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My RSVP to LGBTs (republished)
perspective: pro-family
from the 'Miscellaneous' topic

Source: In House
A truly Christian church is neither “welcoming and affirming” of any sin, nor “unwelcoming and condemning” of any sinner. It is a place of “welcoming and transforming!” for all people, regardless of the type of sin that burdens them when they first come through the door.
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I am Pastor Scott Lively and it has been my mission for 25 years to work against the “gay” agenda. I am probably one of your best-known opponents in this world. Amongst the many hate-mail messages I receive are the occasional sincere requests to explain my motivation. I believe the time has come to do that.

On March 8th of this year [2011] I received a message known in charismatic Christian circles as a prophetic “word of knowledge,” which said in essence that God would soon use me to lead some homosexuals to Him, and referenced 2 Samuel 14:14: “For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.”

In the several weeks since I received that, I have given a lot of thought to the message, and realized that in all of my years of talking about you and “the homosexual issue” generally, I have never spoken to you as a community. I repent of that, and apologize to you.

I know a lot about repentance, because I have struggled with many sins in my life, and have only ever found victory in any of them by “letting go and letting God” take over. I had a terrible family life as a child due to my Dad’s mental illness. I became an alcoholic at 12, a drug addict at 14 and all my life have struggled with addictive behaviors. Today, however, I have freedom in Jesus Christ from all of those things.

Contrary to speculation, I have never struggled with same-sex attraction, but I have recognized in my own sins enough of a similarity to homosexuality to have felt empathy for you. Just as recovering addicts know that a drug is a drug is a drug, mature Christians know that a sin is a sin is a sin. They are different in form, but equal in their effect: separating us from God.

To repent is simply to change your mind, to turn your thinking around so that you begin to agree with God. I am appealing to you to begin to agree with God about homosexual sin, and to turn away from the seductive lie that God approves of homosexuality and wants you to embrace a homosexual identity.

My only authority is the Bible. It is the Word of God and an infallible guide to all who seek Him in truth. It has been twisted by many people for their own ends, including both people who misuse it to condemn you as worthless, and those who misuse it to lionize you as innocent victims. However, I want to let the Bible speak for itself to show you the middle path of truth: that you are indeed loved by God, and called to rise above a self-identification with sexual sin.

The place to start is 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

This contains the simple truth that unrepentant homosexuals cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, but that deliverance is available to all through sanctification in Jesus Christ. “If,” as Paul writes in Romans 10:9-10 “you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

Confession means simply that you agree with God. His perspective of things IS truth. Repentance means turning away from a lie and confessing what is true. Repentance from homosexuality is not first about conduct, it means agreeing with God about sexual matters generally.

Once the mind agrees with God, one’s spirit is freed from the spiritual consequences of the actions of the flesh, and the process of conforming the flesh to the spirit can begin. The world has it backwards. God is not waiting for you to get control of your sin so that you are “good enough” to come to Him. His invitation is to come as you are. Bring your “heart” (the “seat of decision”) to Him, and He will do the rest.

A truly Christian church is neither “welcoming and affirming” of any sin, nor “unwelcoming and condemning” of any sinner. It is a place of “welcoming and transforming!” for all people, regardless of the type of sin that burdens them when they first come through the door.

What is God’s perspective about sexual matters? It was one of His first instructions to us in Genesis. Chapter 1, verse 27 says “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female.” and then in 2:24 He adds “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” God’s design is lifetime monogamous marriage between one man and one woman: two who become One Flesh which reflects the image of God.

That is God’s standard, but we all know that humans have violated it from the beginning, in every possible way. The Old Testament is filled with examples of deviance from the standard: polygamy, incest, serial marriages, fornication (casual sex), adultery, prostitution, transgenderism and homosexuality. However, if you read the Bible carefully, you will see that every form of deviation from the standard is presented as a “cautionary tale.” In other words, the examples of sexual sin are used to teach us what not to do.

The destruction of Sodom (and three other cities) is told in Genesis 19, and further explained in Jude 1:7: “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”

Lot’s incest with his daughters in Genesis 19:30-38 produced two nations of people, the Moabites and Ammonites, who became long-time enemies of the Israelites and were prohibited even from entering “the assembly of the Lord.” The Deuteronomy 23:1-3 passage stating this also excludes anyone “who is emasculated or has his male organ cut off” (this would include “eunuchs” and transsexuals.”)

The Bible’s worst polygamist was Solomon, who went from being the world’s wisest man to a man cursed by God because of his multiple wives, descending in depravity even to the point of introducing temple prostitution and human sacrifice in the hills near Jerusalem (1 Kings 11:6).

The list goes on, but the point of this is to show that ALL sex outside of God’s design is condemned. Leviticus 18 doesn’t just condemn homosexuality, it condemns all sexual “deviance.”

Neither, however, can we sugar-coat what the Lord has called poisonous. Homosexual relations are emphasized as an especially egregious form of sexual sin. In the Leviticus 18 list the word “abomination” is not introduced until verse 22 dealing with homosexuality. In all of Biblical history only homosexual sin brought down fire and brimstone upon a city. Only homosexuality was chosen as the exemplar of conduct consistent with a “reprobate mind” (Romans 1:18-32).

Remember, however, the good news of Jesus Christ. Salvation does not come through “being good,” so in the eternal perspective it doesn’t matter how bad was your sin. In Christ you can have complete forgiveness, regardless of what you have done. This is the essence of the Gospel: God is perfectly holy and cannot allow any sin into His presence. None of us is capable of living sinlessly, so no one can enter heaven by being “good enough.” That’s the whole logic and purpose of the cross. God came to earth in the form of a man, Jesus, to die on the cross as the payment for all sin. He paid the ransom for everyone who accepts Him as Lord and Savior, giving us the right to enter freely into heaven upon our death.

That’s why there is only one way to heaven (John 14:6). If you could enter any other way the sacrifice of Christ would have been in vain. God’s only son would have allowed Himself to be tortured and murdered for nothing.

“Gay theology” turns the logic of the Bible on its head, and tries to make the sinner “good enough” to earn heaven. It does this by twisting the scripture in such a way as to deny that homosexuality is even a sin. If homosexuality is not really a sin, the logic holds, there is no reason to seek God's forgiveness for it. This is a dangerous lie.

If I hated you (as the devil surely does) I would not give you this warning. What I am writing here to you is what I believe, and the theology I live by myself. I don’t claim to be perfect, or better than you. In fact, if the line into heaven was graded by one’s good works done in this life there are undoubtedly many of you who would pass through those gates ahead of me. But the standard is much higher than that. So high that only Jesus can meet it. So I am trusting only in Him, and implore you to do the same.

In publishing this letter I know that I will be subjecting myself to ridicule, abuse and hatred. You know very well how nasty some of your peers can be. Yet I am doing it anyway, because in Jesus I love you and I want you to be saved. If you want to know more about overcoming homosexuality through Christ, I urge you to contact Exodus International.

Frankly, as I sit here at my computer, I wonder whether my entire career against your political and social agenda, and all of the notoriety I have achieve in your community might all have occurred so that I would be a person whose letter you would read today. Because in the end, none of the politics really matter. This earth and everything in it will pass away, perhaps sooner than we think. What matters is where we end up when this short life is over.

So in closing, I urge you to follow the advice of Jesus to the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). It was the very first instruction given to us by both John the Baptist and Jesus at the start of their respective ministries (Matthew 3:2, 4:17), which I myself have followed and still do. I offer it with a sincere heart: “Repent.”

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· Accuracy in Media
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· Campaign for Working Families
· Catholic League
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· Center for Reclaiming America
· Choice 4 Truth
· Christian Coalition
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· Concerned Women For America
· Coral Ridge Ministries
· Corporate Resource Council
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· Dr. Judith Reisman
· Eagle Forum
· Family Dynamics Institute
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· Family Research Council
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· Focus on the Family
· Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society
· Institute for American Values
· Jews For Morality
· Laigles Forum
· Libertarians for Life
· Love Won Out
· Massachusetts Citizens For Life
· Mission: America
· National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality
· National Network of Youth Ministries
· National Right to Life
· Parent's Rights USA
· Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays
· Parents Rights Coalition
· Portland Fellowship
· Preserve Liberty
· Revolution Ministry
· RSVP America
· Society for Law, Life, and Religion
· Susan B. Anthony List
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· The Bible As History & Literature
· The Heritage Foundation
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