Soulforce – a pro-homosexual organization – is visiting the pastors of megachurches in the United States just to talk and come to understand each other. They are targeting ones we all know – Eddie Long in Atlanta, Joel Osteen in Houston, Bill Hybels – Chicago area, T.D. Jakes in Dallas, Harry Jackson’s Church in Beltsville, Md., and last but not least Rick Warren at Saddleback in California. Big names.
The report states that they have been favourably received. In fact, one meeting with one of these pastors was described as “wonderful”. One leader of Soulforce is quoted as saying (after a visit with Eddie Long in Atlanta), “He doesn’t believe that he’s right or they’re wrong … he respects everyone’s beliefs.”
There are a number of problems with these meetings.
1> As the article states and I agree, they are simply looking for meetings to gain more prominence. They are not out to understand the Christian message as we believe it. The evangelical Church years ago made it clear what we believe the Bible states about homosexual behaviour – it is a sin and not an alternative lifestyle. So, why the meeting? To find out they they are great people, creative and sensitive. And, they nusually are – but they are sinners pushing a life-style that is anti-Christian and anti-Bible. Never forget that.
2> We could meet with them as we would any person deeply entrenched in sin to talk with them and allow the Holy Spirit opportunity to convict them of their sin. We don’t meet with them so we can understand each other. What is there to understand – sin is sin, the Bible is the Bible. I know that appears narrow-minded and biased. And I plead guilt to both charges. But, I am right according to the Bible and that is the only standard by which to live one’s life.
3> If it was to come to some sort of mutual understand about this issue then the meetings should never have taken place. My Bible states in John’s Gospel that “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend (understand) it” (John 1:5)
If it is a feel good meeting as it appears to be from the article – I have great trouble with that as well. 1 John states that those who walk in the light do not and cannot fellowship with those who walk in darkness. (1 John 1:6)
4> Going back to Eddie Long’s comment – I believe we can respect everyone’s right to hold different beliefs than the ones we hold as Bible believers. However, we should never walk away from a meeting being able to say that “we respect” these beliefs. Nor should a sinner walk away from a meeting with a Christian, called to discuss a sinful life-style, and be able to say “He doesn’t believe that he’s right or (that we are ) wrong”. If you meet with a Bible believing pastor then you should leave that meeting with the firm knowledge that you are, according to the Bible, in sin and in danger of the fires of Hell unless you repent of what the Lord calls a sin and not an alternative life-style.
Having said all that – here is my heart-felt, deep, deep concern. The Christian Church is no longer preaching the truths of the Bible. We are “tickling people’s ears” as Paul would say. We are trying to be politically correct. Maybe we are trying to attract large numbers and build megachurches by not speaking about sin, repentance, godly sorrow, holiness. If this is true then megachurches are not churches at all. In fact, Paul would say that “they hold to the outward form of our religion but deny the power thereof.” The power he is speaking of is the power to change lives and bring people out of the darkness (homosexuality being just one example of that darkness) so that they can walk in the light and have fellowship with the Lord and with other true converts to the Christian faith.
The Church is in trouble. It is time for believers to stand for the Truth regardless of how politically incorrect it may be. It is time to push back the darkness and not sit around our offices and discuss the darkness. Light your light and let the darkness flee.
In my nation of Canada this is a dangerous stand to take because the federal government has declared that we cannot preach publically against homosexuality as those parts of the Bible have been labeled as “hate literature” and so you can prosecuted under the law for a “hate crime” under our Charter of Rights. A side note – in Canada everyone’s rights are protected except those of the born again believer … but that’s a topic for another blog some time.
I for one already know all I need to know about sin and I don’t need to sit in my office to fellowship, discuss, and come to some understanding about the form of sin we call homosexuality or any other form of sin for that matter. I know that sin separates us from God, is wrong, needs to be repented of with godly sorrow, and that the sinner needs to get right with their God or else they will face a terrible eternity in Hell. From this standpoint I am able to reach out to all sinners and offer them hope. Once saved I can then offer them fellowship.
To read the full article “Pro-Homosexual Group Wants to Woo Megachurch Leaders” – you can find it on-line (now the corrected location) at the address below (just copy and paste) or go down three comments and you will see an active “live link” to the article which I pasted in just like this one is pasted in. This one does not work – the one three comments down does and I don’t know why!