This week, there was a huge wave of backlash after Lauren Daigle came out in an interview and said she “can’t say one way or another” if Homosexuality is sin and that she doesn’t know because she knows and loves many people who identify as homosexual.
So the Christian community criticized her statements, saying that she should have clearly stated when asked that homosexuality is sin. BUT then, many other Christians came out against the critics and said that we shouldn’t criticize Lauren’s comments because she is a flawed person and we all make mistakes. Or something like that.
To be clear, I don’t care that Lauren appeared on the Ellen Show. I would have too in her position. Ellen is hilarious and I would love to form a friendship with her. What a great opportunity to share the gospel.
But let me just say: It is scary to me how many people have a problem coming out and saying “What this Christian celebrity said is WRONG, and here is why…” It is not as if we are saying Lauren is a bad person or that she had bad intentions or that she is ignorant. We just needed to set the record straight. Because like it or not, people like her represent us to the rest of the world. For people unfamiliar with Christianity, she may be the first face that pops to mind when they think of a Christian recording artist. It’s important that we are sending no mixed messages.
And that leads me to the meat of why I am writing this. The other reason is that if Christian leaders are not clear on Homosexuality as sin it cheapens the Christians struggle against sin, and the sacrifice that Jesus made for that sin. I have never personally struggled with the sin of homosexuality but I have walked with a few friends that have/do. Can you imagine how hard it is to fight this sin and this temptation when not only the world but the church is telling you: “It’s Ok, just give in. God doesn’t care.” Not to mention the spiritual warfare that is probably going on in the spiritual realm around them!
We have to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and help them walk through temptation. Can you imagine if you were a part of a small group focused on fighting the temptation to watch pornography or lust, and many Christian denominations began to accept pornography as a normal and natural part of life? What if you were told you were “brave” to be a porn addict in this world? Or that you were born a porn addict and there is nothing you can do about it? This constant message from the world and the church would surely tempt you to weaken your resolve against sin.
If you don’t believe homosexuality is a sin because of a different interpretation of Scripture and the Bible’s inerrancy than fine. You have a Biblical interpretation problem and we have an entirely different discussion to engage in. But if you believe the Bible is inerrant and infallible and you can’t clearly state homosexuality is sin, it is due to fear of man, not God.
This brings me to my second point from the statement above. Jesus died and paid for the sin of homosexuality. We have been bought with a price. That price was the precious blood of the Son of God. As Paul said;
[Rom 6:1-4 NASB] 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
And in John:
[1Jo 1:6-10 NASB] 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and [yet] walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
If we are Christians we are baptized into Christ’s death and raised to new life! How could we who have died to sin continue to willfully live in it? Similarly, in John, the apostle writes that of course we will have sin, because we still live in this world and we still struggle. But if we say we have fellowship with Him and live in a lifestyle of darkness, a willful practice of evil, we lie and we do not practice the truth. Verse 9 is key: If we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful to forgive us. What a glorious truth!!
Let me ask you something. If you do not acknowledge homosexuality as sin how can you confess that sin? How can you encourage others to confess it to God and receive His forgiveness and reconciliation when you can’t even confess it yourself? How can we appreciate the full scale of our wickedness and Christ’s redemption when we are willfully walking in a way contrary to His Word and His character? You see, I am not concerned with the fact that a Christian may struggle and occasionally give in to homosexual desires and temptations. The Bible tells us we are still going to struggle with sin. I myself, give in to many sinful temptations everyday. The problem is when we cannot recognize it as sin at all. This is different from being ignorant or blind to it. Our problem is that the world and the church are holding this sin up and are calling it a virtue rather than a vice.
Homosexuality is a sin that Jesus died to redeem us from, and so we know that the promises of God are on our side.
The promises of God are strong, and they can handle even our strongest temptations! Jesus himself was tempted in every way we were and found without sin so that He could purchase righteousness for us.
[Heb 4:15-16 NASB] 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as [we are, yet] without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Christian, don’t listen to the world, and their siren call toward the wide path. That way leads to destruction. Instead draw near to the throne of grace, where we all may find His help in our time of need. Whether it is facing persecution from coworkers, peers, or the government for our “bigoted” views, or struggling inwardly ourselves with homosexual desires, Jesus is faithful to us. We are not promised a trouble free life, but we can take heart in knowing the fact that Jesus has already overcome the world, and He is preparing for us an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading.
How silly we will look one day when we compare the mire of this world to the glories of life everlasting.
If you would like to reach out to me about this post, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to look up Scriptures that state clearly homosexuality is sin, you can find them in Romans chapter 1, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. Also the entire redemption story in the Bible is focused on the man (Jesus) and His bride (the church). Sooooo….
For more reading on this topic you can check out Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry or Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality by Nancy Pearson