Welcome to episode #29 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 1:27 which reads, “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.”
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this passage from “Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible”:
To what were they given up? To uncleanness and vile affections. Those that would not entertain the more pure and refined notices of natural light, which tend to preserve the honour of God, justly forfeited those more gross and palpable sentiments which preserve the honour of human nature. Man being in honour, and refusing to understand the God that made him, thus becomes worse than the beasts that perish. Thus one, by the divine permission, becomes the punishment of another but it is (as it said here) through the lusts of their own hearts — there all the fault is to be laid.
Those who dishonoured God were given up to dishonour themselves. A man cannot be delivered up to a greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts. Such are given over, like the Egyptians, into the hand of a cruel lord. The particular instances of their uncleanness and vile affections are their unnatural lusts, for which many of the heathen were infamous, against the plainest and most obvious dictates of natural light.
The crying iniquity of Sodom and Gomorrah, for which God rained hell from heaven upon them, became not only commonly practised, but avowed, in the pagan nations. Perhaps the apostle especially refers to the abominations that were committed in the worship of their idol-gods, in which the worst of uncleannesses were prescribed for the honour of their gods.
See what wickedness there is in the nature of man. How abominable and filthy is man! Lord, what is man? says David. What a vile creature is he when left to himself! How much are we beholden to the restraining grace of God for the preserving of the honour and decency of the human nature! For, were it not for this, man, who was made but little lower than the angels, would make himself a great deal lower than the devils. This is said to be that recompence of their error which was meet. The Judge of all the earth does right, and observes a meetness between the sin and the punishment of it.
Our Theology on Homosexuality quotes today are from Dwight McKissic and Chuck Colson:
Dwight McKissic said, “We are commanded to ‘earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.’ God said that His Word is forever settled in Heaven. Therefore, His Word on the subject of homosexuality is not going to change, neither will Kingdom-citizens.”
Chuck Colson said, “Should we criticize people who do not choose who they are? My answer is no. We are all born sinners who fall to temptation and desperately need God’s grace to overcome our weaknesses and lusts—whether gay or straight. Feeling tempted is not a sin, and we should never judge those who experience same-sex attractions. But yielding to temptation is a sin. Unlike our need to breathe, though, our urges to sin are not irresistible. With God’s grace it is possible for anyone (even a homosexual) to resist and overcome them. That is why Paul lists homosexuals among the sinners transformed by the gospel at the very beginning of Christianity.”
Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “We Must Act Now” part 2 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…
LET’S CELEBRATE SINGLENESS
We must realize that some of our young people think they might be gay because of sexual feelings for members of the same sex—some say that 25 percent of young boys question their sexuality at some point. The statistic may be debatable, but the point is that some boys experience confusion and doubt about their feelings of sexual attraction. A boy might realize that he is different from other boys; he might cry more easily, be less athletic, and have an artistic temperament, provoking teasing from his peers. Unfortunately, given our pro-homosexual culture, such a young man will be encouraged to “experiment” and follow that lifestyle. This is dangerous in the extreme. If he begins such experimentation with a member of the same sex, he will overcome his reluctance to have these unnatural relationships. He will wrongly think he is gay and most likely pursue that lifestyle. The secrecy of it all not only plagues his conscience but fuels his desire.
In its strong condemnation of homosexuality, the church has failed to teach parents that children must not only be reared but also understood. There is nothing wrong with a boy being effeminate; this, however, is not an indication that he was born a homosexual. The homosexual desires themselves are the result of environmental factors and a culture that insists that everyone has to be sexually active and “discover their gender.” It might well be that such a young person will also be attracted to the opposite sex and discover that the struggles of puberty are a passing phase.
However, as is the case with many individuals who are only attracted to the opposite sex, he might also have a special calling to singleness whereby he will serve the Lord.
When the disciples were overwhelmed with the level of commitment Jesus expected for marriage partners, they suggested that perhaps it was best if people not marry. And Jesus made this statement, “For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it”. A eunuch is generally defined as a castrated male who could be entrusted with a harem or a household. Jesus said that some are made that way by men; others, he says renounce marriage for the sake of the kingdom. But there is a first category: those who were “born that way.” They are not called to marriage and family, regardless of which gender they are attracted to. God has other things in mind.
It is not too strong to say that we have made an idol of marriage. Singles are often asked, “Well, why aren’t you married?” with the clear implication that there just might be something wrong with them and their singleness. We must stand against this insistence that marriage, with its sexual pleasures along with parental responsibilities, is best for everyone. We must realize that God Himself might have a calling for those who are single, either by necessity or by choice. We must celebrate singleness.
LET’S REPENT OF OUR ATTITUDE
I’ve already said enough in this book about the need to minister to homosexuals without a spirit of judgmentalism or finger-pointing. I cannot stress too strongly that we must not view homosexuality as a sin that is divorced from our own sins within the church—adultery, greed, gossip, and pornography, to name a few. Ed Dobson (no relation to James Dobson), former pastor of a large church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, received criticism when his church launched an outreach to gays several years ago. Some feared the church might be “overrun” with gays.
Ed Dobson countered, “If the church gets overrun with homosexuals, that will be terrific. They can take their place in the pews right next to the liars, gossips, materialists, and all the rest of us who entertain sin in our lives.” He concludes by saying, “When I die, if someone stands up and says ‘Ed Dobson loved homosexuals’ then I will have accomplished something with my life.” No wonder homosexuals came to his church even though they knew that he did not approve of their lifestyle.
If all that we have to offer the world is a message of judgment, we can understand why we will have lost the ear of those who need to hear us the most. I suspect that not many have left the gay lifestyle because they have heard a message condemning homosexuality. But many have left their life of homosexuality because of a message of hope, grace, and patience.
The world is intolerant of hypocrites—those who condemn others for doing what they themselves do in secret. Credibility with our neighbors and friends can best be nurtured through a spirit of openness, admitting our own struggles and shortcomings. If you want to find a bridge to witness of Christ to your neighbors, share some of your failures with them. They will be quite pleased to know that you, as a Christian, are not exempt from the failings common to man.
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.