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Pastors Supporting Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in Grave Danger


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You have probably seen by now the steady stream of denominations, churches, and pastors expressing their approval of same-sex “marriage.”

As many Christian leaders have expressed already, nothing in the Bible has changed on the topic of marriage; only our cultural mores have changed. Many pastors supporting same-sex “marriage” acknowledge this. Rob Bell, the founding pastor of the famous Mars Hill Bible Church, said it this way:

I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles, and co-workers and neighbors, and they love each other and just want to go through life.

This is the “inevitability argument.” The culture has changed, and, therefore, Christians must adapt. Worse, Scripture must be adapted. I think we can all see how dangerous that is. To disregard the clear teaching of Scripture is bad for anyone, but it is especially dangerous for denominations, churches, and pastors.

The warning of James 3:1 comes to mind: “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” There is a certain level of accountability that comes from being in a position of authority within the body of Christ that is inescapable and, on some levels, terrifying.

But there are other pastors who would say, “I’m not doing that at all, I’m clear on the Bible’s teaching. I just think there are so many other issues to deal with that we can just leave this one thing of homosexuality and same-sex ‘marriage’ out of it and move on to ‘the big stuff.’” Some would even quickly add, “Jesus didn’t even say anything about homosexuality.”

If you are that pastor, you are in no less danger; do not kid yourself. And if you, the reader, know such a pastor, you should admonish him and commit him to prayer.

Paul helps us bring home the point. In chapter 20 of the book of Acts, Paul is near the end of his life, and he wants to exhort the Ephesian elders. One of the things he tells them is, “Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God,” (Acts 20:26-27).

Let those words sink in. Paul will not be held guilty for their “blood” because he preached to them “the whole counsel of God.” So the opposite is also true, if he had not preached to them the whole counsel of God, he would be guilty of their blood. That is why we have the warning we have already discussed in James 3.

This is a heavy command — a serious responsibility for denominations, churches, and pastors. When you lead people astray, you are held responsible for their lives. Worse than that, when you purposely lead them only partially there (leaving the difficult theme of “marriage” out of it, for example), you will be held responsible for their “blood.”

Therefore, Paul continued, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).
The calling of the pastor and overseers is a serious one that should cause us to think hard and deep about the consequences of our actions. I’m afraid many pastors and denominations have not considered the ultimate outcome of their decisions.

They have, for example, failed to consider the consequences on children of their support of same-sex “marriage”. What long-term effects does their devaluation of Scripture in this one area have on children’s overall view of Scripture? What long-term effects will their affirmation of homosexual behavior have on the innocent minds of our children and, ultimately, on their sexual identity?

I focus on children not for dramatic purposes, but because of the clear teaching of Scripture. Remember Matthew 18?

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea,” (Matthew 18:1-6).

Are you, pastor, in your failure to teach “the whole counsel of God,” leaving impressionable children at the mercies of the culture to find their identities? I tremble at the thought.

I pray every pastor on this path would reconsider the consequences of their actions and turn again towards complete reliance on the Word of Truth. The alternative will surely bring only pain and destruction — for your people and most certainly for you.

Mario Diaz’ first book, “Be Spent: Winning the Fight for Freedom’s Survival,” is scheduled for release by Barbwire Books this fall.



 

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