We must give an answer to the questions and attacks aimed at discrediting and shutting down the Christian testimony in our community. Homosexual activists are demanding an answer, and others are looking for answers to understand how to think about the issue. First Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
This is a topic that decent folks do not want to talk about and should not have to talk about. Ephesians 5:12 says, “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” But as Zephania 3:5 says, “…the unjust knoweth no shame.” The homosexuals of Sodom had no shame as indicated by Isaiah 3:9, which says, “The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.” The homosexual activists of today are just as shameless, and they are shoving the conversation of their shamefulness in our faces, and we must respond. With the cultural acceptance of homosexuality and government sanctioning they now enjoy, Christians are being forced to choose between giving into the demands of the homosexual activists or suffering dire consequences just they did in Sodom. The choice is God or punishment. This is really no choice.
Despite the fact that the first amendment protects freedom of speech and religious liberties, our courts are ruling in favor of making obedience to God illegal. Now more than ever, Christians need to rise up and bring reason and common sense into the public debate over homosexuality, religious liberty, and laws.
To find an answer to the challenge we are confronted with, we need to look to Jesus for our example and to His Word for instruction.
In Luke 19:10, Jesus reminds us that His purpose for coming to earth as a man was to save souls saying, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
In Matthew 4:19, Jesus says, “… Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Jesus expects His children to follow His example. This means that we are expected to go into the all the world and to make disciples. A discipled culture is a righteous culture. A discipled culture produces righteous butchers, bakers, and candle stick makers. This includes Christian lawyers, judges, legislators, politicians, educators, journalists, businessmen, and community leaders. It is because of the vision and fulfillment of discipleship that righteous leaders are found in a population. This is where the righteous come from to make Proverbs 29:2 possible, which says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Of course, reference to the righteous does not mean perfect, sinless people in the land. We are all sinners. But those who know Christ are born again and imputed with His righteousness. And in their imperfection, they seek righteous instruction from Christ to know what is right and to do right. It is the willingness of leaders to follow God’s instructions that give a nation cause to rejoice and to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
As Christians, we are expected to follow Christ and to represent Him. Second Corinthians 5: 20 says, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” We cannot represent Christ if we do not study His Word and give His answer to the world.
The job of every believer is to believe God and obey Him. We are expected to share His message of reconciliation, love, and salvation. We are expected to name sin, and tell people to repent before He returns or before they die. Today is the day of salvation.
To effectively share this message, we need to relate in order to communicate. Jesus said in Luke 16:9, “And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.” This means that we must show ourselves friendly and reasonable to the world. Like Jesus, we must reach out to the lost world and offer help without being participants in the world’s sins. We do not do this as those who are in a state of perfection or with any sense of arrogance. We have come from the sins of the world, and most Christians are still overcoming the challenges of sins in their lives. We know the ways of the world and sin. But we have repented and denounced those sins. We have surrendered ourselves to the grace and mercy of God. We have been delivered from the condemnation of sin, not because of what we have done or because of who we are, but because of what God has done for us. We bring this message to the world. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). And like us, the choice is up to them whether to accept or reject it.
Why am I emphasizing the example of Jesus? Why am I citing Scripture to know what to do and to say? Because our position on sin and homosexuality is not our opinions. This is not our word. This is not by our authority. If anyone has any offense at what we say, let them take it up with God. This is not about me or you. This is about God, and what God has to say. If there is offense, if there is hurt, if there is disagreement; then the offended need to take it up with God not with us. We are just the messengers. It is not rational to kill the messenger! This is a good point to make and to understand.
If the courts of men rule that homosexuality is not sin, they have attacked God. They have attacked God’s Word not us, the messengers. If the United States military rules that homosexuality is not sin, they have attacked God and His Word. It is God who says that homosexuality is sin. It is God’s Word that says that homosexuality is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22). Christians are the messengers. We are telling folks what God says and leaving the choice up to them. We do not force people to believe, and we do not punish people for not believing. No hate comes with our message. And no one answers to the messenger. We all answer to God in the end.
The significance of pitting the homosexual agenda against God and the Bible cannot be overstated. The conflict going on is between the opinions of men versus God and the Bible. This is not a contest of homosexual activists versus us the messengers. When the Supreme Court of the U.S. ruled to allow homosexuals to marry, they ruled against God not Christians. Their ill-advised attempt to hijack God’s institution of marriage does not change God’s Word. Marriage is of God not of man. And the truth is that regardless what the courts of men say, there is only one kind of marriage, and that is as God defines it… between one man and one woman. God defined marriage and sanctioned it. Anything else is counterfeit. A rose by any other name is still a rose. Sin by any other name is still sin. An abomination to God by any other name is still an abomination to God.
The conflict between Christianity and homosexual activists is not a mere disagreement between people. This is a conflict with God. Christians are not fighting for their opinions. They are fighting for the right to freely believe in God and to believe what God says without penalty. Making it illegal to believe God’s message, to publish God’s message, and to live by God’s message is a direct assault on God as well as an assault on the right to be free to believe. Making laws to force people to choose to reject God or to be punished by men is immoral. The messengers of God are caught in the middle of this conflict and the laws of men are making it illegal for them to obey God. The US Supreme Court and the US military and the US education system are serving a special interest group and imposing laws and rules that force Christians to choose between the Law of God or the law of men. This is a violation of the right to free exercise to believe. Such laws make it illegal to exercise the God-given right to believe Him. It also violates the first amendment of the US constitution, which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Government and educational systems of our land are forcing Christians to choose jobs, careers, food for the family, and livelihood in return for rejecting God. This is a clear violation of morality, human dignity, and our God-given right to believe our God rather than men. This is the kind of dilemma that the founders of this country intended to avoid. This is the reason for crafting the first amendment. I am waiting for a law suit to challenge the unconstitutionality of punishing people for choosing to believe and obey God. It cannot happen too soon.
What does God say in the Bible about homosexuality? God says that homosexuality is sin.
- It is called a vile affection. Romans 1:26-27 says, “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
- It is called an Leviticus 18:22 says, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” First Kings 14:24 says, “And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.”
- It is said to be the defiling of mankind. First Timothy 1:10 says, “For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine….”
- It is said to be unrighteous and condemned. First Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind….”
- Under the old testament, homosexuality was such an abomination that it was a capital offense. Leviticus 20:13 says, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Under the new testament, God delays judgment and extends grace and forgiveness to sinners.
- And Homosexuality is said to be inevitable without the presence of God. Romans 9:29 says, “And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.”
- The bottom line is this: the Bible says that homosexuality is a grievous, abominable, filthy sin. And this is true of all other sins. God hates sin. And He hates it because of what it does to us. He hates the suffering and misery that we have to endure because of sin. And because He loves us, he offers deliverance. He offers salvation.
This is the message of God. This is God’s definition of sin. There are no laws in the land forcing anyone to agree with Him. There is no threat of job loss or denial of education for disagreeing with God. Everyone is allowed the freedom to believe or not. This is the spirit of the first amendment, and it is in this spirit that Christians appeal to government to continue. It is immoral and unconstitutional to punish citizens for believing God. No law should be tolerated that threatens this liberty to believe.
Notably, along with the message of defining sin, the Bible says that Jesus loves everyone, and He will forgive anyone who repents. He will heal everyone who comes to Him, and He will save anyone who calls upon Him.
Disagreements among people is a very, normal human thing. But to make criminals of those who disagree with someone else is self-righteous arrogance. To punish those who disagree is savagery.
The city of Fayetteville council, in Arkansas, has pushed another ordinance on its citizens to advance the agenda of homosexual activists and to punish those who disagree with them. They are attempting to force everyone to agree with them or to be punished. They are making obedience to God illegal. And in doing so, they are challenging the God-given right of citizens to believe God and are violating the first amendment of the US Constitution that protects the free exercise of belief. This is the same wicked spirit that is described in Sodom. The spirit that forces everyone to participate in sin. This new ordinance is worse than the first.
What do we say to the homosexual agenda? We say ‘no way’.
- We must say, while we can, Jesus was already punished for His message of love. That is sufficient. Don’t punish His messengers too.
- We must Vote against 5781 to protect not only women and children, but to protect everyone’s right to believe without punishment.
- We must protect our liberty to believe God, without fear and threat of losing our jobs, our education, and our livelihood, by voting against
- Ordinance 5781 is an unconstitutional ordinance that puts not only children and women at risk; it is a challenge to our God-given right to believe God rather than men.
- Ordinance 5781 places the desires of homosexuals above the safety and well-being of women and children. It also discriminates against anyone who disagrees with them.
- Ordinance 5781 threatens citizens with the loss of job, education, and livelihood if they do not agree with or want to participate in homosexual activities.
- Ordinance 5781 is a bad law that must be defeated.
From message delivered by Patrick Briney, Ph.D. to Mission Blvd. Baptist Church in Fayetteville, AR June 26, 2015.