In the continuing attack upon anyone who speaks out against homosexuality at any level, for any reason, with any attitude, a homosexual rights activist has called Southern Baptists “holy terrorists” for passing a resolution opposing special rights for homosexuals. The resolution, which was passed nearly unanimously at the Convention’s annual meeting in June in New Orleans, states that marriage is “the exclusive union of one man and one woman” and that “all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful.” The newly elected black president of the SBC, Fred Luter, supported the resolution, saying, “If God says it’s wrong, then it’s wrong.” The resolution’s simple affirmation of the Bible’s clear teaching enraged Soulforce founder Mel White so much that he labeled it terrorism. He said, “Terrorists use the fear of human violence to exert their will over individuals and nations. ‘Holy terrorists’ use the fear of God’s violence to exert their will in the same way” (“SBC Gay Stance,” Associated Baptist Press, June 27, 2012). White ridiculously claims that Southern Baptists are at war with homosexuals and complained that the government doesn’t “condemn and confront” Bible-believing Christians as terrorists. It appears that homosexual activists like White don’t merely want equal civil rights; they oppose the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and aim to intimidate and ultimately shut down anyone who would label homosexuality a sin. White implies that a God who would send homosexuals to hell for their “lifestyle” is a terrorist. In fact, the God of the Bible is a holy God who demands obedience from His creatures, and for that reason all men are under His just condemnation for all men are sinners (Romans 3:23). But God is also a compassionate God. In fact, five times the Bible says He is “full of compassion.” The infinite God is filled to the brim with compassion. This great compassion was displayed most brilliantly when the Son of God suffered, bled, and died on the cross for the sins of the world. The best-known verse in the Bible reveals that it was love that motivated God to give His only begotten Son to provide the atonement so that “whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). It is blasphemous to call the God of Scripture a terrorist for judging sin, when He has Himself paid the full price that His law demands. Jesus drank the cup of God’s holy and just wrath to the full on the cross. God does require that sinners repent, though, and this applies to all sinners: blasphemers, murderers, liars, thieves, adulterers, and homosexuals. Jesus warned that those who do not repent will perish (Luke 13:3, 5). As for the hate campaigns of homosexual activists, we don’t need to do anything but walk in God’s will and wait on Him, because that “holy terrorist” who wrote Psalm 37 said: “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb” (Psalm 37:1-2).
(Friday Church News Notes, July 6, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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