This morning I was reading an article from the Independent Journal Review on what Millennials within the Church actually want from their church. To me, it was a pretty surprising article. I’d expected more radical responses, as that has always been my experience when dealing with Millennials within the Church. Our family has attended more than seven different denominations in the last six years, searching for a church that isn’t afraid to address the Truth and stand strong for Jesus, instead of running away at the first sight of trouble. We’ve finally found one that suffices, though I’m sad to say it’s congregants aren’t nearly as vocal as the Pastor. Most are lukewarm, waiting to hear words that will tickle their ears, rather than cause them to move into action. Loving one’s neighbor is never easy, and most of us would love to tune that message out, wouldn’t we? Sometimes though, God calls us to tough love, and I wish the Church would address that more instead of spouting endless scriptures about how “God is love.” He certainly is love, and that love takes many forms as it does in parenting, in marriage, in community relations and so forth. Sometimes God leaves us in our sin because we are unwilling to acknowledge it, despite being told that we are in fact, rolling around in the muck of it and are in danger of being left in it if we choose not to repent and turn from it. Romans 1:26-28 is a great reminder of that.
While I was reading the comments section of this article, I was disappointed to see so many people defending revisionism within the Church! Some asked if we should bring back stoning for homosexuals. This was my response, for which I am entirely unapologetic. I’ll leave you with it and ask, what would you have said?
Well, perhaps we should bring that back. I for one am disappointed to learn that at one time it was in fact illegal to be homosexual in the U.S and that law has been rescinded. I’d love to see it come back! But I wouldn’t want my Pastor to preach an entire sermon on how the government should deal with homosexuality. I’d prefer that He’d speak about God’s take on it and that God calls us to repentance for ALL sins. It’s a sin that desperately needs addressed within the church before too many fall away for eternity!
Rom. 1:26-28, “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”
If you refuse to turn from your sin, God WILL leave you to it and you will NOT enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Many “Christian” homosexuals will be surprised to find themselves burning in hell for eternity. Just as many “Christian” murderers, adulterers, pedophiles, liars, greedy “business” folks, etc. God has made it clear that He does NOT condone homosexuality, yet the church has softened the message in order to fill the seats. It IS possible to turn from that sin and recover, though it takes years of hard work and dedication. And it CAN and HAS been done without the use of harmful therapies. Simple prayer and Bible study has fallen wayside over the years and the miracles of Jesus and of faith have long been forgotten in lieu of trusting in man, which always leads us astray.