Of course their entire premise is wrong, but that’s why it fits so perfectly with the media’s narrative concerning Christians and homosexuals. I don’t know who leads this “church” but my guess is that they don’t study the Gospel very deeply, and that they let secular culture define for them what Christianity is all about.
But this is getting lots of play this morning on social media, including from lots of Christians who seem to have also bought the secular media’s narrative about the attitude of Christians toward homosexuals:
The group who brought the signs to the parade is from the Church of Freedom in Christ Ministries (FICM), an Evangelical and Pentecostal church in Makati, Philippines, reports BuzzFeed News.
The church’s pastor, Val Paminiani, said that he has been going to Pride parades for around four years as a part of the organization’s “I’m Sorry” campaign.
Paminiani told BuzzFeed News, “We are apologizing for the way Christians have hurt the LGBT community, especially by using the Bible in condemning and judging them.”
The pastor continued that, “I used to believe that God condemns homosexuals, but when I studied the Scriptures, especially the ones that we call ‘clobber Scriptures’ that are being cherry-picked from the Bible to condemn LGBT people, I realized that there’s a lot to discover, including the truth that God is not against anyone. God does not discriminate against people based on gender.”
Paminiani stated that he hopes other Christians will not utilize Scriptures to condemn the LGBT community, because it is keeping people from participating in the church and from Jesus, according to BuzzFeed News.
“We pray that more and more Christians will act, speak, and love the LGBT people like Jesus would,” he said.
This is a very clever deception, and it’s easy to see why so many people are fooled by it. It’s the same nonsense we hear from wobbly “Christians” like Jen Hatmaker, who figures that if the preaching of a doctrine upsets people, then it must not be true.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not about condemning or “clobbering” anyone, nor is it about the notion that God is “against” anyone or “discriminates.”
It is about God’s plan to mercifully redeem mankind from sin. What a true Gospel-believing church offers is the free gift of grace to everyone, no matter who they are or what they’ve done. If you want to repent of sin and be cloaked in righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ, then the Christian church is the place for you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve murdered, robbed, assaulted, committed adultery, raped, lied or engaged in homosexual sex. Jesus Christ is ready to accept your decision to repent and offer you eternal grace.
To “love the LGBT people like Jesus would” is to invite them to receive that grace.
The only thing “keeping people from participating in church and from Jesus” is a person’s insistence that there is no need for repentance from sin, because in their eyes they are doing nothing wrong. When you enter a church whose teachings are Bible-based – the same Bible that establishes homosexual sex as one of the desires of the flesh considered detestable in the eyes of God – and then demand that your homosexual behavior be accepted and celebrated by that very church, your demand is going to be refused. That doesn’t mean you’re not loved, and it certainly doesn’t mean anyone is against you or considers God against you. The church will want you to receive grace just as much as anyone else.
But when your proposition is “I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing without repentance, and I insist that you embrace that,” you’re not going to get what you want. The whole point of Christianity is that we all have to repent of the things that put enmity between us and God, because we’re all sinners.
The LGBT pride crowd and their media allies would have you believe the Christian church specifically focuses on the sin of homosexuality to the exclusion of all the sins heterosexuals commit. That is not true. In fact, the opposite is true. Homosexual activists are demanding that the church single out their sin and declare that it is not a sin. That is in conflict with the Bible and it is not going to happen. And because it is not going to happen – except in wobbly “churches” like the one referenced above – they declare that they have been hurt by Christians.
No. Christians are offering the way to repentance and grace – and eternal life. If they don’t want that, because they’d rather continue indulging in the desire of their flesh, then they can’t blame Bible-believing Christians for the choice they’ve made. Grace for sin is the only thing we offer, and they’re welcome to come back and receive it if they ever change their minds. We love them. We want them to accept this wonderful gift, so they can be with us in God’s Kingdom.
The people who showed up with these apology signs need to come to an actual Bible-believing church and learn what Jesus really teaches, and how Jesus really loves, because I don’t think they know. But they sure got lots of positive media attention, which I think is what they really wanted. I hope they enjoy their reward, because they already have it, and that’s all they’re going to get.
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