A GAY GOSPEL?
I was recently asked for my opinion on an article appearing on a website promoting the compatibility of homosexuality wih Christianity. The article is apparently an extract from a book by (Rev.) Jeff Miner and John Tyler Connoley called, "The Children Are Free".
It's very sad that some are seeking to twist Scripture to force it to say something that not only did not intend to say, but is actually making the exact opposite point. The Apostle Paul refers to this in Romans 1 where he says that some in wilful sin "became futile in their thinking" and in Galatians 1:7 that some of these people have deliberately "distorted" the Gospel. The linked article is a gross example of this. Before giving a direct response, two important points need to be made. The first is about the nature of God and how we reflect that nature. The second is how we read Scripture and how we convey that Scripture.
God is a kind, gracious, forgiving God. He is merciful and kind. And He is holy and just. He asserts His rights over us as our Creator who has not only made us, but has optimally designed us. We know however, that although we have been optimally designed, we have been partakers in the rebellion of Adam which has left us corrupted, marred, and depraved by sin. The Apostle wrote in Romans 1:21 that because of our fallen nature, our minds have been "darkened" and made "futile" ('foolish'). For those of us whom God has saved, we have been granted a new heart, a new mind, and a new nature. There is nothing that we have done to earn this - therefore, none of us can boast that we are any better than those who have not yet received Christ (Eph. 2:8-9). Knowing this, and appreciating God's nature, we are obliged to present God to our world in a way that best reflects this with a demeanour of humility. Sadly, Christians have not always been the best at presenting Christianity, especially to those in obvious sin. This particularly applies to how we interact with those people who identify themselves as homosexual....[read full article]