What if you seriously applied your practical theology to Homosexuality? Where would you come out? Assuming you accept homosexual acts as sin (which some of my readers don't) and assuming you'd openly accept a homosexual who wanted to attend your church (which some of my readers wouldn't), how would your theology of sin apply to this newly-attending homosexual? To get you thinking here are four example positions. Three of them are incompatible positions -- if you chose one, you must reject the other. I've noticed that people often take one of these positions for their own sins, but switch to another position for other people's sins. When it comes to your doctrine of sin-in-the-believer's-life, which door do you go through? And are you consistent?
Door #1. Sinners-in-recovery
All sin is of equal seriousness -- if you break one part of the law you are guilty of
breaking the entire law. You have your sins, I have mine -- the people in this church all
sin in one way or another. All sin is equally condemned by God -- my gossip or your
homosexuality. In this church we have practicing gossips, practicing gluttons, practicing
tax cheaters and practicing homosexuals -- we do not recognize more serious or less
serious sinners. So join the rest of us sinners -- we are a hospital of sin-sick people
trying to get well with varied success. Join our church of recovering sinners.
Door #2. Sinners-already-forgiven
Christ died on the cross to forgive all your sins. If you are a saved homosexual then
God has already forgiven your sins -- even those you'll commit tomorrow -- just keep
confessing them. Face it, we all sin every day in thought word and deed, but for the
Christian sinner God cannot see these sins, for they were removed as far as the East is
from the West, more than 2000 years ago on a cross. Your homosexual sins along with all
your other sins are already forgiven. When you sin (for you will, even St. Paul called
himself the chiefest of sinners) your sin merely shows you the true state of your sinful
nature and the absolute purity of Christ. Keep your eyes on Him, for you are clothed with
His righteousness. God can't see your homosexual acts. Rejoice that there is therefore now
no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. God can't see your sin, rejoice that all
your sins -- past, present, and future were wiped away long ago.
Door #3. Victory-over-sin.
You may have homosexual urges, but you don't have to act on them. We here believe that God's transforming power can enable a Christian with homosexual urges to live victoriously -- you can become a non-practicing homosexual. You can have victory over this sin. We even accept that you might have been "born that way." Besides our general disposition toward all sin, individuals sometimes have a particular disposition toward certain sins caused by either genetic or environmental factors. You may have a particularized genetic-environmental bias toward homosexuality, and thus you struggle more with that sin than others. However, just because you have a particularized bias doesn't mean you are helpless and thus must sin -- it is possible to resist anything the Bible calls sin -- no Christian has to sin. You don't have to act on your sinful inclinations. Living above any particular sin is possible. Indeed, if we follow this position to its logical end we must accept the notion that living above all sin is at least conceivable. But, for now, we proclaim that you do not have to act on this urge -- you don't have to be a sinner every day. Just because you are homosexual doesn't mean you have to act on it - you can have victory.
Door #4. Deliverance-from-sin.
God can change who you are inside -- even deliver you from this urge toward homosexual sin you were born with or acquired. It may not be easy, and seldom happens quickly, but we believe God can change your nature... so you are not even driven or drawn to the sin of homosexuality. God can make you straight if you seek this healing of the soul. Indeed we believe God can deliver a person from any particularized propensity to sin, so that you won't even want to do that sin again. In our church we have delivered alcoholics who no longer even thirst for a drink. God delivered them. We have adulterers who no longer yearn to have sex with someone besides their spouse. They were changed! And we have homosexuals in this church who were healed of their inner inclination toward homosexual acts -- they no longer even desire it. Our church is a place where God delivers people -- even from their inclinations to sin.
The questions is, if we applied our view of homosexual sin to other sins would we have to change positions? And conversely, if we applied our view of "normal" sins to homosexuality would we have to change our position on homosexual sin?
What do you think?
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