As Isaiah 5:20 says: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness to light and light to darkness, who replace bitter with sweet and sweet with bitter.” Those who call evil things “good” and “righteous” are heathens as are those who call good things “evil” or “dangerous”. Often, those people are one and the same: those who are not Christians, and at best, only profess faith as opposed to possessing it.
That is the kind of person that is involved with Washington National Cathedral, which invited a guest preacher named Max Lucado who believes in the biblical point that homosexuality is a sin (because it is) and abhorrent to God (because it is).
A petition was written and addressed to the church, calling Lucado’s correct theology “dangerous” and urged the church to disinvite him:
“Lucado’s teachings and preaching inflicts active harm on LGBTQ people. To cite one example, in 2004 he wrote of his fears that homosexuality would lead to ‘legalized incest’ and likened same-sex marriage to incest and bestiality.”
“Fear-mongering and dehumanizing messages from powerful speakers like Lucado have been used to justify rollbacks of LGBTQ rights and to exclude LGBTQ people from civil protections and sacred rites. To our knowledge, Lucado has not publicly renounced these views.”
The petition also appealed to the fact that National Cathedral houses the remains of a gay college student who was brutally beaten and murdered in 1998, all but actively charging Lucado with holding a theology which was “responsible” for that tragedy:
“Matthew Shepard’s remains were entrusted to the care of this cathedral. Inviting a man who preaches the kind of dangerous theology that promotes oppression of and violence toward the LGBTQ community does not honor that trust nor serve his memory.”
“If Lucado wishes to use this opportunity to renounce his hateful views, this is not the appropriate forum or context. This is not an opportunity for easy healing or ‘bringing together’, as though the question of the full belovedness of LGBTQ people is a simple argument or difference of opinion. Lucado has inflicted serious harm. If healing is to take place, Lucado has much work to do before it can begin.”
It’s bemusing how often these whiny people cry “violence” at any opinion which disagrees with their own. At no point has any Christian called for what happened to Matthew Shepard to happen to other gay people. Unless in self-defense or in war, killing just isn’t right. But that isn’t to say that Shepard was anything close to a saint because people who embrace their sin cannot be considered saints (saints, by the way, are those whom are saved, not merely those whom the Catholic church gives the title of “Saint”).
The only dangerous theology is the one which twists God’s word, because such a theology is Satan’s, not God’s.
Romans 1:18-32 says:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”
“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 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.”
“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”
God, through the apostle Paul, reaffirms what had been found elsewhere in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, that God considers such immoral sexual acts to be sinful and lead to spiritual death. And don’t tell me “it’s not lust, or just about sex, it’s also about love”, because no, it isn’t. Love is not defined by men; it is defined by God. God loves His children, He loves His Church. Love is not lust. There is passion in love, for sure, including sexual passion. Sex within marriage is not detestable to God. God made us to feel pleasure in sex because sex, in and of itself, isn’t a bad thing. What is a bad thing is sex outside of marriage and sex between and amongst people who are of the same sex, same familial line, or different species.
Homosexuality is a sin and an abhorrent thing to God. To declare such a position a “dangerous theology” is, in itself, dangerous theology. In fact, it's not theology, because theology is the study of God. It is what it claims other things are, which is why I began this article with that Isaiah verse. They are calling God’s theology and doctrine “dangerous” because of the truth which it speaks: homosexuality is a sin.
But now, you may be thinking why it is that I titled this article the way that I did. That petition was clearly written by either members of the congregation or the community in general, definitely not people who have decision-making power regarding who gets to speak and preach at the church. So, then, why am I saying that Satan runs the churches (or at least this one)? Well, here’s the thing, despite the fact that the church is holding firm on their decision to allow Lucado to preach, they themselves are guilty of propelling pro-LGBT and anti-biblical theology.
That they reportedly house the remains of a gay college student showcases that they side with men as opposed to God.
In a response to the petition, Dean Randy Hollerith said:
“As you know, this Cathedral has long been a beacon for LGBTQ inclusion, and we believe in that because we believe the Gospel calls us to nothing short of full embrace and inclusion. That said, I understand why Max’s earlier statements on LGBTQ issues would cause concern, and I want you to know that I share your concerns. As an ally of the LGBTQ community myself, it grieves me when churches or religion are used as weapons against God’s LGBTQ children.”
Yeah, the guy is a blasphemer, undoubtedly.
First of all, the Gospel does NOT call for “full embrace and inclusion.” Read those verses in Romans 1 again to see that. Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
We are not called to embrace evil or include evil in our midst. And make no mistake, homosexuality is evil. It is a sin, after all, which is evil and leads to death. We are forgiven of our sins when we repent of them, but they are sins nonetheless and those whom embrace sin will die by them.
God doesn’t include unrighteous people into His kingdom, and among those unrighteous, He counts homosexuals. Why, then, would we be inclusive of homosexuality? I don’t think we should kill or actively harm them, but we don’t have to do them any favors either.
Second, and perhaps most importantly, GOD DOES NOT HAVE LGBTQ CHILDREN! That ticked me off the most, even more than the nonsensical petition.
The children of God are those whom He adopted into His heavenly family. Those whom have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are counted among the children of God, siblings of Christ. God washes away sin; He doesn’t include it with us when we are saved. So God doesn’t have LGBT children.
Not everyone is a child of God. I used to mistakenly think the opposite, but that was wrong. There is no universal brotherhood of man because for that to be the case, there would have to be a universal childhood of man under God. Not everyone whom God creates does He save, and so, not everyone whom God allows to be alive does He consider His child.
So to repeat myself once more, God doesn’t have LGBT children. He has children who used to be gay, as He has children who used to be idolaters, sexually immoral, murderers, etc., but whom have repented of their sins, received Christ as their Lord and Savior, and their sins were washed away.
Returning to that passage in 1 Corinthians, the immediate passage that follows is 1 Corinthians 6:11: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Sin is a death sentence, but repentance leads to salvation. We are called to not tolerate evil, and you can see clearly what leads to tolerance of evil: men pretending to be women, entering women’s sports and destroying all competition, demanding that they be allowed to use women’s restrooms and forcing women to be extremely uncomfortable and fear sexual molestation or rape. Supposed Catholic preachers who are often scandalously found to have raped or molested young children. And worst of all, the straying of entire people away from the Word of God and the Light of the Lord.
Satan was defeated nearly 2,000 years ago, but he is dragging as many people as he can with him. Well, perhaps that’s not how I should phrase it, because that would be to assume that people’s default setting would be of salvation, which it’s not. But there is a difference between the weak and the wicked, and we can see who the wicked are: those who assert, with no uncertain words, that the Bible’s teachings are a “dangerous theology”, and those who consider themselves to be an ally of LGBT people, which is to be an ally of evil.
May God curse the people who assert that homosexuality is a virtue and not a sin, as well as those who call themselves allies of this evil, and may He open the eyes of the weak who are being led into the darkness by the evil one.
After all, even I used to think, erroneously, that homosexuality was okay and that gay marriage was fine. That was, obviously, before I became a Christian, but God opened my eyes to the Truth.
“Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.”
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