There is a rapidly growing tendency among “evangelical” writers to accept unrepentant homosexuals as genuine Christians and to refuse to “judge” them. Chris Seay, author of Faith of My Fathers, a third generation Southern Baptist pastor, says churches are not “called to be moral police” and that we should “approach homosexuals without condemnation” (“Shayne Wheeler and Chris Seay on Homosexuals and the Church,” ChurchRelevance.com, June 19, 2007). We wonder how he reconciles this with Ephesians 5:11. Dan Kimball says, “... we can no longer just regurgitate what we have been taught about homosexuality” (They Like Jesus but Not the Church, pp. 137, 138). Donald McCullough says that “condemning homosexuality feels natural because about 95 percent of us could never imagine engaging in such a practice,” BUT “in a world turned upside down by grace, we must distrust whatever feels natural” (If Grace Is So Amazing, Why Don’t We Like It, pp. 201, 202). Philip Yancey says, “When it gets to particular matters of policy, like ordaining gay and lesbian ministers, I’m confused, like a lot of people (“Amazed by Grace,” Whosoever online magazine). Tony Campolo’s wife, Peggy, “argues that the church’s traditional teaching on homosexuality is mistaken--just as the church’s traditional teaching on the role of women, slavery, and divorce is also mistaken” (“Straight But Not Narrow,” keynote address, Evangelicals Concerned, Western Region 1994). Peggy is a national leader of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, which urges Baptist congregations to receive unrepentant homosexuals as members. Brennan Manning identifies “homophobia” as “among the most serious and vexing moral issues of this generation” (Abba’s Child). There is even a Bible for the pro-homosexual movement. The Message, one of Rick Warren’s favorite versions, removes every clear warning against homosexuality. For example, 1 Timothy 1:10, which says in the KJV “them that defile themselves with mankind,” is transformed into “the irresponsible ... riding roughshod over sex.” Any sin can be forgiven, but it must be confessed, which means that I must agree with God that it is sin. The members of the church at Corinth had participated in many forms of immorality before they came to Christ, including homosexuality, but they had been converted by God’s grace and the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying power and Paul spoke of their homosexuality in the past tense (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
(Friday Church News Notes, May 4, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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