Ok, so it really shouldn’t be shocking to professing Bible-believing Christians; but I’m afraid for too many in professing Christendom it is.
Oftentimes during a discussion concerning the sin (and yes, Jay Bakker it’s a sin) of practicing same sex sexual relations i.e. homosexuality one will inevitably hear this tired ol’ chestnut come emerging: But Jesus was silent on this issue.
Well, it is a nice try; but it doesn’t fly. The Apostle John e.g. in his eyewitness deposition we call the Gospel of John records a few instances where Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ of God, claims to be the LORD God Almighty Himself in human flesh.
Christ being simultaneously fully Man and fully God—the hypostatic union of theological description and all of that—which gay affirming Emerging Church pastors like Doug Pagitt will at least say they believe; for now anyway.
Well, if one does believe Jesus is God; if one does believe Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and if one does believe all Scripture is theopnuestos—breathed by God—(cf. 2 Timothy 3:16), then all we have to do is look in the Bible and see if God ever spoke concerning the practice of homosexuality.
For by doing so, we’ll then also see what Jesus has said on the subject as well:
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)
If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)
they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:25-27)
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)
Now this really doesn’t sound like Jesus was silent on one of the critical issues of our time at all; does it?
And it sure looks to me that if we say we love sinners, but then we aren’t at least honest enough to tell them the truth, then we lie. And this is sin as well:
“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)