You know what? I feel like sinning today. I’m tired of being good and trying to follow some outdated, ancient book that isn’t up with the times. I mean, seriously. It actually talks about stoning children who hit or curse their parents! HELLO! What century is this? And Christians make fun of Islam for being backwards?
The God I know loves and accepts ALL His children, no matter what color, creed, disability, sexual preference or shoe size. Jesus died for everyone and He said we’re to love our neighbor as ourselves, so I think I’ll do just that. I’ve had my eye on the hottie 2 doors down, so I think I’ll spread a little Christian affection, if you get my drift. *wink-wink!*
After all, I’m saved and under grace. Jesus knows I’m still in the flesh and prone to sin. Besides, the Bible tells me that Jesus will forgive me if I ask Him, so it’s all good, right? I mean, salvation is awesome! I’ll try to do my best being a good person by going to church, giving in the offering, maybe even volunteering in the nursery once a month. That kind of stuff makes God happy.
I’m gonna sin. It’s just a fact. I mean, we all have natural urges, right? And I know God wants me to be happy and have an abundant life, so I figure since I accepted Jesus as my Savior and I’m under His grace, I can pretty much do what I need to do to be true to myself and who I am, and go to Him for forgiveness when I need to. THAT is freedom in Christ, my friends! I can have a happy life here, and go to heaven when I die. What a deal, huh? Praise God!
Hmm. Does that sound delusional to you? Yeah, it did me too. And I hear that attitude all too often out of the proud, defiant, willfully blind members of the First Laodicean Church of America.
I received an email from a very charming gentleman this week. He and I corresponded a couple of years ago when he was trying desperately to reconcile claiming the name of Christ while practicing an active, gay lifestyle. We went round and round about it as I patiently explained that the two are mutually exclusive. He eventually dropped off the radar, but came back with a flourish. I’m going to state verbatim what he said, but to protect his privacy, I’ll call him “John” from England.
Hi Donna, remember me?
I emailed you YEARS ago, complaining about how blunt you are in your articles. I was terribly offended by your comments about homosexuality, as it was a time when I was struggling with my sexuality myself.
Well, I’d like to let you know that everything has changed. God rescued me. I am now PROUD to be a gay Christian, and everyone knows it. I’ve changed so many minds around me…many of them being Christians. It feels amazing to know that I’ve made such a difference. I feel so much more at peace knowing that there’s nothing morally wrong with homosexuality. It’s natural, normal and A-OK. I don’t have to change a thing.
Now, I look forward to your articles! Why don’t you write more? They make me laugh! I must say, you’re a fantastic writer. I don’t enjoy reading any others like I enjoy reading yours.
Please post another one soon—this time dedicating its entirety to the “evils” of homosexuality. Those are the best ones!
You have MUCH material to write on, as so much has changed since we last conversed. Almost ALL in equality’s favor! Won’t be long till gay marriage is a reality in all 50 states! You’ll finally catch up to us Brits! Isn’t that fantastic?
Hope to hear back from you, Donna.
Of course he heard back from me! Although I was delighted to receive an email from him, I was dismayed at the misguided triumph in his message. Americans are now doing the backstroke in a moral sewer due to the LGBT’s unrelenting, vicious browbeating of the general public, as well as the endless whining and moaning to lawmakers and the judiciary demanding ‘equal rights.’
LGBT people already had equal rights. They demanded special rights that will now change the fabric of civilized society as we know it. God designed a family to consist of a Father/husband, Mother/wife and their children. Because of mankind’s sinful nature, it rarely works out that way.
Now, we have a mishmash of two mommies or two daddies, or single parents with children who are his/hers/theirs and some strays they pick up along the way. After thousands of years of human history all across this earth, this miniscule minority of LGBT citizens have literally succeeded in legally redefining what marriage is. And God help the person who refuses to celebrate their perversion, much less speak out against it!
It’s ironic and absolutely hilarious, the rabid intolerance in those who constantly demand tolerance for themselves. The hypocrisy and double-standard is breathtaking.
I once again went through all the scripture with my reply, and explained the following:
God does not change–Malachi 3:6
The God of the Old Testament is the Jesus of the New Testament—John 10:30
Jesus plainly stated that we are to love Him more than anything or anyone else, and we are to take up our cross daily. Those who are not willing to do this are not worthy of Him—Matthew 10:37-38
Those who live in habitual sin, no matter what that sin is, will not inherit the Kingdom of God—1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Indulging in homosexual activities is not “normal and natural”—Romans 1:24-27
What happens to those who are deceived into believing that yielding to a lifestyle of sin is acceptable to God?—Romans 1:28,32
I asked “John” if the sexual pleasure he experienced was really SO fantastic that he was willing to endure an eternity in the Lake of Fire. I told him that God loves him so much and doesn’t want him to be left behind to face the Tribulation, much less be separated from him forever; it breaks the Lord’s heart and mine as well. It’s all so unnecessary.
This was his reply:
Thank you for your concern. Your heart is in the right place for sure. You are an amazing woman of God and you inspire me. But I’m fine. I do not need to repent of something which was never sinful in the first place.
If being gay and having a relationship with someone of the same gender is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. If God is so offended by homosexuality then I have no desire to have anything to do with Him, let alone worship Him. I agree with Desmond Tutu who said that he’d rather go to hell than a homophobic heaven. Fortunately for us, however, that is not the case.
And you’re right, I am feeling triumphant and confident. In fact, I couldn’t be more ecstatic. Just so you know, the “will of the people” has changed. The majority now favors same-sex marriage. The percentage rises to above 80 in my age group. And you can tell, too. Haven’t you noticed the changes? Things just feel…different. I thank God every day that He’s moving your country in the right direction—when it has such massive influence around the globe.
I find it extremely sad that you think being gay is all about what I do with my genitals. It’s so much more than that. When you look at a straight couple, is what they do in bed the first thing you think of? I bet not. So why is it different with gay people?
Remember, there’s hardly a difference. The two are equivalent in every way. Gender does not matter. It’s all about the state of the heart.
I certainly hope I’m not stuck here during the Tribulation, but from the sounds of it, one will get stuck for the most insignificant of reasons. Oh well. We’ll deal with that once the time comes.
I’m praying for you too, sister, because your ignorance breaks my heart as well.
The Bible tells us that God made man in His image. Unfortunately, mankind has always wanted to conjure a god to reflect his own image, and this tendency is overwhelmingly prevalent in the mainstream churches of today. Did you notice how “John” completely ignored the Word of the God he claims to follow? To hell with dragging a cross around! That’s much too high a price to pay.
Exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”
“John” is right about one thing: In God’s eyes, it IS all about the state of the heart.