Mainline Christian denominations that ordain homosexual clergy and perform same-sex “marriages”: are you for the people or just for filling pews?
Pews and people are inextricably linked, but when a church serves people, it feeds the Gospel truth to its congregants with confidence that God’s amazing grace obliterates the sinner’s fate. On the other hand, when a church serves the number of pews filled, it dictates doctrine according to the flippant desires of man.
Frankly, the debate on churches ordaining homosexual clergy and performing same-sex unions is a theological façade, for there is no such thing as “same-sex marriage” according to the Bible—only that of between a man and woman. Take a gander at the latter half of Romans 1, and any daily devotional reader comprehends that the LGBT lifestyle does not fulfill God’s plan for man and woman’s sexual wholeness.
However, even before the Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, numerous mainline Protestant denominations have announced their decision to perform same-sex marriages and ordain homosexual clergy. What precipitates such a decision? It’s a case of a crisis in evangelism, and if not resolved, the American church will find itself in a precarious position, stuck between speaking the truth and receiving societal acceptance.
Some Churches are Seeker-Friendly to a Fault
While I was not present in any of the boardroom meetings of the denominations that determined this pre-emptive theological shift, I sense an extreme amount of cynicism in the decision—especially for a blatant theological departure at the denominational level. It represents a business move, a desire to fill more pews than redeem hearts.
With government approval and cultural activism, the LGBT agenda has directed its attention to forcing Christian churches, businesses, and organizations into celebration of their lifestyle. Thus, as the social justice blowtorch is held at the American church’s feet, some mainline denominations resolved to promote embrace and promote sexual immorality in hopes that they can avoid the heavy hand of LGBT activists.
This mindset—affirming sin in order to attract a sinner— is the epitome of double-mindedness. When Protestant denominations elect to ordain homosexual clergy and perform same-sex unions, they engage in willful redaction of the Gospel and in turn, abdicate their commitment to the Great Commission.
The Apostle Paul treated alterations to the Gospel as nothing less than apostasy,
6 ” I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” -Galatians 1:6-10
When churches only preach pockets of the gospel or turn away from explicit commands, they begin teaching an altogether different gospel—one that corrupts its adherents.
As a result, some sections of the Church have been thrown into a such a delusion, they will rightly yank a pastor from his pulpit when he is caught in an extramarital affair yet on the flip side, affirm the ordination of homosexual clergy.
This Mindset is Double-Crossing Evangelism
Sexual immorality is sexual immorality is sexual morality, no matter the form. Since there is a clear split in the discernment of this fact, Christian churches are headed into a battle for nothing less than the heart of evangelism.
We will either preach the Gospel according to the Scriptures or our outreach will be theologically fluid or culturally adapting. I know where I want to be,
16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17
Every church attendee has sins but part of coming to church is receiving Biblical instruction and training so that one might draw near to God and resist the devil. When the evangelism deviates from the Gospel, it can no longer lay claim to fulfillment of the Great Commission.
If we won’t preach the complete Gospel, then LGBT activists have truly intimidated churches into silence. Have we gone so far as to have been forced into a spiritual dementia, purposely ignoring God’s plans in order to avoid any further bullying?
The Reformation: Offer the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit
Fishers of men don’t use tainted bait to attract new disciples, so the promotion of the LGBT lifestyle not only deceives the LGBT community but also seeks to rewrite God’s absolute truths. This is squeamish theology—frantically conforming to cultural shifts that unashamedly contradict Biblical Christianity.
Yet, if we preach the Gospel according to the Great Commission, the Holy Spirit will work on hearts. Walking with unbelievers along the Romans road and Biblically sound discipleship outreaches are two methods that have an unrivaled pedigree. We have the capability to teach prospective converts that salvation through Christ, pursuit of the Holy Spirit’s presence, and the daily dying to self can bring sexual healing.
These theological fundamentals aren’t meant to sweep those in the LGBT community out of the church. In fact, the corrections set the preconditions for personal transformation. An identity in Christ has set all of us believers free, so why would we want to shortchange the LGBT community and tell them that the God of the Bible affirms and celebrates their lifestyle? God has a more perfect plan for those caught in sexual immorality, and instead of embracing the sin, let us embrace the people. Once we give our embrace, there is room for Christ’s loving, life-changing sanctification.
To the churches who ordain homosexual clergy and perform same-sex unions, will you rejoin the original embrace according to the Gospel or will you continue to deprive the LGBT community of the Messiah that can make them whole again?
Along with the rest of the evangelical community, I eagerly await your reply in the coming years.
Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with exposed ears to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. Want to read more? Check him out at themajestysmen.com/author/kevincochrane, a friendship and mentoring community for Christian males. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.