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-There is No ‘Third Way’ When it Comes to The Church and Homosexuality

by Dr. D ~ June 5th, 2014

English: Al Mohler, President of Southern Bapt...

                              (Dr. Albert Mohler: Wikipedia)

Yesterday we posted about the California Baptist church that voted to turn its back on the traditional Biblical teaching on homosexuality and was trying to identify and forge some kind of ‘third way’ while continuing to be a member of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, also weighed in on this development making it very plain that he could see no possibility of any kind of ‘third way.’ It is his opinion that in the end every church and Christian in America will eventually be forced to choose between the Bible or the culture when it comes to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. He also noted that soon this issue and errant congregation would have to be dealt with by his own denomination at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention beginning next week in Baltimore.  From his article at AlbertMohler.com:

But, there is no third way. A church will either believe and teach that same-sex behaviors and relationships are sinful, or it will affirm them. Eventually, every congregation in America will make a public declaration of its position on this issue. It is just a matter of time (and for most churches, not much time) before every congregation in the nation faces this test.  …

…there is no “third way.” The New Heart Community Church has voted to “accept the LGBT community even though they may be in a relationship.” Even if it is claimed that some continuing members of the church are in disagreement with the new policy and position, they will be members of a church that operates under that new policy. At the very least, their decision to remain in the congregation is a decision to stay within a church that affirms same-sex behaviors and relationships. That is not a middle position. It is not a “third way.”

For some time now, it has been increasingly clear that every congregation in this nation will be forced to declare itself openly on this issue. That moment of decision and public declaration will come to every Christian believer, individually. There will be no place to hide, and no place safe from eventual interrogation. The question will be asked, an invitation will be extended, a matter of policy must be decided, and there will be no refuge.

<Read the whole poignant article>

Response: I agree completely with Dr. Mohler on this issue. In April I wrote an article entitled: “-Evangelicals at the Crossroads on Homosexuality” In the article I noted evangelicals would soon have to choose between the Bible and the dominant culture:

The effect of all of this cultural movement is that evangelical Christians are now or will soon be at a crossroads where they must choose between a high view of Scripture and possibly be marginalized by the dominant American culture or abandon traditional Biblical teaching, accept a more liberal view of scripture, and go along with the cultural flow. …

As the pressure comes to bear on Bible supporting Christians and churches across the nation, some members may choose to leave the increasingly controversial conservative  congregations for more socially acceptable churches and denominations. Some pastors may even respond to the losses by finding ways to re-interpret those troublesome homosexual passages in the Bible.

Those who continue to maintain a traditional high view of scripture may find themselves increasingly being marginalized and even demonized by the larger culture. Soon there may be a real price to pay for Biblical faith and evangelicals may be tested and forced to choose between the Bible and a respected place in 21st century America.

I really hoped that we would have more time and maybe even have a new awakening in America but we are already at the crossroads and soon we will all have to decide. Do we continue to stand with the Bible and increasingly be cast as ‘bigots’ and ‘haters’ on the ‘wrong side of history’ or do we accept a ‘new understanding of the love of Jesus’ that goes along with the cultural flow?  For many this will be a hard soul searching decision but for me the Bible will continue to be the guide for where I stand.                  *Top

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