Homosexual Church Leaders?

Homosexual Church Leaders?

Liberal churches and denominations continue their relentless quest to accept and legitimatize homosexuality.  Not only are they tolerating homosexuality in society and in their membership, they are also openly endorsing it.  Not only do they approve of homosexual orientation, they expressly celebrate homosexual relationships and activity!

The latest news in this regard comes from the Episcopal Church, one of the most liberal denominations in America.  Leaders decided to ordain an openly homosexual bishop and their 130-page report stated that there is “genuine holiness” among those involved in sodomite relationships.  The report went on to assert that committed sodomites can be “open to God’s blessing and holy purposes.”

This issue highlights the bizarre nature of this matter.  First, one must ask, if these church officers are willing to pronounce a relationship to be holy that God declares to be unholy, what other sinful aberrations may be condoned in the name of inclusiveness and acceptance?  Will they legitimize and celebrate incest, child abuse, adultery, bestiality, and other sexual sins? 

Second, if these Episcopal leaders are willing to disregard the plain will of God revealed in His Word, the Bible, in regard to sexual relationships, will they overlook His will in many other areas as well?  If a church openly endorses a certain relationship or lifestyle that Scripture plainly condemns because of prevailing views in society, what would happen if another Hitler arose, declaring that one ethnic group should be eliminated for the common good?  Would these officials and theologians then assert that “God’s blessing and holy purposes” are being carried out through this “ethnic cleansing”?  Why should they oppose ethnic prejudice while accepting a sin just as abhorrent to a holy God?

Third, the seriousness of this denominational pronouncement may be seen clearly when we examine the Word of God that true Christianity must honor.  Scripture says that homosexual activity involves “degrading passions” that are not natural, but “unnatural.”  Sodomy consists of “indecent” or “shameless acts” that are worthy of eternal death (Romans 1:26-27, 32).  Homosexuality is opposed to the moral Law of God (1 Timothy 1:8-11).  God declares that unrepentant homosexuals “will not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), but will suffer “the wrath of God” (Ephesians 5:5-7) and will have their part in “the lake of fire” (cf. Revelation 21:8).  No, a sodomite relationship cannot be a holy relationship regardless of what professing ecclesiastical leaders may advocate.

Fourth, the hypocrisy of the Episcopal stance may be noted.  God, in Holy Scripture, says that those guilty of “fornication” (of which sodomy is one form) must be disfellowshiped or removed from the church if they refuse to repent of their sin (1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 5, 7, 9-13).  This includes not only adulterers, child abusers, and those “living together” without marriage, but it includes male and female homosexuals.  The pointed question is this: If all sodomites are to be removed from the Christian body, how is it possible for a homosexual to become a church leader—whether pastor, bishop, elder, deacon, or any other position?  If unrepentant homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God, how can a church presume to ordain one guilty of this sin to a place of leadership and responsibility?  How can a homosexual leader of a church withdraw church fellowship from other homosexual members because of their sin?  Isn’t this hypocrisy?

Fifth, this issue is basically about what guides our lives and the life of the church.  Do we have a right to make our own decisions, according to our own desires and the prevailing opinions of society?  Or do we allow God, in His written Word, to be the basis of our views of homosexuality and all other sexual sin?  True Christianity knows that God’s Word—the Bible—must be the ultimate standard of right and wrong.  And God’s Word does declare that a sodomite relationship—even if it is labeled a “holy” relationship, an alternative “marriage,” or a committed relationship—is still sinful and opposed to the holy will of God.

Hopefully, all thinking readers, especially those who respect God and His Word, will see the gross inconsistency and hypocrisy demonstrated in this contemporary phenomenon, whether promoted by Episcopal clergymen or any other churchly authority.  And, hopefully, true Christians will determine to remain faithful to God’s own moral standards, the very standards that will judge all people in the Great Judgment Day.

Richard Hollerman

STAR-TELEGRAM

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