For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
—2 Timothy 4:3-4
Paul exhorted Timothy to preach the Word. May God help us all to faithfully continue to preach, teach, and live the unadulterated Word of God. Today most people are not listening to sound doctrine. If seeking at all, they are seeking ministers and pastors who will make them feel good about their choices in life, even when they are contrary to the truth.
The subject this quarter deals with the weighty topic of homosexuality and gender identity issues. In the past, a topic such as this might have been deemed inappropriate for a gospel publication. However, these ideologies and lifestyles are prevalent in the world and society in which we live, and this is a subject that both children and adults encounter almost daily.
In Gen Z (ages 11-26), 17-18%, nearly 1 out of 5, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, asexual, transgender, or nonbinary. It is a major issue in our time. Because of the influences so prevalent around us, more and more young people will be struggling with questions and even temptations on these issues.
As Christians we must be willing to discuss the subject, for it is addressed in the Bible. If we do not proclaim the truth, the only voice that will be heard is the LGBTQ+ lobby which is fighting hard to normalize deviant sexual practices.
I was saddened as I studied this topic to read how people professing to be Christians are twisting and revising the meaning of very clear scriptures on this subject in an attempt to embrace sinful lifestyles as part of the Christian faith. We must be true to the Word, for we will be accountable for it.
I remember many years ago speaking to my wife disparagingly of two gay men we encountered who were shopping for women’s clothing. The Lord chastised me and let me know that He died for them. I am thankful for that reminder. Jesus loves them, and we are to be ministers of His love.
When people speak out against the practices of the LGBTQ+ community, they are labeled as homophobic, haters, etc. Just because we speak the truth about sin edoes not make us homophobic or unkind. We must be clear on this. True people of God love ALL sinners and welcome them to come to service and hear the gospel. They are our neighbors, our friends, and our family. It is important to remember that just because someone is living a life of sin does not mean they are without other wonderful attributes and qualities. While we hate the sin and speak out against it, we love the people.
Society has lost its moral compass, but the Word of God and the power of Jesus Christ can recalibrate and renew purity and morality within the hearts of humanity. I encourage everyone to be on guard against the liberal mindset of tolerance and acceptance. Accept people but do not accept the sin and lifestyle that is clearly contrary to God’s plan.
May the Lord have mercy on our world and help us to be beacons of light, love, and hope to the lost.
Michael W. Smith