Currently, false converts are “leaving” the faith over the issue of homosexuality. Many claim to still be Christians, but a few have been honest enough to admit that they no longer believe the Bible. Either way, they reject time-honored Christian teaching in order to practice or support this one particular sin.
Having known many friends who experienced same sex attractions, I really do know that nobody deliberately chooses homosexuality. During my 12 years as a correspondence counselor for an ex-gay ministry, I wrote to hundreds of men and women who struggled with desires that they didn’t want. So, before you accuse me of being a heartless bigot, understand that I actually realize some (and possibly a lot) of what LBGTQ people go through.
But I also know that every Christian struggles with at least one sin that seems intrinsic to his or her very being. In my case, it’s anger. Try as I may to twist Scripture into qualifying my anger as “righteous indignation,” God’s Word relentlessly convicts me that it’s really nothing more than selfish pride.
Now, I could leave the Lord in favor of my sin of anger, either by manipulating Scripture to justify it or by turning my back on Christianity outright. I’ve considered both options at various points in my life, if you want to know the truth. Repentance seemed too difficult, and humility didn’t appeal to me at all.
Other pet sins in my life have also tempted me to part ways with Christ, either by returning to a liberal denomination or by chucking Him altogether. Usually the latter. But, like the Twelve when Jesus asked if they wanted to join the crowds who left Him, I had one answer:
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” ~~John 6:68-69 (ESV)
I know denying homosexual urges is hard and painful. And I know from first hand experience that standing by Scripture’s teaching that homosexuality is sinful causes pain. As Western culture grows increasingly intolerant of Christians who stand against homosexuality, I expect that I’ll experience even greater hardship for failing to adjust my theology to LBGTQ demands.
LBGTQ issues have already exposed many false converts. These false converts would rather compromise or reject God’s holy Word than resist illicit sexual temptation or cultural pressure. Although I understand their predicament, however, I must remember Who has the words of eternal life. He is the One I must follow.