No middle road in the battle against homosexuality
When it comes to truth and freedom, compromise is a killer.
Compromise is defined as “a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.”
There are many instances in scripture where the love of truth forces choice. Joshua put that very thing before Isreal in chapter 24, verse 15:
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.
But is there a happy medium in the war against homosexuality? Is there something in scripture where we are told to lay down our arms, shake hands and sing kumbaya? But some church leaders are actively searching and suggesting that we do so. Unable to negotiate the unyeilding truth of scripture, some are looking for concessions of false peace in return for a truce from those who are relentlessly pushing for the normalization of homosexuality.
We all must face the facts: the only thing compromise with a lie will get you is death and defeat.
That’s why I read with interest the guest editorial by Kevin DeYoung entitled “Homosexuality and the RCA: A Call for Action, Consistency, and Faithfulness”. DeYoung, the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan argued that the RCA should do something about its conflicting struggle with homosexuality. Like many denominations today, the inclusion of gay christians has been one of the worst spiritual decisions ever made. Religious homosexuals have destroyed the biblical integrity of every major denomination that have accomodated them.
According to DeYoung, the Reformed Church is stuck in the mud. Trapped by inconsistency in practice and belief. Their orthodoxy says homosexuality is a sin, but their orthopraxy allows people to ignore the truth. Although compromises attempt to please both sides, the question remains is God pleased with our decisions? After all, it wasn’t the RCA who originally determined and proclaimed that homosexuality was an abomination, God did. So what should the denomination do? For sure, indecision is the worst decision of all. Even Jesus hates indecision and “middle ground” positions.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Rev 3:15-16
Two roads, one solution
So DeYoung lays out the options.
Option one is to do nothing. We can push aside the controversy and tell everyone to get back to the important work of “staying on mission.” In the meantime, we can allow each classis to handle the issue for itself, essentially saying, “If your classis doesn’t allow for homosexuality, that’s your business. But if our classis does, you have to respect our judgment.” This makes the issue someone else’s problem (at least for now). And if all else fails, we can dialogue the issue to death, talking a few more years about our experiences until we all learn by a hundred unspoken statements that we should just get along and not let this issue divide us.
The problem with this option is that the homosexual activists in the church are much more aggressive in their lust for control, power and dominance that they will simply overpower the other side whose main desire seems to be summed up with “cant we all just get along?”
“The other option is to do something. We can dare to say that this issue is truly a gospel issue. We can realize that the church’s mission is never strengthened and blessed by God through doctrinal and ethical compromise. We can turn away from the easy “let’s all get along” option. We can turn from the convenient approach that says, “As long as I can do my ministry, why should I bother with all this controversy.” If we do something-be it church discipline or some kind of amicable separation-it will come with a cost. It will mean strained relationships. You will hear words like “witch hunt” and “homophobic.” People will think you are mean and narrow. People will not believe you if you say love gays and lesbians. They may consider you oppressive, repressive, and reactionary. But if the integrity of our denomination, the glory of the gospel, the truthfulness of the Bible, and the spiritual well-being of homosexual persons (and heterosexual for that matter) are at stake, then we cannot afford to take the easy path.”
Yes, standing with the truth will invariably bring separation. It is a fact of life we have been called to live as faithful members of the Lord’s body. Other churches have painfully realized that there is no compromise on the issue of homosexuality. See here and here. Its not something we can “work out” primarily because of what God has said. And he leaves no room for us to compromise.
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:9-11
Some people ask “cant we just agree to disagree”? My answer is no. How can two walk together except they agree? Amos 3:3. I will never agree that homosexuality contains any benefit for those who engage in its deadly behavior. And I will never agree with you that supporting it is a good thing. If I do I might as well be committing the act myself (Romans 1:32).
Whether a corporate struggle or a personal struggle, there is no middle ground and all compromise should be rejected. No truces, no treaties, no peace. Either we will be free or we will be enslaved. So choose. Not only the Reformed Church of America, but every church and every person who claims to love God and serve him must choose. His way or your way? His way is clear, immutable and eternal. Ours is shortsighted, selfish and deadly.
Which one will you choose?