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Without A Lifeline

Christians Must Be Seeking Out Those In Danger

The last days of Tyler Clementi can be described as nothing less than tragic. How sad to see a young man take his own life out of embarrassment, frustration, and desperation. While there are several aggravating factors that led up to this event the basis for his suicide is rooted in sin.

It is sin that caused his roommate and his friend to tape Tyler’s homosexual encounters and post them on the Internet. It is sin that caused Tyler to believe that he could find happiness by engaging in homosexual behavior. It is also sin that causes Christians to distance themselves from a young man like Tyler who needs to hear the gospel message and learn that true happiness comes only in the forgiveness and healing that Jesus can give.

Dr. Al Mohler has adroitly put the Tyler Clementi into perspective in an article he wrote entitled, Between The Boy And The Bridge-A Haunting Question. In the article Mohler states,

In other words, the believing church cannot surrender to the demand that we disobey and reject biblical truth. That much is clear. We cannot lie to persons about the sinfulness of their sin, nor comfort them with falsehood about their moral accountability before God. The rush of the liberal churches and denominations to normalize homosexuality is now a hallmark of their disobedience to the Bible.

But this is not the end of the matter, and we know it. When gay activists accuse conservative Christians of homophobia, they are wrong. Our concern about the sinfulness of homosexuality is not rooted in fear, but in faithfulness to the Bible — and faithfulness means telling the truth.

Yet, when gay activists accuse conservative Christians of homophobia, they are also right. Much of our response to homosexuality is rooted in ignorance and fear. We speak of homosexuals as a particular class of especially depraved sinners and we lie about how homosexuals experience their own struggle. Far too many evangelical pastors talk about sexual orientation with a crude dismissal or with glib assurances that gay persons simply choose to be gay. While most evangelicals know that the Bible condemns homosexuality, far too many find comfort in their own moralism, consigning homosexuals to a theological or moral category all their own.

What if Tyler Clementi had been in your church? Would he have heard biblical truth presented in a context of humble truth-telling and gospel urgency, or would he have heard irresponsible slander, sarcastic jabs, and moralistic self-congratulation?…

As believers we have a calling to help all who are caught in sin regardless of what that sin might be. We must reach out to those who are marginalized and isolated by their sin. We can’t leave those who are struggling with sin without a lifeline.

Gay’s Need Jesus Just Like Straight People Do

Everyone, regardless of their sexuality, needs Jesus. The gospel is a call to all people regardless of the state they are in. In a series of videos, Pastor Matt Chandler of the Village Church in Dallas, TX, deals with the controversial issue of homosexuality. With loving candor he confronts the sin of those who oppose homosexuality in a wrong fashion as well as those who support it as biblically acceptable. If you know someone who is gay, watch these videos and be encouraged that the gospel has a response to what homosexuals are truly looking for.

Culture and Theology: Homosexuality – Part 1 from The Village Church on Vimeo.

Culture and Theology: Homosexuality – Part 2 from The Village Church on Vimeo.

Culture and Theology: Homosexuality – Q&A from The Village Church on Vimeo.

HT: Justin Taylor

Teachers of The Bible Beware!

Teaching the bible in public can land you in jail. At least that is what happened to Dale McAlpine of Cumbria, England. I might understand this if it were in a militant Muslim nation like Indonesia but in England. This is cause for great concern.

The arrest occurred in the famous “speakers corner” of Hyde Park in London. I have been there many times and seen all kinds of speakers practicing their right to free speech. It so happened that Mr. McAlpine is a Christian. He was speaking about sin when he was challenged by a passerby. According to the London paper the Telegraph:

During the exchange, he says he quietly listed homosexuality among a number of sins referred to in 1 Corinthians, including blasphemy, fornication, adultery and drunkenness. After the woman walked away, she was approached by a PCSO [Police Community Support Officer] who spoke with her briefly and then walked over to Mr. McAlpine and told him a complaint had been made, and that he could be arrested for using racist or homophobic language. The street preacher said he told the PCSO: “I am not homophobic but sometimes I do say that the Bible says homosexuality is a sin.

What is even more troubling than the fact he was arrested was the language written into the police report. The citation stated that the aggravating factor in the incident was that he said his views in a voice loud enough to be heard by others. So by this we can assume that we can have our views as long as we say them under our breath.

I hope this sends a clear signal to all teachers of God’s word: beware! Despite the dangers, however, I pray that men and women will continue to proclaim the truth in love. Satan loves to use incidents like these to silence the gospel. As believers we have an obligation to trust the Lord and let our humility and righteousness silence our critics.

Be sure to keep Mr. McAlpine in your prayers.

HT: Dr. Al Mohler