Affirming What God DeniesIt happened this week at the Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. In a letter dated November 14, 2016, Baptist preacher George Mason informed his congregation of the results of their vote on same-sex marriage and LGBT membership.
The motion to change church by-laws to accept homosexuality was approved with a 61% favorable vote.
This follows a direction set earlier by such churches as First Baptist Church of Austin, Texas. Their "Diversity Statement" welcomes people of every "sexual orientation" into their fellowship.
"Christian" authors, Jen and Brandon Hatmaker, announced that they also support same-sex marriage.
Another "Christian" author, Glennon Doyle Melton, announced this week that she is dating soccer star Abby Wambach (see Washington Post). Melton's announcement comes just three months after announcing her divorce from Craig Melton, her husband of 14 years.
These examples only scratch the surface of the changing face of religion and morality in America. There are many more such cases. More churches affirming same-sex marriage. More celebrities and religious figures endorsing homosexuality.
And it is not just those high-profile cases that grab our attention. At a middle school yesterday morning, an eighth-grader asked me, "What's wrong with homosexuality?" He followed by saying, "That was something only condemned in the Old Testament, not in the New Testament." I read to him from Romans 1:20-28. I told him that when God says something is wrong, then it is wrong. He was not satisfied with the answer from the Bible. Neither are some churches.
THE FINAL WORD
Do you think it is OK to vote on something where God has already spoken? And if such a vote is taken (as in the case of Wilshire Baptist), does it change what God has said? When did popularity and public sentiment ever comprise a test of truth? We do not determine right and wrong by a show of hands. Contemporary wisdom is often unwise--as it is in this matter. Contemporary wisdom makes "Scripture to be irrelevant and misleading. Why? Because Scripture would lead us to condemn what our culture wants to approve. So, we can't just follow Scripture!"
Some Churches and "Christians" have decided to affirm what God denies--that homosexuality is acceptable to God. See Romans 1:20-28. Every time Scripture addresses same-sex relations, it prohibits such relations. Every time! To attempt to normalize such relations is simply going along with what is fashionable in this present evil world (Galatians 1:4; 1 John 2:15-17).
Affirming what God denies is bad business. Judgment day is coming. Will God ask for a show of hands on that day?
By the way, are you getting sick and tired of hearing people like me speak against same-sex marriage? If so, it just may be that the culture is wearing you down. Think!