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What Would St. Paul Say to The Church Embracing “Gay Christianity” & “Spiritual Friendships"?

St Paul painting_framedWhat Would St. Paul, the Apostle, say to the American Church embracing so-called “Gay Christianity” & “Spiritual Friendships"?

“Gay Christianity” is being promoted at an alarming rate in several places in the Church worldwide. Understandably, there are certain liberal denominations where most would expect to see a digression from biblical orthodoxy and promote “gay Christian” teaching. These same institutions are also comfortable with distorted, emotionally-enmeshed and co-dependent relating under the banner of “Spiritual Friendships.” However, to see these kinds of unbiblical beliefs being embraced by what many who are considered conservative Christians and/or reformed Christians is very disturbing. I was very distraught over seeing D.A. Carson’s endorsement of a young gay man’s book.  He endorsed Gregory Coles’ book, Single Gay Christian.  Carson endorses Coles’ book saying that Coles is “a gay young man who wants to live his life under the authority of King Jesus.”  Carson also communicates that opposing views of Biblical orthodoxy are “shibboleths of our day”.  I felt sick and betrayed after I read Carson’s endorsement. Here is Carson’s full endorsement:

 "To say this book is important is a painful understatement. It is the candid, moving, intensely personal story of a gay young man who wants to live his life under the authority of King Jesus and who refuses to accept the comforting answers proffered by different parts of the culture. Superbly written, this book stands athwart the shibboleths of our day and reminds us what submission to King Jesus looks like, what it feels like. This book needs to be thoughtfully read by straight people and by gay people, by unbelievers and by Christians. It is not to be read with a condescending smirk, but with humility." D.A. Carson, New Testament Theologian and President of the Gospel Coalition (bold for my emphasis). 

Ironically I did not read that Coles is a man seeking to be submitted to Jesus Christ as Lord, or King.  I read about a man who wants to promote his homosexual desires as “gay” and merge it with his Christianity with the blessing of God, and for Christians to accept this concept.

I have been distraught over this for days, and then I was reminded of the Word of God.  I was reminded of what St. Paul wrote in his epistle to the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 5.  I highly recommend reading this chapter before reading the rest of this article. So with this in mind, and with all this merging of homosexuality – “gay” and Christianity, I will do a little merging myself, as I believe St. Paul would say something like the following:

“It is actually reported everywhere that there is sexual immorality among you, a kind of immorality that is condemned even among the people in the world with common sense: that some are having intimate relationships with members of their own sex. Some of you are emotionally enmeshed with members of your same-sex and you are embracing unnatural desires for one another. You are proud and arrogant to put homosexuality before Christlikeness and call yourselves, “gay Christian.”  How utterly offensive this is to God and to the truly repentant sexual sinners. You should have mourned in shame so that the people who have done this disgraceful thing would be removed from your fellowship!  Instead, you are welcoming this perversity into the Church? 

For I, though absent from you in my physical body, but present in spirit, have already passed judgment on those who have committed these perverse acts as if I were present.  I am also passing judgment on those who are promoting this detestable and unnatural behavior. In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I am with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to hand over these people who continue in their sin to Satan for their destruction, so that their spirits may be saved on the judgment day of the Lord Jesus.

Your boasting over the supposed spirituality of your church is not good, indeed, it is vulgar and inappropriate in allowing such uncleanness. How disgusting to spiritualize homosexuality and put it before our Savior’s title of Christ.  This “gay Christian” word merger is blasphemous. Do you not know that just a little leaven, leavens the whole batch of dough, just as a little sin, when tolerated, corrupts a person or an entire church? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new batch, just as you are, yet you are still unleavened. For Christ, our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of uncleanness, vice, unnatural behaviors, malice, and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity, holiness, consecration and untainted truth.  This is not even debatable! Get this evil of homosexuality, idolatrous relating and “gay Christianity” out of your midst!

I wrote you in my previous letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not meaning the immoral people of this world, or the greedy ones and swindlers, or idolaters, for then you would have to get out of the world altogether! The body of Jesus Christ must give the compassionate message of the uncompromising good news to those living in immorality. But I have clearly written to you. I have told you not to associate with any so-called Christian brother if he persists in sexually immoral or is greedy, or is an idolater like putting the word merger of “gay Christian,” or an idolater devoted to anything that takes the place of God, or a reviler, or those practicing drunkenness or a swindler—you must not so much as eat with such a person who claims Christ as Savior and Lord and continues in sin. Do you not understand?  I am clearly telling you not to have any fellowship at all with those who are sexually immoral or idolatrous! Let me make this clear, this includes people bringing in sexual uncleanness in the way of “gay Christianity!” For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders, the non-believers? Do you not judge those who are within the church, to protect the church from defilement, as the situation demands of those who are under the authority of the Holy Spirit? God alone sits in judgment on those who are outside of the faith. Remove the wicked one from among you, expel him from your church.  Have you become so arrogant under this so-called “gay pride banner” that you are acclimated to evil to embrace pride as a good attribute being blinded by the six colors of this banner which actually represent the number of man and the judgment to come? Have really become so deceived and lack passion and love for your Savior that you defile His very title as your Savior and Master?  It is reported that you are allowing these LGBTQ so-called Christians to defile Christ the Messiah by attaching the lust of Sodom to Christ by embracing the description “gay Christian!”  What is wrong with you people?  Have you completely lost all sensitivity to the Living God and Jesus Christ your King?  Do you have the Holy Spirit of God?  How utterly debaucherous and evil to have the Name of the Holy Son of God defiled by those who have uncontrollable desires and lust for members of their own sex!  This is against nature, and makes a mockery of God! However, I also heard it reported that you have about 70% of your men now looking at pornography every week?  Is this true? The majority of the men in your midst are now fornicators?  Truly the presence of the Holy Spirit is being removed from you if you do not repent quickly! It is utterly disgusting to think you would allow for this continuation of all this sexual uncleanness, along with “gay Christianity,” to debase Our King from Heaven with such unspeakable perverse sins!  Truly judgment is at the door of your church if you do not repent quickly!”

Yes, this is the very least of what I can imagine St. Paul says to the American Church when studying 1 Corinthians chapters 5 and 6. I personally find it egregious to see the Church accept the terminology of “gay Christian!”  I am one who has come out of homosexuality 35 years ago. It is also utterly arrogant and even cruel to allow for “gay Christians” to be paraded about in the midst of the Church when many others have been faithful to repent from homosexuality and other unnatural sexual behaviors and who now wear no labels other than “Christian”.  This joining is utterly repulsive to those who embraced the commandments of the Holy Scriptures and have walked in repentance from sexual immorality! Now we have the manipulation of educated church leaders to have us believe that this is social justice and kindness to promote “gay Christianity” is good. Compelling testimony and winsome words by other young, educated Ph.D.s are being used to influence the Church to acceptance while actually bringing the Church into more deception. It may seem nice and longsuffering, but tolerating “gay Christianity” and allowing it to remain in the Church is bondage and is grieving the Holy Spirit.  It is not love!  It is not loving God, nor is it truly loving people.

There is a real need to confront this messaging that is being promoted as harmless—or  even thrilling to some—believing the Church is now being loving.  Historically the Church in many places has been truly hateful to sexually broken people of all kinds and that is certainly true of LGBTQ+ people. I know this pain personally as I was severely bullied growing up. However, this is not the case for most of the Church today. Churches that stand true to the Word of God are moved with love and they embrace the uncompromising truth of God giving the extravagant mercies of God to sexual sinners. Mature and godly leadership are understanding that love does not allow for defilement to enter the Church.  Yet these very loving churches, who hold fast to uncompromising truth, are labeled as hateful.  The persecution is here, and is coming from LGBTQ+ advocates and sympathizers.

Many Christians today are being manipulated to embrace “gay Christianity” purely based on the emotional plea of gays.  Remember beloved Christ-follower, the words “gay Christianity” are manipulation. This is what the "gay Christian" movement is accomplishing, the manipulation of the Church. Gays are victims! Gays are victims of their orientation and the Church needs to accept them.  There is this demand being made in every high place in the Church to accept this merger.

"Gay Christian" or “Gay Christianity" is an erroneous, even a blasphemous word merger. It is a defilement of the word Christian–Christ-likeness. “Gay” is a description of sins of the flesh—“orientation”—and then merging it to holiness. One naturally refuses the other. These identities cannot be correctly or righteously joined. It is utterly impossible. It’s terribly defiling once you really think about it; it is terrible, that is, if you sincerely love and adore Jesus Christ as Lord of your life.  Do you?

So let’s process this thinking further… Would it be acceptable to communicate: LGBTQ+ “Lesbian Christian?”, “Bi-Sexual Christian?”, “Transgendered Christian?”, “Queer Christian?” How about “Fornicating Christian?”, “Polyamorist Christian?”, “Prostitute Christian?”, and how about “Pederast Christian?” or “Zoophilian Christian?” Does this sound ridiculous? Yet, just 30-years ago, the idea of a "Gay Christain" would have been scoffed at and certainly found deceptively wrong.  They would not have ever believed that God-fearing evangelicals would think to defile Christ with such a word construct.  If you are new to this discussion, you might think this is crazy or even ridiculous; however, beloved I am sorry to report this is happening at an alarming rate by several evangelical leaders today!

Don’t be manipulated by the deceptions brought to you by very talented and educated homosexuals and/or their very educated but theologically revisionist Ph.D. advocates. Get ready, they will assert that you are unloving and unkind when you hold your ground with Biblical truth by communicating that “gay Christian” is unacceptable.  This is a tsunami advancing into the Church across all denominations and is grievous to the heart of God! Endorsing “gay Christianity” is not loving God, nor is it loving the Body of Christ.  It is almost unthinkable that a leader would manipulate the Body of Christ by telling the Church that “gay Christians” are submitted to Jesus as King as D. A. Carson did in his endorsement of Gregory Coles!  You can NEVER be submitted to Jesus as King and bring such defilement.  God have mercy and give us a heaven-breathed revival! 

The merger of putting the label of “gay” before the name of Christ is gravely offensive.  Why is this gravely offensive?  Let’s really unpack this more!  No one today hears the word “gay” in the western world and conjures up joy as was the definition historically.  What image comes up in the mind when people hear “gay”?  What are the typical caricatures of what people have seen of homosexuals and lesbian people, particularly in gay pride parades or from Hollywood’s attempt of normalizing homosexuality to us through weekly television programs and movies? Perhaps the characterizations do remind you of a gay-identified loved one?  However, it is rare that anyone thinks of it as a person who is merely attracted to their same sex.  However, many “gay Christians” would like for the Church to embrace it as all-inclusive. No, when we think of “gay” we think of the activity of homosexual or lesbian sex. We see the furtive on-screen kiss, the stolen glances, the drug-fueled orgy, and emerging from under the covers the next morning. When we think of “gay” we think of the stereotypes of designing men and athletic women and gothic literature; but, WE DO NOT THINK of “Christian” faithfulness, nor do we think of Christ himself!

What kind of assault is this on the very people who have truly repented of homosexuality and same-sex attraction, people would NEVER want the label “gay” before Christ or their own identity?

What kind of message are these educated, “gay Christian,” their advocates, and their sympathizers sending to the sincere, godly, repentant ones who have left their homosexual identities to live holy lives without labels? Many of these people are not known as former homosexual sinners because they have truly embraced a new life in Christ.  It is truly offensive to people like myself and hundreds of other men and women I personally know over the past 35-years who have really died to self and embraced real change.  Now there is a proposal to allow the Church to be infiltrated by “gay Christians” bring the celebration of their distorted same-sex attractions and lust as part of their identity and marry it to our King!!!???  WHAT!?  This is from the pit of HELL! These so-called Christian leaders are not leading—they are backsliding the Church. It is disgusting to those of us who have left this perverted identity!   Now they are asking the Church to marry a debaucherous, fallen construct of sinful humanity with Jesus Christ—“gay Christian!?”  Will they now be dumbing down the rest of the Church to put labels like “Gossiping Christians,” “Lying Christians, or how about Adulterous and Fornicating Christians since 70% of churchmen are looking at pornography on a weekly basis!???

Do you see how utterly offensive this really is?  Please know, I would NEVER want to be offensive to any leader.  I truly believe in giving honor to all Church leadership.  Yet, what is so sad here, no doubt, is there will be several who will dismiss this warning and even mock me and others who are living lives under Christian identity—having forsaken our former sins. Yet they are willing for these new talented, oh so educated “gay Christians” to come in and mock those who have been living holy lives. Do their letters behind their name trump the testimony of the transforming power of the Gospel?

Spiritual and emotionally what is “gay Christianity” really promoting?  What is happening to the minds of young people?  What is taking place in the Church at large when you have very influential people like D.A. Carson and several other theologians in high and influential places endorsing “Gay Christian” books?  What is taking place in the Church when you can have the President of the Gospel Coalition endorse “Single Gay Christian?” The Church is becoming acclimated to the conversation of acceptance that is taking place in this season. Will it be even more acceptable in the next generation?  Yes, of course it will as we have seen historically. I call it a cruel bondage that is being set for the next generation.  No doubt there are some very sincere and well-meaning people propagating this “gay Christianity” but the reality is, these so-called leaders are paving a way of a cruel bondage being setup by their acquiescence to accept “gay Christianity” now for what will be even more evil in the next generation. This only serves to lower all standards of sexual ethics in the Church and brings a war against true holiness putting people in bondage. This is NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

(For More Understanding on the Background for this Article Post see my Critique of Gregory Coles' book, "Single Gay Christian.")