One of the things that is most disheartening about the Supreme Court decision is the growing number of churches and church-goers who echo support of the decision.
I believe that one of the primary reasons for the cultural shift that is going on in our society is the lack of belief in God and the authority of God’s Word. Currently, major denominations no longer hold to the relevancy, let alone inerrancy, of the Scriptures. It is obvious why a non-believing world rejects the authority of God’s Word, but it is dismaying to see churches and church-goers discard biblical teaching.
Here are three reasons, among possibly many, why I think church-goers dismiss the authority of God’s Word.
First of all, they do not believe in an inerrant Word of God. They hold to the notion that the Bible may not be totally accurate in what it says. They reject the biblical teaching that “The words of the LORD are pure words…” meaning that they are ‘perfect’ or without error (Psalm 12:6a).
The Bible is very clear about itself when it says in Proverbs 30:5a that “Every word of God is tested…” meaning that it is refined and without impurities or errors.
Secondly, they love the approval of men over the approval of God. It is fashionable and very politically correct to stand in favor of gay marriage. Jesus said that there would be those who would make this choice when He said, “…for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.” John 12:43.
It seems to me that the heads of Christians, including pastors and theologians, are being turned by the praise of the LGBT community as being forward minded, progressive, theologically innovative and not bound by tradition or old school thinking.
Lastly, they know someone who is gay. This is probably one of the major reasons why church-goers change their views on homosexuality. They know someone who is gay and often times it is a family member coming out of the closet. This is a heart-wrenching time, which requires a lot of love and understanding, but not a change in one’s biblical worldview.
I have read and heard testimony after testimony about church-goers who say they know someone who is gay and they are loving, kind, humble people “…how could God be against people such as these?” People say that they know gay couples who are more loving and caring than some heterosexual couples they know “…so how could it possibly be sinful?”
Whenever a person discards their belief because of a personal experience or encounter, it usually means that their belief was probably grounded in some stereotype of homosexuals and not on the Word of God. In other words, they were in a place of bigotry.
If one’s belief is based on the Word of God, then circumstances or experience should not change it. Our beliefs and values should be unchanging because it is based on the authority of an inerrant Word of God and not on our feelings and experiences.
Let me end this blog with a quote from Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Keller has written, “And when I see people discarding their older beliefs that homosexuality is sinful after engaging with loving, wise, gay people, I’m inclined to agree that those earlier views were likely defective. In fact, their belief must have been essentially a form of bigotry. They could not have been based on theological or ethical principles, or on an understanding of historical biblical teaching. They must have been grounded instead on a stereotype of gay people as worse sinners than others (which is itself a shallow theology of sin). So I say good riddance to bigotry. However, the reality of bigotry cannot itself prove that the Bible never forbids homosexuality.”
I say, “Amen” to Keller.
Something to think about and more next week…