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Christians, Donít Give Up on the Homosexuality Debate
The Aquila Report ^ | 2-2-14 | Jason Helopoulos

Posted on 02/16/2014 9:10:27 PM PST by ReformationFan

Even as we exercise our voice, we need a generation of Christians who are willing to do even more; willing to be courageous enough to minister with compassion and truth to the homosexual community. We need brothers and sisters in Christ, who know the depths of grace and are deliberate in ministering to others by that grace. We must raise an army of men and women, who are compelled, in all humility, to seek to understand the homosexual struggle and enter into relationships that will challenge, encourage, and hold friends and loved ones accountable.

Even before the Grammy Awards showcased Macklemore singing “Same Love” and Queen Latifah presiding over a “same sex couple’s wedding” ceremony, I had most of this blog written as the topic has been on my mind for quite some time.

I am not a Kuyperian or a Neo-Kuyperian, but there are certain watershed cultural issues for every generation of Christians; issues in which they cannot be silent. For our generation, abortion and homosexuality are key watershed issues. They are watershed issues, because abortion snatches away life and homosexuality reaches out and grabs hold of death.

The average Evangelical Christian continues to believe we should speak out against the acceptance of abortion in our culture. And the pro-abortion forces have been losing ground over the past five years. No doubt, much of that is due to the church’s resolve to stand against this agenda. However, it seems to me that in the past few years, Evangelical Christians in the United States have increasingly and passively grown in their acceptance of homosexuality. This should concern all of us.

I understand the discouragement. Our culture has done a quick “about face” on this issue. It was just yesterday that the Ellen DeGeneres sitcom announced its main character was homosexual (1997) and a firestorm erupted. Now, it seems almost “normal” to have Queen Latifah presiding over a “wedding” ceremony of a homosexual couple. We cannot let it feel “normal.” Make no mistake, homosexuality may be the issue of the day. It brings secularism to the forefront like few other agendas and it undermines the foundation of family, church, and the Scriptures.

Therefore, it should concern us when Christians throw their hands up and declare with finality that the homosexuality debate in this country is over–the battle has been waged and lost. This agenda has fooled us into thinking it is here to stay and must be adopted and adapted to. It has bullied us into believing we cannot continue to speak out against the acceptance of practicing this sin in our culture. Too many denominations, Christian schools, churches, and individual Christians are raising the white flag. This is something we cannot and must not do.

Homosexuality is a matter of extreme importance to us. Make no mistake, this is a gospel issue. When our culture embraces something that sends people to hell (1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:10) then it must matter to us. We cannot roll over and play dead. We cannot give up and just let the issue go. We are compelled to continue to engage our culture on this issue and challenge its wayward course. We are not doing this because we are feverish to return to the 1940′s or 1950′s or because we are a “backwards people.” Rather, we are a people looking forward to eternity and that is our motivation. Neither are we seeking to engage in this cultural battle because we are haters. We do so because we are lovers of men and God. We do not endeavor to be sticks in the mud, who refuse to change. We, of all people, know the value of change as we have been brought from death to life. However, we are only willing to change where we are freed by the Scriptures to do so. We are a people bound by the Word of God; our conscience is constrained by it, and from this position we cannot move.

We must be bold and courageous in our day. Not rabble rousers, but valiant and resolute according to our convictions. Our starting place, should be to disapprove of homosexual practice, knowing that we do so in the context of our own sexual fallen state. We are not haughty. We are not decrying the sins of others and ignoring our own, but neither are we willing to sit silently when our culture calls that which is evil “good.”

Let us resolve, that as we continue to speak against homosexuality and its acceptance in our culture, we will do so winsomely and lovingly; yet, we are also committed to doing so clearly. In our pulpits, in our conversations around the water cooler, with our children, or in simple talks over the fence with our neighbors, we will be clear that homosexual practice is a sin. We will not attempt to separate love and truth. A careful guard against the subtle language of “gay” and “gay marriage” should be in place. Neither one of those terms should be used in our discourse about the homosexual lifestyle or homosexual union. There is nothing “gay” or God-honoring about the homosexual lifestyle, and it is not a God-ordained marriage when two homosexuals join together in a “state approved marriage,” even if it is a monogamous and committed relationship. We, as a people of the Word, know the importance of language and words, and it is crucial we give clear articulation of God’s purpose and plan for sex and marriage.

Even as we exercise our voice, we need a generation of Christians who are willing to do even more; willing to be courageous enough to minister with compassion and truth to the homosexual community. We need brothers and sisters in Christ, who know the depths of grace and are deliberate in ministering to others by that grace. We must raise an army of men and women, who are compelled, in all humility, to seek to understand the homosexual struggle and enter into relationships that will challenge, encourage, and hold friends and loved ones accountable. We need elders and pastors with a vision to establish churches where a person struggling with same-sex attraction or even homosexual practices are lovingly warned, discipled, and given care. We need to continue to declare that homosexuality is not the unforgivable sin, but that repentance is called for. We must be clear in our application of theology that identifying the sinful desire and abstaining from such practices does not negate personhood or necessitate the deprivation of joy.

Above all, we need to pray. We need to pray for those in our churches who struggle with same-sex attraction, for those who have given into this temptation and sin, and for the salvation of those who are trapped in a lifestyle that leads to death. We need to pray that our society would alter its present course on this issue and never look back.

It may be an uphill battle, but our God moves mountains. We serve a God who can change things in an instant. Does it seem impossible? Our God majors in the impossible. May it take a miracle? There is good news, we serve a God who performs miracles. We cannot roll over and play dead on this issue. It is too important. It is an issue with eternal implications for the souls of men and women. We believe in the power of the gospel, so let us believe it is good news even in the midst of this debate, and declare it without shrinking. May God turn the tide and do a mighty work of change in our generation, for His praise and His glory. He can do it. Never lose hope.


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: helopoulous; homosexualagenda; jasonhelopoulos; moralabsolutes; pca
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I like this quote:

"We, of all people, know the value of change as we have been brought from death to life. However, we are only willing to change where we are freed by the Scriptures to do so. We are a people bound by the Word of God; our conscience is constrained by it, and from this position we cannot move."

1 posted on 02/16/2014 9:10:27 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: Mrs. Don-o; savagesusie

ping


2 posted on 02/16/2014 9:12:01 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

We’ve already lost. God will end this by destroying the country and perhaps the world.


3 posted on 02/16/2014 9:16:00 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: ReformationFan

Well, actually the freeing is done by the Holy Spirit.

But there are biblically valid ways of moving past sexual sins, homosexuality being only one such sin, but one which has baffled a lot of theologians who never got involved with such issues.

There is a general way of getting the things of the body straight before the Lord. “Offer the members of your body as weapons of righteousness.” Weapons. You fight with weapons.

In the case of dealing with homosexual sinning, it’s not so much “pray the gay away” (pace Michelle Bachmann) as “pray the straight to you.” The Holy Spirit is the experiential tutor in this process. Good theology and good bible knowledge helps, but it’s something that has to actually be done to be understood.


4 posted on 02/16/2014 9:18:52 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: steve86

I think the Lord is pretty disgusted with this kind of blues singing. Maybe as far as YOU have been willing to muster yourself before the Lord, it’s a losing game. But anyone with a heart for evangelism should beg to differ.


5 posted on 02/16/2014 9:19:46 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: steve86

We have lost the battle over homosexual marriage, because judges have decided that not allowing homosexual marriage is the same as not allowing interracial marriage. Judges have decided that homosexuality is a minority group under civil rights laws, even though there is no such statement regarding homosexuality in our laws. Since judges have decided that’s how it should be, that’s how marriages laws are being interpreted.


6 posted on 02/16/2014 9:22:48 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Bump.


7 posted on 02/16/2014 9:23:34 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Ah waaaaa, we act like we’re lost!

Well, evangelism is needed, and some of it to the nominally saved who don’t know how to avail themselves of God’s promises.

Grrrr... God is angry. I know it. And a lot of it at CINOs rather than frank lost sinners.


8 posted on 02/16/2014 9:25:14 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: ReformationFan

There’s nothing to debate on my side: faggots are an abomination, real simple..


9 posted on 02/16/2014 9:25:51 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: ReformationFan
We must use the power of conservatives to legislate laws that protect families and end gay marriage. We must also only appoint or confirm judges who are Pro Family and impeach those who oppose our Constitution, faith avid values.

A constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage or repeal the 14th Amendment.

10 posted on 02/16/2014 9:26:14 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: max americana

And you will be an abomination before the Lord until you can reach out to them like Christ.


11 posted on 02/16/2014 9:26:49 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: Oliviaforever

The Holy Spirit never went anywhere. America just stopped paying Him much attention.


12 posted on 02/16/2014 9:27:19 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: ReformationFan

And the gates of hell shall not prevail against Christ’s church.


13 posted on 02/16/2014 9:27:26 PM PST by American Constitutionalist
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To: American Constitutionalist

That indeed is true and encouraging. Eternal security.

What we DO with the platform of that security matters very much before the Lord. We should be calling sinners to the embrace of the Holy Spirit.


14 posted on 02/16/2014 9:29:07 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you. See my page.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
...because judges have decided...

And just when did our Republic become a Judiciocracy?

15 posted on 02/16/2014 9:47:39 PM PST by AnalogReigns (Real life is ANALOG!)
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To: ReformationFan

Sadly the courts are taking the gay marriage issue away from us even though we’ve had considerate victories stopping at a state by state level.

I don’t know right now how to get around that. What I do know is that gay marriage is not the only issue on the table. Another front is the forced acceptance of gay culture and behavior, to the point of gays trying to stomp on everybody’s else’s right to impose themselves upon us in every social arena they can especially in forcing businesses to cater to their lifestyle and propagandizing it on our schools.

The other is that LGBTP isn’t just about gay. It’s about gender as well as age. Meaning they are also trying to erase the normally accepted structure of gender (male/female) and enforce in our public bathrooms and locker rooms. Which leads in turn to their desire toward the real goal, which is to get rid of age of consent laws and get at our children.

I think by expanding in to these areas the LGBTP movement is already starting to overreach, and the backlash is coming. We need to position ourselves for that use the backlash to knock them back on their heels. Though we might never get the gay marriage issue back we can at least stop the completely onslaught of the LGBTP movement’s attempt to completely define sexuality and gender in this country.


16 posted on 02/16/2014 9:47:46 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: AnalogReigns

BUMP


17 posted on 02/16/2014 9:48:18 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: ReformationFan

Our nation, as a whole, has turned it’s back on God. And yes, we all hold some responsibility in this. When a nation turns their back on God, there are always consequences for that nation. It doesn’t mean God stops loving us, or stops saving the lost, but there are always consequences. The Bible is replete with examples from Israel’s past illustrating this. 2 Chronicles 33 is one example. God caused calamity to fall on Israel until they repented of their sin.

Sadly, even some churches have exchanged truth (as contained in God’s Word) for the lie of tolerance. If our nation doesn’t repent, we are in for dark days.


18 posted on 02/16/2014 11:01:20 PM PST by Artcore
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To: Oliviaforever
We must use the power of conservatives to legislate laws that protect families and end gay marriage. We must also only appoint or confirm judges who are Pro Family and impeach those who oppose our Constitution, faith avid values.

A constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage or repeal the 14th Amendment.

Most delusional post ever.

1. The conservative movement has no power.

2. None of those things will ever happen.

I realized this year that the conservative movement is absolutely dead as a major political force. The liberal movement has been so spectacularly successful it's breathtaking. Liberals control literally everything now.

Rand Paul said the other day that the GOP won't win the White House again in his lifetime, and I believe him.

19 posted on 02/17/2014 3:01:53 AM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: ReformationFan
Here's a good argument against accepting the homosexual lifestyle that even the middle can relate to.

The Health Risks of Gay Sex

Apart from that, we still have our spending $$$. Avoiding companies that support leftist causes would be a good use of that weapon, assuming we still have the will to do so.

20 posted on 02/17/2014 3:57:45 AM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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