Exploding the myths…

October 12, 2007 at 1:25 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Jack Rogers, a Presbyterian theologian and professor has been touring the country trying to tell people that the Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuals. And he says that the church should be leading the charge in this cause.

Rogers says that his view comes from “the Bible rightly interpreted” which is through “the lens of Jesus’ redemptive life and ministry”. He says that those who argue that the Bible condemns gays and lesbians are taking Bible literalism too far. He says that his seminars have been filled with gay and lesbian people who want to hear that Jesus loves them.

I think that this is a good example of the idea that just because someone is a theologian and a professor doesn’t not in any way exempt them from being wrong or misinterpreting the Bible. Mister Rogers (ha! I had to laugh for a minute there), says that the Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuals. Really? Then what does the word abomination mean? What about where Paul says that they have a depraved mind? If God calls something an abomination, would it be safe to say that He doesn’t like it or approve of it?

Rogers would say that I’m being too literalistic. Because I’m stating what God has already said? I’m reading the Bible plainly. God says that if a man lays with a man as with a woman, it’s an abomination. The same goes for a woman with a woman. Jesus says that if you look with lust, you’re committing adultery. That’s what God has said. Of course his seminars have been filled with homosexuals who want to hear that Jesus loves them! The problem is, that’s all that they’re hearing! There is nothing being said of the judgment that comes from this! 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says that homosexuals won’t inherit the kingdom of God as does Galatians 5:20-21.

Does this mean that I hate homosexuals? No. But it does mean that I’m not going to compromise the truth. And while I agree with the whole “hate the sin love the sinner” idea, we have to remember that God’s wrath is not going to come upon the sin but on the sinner. He’s not going to send the sin to hell apart from the sinner. The only way that God’s wrath will fall upon the sin without the sinner is if the sinner puts his/her faith in Jesus and repents (turns away from) that sin.

I think that this idea that God is all love and nothing else comes from an incomplete picture of Jesus that the church has been feeding people for a long time now. We all want to focus on the Jesus of 2000 years ago. We want to show people the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. And we should. But not without also showing them the Jesus of the days to come. The one with glowing feet, white hair, and eyes blazing with fire. The Jesus who comes as the Lion of Judah and melts His enemies with just a word! That is who Jesus is too, and if we show people Jesus the Lamb without showing them Jesus the Lion, then we are deceiving them and not allowing God the opportunity to reach out and save them…

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