A False Gospel
“God doesn’t make junk. He made me like this, so He must want me like this. He accepts me just as I am! I don’t have to change.”
That’s what you hear from a lot of people who call themselves Christians these days. And to the natural mind, it makes a lot of sense. After all, doesn’t it say in Genesis that when God created the universe, He said it was all good?
But this ignores the doctrine of original sin, which says that when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, somehow a “sin gene” got involved and has been passed down to everyone ever since. (I know that’s a major simplification, and an inaccurate one besides, but it will work for the purposes of this article.)
And even if you don’t believe in the doctrine of original sin, you still can’t deny that the Bible says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 NASB). If you want to continue in your own personal favorite sin without guilt, you can only do it by ignoring the Bible.
And if you ignore the Bible, well…
Now what about this idea that God accepts us as we are?
You can point to John 8:1-11, the story of Jesus and the adulterous woman, who was brought to Jesus by the Pharisees, who claimed that Moses said she should be stoned, and what did Jesus think should be done with her? As we all know, Jesus said that the one without sin should throw the first stone, and all the Pharisees slowly left, until Jesus and the woman were alone.
Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either… (NASB)
Now those people who tell you that you don’t need to change, not even repent, point to this passage and say, “See? Jesus accepted her just as she was!” But they don’t want you to see the rest of that verse.
And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” (NASB)
What is Jesus telling her? What is involved in no longer sinning? It means repentance! If she is to “sin no more”, that would mean a wholesale reversal of the way she is living her life. He is calling her to repent.
What about the “rich young ruler” in the synoptic Gospels? Let’s look at how it reads in Mark 10 (NASB):
17 As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 “You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.'” 20 And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” 21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.
23 And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”
This young man was given the whole treatment. He had great riches, and he had kept the commandments as well as he humanly could since he was a small child, or so he thought anyway. But he had one clear sin – he put his riches before God. They were more important to him, and Jesus knew this. So Jesus told him he had to repent of that sin by selling his possessions – that would have left nothing between that young man and God – and then he must follow Jesus.
And that’s the Gospel as Jesus preached it: “Repent, and follow me.”
Jesus never accepted anyone just the way they were. Why? Because of SIN! We all have sin, and we all must repent before we can approach our Holy God.
The fact is, if you are a homosexual, or if you love someone who is a homosexual, you do them no favors by telling them they are fine just as they are. Jesus says, “Repent. Then come, follow me.”
If you say you have no sin, you are deceiving yourself, and the truth is not in you. (1 John 1:8)
The Bible clearly says, in both the Old and New Testaments, that homosexuality is a sin. It even calls it an abomination, and says that anyone who is a homosexual will not enter heaven. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) The only way you can get around to it is to ignore it or claim that the Bible is irrelevant. And do you think that God thinks the Bible is irrelevant?
Jesus says to the homosexual, “Repent. Then come, follow me.”
He says that to the homosexual, just as He says it to the adulterer, the fornicator, the drunkard, the thief, the murderer…
Homosexuals are no different than the rest of us. We all sin; we are all sinners. We all must repent and turn in faith to follow our one and only savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you want to be a follower of Christ, you must repent.