Eyes That See

“I Once Was Blind”

Some Emergent Thoughts

In the first chapter of “Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be)” by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck, DeYoung uses the issue of homosexuality as an example of the “danger of ambiguity.”  He points to instances where Rob Bell and Brian McLaren, two leaders in the “emergent” movement, have been ambiguous on the issue of homosexuality.

As I mulled this over in my noggin, I thought about the person who would be most affected by ambiguity on this issue:  the homosexual who, because of the ambiguity on homosexuality of the leaders in his or her church, both went to church and did not see his or her homosexuality as a sin.  The problem with this ambiguity is that the apostle Paul was not ambiguous on the issue of homosexuality in his letter to the Corinthians:

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

So what about the homosexual who was neither called to repentance nor clearly told that the Scriptures indubitably define homosexuality as a sin?  He or she is given the idea that he or she will inherit the kingdom of God, whilst Paul plainly states that he or she will not, unless he or she repents of the sin of homosexuality, believes in Christ Jesus, and perseveres in faith until the end.

Also, what about that leader when he (or she) gives an account for the loss of the homosexual’s soul (Hebrews 13:17) and is judged more strictly (James 3:1)?

Thankfully, contrary to what many in the emergent movement believe (or at least teach), there are some things about God that we can know, which He has revealed to us in His Word.  Although we have all fallen short and most, if not all, of us have fallen into one of the categories in  1 Corinthians 6:9-10, there is the possibility that we can move from that passage to 1 Corinthians 6:11.  However, that transformation is contingent upon the just wrath of the holy Creator and Judge, under which our sin places us, being satisfied.  And it is contingent upon our obtaining the perfect righteousness of God, which Jesus said we must have in order to reach the kingdom of God.

Thanks and praise be to the living God that through Christ Jesus, who died as our substitute, He opened a narrow gate through which salvation may be obtained.  If we but take up our cross and follow Jesus, obey and believe His words, and resign the folly of sin, then we can enter through this narrow gate into His flock.  By His perfect life and substitutionary death, Jesus satisfied the wrath of God for all who believe in Him.  So that He would be exalted in the sight of all the nations, the Father made salvation possible through Jesus Christ, the only way, the only truth, and the only life.  Through Him we can both have the just wrath of God satisfied and we can have the perfect righteousness required to enter into the kingdom of God.

May our hearts rejoice at these truths!  Jesus, give us the living water, so that we will never  thirst nor have to draw water elsewhere (John 4:15)!  Give us the bread of life always (John 6:34)! Jesus, wash not only our feet, but also our hands and our head, that we may have a share with you (John 13:8-9)!

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July 21, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. preach it brother!

    Comment by Leslie | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. haha!
    thanks, Leslie!

    Comment by bigham | July 22, 2008 | Reply


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