Dear saints of the Lord, let us grieve, and let us give true hope that God can forgive anyone who comes to Christ and find rest and forgiveness and the true infinite love of God for our souls. I recall the words of Paul, “Such were some of you” (1 Cor. 6:11). But let us grieve that instead of calling all people everywhere to repentance, we are legalizing and encouraging and celebrating what separates people from the Lord for eternity. There is hope, but only as we run from this world, take up our cross and follow Christ. I pray you will be benefited from Dr. Lutzer’s article below.
by Erwin Lutzer, Senior Pastor of the Moody Church
From the Moody Church Article “A Time for Tears“
God is Grieved with This Decision…
The decision of the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in all fifty states is not only a direct violation of Scripture, but is contrary to natural law. This decision will accelerate the disintegration of the family, the sexual confusion of our children, and our continuing descent into moral bankruptcy.
Make no mistake: the battle for freedom of religion will now shift into high gear. Churches that staunchly refuse to marry gay couples will be targeted. Our right for tax exemption will be challenged; the use of our facilities for same-sex weddings will eventually become mandatory.
God was grieved with this decision, and we will experience many immediate and far-ranging judgments as a result of it. The sinful lifestyle clearly condemned by God has now been normalized.
This is a watershed issue. Some evangelicals, bowing to cultural pressure, are “rethinking” their views on same-sex marriage under the banner of “love.” We are told that people should be able to marry anyone they love. Eventually, this will also mean that people will be free to enter marriage with multiple partners, as long as they love one another. However, the Bible has a different definition of love. In the Scriptures, love and truth are not enemies. Both in the Old Testament and in the New, love is defined as obedience. Thus Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” We believe there is nothing loving in being untruthful about what the Scriptures teach.
Of course, both individually and as a church, we extend our love to the LGBT community, and offer them the forgiveness and reconciliation that Jesus came to provide. We will be their friends, and we will let them know that we care about them, as we are all equally created in God’s image. But we refuse to accept the dictum, “If you love me, you must accept my lifestyle.”
What do we do? We as believers must remember that it is not necessary for us to win in this life in order to win in the next. We will be faithful to our convictions, informed by Scripture, regardless of the consequences. We will renew our commitment to intercession and prayer, and repent of our own sins and failings.
God is sifting His church; the chaff is being separated from the wheat. We must be faithful to God regardless of the cost.
John Piper said it well:
We weep over our sins. We don’t celebrate them. We don’t institutionalize them. We turn to Jesus for forgiveness and help. We cry to Jesus, “who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).