My beliefs concerning LGBT are the same beliefs concerning murderers, thieves, child molesters, rapists, and terrorists.
They’re lost and need to be restored to their Father. They do that stuff because they don’t know that they were never meant to live that way; they’re blind to who God really made them to be. Sin reigns in them and the only way they get free is when they become re-born into freedom.
They don’t get there through our judgment, they get there when they encounter Grace.
They don’t get there through condemnation, they get there when they hear that Jesus never came to condemn, but to save.
They don’t get there by hearing how guilty they are for whatever wrongs they committed, they need to hear from us that — not only that God has forgiven them — we have forgiven them; that their actions aren’t held against them.
They don’t get there by us telling them how we don’t agree with their lifestyle. They get there when we show them that we will care for their well being and want the best for them despite what they’ve done wrong because that’s precisely what God did for us. He gave us His best when we deserved the worst.
In John 8:3-11, you have Jesus, God Himself, face to face with someone caught in the act of their sin.
Most of the church today would be like the Pharisees, ready to stone the girl, excommunicate them from church, tell everyone to not fellowship with this sinning person and to stay away from her, or that they won’t be forgiven unless they change their ways. Yet God said, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.”
You have a prodigal son in Luke 15, lost in his ways, and the father never holds his actions against him. The very first thing the father did was embrace him and said, “Give him the best.”
Was that a license to sin for the prodigal? No, it was every reason to change and to be restored to his true family and true nature.
People don’t repent when you tell them how wrong they are. They repent when you show them the same kindness the Father showed to us (Rom 2:4).
The bible has a lot of guidelines in terms of how God intended for us to live, some would call this “right” or “wrong”, but “right’s” and “wrongs” were never the focus of how Jesus dealt with people.
If the goal of Christianity is behavior modification and compliance, then we have bought a lie about what it means to have a relationship with a loving Father.
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- 2nihon said: Good stuff.
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