“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 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 6:9-11 (New American Standard Version).
The above Bible verses have been a long-standing warning to God’s people. Sadly, this clear-cut teaching is being replaced today for a more gentler, softer approach. The top leadership in the North American Division (NAD) of Seventh-day Adventists has introduced a new “education process” that is being undertaken in the church with regards to the LGBT+ question. You can hear about this “education process” in the above video.
NAD President Dan Jackson and NAD Executive Secretary Alex Bryant revealed a new plan to train pastors to better “appreciate, respect and treat” members of the LGBT+ community. They went on to say that we are “not treating people (LGBT+) like they should be.” This is all part of of the new “inclusion movement” that is sweeping all the churches. The NAD’s new LGBT+ “education process” coincides with the NAD’s LGBT+ “Welcoming Church Project” that has already begun some time ago.
There is a lot of confusion about our Christian witness and what it means to be “loving.” Sadly, this confusion is crippling the church. Christians are confused and are totally unaware of the militant homosexual lobby that has targeted the church with the intention of silencing our message. How can we be so clueless about the radical homosexual agenda that has declared war against God, the Bible, the family and the faith?
And in this war we cannot become the apologists for the gay lobby and begin to attack our fellow believers who stand for Biblical principles. Instead of addressing the popular and fashionable sins of our age, we want to blame our fellow believers who do, and denounce them for all the problems in society. Unbelievable!
1. We don’t reject sinners, but we do reject any idea or obstacle that would prevent sinners from getting the help they so desperately need.
2. We don’t reject people, but we do reject the world with all its customs, philosophies and practices.
3. We don’t live in selfish isolationism where we never have contact with people who don’t believe like we do. However, we are called to not be molded by worldly influences and we do not buy into the world’s sins.
4. We don’t go around acting as though we are better than everyone else. The only reason why we are to separate from the world with its customs and habits is so that we don’t get swept away in the deceitful influences of sin and receive of the coming judgments (Revelation 18:4).
Jesus came to save people. He once asked a sinner: “Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” John 8:10, 11.
“God is our Ruler, our Governor, and He calls us to come out from the world and be separate. ‘Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing.’ If we refuse to do this, if we continue to link up with the world, and to look at every matter from a worldly standpoint, we shall become like the world. When worldly policy and worldly ideas govern our transactions, we cannot stand on the high and holy platform of eternal truth” (Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, p. 1142, par. 6).