Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship church and president of The Urban Alternative, recently shared his perspective on why the issue of homosexuality is unavoidable in today’s cultural climate, and explained why he believes Christians cannot afford to remain silent or compromise on “God’s standard about sexuality and the family.”
Pastor Evans, known for his popular books and teachings on how a “kingdom agenda” impacts men, women, families, and society, founded the 10,000-member OCBF in 1976 with wife and ministry partner, Dr. Lois Evans.
Read the transcript of CP’s interview with the Dallas, Texas, pastor and bestselling author, or watch the discussion in the video player below.
CP: The issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage seems unavoidable nowadays. Why do you think that is?
Evans: “I think this issue has taken a dominant position in the Church and in the culture because it does infringe on the re-definition of the family. With that redefinition, it’s weighted heavier in terms of its implications both for, not only the family, but then how the Church functions in light of it, and how the Church interacts with the culture in light of it. It seems to have a much greater potential impact than other sins, and that’s why it gets the dominant attention it’s receiving.
CP: What’s your response to critics who say Christians that harp on homosexuality are being hypocritical by appearing cold on other issues, like divorce and adultery?
Evans: I would say to a degree that they are correct. The Bible is clear that sex outside of marriage is sin no matter what the context is, other than the male-female marital relationship. So to skip that and just harp on this one sin, they’re absolutely correct. But, they’re incorrect when they make the repercussions equal. Because the repercussions, or consequences of homosexual sin that leads to homosexual marriage and thus the redefinition of the family, that consequence is greater. While all are sin that’s outside of marriage, all don’t necessarily carry the same consequence, and making that distinction I think helps to deal with the issue a little more pragmatically.
CP: When you speak of “consequences,” are you speaking in terms of everyday life and how we are affected in society and culture, or in terms of how God judges those sins?
Evans: It can be how God judges the sin. For example, there are illnesses and diseases that are more poignantly connected to homosexuality than typically heterosexual relationships, although there can be consequences there, too. We have to leave that with God, because God determines the consequences, we don’t. At the same time, we have to recognize that there are consequences and from our pulpits, proclaim that and proclaim that consistently, not just with this sin but with any sin that violates God’s standard, with the goal of bringing that person out of the sin and into a proper standing with God.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post