Welcome to episode #6 of The Theology on Homosexuality podcast and the Torch Leadership Foundation Institute’s “Hill, Lutzer, McKissic Lecture Series.”
This Lecture Series is in honor of E.V. Hill, Erwin Lutzer, and Dwight McKissic for standing for God, truth and righteousness down through the years without compromise. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast was created primarily to inform the Christian church about why it must stand against homosexuality, homosexual marriage, homosexual parenting, and the homosexual agenda. The biblical portrait of marriage, family and sexuality has sadly come under attack in our society and it is time for the church to stand up and to educate our culture about the dangers of same-sex marriage and the same-sex agenda while at the same time to promote God’s idea of marriage between one man and one woman, God’s view of the family structure, and God’s view of sexuality as being permissible and pleasurable within the safety and sanctity of marriage. The normalization of homosexuality and everything that pertains to it is probably the greatest danger facing our world today. Thus, it is imperative that the body of Christ choose to stop ignoring this prevailing issue and stand up for what God says on this matter before it completely destroys our country. This broadcast/podcast is designed to equip pastors, church leaders, and Christians everywhere to take a firm stand for God against homosexuality and the homosexual agenda, in the spirit of love, grace and truth, so that we will not be responsible for allowing this nation to implode on our watch.
Our Theology on Homosexuality passage from the Word of God today is Jude 1:7. It reads, “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this passage from the “David Guzik Commentary on the Bible”:
As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
These two cities also stand as examples of God’s judgment. Their sin — which was most conspicuously homosexuality, but included other sins as well — brought forth God’s judgment.
Sodom and Gomorrah were blessed, privileged places. They were situated in a blessed area: it was well watered everywhere… like the garden of the LORD.
Having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh: Jude refers to the account in Genesis 19:1-38, where the homosexual conduct of the men of Sodom is described. Ezekiel 16:49 tells us of other sins of Sodom: “Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” Sexual depravity was not their only sin, but it was certainly among their sins, and Jude makes this plain.
The sins described in Ezekiel 16:49 show that Sodom and Gomorrah were indeed prosperous, blessed areas. You don’t have fullness of food, and abundance of idleness if you don’t have material blessings. But despite their great blessing from God and material prosperity, they sinned and were judged.
In Genesis 19:1-38, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed with fire from heaven. But that wasn’t the end of their judgment by fire. Far worse than what happened in Genesis 19:1-38, they suffered the vengeance of eternal fire.
This example gives two lessons. First, it assures us that the certain men causing trouble will be judged, no matter how much they had been blessed in the past. Just as Sodom and Gomorrah were once wonderfully blessed but eventually suffered the vengeance of eternal fire, so will it be with these certain men. Second, it warns us that we also must continue walking with Jesus. If the blessings of the past didn’t guarantee their future spiritual state, then neither does ours.
Our Theology on Homosexuality quotes today are from Dwight McKissic and Greg L. Bahnsen.
Dwight McKissic said, “The lines are being drawn fast, hard, and irrevocably among church groups and denominations surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage. Historically and currently, the Black church has held to biblical standards on the subject of homosexuality, but we are now being tested from within and without. In the past 40 years, how did we move from homosexuality being a ‘mental illness’ and a felony and same-sex marriage being illegal, to it being ‘justice’ and ‘equality,’ ‘welcoming and affirming’ and approved of by every sector of society, except the evangelical church? There is a high probability that by late June of this year, the Supreme Court of the United States will sanction same-sex marriage in every State in the nation. Currently, it is approved in 37 states. The only hope that same-sex marriage does not become the law of the land this calendar year, is that the church comes together across racial and denominational lines, and hold a solemn assembly, seeking God’s face to Divinely intervene and prevent this from happening. Nevertheless, the Church needs to be prepared to address our position on homosexuality regardless to the decision that the Supreme Court takes.”
In his book, Homosexuality: A Biblical View, Greg L. Bahnsen said, “When God created the world, He established a fundamental distinction within the human race, reflected in the human body: ‘male and female created He them.’ In the creation order upon which God pronounced His benediction, there were but two sexes; the human body was deliberately shaped male and female the Hebrew words referring specifically to biological, sexual distinction. This natural difference defines and underlies the polarities of man and woman: such a distinction is not an arbitrary accident of evolution (as though survival of the fittest preserved only species able to procreate by couples), nor a mere cultural convention having the force of long-standing tradition. The distinction enunciated in Genesis is more than incidental historical detail. It is a declaration of the proper creation order, cited with authoritative approval and moral significance by Christ. It was God’s ordained design for sexual relations to be in the form of male-female union, man and wife becoming “one flesh,” and God created the distinction between the sexes to that end. This creation of sexual differentiation by God from the beginning established heterosexuality as the normative direction for the sexual impulse and act. God the Creator gives created things their essential identity and function and defines man’s proper relationships. Man’s sexual function has been defined by God as male-female behavior. This fact refutes the claims of homosexual apologists who say that all human beings have the right to self-definition.”
Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “The Church Must Speak” part 6 from “The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Need to Know About What’s Really at Stake” by Erwin Lutzer. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Need to Know About What’s Really at Stake.” It is available on our website, TorchLeadershipFoundation.com, for just $20.
Dr. Erwin Lutzer goes on to say…
When Truth Becomes “Hate Speech” (PART 2)
Now that same-sex marriages are being legalized, we can already hear the argument, “All people have a constitutional right to marriage, in whatever gender arrangement they desire; the church, therefore, is breaking the law in denying people their constitutionally guaranteed rights.” Until now, the church has had a niche where freedom of religion can be exercised. However, that may soon change. Douglas Kmiec, current law professor at Pepperdine University and previous head of the Office of Legal Counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush acknowledges that in the future, churches may well lose their tax-exempt status (which would mean financial calamity for most) if they refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. He says it could happen in this way:
“The first step would be to make a successful political case for government to add sexual orientation to generally applicable nondiscrimination laws. That is being actively pursued in legal journals and legislative assemblies. Were that advocacy effort successful, it could then be argued that a religious organization that excludes gays and lesbians from its marital rites could be denied its tax exemption. The rub, of course, would be explaining why denying the exemption would not violate a religious organization’s rights of organizational and expressive association, free exercise of religion, and free speech. Arguments dismissing these rights are beings advanced in legal writing and they deserve to be taken seriously.”
After a thorough examination of all the angles and previous court cases that might set precedents for this kind of situation, Kmiec proclaims, “To use the coercive power of government to impose same-sex marriage by means of loss of tax exemption or public benefit is quite simply a legally and morally dubious denial of freedom.” Yet, stranger things have happened, and the future does not necessarily look positive.
The Canadian experience is instructive in this area. Hate speech legislation, intended to silence the church, is already law in Canada where one cannot speak against homosexuality in the media; heavy fines and/or other punishments are levied if one says that homosexuality is a sin…or that it is unhealthy…or that it is not permanent. Listen to what happened to Chris Kempling, former head of the Central British Columbia Public Health Board and school counselor. He wrote a letter to the editor of his local paper expressing his beliefs that were opposed to the homosexual agenda. Janet L. Folger, author of The Criminalization of Christianity, explains the situation and her thoughts on it like this: “He stated that homosexuality was not a genetic orientation, that homosexual sex was often unhealthy and promiscuous, and that homosexuals could become straight. (All of which are true, but that’s beside the point.)” It was, indeed, beside the point, because a judge branded Kempling a bigot, and he was suspended from his job without pay for a month. Folger points out, “Keep in mind, Kempling never said he wouldn’t serve homosexual students objectively. In fact, he was never accused of any discriminatory act. He was accused of having the wrong thoughts.”
Canada has had “sexual orientation” as one of the protected groups listed in its hate crimes legislation since 2004. The United States has tried unsuccessfully to do the same for years, and at the time of this writing is trying to do so again.
Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, my friend, may God bless you and keep you!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.