Welcome to episode #28 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 Leviticus 20:13. It reads, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this passage from the “David Guzik Commentary on the Bible”:
Though God here commanded the death penalty for homosexual practice (under the guidelines of evidence in a capital case as described in Deuteronomy 17:6-7), we should note this was not a more severe punishment than what was commanded for adultery or incest. Homosexuality is sin, but sin in the same sense other sexual sins are.
Our Theology on Homosexuality quotes today are from Dwight McKissic and Chuck Colson:
Dwight McKissic said, ‘You may ask, “What about all of the fornicators and adulterers [in the church]?” You are right: Fornicators and adulterers are equally as wrong. But in the words of the late Dr. E.V. Hill—“at least that’s natural.” We all have sinned. And I say of myself as Paul said of himself, “I am the chief of all sinners.” Every church and pulpit in America is comprised of sinners. But must we go down the slippery slope and affirm those who engage in unnatural, deviant, and dis-unifying behavior?’
Chuck Colson said, “The answer immediately becomes obvious, because we see the question in the right context. People do have a choice whether or not to have sex outside of marriage, just as they have a choice whether to worship false gods, steal, murder, lie, etc. In fact, this is the only reason God can hold us accountable for our actions. No one forces us to commit them—we choose them freely. In the same way, the Bible condemns homosexual behavior because it is a choice, one which falls grievously short of God’s design for human sexuality.”
Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “We Must Act Now” part 1 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…
WHILE THE WORD marriage is being redefined, we as a Christian community seem to be asleep, perhaps believing there is not much we can do, given the moral climate of our times. The simple fact is that if we are not salt and light now, we never will be.
But where do we begin?
We have to reopen the question of our responsibility as a church to the wider culture. Should we retreat to our Bible studies, or should we try to influence the present debate, and if so, how shall we do it?
State by state, we are slowly losing the battle to prevent same-sex marriages. There is little doubt that today’s culture, opinion polls notwithstanding, is willing to “live and let live” without any concern about the wider implications. In the midst of this, we must recover the notion of the church as a force for renewal rather than simply the agent of bitter confrontation. We must fight the war of values without compromising the only message that can change the hearts of men. If not, we are offering a temporary solution to what is in fact an eternal problem.
In ancient Rome, when the church was young and emperor worship was required of the citizenry at the pain of death, Christians understood that by calling Jesus Lord, they were entering the political world of their time. They could not afford to make a neat separation between their individual faith and their “public political philosophy.” To refuse to deify Caesar was not just a religious question, but a political one as well. The Christian faith, rightly lived, has always collided with politics and popular culture.
After the 1925 Scopes trial, Christian fundamentalism retreated from meaningful involvement in our culture. The fundamentalist-modernist controversies made true believers withdraw, causing a separation between faith and the values of society. This vacuum created a popular moral and spiritual climate where values could be freely rewritten to conform to the irreligious spirit of the age. Christianity was still respected but also largely ignored. Christians formed a subculture that remained hidden to all except those who took the time to seek it out.
This retreat from meaningful involvement with the culture precipitated the erosion of values from the mainstream of America’s social and political life. Obviously the Christian faith, isolated as it was, was not a threat to the gradual disintegration of the culture. The prevailing doctrine of separation from the world cut the church off from meaningful dialogue and influence with the world.
But we are learning that it is foolish to say that we can be wholly devoted to Jesus Christ in the private sphere but we must not disturb the status quo in the public sphere. We must even be involved when our world becomes intolerant of common sense.
We must work both within the church and outside of it to influence the debate.
OUR RESPONSIBILITY WITHIN THE CHURCH
As much as we might wish, there is no quick fix to stop the march toward same-sex marriages. But we can have an impact. We must think long-term, beginning with efforts that may not have immediate payoff but will yield great results in the future. Also, there are some things we can do outside the church that will have an eternal impact in the lives of many—and eventually change our cultural consensus toward a biblical worldview.
LET’S STRENGTHEN OUR FAMILIES
For starters, let’s begin with our own families. The statistics on divorce within the evangelical community are cause for repentance and shame. Christians, having drunk deeply from the cup of modernity, have opted for an escape clause in their marriage vows. Let us humbly confess that we have not modeled the virtues and values of family life for all the world to see.
The fact that divorce continues rampant despite a spate of books on love, marriage, and the family, is a poignant reminder that our battle is not one of information, but transformation. Unless the heart is changed by the power of the gospel, we will never be the witness we should be to the world around us. We must be reminded that we can only move forward on our knees and in repentance and faith.
A few simple questions: Do we have adequate premarital and marital counseling in our churches, or are we willing to marry any two people as long as they claim to “love each other”? We as a church should not be in the business of marrying people, but rather in the business of establishing Christian marriages and Christian homes. When gays point to the statistics on divorce among heterosexuals, they make a telling point that we cannot ignore.
Second, we must lead the way in adoption. Yes, it is easy to criticize the decision of homosexual couples to adopt a child; but Christian couples should be the first to step to the plate to adopt the precious children who deserve a mother and a father. Here, perhaps more than in any other matter, we need to put our actions where our mouths are. Consider, for example, the previously mentioned Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale and One Heart Family Ministries in St. Louis. Their involvement in adoption and foster care are inspiring models.
Third, we must carefully nurture and protect our young people. Studies have shown that a child who reaches puberty can either become a homosexual or heterosexual depending on environmental factors. Roger, a homosexual prostitute who converted to Christ and was later married told me, “I was introduced to homosexuality by a man across the street when I was about six years old. I both hated it and loved it; at last I had a man to turn to. Then when I reached the teen years, I just assumed I was gay and opted for the lifestyle.” His story is one that can be repeated thousands of times.
We must stand against modern sex education curricula that suggest that young people “explore” their sexuality. I shall not enter into the debate about private vs. public schools except to say that parents must, at all costs, protect their children from those courses that will introduce their children to pornography under the guise of sex education and information that will encourage them to become sexually active. If we allow educators to “sexualize” our children, we lose our future. Worse, we have failed at the very point at which God holds us most responsible.
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.