Loving People Straight Into Hell

Speaking from the Bible can be dangerous. People are bound to be upset. The things you may do or say which come out of this book are bound to offend and people will be offended by God. I don't like it, but that is just the way it is.

When the word of God speaks truth, there are many that want to run and hide under the nearest blanket or at least cover their ears, going, la la la la la'. We have a battle raging today with our culture over whether the church should accept homosexuality and whether it is a holy thing for two people of the same sex to enter into legal matrimony.

According to the infallible, inerrant word of God, no, it is not holy, it is not blessed and it is not ordained of God. Pretty simple. And oftentimes, we don't want to say this anymore. We want to say things like:

God loves gay people too (which He certainly does). God wouldn't want you to be celibate your entire life. God wouldn't see anything wrong with two people loving each other. After all, they aren't hurting anybody.

Friends, we're doing this for one of several reasons.

One, is that perhaps we want to seem relevant. After all, nobody wants to say homosexuality is a sin. That's so first millennium. 

Second, perhaps we know that if we walk the walk and talk the talk that nobody will like us. And like I said, that's entirely possible. Preaching the truth these days, or any days for that matter, can truly be dangerous. People might not like you. They may downright despise you. They may call you bigoted, narrow, hateful or backward. So, yes, this is absolutely within the realm of possible.

Thirdly, we know the path of repentance and discipleship will be hard. Because we've (sometimes) watered down the gospel and made it so easy, we sometimes preach salvation without repentance, when there is truly no such animal. For the person with homosexual proclivities, they will need to nail these desires to the cross, give it up and give it all to Jesus, allowing Him to work a miracle in their lives.

They will need to repent and then wait for Jesus to change their desires, or choose to remain celibate. That is no easy road. But when we try and make the road easier, we broadened it and make it a road that leads from their earthly lusts straight unto hell. Friends, the road to glory is indeed a narrow one. It is in the form of a person, and that is Jesus Christ.

But to accept forgiveness, we have to be cognizant of our sin and want to be rid of it, which means we must be willing to repent. The general premise of how can I stay openly homosexual, while practicing my homosexuality and receiving salvation doesn't exist. That doesn't happen. Refusing to renounce your sin precludes you from salvation.

But here's the good news. When you decide that Jesus is worth it and that He is your God who died on the cross for you, just because He loved you enough to pay the price for your sins, you will be willing to trust Him enough to renounce all your sin. You won't choose your sin over Jesus. It won't even be a question.

And many of us have decided that the change is too hard and too much to ask, and so we withhold the truth from the homosexual community. Shame on us. Especially when we know better. Perhaps it's an indication that we have chosen the slovenly path and have eschewed the road of hard discipleship ourselves. Jesus was clear on not letting anything be a hindrance to our entering into heaven.

'If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.' Matthew 5:29-30

I've noticed lately that if someone wants to become truly influential and, perhaps, even guest star on the Oprah show, all one needs to do is become a 'Christian' who understands that Jesus 'never actually said anything about homosexuality'. I wonder what Oprah would think if someone brought up the fact that Jesus told the woman caught in adultery to, 'go and sin no more'. (This is not to say that all Christians on the Oprah show have done this or that all influential Christian leaders twist scripture either, but is pointing to the recent movement among some prominent leaders to have done so.)

People of the cross, we need to be bold and say things that are light and salty because we love and out of the love which doesn't want to see people cast into hell. Because we love our neighbor we must speak the truth, not withhold it. It would be like not telling a person they're about to ingest something poisonous because it might hurt their feelings. Does that make sense?

And if we lose our saltiness, what have we become good for, except to be cast out as useless.

I urge you brothers and sisters, I implore you that we might never let that be the case. May we speak the truth in love, working while it is yet day before the night time comes when no man is able to work. May we be willing to love each other and to love each other strongly enough to tell them the truth they need to hear and to stop pointing the way toward hell.

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