Every generation of Christians has their hot topic, their moral dilemma, their moral or ethical line with which they flirt while their parents stand by in horror. The topic of today seems to be that of homosexuality. And we are confronted by it yet again by a popular Christian music artist named Vicky Beeching. She has written many songs that are popular to be sung in contemporary worship services all around the country including songs like “The Wonder of the Cross”. This week she declared to the world that she is gay, and God loves her just the way that she is.
And people are responding.
One extreme is saying, “Boycott Beeching and all of her songs” while the other is saying, “Amen sister! God does not judge us, in fact he created us uniquely, so live it out!”
What is lacking here, however, is a basic understanding of God’s nature and the essence of salvation.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
– John 3.16
Forgiveness and salvation are available to everyone. Yes, Vicky, God does love you. But He does not condone any unrepented sin, and He will not excuse it. He will not condone or excuse my unrepented sin. God’s love is not the question here, forgiveness is.
“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.”
– Heb 10.26-27
God is the ultimate being who wrote the book on morality. Literally. He defined right and wrong, He established the Law, declared punishments for breaking it and He alone upholds it. It is His judgment and wrath for breaking His law from which we need salvation both momentarily and eternally. But we, being in our physical bodies, often believe the lie of the enemy, “You surely will not die!” (Gen 3.3). This was his first deception, and his best, and he continues to use it today. God’s law is written on our hearts and our consciences bear witness to it (Rom1). We know the first time that we lie, steal, cheat on a test, fornicate or lust that it is wrong. We feel guilty. But when we see no immediate consequence we harden our hearts to that nagging conviction and indulge in the pleasure of the fruit that is “good for food, a delight to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise” (Gen 3.6).
God loves homosexuals. He loves alcoholics. He loves liars and cheaters and evil doers. If He did not, none of us would be loved. But He does not forgive everyone.
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
– Prov 17.15
If we continue in wickedness, He will not justify us. To do so is an abomination. And He reserves the right to define wickedness because He is God. He has not hidden from us those things that He hates. They are made clear in the Scripture because “God is not a God of confusion” (1 Cor 14.33), and He desires that we would repent and be saved (1 Peter 3.9). But His wrath and holiness cannot be separated from His love. And they are not at war with one another. His love satiates His wrath, and to be found in His love we must confess that we deserve His wrath and repent.
Having the disposition of homosexuality in and of itself is not sinful. Lusting, or acting out on those temptations is. Having the desire to party, get drunk, mess around with your boyfriend (or girlfriend), cheat on a test, speed down the highway, or steal is not sinful. To let your mind remain on those things, to lust for them and to commit them is sinful. And to try to redefine morality so that our lusts are excusable is sinful. Sure, you might be “made” to desire a sin, but that does not make it permitable. We all have dispositions and inclinations to particular sins. As of right now, our culture still considers sex with a child a sin. God outlined it in the Scripture clearly that sex is a gift reserved for a man and a woman in the consensual and loving bond of marriage. Anything else is sin. But there is a movement that is attempting to define a person’s desire to have sex with children as a preference and genetic makeup, just like homosexuality has already been defined. Most of humanity would look on the topic with horror, but in the world of psychology, the transition is being made and some day it may be acceptable.
My point is simply this: it makes no difference what your lusts, desires or dispositions are. We are all born in sin, we all have a sinful nature, and the desires of our flesh are wicked. To come to salvation, we have to agree with God about his definition of sin, we have to understand that the penalty for those sins is death and damnation, we have to confess our sins and we have to repent or change our ways. Yes, we will still stumble and fall – we will sin. But we must hate it, we must put it to death, we must confess it, we must seek to put it away because it is filthy and it dishonors God.
So, should we boycott Beeching? Should we quit singing her songs?
By no means! Is a song necessarily void of its value because the author has fallen morally or ethically? Paul allowed people to preach the Gospel who preached it from selfish and wicked motives (Phil 1). Why? Because it makes no difference the preacher or the author, only that the Truth is proclaimed. Chances are high that most of our forefathers, who are quoted often and regularly, have different convictions or beliefs than you and I. Many of my favorites (Martin Luther, John Calvin, etc) believed in infant baptism. C. S. Lewis had some very quirky thoughts. Solomon himself, after writing books of the Bible, possibly died apart from faith. But His words are still inspired and included in the Bible! Do you love the old hymn, “It is well with my soul”? Horatio Spafford died as part of a Messianic cult. Does the truth within the hymn lose it’s truth by nature of Spafford’s apostasy? No, it certainly does not.
If, however, when you sing the words coined by Beeching, you stumble, then refrain for the sake of your own conscience. But Truth is Truth, regardless of the heart or dispositions of the preacher.
God does love you, whatever your sinful disposition. But do not make peace with your sin. Seek God’s heart on it, confess it, and trust Him to give you the strength to live a holy and righteous life.