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Although I’ve written several posts in the past about homosexuality and “gay marriage,” I’ve not written anything on the subject since the Supreme Court handed down their landmark ruling. This ruling will put many Christians in an awkward position. It’s not just bakers, florists, and marriage license clerks, every Christian will have to make some tough decisions. We must decide to be gentle, humble, loving, and kind and still stand for the truth in regards to marriage and human sexuality.

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I hesitate to write another blog post on any homosexual issues, but it breaks my heart when I see thousands of people watching and sharing content that furthers the misconception that God is alright with homosexual relationships. This week, a popular homosexual “vlogger” released a video entitled, “7 Bible Quotes Supporting Gay Relationships.” Because of the obscenities, I will not link to the video, but I will give you the rundown of all “7 Bible Quotes Supporting Gay Relationships” according to Arielle Scarcella and Matthew Vines.

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An Open Letter to the Gay Community

Wes  —  November 26, 2013

Dear Homosexual Friends,
The first thing I want to say is, I’m sorry. I’m sorry we got off on the wrong foot. I might have given you the impression that – because of your sexuality – I hate you, I’m afraid of you, or I think I’m better than you. If my passion for this subject has given you that impression, I am truly sorry because nothing could be further from the truth!

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The biblical-sounding arguments in favor of homosexuality abound. One of those arguments is that in Romans 1:24-27, Paul wasn’t condemning the practice of homosexuality, only the homosexual acts that occurred in idol temples.

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A New York Times headline from today reads, “Supreme Court Bolsters Gay Marriage with Two Major Rulings.” In case you haven’t heard, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Defense of Marriage act is unconstitutional. In this heated debate, both sides seem to understand the issue of “gay marriage” is not just a political issue, it is a moral issue. The problem is, gay rights activists believe banning gay marriage is immoral. They believe it is a matter of people being denied their civil rights, but is it?

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From early on, this debate has intentionally been couched in such a way to make it seem that you are either “for” or “against” equality, fairness, and civil rights. Justice Scalia seems to make this same point in his dissent when he wrote, “In the majority’s telling, this story is black-and-white: Hate your neighbor or come along with us.” Before our very eyes, the world is being convinced that opposing “gay marriage” is hateful and bigoted. Our young people are starting to feel like laws against homosexuals marrying one another are the same as the infamous and immoral Jim Crow laws.

Do you suppose there is any coincidence in the fact that Jason Collins came out as the first openly homosexual athlete in professional sports right after the inspirational story of Jackie Robinson came out in theaters? President Obama, of course, called Collins to congratulate him on his courage. Obviously, the world would have you believe the homosexual struggle for “equality” is the same as the civil rights struggle of the 40s,50s, and 60s. That should be incredibly insulting to every person who fought for civil rights and struggled through that dark time of our country’s past.

Here is the biggest reason this is NOT a civil rights issue (and it may surprise you): homosexuals already have the right to enter into marriage.

If a man is a homosexual, either in the sense of having homosexual attractions or in the sense of having had practiced homosexuality, there are no laws against him getting married — to a woman. A homosexual man has the exact same rights as a heterosexual man; they both have the right to marry a woman. Likewise for women, there is total equality. All women have the right to marry a man. I am not being flippant about this issue. Like it or not, that is the definition of equality.

In the case of racial segregation, people were banned from exercising the same rights people of a different skin color exercised; those were immoral laws. But let us not confuse that with this issue. There is already total equality in marriage. Again, as far as I know, all adult human beings have the legal right to enter into marriage.

What people do NOT have the right to do is call any union they want, “marriage.” Here are a few unions that cannot be accurately called “marriage,” there are certainly many more:

  • A union between a person and an animal is not marriage. Just because a person has a sexual attraction to an animal does not give him a right to call a union with that animal a “marriage.”
  • A union between a person and an inanimate object is not marriage. Again, just because a person has an attraction to an inanimate object does not give him the right to legally join himself to that object and call it a “marriage.”
  • A union between two men or between two women is not marriage. The concept is the same; just because they have an attraction to one another does not give them the right to call their union with one another a “marriage.”

But why? Why can’t our government call the union of any two (or more) entities a “marriage”? Because the government didn’t create the institution of marriage; God did. God has simply given the government–for the good of society–the authority to regulate marriage (Romans 13:1-7). So, because the government did not create marriage, it has no right to define it; God has already defined it.

This is what Jesus said about marriage, “He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'” (Matthew 19:4-5). Furthermore, Jesus says it is God who joins a man and a woman in marriage (Matthew 19:6). The government does not have the right–the authority–to redefine that which belongs to God.

The government may now begin recognizing the relationships between two people of the same gender as a marriage, but the One who created marriage has made it clear that it is IMPOSSIBLE for two people of the same gender to marry one another. Being opposed to “gay marriage” is not being discriminatory; it is simply wanting to be accurate about with the definition of marriage.

Christians desire this accuracy because we see our country, our neighbors, our friends, and our family members moving further and further away from God’s way of doing things. We see them adopting a contrary worldview. We see them destroying their own spiritual lives, as well as our society, and it is disheartening. But, remember what Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

No matter what the world decides, we still have victory in Jesus!

I love you and God loves you,

Wes McAdams

I can see the headlines now, “Preacher Arrested for Calling Homosexuality a Sin.” The picture on the front cover of the newspaper might very well be me, being led away in handcuffs, charged with a “hate crime.” I honestly believe this will be a reality in America soon, if we continue on the path we’re headed.

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It really isn’t that far from our current reality. There have already been many cases of private business owners, and even churches, losing “discrimination” lawsuits over the homosexuality issue (source: FoxNews.com). I believe it is only a matter of time before calling homosexuality “sinful,” even if done with love, will be labeled “hate speech.” And soon after that, Christians will be arrested for their hate speech.

The question is this, what will you do when it is illegal to call homosexuality “sinful”? What will you do when the law says your congregation must allow homosexual couples to get married in your building? What will do you when the law says you cannot withdraw fellowship from someone for practicing homosexuality? Following our current trajectory, American Christians are going to have some very tough choices to make.

You see, it is easy to say, “Be bold and stand up for what is right,” when you risk nothing. But what happens when we have to risk everything to stand up for what’s right? What happens when my wife and little boys have to live without me because I am in prison?

Here are some things I think we need to do immediately:

1. Pray!

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV), “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

Pray that our current course changes. Pray that our leaders will not take away our freedom of religion and our freedom of speech. Pray that we may continue speaking the Truth and “lead a peaceful and quiet life.”

2. Love!

I feel like there are two types of people supporting the homosexual agenda. The first group is the militant liberal who will twist every word out of our mouths, will bully, and will try to intimidate us into silence. However, there is a second group who supports the homosexual agenda because they have been so turned off by groups like the infamous Westboro folks.

You see, the battle lines have been falsely drawn between those who “love” and those who “hate.” John Q. Public has been told, “If you are on the side of love, support the homosexual agenda. If you do not support the homosexual agenda, you are a hateful person.” How unfortunate that we have allowed the debate to be couched in such a way. And I’m afraid many well-meaning Christians are playing into the stereotype, by coming across as “hateful.”

Instead, we must overwhelm people with love. We must be outspoken about what “love” really means. We have to help people understand, it is because we love them and want them to go to heaven that we stand opposed to homosexuality; just as we stand opposed to every other sin (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, especially verse 11).

Let our battle cry be, “We love God, and YOU, too much to say nothing!”

3. Prepare!

No one has a crystal ball. No one knows what the future holds. No one knows if Christians will be arrested for this type of thing (I certainly hope not). But, I do know we need to be prepared. We need to arm ourselves with the spiritual armor (Ephesians 6) and ready our hearts for the battle. It is easy to lose heart, especially during times of persecution. So, we need to be encouraging each other!

We need to stop playing church and get serious. We need to be teaching our children to be bold and courageous. We need to be writing God’s word on our hearts and on the hearts of our children.

Whatever Comes, Be Faithful!

Speaking to His church in the midst of persecution, the Lord said, “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).

If the persecution comes, will you be ready? If the persecution comes, will you be loving? If the persecution comes, will you be faithful?

2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

I love you and God loves you,

Wes McAdams

In a recent interview with author Rick Warren, interviewer Piers Morgan said the Bible was “inherently flawed” and that “it’s time for an amendment” to the Bible. Specifically, he was talking about how the Bible needs an amendment to allow for “gay rights.”

Morgan’s sentiments remind me of an e-mail I recently received from a man who believes Christianity needs to be overhauled and the Bible needs a “second version.” The e-mailer believes that it is “unfair” to expect people to follow rules that were written “2,000 years ago.” This e-mailer was also outraged by the Bible’s prohibitions on certain sexual behaviors.

These people, it seems, are okay with there being a God. They are okay with God having a book (the Bible). They are just not okay with God saying things in His book with which they disagree. So, they reason, God’s book should be changed so God agrees with them. How audacious man can be!

“If God and man do not agree,” they seem to say, “God needs to change His rules so that they reflect man’s wisdom, learning, and culture.” This, of course, is nothing new; but it is just as heartbreaking now as it ever was.

Sadly, there are many who are doing just as Piers Morgan suggest; they are amending the Bible to suit their own desires. A book has been published recently entitled The Queen James Bible. It is self-described as, “a gay Bible.” The publisher promotes it as being, “based on The King James Bible, edited to prevent homophobic misinterpretation.”

Christians must stand strong in this battle. We must be outspoken and loving. We must teach people that there is absolute truth. Scripture was absolute truth when it was written and it is absolute truth today. Scripture is not “inherently flawed,” in fact it is perfect. It is God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

The charge Paul gave to Timothy in the fourth chapter, is just as fitting today as it was then:

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

I love you and the God of the Bible loves you,

Wes McAdams

On the heels of President Obama’s announcement concerning homosexual marriage, DC comics announced that the comic book superhero, The Green Lantern, will be relaunched as a homosexual character. If it wasn’t already obvious, it should be at this point, the moral divide in this country is widening.

I have never been a comic book aficionado, but it seems most comic books today are very provocative and explicit. So, it surprised me no more than the President’s announcement, when I head DC Comics would feature a “gay” superhero. But again, my feelings are ones of great sadness and remorse for the immoral depths to which our country is sinking.

We, as Christians, must always remember we are in the midst of a great and terrible battle. Here is what we must do in response to our enemy:

1. We must “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). Be strong, brothers and sisters, don’t be discouraged. Don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. Granted, the current state of affairs is not encouraging, but hold to the Lord and the truth of His word.

2. We must “stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Since the beginning of time, Satan has lied and schemed (John 8:44). He calls evil “good.” He calls good “evil.” He is trying to make the sin of living in homosexuality seem innocent, harmless, and even pure. He is trying to make the world believe that those those who oppose homosexuality are hateful homophobic bigots. We must fight against these lies and schemes.

3. We must remember “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood” (Ephesians 6:12). Homosexuals, the Hollywood elites, and liberal politicians are not our enemies. These people are simply captives of our enemy (just as we were once captives of the enemy). Our goal is not to destroy them, but to help them to be set free from sin (Romans 6:1-11; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)!

4. We must “take up the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:13). We will not win this battle by our own cunning and wisdom. In order to win the lost to Christ and keep ourselves from sin, we must use the armor which God supplies.

5. We must fasten “on the belt of truth” (Ephesians 6:14). Satan has taken the world captive by lies. But, Christ sets men free with Truth (John 8:32). Our goal is to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

6. We must “put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14). When Satan attacks with evil, he hopes we will respond in kind. We must respond to evil with righteousness. Paul says, “the works of the flesh are evident” (Galatians 5:19-21). Among those is “sexually immorality”; but also among those is “fits of anger.” If we respond to the homosexuality agenda with fits of uncontrolled anger, we have played into Satan’s trap. Instead, we must respond with the fruit of the Spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

7. We must “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15). The “gospel of peace” is compared to the soldier’s shoes. We must stand firm in the Good News of Jesus Christ. You must, “in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

8. We must “take up the shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:16). When the word of God falls on an honest and open heart, it produces faith (Romans 10:17). Faith is believing God is who He says He is, trusting He will do what He says He’ll do, and obeying what He says to do (Hebrews 11). No matter what temptations you face, no mater what insults are cast your way, no matter what you are forced to endure, faith is the answer. When you believe, trust, and obey God, you are protected from the fiery darts of the evil one.

9. We must “take the helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17). Only with a helmet upon his head, can a soldier walk out confidently onto a battlefield. The same is true on this spiritual battlefield. When we know we are in Christ, we can fight this battle with the utmost confidence.

10. We must wield “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). Your only weapon in this battle is Scripture. I have heard Christians make the most absurd arguments against homosexuality. For instance, “Homosexuality is wrong because homosexuals can’t reproduce.” My response to that argument would be, “neither can many heterosexual couples; does that mean they shouldn’t be able to marry?” Of course not! Homosexuality is wrong for the simple reason that Scripture says it is wrong (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). Likewise, Scripture is the tool by which the homosexual can be set free from his/her life of sin. Use the Word. Nothing else.

11. We must be “praying at all times” (Ephesians 6:18). Pray for our nation’s leaders. Pray for those struggling with homosexual temptations. Pray for those who are living in sin. Pray for those who are striving to bring lost souls to Christ. Pray for our nation. Pray for yourself. Pray that you may be bold. Pray that you may be honest. Pray that you may be loving.

12. We must open our mouths “boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19). There may come a time, when it becomes illegal to speak the truth about this matter. It may be considered “hate speech” to say homosexuality is a sin. There are already places in the world where this is the case. We must all pray that we have the boldness to proclaim the Good News in love. We must boldly call sin, sin. And we must boldly tell people that we will not respond to sin with tolerance; we will respond with the Gospel.

We are in this fight together!

I love you and God loves you,

Wes McAdams

 

 

P.S. If you have anything to add to this, I would love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to share in the comments section below.

There has been a lot of talk about homosexuality since President Obama’s recent announcement in support of “gay marriage.” I have heard people react with nearly uncontrollable delight, and others with outrage. Although, I was definitely upset by the announcement, because it helps to legitimize sin, I can’t say it came as a surprise to me.

Since this topic is in the public spotlight, I want to take this opportunity to make a few observations. The issue of homosexuality is, to say the least, a hot-button topic on both sides of the issue. But it is one I think New Testament Christians ought to handle with kindness and gentleness (Galatians 5:22-23).

Let me start with a few biblical definitions. Although our civil government may recognize a union between two people of the same gender as “marriage,” God is the one who instituted marriage and invented sex. God defines marriage as one woman and one man joined together for life (Matthew 19:4-6); and sexual union is only acceptable and pure in God’s sight, when it is within that context. Therefore, any sexual act between two people, who are not husband and wife, is sinful (Hebrews 13:4). This includes, but is certainly not limited to, homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9).

With that being said, Christians need to understand how homosexuality is similar to, and also different from, other sins. Homosexuality is similar to other sins in that it is the fulfillment of a desire (sex) in a sinful way (outside of God’s definition of marriage). James says that man is tempted and sins when, “He is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death” (James 1:14-15). In this way, homosexuality is just like all sin; it is the fulfillment of a desire in a sinful way. The same as when I have fulfilled my desire to avoid pain, by lying. It is not the desire itself which is sinful. It is the act of fulfilling that desire, in a way not authorized by our Creator and Lord, which is sinful.

The way in which homosexuality differs from many other sins is that it is the fulfillment of an unnatural desire. Romans 1:26-27 says, “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error” (emphasis mine). The desire for sexual fulfillment is natural. However, the desire for sexual fulfillment with someone of the same gender is “contrary to nature.”

It does not take a doctor or scientist to understand that human anatomy makes heterosexual intercourse “natural” and homosexual acts “unnatural.” Our bodies were simply not created for homosexuality. Therefore, it is not natural for a man to desire a man or a woman to desire a woman sexually. Please understand, this desire itself is not “sinful,” it is simply not natural. I believe there are many factors which can cause a person to have these unnatural desires; some may very well be hereditary, but it seems to me, most have to do with childhood events.

Regardless, we need to understand that those with homosexual desires (whether they are willing to admit it or not) are suffering, hurting, and confused. They have people in the world encouraging them to fulfill their desires, and some in the church condemning them for their desires. I believe both are the wrong approach.

Allow me to make an analogy. A natural instinct and desire is self-preservation; we want to live. However, there are certain people who, for various reasons, have the unnatural desire to end their life. If someone, you loved and cared for, came to you admiting her desire to die, would you encourage her to fulfill this desire? Of course not! It would be wrong for her to end her life. But neither would you point your finger at her and condemn her for her desire to die. You would certainly seek to get her the proper help to learn how to cope with, and eventually overcome, this unnatural (and unhealthy) desire.

In the same way, we must understand that homosexual desires are something with which people need love, help, and counseling. They do not need President Obama’s, or the sinful world’s, encouragement to act on these desires. And for the most part, I do not believe they need our constant berating speeches about how homosexuality is a sin. Many of them already know it is a sin. What they need from us is answers. They need to be helped to understand how to deal with, and eventually overcome, these desires. There are groups out there who are doing just that, helping people overcome this struggle. We need to be joining that fight!

Most importantly, we need to help all people replace their desires for gratifying the flesh, with a desire to glorify God (Romans 13:14). That is what this life is all about and it is a struggle from which none of us (including you and I) are exempt.

I love you and God loves you,

Wes McAdams