Win or lose, Christians must stick with scripture when dealing with the culture wars. That's the response of a prominent Southern Baptist pastor to moves within his own denomination that indicate there may be a "softening" on the topic of homosexuality.
Recently the Human Rights Campaign, a major pro-homosexual lobbying group, issued a press release with the headline "Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Show Signs of Progress on LGBT Equality." OneNewsNow talked with Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas and host of Pathway to Victory, and asked if it's true.
"I believe there's some indication that that is true, unfortunately," he responds. "Look, I think we all want to be compassionate when we deal with any sin, whether it be the sin of addiction, the sin of adultery, the sin of homosexuality. We ought to assure everybody that there's no such thing as an unpardonable sin for those who receive the grace of Jesus Christ."
Christians, he says, have to be willing to call sin what it is: sin – even when holding discussions with homosexuals on that particular sin. And in those discussions, Jeffress emphasizes, believers should offer hope – but not false hope by being silent about it.
"... It's been my experience as one whose been on the forefront of these culture wars," Jeffress offers, "that it doesn't matter how much you smile, how much you show compassion, that if you label homosexuality as a sin you're going to be labeled as 'intolerant' and a 'hate monger.'"
Christians must abide by scripture, he concludes – not by the culture.