LISTEN: The Theology on Homosexuality: We Must Resist the Pressure, Part 1 (The Torch Leadership Foundation Institute’s Hill, Lutzer, McKissic Lecture Series with Daniel Whyte III)



Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to episode #23 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 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 Romans 1:26-27. It reads, “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this passage from the Newell’s Commentary:

For the second time we read, God gave them over — and now, unto shameful passions. There are natural and normal appetites of the body: God is not speaking of these, or even of the abuse of these, — adultery or harlotry — in this verse. He is describing that state of unnatural appetites in which all normal instincts are left behind. And it is significant, that, as originally woman took the lead in sin, so here!

Here men are seen visited with a judicial “giving up” by God, in which they forget not only the holy relations of marriage, but even the burnings of ordinary lust, and plunge into nameless horrors of unnatural lust-bondage, males and females, receiving in themselves the due recompense of their error. Compare “among themselves” of verse 24 with “in themselves” of verse 27: “These words bring out,” as Godet remarks, “the depth of the blight. It is visible to the eyes of all.” And Meyer also: “The law of history, in virtue of which the forsaking of God is followed among men by a parallel growth of immorality, is not a purely natural order of things; the power of God is active in the execution of this law.”

What a fearful account is here! A lost race plunging ever deeper, by their own desire! Left in shameful, horrid bondage, unashamed,–not only immoral, but unmoral, hideous.

Our Theology on Homosexuality quotes for today are from Dwight McKissic and Billy Graham:

Dwight McKissic said, “To redefine a sin issue as a justice issue is a serious matter. Civil rights are rooted in moral authority; Gay rights are rooted in a lack of moral restraint. Civil rights are rooted in constitutional authority. Gay rights are rooted in carnal antinomianism. The Civil Rights Movement was birth in the Church. The gay rights movement was birthed outside the church. The gay rights agenda is masquerading as “sexual orientation” and has boldly and brazenly entered into the church in the name of social justice. To compare gay rights to civil rights is to compare their sin to my skin.”

Billy Graham said, “The Bible provides God’s blueprint for marriage and for His good gift of sex in Genesis 2:24. The gift is only to be enjoyed within a marriage between a man and a woman. There are no exceptions suggested, such as homosexual partnerships. From Genesis on, the Bible praises the marriage of a man and a woman, but it speaks only negatively of homosexual behavior whenever it is mentioned. Sometimes it is said that the Bible does not record any words of Jesus about homosexuality, and therefore it must be acceptable to God. However, the Bible does not record sayings of Jesus about a number of other specific sins either. When people asked Jesus about marriage, He told them to remember what Genesis said about God’s plan for marriage. So, in this sense, Jesus did have something to say about homosexual partnerships. God only blessed sex within the committed marriage relationship of a man and a woman.”

Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “We Must Resist the Pressure” part 1 from “The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Need to Know About What’s Really at Stake” by pastor Erwin Lutzer. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you appreciate this podcast and lecture series, 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 continues with the following…

Two lesbians, both from Christian families, said that their relationship was not only loving but “beautiful.” In fact, they were more certain that their relationship with one another was honoring to God than they were about anything else. Since God created them with a different “orientation,” why would the Almighty not be pleased with how they expressed their love to one another? If heterosexuals could enjoy the bliss of wedded love, why would a good God deprive them of the same privilege?

The pressure to affirm same-sex marriages is relentless. We hear it from the media, from politicians, and from the gays themselves who plead with us to see their point: They also are human beings with sexual desires; it would be unfair for some people to express those desires while others are forbidden to do so. And what human being—family member or otherwise—has the right to deny them equal status in matters of vocation and marriage?

When we hear these arguments long enough, as we saw earlier, they can wear us down like the continuous dripping of water on stone. Eventually we begin to think, Well, maybe…

That’s exactly what gay activists hope we’ll think.

In this chapter we will consider many of the specific arguments in favor of homosexual relationships and, therefore, same-sex marriage. We will explore how some of today’s leading research invalidates those arguments. And, in the process, we will, I hope, provide God’s people a way to resist the relentless drip-drip and in response, lovingly, truthfully, and convincingly speak.

In their very insightful book “Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church’s Moral Debate,” psychologists Stanton L. Jones and Mark A. Yarhouse interact with both moral theology and contemporary science, reviewing many of the arguments put forward by the gay community and showing them to be flawed. Though this book is by no means a new investigation, the same arguments hold firm among the supporters of homosexuality today. They are as follows:

“I WAS BORN THAT WAY”

The oft-stated argument goes like this: If it can be established that homosexuality is caused genetically rather than a chosen lifestyle, then homosexuality cannot be immoral. And so there is the search for the so-called “gay gene” with the hope that it can be proven that homosexuality, like skin color, is not freely chosen. Thus, in the minds of the public it follows with impeccable logic that gays are not responsible for their gayness, thus are free to act on their feelings. As one homosexual advocate put it, “Only a sadistic God would create hundreds of thousands of humans to be inherently homosexual and then deny them the right to sexual intimacy.” In brief, since gayness is created by God, the homosexual lifestyle must be affirmed.

This obviously is not the place to evaluate the evidence on whether homosexuality is genetic, although so far virtually all studies that insist it is genetic suffer from glaring methodological flaws. My concern has only to do with the logic behind the “If it is genetic… then it must be affirmed” equation. Even if homosexuality is shown to be genetic—and thus far the evidence is far from conclusive—this would not yield the results that are so blithely assumed.

First, we must better understand the nature of genetics itself. There is a difference between those genes that make up the body and those genes that influence our desires and predispositions. Jones and Yarhouse write, “We are used to thinking of genes as causing us to have things like brown eyes or wavy hair, and choice has little to do with such characteristics. But behavioral genetics has produced abundant evidence of genetic influences that clearly do not render human choice irrelevant.”

We are responsible for our behavior even if it is genetically motivated. Surely homosexuals don’t want to say that their genes have rendered them helpless robots, incapable of human choice about their behavior. They would want to affirm, I think, that they are moral agents who should be held accountable for their lifestyle. In other words, no matter what influence our genetic makeup has on us, we cannot use this as an excuse for a lack of accountability and responsibility.

Many years ago I met a kleptomaniac who tried to steal practically anything he saw. He even stole merchandise when there was every reason to believe he would be caught. Though he was punished for shoplifting, he continued his lifestyle, saying that the “buzz” he received from trying to get past the checkout counter motivated him to repeat his behavior. “I’ve always wanted to steal as far back as I can remember,” he said. Then he added, “There’s no question in my mind that it’s genetic.”

So what do we do if we find a kleptomaniac gene, a pedophile gene, or an alcoholic gene? Even if we argue that we are born with certain predispositions, we still have human responsibility for our lifestyles and actions. Ever since the fall in Eden, we all have a predisposition to sin. These fallen desires (often referred to as lusts in Scripture) must be channeled, directed, and often denied the fulfillment they crave.

When we hear someone say that he or she has a “right” to homosexual behavior, we have to point out that sexual intimacy is not a right. Rather than the language of rights, we have to return to the language of obligations. And in the Bible, it is clear that we have an obligation to be sexually chaste if we are not married and sexually faithful if we are. We cannot argue that our desires are “from God” and therefore worthy of fulfillment.

C.S. Lewis, with searing logic, wrote, “From the statement of psychological fact, ‘I have an impulse to do so and so’ we cannot by any ingenuity derive the practical principle, ‘I ought to obey this impulse…’ Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey ‘people.’ People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war.”

Regardless of our sexual desires, whether genetic or acquired, we are creatures created with the ability to choose, and we are held accountable to God for those choices. We cannot argue that the Devil or our genes “made us do it.”

—PRAYER—

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.

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