Where Will It Stop?  What Will Stop It?
by Andy Diestelkamp

For more than half a century, the sexual revolution has promoted freedom from biblical  morality. On one hand we have been told that sexual behavior is private and that governments, churches, and others should mind their own business. On the other hand, we are daily confronted with news of people “coming out” and with intense societal pressure to approve of homosexuality. So, which is it? Is homosexual behavior none of our business, or is it everybody’s business to accept, protect, endorse, celebrate, promote, and embrace it?

Why has homosexuality gained such status? Fornication has become an archaic term, but it simply refers to any sexual union outside the context of marriage as defined by God (Heb. 13:4). Fornication comes in many forms. Securing civil rights for one form of fornication while leaving others out seems arbitrary and itself unjust. So, at what point of sexual expression will all of this demand for legitimacy stop? What will stop it?

Many churches have lost all credibility in the fornication debate because of their inconsistency in applying Scripture to practices that are clearly identified as sin. For example, some people—in their efforts to support homosexuality—have routinely called out churches for ignoring the Bible’s teaching on divorce. If Jesus’ teaching on divorce can be ignored or twisted to justify heterosexual relationships, then Jesus’ definition of a God-joined marriage being between a man and a woman (see Matt. 19:4-9) can be just as easily ignored.

When churches tolerate the impenitent heterosexual fornication of their membership, it is impossible to take seriously their opposition to homosexual activity. Hypocrisy is powerful leverage for immorality to find its way into a church. It leaves a church without moral authority, and immorality will quickly fill that vacuum (cf. 1 Cor. 5). Where will that immorality stop, and what will stop it?

We watch as denomination after denomination succumbs to cultural and social pressures to redefine marriage and approve of homosexual unions. This shows that such organizations may be guided more by a mentality of “majority rules” than by hearts over which “God rules.” Indeed, the very organizational concept of local churches under the oversight of mother churches and/or conferences and man-made creeds is itself without biblical precedent.

While such organizations often form with the motive of clarifying and protecting truth for the purposes of unity, they actually end up promoting division. Likewise, they lend support to the perverse thinking that doctrine is the product of religious tradition or consensus rather than that which was revealed by the inspired apostles and prophets of Jesus Christ through Scripture. Thus, these denominations have their foundations laid on the shifting sand of human wisdom rather than on the rock-solid stability of God’s revealed truth and are, therefore, subject to the shifting winds of pop culture and the storms they bring (cf. Matt. 7:24-27). “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Ps. 127:1). If we forsake Jesus’ teaching as the rock of our lives, then where will apostasy stop, and what will stop it?

Also grievous in these moral debates is the charge by many that hatred is at the center of any opposition. This is a patently false and unfair charge that is readily illustrated. For example, if one is opposed to child abuse, that opposition is not necessarily rooted in hate. It is care and concern for the well being of the child that is at the root of opposition to child abuse. Similarly, opposition to the abortion of babies is not rooted in hate. It is love and respect for human life that motivates one to be a voice for the voiceless who are being killed. Certainly, we must beware that our passionate stand for justice and morality does not cause us to hate our enemies; but if we cannot oppose anything without being accused of hate speech, then what can be stopped, and how can it be stopped?

Likewise, opposition to homosexuality is being characterized by some as being rooted in hate. For centuries Christians have attempted to make a distinction between hating the sin versus hating the sinner. In the heat of conflict, all of us need to remind ourselves of this. The gospel message is that, though God hates sin, He loves sinners and sent His Son to save us despite our sins (e.g. Rom. 5:8). However, those bent on continuing in their sin despite God’s grace turn deaf ears to this message and this distinction. It matters little to them that people opposed to homosexuality express love for them as sinners while hating their sinful behavior. The warped conclusion of many impenitent sinners is that those who do not validate their sinful choices with acceptance and approval must, therefore, hate them.

Finally, those who have eagerly supported the homosexual agenda have not adequately answered how the arguments and rationale they have used to redefine morality, love, and marriage cannot likewise be used by prostitutes, polygamists, and pedophiles to justify their immorality. The best they can do is to act insulted by the suggestion that their chosen form of fornication is being compared to other perversions. Culturally, morally, and spiritually speaking, we are reaping what we’ve sown (Gal. 6:7,8). Where will this stop? It won’t unless we repent of all our fornications and return to the standard for marriage and sexuality revealed by the Creator in His Word.


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