Slowly (though much more rapidly than they ought) evangelicals are turning away from the Bible’s clear teaching that homosexuality is sinful. I expect the secular world to celebrate this sin because they reject the Bible’s authority anyway, but it breaks my heart to see people who profess to know Him and believe His Word have great difficulty maintaining a Christian stance.
In its June 29, 2015 article, Meet The Evangelicals Who Cheered The SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling, The Huffington Post reported:
Evangelicals are the largest religious group in America, making up 25.4 percent of the country, according to The Pew Research Center. They have been relatively slow to support same-sex marriage compared to members of other religious traditions. But that doesn’t mean their views haven’t changed — about 27 percent of white evangelical Protestants support same-sex marriage in 2015, compared to 11 percent in 2004.
This change in tone towards LGBT people appears to be resonating the most with younger evangelicals. White evangelical millennials are much more accepting of LGBT couples than older generations. About 43 percent of white evangelical Protestants between ages 18 and 33 support same-sex marriage, compared to 19 percent of those who are 68 and older, according to a 2014 Public Religion Research Institute survey.
While homosexuality is only one of many sins, and while evangelicals conform to secular culture in a variety of ways, the increasing capitulation that professing Christians make to the LGBTQ community provides the most glaring evidence that evangelicals no longer take Scripture seriously. In most cases, they know someone who experiences same sex attractions, and a sense of misdirected compassion causes them to either find a different way to interpret Scripture or to outright ignore it. Actually, people respond to the Bible in these two ways with respect to a great many issues; homosexuality merely makes the rejection of Scripture’s authority more pronounced.
For most of my adult life, I have had deep friendships with evangelicals who struggled with same sex attraction, and I spent 12 years on staff with an ex-gay ministry. I’ve listened to truly heart-wrenching stories of feeling different at a young age, of desperately wanting to be attracted to someone of the opposite sex, and of begging God to remove their feelings. My heart broke for them. And when they turned back to the gay lifestyle (as many of them did), I hurt deeply even while I understood their frustration.
So please don’t assume that I lack compassion for gay people, or that I have no idea what they go through. I know more about homosexuality than you might think.
But I also know that the Bible condemns it. And I know that true compassion compels Bible-believing Christians to call it for what it is: one of many sins that Jesus can cleanse by His shed blood. Instead of rejecting God’s Word in a misguided effort to demonstrate compassion, we can show true compassion by naming it as a sin, and then pointing people to the cross.
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. 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. ~~1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV)