I’m not a pastor, and as long as I’m living biblically I never will be one. But yesterday’s post sparked some comments from people agreeing that homosexuality is a sin, but wondering how to preach on it. Some people were saying, “But would warnings alone draw homosexuals to God?” One person made an analogy that after all, people read warnings on cigarette packages and still smoke.
This is true. Some people don’t heed warnings. Some homosexuals contemptuously brush the Word aside and continue on in their goal to destroy western civilization.
But at that point my question is this: Just how likely is it that those people would receive the gospel in any way, shape, or form?
This is what I would say if I were a pastor preaching on homosexuality. I would begin with a message to the repentant. Then I would turn to the unrepentant:
If you’re sitting there wondering why you struggle with this attraction, and you wish with every fiber of your being that it were not so, and you yearn for forgiveness but you don’t know where to turn… come and lay down your burdens at the foot of the cross. If you hate your sin, know that the Father wants to forgive you. He wants to impute His righteousness to you through the sacrifice of His perfect, holy Son. He does not promise a life of ease and comfort. He does not promise that we will not have struggles here on this earth after we have accepted His grace. But He does promise to be with us, to provide a way of escape from our temptation. And he knows that our flesh is weak. He already knows that we will fail Him. But He promises that if we love, serve and obey Him all the days of our life, resisting the devil as much as lieth in us and returning to Him in sorrowful repentance when we allow Satan to overcome, He will welcome us into Heaven with these words: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” In the meantime, we promise to encourage and counsel you as you seek God’s will.
But if you are embracing this lifestyle, I have a different message for you. If you think you have no need of the grace of God, then you are an arrogant fool. With one hand you clutch your sin to yourself, with the other you shield your eyes from the sun. It burns, doesn’t it? It exposes. It shines a spotlight on you. And you hate it with all your heart. Maybe you came here to see if we would tell you that doesn’t matter. Maybe you came here to see if we would give you a safe Jesus, a fuzzy Jesus who tells you that you can come as you are and stay that way. Maybe you didn’t come looking for forgiveness at all. Maybe you came here just to see if we would let you corrupt us, and our children. If that is why you are here today, then hear this: You are in the service of the devil, and if you do not cry God to have mercy on your soul today, you will know His wrath at the coming judgment. And as long as you are here only to drag us down to Hell with you, we utterly reject and oppose you. You have no place in this congregation.