In the last few years, there has been much disagreement within and even without the church about whether people who believe in same sex relationships, transgender identity, and bisexuality are able to practice Christianity and maintain their identity in Christ in the process. While many churches have stood their ground and not allowed those who openly practice what they describe as “sexual immorality” to marry or hold positions in church, there have been many that have allowed them in. A vast majority of people are moving from the church’s traditional stance of marriage consisting of male and female towards a more open view. Some are even advertising and inviting those who have been outcast due to their sexual practices.
On June 26,2015 the Supreme Court came to the conclusion that the many states which had opted to ban same sex marriage were “unconstitutional.” This finding made it legal to marry in any state regardless of the sex of your spouse. Many people felt that this was the day that “love won” and celebrations spread throughout the country even all the way to the white house where our former president Obama had rainbow lights cast to symbolize his total agreement to the supreme court ruling. Christians who held true to their biblical faiths seemed to be in the losing position, as those who held beliefs in same sex marriage barged into the churches demanding to be joined in “holy matrimony”. There were even florists and churches sued because some of them refused to provide services to those who were seeking to have a same sex marriage.
The view of professing believers and non believers alike seemingly led towards them being “neutral” to the views of those who held beliefs that the church of old held as “abominable”. People spoke out saying that love is love and that people “should not judge” one another. While this seemed to be an act of peace and unity, the church has joined together to make a sure statement of what they know to be true. Standing on the Word of God, many of today’s Christian church leaders have come together to draw a line in the sand that separates the church from the world. These men and women have come in the name of the Lord to declare and decree the belief of the church and to let everyone know exactly which side they are on. While some may not be able to grasp the concept of what this signifies, many on the side of the Lord are rejoicing as this is a document that is as significant as the Constitution of the United States. In this document, the church is making the Word of God the final say so in all things sexual and not backing down to the world’s watered down view of right and wrong. Because this document is so detailed, I want to share it with you in a series called Homosexuality, Transgenderism, Bisexuality and the Church. Tonight, I just want to share the Preamble with you.
“Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…”
Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century find themselves living in a period of historic transition. As Western culture has become increasingly post-Christian, it has embarked upon a massive revision of what it means to be a human being. By and large the spiritof our age no longer discerns or delights in the beauty of God’s design for human life. Many deny that God created human beings for his glory, and that his good purposes for us include our personal and physical design as male and female. It is common to think that human identity as male and female is not part of God’s beautiful plan, but is, rather, an expression of an individual’s autonomous preferences. The pathway to full and lasting joy through God’s good design for his creatures is thus replaced by the path of shortsighted alternatives that, sooner or later, ruin human life and dishonor God.
This secular spirit of our age presents a great challenge to the Christian church. Will the church of the Lord Jesus Christ lose her biblical conviction, clarity, and courage, and blend into the
spirit of the age? Or will she hold fast to the word of life, draw courage from Jesus, and unashamedly proclaim his way as the way of life? Will she maintain her clear, counter-cultural witness to a world that seems bent on ruin? We are persuaded that faithfulness in our generation means declaring once again the true story of the world and of our place in it—particularly as male and female. Christian Scripture teaches that there is but one God who alone is Creator and Lord of all. To him alone, every person owes glad hearted thanksgiving, heart-felt praise, and total allegiance. This is the path not only of glorifying God, but of knowing ourselves. To forget our Creator is to forget who we are, for he made us for himself. And we cannot know ourselves truly without truly knowing him who made us. We did
not make ourselves. We are not our own. Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be. We believe that God’s design for his creation and his way of salvation serve to bring him the
greatest glory and bring us the greatest good. God’s good plan provides us with the greatest freedom. Jesus said he came that we might have life and have it in overflowing measure. He is for us and not against us. Therefore, in the hope of serving Christ’s church and witnessing publicly to the good purposes of God for human sexuality revealed in Christian Scripture, we
offer the following affirmations and denials.
Personally I believe that this statement is powerful beyond measure. It gives the people of God a sure foundation to stand on in a world full of misinterpreted doctrine and imitation Christianity. This is the voice of those who are truly on the Lords side calling those who are in the midst of the confusion being spread by those who claim to love the Lord, but are living outside of what His Word. It gives a clear line in the sand that reminds me of the words spoken by Joshua in the book of Joshua 24:15 which states, “…But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Tomorrow we will go into the Articles of this document and explore what these great men and women of God have created. Which side will you choose?