Sunday, June 22, 2014

Church's decision on gay-marriage deceives truth-seekers

One of the largest and most influential Protestant groups in the U.S. - Presbyterian Church USA - voted this past Thursday in Detroit to allow pastors to perform same-sex marriages in their churches. They also voted to change the definition of marriage from one man and one woman, to two people of any gender.

The decisions were greeted with cheers and tears of joy from homosexuals and homosexual advocates present at the meeting, which took place at Cobo Hall. Commenting on the vote, the Rev. Sharon Mook, pastor of Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit said of LGBT people, "They deserve to have the same rights. People are born who are not heterosexual...God's love is for all of God's children."

Yes, God's love is for all His children. That is why Christ said, "Go, and sin no more." God Himself loves the sinner, but hates the sin. While so-called Christian practitioners of homosexuality want us to believe that sodomy is not a sin, the Bible calls it an "abomination". So what homosexuals are trying to tell us is that God has changed His mind on that, that homosexuality is no longer a sin. But then that is to say God is imperfect and was "wrong" about homosexuality.

Of course, since God is perfect and therefore incapable of making mistakes, logic follows that it is man who is imperfect and very capable of making mistakes. In the case of Presbyterian Church USA, when a so-called House of God rejects God's word, it is no longer a House of God, but a cult. In this case, we have a cult that seeks to please man over God, which aptly calls to mind the prophecy of 2 Timothy 4:3, "For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths."

As mentioned earlier, a church that panders to cultural mores is no longer a church but a congregation of moral relativists. Yes, we are called as Christians to love one another and not to judge because we are all sinners. However, we are also called to reject sin by rejecting the empty promises of the world.

Churches that teach nothing but emotion-based love are missing half the message. Jesus showed love and compassion to all, and we are all called to follow His example. But He did not hesitate to call sin by its name, and true followers of Christ should be mindful of that. This vote by Presbyterian Church USA is not Christian or Bible based. It is a deception to pull weaker Christians away from the truth, and to confuse those seeking the truth as a way to blind them from it. As far as I can see, there is nothing loving in that.

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