I was involved in a lengthy on-line conversation regarding the jailing of Rowan Kentucky County Clerk, Kim Davis. Because I support her and her exercising her First Amendment Rights, I was adjudged:
- Un-Christ Like;
- Judgmental Christian;
- Hater; and,
- The reason others are glad they are not Christians.
On all of these points, save number 7, my accusers were “Brothers and Sisters” in Christ. I would like to publicly address each of these accusations and those who accuse me. I am certain that my address will not change much, but I feel it is imperative I speak to the accusations.
Number One — I am unloving when I call homosexuality a sin — First, I did not call the act of homosexuality a sin, God did in His Word:
- Genesis 13:13 – “Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord.“
- Leviticus 20:13 – “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.”
- Deuteronomy 7:3 – “Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons.“
- Isaiah 3:9 – “The expression of their faces bears witness against them,
And they display their sin like Sodom; They do not even conceal it.
Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.”
- Romans 1:27 – “and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.“
- I Corinthians 6:9-11 — “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.“
- 1 Timothy 1:9-10 – “ realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching.”
- 2 Peter 2:6-8 -“ and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds).”
- Jude 7 – “ just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.”
Let me be clear, homosexuality is one sin that is equal to every other sin (e.g., lying, stealing, murder, idolatry, adultery, fornication, gossip, etc.) and God hates sin.
If I called someone a sinner, who just killed his mother, would the same people accuse me of being unloving? I think not — because we all hate murder. The dividing point on homosexuality is that many of us, including myself, have friends or family members who practice homosexuality. Therefore, we do not want to be perceived as unloving or judgmental. I get it! The Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 6:15, “Flee sexual immorality!” Is that judgmental? I don’t think so. In fact, I find it extremely loving — it is a warning both to Christ followers and the unsaved.
One of my sisters in Christ said that we cannot impose our Christian beliefs on others. Then what is the point of the Gospel? Why tell people of their need for a Savior, if we cannot or do not want to hurt them by showing them their sins? Jesus came to save sinners — not righteous men. But, as we know, there is no such thing as a righteous man. Romans 3:10, “There is none righteous, no, not one.”
Number Two — Bigot
If saying sin is sin makes me a bigot — then I am guilty. I will keep doing the loving thing and calling sin what it is.
Number Three — Hypocrit
First, aren’t we all?? If I tell a lie, I am just as guilty as a homosexual! No argument there. However, each day I submit to God’s will, He is sanctifying me. It is His work in me. I am striving to be more like Him. Sadly, I fail Him almost daily. I praise Him for His forgiveness, mercy, and grace towards me.
Number Four — Un-Christ Like
Yes! Oh, but I want to be more like Him. However, the implication in calling me un-Christ like is that Jesus would not have judged homosexuals. Really?? In Luke 6:37, Jesus was not teaching us not to judge, but rather teaching his disciples not to judge each other. In John 7:24 Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” See, Jesus did say to judge!
“If someone steals, lies, commits adultery, etc., the Christian can make a (righteous) moral judgment and say that the actions were morally wrong, and that these sins will have eternal consequences.” Ray Comfort, The Evidence Bible Thus, we are making a moral (righteous) judgment based on God’s standards, not our own.
Number Five —
See number four.
Number Six — I do not hate homosexuals or anyone who sins, for that matter. I love them — love them enough to risk telling them the truth.
Number Seven — Christians are the reason I don’t become a Christian
Please don’t use me as your excuse to reject God. When we all stand before God we have to make an account for our lives. God will not ask me to make an account for your life. God will not accept or deny you into His Kingdom based on what I did or did not do. Every man is without excuse according to John 15:22.
With all of that said, the world is a hard place to be in today. I pray daily that the Lord would call me Home or return and take us all Home, who follow Him. However, He is tarrying — He is tarrying because He is not willing that any should perish.
We are in a very dark place in America, where Christianity has been criminalized. I agree with my friend, Rebecca, we are to love people to Jesus — we need to fellowship with them — be in community with them — but we also need to be honest with them and give them God’s truth, from His Word. Truth is absolute — God’s Word is the final authority — not what Tameasa says.