Love the Sinners, Hate the Sins
Yesterday's (6 July 16) seminar on "Human sexuality, Marriage and the Church", had strengthened my conviction that marital sex is biblical only if it is between a man and a woman and must not be compromised by the excuses of sexual orientation.
Verses like Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination, is undeniably clear on God's command.
While the proponents of the LGBT movement may try to argue that the punishments of Leviticus 18:22 like those in Deuteronomy 22:13-21 on the stoning to death of non-virgin wife were applicable only during the Old Testament period, the morality issues in question are as valid today as they were then.
There are also four other passages in the New
Testament that show the sinfulness of the LGBT activities.
If we subscribe to 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:, then it is wrong to brush aside these warnings to the LGBT.
Granted that we all have sinned and are still
sinning in our daily life, do we then have the moral authority to point out
the sins of others?
Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward
us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then,
being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Coming back to the touchy LGBT controversy which has become divisive among the populace and even among some churches, it is crucial that we have the clear Biblical understanding of the issue and the correct response towards those whom we disagree.
When Martin Lloyd-Jones ministered in a Welsh dockside church filled with blue collar, rough-necked converts, he protected them from overzealous believers who wanted to rush the work of the Holy Spirit. He told them to back off to allow the Holy Spirit to do what He did best.
Similarly, if our first approach towards a LGBT is "Are you going to stop and change?", we will inevitably shut the door of the Kingdom in his/her face.