Decision Time for the Church about the LGBT Controversy

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

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2 Responses to Decision Time for the Church about the LGBT Controversy

  1. Luis R Hernandez II says:

    Praise the Lord Almighty for all the saints that obey and live the Word of God to the fullest in truth and in spirit and not in the flesh and corruption sin that has taken many to the apostasy and reproved minds. Holiness unto the Lord

  2. Pastor Ron,
    I believe that over the next several years every church and pastor in America will be forced to ‘officially’ choose between the Bible and the acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The LGBT lobby is forcing the issue through the mainstream media and eventually every pastor will be asked to commit one way or another.

    This will also be the beginning of persecution for faithful Biblical Christians in America. Many believe that this could never happen here but already I have posted on my website about a number of different cases where the First Amendment, which is supposed to guarantee religious freedom, is now being trumped by LGBT ‘civil rights’ in the name of so-called ‘discrimination’. But in all of these cases it is really the Christians that are being persecuted and ‘discriminated’ against.

    Just in the last week alone I have posted about a Navy chaplain who is in danger of losing his 19 year career over his Biblical beliefs about sexual relations and marriage. Also there was a printer in Kentucky that the government wants to force into a ‘re-education’ program since he declined to print materials for a gay parade even though he arranged for someone else to take care of it. Then there is a church (SBC) being planted in a homosexual area of a city in Florida that city leaders want to shut down and are using the excuse that they don’t have a business license.

    None of this would have happened even 5 years ago. If this diabolical trend continues. it will be a rough road ahead for faithful believers unless there is a new awakening or revival. However, the way things are so quickly changing on so many different fronts it more likely fits into an end-time scenario.

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