I initially thought I would refrain from posting anything about “Gay Pride Month” in June, which by its very name and nature, troubles me as it does many biblical Christians, who have been watching so much of our country and its culture celebrate and take pride in what scripture clearly calls damnable sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
However, as I thought of making greater application here, to the sermon I preached last Sunday at my church on the “Real Family of God” (Mark 3:31-35), I was drawn to the idea of ‘killing two birds with one stone”, if you will.
Thus, I pose this question: What does former American Idol celebrity David Archuleta’s ‘coming out’ announcement of his multi-sexuality, have to do with a message on the family that Jesus Christ prioritized over his own blood relatives in the gospels?
Archuleta like many secularists and even some other ‘professing’ Christians, have far too long confused and conflated gospel forgiveness with ongoing sin and what it means to belong to the family of God. In fact, the very definition of family- what it is and means, is up for grabs today in the midst of the sexual revolution.
The revolutionaries and feminists see the traditional, biblically based, nuclear family (2 parents with biological children) as a straight- jacket. They view the family as being outdated, oppressive, controlling and just no fun at all.
While others- particularly the mainstream view of the revolution as seen in culture (TV, movies, Hollywood), pictures LGTBQ families as normative enough to take a form of national “pride” in it, so one can make of it whatever one wants, so long as you ‘love’ someone or some people at any given time.
In contrast, Jesus Christ shared a rather stark and thought- provoking definition of family when he spoke to an assembled crowd in Galilee as recorded in the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
He was interrupted by his relatives- which included his mother Mary, his half-brothers and sister, who sent a message that they wanted to speak to him outside of a congregational venue, perhaps to take him away from what they perceived to be a Pharisaical danger – his preaching about the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and the unforgiveable sin.
Jesus responded to the message by saying to the assembly of his disciples, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother (Mark 3:34c-35).”
That was a bomb right then and there to any Jew within earshot, who believed that family consisted of blood relatives exclusively and that any spiritual and familial connection one might have with God, would be predicated upon one’s heritage (Israel) or upbringing, or a mere mental assent to some facts or features about Jesus.
In the gospel of the new covenant however, Jesus identified his real or true family members- those of the greatest relationship to him, as his bride, as the church of the redeemed, those that not only profess faith in him, but show that they posses saving faith by their obedience to his revealed will and word.
That word which reveals the will of God for his image bearers, is that they are prohibited from manifesting behavior or a heart or orientation towards sin, such as those of fornication (sexual) of any kind, including homosexuality (Gen. 19; Lev. 18, 20; Deut. 22; Ro. 1; 1 Cor. 6; 1 Tim. 1).
Gays and God
Now, contrast that truth with those who are unfortunately enslaved to sexual sin and a corresponding identity to it, who also claim allegiance to Christ, such as Mr. Archuleta, who recently said, “You can be part of the LGBTQIA+ (I= Intersex and A= allies or asexual) community and still believe in God and His gospel plan.”
Is that claim true? Mind you that statement comes from a pop singer, who claims to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism), which is a cult religion that holds to heretical, non-biblical views of Jesus and the doctrine of salvation to begin with.
Nonetheless, Archuleta rightly described in his Instagram post the struggle that homosexuals share with faith, in trying to live an abnormal, sexual lifestyle, identify with it as if it were an inherent, ethnic like trait and at the same time attempt to believe in the God of the Bible and a Lord and Savior who clearly condemns that orientation and conduct.
Since that position is untenable, the sexual sinner must either misinterpret the teaching of scripture as God’s sole authority of truth, or disobey it altogether, in order to continue in the lifestyle and its identity, thereby excluding himself from membership to the real family of God.
Tragically- for now, David Archuleta and like others like him are doing just that, claiming that God has either created them that way (LGTBQ+) or ‘for a purpose’ of some sort in his kingdom. This idea of course of the existence of a “gay gene”, enables a homosexual to justify his ‘identity’ and adherence to some form of Christianity or another religion, meeting the inherent need to worship a creator, that everyone on this planet possess whether they admit it or not.
For the impenitent fornicator, their god happens to be an idol of their own making, since they will not honor or thank the true God of the Bible, who created them (Ro. 1:21), to submit to his will in relationship.
So, how would we answer a David Archuleta, who insists that God created the homosexual as is, with perfectly natural and acceptable desires and behaviors, and who is more than capable of entering into the family of God as a ‘gay Christian’ or person of faith- with “pride?”
The scientific answer for the strict secularist is that there has never been, nor is there currently any objective and conclusive proof of a single gay gene or biological disposition to same-sexuality among humans. Any research or news reports to the contrary, have been disproven by now.
Furthermore, were it ever proven in the future that such a genetic inclination to same-sexuality existed, it would not from a moral perspective, justify that sin for a follower of Christ, anymore than a newborn who inherited a biological predisposition to anger and violence, would be justified in assaulting another person or a crack baby from using and abusing cocaine as an adult.
We are cursed by original sin and regardless of our tainted genetic inclinations, we are all responsible moral free agents who choose to sin or not to sin, and then suffer the consequences of doing so.
Spiritually and theologically, aberrant sexual behavior, which is a perversion of God’s created order for mankind, is the result of the fall and consequently, man’s deceitful and wicked hearts, prone to the “lusts of the eyes, the flesh and the pride of life” (1 Jo. 2).
This is why homosexuality has been around for three millennia of human history.
The only thing new about sexual sin in western civilization, is that its governments and societies- reflected by its culture, have largely chosen to legalize and therefore, legitimize this sin over the last two decades or so. From a biblical worldview however, what is often legal, is also often immoral and unrighteous.
If David Archuleta brought his sexual struggle to my attention during this ‘gay pride’ month or any other day, I would hope I could show him my love for God and for him as my neighbor, by speaking the truth in love to him, sharing his need for repentance of sin and faith in Christ alone for redemption and salvation.
I would tell him that hope and healing can be found for him in the gospel. I would add that rather than arguing with him about politics or making a superficial change in lifestyles, I would tell him to turn to God. I would tell him If we have mass murders at schools, it has to do with our rejection of God. Abuse of women, people of color and homosexuality- it has to do with our rejection of God. If people are in darkness, they need light. I would try to show and share Jesus Christ with him.
It was that light that brought author and speaker Rosaria Butterfield, a former, radical lesbian out of the darkness, as she testified: To be clear, I was not converted out of homosexuality. I was converted out of unbelief. I didn’t swap out a lifestyle. I died to a life I loved… How I feel does not tell me who I am.
Only God can tell me who I am, because he made me and takes care of me.
He tells me that we are all born as male and female image bearers with souls that will last forever and gendered bodies that will either suffer eternally in hell or be glorified in the New Jerusalem.
Mrs. Butterfield has been healed and cleansed by the blood of Christ. Yes, we are condemned by our sin if we remain “stiff-necked” and impenitent, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:10).
But by faith in our substitute on the cross who resurrected to kill sin and death, we can be clean…
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Cor. 6:11).
Let’s remember and share the truth that we all come into the real family of God by the cross of Christ, no matter who we think we are.