LISTEN: Both Russell Moore and Jack Graham Are Wrong: They Should Have Never Let a Stupid Election Cause a Stupid Rift Like This (The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture #21 with Daniel Whyte III)

The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #21

Welcome to the Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast where we consider different perspectives on what is happening in our culture and apply a biblical worldview. I am your host, Daniel Whyte III. This is episode #21.

This episode is titled, Both Russell Moore and Jack Graham Are Wrong: They Should Have Never Let a Stupid Election Cause a Stupid Rift Like This

The Southern Baptist Convention and the evangelical community in general is facing a rift that could cost the denomination millions of dollars in support. The controversy is over Russell Moore, the head of the Convention’s public policy arm, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and his comments throughout the 2016 election season criticizing then-candidate Donald Trump and, more pointedly, criticizing evangelicals and fellow Southern Baptists who were supporting him. One of the things he said was that a group of pastors who met with Trump in New York and were appointed to an advisory council had “drunk the Kool-Aid.”

Now, with the election in the history books, and with Trump now president, some Southern Baptist leaders are coming after Moore. Some, including megachurch pastors Robert Jeffress and Jack Graham, have threatened to withhold funds from the SBC unless there’s a ‘change in his status.’ (In other words, they want him fired.) Over the course of a few weeks, pastors and other denominational leaders have begun taking sides. The situation has gotten so bad that the secular media, including The Washington Post, Fox News, and The Atlantic, have taken notice.

Both Russell Moore and Jack Graham, and thousands of other Christians, should have taken heed to the warning that we placed in BCNN1 on January 1, 2016, as a part of the introduction to preaching the Gospel each day in the Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign that went on throughout the tumultuous election season.

“The daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell.”

In our opinion, both Russell Moore and Jack Graham, as Christian leaders, were wrong for taking part in this controversial election in the way that they did. On both sides, it was just too much; both crossed the line. Russell Moore should not have said some of the things he said and he knows it. Jack Graham should have never said some of the things he said and he knows it. Could it be that these dear brothers, who are great men of God, got in the flesh like we all sometimes do? Could it be that the devil got in the midst and made us look stupid again? I dare anybody to deny that the devil is not in the middle of this foolishness. They both need to confess their own sins, repent, come to the table of brotherhood, apologize to each other as men, stand with Christ, and both be prophets to whoever is in office, be they black or white, Obama or Trump. Or the SBC will lose precious ground that they have fought for for the past forty years or more in race relations, and they will lose the goodwill that they have from people who are not a part of the Southern Baptist Convention, but who love, admire, and respect the Southern Baptist Convention.

This week, the SBC’s Executive Committee President Frank Page met with Russell Moore to work out their concerns and differences. They released a joint statement saying, “We fully support one another and look forward to working together on behalf of Southern Baptists in the years to come. We will collaborate on developing future steps to deepen connections with all Southern Baptists as we work together to advance the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

While the meeting and the joint statement of unity is a step in the right direction toward the resolution of the rift, the situation should have never gotten this bad in the first place.

Christians should never be so beholden to political candidates that we let such issues divide us. Our unity as believers is in Christ, not politics. The fact of the matter is that no political candidate will ever be able to satisfy the kingdom-on-earth vision that we ought to be praying for and working toward. I would say that, with the state of our politics as it is, support for political candidates falls squarely under the “Christian liberty” spoken of in the New Testament.

With two non-ideal candidates given to us in 2016, many Christians decided not to vote at all. In our opinion, those who decided to vote for one or the other should have done so without making a big deal about it and without trying to convince those who voted for or supported someone else that they were wrong. We could apply Romans 14:2-3 to this situation as such: “For one believeth that he may vote for a Republican: another votes for a Democrat. Let not him that votes for a Republican despise him that votes for a Democrat; and let not him which votes for a Democrat judge him that votes for a Republican: for God hath received them both.”

Many consider politics to be an inappropriate topic of discussion at dinner or at family gatherings because, even in a family, not everyone will think the same way. Perhaps, the same unspoken prohibition ought to apply to the church. Politics is temporary. One day, “the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of Christ.” Our greatest energy ought to be spent on the Gospel, getting it to the people who need it, and building up those who already believe. That has eternal impact. And that is something we can all agree on.

In closing, let me leave you with a Scripture and a quote to think about.

Romans 14:4-10 says, “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”

Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said, “Baptist love for liberty often creates the sounds of war when closer examination reveals a fireworks display. The issues are serious, but the focus of our convention of churches on getting the saving gospel of Christ to every human on the earth prevails over our temporary squabbles.”

In light of what we have discussed today, I want to remind you that in our ever-changing world, there is one Person who never changes. That person is Jesus Christ. The Bible says that He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He is not subject to the whims of society or popular opinion. He has an unchanging, eternal love for you. If you do not know Him as your Savior, I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “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 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thank you for listening to this Torch Leadership Cross in Culture Podcast.

Visit us online at http://www.torchleadershipfoundation.com

Until we meet again, remember to keep Christ first in our ever-changing culture.

LISTEN: Some of America’s Pastors are Waving the Wrong Flags (The Cross in Culture #20 with Daniel Whyte III)

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Welcome to the Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast where we consider different perspectives on what is happening in our culture and apply a biblical worldview. Continue reading “LISTEN: Some of America’s Pastors are Waving the Wrong Flags (The Cross in Culture #20 with Daniel Whyte III)”

LISTEN: Trump and Pence: A Modern-day Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel? (The Cross in Culture #19 with Daniel Whyte III)

(Photo: Reuters/Brendan McDermid) Ivanka Trump (L) looks on as her father, Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R), greets Indiana Governor Mike Pence as he introduces Pence as his vice presidential running mate in New York City, July 16, 2016.
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Ivanka Trump (L) looks on as her father, Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R), greets Indiana Governor Mike Pence as he introduces Pence as his vice presidential running mate in New York City, July 16, 2016.

Welcome to the Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast where we consider different perspectives on what is happening in our culture and apply a biblical worldview. I am your host, Daniel Whyte III. This is episode #19. Continue reading “LISTEN: Trump and Pence: A Modern-day Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel? (The Cross in Culture #19 with Daniel Whyte III)”

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



Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to episode #32 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 1:27 which reads, “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 “Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible”:

To what were they given up? To uncleanness and vile affections. Those that would not entertain the more pure and refined notices of natural light, which tend to preserve the honour of God, justly forfeited those more gross and palpable sentiments which preserve the honour of human nature. Man being in honour, and refusing to understand the God that made him, thus becomes worse than the beasts that perish. Thus one, by the divine permission, becomes the punishment of another but it is (as it said here) through the lusts of their own hearts — there all the fault is to be laid.

Those who dishonoured God were given up to dishonour themselves. A man cannot be delivered up to a greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts. Such are given over, like the Egyptians, into the hand of a cruel lord. The particular instances of their uncleanness and vile affections are their unnatural lusts, for which many of the heathen were infamous, against the plainest and most obvious dictates of natural light.

See what wickedness there is in the nature of man. How abominable and filthy is man! Lord, what is man? says David. What a vile creature is he when left to himself! How much are we beholden to the restraining grace of God for the preserving of the honour and decency of the human nature! For, were it not for this, man, who was made but little lower than the angels, would make himself a great deal lower than the devils. This is said to be that recompence of their error which was meet. The Judge of all the earth does right, and observes a meetness between the sin and the punishment of it.

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

Dwight McKissic said, “John the Apostle was given a telescopic view of end time events. God removed the panorama that separates the known from the unknown and showed John a spiritual battle taking place just before the seventh trumpet sound saying, ‘The Kingdoms of this world have become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’ (Revelation 11:15). Just prior to the seventh angel, blowing the seventh trumpet, the sixth angel, blows the sixth trumpet, and among the many things John envisioned before the sounding of the seventh and final trumpet, signifying the end of the world as we know it today: John saw the two witnesses’ dead bodies ‘lying in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt’ (Revelation 11:8). The spiritual condition of our great cities of the world when the Lord returns can spiritually be labeled as ‘Sodom.’ Today we call ‘Sodom,’ ‘same-sex marriage’ and homosexuality.”

Chuck Colson said, “It’s these attitudes [the attitudes of the sexual revolution], and the worldview that produces them, that have fueled the gay-rights movement. It rolls on because it resonates with what many Americans believe. And that means that the only way to slow it down is to change the terms of the debate: to once again establish that we are not lower than the animal species, that sex is not for recreation — it is for procreation. As Jennifer Roback Morse, the eminent Stanford economist, has argued so eloquently, we must recapture this understanding of the natural order of sex’s purpose in our culture. Christians have to step forward and make this case.”

Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “We Must Seek God” from “The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Need to Know About What’s Really at Stake” by pastor Erwin Lutzer. (This episode concludes our journey through Erwin Lutzer’s fine work.) 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…

IT’S GONE.

The late Francis Schaeffer told us that someday we would wake up and find out the America we once knew was gone. That day is here.

We have crossed an invisible line, and there are no signs that we are capable of turning back. Like a boat caught in the mighty torrent of the Niagara River, we are being swept along in a powerful cultural current that just might pull us over the brink.

Daily, perhaps hourly, we seem to be losing the war for America’s heart and mind. We must understand the direction and speed of this cultural river that has spilled over and engulfed our land. Even though a majority of Americans still oppose same-sex marriages, we are beginning to have centuries of laws overturned—not always by the electorate. The battle is often waged in our courtrooms, independent of the input of our citizenry.

On several occasions I’ve been in the so-called Luther Room in the Wartburg Castle in Germany. There, living the life of a hermit, Luther translated the entire New Testament into German in just ten months! But it is also there, tradition says, he threw an inkwell at the Devil. Indeed, tour guides used to rub a bit of soot on the wall, because tourists wanted to see where the inkwell landed!

If Luther did indeed throw his inkwell at the Devil I’m sure that the Devil was not perturbed. No evil spirit would fear an inkwell coming in his direction, even if it were thrown with accuracy and speed. No demon would duck, hoping it would miss its target. You can’t fight a spiritual being with physical weapons! Physical battles are fought with physical weapons, spiritual battles with spiritual weapons.

As I emphasized in the last chapter, we must use the opportunities at our disposal to stand against same-sex unions. We must do so individually, and we must support pro-family organizations. We must and should become involved politically. But these methods just might be missing their intended target. Such measures might do much better than an inkwell thrown at the Devil, but they in themselves will not reverse our cultural current.

The average evangelical thinks that God will always be on our side in our battle against same-sex marriage. However, in the Old Testament, God said these startling words to His chosen people: “Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them” (Isaiah 63:10). In other words, there are times when God no longer takes up the cause of His people. When we refuse to repent of our own sins, God might refuse to come to our aid and let us be defeated. This is why we must turn to Him as families, as churches, and as individuals. Without repentance for our own sins, we cannot expect to win our cultural wars. I believe very deeply that only God can save us now.

Of course, we have always believed that only God can save us. But never have we needed His intervention so desperately; never before have we felt so helpless in the midst of a massive national movement that it appears we cannot stop. And millions of middle-of-the-road Americans who have nothing to do with gays and the gay movement are lulled by the media rhetoric and misrepresentation. They think that we can “live and let live” as if homosexual marriages can exist alongside of traditional ones, each staying in their separate section of the boat we call America.

Ours is a battle that cannot be won by reason, scientific data, or dialogue. The radical homosexual movement that preaches tolerance will not itself tolerate alternate opinions. Everyone must move in lockstep with their agenda—or pay a price.

One day King Jehoshaphat woke up and was told that a vast army was coming against him. The king consulted God about what to do and proclaimed a fast throughout the land of Judah. The people then gathered from every town in the land to seek help from the Lord. Jehoshaphat then stood in the temple of the Lord, and prayed.

O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?… If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear and save us…. O our God, will you not judge them [the adversaries]? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you!

I wonder what would happen if millions of believers set aside their schedules to seek God on behalf of this nation…

I wonder what would happen if privately and corporately we confessed our sins and turned away from our own idols…

I wonder if perhaps God would intervene so the destruction of marriage and the forces that seek to tear our families apart would be stayed…

Back to Jehoshaphat: Through a man anointed with the Spirit, the word of the Lord came, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” Then the king commanded that a select group of men walk ahead of the army, singing and praising God for the splendor of His holiness. And God gave the victory!

In eighteenth-century Britain, the country was in such a state of decline that Parliament had to be dismissed in the middle of the day because too many of the members were in a drunken stupor. Children were abandoned to die, and immorality was rampant. The knowledge of God had all but faded from view. Mercifully, God reversed that trend through the preaching of John Wesley and George Whitefield. Some historians believe that it was that revival that spared Britain the bloody fate of France, torn by violent revolution.

Please understand that God does not owe us such a deliverance. No nation has turned away from so much light in order to choose darkness. No nation has squandered as many opportunities as we have. We can only call on God for mercy, and if it please Him, He will come to our aid. We certainly cannot expect a revival simply because we do not want to face the harassment that well might come to us all. But if we humble ourselves, weeping for this nation, God may yet intervene and restore decency to this crazed world. Most of all, we should pray that millions would be converted and belong to God forever. People change their minds only when God changes their hearts.

If we cannot weep before God, we are probably not fit to fight before men.

Only He can save us now.

—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.

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.” Continue reading “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)”

LISTEN: The Theology on Homosexuality: We Must Act Now, Part 3 (The Torch Leadership Foundation Institute’s Hill, Lutzer, McKissic Lecture Series with Daniel Whyte III)



Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to episode #30 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 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”:

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.

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 Chuck Colson:

Dwight McKissic said, “How do Kingdom citizens relate to gays and a new gay-friendly America? What are saints to do now that we recognize that we live in Sodom? I’ll tell you what we must do. We must love the homosexual unconditionally, while we preach and practice grace, love, and truth uncompromisingly.”

Chuck Colson said, “I know what it means to be redeemed from my sins. Now I live to help others find that redemption behind bars and in the culture. My prayer is that those who feel bound to homosexual behavior or any other sin will realize they don’t have to live in defeat. Freedom awaits them if they forsake their ways and follow Christ—no matter how strong their temptations.”

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

FIGHTING LIKE CHRIST

There are two dangers we must avoid at this hour. The first is to retreat from the fray because we believe we can’t stop the tide of same-sex marriage legalization, and thus “whatever will be will be.” Years ago, in a letter to his supporters, James Dobson pointed out that even if evangelicals choose to run and hide, they will not be able to do so indefinitely. He asked: At what point will we be willing to defend what we believe?

Will parents object if their children are routinely indoctrinated in homosexual ideology or occultism in the public schools? Will we object if the state tells us as pastors what we can (or can’t) say from the pulpit? And I ask, what will you do when people in America start being imprisoned for stating their beliefs about homosexuality? Such a specter is not so unimaginable. It’s happening in other parts of the world. In Sweden an evangelical pastor who preached a sermon on Sodom and Gomorrah was convicted of “verbal violence” against homosexuals and sentenced to a four-week prison term.

Recall that Queen Esther thought she would be safe if she remained silent in the court of the evil king Ahasuerus even though the Jews were about to be persecuted. But her cousin Mordecai perceptively said, “Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews…. And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Fearfully, but obediently, she spoke to the king, and disaster was averted.

We’ve been brought to the kingdom for such a time as this, and we cannot run and hide. We cannot retreat. Even though same-sex marriages are now legal in some states, we must still work toward a change in legislation and in the collective national mood.

The second danger we must avoid is to become so involved in our same-sex marriage debate that we forget that the primary message we have for the world is that Jesus died on the cross for sinners. We are to be agents of grace, mercy, and forgiveness in a harsh and cruel world. We cannot let our cultural revolution obscure our primary calling. We must exercise that calling within the context of our cultural debate.

How can we meaningfully be engaged in a massive cultural and moral struggle without diverting the attention of the world from its need for faith in Christ? Since the answer cannot be to retreat, we must fight; but we must fight like Christians—or more accurately, we must fight like Christ. We have responsibilities in three areas.

WHAT CAN I DO?

We thank God for the Christian media; but at least for the foreseeable future, the secular media will not help us. We can no longer expect to call this nation back to God by public outcries. We cannot appeal to a “moral majority” when, in fact, none exists.

There is, in my opinion, only one answer: Every single Christian must become an activist, assuming the delicate task of taking a firm but loving stand on the issues and yet presenting the spiritual healing of Christ to a society afflicted with a disease called sin. John Q. Citizen will never be convinced about the credibility of the Christian faith until he becomes personally acquainted with someone who lives out the Christian life, applying its values to every situation.

Many Americans think they don’t know anyone personally who is a born-again Christian; they don’t know anyone who is pro-life and yet loves women who have had an abortion. Nor have they met someone opposed to same-sex marriages who does not hate homosexuals. They have never met anyone who would oppose an occult curriculum in the public schools and yet be a genuinely caring individual. In fact, they likely know such a person but he or she has remained silent for fear of being thought of as a fanatic or a religious nut.

The church must begin today to equip believers to lovingly live out their values in the neighborhoods, hospitals, factories, and business offices of this land. Only one-on-one can we model the love of Christ and change the misrepresentations that are perpetrated almost daily by the media. Credibility at the grassroots of American life can only be restored by the grassroots. Only you and I personally can move the debate to higher ground.

Those who are not on the front lines of battle are not exempt from conflict. Parents whose children are grown, or those who work in vocations seemingly unaffected by the clash of values, must be enlisted. During World War II, it was estimated that for every person on the front lines there were twenty who provided the support systems. We cannot leave the battle to those who are dodging bullets in the trenches.

Older parents must stand with younger ones whose children are subjected to pro-homosexual teachings in the schools. Christian college students must rally their peers who are being discriminated against because they do not accept the politically correct liberal agenda. Every believer must be willing to come to the aid of another, bridging all age, vocational, economic, and racial barriers. No one should feel that he or she is in this conflict alone.

We must overcome our reluctance to make our views known in our neighborhoods, at work, and among our friends. We cannot be followers of Christ and consider our reputation to be of more value than standing for the Christ who has saved us. We cannot be intimidated by frivolous lawsuits, harassment on the job, or even death threats. The lordship of Christ means just that: He is our one and only Lord.

When we are misrepresented, we must respond as Christ did: He refused to lash out in anger and did not resort to dramatic outbursts of power to “even the score.” He confronted His accusers with truth, yet remained fully in control of His responses. He knew that conflict with evil men was God’s plan for Him. Like Queen Esther, we have all come to the kingdom for such a time as this. We must stand for truth at every level and yet realize that what men and women need most is to see Jesus. A mind focused on truth is powerful only when combined with a changed heart.

—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.

LISTEN: The Theology on Homosexuality: We Must Act Now, Part 2 (The Torch Leadership Foundation Institute’s Hill, Lutzer, McKissic Lecture Series with Daniel Whyte III)



Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to episode #29 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 1:27 which reads, “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 “Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible”:

To what were they given up? To uncleanness and vile affections. Those that would not entertain the more pure and refined notices of natural light, which tend to preserve the honour of God, justly forfeited those more gross and palpable sentiments which preserve the honour of human nature. Man being in honour, and refusing to understand the God that made him, thus becomes worse than the beasts that perish. Thus one, by the divine permission, becomes the punishment of another but it is (as it said here) through the lusts of their own hearts — there all the fault is to be laid.

Those who dishonoured God were given up to dishonour themselves. A man cannot be delivered up to a greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts. Such are given over, like the Egyptians, into the hand of a cruel lord. The particular instances of their uncleanness and vile affections are their unnatural lusts, for which many of the heathen were infamous, against the plainest and most obvious dictates of natural light.

The crying iniquity of Sodom and Gomorrah, for which God rained hell from heaven upon them, became not only commonly practised, but avowed, in the pagan nations. Perhaps the apostle especially refers to the abominations that were committed in the worship of their idol-gods, in which the worst of uncleannesses were prescribed for the honour of their gods.

See what wickedness there is in the nature of man. How abominable and filthy is man! Lord, what is man? says David. What a vile creature is he when left to himself! How much are we beholden to the restraining grace of God for the preserving of the honour and decency of the human nature! For, were it not for this, man, who was made but little lower than the angels, would make himself a great deal lower than the devils. This is said to be that recompence of their error which was meet. The Judge of all the earth does right, and observes a meetness between the sin and the punishment of it.

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

Dwight McKissic said, “We are commanded to ‘earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.’ God said that His Word is forever settled in Heaven. Therefore, His Word on the subject of homosexuality is not going to change, neither will Kingdom-citizens.”

Chuck Colson said, “Should we criticize people who do not choose who they are? My answer is no. We are all born sinners who fall to temptation and desperately need God’s grace to overcome our weaknesses and lusts—whether gay or straight. Feeling tempted is not a sin, and we should never judge those who experience same-sex attractions. But yielding to temptation is a sin. Unlike our need to breathe, though, our urges to sin are not irresistible. With God’s grace it is possible for anyone (even a homosexual) to resist and overcome them. That is why Paul lists homosexuals among the sinners transformed by the gospel at the very beginning of Christianity.”

Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “We Must Act Now” part 2 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…

LET’S CELEBRATE SINGLENESS

We must realize that some of our young people think they might be gay because of sexual feelings for members of the same sex—some say that 25 percent of young boys question their sexuality at some point. The statistic may be debatable, but the point is that some boys experience confusion and doubt about their feelings of sexual attraction. A boy might realize that he is different from other boys; he might cry more easily, be less athletic, and have an artistic temperament, provoking teasing from his peers. Unfortunately, given our pro-homosexual culture, such a young man will be encouraged to “experiment” and follow that lifestyle. This is dangerous in the extreme. If he begins such experimentation with a member of the same sex, he will overcome his reluctance to have these unnatural relationships. He will wrongly think he is gay and most likely pursue that lifestyle. The secrecy of it all not only plagues his conscience but fuels his desire.

In its strong condemnation of homosexuality, the church has failed to teach parents that children must not only be reared but also understood. There is nothing wrong with a boy being effeminate; this, however, is not an indication that he was born a homosexual. The homosexual desires themselves are the result of environmental factors and a culture that insists that everyone has to be sexually active and “discover their gender.” It might well be that such a young person will also be attracted to the opposite sex and discover that the struggles of puberty are a passing phase.

However, as is the case with many individuals who are only attracted to the opposite sex, he might also have a special calling to singleness whereby he will serve the Lord.

When the disciples were overwhelmed with the level of commitment Jesus expected for marriage partners, they suggested that perhaps it was best if people not marry. And Jesus made this statement, “For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it”. A eunuch is generally defined as a castrated male who could be entrusted with a harem or a household. Jesus said that some are made that way by men; others, he says renounce marriage for the sake of the kingdom. But there is a first category: those who were “born that way.” They are not called to marriage and family, regardless of which gender they are attracted to. God has other things in mind.

It is not too strong to say that we have made an idol of marriage. Singles are often asked, “Well, why aren’t you married?” with the clear implication that there just might be something wrong with them and their singleness. We must stand against this insistence that marriage, with its sexual pleasures along with parental responsibilities, is best for everyone. We must realize that God Himself might have a calling for those who are single, either by necessity or by choice. We must celebrate singleness.

LET’S REPENT OF OUR ATTITUDE

I’ve already said enough in this book about the need to minister to homosexuals without a spirit of judgmentalism or finger-pointing. I cannot stress too strongly that we must not view homosexuality as a sin that is divorced from our own sins within the church—adultery, greed, gossip, and pornography, to name a few. Ed Dobson (no relation to James Dobson), former pastor of a large church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, received criticism when his church launched an outreach to gays several years ago. Some feared the church might be “overrun” with gays.

Ed Dobson countered, “If the church gets overrun with homosexuals, that will be terrific. They can take their place in the pews right next to the liars, gossips, materialists, and all the rest of us who entertain sin in our lives.” He concludes by saying, “When I die, if someone stands up and says ‘Ed Dobson loved homosexuals’ then I will have accomplished something with my life.” No wonder homosexuals came to his church even though they knew that he did not approve of their lifestyle.

If all that we have to offer the world is a message of judgment, we can understand why we will have lost the ear of those who need to hear us the most. I suspect that not many have left the gay lifestyle because they have heard a message condemning homosexuality. But many have left their life of homosexuality because of a message of hope, grace, and patience.

The world is intolerant of hypocrites—those who condemn others for doing what they themselves do in secret. Credibility with our neighbors and friends can best be nurtured through a spirit of openness, admitting our own struggles and shortcomings. If you want to find a bridge to witness of Christ to your neighbors, share some of your failures with them. They will be quite pleased to know that you, as a Christian, are not exempt from the failings common to man.

—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.

LISTEN: The Theology on Homosexuality: We Must Act Now, 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 #28 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, ‘You may ask, “What about all of the fornicators and adulterers [in the church]?” You are right: Fornicators and adulterers are equally as wrong. But in the words of the late Dr. E.V. Hill—“at least that’s natural.” We all have sinned. And I say of myself as Paul said of himself, “I am the chief of all sinners.” Every church and pulpit in America is comprised of sinners. But must we go down the slippery slope and affirm those who engage in unnatural, deviant, and dis-unifying behavior?’

Chuck Colson said, “The answer immediately becomes obvious, because we see the question in the right context. People do have a choice whether or not to have sex outside of marriage, just as they have a choice whether to worship false gods, steal, murder, lie, etc. In fact, this is the only reason God can hold us accountable for our actions. No one forces us to commit them—we choose them freely. In the same way, the Bible condemns homosexual behavior because it is a choice, one which falls grievously short of God’s design for human sexuality.”

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

WHILE THE WORD marriage is being redefined, we as a Christian community seem to be asleep, perhaps believing there is not much we can do, given the moral climate of our times. The simple fact is that if we are not salt and light now, we never will be.

But where do we begin?

We have to reopen the question of our responsibility as a church to the wider culture. Should we retreat to our Bible studies, or should we try to influence the present debate, and if so, how shall we do it?

State by state, we are slowly losing the battle to prevent same-sex marriages. There is little doubt that today’s culture, opinion polls notwithstanding, is willing to “live and let live” without any concern about the wider implications. In the midst of this, we must recover the notion of the church as a force for renewal rather than simply the agent of bitter confrontation. We must fight the war of values without compromising the only message that can change the hearts of men. If not, we are offering a temporary solution to what is in fact an eternal problem.

In ancient Rome, when the church was young and emperor worship was required of the citizenry at the pain of death, Christians understood that by calling Jesus Lord, they were entering the political world of their time. They could not afford to make a neat separation between their individual faith and their “public political philosophy.” To refuse to deify Caesar was not just a religious question, but a political one as well. The Christian faith, rightly lived, has always collided with politics and popular culture.

After the 1925 Scopes trial, Christian fundamentalism retreated from meaningful involvement in our culture. The fundamentalist-modernist controversies made true believers withdraw, causing a separation between faith and the values of society. This vacuum created a popular moral and spiritual climate where values could be freely rewritten to conform to the irreligious spirit of the age. Christianity was still respected but also largely ignored. Christians formed a subculture that remained hidden to all except those who took the time to seek it out.

This retreat from meaningful involvement with the culture precipitated the erosion of values from the mainstream of America’s social and political life. Obviously the Christian faith, isolated as it was, was not a threat to the gradual disintegration of the culture. The prevailing doctrine of separation from the world cut the church off from meaningful dialogue and influence with the world.

But we are learning that it is foolish to say that we can be wholly devoted to Jesus Christ in the private sphere but we must not disturb the status quo in the public sphere. We must even be involved when our world becomes intolerant of common sense.

We must work both within the church and outside of it to influence the debate.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY WITHIN THE CHURCH

As much as we might wish, there is no quick fix to stop the march toward same-sex marriages. But we can have an impact. We must think long-term, beginning with efforts that may not have immediate payoff but will yield great results in the future. Also, there are some things we can do outside the church that will have an eternal impact in the lives of many—and eventually change our cultural consensus toward a biblical worldview.

LET’S STRENGTHEN OUR FAMILIES

For starters, let’s begin with our own families. The statistics on divorce within the evangelical community are cause for repentance and shame. Christians, having drunk deeply from the cup of modernity, have opted for an escape clause in their marriage vows. Let us humbly confess that we have not modeled the virtues and values of family life for all the world to see.

The fact that divorce continues rampant despite a spate of books on love, marriage, and the family, is a poignant reminder that our battle is not one of information, but transformation. Unless the heart is changed by the power of the gospel, we will never be the witness we should be to the world around us. We must be reminded that we can only move forward on our knees and in repentance and faith.

A few simple questions: Do we have adequate premarital and marital counseling in our churches, or are we willing to marry any two people as long as they claim to “love each other”? We as a church should not be in the business of marrying people, but rather in the business of establishing Christian marriages and Christian homes. When gays point to the statistics on divorce among heterosexuals, they make a telling point that we cannot ignore.

Second, we must lead the way in adoption. Yes, it is easy to criticize the decision of homosexual couples to adopt a child; but Christian couples should be the first to step to the plate to adopt the precious children who deserve a mother and a father. Here, perhaps more than in any other matter, we need to put our actions where our mouths are. Consider, for example, the previously mentioned Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale and One Heart Family Ministries in St. Louis. Their involvement in adoption and foster care are inspiring models.

Third, we must carefully nurture and protect our young people. Studies have shown that a child who reaches puberty can either become a homosexual or heterosexual depending on environmental factors. Roger, a homosexual prostitute who converted to Christ and was later married told me, “I was introduced to homosexuality by a man across the street when I was about six years old. I both hated it and loved it; at last I had a man to turn to. Then when I reached the teen years, I just assumed I was gay and opted for the lifestyle.” His story is one that can be repeated thousands of times.

We must stand against modern sex education curricula that suggest that young people “explore” their sexuality. I shall not enter into the debate about private vs. public schools except to say that parents must, at all costs, protect their children from those courses that will introduce their children to pornography under the guise of sex education and information that will encourage them to become sexually active. If we allow educators to “sexualize” our children, we lose our future. Worse, we have failed at the very point at which God holds us most responsible.

—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.

LISTEN: The Theology on Homosexuality: We Must Resist the Pressure, Part 5 (The Torch Leadership Foundation Institute’s Hill, Lutzer, McKissic Lecture Series with Daniel Whyte III)



Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to episode #27 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 1:26-28. 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. And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient…”

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:

Also God gave them over to shameful lusts (literally, “passions of disgrace”). This involved, as the text states, both sexes engaging in homosexual instead of heterosexual relationships. Women deliberately exchanged natural relations (with men in marriage) for unnatural ones (with other women). This is the second “exchange” the unregenerate made.

The words translated women and men in these verses are the sexual words “females” and “males.” Contemporary homosexuals insist that these verses mean that it is perverse for a heterosexual male or female to engage in homosexual relations but it is not perverse for a homosexual male or female to do so since homosexuality is such a person’s natural preference. This is strained exegesis unsupported by the Bible. The only natural sexual relationship the Bible recognizes is a heterosexual one within marriage. All homosexual relations constitute sexual perversion and are subject to God’s judgment. Such lustful and indecent acts have within them the seeds of punishment (due penalty).

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

Dwight McKissic said, “A Brooklyn Dodgers coach was fired during the Jackie Robinson Era because the Catholic Church was unified in refusing to buy season tickets to support a team where the head coach was openly and unashamedly promiscuous. Look how far we have fallen morally that a player can announce that he is gay, and a Baptist preacher comes to his side to support his gay lifestyle!”

Chuck Colson said, “We ignore the complete cultural implications of our faith. And then we’re shocked by the state of the culture.”

Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “We Must Resist the Pressure” part 5 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 seventh argument that the homosexual community proposes is] “LOOK AT THE DIVORCE RATE”

Over and over again, I’ve heard evangelical Christians say, “Who are we to talk with all the divorces among us? Why should we deny gays marriage? After all, we aren’t doing that great.” So, given the high divorce rate, should we give homosexuals an opportunity where we have failed?

Any thought that homosexual couples will give children a more stable environment is quickly contradicted by the facts. Although lesbians have shown the ability to form long-term relationships, male homosexuals have a notorious track record for a multitude of sexual partners. Charles Purdy, writer for a gay website, proclaims, “For many gay men, the word ‘monogamy’ is about as appealing as the word ‘gonorrhea.’ Research has shown that among gay couples who’ve been together for more than five years, sexually exclusive couples are a minority.” Though this statement seems to imply that just fewer than 50 percent of long-term gay couples are monogamous, the research actually shows that the number of monogamous gay couples is almost negligible.

A large survey of gay men taken in San Francisco during the height of the gay movement of the pre-AIDS ‘70s showed that only 10 percent of the respondents could be classified as existing in “close-coupled” relationships, and these relationships could only be characterized as “relatively monogamous” or “relatively less promiscuous.” Only 17 percent reported having less than fifty sexual partners.

We might think that the situation has changed since then, but recent studies consistently show gay monogamy rates in “committed relationships” to be less than 30 percent, with many reporting numbers as low as 5 or even 0 percent monogamy, even among “committed” partners. The authors of one report, themselves a gay couple, argued that for male couples, sexual monogamy is a passing stage of “internalized homophobia,” and that many homosexual males distinguish between emotional fidelity and sexual exclusivity. Emotional and not physical faithfulness matters. In other words, they are free to have other sexual partners as long as they are not emotionally attached to them.

The Handbook of Family Diversity reported a study in which many self-described monogamous homosexual couples reported an average of three to five partners in the past year. One study showed that most homosexual men understood sexual relations outside the relationship to be the norm and viewed adopting a monogamous standard as an act of oppression. One gay man, writing on Salon.com, states the issue quite plainly: “There are two lines of thought when it comes to allowing gay men to marry: Marriage will change us, making us more monogamous, or we will change marriage, making it less monogamous.” It seems the latter is more often the case. And note once again the emphasis on changing the foundations of marriage.

While the rate of fidelity within married couples is far from ideal, several studies report that an average of 82 percent of spouses claim to have remained faithful to their commitment. Yes, to our shame, many heterosexual marriages have failed. We as a church have stood by watching families torn asunder. And yet, there is no reason to believe that homosexual couples will give our children a more stable environment. Perhaps I can put it this way: To say that we should condone gay marriage because of the failure of heterosexual marriages is like saying we should give counterfeit money a chance since the real money, “traditional money,” is often devalued because of inflation.

CONCLUSION

We began this chapter with the comments of two lesbians who insisted that they knew that God wanted them to be together. Parents of such children must listen to their reasoning and their heartfelt pleas to be heard. Compassion, communication, and care must always be exercised in these situations. A judgmental, uncaring attitude has driven countless people deeper into homosexual patterns and behavior. Few groups in society have faced as much condemnation from the church as homosexuals have. We all know that Christ came into the world to save sinners, but often the impression is given that homosexuals are excluded from His love and grace. Such a gospel is unworthy of the name!

Yet we must confess that nowhere are we so willingly deceived as in the matter of sexuality, regardless of whether we are homosexual or heterosexual. I think of the men I’ve known who have convinced themselves that they should leave their wives and be with another woman because they had met their “soul mate.” The Bible and plain reason are set aside in the selfish interests of the relationship of the moment. Then they appeal to God’s love to sanctify a sinful relationship.

The problem in our culture is that we begin with our experience and use it as a basis to interpret reality. We think, “I’m having this experience and enjoying it, so God in particular and society as a whole had better get used to it and fit in around with what I’m doing.” When Paul speaks of God’s displeasure regarding sexual sin, he often uses the word deceived, or something to that effect, because he knows that the human mind is capable of rationalizing anything the human heart wants to do. Nowhere is this longing to rationalize more pronounced than when justifying an immoral relationship. I’ve taken the liberty to emphasize words or phrases in the verses below so Paul’s warnings can be more clearly seen.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7–-8).

For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them (Ephesians 5:5–7).

Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9–10).

We must resist the pressure to accept the arguments made for same-sex marriages heard daily on television and read in the newspapers. We must carefully expose the disinformation that has become so much a part of this debate. In fact, we as a church must become involved in the struggle to keep marriage according to God’s intended program.

To this task we now turn.

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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.

LISTEN: The Theology on Homosexuality: We Must Resist the Pressure, 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 #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.

—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.