A Party for Pedophiles

A few years back, I remember my dad’s 50th birthday party. Oldies music blared as we sat around dimly lit, circular tables in a country club ballroom (the best kind!). The random assortment of friends and family danced late into the night. We enjoyed honoring Dad.

What would have been odd is if we gathered that night to praise someone’s sin. “Thanks for coming, everyone, to honor Bob the Drunk. He’s been getting liquored up for the last 30 years, and that’s something to celebrate.”

Keep this in mind until the end. 

In recent days, years, and decades, the LGBTQ agenda has pushed forward in the West on all fronts: television, movies, music, literature, education, news, stealth organizations, etc. Two Fridays ago, they rejoiced, with the President, in the passing of a no-holds barred approach to same sex marriage mirage. (Doug Wilson, to my knowledge, coined this term; and it applies without qualification.)

Without touching the legal issues surrounding the case, it is important to think through the issue biblically. Understand, first of all, that we have all been told several lies surrounding the issue:

  • Sodomy is no different than any other sin. (False.)
  • Homosexuality is laughable, but not condemnable. (False.)
  • Sodomites can be likable and friendly. (Irrelevant to morality.)
  • Marriage is a fundamental human right. (Not in the way you mean it.)
  • Each individual is able to define marriage as he or she likes. (No, God does.)

By the time we have finished strolling through that boiling cauldron of fecal matter, it’s hard to discern the truth. So the rest will be a wake-up call, one you might even think feels “rude.”

What all LGBTQ issues boil down to is this: is sodomy a specially damnable sin that the Bible clearly speaks on, or isn’t it? The relevant texts are many (Genesis 19, Leviticus 20, Jeremiah 16, Matthew 19, 2 Peter 2, Jude 1), but we will focus on Romans 1:24-28 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11:

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, [25] because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. [26] For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; [27] and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. [28] And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. [Romans 1:24-28]

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 effiminate, nor homosexuals, [10] nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. [11] 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 Corinthians 6:9-11]

In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul is already addressing a church that is “deceived,” much like today’s church. And what are both of us deceived about? This list of damnable lifestyle sins. To review:

  • Fornicators – those who practice sexually immorality
  • Idolaters – those who practice worshipping idols
  • Adulterers – those who practice unfaithfulness to a true spouse
  • Effiminate – sometimes translated, “male prostitutes”
  • Homosexuals – those who practice same-sex sexual relations
  • Thieves – those who practice stealing the property of others
  • The Greedy – those who cultivate hearts of lust for material goods or money
  • Drunkards – those who practice alcoholic overindulgence
  • Revilers – those who practice insulting others and God
  • Swindlers – those who practice tricking others out of money

Each of these is specially damnable. That means they are sins of ongoing practice that exclude humans from God’s kingdom. Those are the words of the biblical text. Any person practicing thievery, drunkenness, adultery, or homosexuality who claims to be a Christian is not a Christian. He or she will not enter God’s kingdom. There is no wiggle room left in this text.

But lots of LGBTQ-supporting folks who claim to be Christ’s will say, “That’s a long list, and Jesus saves from all of them. Why is same-sex attraction ‘especially’ damnable?” To that particular objection, we offer three reasons:

  1. Sodom is no joke. Genesis 19, 2 Peter 2, and Jude 1 all speak of the reprehensibility and terror of homosexuality, by way of connection. Sodom and Gomorrah, for those who don’t read closely, were burned with fire and sulfur from the Lord for their sexual immorality, part of which was certainly homosexuality. It wasn’t merely “gang rape,” as many will say, but a lifestyle of sexual promiscuity of all types and forms, including homosex. Peter and Jude go on to use this as an “example” to lustful men of our day. Sound familiar? It’s what this post is doing now.
  2. Homosex tortures marriage. “Torture” is no understatement. Consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 19 and parallels, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Note the connection between creation order and marriage. Not only does homosex deface marriage, it changes our understanding of what it means to be made “male and female.” 
  3. Sodomy is an abomination. Before we do the whole “that was the Old Testament, man, come on” dance, think about other OT texts you treasure and point to: creation, prophecies of Christ, Psalm 23, the Proverbs. We don’t get to pick and choose which passages are true. When God commands death for man-to-man relations in Leviticus 20:13, that word is inspired, too. Homosexuality is here paralleled with adultery, various forms of incest, and bestiality. All of them appear in one paragraph, and all of theme deserve capital punishment. Thus, when Christians compare sodomy to incest and bestiality, we are repeating the words of our Maker.

Homosexuality is particularly deviant, defiant, and well-loved in today’s culture. But, do not fear, little flock; God is not mocked. 

Last week, a sister in our church claimed she would have “no problem” going to a homosexual wedding ceremony. I was surprised. Maybe she doesn’t know what she’s saying, I thought. I asked a few questions about what she meant, and it became clear that she understood her words.

“Then would you go to a 10-year celebration for an adulterer? Or a con artist? What about a pedophile?”

“Ew, no, of course not.”

“Then you’ve been fooled. Homosexuality is worse.”

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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