SBC President J.D. Greear Lists Three Ways American Churches ‘Go Wrong’ When Discussing Homosexuality

J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., said Southern Baptists must be willing to do whatever it takes to reach all people, during his president’s address June 11 during the morning session of the two-day SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala. | Kathleen Murray

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear recently described three ways that American churches “go wrong” when talking about the issue of homosexuality.

In a Wednesday entry on his website, Greear put forth three ways that he believed Christians “go wrong when discussing homosexuality.”

First, Christians go wrong when they think that “God doesn’t care about our sexuality.”

“He does care. The biblical depiction of sexuality hangs on much more than these passages, but the relevant passages directly addressing homosexuality are Genesis 19:1–11, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, Romans 1:26–27, 1 Timothy 1:10, and 1 Corinthians 6:9b–10,” explained Greear.

“Possessing a desire innately just shows us that we have corrupt hearts and we need to be born again. The gospel message is not ‘Let the gay become straight’ but ‘Let the dead—and that’s all of us—become alive.’”

The next point the SBC president made was that Christians go wrong when they think that “same-sex behavior is a fundamentally different type of sin.”

“In Romans 1, Paul lists same-sex behavior as one corruption among many. We may not think of deceit, boasting, greed, or a rebellious attitude toward parents as equally depraved as same-sex behavior. But if you look at Paul’s list, they are,” continued Greear.

“We only grasp the gospel when we understand, as Paul did, that we are the worst sinner we know (1 Timothy 1:15), and that if Jesus came to die for us, there is no one that he would not die for.”

Finally, Greear wrote that Christians go wrong when they think that it is “hard for LGBT people to get to heaven,” adding that “Homosexuality does not send you to hell.”

“I know that because being heterosexual doesn’t send you to heaven. What sends you to hell is refusing to allow Jesus to be the Lord and center of your life, regardless of how that manifests,” he stated.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski