Go and From Now on Sin No More

Recently one of my facebook friends posted this article.

http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/literalist-gluttony

In this article the author discusses outrage that people expressed over this article, about how she would respond if she had a child that was homosexual.

I learned a long time ago that many of those that support the homosexual lifestyle are dogmatic, unwilling to bend, unwilling to consider anything other than their position.  They are not tolerant of my view and in fact will get to the point of down right rudeness when you won’t agree with them.  In fact, on one occasion I was forced to hang up on someone who was unwilling to let it go.  I repeatedly stated that this was an area where we would have to agree to disagree, (tolerance) and this person continued with the “logical” arguments in favor of God approving homosexuality.  I have no idea how long this person would have occupied my time, but I had other things to do with my day than spend anymore time on the phone with this person.  I told the person that I was going to be forced to hang up the phone, that I could agree to disagree and was sorry they couldn’t, and then I said goodbye.

So back to the article in question.  The one about the authors perspective on what she would do if her child revealed that they were homosexual.

Here is the statement I take issue with.

“If God blesses Dan and me with a child who is gay, I would want that child to know without a doubt that he or she is loved unconditionally. I would want her to know nothing could separate her from the love of God in Christ. I would want her to know that she isn’t broken, she isn’t an embarrassment, she isn’t a disappointment.”

Let me say that I don’t take issue with the entire statement.

I ABSOLUTELY agree that if one of my darling children came to me and stated they were “gay,” I would love my child unconditionally,

As a side note, I refuse to use the word “gay” to describe homosexual behavior.  This is a word that has been hijacked by homosexuals to make the term seem nicer than it is.  There is nothing gay about it.  I’ve not met or known one “gay” person that was happy.  And in case you’re wondering how I could say that, I spent several years working for a ballroom dance studio and knew many, many “gay” people.  And were friends with several.

Dictionary.com defines gay as “having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gay music.”  

So back to the reason for this post.

I absolutely disagree with the statement, “she isn’t broken, etc.”

We are ALL broken!

We are all sinners!

Mrs. Evans is  starting from a faulty place of “we are all good”  we are NOT good! Only Christ is good.  Only Christ is perfect.  This is a fairly new belief that started about the same time that the self-esteem movement began. Because heaven forbid we acknowledge that apart from Christ we are all worthless.  Of course if your starting point is without a Divine Creator, you’d have to convince yourself that you, in and of yourself, were good. So in a twisted sort of way that makes logical sense.

I’d like to look at John 8:3-11

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]

 

 

Notice, according to the law of the day, this woman should have been stoned, that means she should have DIED!

Notice, when Jesus said “let him who is without sin cast the first stone” all of the accusers LEFT!  They realized that they were not without sin.  Apparently, these men realized on some level, that they were not “good”  which is more than I can say for our current culture.

Notice, Jesus did not condemn THIS women…

BUT he did tell her to “go and from now on sin no more”

I Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 are very clear. The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Just to be clear, the unrighteous includes ANYONE that does not know Jesus as Savior.

Sex outside of marriage is wrong.  It is a sin, whether it’s between two of the same sex, or two of different sex.

The Bible is clear, homosexuality is a sin, just like adultery, gluttony, gossip, murder, lying, etc. Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, “go and from now on sin no more”  We are to go and from now on sin no more…if we continue in sin, if we have a lifestyle of sin, without regard for Christ’s commandments, then there is no need for Christ.

It is absolutely possible to love someone unconditionally and not agree with their lifestyle.

People do it every day.

It’s called grace.

http://www.dictionary.com  “generosity of spirit: a capacity to tolerate, accommodate, or forgive people”

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