As maybe many of you have seen, Rob Bell came out and declared his support for homosexual marriage. He says, “I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and a women, a woman and a woman, a man and a man.” He basically says that this is the culture we live in now, so we might as well get on board with this.
This really saddens me and I just can’t sit by and say nothing. I want to be one who takes a stand for truth. I have seen recently, others in the church, going down this road as well and I ask myself why? Where have we gone astray?
I believe this started when we tried to make Christianity “cool” by becoming “seeker sensitive” – by not calling sin, sin, thinking this is called “love.” Well, love is not love that does not confront or tell the truth.
Jesus never promised that everyone would accept His message. In fact, He said the “message of the cross is offensive to those who are perishing.” (1 Cor. 1:18) The world cannot understand the gospel. The Bible says it is “foolishness” to them. Jesus said the gospel would divide people, even families. He said, “If they rejected me, do you think they won’t reject you?” Jesus also said, “If you live a godly life, you will suffer persecution.” (2 Tim. 3:12)
The church has tried too hard, for too long to make the gospel “relevant.” In doing so, we’ve watered down the truth. We’ve begun to accept things that are not “truth” or leave out truth, in order not to offend the world. This is so wrong.
Jesus said “Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matt. 7:14) We need to get back to the word. We need to get back to the Truth.
I don’t care what some “so called Christian leader” says, no matter how well known. If it doesn’t line up with the Word, it’s not truth. Period.
We must be like the Bereans, who were commended for not believing everything they were taught, but they sought the Scriptures to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11)
The Word is truth and that is the only thing as believers we can stand upon.
We are not called as a church to be “relevant” to the world, but to be “set apart.” That doesn’t mean we can’t be normal, fun-loving people. If Jesus lives inside of you and you are filled with His Spirit, that’s exactly what you’ll be.
When His Spirit takes up residence within you, He fills you with joy, peace and love. He makes you a better person. A new creation. The Bible says the “world will know we are Christians by our love” (John 13:35) and so we must love. Yes, we must love.
But that doesn’t mean we cannot call what God calls sin, “sin.” I know some may find it hard to understand, but you really can “hate sin” and still love the one who sins.
I know some, in the name of Christianity, have voiced “hate” for homosexuals and that is wrong. We are called to love them and every one in this world. Honestly, those people who voice hate for others are almost certainly not followers of Jesus. As I said, “A follower of Christ is one who loves.” If you do not consistently love people, then you can’t say you belong to him. That’s what the word says. “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.” (1 John 4:20) Those are strong words, but that’s what God says.
But in saying this, I’m not saying we should not confront sin. If you as a parent never confronted or disciplined your child, you would not be a very loving parent, would you? If you really loved them you would do everything in your power to stop them from pursuing things that would lead to their destruction.
That’s exactly what Jesus did for us and what he wants us to do for others. Jesus came to rescue us and to bring us life. He came to save us from death and destruction. He did this because He loves us so much! He did this for all mankind. He offers the gift of life to ALL. You don’t have to work for it. You just say “Yes” to it. You just take that gift. And as we do so, every sin is forgiven and we go from death to life.
God really is good. He is not out to ruin our fun. He longs for all to be saved and for those who belong to Him He says, “There is no condemnation.” (Romans 8:1) He rescues us and sets us free.
Every truth in His Word, every command, is given out of love. He knows what’s best for us. He knows what hurts us and what hurts others. Every command He gives is meant to protect us and help us.
He says “no” to sex outside of marriage, to adultery and to homosexuality, because he knows these things hurt us. Not because He’s trying to prevent us from having fun, but because He loves us. He loves us. He loves us.
As His Church, this is a wake up call. We need to get back to the word. We need to take a stand for truth. We need to remember that the “wisdom of this world is foolishness in comparison to the wisdom that comes from God.” (1 Cor. 3:19) His ways and thoughts are not our ways. (IS. 55:8-9)
I would encourage you to get into the word. Seek God with all your heart and do not allow your heart and mind to be pulled into the philosophies and thinking of the culture around you.
If it doesn’t line up with the Word of God, then “reject” it. Pray for the church to stand for righteousness – IN LOVE.
Lord, fill us with Your love. Rid us of that man-pleasing spirit and help us to “speak the truth in love.”