It is time for the Church to either stand with the Word of God or be swept along by the flow of apostate culture. Pastors and theologians are finding it necessary to make a choice on the issue of gay marriage.
On one side of the debate, Rob Bell, a supposedly evangelical pastor who decided a few years ago that hell is not real, appeared recently on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday show to proclaim that the American Church is just “moments away” from supporting “gay marriage.” He said that the transformation is “inevitable.”
Bell made it clear that he thinks the Bible is no longer relevant. He said, “I think culture is already there and the Church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense.” (Rob Bell stands with Oprah: Rewrites Bible on marriage – OneNewsNow)
On the other side of the issue, Kevin Mannoia, Chairman of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium, recently presented a position paper at a major gathering of pastors, titled “Gracefully Engaging the LGBT Conversation.” It is a scholarly, loving approach to the subject. It affirms the priority of the Bible and its clear teaching about homosexuality. The document affirms that homosexual behavior is a sin, and like all other sins, it leads to brokenness. Salvation and restoration is available to all through Jesus Christ. Mannoia wrote:
“We celebrate the humble appropriation of God’s grace to a broken condition such that God’s image is being restored – albeit with the sure moments of failure and stumbling, but with evidence that it is truly by God’s grace that we are made whole, not by redefining wholeness.”
Unfortunately there are many Christian pastors and leaders who do not have the courage to take a stand. As with other controversial issues of the day, they are strangely silent. It is time for all of us who are Christian teachers to share what God’s Word has to say about this matter in a loving, Christ-like way.
See also: Homosexuality and the Bible