LISTEN: When the Chickens Come Home to Roost Down at the Bishop’s House (BCNN1’s The Gospel According to Greenleaf Episode #24)

Welcome to BCNN1’s The Gospel According to Greenleaf Episode #24. This episode is titled, When the Chickens Come Home to Roost Down at the Bishop’s House

Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

In the latest episode of Greenleaf, titled “The Father’s Will,” some major secrets about Lady Mae and her adulterous relationship with a certain Bishop Jeffries came to light. When Bishop Jeffries comes to town to deal with a situation regarding his son, Aaron, it is revealed more clearly that Bishop Jeffries and Lady Mae Greenleaf were in an adulterous relationship, and that she even contemplated leaving her husband, Bishop Greenleaf, for him. At the end of the episode, she is angry, not because the truth has come back to slap her in the face after all these years, but because she is just now finding out that she was only one of several women Bishop Jeffries was involved with outside of his marriage.

But Bishop Jeffries didn’t come for all that at first. (And this goes to show you how things get messy, complicated, and convoluted when sin is not confessed and dealt with.) Bishop Jeffries had originally come to town to talk to his son Aaron — only to find, upon arriving at his son’s apartment, that he is involved with another man — Bishop Greenleaf’s former son-in-law. He is shocked to find out that his son is a homosexual and he enlists Bishop Greenleaf to help him convince his son to “try to change.”

So, what should be done when the bishop’s son turns out to be a homosexual?

1. The bishop should acknowledge his own sin. He shouldn’t act as if he is suddenly the innocent, righteous one who has never done anything wrong. Sometimes, we act disgusted over someone else’s sin but not our own sins. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” In God’s Eyes, no sinner is more innocent or more guilty than any other.

2. The bishop should stick with what the Bible says about homosexuality — that it is an “abomination.” It is easy to quote the Bible when it is someone else’s child, but when it is your child, some will be tempted to start talking about accepting people as they are. God does not accept us as we are. That’s why He sent Jesus — because we were not acceptable to Him. God doesn’t change the Bible for anyone; and the preacher should not start compromising just because his child is the one who is committing the abomination of homosexuality. He should condemn it as he always has.

3. The bishop doesn’t have to hate his child, but if the child, as an adult, is unwilling to repent, he needs to tell him that he immediately needs to find another place to stay today, not tomorrow, and he should immediately remove him from church membership.

4. The bishop should deal with his child just as he would deal with any other church member committing the sin of homosexuality. He should explain what the Bible says about this sin, and remind the child that, as a saved person, he has the power of the Holy Spirit to help him fight the temptation. However, he or she must choose to fight it. Even though fornication and adultery between a man and a woman is quite different to homosexual sins between a man and a man and a woman and a woman. Sexual temptation is really no different than any other temptation. Just because our flesh wants to do it, that doesn’t mean we have to do it.

5. Depending on the circumstances, the bishop should consider resigning. First Timothy 3:4-5 says a bishop must “rule well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)” This is a matter for the pastor to take up with the church elders. A child turning out to be a homosexual may or may not be a reflection on the parenting of the bishop. They should pray and seek the Lord’s guidance in this matter. But something is wrong somewhere.

A long time ago, someone asked me, if homosexuality was wrong. I said, “yes, homosexuality is not only wrong it is a grievous sin and an abomination against God because it is Satan’s attempt to try to turn God’s world on it’s head.” I told them that a lot of what is happening today is that the chickens are coming home to roost because of parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents who have committed adultery and fornication and had children out of wedlock and committing other sins and atrocities that are unconfessed for generations. Now, those sins and the consequences of those sins are showing up in our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and like cancer sin has a way of mutating and metastasizing. Always remember when you sow a seed of evil you are not just going to get one fruit you are going to get bushels and bushels of fruit over and over again, and it will all be bad fruit. Exodus 34:7 says that God will “visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” This does not mean that the children are not responsible for their own behavior. What it does mean is that when one person opened up the door to sin in the past, they had no control over how the consequences of that sin will play out in their life and in the lives of their children and grandchildren. Just as parents pass along good traits to their children, they also pass along bad traits and a predisposition for their own sins and weaknesses. If this influence is not checked early on, it will only get worse and worse with time. Your sin will find you out.

We see this demonstrated effectively in Greenleaf. No one would deny that the Greenleaf family would be much better off if they hadn’t kept so many secrets from each other. The children and grandchildren could have been warned early on about what their weaknesses, sins, and proclivities would be and they would not have been waylaid by sin, pain, and calamity.

Let’s Pray

In closing, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can be forgiven of your wicked sins of the past no matter how dark, God is available to hear your prayer of confession and to hear you ask to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin which is eternal hell and separation from God. And you can begin a light-filled relationship with God Almighty today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s laws. You have done some bad things. You have broken the commandments of God. So have I. And so has the Pope. 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…” We die physically because of sin and we go to hell to burn forever, to be tormented forever because of our sin. God does not put us into hell; we put ourselves into hell because of our sin.

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ, the loving Lord of glory, preached more on hell than anybody in the Bible. He preached more on hell than he did about Heaven. He 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.”

Now that is bad news, and I know most people do not want to hear any bad news. But you have to hear the bad news because the good news is good news because there is bad 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. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world, your sins and mine. And all we have to do is trust Him and believe that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you and me so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

And please believe these words found in Romans 10:9 & 13: “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Saved from what? Saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell.

If you believe in your heart on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer and mean it from your heart: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life — even some of the sins being brought out in this show called Greenleaf. I am sorry for my sins, and today, please have mercy upon me a sinner. I believe with all of my heart that You died for me, was buried, and rose again. Now, Lord I pray that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins and to follow You for the rest of my life for Your glory, praise, and honor, and, from this point on, to be the shining light that You want me to be. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, and for His sake, Amen.

Beloved friend, if you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read my pamphlet titled, “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, my beloved, may God bless you and keep you. We look forward to seeing you for the next Gospel According to Greenleaf podcast.