LISTEN: The Theology on Homosexuality: We Must Act Now, Part 4 (The Torch Leadership Foundation Institute’s Hill, Lutzer, McKissic Lecture Series with Daniel Whyte III)



Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to episode #31 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 Leviticus 20:13. It reads, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this passage from the “David Guzik Commentary on the Bible”:

Though God here commanded the death penalty for homosexual practice (under the guidelines of evidence in a capital case as described in Deuteronomy 17:6-7), we should note this was not a more severe punishment than what was commanded for adultery or incest. Homosexuality is sin, but sin in the same sense other sexual sins are.

Our Theology on Homosexuality quotes today are from Dwight McKissic and Chuck Colson:

Dwight McKissic said, “We must acknowledge that at least three Scriptures indicate, or suggest that homosexual relationships would be widely accepted and approved of before Christ returns. Jesus Himself said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.’ Jesus makes it clear here that sordid, sinful, sexual behaviors, similar to the type of sexual behaviors that were occurring during the day of Lot in Sodom would also be occurring when He is revealed. Incidentally, ‘sodomy’ is a legal term that is commonly used today in courts of law. For those who argue that Jesus never addressed homosexuality, that is simply untrue. He used the same words that prosecutors, judges, and lawyers use today to label homosexual activity, ‘sodom’.”

Chuck Colson said, “Historically, sex served two important purposes: procreation and promoting spousal unity. While these may not have always been honored in the observance, no one doubted that these were the purposes of sex….But all of this changed with the sexual revolution. Instead of serving moral and social purposes, sex’s overriding purpose was to bring pleasure to those having sex. We see that in all of the literature and all of the discussions through the sexual revolution years. Within that worldview, it became difficult, if not impossible, to judge the morality of any sexual act between consenting adults. This suits our culture’s obsession with personal autonomy perfectly. It’s not just that people want to be free to do as they please, they want to live their lives without any scrutiny at all, especially in sexual matters. In this context, merely suggesting that something is wrong is a form of ‘coercion’ and, thus, prohibited.”

Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “We Must Act Now” part 4 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…

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Just as we must cross denominational lines in our fight against abortion, so we must gladly reach out to those who agree with our stand against same-sex marriages despite other doctrinal differences. The battle for traditional marriage has brought together Catholics and Protestants, Hispanics and African-Americans, Baptists and Pentecostals and Reformed believers, such as Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw, who calls efforts to redefine marriage “dangerously sinful.” He’s right—and all of us, despite our other differences, need to stand together.

Thankfully, many excellent resources have been developed to help believers stand for biblical values in every level of society. There are grassroots organizations that have had experience in networking action groups that can have a collective witness for Christ while addressing the issues that affect a given community. We can be grateful for organizations such as Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, and the Family Research Council. We can support the American Center for Law and Justice, which keeps putting pressure on the courts to keep rogue judges from inventing new laws. These groups and others like them need our prayers and our support. No one organization can do it alone. This is not a matter of competition, but uniting for the common good of our country.

In the midst of this, we must not allow differences of opinion or strategy to divide us. For example, some evangelicals have come out in support of civil unions for gays, which would give gays some of the benefits of marriage but still reserve marriage for heterosexual couples. The risk of this, of course, is that heterosexuals might also opt for such an arrangement as they have in France and Sweden. Ron Crews of the Massachusetts Family Institute said, “[The issue of] civil unions is merely marriage by another name and devalues the institution of marriage.” What is more, he says, some business owners wouldn’t want to provide benefits for same-sex partners on moral grounds. Yes, same-sex unions are marriage by another name.

David Midwood of Vision New England, a multicultural Christian coalition, suggests a middle way. He supports some kind of a “domestic partnership” that would be applicable even for nonsexual relationships such as an aged mother being taken care of by her child. These partnerships would be for health insurance and property rights.5 These matters must be debated among us, but we cannot lose focus as we address the immediate issue of same-sex marriages. Politically speaking, we sometimes have to be satisfied with a half-loaf rather than none at all.

DOES VOTING MATTER?

As a minister I believe strongly that neither my church nor I should endorse a political candidate, even if he or she is a Christian. The lure of political pressure and need for reelection have often caused even the best politicians to compromise important convictions. That said, I think it is critically important that as individual citizens we work within the political arena to elect those who are favorable to issues believers care about. We must find those politicians at all levels who are willing to articulate their views and know what we expect of them once in office. We must even try to educate them and their assistants in why a particular stand is important.

As individuals we must exercise all the influence we have with letters, e-mails, and phone calls to our politicians to help them understand their constituency. Chuck Colson writes, “What will it take to awaken the Church? What’s it going to take for all of you good people listening and reading today to get on the telephones to call your congressman, senators and state legislators to say, ‘We want to protect marriage’?”

We all know that every president’s future influence is found in the appointing of judges who in turn affect public policy sometimes for decades to come. Indeed, the present trend is to bypass democracy and let activist judges dictate policy, based on personal preference and arbitrary power. We must have a groundswell of objections to these developments.

Yes, politics matters.

HIS HEALING, HIS POWER

However, we must realize that ultimately the same-sex marriage debate is not a matter simply of politics, nor a matter of judicial activism. At root is the spiritual emptiness of a nation that has turned from God and lost its way.

A growing number of people are beginning to realize that our problems are not merely political, economic, racial, or even moral. Unless we find a remedy for the human spirit, our downward spiral will accelerate. The gospel of our triumphant Christ is the only answer.

Our primary job is not to save America. Our first responsibility is not to preserve our freedoms, important though they are. Our responsibility is to stand for Christ, witnessing to His grace and power. Our lives should rectify the false notions that persist about Him. Those of us who have experienced Christ’s healing must bring His power to a society that has concluded that no cure for its ills exists. Our neighbors have to know that we are not their enemies, but their truest friends.

The churches to whom Peter wrote were islands of righteousness in a sea of paganism. He encouraged them with these words,

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you” (1 Peter 4:12–-14).

Yet one more challenge awaits.

—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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