For many, the fact that homosexuality is a sin a little overboard. They wish not only to pronounce it sin, but they also wish to distance themselves from the homosexual. They carry signs that proclaim God’s hatred for this sexual sin. And, though I do not wish to persuade any that God is not displeased with that sin, everyone is guilty of sin.
So, many Christians have begun to seek ways not to be so abrasive and not to sound so hateful. They recognize that we are never going to get the homosexuals to hear the gospel by calling them names. They will never receive Christ if we are telling them that Christ hates them.
But, how far is too far to go when being loving to the homosexual community?
This limit has been pushed in Texas.
Christian News reports:
The Baptist General Convention of Texas has sent a warning letter to a congregation in Dallas that recently voted to allow open homosexuals as members and leaders.
According to reports, Wilshire Baptist Church passed a motion 61 percent to allow those in unrepentant homosexual behavior to serve in the house of worship.
This does not just mean that if you are homosexual, you are allowed to come to church at Wilshire. This means they have said that unrepentant homosexuals can be members and be considered for leadership positions.
And, unfortunately, this is not the first time the Convention had to address this issue.
Christian News continues:
The organization also sent a warning letter to First Baptist Church of Austin, which likewise welcomes openly homosexual members.
We see once again that we must have a standard. Without this standard, then love means to do what you think is good toward your neighbor. What we feel is love is love. This is not what Christ said about loving your neighbor.
35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
And Paul explained in Gal. 5:14:
For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
To love according to the Bible is to love according to or within the guidelines of God’s Commandments. To do as these churches are doing is to hate these people and not love them.
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