Welcome to episode #27 of The Theology on Homosexuality podcast and the Torch Leadership Foundation Institute’s “Hill, Lutzer, McKissic Lecture Series.” This Lecture Series is in honor of E.V. Hill, Erwin Lutzer, and Dwight McKissic for standing for God, truth and righteousness down through the years without compromise. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast was created primarily to inform the Christian church about why it must stand against homosexuality, homosexual marriage, homosexual parenting, and the homosexual agenda. The biblical portrait of marriage, family and sexuality has sadly come under attack in our society and it is time for the church to stand up and to educate our culture about the dangers of same-sex marriage and the same-sex agenda while at the same time to promote God’s idea of marriage between one man and one woman, God’s view of the family structure, and God’s view of sexuality as being permissible and pleasurable within the safety and sanctity of marriage. The normalization of homosexuality and everything that pertains to it is probably the greatest danger facing our world today. Thus, it is imperative that the body of Christ choose to stop ignoring this prevailing issue and stand up for what God says on this matter before it completely destroys our country. This podcast is designed to equip pastors, church leaders, and Christians everywhere to take a firm stand for God against homosexuality and the homosexual agenda, in the spirit of love, grace and truth, so that we will not be responsible for allowing this nation to implode on our watch.
Our Theology on Homosexuality passage from the Word of God today is Romans 1:26-28. It reads, “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient…”
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this passage from the “Bible Knowledge Commentary” by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck:
Also God gave them over to shameful lusts (literally, “passions of disgrace”). This involved, as the text states, both sexes engaging in homosexual instead of heterosexual relationships. Women deliberately exchanged natural relations (with men in marriage) for unnatural ones (with other women). This is the second “exchange” the unregenerate made.
The words translated women and men in these verses are the sexual words “females” and “males.” Contemporary homosexuals insist that these verses mean that it is perverse for a heterosexual male or female to engage in homosexual relations but it is not perverse for a homosexual male or female to do so since homosexuality is such a person’s natural preference. This is strained exegesis unsupported by the Bible. The only natural sexual relationship the Bible recognizes is a heterosexual one within marriage. All homosexual relations constitute sexual perversion and are subject to God’s judgment. Such lustful and indecent acts have within them the seeds of punishment (due penalty).
Our Theology on Homosexuality quotes today are from Dwight McKissic and Chuck Colson:
Dwight McKissic said, “A Brooklyn Dodgers coach was fired during the Jackie Robinson Era because the Catholic Church was unified in refusing to buy season tickets to support a team where the head coach was openly and unashamedly promiscuous. Look how far we have fallen morally that a player can announce that he is gay, and a Baptist preacher comes to his side to support his gay lifestyle!”
Chuck Colson said, “We ignore the complete cultural implications of our faith. And then we’re shocked by the state of the culture.”
Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “We Must Resist the Pressure” part 5 from “The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Need to Know About What’s Really at Stake” by pastor Erwin Lutzer. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you appreciate this podcast and lecture series, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Need to Know About What’s Really at Stake.” It is available on our website, TorchLeadershipFoundation.com, for just $20.
Dr. Erwin Lutzer continues with the following…
[The seventh argument that the homosexual community proposes is] “LOOK AT THE DIVORCE RATE”
Over and over again, I’ve heard evangelical Christians say, “Who are we to talk with all the divorces among us? Why should we deny gays marriage? After all, we aren’t doing that great.” So, given the high divorce rate, should we give homosexuals an opportunity where we have failed?
Any thought that homosexual couples will give children a more stable environment is quickly contradicted by the facts. Although lesbians have shown the ability to form long-term relationships, male homosexuals have a notorious track record for a multitude of sexual partners. Charles Purdy, writer for a gay website, proclaims, “For many gay men, the word ‘monogamy’ is about as appealing as the word ‘gonorrhea.’ Research has shown that among gay couples who’ve been together for more than five years, sexually exclusive couples are a minority.” Though this statement seems to imply that just fewer than 50 percent of long-term gay couples are monogamous, the research actually shows that the number of monogamous gay couples is almost negligible.
A large survey of gay men taken in San Francisco during the height of the gay movement of the pre-AIDS ‘70s showed that only 10 percent of the respondents could be classified as existing in “close-coupled” relationships, and these relationships could only be characterized as “relatively monogamous” or “relatively less promiscuous.” Only 17 percent reported having less than fifty sexual partners.
We might think that the situation has changed since then, but recent studies consistently show gay monogamy rates in “committed relationships” to be less than 30 percent, with many reporting numbers as low as 5 or even 0 percent monogamy, even among “committed” partners. The authors of one report, themselves a gay couple, argued that for male couples, sexual monogamy is a passing stage of “internalized homophobia,” and that many homosexual males distinguish between emotional fidelity and sexual exclusivity. Emotional and not physical faithfulness matters. In other words, they are free to have other sexual partners as long as they are not emotionally attached to them.
The Handbook of Family Diversity reported a study in which many self-described monogamous homosexual couples reported an average of three to five partners in the past year. One study showed that most homosexual men understood sexual relations outside the relationship to be the norm and viewed adopting a monogamous standard as an act of oppression. One gay man, writing on Salon.com, states the issue quite plainly: “There are two lines of thought when it comes to allowing gay men to marry: Marriage will change us, making us more monogamous, or we will change marriage, making it less monogamous.” It seems the latter is more often the case. And note once again the emphasis on changing the foundations of marriage.
While the rate of fidelity within married couples is far from ideal, several studies report that an average of 82 percent of spouses claim to have remained faithful to their commitment. Yes, to our shame, many heterosexual marriages have failed. We as a church have stood by watching families torn asunder. And yet, there is no reason to believe that homosexual couples will give our children a more stable environment. Perhaps I can put it this way: To say that we should condone gay marriage because of the failure of heterosexual marriages is like saying we should give counterfeit money a chance since the real money, “traditional money,” is often devalued because of inflation.
We began this chapter with the comments of two lesbians who insisted that they knew that God wanted them to be together. Parents of such children must listen to their reasoning and their heartfelt pleas to be heard. Compassion, communication, and care must always be exercised in these situations. A judgmental, uncaring attitude has driven countless people deeper into homosexual patterns and behavior. Few groups in society have faced as much condemnation from the church as homosexuals have. We all know that Christ came into the world to save sinners, but often the impression is given that homosexuals are excluded from His love and grace. Such a gospel is unworthy of the name!
Yet we must confess that nowhere are we so willingly deceived as in the matter of sexuality, regardless of whether we are homosexual or heterosexual. I think of the men I’ve known who have convinced themselves that they should leave their wives and be with another woman because they had met their “soul mate.” The Bible and plain reason are set aside in the selfish interests of the relationship of the moment. Then they appeal to God’s love to sanctify a sinful relationship.
The problem in our culture is that we begin with our experience and use it as a basis to interpret reality. We think, “I’m having this experience and enjoying it, so God in particular and society as a whole had better get used to it and fit in around with what I’m doing.” When Paul speaks of God’s displeasure regarding sexual sin, he often uses the word deceived, or something to that effect, because he knows that the human mind is capable of rationalizing anything the human heart wants to do. Nowhere is this longing to rationalize more pronounced than when justifying an immoral relationship. I’ve taken the liberty to emphasize words or phrases in the verses below so Paul’s warnings can be more clearly seen.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7–-8).
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them (Ephesians 5:5–7).
Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9–10).
We must resist the pressure to accept the arguments made for same-sex marriages heard daily on television and read in the newspapers. We must carefully expose the disinformation that has become so much a part of this debate. In fact, we as a church must become involved in the struggle to keep marriage according to God’s intended program.
To this task we now turn.
Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, my friend, may God bless you and keep you!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.