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The Gay, the Bad and the Middle

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I take great satisfaction that as an evangelism team we can bridge the troubled waters of heresy and blasphemy when going to various cultural events. Take, for example, our recent venture to the West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade.

On one side of the parade route are the lost and confused gay religious leaders, offering false peace and hope to a group of people dead in their sins and trespasses, believing the lie that it’s okay to be gay in God’s eyes, according to Scripture. No matter that the Bible clearly says that it’s sin, they have their own peculiar hermeneutics that justifies this sinful lifestyle—and all in the name of Christ.

On the other side, the “Christian thugs,” as some call them, shout their condemnation and hateful remarks in a decidedly unChrist-like way, bringing shame to the name of our risen Lord.

On the heresy side, along with empty prayers offered to a false god, is a worship team playing at full volume, in an attempt to drown out the Christian haters.

The blasphemy side continues their jaundiced preaching, ignoring the fifty foot rainbow flag being carried back and forth in front of their platform to obliterate their view and lessen their credibility, a credibility already diminished.

And there we were. In the middle.

As biblical evangelists, we want to be winsome, cheerful, and tactful when presenting the truth of God’s Word—just like Scripture says:

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. ( 2 Timothy 2:24-26)

The dictionary defines an ambassador as a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative. We as Christians want to be skillful and gracious when presenting our case to the other side, because we are representing the One who is of the highest rank.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:20a)

Our message is this: We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20b)

We have been given a great mission: to declare that God forgives sinners. We have been entrusted with a great ministry, too. A ministry of reconciliation.

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; (2 Corinthians 5:18)

The best proof that we are doing the right thing comes from both sides of the parade route.

A gay advocate wrote, and I think, accurately, about us,

Because they are comparing themselves to the God-militia and often disdain the LGBT affirming churches and Christians at the Pride events, they envision themselves as the moderate and “right” way to reach out to the LGBT community.

I try, over and over, in person, on line and in blogs to let these street preachers/evangelists know that they are perhaps MORE offensive and damaging. I have a few years experience of witnessing the attempts of these do-gooders coming to Pride events and effectively hugging the LGBT community with knives in their hands.

And from the “Christian hater” side:

“He only strengthens the hand of the wicked but it made him feel good and that’s all that really matters.” This Christian “evangelist” is deceiving this man, sending him to hell, and it’s all about himself feeling good and loving. Epitome of selfishness; that is not the love of God at all. These types are worse than the wicked they are trying to save!

The lesson to learn? Sometimes, it’s best to be a middle-of-the-road Christian.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (1 Corinthains 13:1)

18 Comments

  1. The sign reads: “In Your Faith” which I’m guessing is a takeoff on “in your face!”
    How I pray for repentance; for the day is coming when all of us will meet the Lord -Face to Face- and make no mistake, it will be no “smiling” matter!

  2. Yes, I totally agree with being a middle-of-the-road Christian and will pray for the other two sides who attempt to reach our gay and lesbian community with the wrong approach. We can only reach people with the Word of God not our own personal antics!

  3. Great Post!

  4. When people put those signs that are just sounding hateful and not preaching the gospel, they make me want to cringe. You would be better off just passing out gospel tracts.

  5. The sign reads: “In Your Faith” which I’m guessing is a takeoff on “in your face!”
    How I pray for repentance… the day is coming when all of us will meet the Lord -face to face- and make no mistake, it will be no “smiling” matter!

  6. The sign reads: “In Your Faith” which I’m guessing is a takeoff on “in your face!”
    How I pray for repentance for the day is coming when all of us will meet the Lord -face to face- and make no mistake, it will be no “smiling” matter!

  7. The sign reads, “In Your Faith” which I’m guessing is a takeoff on “in your face!”
    How I pray for repentance… the day is coming when all of us will meet the Lord *face to face* (2 Corinthians 5:10) and make no mistake, it will be no “smiling” matter for the unredeemed!

    • Hi Steve,

      To Muslims, it will be no “smiling” matter for you (who are, in the mind of a Muslim, “unredeemed”) on Judgment Day.

      If a Muslim said that to you, would that cause you to worry?

      • Not at all; I know the truth!
        Please see John 8:32 and Romans 8:2!

      • But the Muslims claim that you are wrong, and that they know the truth!

        How am I supposed to determine which of you, if either, is correct? What objective method do you propose?

        And if the Muslim’s claim that you might be going to Hell doesn’t cause you to worry, then why would you think telling non-believers that they might go to Hell affect them at all?

      • Hi Steve L.,

        You wrote: “Please see John 8:32 and Romans 8:2!

        Why would you think any non-Christian would care what a supposed John wrote, and certainly what Paul wrote in his fundraising letter to the Romans (where he exposes himself as a failed mind-reader in the first chapter)?

      • Steve L., do you care what Muhammed wrote? If not, then why would a non-Christian care what Paul wrote?

  8. Nohm wrote:
    “What objective method do you propose?”

    “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16) NASB

    • Hi Steve L.,

      I’m not sure if you’re ignoring what I’m writing, or you don’t know what the word “objective” means in this context, or you’re just throwing scripture at me because you don’t have an answer, or some other reason.

      But if you consider that (i.e., Romans 8:16) to be an objective method (which I don’t think you honestly believe), then that method has obviously failed.

      Not only has it failed with me, but it failed with the world, since there are more non-Christians in this world than there are Christians, and if you use the same definition of “True Christian” that Steve S. uses, then the number of Christians becomes that much smaller compared to the rest of the world.

      If what you proposed was an actual objective method (which, again, if you do understand the word “objective”, I don’t think you actually believe that your quoted scripture is an objective method; I think you just wanted to quote some scripture), then at best you’d have people who believe that a God exists (i.e., theists), but not necessarily your God. Which means that we’re back at the problem with trying to determine whether YOU are right, or the MUSLIMS are right.

      Can you demonstrate a solution to this?

      Also, when you have a chance, I’d appreciate it if you would please answer some of the questions I posed to you yesterday, found right above this comment.

      Thank you.

      • Also, something I find strange with your responses, Steve L..

        Instead of writing out an answer, you gave two responses that both simply referenced Bible verses.

        If you were having a discussion with a Muslim, and he kept quoting the Qur’an, would you respond in the same way that you seem to expect me to respond? Because I doubt it.

        And therefore we come back to an age-old question of mine: why do you ask me to do something that you yourself wouldn’t do?

        If you wouldn’t seriously consider verses from the Qur’an as an authority, then why would you assume I would seriously consider verses from the Bible as an authority?

        Both are ancient holy books to me, and neither are authoritative to me.

  9. I think it is true that the Christian religion absolutely condemns homosexuality. It seems strange that a religion that claims to be based on love would condemn people for being who they were born to be but it truly does. That is why it puzzles me that gay people want to identify as Christian, there is no real value in doing so. I have actually asked my gay friends about this but they are all atheists and don’t understand it either. From the responses I have gotten that are relevant, some gay people believe that when Jesus fulfilled the law on the cross at Cavalry he offered redemption freely. His claim that whosoever believes in him shall not perish was literal, and that as all are born sinners all are redeemed by Christs love. I don’t think they are correct in this for many reasons but that is what I have been told. Personally if I were gay I would just be an atheist and not concern myself over it. Of course that may be a bit biased since even though I am straight I am an atheist and not concerned over it.

  10. To any closeted LGBT folks out there:

    There is nothing wrong with your sexuality, any shame you feel is just a cultural thing, you can let it go and be loved for who you are.

    • Yes, you can be loved for who you are as long as you live in this world, and given the current climate in our country, yes, you will not feel much shame in this liberalized culture that has rejected God.

      But, if you want to be loved by God and forgiven of your sins, like the sin of lying (if you’ve ever done that, then you are a liar), or stealing (ever done that?) or misused God’s name which is blasphemy, or looked with lust which Jesus calls adultery, if you’ve sinned even one time, including the sin of homosexuality, then you will be found guilty and end up in Hell.

      But God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ, suffered and dies for all your sins, was buried for three days and rose again. If you, Tommy Wou, or any other person reading this puts your trust in Christ’s finished work on the cross and turn away from your sin, then God will forgive you.

      While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

      Please Tommy, consider this. Thanks for your comments. I appreciate them. Please reply back.

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