Dallas Morning News reports today that SMU is planning to bolt from the Methodist denomination. How will the LGBTQ impact the Lord’s Kingdom?
Southern Methodist University is aimed at teaching their traditional theology. They are taking a stand against a person of the LGBTQ community serving in the Methodist ministry. The denomination is splitting over the hot debate.
This past November USA Today ran a story on the issue. “After years of debating gay rights, the United Methodist Church is probably headed for a big split.” Global leaders of the denomination voted ruled against LGBTQ rights this year. Then, in a November 6 statement five bishops released a statement in favor of the LGBTQ clergy. The bishops represented the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. (Lindsay Schnell, USA Today, November 22, 2019).
The “divorce” of SMU from the Methodist denomination is the consequence of an erring movement. The debate will have ripple effects for Texas churches, both in the Lord’s church and in the denominations.
From the biblical point of view, God loves everyone, including the LGBTQ community. Christians are to have the same unconditional love. We respect those with a sexual disorder because they are people. We do not endorse practicing homosexuality. The Bible does not let homosexuals, transgenders, or any person practicing fornication or adultery to be in the preacher to serve in the body of Christ. See 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10. Every church of Christ will have the choice to stand with truth or disobey the God of justice.
LGBTQ community folks are welcome to study the Bible with us. They’re even welcome to visit worship services. God commands all people whatever their sins, to repent and turn to the Lord to find refreshment to their souls. Have you obeyed the Gospel call? (Acts 2:38; 17:30; 22:16)
Our nation is having difficulty with the public debate over impeachment of the president. A greater danger stands in our way. The Beast is neither Democrat nor Republican. Not Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, neither Donald Trump. It goes much deeper than that. The issue is greater than our society, though the collective body of individual citizens through whom the Beast often operates. It slays unborn babies, erects walls of hostility and permits evil, which such not even be spoken.
We speak of an invisible being to the human eye. He prowls the earth seeking to devour your soul (1 Peter 5:8). This sly one is Satan. Corrupted politicians who bear his mark, regardless of their party alliance have devised the schemes that repress godliness. Isn’t it valid to say Americans at large are alien sinners to God? Yes, even amongst churches in the Bible belt. The Devil wants to instill division and terror into our nation and into the family of Christ. He will carry out his goal if we allow him. Divided we fall.
“Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.'” – Matthew 12:25 (ESV)
Satan works diligently to destroy all good. Our country was founded on Christian principles, even if some of our forefathers were not believers. They designed our government to be accountable to the Lord and the people (Hebrews 13). But, we have as a nation forgotten the old paths (Romans 1:18).
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” – 1 John 3:4 (KJV). Terrible national politics is stirring anxiety in us. Although I doubt we will ever have a second civil war, I know for a fact that we are in war with the Beast. Our crime against God is sin. Scripture says, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” – 1 John 3:4 (KJV) and our crime national sin will rip us to shreds.
We will overcome the Beastly enemy, by giving Father God room in our hearts to crush him within (Romans 16:20). The Devil is not the fault of our sin, he influences our ideas. Where did the idea of abortion come from? Satan. Where did the idea of legalizing prostitution come from? Satan. The way we are going to save our country is to put righteous ideas in the minds of those governing us.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” – Proverbs 14:34 (ESV)