Gays and Forgiveness

Posted by on October 21, 2011

One of the largest divisions between gays and Christianity is buried deep in the perceptions of acceptance or rejection by the Christian community. This is an area that also has largely contributed to the ultra sensitive or hypersensitive nature of a high volume of guys.

Sins of unfamiliarity have an exclusive effect on sinners, rather than an inclusive reaction to the fact that there is no sin that is acceptable to our heavenly father. Churches therein began to white wash some sin due to the commonplace of its existence. However I must say that it has been some time since I have heard a sermon that really addresses any sin issues. The gospel seems to have received a watered down effect over the years.

We have gone to the other extreme. There are many a poignant sermon given. But often it has to do with how we study God’s Word, or how we treat one another, or a round about way of trying to get a pertinent point across. Rarely will you hear a sermon that goes to the heart of a sin problem in specifics and what we are to do about it.

In the absence of God’s clear and direct Words regarding sin issues, we cultivate knowingly or not, a tolerance, affirmation or a “well we are all sinners” type of approach; thereby creating an atmosphere of acceptance of sin rather than seeking forgiveness, confessing our sins and healing within a right relationship with God and His supportive church family.

The sin that is most remote and thought worst about is the one that is likely never to be spoken of. Thus it becomes the crowning sin. The hushed whispers, finger pointing and distinct separation from the identified sinner begins to alienate and have an effect on the soul who may be searching, but not finding much needed answers and support.

To gays, this created division and most who have been mistreated or made to feel unloved or cared, have naturally drifted into the gay community who has waited for them with open arms. Isn’t that exactly what the great deception is all about? If Satan can keep us from addressing sin and create a society that accepts sin, then he sees himself as the victor. It’s vividly clear, but rarely addressed.

Instead Christians frequently place additional blame on those who have found an element of society where they feel wanted and accepted and by a commonality of their sin, they begin to find strength in likeness and in numbers and without any indication of a need for change. They live in deception and denial because as a church we failed to explore the sin and the only healer of sin. We have placed emphasis on being a heterosexual sinner, instead of drawing every sinner into a right relationship with God that heals all sin.  How? Within developing a crucial personal relationship with our Savior.

Now sometimes we hear about developing the personal relationship, but we don’t identify which sin this is appropriate for. Out of fear or making people uncomfortable, we skip over the sin issue.  Meanwhile believers and afflicted church members await answers that deal specifically with their sin problem. Many have sat waiting for the gospel they have so deeply needed to hear, yet have never heard it uttered from the pulpit

This has sometimes contributed to the hypocritical sinner. By not addressing sin issues, they fester and grow like a bacteria in the dark. Spouses sneak around on each other. Singles may live an alter life, while covering up their sin issue one day a week at church.  The routine is in place, but the healing is not.

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”  1 Timothy 1:15,16

Today it can begin! Tell your pastor that you want to see souls that have been alienated an ostracized won to Christ. Encourage a call to those who don’t recognize that healing is available. Not a healing that turns them from gay to straight, but to entering a relationship of ‘holiness’ with their father.  Healing is available for every sinner. Lets talk about cultivating an honest relationship about our sin filled lives with Christ. Let’s explore what it is that He desires from us and how we are to reach out to one another in an inclusive relationship, not an exclusive relationship.

To gays; where there is forgiveness, there is healing, It is so very important to not hold ourselves apart from the church, but to personally recognize the need for healing. When the sin is sin as sin and we hold ourselves accountable and begin to seek forgiveness and healing, you will then want to identity as a child of the kingdom rather than a sinner bent on what feels natural due to our commonality of having been born with a sinful nature.

Seek forgiveness from God and from your fellow man. Serve and grow in Christ even in the face of adversity. It is a challenge not for the weak of heart. I can tell you that there are many bumps and hurdles in the road. There are moments of awkwardness. But I have freedom knowing with all my heart that I am seeking to do God’s will in spite of what those around me might or might not be doing.

As James 5:16 says  “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

It cannot be afforded to a sinner to leave the teachings of Christ, to find comfort in like minded people in the world. The cost is eternal life. Likewise we cannot afford to officiate in churches and not be held accountable for teaching the gospel to ALL sinners. Be blessed today and share God’s love and compassion all who seek a life in Him that cultivates accepting victory and healing.

God bless …. Wayne Blakely

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