Welcome to episode #25 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 Mark 10:6-9. It reads, “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this passage from the “Bible Knowledge Commentary” by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck:
Jesus contrasted the Jews’ view of marriage with God’s view from the beginning of Creation. God made them, the first couple, Adam and Eve, distinctly male and female yet fully complementary to each other. A man shall leave behind his parents, shall be united to his wife, and the two — man and woman — will become one flesh. As “one flesh” they form a new unit comprising a sexually intimate, all-encompassing couple just as indissoluble in God’s present Creation order as a blood relationship between parent and child. So they are no longer two, but one (literally, “one flesh” or a one-flesh unit). Marriage is not a contract of temporary convenience which can be readily broken; it is a covenant of mutual fidelity to a lifelong union made before God.
Our Theology on Homosexuality quotes today are from Dwight McKissic and C.H. Spurgeon:
Dwight McKissic said, “Fighting for morality is not an easy thing to do. Fighting for the soul of a nation, a people, and a culture that has historically been rooted in a Judeo-Christian value system, but is rapidly moving at a record breaking speed toward secularism and humanism as its core value system, is also not easy. To stand for truth, righteousness, and the wisdom of God in an age where God’s published thoughts on a subject are rejected even by His preachers, is increasingly becoming a difficult thing to do. We are living in the days that the prophet Isaiah spoke of when he said: ‘Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!’”
C.H. Spurgeon said, “Shall the homosexual vice of which Sodom was guilty never be checked? Why, if this should spread amongst the sons of men, it would bring in its infernal train ten thousand times more damage than the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The sin itself is infinitely worse than the fire which burned it up.”
Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “We Must Resist the Pressure” part 3 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…
[The third argument that the homosexual community proposes is that] “GAY MARRIAGE IS A MATTER OF CIVIL RIGHTS”
Some gay activists have attempted to equate their drive for legal marriage with the great battles for civil rights fought by black Americans over the past century—a strategy that has met with mixed response in the black community itself. Dwight A. McBride, writing in the Chicago Tribune, is a gay African-American man who supports such efforts and criticizes the Reverend Jesse Jackson for trying to unhitch the link between civil rights and homosexual marriage.
McBride asserts that if we pass a constitutional amendment abridging the right to civil marriage among that class of citizens known as gays and lesbians, we “will be writing into the Constitution an amendment that denies the right of civil marriage for one group of citizens while reserving that right for others.” He goes on to say that he is arguing for recognition of civil marriage, not religious practice. Churches can refuse to marry gays, but they “do not have the right to dictate to the government their religious beliefs about who has access to civil marriage.”
First, all of us realize that the color of one’s skin is not a matter of our choice; that is genetically determined. But as we have already seen, homosexual behavior is not genetically determined, even if scientists were able to locate the elusive “gay gene.” It is one thing to say that we believe in civil rights for all regardless of one’s skin color. It is quite another to say that we believe in civil rights for all regardless of one’s behavior.
Second, this leads to the question of personhood itself. Homosexuals frequently speak of themselves as if their gayness is fundamental to who they are as persons—that they are in effect defined by their gayness. In an online “coming out stories gallery,” a sixteen-year-old girl says, “Being gay and autistic is who I am. I would never change myself for anyone in the world. This is who I am and being gay made me love myself even more.”11 In this girl’s mind, she can’t help being gay any more than she can help being autistic. Similar statements are made by homosexuals across the board. As a result they set themselves off as a separate class, a group that needs special attention and deference.
There is no question that our identity is to a great extent bound up with our gender: Male and female He created them. Part of that identity is the fact that we have sexual desires. However, to essentially affirm, “I am my desires,” is to give our sexual passions a wrongful place on the scale of values. Jones and Yarhouse state it well: We must not forget that “much that is fundamental to our identities is bad—we are, after all, sinful and fallen to the core and while that is part of our identities, it is not something around which to cultivate an identity.”
Personhood is more than my particular sexual passions. Gays, like the rest of us, are born either male or female, but they express their masculinity and their femininity in a way that is inconsistent with their original creation. Personhood is essentially who I am created in the image of God; it is the value I have by virtue of my creation and my ability to choose, to love, and to communicate. Most of all, my identity is bound up with my ability to know God as He has revealed Himself in nature and in the Scriptures.
We agree with Jesse Jackson, and a growing number of black ministers, that we must unhitch the supposed connection between civil rights and homosexual rights. After all, no black person has ever physically abandoned his “blackness,” but plenty of people have abandoned their sexual behavior. Many who have come out of the gay lifestyle say that their journey began when they no longer thought of themselves as fundamentally gay, as if gayness was the essence of their personhood.
Essentially, as author Mark Christopher so aptly states when answering the question of whether disapproving of homosexuality is akin to promoting slavery, suppressing women, and endorsing apartheid: “These are all very poor analogies. This logic amounts to apples and oranges theology. There is simply not a one-to-one correspondence when comparing homosexuality with these other three issues.”
But what about McBride’s argument that the church has no right to “dictate” its beliefs to the government? That argument denies the church its rightful role as a contributor to and shaper of culture and as a moral compass to society. The church has every right to inform and influence laws and governmental policies—as do business, education, media, and various other bodies that seek a place in the public square.
Also, we must ask: “Who is dictating what to whom?” The homosexual movement, with its stringent insistence that all opposition be silenced, has been “imposing” its agenda on society with a vengeance.
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.