It’s not exactly a secret that there’s a whole lot of compromise going on in the realm of Christianity these days, and I’m not talking about the good kind.
What’s happening is that more and more churches are walking away from the truth of the gospel, from the infallible rule of God’s Word over every area of life, opting instead to adopt various views and opinions from the secular humanist worldview that dominates our culture.
Why? Because when you compromise, you don’t get laughed at or made fun of. When you bow the knee to the world, the world accepts you as one of their one, despite your “religious quirks.”
If you stick to what the Bible says on hot button issues, like homosexuality, you are called a bigot, a hater, and all sorts of names. Sort of like Jesus, who, I’m pretty sure, said that anyone loyal to Him would be hated by the world.
One of the latest such examples of this egregious and blasphemous compromise comes to us from the Catholic Church in Brazil.
Bishop Antonio Calos Cruz released a statement near the end of July saying that homosexuality was a gift from God.
As you might imagine, this isn’t going over well with anyone who actually takes the Bible seriously.
A Brazilian bishop said July 30 that homosexuality is a “gift from God.” Seeing the reaction his homily generated, Bishop Antônio Carlos Cruz Santos of Caicó then released a statement saying that his only scope was to “save lives,” after learning about the high statistics of suicide among the LGBT community.
“If it is not a choice, if it is not a disease, in the perspective of faith it can only be a gift,” the bishop of Caicó in the Rio Grande do Norte state said during his homily at a Mass closing feast of Santana de Caicó, always marked on the Sunday following the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne.
“The gospel par excellence is the gospel of inclusion,” said the bishop. “The gospel is a narrow door, yes, it is a demanding love, but it is a door that is always open.
“When you look at homosexuality, you cannot say it’s an option,” Cruz said, adding that a choice has to be made freely, while sexual orientation is something a person discovers “one day.”
However, he said, a person can chose how to live his or her sexual orientation, “in a dignified, ethical way, or in a promiscuous one. But promiscuity can be lived in any of the orientations.”
The bishop then said that homosexuality hasn’t been considered as a disease by the World Health Organization since the 1990s, and given this, and the fact that a person doesn’t choose to be gay, same-sex attraction can only be “a gift from God. It’s given by God. But perhaps our prejudices do not get the gift of God.”
The bishop goes on to compare the horrors of slavery to the LGBTQ’s “struggles” for equality, saying “they said we black people didn’t have a soul because of prejudices.”
He’s alluding to the fight against the homosexual agenda being one of denying that gay folk are actual human beings, equal to all others in the sight of God.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The overwhelming majority of Christians who have an honest biblical view of homosexuality are opposed to it as sin, just like adultery, theft, murder, ect.
This particular sexual sin is just as deviant as pornography and other assorted behaviors and attitudes of the heart. We don’t go around treating those individuals as subhuman — unlike radical Islamists — nor do we want them to have their basic God-given rights taken away.
What Christians oppose is having homosexuality normalized, just like we oppose having adultery or theft normalized. It’s strange, isn’t it? You don’t see movies and television shows pushing the positives of theft and murder on people, attempting to convince them this sort of behavior is acceptable and should be celebrated.
Homosexuality goes against the fundamental design of human nature, therefore, it’s not something that should be promoted by our culture and especially not our government. The government’s God-ordained role, per Romans 13 is to punish the wicked and commend the good, it’s not to play social justice warrior with whatever demographic will hand them the most power.
And, at the end of the day, it’s God who decides what is right and wrong, what is a crime and what isn’t. Not the arbitrary standards of man.
The church is to stand boldly on the truth of God’s Word and tell people the good news of Jesus Christ. That means standing on what the Bible says about homosexuality, firmly, without fear or compromise.
It also means loving those who are involved in homosexuality, not belittling them, making them feel like second-class citizens or greater sinners. It means treating them like you would any unbeliever, giving them the gospel as the only hope for their eternal salvation.
After all, it’s not this sin only that leaves them in danger of God’s wrath. We are all, homosexual or not, born dead in our trespasses and sin, in need of a Savior.
No one is above anyone else. So no, Mr. Christian, you are not better than the homosexual. You just have a different set of sin staining your soul that requires the blood of Jesus to wash out.
Being loving toward homosexuals does not mean supporting their sinful lifestyles, contrary to what the good bishop says. It means loving them enough to tell the truth, even if it’s not something they want to hear, in the hope it could save their soul.