Yes, Another Response to A Church vs. World Issue

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one am disappointed to learn that at one time it was in fact illegal to be homosexual in the U.S and that law has been rescinded.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.

2 thoughts on “Yes, Another Response to A Church vs. World Issue

  1. Tough but true. I am from Portland Oregon and I now live in Seattle. Both cities have large homosexual populations. My church in Portland has homosexuals going to it or at least it did. We always loved them as we believe Christ would. We never watered down the message once in a while they would quit coming but eventually return. Now with Homosexual marriage they wanted our pastor to officiate the ceremony but he refused. Now they have not gone back. These two cities seem particularly hard to address this issue and when done it can have repercussions but none the less we address it the same as we would any other sin. Christ died for that sin as all others. Thanks for your post.

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    1. Thank you for your response, curiam. Yes, it is important to love all people as Christ would love them. It can be hard for some to understand that Christ would in fact, call them to repentance. I struggled with that for some time as well, especially coming from a place of deep hurt, as I imagine many in the Church are coming from. It can be tough to hear a message that is anything but total and complete acceptance of your actions. At times, it can feel like the message is stating that the person is bad, rather than the actions. This is where God’s love comes into play and why I’d love for the Church as a whole to focus on both aspects of sin – God’s love in the midst of it, and what our response is to be. Just because we have sins to repent of, that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love us in the midst of it. It just may mean that we don’t get to be involved in fellowship for awhile. I believe God’s providence is in their leaving and their return to Church. It’s our calling to continue praying for all people, whether we believe they’re right or not.

      I am from Southern Oregon, but spent six years in the Seattle area from 2007-2013 while my husband was in the Navy. There was one church we attended for several years until the Pastor was kicked out for his “radical messages”. Pastor Mike Cara is now preaching at Victory Foursquare Church in Arlington. I miss his preaching so much! He never bent on his faith. I learned so much from him, primarily to *always* follow Jesus and leave everything else behind. If you get a chance some night, he also leads a Celebrate Recovery there. He’s got an amazing testimony and his wife Karen is just the greatest.

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