Truth, Pride and Deception

Posted by on August 18, 2010

Adam and Eve were deceived by half truths. II Corinthians 11:3  “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

I have been listening to some spiritual talks and once again contemplating the conversion process of  the homosexual. In reading God’s Word, He has made clear to me that hanging on to any part of the world could cost me eternity.  This would also apply to any sin that we hang on to.  Often in letting go of the world, many will still cling to a portion that just seems to hard for them to give up.

When I was baptized, I became a new body in Christ. Neither straight nor gay. My orientation is now one led by the Holy Spirit. To be drawn to holiness and away from a world identity. The word “gay” is a term not found in God’s Word, but would likely replace the word “homosexual.”

Wikipedia says this.  “The term gay was originally used to refer to feelings of being “carefree”, “happy”, or “bright and showy”; it had also come to acquire some connotations of “immorality” as early as 1637.”

Several times since baptism it has been suggested that it would be appropriate for me to refer to myself as a gay Christian or a gay Adventist.  The implication that comes with this reference is that this was just a part of me that God failed to heal. Often the healing doesn’t take place because we keep holding onto something we should let go of.  There are arguments that the sin is not in the orientation. We are all sinners regardless of our sexual preference. But a preference and a temptation should be very separate from one another.

If I keep telling you that I’m a gay Adventist, that certainly doesn’t give the impression that I am open to any other leading that Christ might enlighten me with.  To date, I am tempted with same-sex attraction. But I am not going to give Satan the pleasure of identifying myself as part of a lifestyle that he used to deceieve me.  And that is what “gay” is. It was developed to name a lifestyle of those who found no shame in delcaring their desires for members of the same gender.

I am greatly concerned for ministries that lead with a partial truth. One that for the sake of comfort would have you identify as “gay.”  Pride is as dangerous as other sins used to detour us from our focus on Jesus.  From my conversion and my study, I believe Christ would have us rejoice in a new identity after baptism that says we are washed clean and now choose to die to sin and the labels of sin that once bound us.

If God has reached your heart and won your soul, honor and praise Him for the new creation He has made in you. II Corinthians 5:16-17 “…Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Look to your future with Jesus and leave the past behind. You are a new body in Christ.  I  pray that those who have given their life to Christ are not weighted down by the world.

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