A week ago, Beth Moore made a comment during her TBN program, Staying Afloat on the Fellow Ship — Part 4, that subtly offers a clue that she leans toward the idea of homosexual attractions being morally neutral unless they result in sexual activity. I don’t choose to put the actual video in this article (lest it distract you from my main point), but you can watch it here, beginning at the 15.27 mark.
Elizabeth Prata wrote an excellent analysis of the clip in her essay yesterday, which I will also feature on this week’s Saturday Sampler. Elizabeth decoded Moore’s handy Social Justice buzz words to help clarify that Moore indeed walks in the Gay Christian mindset.
Of course, she’s still vague enough to appease her more conservative followers, just as one familiar with how she operates would expect. But I agree that Moore has departed from the Biblical stand that desires for homosexual liaisons, just like immoral heterosexual desires, must be put to death.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. ~~Colossians 3:5-7 (ESV)
As a married woman, for example, I have no right to entertain any thoughts or attractions to any man but John. If I become widowed, God will expect me to continue putting such thoughts or attractions to death unless a Christian man pursues me (which is highly unlikely given my age and disability). Such obedience is not a noble sacrifice. It’s not a sacrifice at all! The Lord expects purity from His children.
Why, then, should same sex attracted people receive particular admiration and applause simply for being celibate? I remained a virgin for almost 49 years before I married, and I never believed I did anything beyond the call of duty.
Beth Moore’s gushing commendation of so-called Gay Christians who make the “sacrifice” of remaining celibate should call Bible-believing Christians to reexamine our own attitudes toward whatever pet sin we are tempted to coddle. Perhaps we delude ourselves into believing that we please God by limiting our attractions to mere fantasy, ignoring Matthew 5:27-30, but Scripture doesn’t allow any such compromise. We can affirm neither our own sinful desires nor the sinful desires of people with homosexual attractions.
It’s one thing to actively struggle against sinful desires, as Paul did in Romans 7. But make the necessary distinction: struggling against sinful desires negates the possibility of having those desires as long as we don’t physically act on them. Beth Moore’s compromising remarks mustn’t encourage us to soften our position on homosexuality. Instead, they should strengthen our resolve to put our sins to death.