Face Persecution or Endorse Homosexuality
Dr. Edward Williamson
International General Superintendent
The sportswriter Chris Broussard faced a torrent of animosity for his speaking for biblical truth.
When asked about NBA player Jason Collins’ announcement that he’s both a practicing homosexual and a Christian, Broussard answered, “If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.”
This issue, when it was successfully identifi ed with civil rights, pinned the Christian against the wall. Sexual identity challenges our essence as human beings: “…male and female he [God] created them” (Genesis 1:27 NIV). Th e morphing of homosexuality into many sexual identities and practices (LGBT) is a storm without boundaries. There is no reference point of truth other than yourself; forget God and his Word, and embrace the mantra of the right to be who you really are. It is not okay to deny someone’s identity, which places the burden upon Bible-believing churches. Same sex marriage is poison to the Church and society, mounting an all-out assault against biblical authority and the prophetic voice of the Church. Persecution stands at the door of truth against anyone who dares to open that door.
Sin is more than what we do, but also who we are. We are all born with a sinful nature that escalates into sinful practices. Homosexuality is one of those sins listed in the Bible along with adultery, lying, stealing, self-righteousness, etc. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). We must react as the early Church did, as they faced raging idolatry and homosexuality in the Roman culture, by facing persecution for proclaiming truth while reaching out to every person with the gospel. Be a friend to your gay neighbor and allow the Holy Spirit to use your loving witness. In his memoir, “Out of a Far Country,” Christopher Yuan describes how he became a Christian while serving a prison term. He confessed his homosexual orientation to the prison chaplain who assured him that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, which in fact is contrary to biblical Christianity. Christopher eagerly read the Bible and the materials from the chaplain, coming to the conclusion that traditional biblical teaching was right and the gay-justifying revisions were wrong.
Struggling with this truth, liberation came when he realized God was not calling him to be straight, but to be holy. “My identity was not gay or homosexual or even heterosexual for that matter. But my identity as a child of God must be in Jesus Christ alone.”