Defensive, Angry, but Wrong

 

Defensive, Angry,

but Wrong

 

I just finished reading Joanne Siefert’s defense of her homosexual son and her expressed anger at Jan Colston’s message that stated sodomy is sin and that Jesus Christ can set one free from this perversion.  I would definitely agree with Colston and I know that Christ would as well.

 

I don’t know what motivated Siefert’s impassioned defense of sodomy (she said that she was “furious!”), but I do know that most parents want to feel that they did a good job in raising their children.  If a child goes astray, many parents will defend him regardless of circumstances, insisting that he is a “good” person—and this is the case even if the child became a murderer, a child abuser, or a sodomite—like Siefert’s son.

 

She is correct in saying that we should condemn all sin—and not just homosexuality.  Too often, self-righteous people condemn the homosexual while they may be guilty of fornication, adultery, even mental-adultery, as well as the “respectable” sins of pride and greed.  Jesus would say that all of this is wrong and should be exposed as sin.

 

Siefert quoted Jesus’ words to the woman caught in adultery: “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7).  Bible scholars believe Jesus said this because the Pharisees were hypocritically guilty of secret sin and should not condemn another because of their spiritual state and sin.  As a matter of fact, the Law of Moses did condemn adultery and required the death penalty—providing there were ones who would publicly testify to this.  The important point is that Jesus went on to declare to this woman, “Go.  From now on sin no more” (verse 11).  He didn’t pass over the sin or say that it doesn’t matter.

 

This means that Jesus said the woman should not practice adultery again.  The same would be true of Siefert’s sodomite son.  God is willing to forgive this man, but he must “go and sin no more”—must not practice the perversion of homosexuality again.  Instead of being a “fine upstanding gentleman,” we must recognize that a homosexual is a sinner in desperate need of forgiveness.  And we all need to repent of sin, turn from it, and receive God’s gracious forgiveness.   Further, we must never pull Jesus’ words out of context and make Him say what He didn’t mean!

 

Siefert says that her son “didn’t ask to be gay.”  Yet, reliable and unbiased researchers, and especially Bible scholars, know that the practice of homosexuality is a choice.  Furthermore, the Bible also says that sodomy is unlike most other sins—for it is “unnatural” and a perversion of that which is natural (Romans 1:26-27).  In addition, those who practice this defiling act will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  Beyond this, all of the passages that show that “sexual immorality” (from the Greek, pornea) is sinful and will prevent one from entering the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; Colossians 3:5-7; Revelation 21:8), include not only fornication, adultery, incest, and pedophilia, but also homosexuality.

 

I was deeply saddened to think that some judge in another state would allow this sodomite to adopt two foster children.  This would be the worst of all environments to raise moral, spiritual, and Christian children.  While agreeing that these children may have come from a heterosexual family who were unfit parents, we must not conclude that they will do well in an arrangement were two “fathers” are in a sexually immoral and unnatural relationship.

 

Richard Hollerman

 

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