"All that is good should also please us, always and everywhere and in every creature. We must protect and support goodness with solicitude, and resist boldly those who combat it."

- St. Thomas Aquinas
Becoming Fools

The great civil rights crisis of our time is the fate of unborn children being sacrificed to the idols of sensuality and convenience. But the world at large wants us to believe that the great civil rights crisis of our time revolves around homosexual rights and gay "marriage."

The truth of God has been exchanged for a lie, and the popular question of the day is now, "Did God really say?" We're told that thousands of years of biblical interpretation is wrong -- the church got it wrong. We're told that "one flesh" can and should constitute same gender relations; again, the argument goes, the church got it wrong. We're told that Paul had no framework for monogamous same-sex relationships -- and subsequently we have, supposedly, read Paul incorrectly.

The problem with the slide into acceptance of same-sex sexuality as "moral" is the fact that the church is by and large being asked to now heartily embrace sin rather than seeking holiness.

"Knowing that righteous judgement of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them" (Romans 1:32).

That's where we're supposed to go. That's the world's idea of a safe, palatable church.

If the universal church has been wrong on such a fundamental issue (marriage), then what else has the church been wrong on for 2,000 years? If the church can not plainly read, interpret, exegete, and live out the scriptures, what can she do with any authority?

It's like the elect are being deceived, as some on the fringes of evangelicalism begin to capitulate to the constant media message we've been receiving for decades now: there really is no such thing as sexual sin.

Professing to be wise, many of us have become fools (Romans 1:22).

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Comments on "Becoming Fools":
1. Brian - 04/23/2014 8:13 pm CDT

I guess you never went through ATS back in the day? I remember an entire class on dozens and dozens of issues that the Antioch movement currently rejects how certain churches "read, interpret, exegete, and live out the scriptures." They let women teach men, and interracial couples marry - something that mainline evangelical churches banned for hundreds of years!

You spend too much time reading Piper and his ignorant colleagues rantings on this issue. Go do a quick Google search on this issue - I just did. Every single Christian that I found that supported same sex marriage also took a pretty hardline stance against sexual sin.

But that is pretty much the regular operating mode of the Gospel Coalition: create strawman arguments about "the other side", and sit back in smugness as the straw man is chopped down. Yes, there are many that profess to be wise, but are becoming foolish. Make sure to get that own plank out of your eye, would ya?

Just quite slinging mud and judgments at those of us that want to have an honest conversation about how a word ("homosexual") that was invented in 1869 by Karl-Maria Kertbeny made its was back in time through hundreds of years of English and Latin and Greek to magically appear where the Greek word for male prostitute technically does. But who cares about honest conversations about what the Bible really says when the interpretative bias supports your own, eh?

And so what do you do with the leaders at Antioch that have believed in the idea of gay Christianity for longer than it was cool in the media? How were they pressured? How were they led astray and able to lead so many to Jesus at the same time?

2. Bird - 04/24/2014 11:09 am CDT

I guess you never went through ATS back in the day?

Never did. Wanted to, but never worked out. The doctrinal distinctions of the Antioch movement are within the boundaries of evangelical orthodoxy.

You spend too much time reading Piper and his ignorant colleagues rantings on this issue.

Ad hominem.

Every single Christian that I found that supported same sex marriage also took a pretty hardline stance against sexual sin.

I'd say that if they do not acknowledge that homosexual behavior is a sin, then they're not taking a hardline stance on sexual sin.

Make sure to get that own plank out of your eye, would ya?

And that plank is ... ?

And so what do you do with the leaders at Antioch that have believed in the idea of gay Christianity for longer than it was cool in the media?

What leaders are you referring to?

3. Tony - 04/24/2014 3:49 pm CDT

Brian, I'm not familiar with the Antioch movement (when I google, all sorts of ministries pop up), so I may be speaking out of turn here but it sounds to me that you are implying that since male prostitutes where accepted within the Antioch church ranks, this disqualifies Bird or anyone else for that matter from speaking out against homosexuality? Or were you offended that Bird didn't include the disclaimer (which has been clarified in previous comment threads about this topic) of heterosexual sin being just as bad as homosexual sin?

4. Flyaway - 04/24/2014 8:39 pm CDT

I'm so sad that Brian and others cannot see the truth:

John 12:40 "HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HE HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND PERCEIVE WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED AND I HEAL THEM"

Isaiah 44: 18 They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend.

5. dbd - 04/25/2014 4:41 pm CDT

What do people think about Flyaway's expression of sadness for those who, in John and Isaiah, God has chosen not to save?

Should you find a way to praise and rejoice in any choice God makes? Or is that a bridge too far? ("hyper-Calvinism"? is this what that term means?)

6. NHE - 04/26/2014 7:35 pm CDT

Bird knows that I'm not much for Christians beating the drum on social issues in blogs, but come on!

He simply has pointed out a very clear reality - gay rights (and not the killing of unborn children) is the civil rights issue of our day.

Though I'm certain that plunging more deeply into the reality of the gospel is the solution to sad realities like this (and not leading with politics or social issue agendas) Bird nonetheless is simply stating a sad truth.

Come Lord Jesus Come.

7. Brian (Inklingstar, not the one above) - 04/27/2014 12:13 pm CDT

Just quite slinging mud and judgments at those of us that want to have an honest conversation about how a word ("homosexual") that was invented in 1869 by Karl-Maria Kertbeny made its was back in time through hundreds of years of English and Latin and Greek to magically appear where the Greek word for male prostitute technically does. But who cares about honest conversations about what the Bible really says when the interpretative bias supports your own, eh?

I await evidence that the universal church thought that homosexual behavior was perfectly acceptable up through 1869...

8. Karl - 04/27/2014 2:03 pm CDT

I agree with Bird about the biblical boundaries for sexual activity. But I hope in your efforts to hold the line on sexual sin, you show better judgment and more love than this pastor did. The person who wrote this (not the girl it happened to, but the woman who knows her and who made this post on Facebook) is a childhood friend of mine, who is gay, married to her partner and a professing Christian whose faith on pretty much all but this one issue, would sound very evangelical:

"I am steaming mad tonight. A teenager we know, who recently found Christ, has been attending Opendoor Church In Burleson, Texas. The awesome news? She found Christ. GREATNESS! This kid is openly gay, and has had some consternation about both her sexuality and about attending this particular church, as you might imagine. But she loves being with her friends, and is growing spiritually, so she keeps going back.

"Today, she was volunteering at the men's breakfast. The pastor (who obviously didn't know his audience), said he wanted to talk about gay people. He went on to imitate deep voices in his way to make fun of lesbians. He made fun of gay people's clothing too. He told the attendees that they shouldn't have their kids or family around gay people because it would seep into their lives and rub off on them. He called gay people diseased. He then said he wished he could talk about this from the pulpit every single time the doors were opened, but that he knew the parishioners wouldn't like that. But that didn't stop him at the men's breakfast. On and on he went. Getting laughs and cheers from the men in the church--all while making fun of gay people.

"This teenager we know? Well she left the room. Bawling crying. The youth leaders came after her. The male youth leader told her this is an abomination, and that if she spent time with the pastor, she'd love God more.

"I find it so ironic that this church is called Open Door. Open to whom?

"If you're a Christian, and you happen to fall into the camp where you believe that being gay is actually a sin, would you do me a favor? Would you be super mindful to abstain from making fun of gay people. I totally support people having different beliefs, but at the end of the day, Jesus called us to love one another. Making fun of someone is not loving them. What would Jesus do? Not what this pastor did. That's for sure.

9. Flyaway - 04/27/2014 7:53 pm CDT

Karl--this is shocking that a pastor would be full of so much hate and so little compassion. "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

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