Gays in the Church? Not Until They Clean up Their Act

Oh, not the gays – the church!

You’re not going to see many gays in the church until the church cleans up its act.

By church, I mean the ‘non-affirming’ church.

The church that doesn’t affirm people, but only affirms behavior. Behavior within a certain range is acceptable; other behavior is not. And they get to pick and choose.

And by cleaning up its act, I mean moving its focus to loving God and loving others – exactly what Jesus called us to do – instead of behavior-modification. This has been the problem with religion and churches over the millennia – all the way back to the Pharisees. Jesus told them then, as he tells us now: love God, love people, don’t worry about behavior.

And don’t think we have no Pharisees today. We certainly do. They are the religious leaders who decide what we should and should not do, who falsely interpret and use the Bible as a weapon to support their choices. They are the leaders, pastors, and others in the non-affirming church who focus on your behavior, instead of loving as Jesus says to love.

They don’t understand that behavior follows relationship.

Behavior comes from the heart, and only God can change the heart.

Jesus tells us to love God, love others – and let the Spirit work with each of individually for everything after that. Period.

Only God can ‘clean up’ anybody’s act. Or to put it another way, only God can help us to ‘live more godly.’

That is a trigger phrase, isn’t it? Be more godly, live more godly.

Well, what does it look like to live more godly?

Jesus said, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” Maybe to live more godly means to believe in the one he sent. Maybe it means simply to love God and love others. Freely, wildly, unconditionally, with limitless grace and forgiveness.

Churches that focus on that will be full of the godliest people you know.

 

4 thoughts on “Gays in the Church? Not Until They Clean up Their Act

  1. Remember, the “Church” does not save anybody, only our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can save us (John 3:17; 10:9, Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:31, Romans 10:9,13).

  2. God’s audible voice: “Everything you’ve ever been told about gays is a lie! Now I’m going to tell you the truth about gays.” I will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER forget Him saying this to me and it is forever permanately seared into my brain. Praise the Lord!! God is so good.

  3. YES!!!! This is it in a nutshell … when you said “They don’t understand that behavior follows relationship. Behavior comes from the heart, and only God can change the heart.” I have been having a discussion with someone whom I respect and admire GREATLY … yet we disagree on this point right here. She told me “I continue to read that Jesus just accepts sinners. Period. It worries me that the word is not getting out that repentance is the requirement. Otherwise it’s not really Christianity anymore.”

    I can only find scripture that says the GOODNESS of God leads men to repentance (if repentance is necessary) .. I have never read scripture to support judgment by Christian people leads men to repentance. I think humans respond better when they are told they are sinning against a God that loves then inexhaustibly than to say you better stop sinning or God will send you to hell. BEHAVIOR DOES FOLLOWS RELATIONSHIP!!!

    The way you express yourself in words is super user friendly … Thank you!

    • Thank you, my dear! Think of the thief on the cross: he only acknowledged Jesus as Lord, and Jesus said I’ll see you later in paradise. We do not hear him “repent.” I appreciate your friend’s concern, but the distinctive of Christianity is life in Christ! Not repentance. That comes. Remember the image of whitewashed tombs — that is perfection the behavior while the heart is terrible! Heart first, behavior later. 🙂 Bless you and your friend. She wants to grasp it but it’s scary, after all we’ve been told.

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