By now you all have heard something about Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his controversial statements concerning homosexuals and the hypothetical “gay gene”. Instead of joining the firestorm, I would rather point you to his actual article and also to his own response to the controversy. May I also call you to think about his rebuke against us Christ-followers and the way we have treated homosexuals:
Here is a haunting question to consider. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 the Apostle Paul condemns an entire list of sins, including explicit references to homosexuality. Then he reminds the church, “such were some of you.” The complete text reads: “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” [1 Corinthians 6:11]. God brings glory to himself through the salvation of sinners — and Paul includes homosexuality in that list. Why do we not see more redeemed sinners testifying to the grace of God in bringing them out of the sin of homosexuality? Could it be because many churches would rather just isolate themselves from persons in this category of sin?
As John Newton, author of the hymn “Amazing Grace,” once testified: “I know that I
am a great sinner and that Jesus is a great Savior.” We should seek the glory of God in the salvation of sinners — sinners of every type and temptation.