Monday, June 20, 2016

Can a Christian be gay?


This article is in response to a statement by Rev. Terry Steed Pierce, pastor of Joy Metropolitan Community Church who claims that one can still be a Christian and be gay. She said, “It is not oxymoronic.” This writing will define the word “Christian,” state the requirements to be called one and then expose what is required of them. It may not sound right or even Christian at all, but she is right! This article will tell you why a Christian can be gay, but he or she would not be a bona fide one. 
Jesus modified Judaism into Christianity by pointing to himself as the Messiah, the Jews were waiting. He then introduced the new covenant whereby he involved the Gentiles into the salvific plan of God and carved out a path of salvation through Himself by his death on the cross and his blood as the ablution solution. Thenceforth, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom 10:9-10). Nonetheless, there is a caveat. Jesus warned, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” This does not only apply to the gays;  it applies to everyone, even those heterosexuals who preach about God but are living a life of debauchery or scam, seeing that they are constantly living in sin.
Therefore, while it is possible for a homosexual to be a Christian, it will be no different from someone who is a Christian, but he or she is living in concubinage. It is like those who say that they are Christians, but they are scamming people, or they are racist. I knew a young woman who was the choir mistress of a church. She was born in that church, she grew up there, and she had 5 kids with no husband. Is she too living as a Christian? You decide! Would she be part of heaven? 
To be a Christian, you only have to believe in Him and pledge to mimic Him. It is not everyone who claims that they are Christians will go to heaven. The ultimate reason and place those who believe want to be. The gays are Christians, but they are bad Christians, “who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” They are no different from those who practice concubinage or those who are racists, although wearing the cloak of Christianity. When the Judgment of God shall start in the house of God, they will be the goats that will be separated from the sheep and will be those to whom the Lord will say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
You can recall the Parable of the Ten Virgins who were waiting for the groom, but only five who did what the groom wanted were accepted (Mt 25:10-11). If Jesus lived in our time, he will ask the gays, “Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' but not do what I say?" "Do you not see that men should not sleep with men, and do you not see that women should not sleep with women?" He will surely ask. Many will cry, “Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are.”
Paul told the Romans, “For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be declared righteous” (Rom 2:13; James 1:22).” Some of the gays might even go to heaven, while some heterosexuals will remain because he told the Pharisees and chief priests that, “The publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.” On the basis that these people may actually repent of their sins. They will not enter into heaven in their condition of Phariseeism (pharisaism) or harlotry because to enter heaven, one must be born again (John 3:3, 5, 7; Matthew 18:3). To be born again is to abandon your sinful ways. However, right now, the gays are no different from the vagabond Jews, exorcists who dealt with evil spirits but still invoked the name of Jesus (Acts 19:13). That is because “They profess that they know God; but in works (homosexuality) they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (Titus 1:16).” Those who will remain out will be due to their unbelief (Heb 4:6). You cannot say that you are a Christian without showing the works of Christianity; and homosexuality is not one of them. Every Christian is a pilgrim on earth, marching unto heaven to meet their Father and older brothers and sisters who have gone ahead. That is why Paul told the Romans not to conform to the world because friendship with the world is enmity with God. James would tell them today, “O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
Therefore, if homosexuality or concubinage, lying, stealing racism, etcetera, will keep you away from heaven, you must sever from them because you must cut away from anything you do that will keep you away from heaven, the ultimate goal for which we believe in God. The will of God is that we should live holy lives, and homosexuality is not part of that holy life.  

Until then, a Christian can be a gay.

St Arrey of Ntenako.




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