A group of Christian leaders is calling for the Church to love
homosexuals without diverting from biblical teaching in the
Matt Barber of Liberty
Counsel Action recognizes that as the culture is shifting, some
pastors are shifting their views on homosexuality. But there is
something pastors need to understand, he says.
"Christ has given us the perfect example by which to address
these issues. Christ is full of grace, always has grace, but he
never veers away from truth," Barber asserts. "The answer is to
speak God's truth in love, to call sin sin. Jesus was very clear
about sexual immorality."
The Christian attorney is reminded of how Jesus addressed the
woman at the temple who was about to be stoned to death (John
8:1-11). He recognized she was engaged in a lifestyle of sexual
immorality, but told her: "I condemn you not." The problem, notes
Barber, is that most people want to forget that Jesus also told her
to "go and sin no more."
"When people identify their identity and engage in a counterfeit
marriage, and then go to church and expect for that church to
affirm their lifestyle of sin -- when a church affirms that
lifestyle of sin, they are not engaging in love and grace; they are
doing something most hateful, " Barber reasons.
He adds that Jesus is also clear about those who lead people,
including youngsters, into sin in the name of Christ.
This call for Christians and churches to show more Christ-like
love toward those living a homosexual lifestyle was made by more
than a dozen pastors and ministry leaders speaking during "The
Nines" leadership webcast in late October.