway.” The moment I hear a believer saying that, one of two things is true – or even both:
- That believer is willfully partaking in sin and is unrepentant about it.
- There is gross ignorance of the Bible, leading to a misunderstanding of grace.
This tolerance of sin has led to some believers embracing and coining the term “gay Christian.” Any believer who is well acquainted with their Bible will know that this term-and the subsequent endorsement of that lifestyle-cannot, is not, and can never be biblical. If it is not biblical, then that means God does not endorse it. I will not, in this writing, go on an expository trip of all the verses against homosexuality. However, I will touch on what is deemed Jesus’ silence on homosexuality.
Some believers claim that He did not speak for or against it. They insinuate that it is then left to each one’s conscience to decide what God is telling them individually. That, my friends, already indicates a serious problem. One person might hear God saying it is okay. The other might hear God saying it really does not matter how you live on earth. That already is not representative of God. God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV). He is the God of order. So that is not the approach we should use.
The worst I have heard is “put your Bible aside for a moment and listen to what God’s Spirit says to you about this issue.” This was said by an ex-pastor. The problem with this is that it presupposes that the Spirit of God can tell you something that contradicts God. That is absurd. The Bible, regardless of the reservations about the human element and its consequences, remains what is described as follows:
16 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),
17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 AMP
So, as a follower of Christ, I cannot put the Bible aside because that would be putting God aside. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus, the Word of God), and God the Holy Spirit all speak in one voice, so I cannot now adopt a new belief that would put the authority of the Scriptures to question.
For those who argue that Jesus was silent about homosexuality, as a way of opening it up to individual perception, what say you of Jesus’ “silence” on paedophilia? If that argument is used and results in the term ‘gay Christian,’ should we be concerned that we will have ‘paedophile Christians’ in the future who can march on the streets for their rights to have sexual relations with children? This might sound, to some, as an extreme example but the reality is that there is a ploy by certain groups to have this legalised.
For a true follower, it boils down to the question Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do YOU say I am?” (emphasis added). The only way to answer that is to pull away from the group and answer that alone, face-to-face with God. The pastor will not answer it for you. Sadly, many pastors are leading people astray with their pseudo exegetical prose stemming from corrupt theology that shifts the people’s focus away from Jesus but to their own empires.
Who do you say Jesus is? Do you believe Him?
In Pursuit of Christ,