The pope now teaches people to accept homosexual people. What are your thoughts, Christians? This is the title of the post I found in a Christian forum. And this person asked:
“I am generally interested in hearing about what Christians think about homosexuality now the pope teaches people to be accepting of individuals who are homosexuals or bisexuals. Have your belief been changed since then, because the pope says something?”
First of all, let me say that the word of God is what we should base our beliefs on. Just because a specific religious leader says it’s okay or not okay for certain things, it doesn’t actually mean that’s okay or not in the bible. But nevertheless, this is still a very valid question.
Jesus’ Acceptance Vs. World’s Acceptance
If Jesus was on earth today, would He accept homosexual and bisexual people? I would say without a shadow of a doubt, yes, He will. But His acceptance is very different than the acceptance that the world thinks today. The world thinks today that acceptance is just to accept the person as they are no matter what they do.
If a child who was born with a male reproductive system and feels to be a girl, then you can dress him up to be a girl and call him a girl. If a group of people likes to practice the homosexual lifestyle, then as long as they “love” each other, then there’s no problem. They can do whatever they want. That is not the acceptance that Jesus offers.
How do we know that? Because over and over in the bible, Jesus would hang around the prostitutes, the tax collectors, and the sinners. And even the religious leaders at the time said, “Well Jesus, why are you hanging out with these sinners?” And Jesus would tell them, “It is not the sick who need the physicians. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners unto repentance.”
Did you hear that? Jesus hung out with them Because He delivered to them the truth. That there’s a better way that He wouldn’t condemn the woman caught in adultery, but He told her to go and sin no more. That he healed the person laying there for 38 years and told him to go and sin no more or else the worst thing would come upon him.
He came to call sinners to repentance. That is the ultimate difference between the world’s definition of acceptance and God’s definition of acceptance.
The Good News
Will God accept you? Will God accept homosexuals? Will God accept those who watch pornography? Will God accept those who commit adultery in their marriage? Will God accept those who cheat on their taxes? Will God forgive those who had abortions and kill babies? And the list goes on and on.
And the answer is yes! That is the good news of the gospel, that God can take wretched sinners like us. That when we repent and trust in Him and say “God, I don’t want that life anymore.” That He will renew us and transform us by the power of His Holy Spirit.
But that cannot happen if we’re saying, “Oh we just have to accept people as they are. If they feel that way. If they think that way. Then we have to just accept him.”
The Sad Reality
I know of a friend, a great preacher, David Lynn. He has a ministry called Christ Forgiveness Ministries. And he goes in the streets and tells people about Jesus. Many times, people have no problem when you tell them, “Oh God loves you.” They’ll be like, “Okay, God loves me.”
But whenever you start telling people about God’s standard, about the holiness of God, that one day, God will judge the whole world in righteousness. This is when people don’t like it. This is when the attacks come.
Why is that? Because people do not want to change. People want to hear about John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son.” But they don’t want to hear three verses later.
- John 3:19 that says “For this is the condemnation that the world loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”
- A couple verses earlier (John 3:17) that tells us that God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world. But that the world through Him, Jesus Christ would be saved.
But they’re not willing. Isn’t that what Jesus said? He goes through the town, goes through Israel, telling people, showing them signs and wonders and miracles giving them the words of the kingdom. And yet people tell him to leave.
He cast out demons. They would say leave, Jesus, leave our town! And Jesus would encounter the religious leaders and they wouldn’t get it. They want to kill Him, mock Him, say that He cast out demons by Beelzebub, and blame all these evil things against Him. When all this time, Jesus was giving them the word of life.
And so Jesus laments and weeps and says, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets were sent to her. How often do I want to gather you like a hen gathers her chicks, but you are not willing! See that your house has left you desolate.” (Matthew 23:37-38)
They don’t even know that their house has left them desolate. They think they have everything. But Jesus says their condition, their spiritual condition, has left them in desolation.
We Should Repent of Our Sins
Isn’t that what we’re seeing in the world today? That mankind, us, we have a condition. It’s called sin. And that problem cannot be fixed by saying love is love, or we can do whatever we want as long as we feel like it and you have to accept us. No! We love you too much to tell you the truth that one day there will be righteousness.
One day there will be judgment because God is holy and we have to stand by His standards. And so today I say, God not only accepts homosexuals, bisexuals in any kind of standards, any kind of sins. But one thing He requires us to do is to repent.
Because Jesus says this, “Unless you repent, you will likewise perish.” Repentance means a changing of your mind, turning away from what you’ve previously done because you changed your mind about that thing that is bad. And so now you decided to go the other way because you want to serve the living God. And it’s not a one-time confession saying I believe God. It is a lifetime belief, a lifetime commitment to follow after Him by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I want to remind you that this video is not about judging people because God is the ultimate judge.
Share this with people who need to read this because the coming of Jesus is at hand.
God bless you!