Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Homosexuality Debate

The world is going nuts.

On the one side, we have millions and millions of Americans who have totally embraced homosexuality. On the other side, we have the Westboro Baptist Church declaring loudly (at the funerals of dead soldiers) that "God hates fags!"

Both sides are wrong. Both sides are in sin.

Firstly, to the ultra-tolerant gay-loving side: You are really not tolerant and loving. You are also not logical. Your "tolerance" is actually very dogmatic. If people don't agree with you, you are quick to hatefully label them a "bigot" and a "hater." In other words, you are completely tolerant and accepting of everyone that you already agree with.

Furthermore, you clearly don't have a moral compass. There is an absolute moral law. To break that moral law is to sin. Stealing, lying, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, homosexuality - these are all against God's law. The unrepentant sinner will be damned to hell if he doesn't repent and come to faith in Jesus Christ - who died on the cross to forgive us for our sins. God hates sin. God loves sinners. But if anyone refuses to be transformed by God's saving grace, then God will pour out His wrath on such people. The world is uniting against God's authority, but God is omnipotent. One day, you will stand before God. Repent and flee the coming wrath.

To the Westboro Baptist Church, what you are doing is wrong. The greatest commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but you do. God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. You who preach against homosexuality; are you without sin? You who preach that "God hates fags" have you not read the Scriptures? God is Savior! God is in the business of showing people mercy, love, and grace. Yes, Christians need to become more bold and more aggressive in preaching the uncompromised gospel and in calling people to repentance, but we are told to do so in gentleness and with compassion. In fact, to fail to show people God's compassion is to fail to preach the real gospel. I am concerned that you have already had your hearts hardened so much, that you will not receive this word. You talk about how God has given people over to depravity. While this is true, the irony is that you don't recognize that you yourselves appear to have been given over to depravity - the depravity of hate, of arrogance, and of pride. Repent and flee the coming wrath.

Man is created in the image of God.
We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
As sinners, we are by nature, objects of God's just wrath.
But God sent His son to die on the cross for sinners to provide atonement that sinners could never provide for themselves.
Those who have faith in Christ, confess their sins, repent, and experience the lifetransforming saving grace of God.

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