– by Bert Farias
Recently I was engaged in a friendly spiritual dialogue with a former childhood friend on Facebook. The conversation was spawned from a status I had just posted. What I shared was a diagram of two photos, exposing in a dichotomy, the hypocrisy of liberal values. The photo on the left portrayed two homosexuals in festive, colourful attire kissing each other in what looked like a gay pride parade. Below the photo was the word “encouraged”. The photo on the right portrayed two little children sitting at their desk in school with hands folded in prayer. Below that photo was the word “unacceptable”. In other words, liberalism encouraged homosexuality while deeming school prayer unacceptable.
Are you bothered by sin?
My friend pointed out that the photo of the children was upsetting to him as he believed that no one should discourage children from praying, but the one of the homosexuals kissing didn’t bother him. Have a look at the conversation between us on the next page.
My friend’s comments actually represent a large segment of professing Christians today, both on the liberal and even now on the conservative wing. His comments are also indicative of how secular humanism has penetrated, in one form or another, into the mainstream of our culture and infiltrated many of our churches; be it denominational, evangelical, and even Charismatic/Pentecostal churches. This wide departure from the faith, in what has now become a sort of post-modern Christianity, signals the death knell for many.
Tolerance is a new religion
The celebrated philosophy of the day of “no absolutes, no right or wrong—whatever makes you happy—be tolerant and accepting of everything and everyone” is eroding the core of Judeo-Christian Biblically-based values, and greatly weakening real Christianity. I fear for the multitudes of the deceived who shall soon be the deceased. This could indeed be the final acceleration of the great apostasy the Bible speaks of will happen in these last days. Like millions, my friend is a product of a liberal theology birthed from secular humanism that can’t tell you for sure, or won’t tell you for sure, if there’s a heaven and a hell, but will try and keep you happy while you’re still alive, all in the name of God and love. Now is the time to repent and to pray for the state of Christianity, and to make sure that what you believe aligns with God’s Word.
Here is the exchange between us:
Friend: As for the picture on the left, get over it. Homosexuality has been around for hundreds of years, and it will remain for hundreds of years to come. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big deal.
Me: The loyalty of true devoted Christians is to the truth and testimony of the Word of God. The Scriptures, which you probably doubt are God-inspired, are clear on homosexuality. It is an abomination to God (Lev 18), unnatural (Rom 1) and in opposition to God’s nature and sacred order (Rom 1). No one in this lifestyle can inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9-11), but will incur God’s wrath unless they repent and seek help and deliverance. The good news is God loves them, did not make them this way, and can change them and set them free. I say this to you with all love and kindness: To say that homosexuality is no big deal reveals to me that you are not a true Christian or have not yet been enlightened and come to repentance from sin and faith towards Jesus. Our loyalty must be to the truth of the inspired Scriptures, and not to men, be it loved ones or close friends. Do not be deceived. He that is born of God cannot practice a lifestyle of sin because his nature has been changed by the grace and power of God (1 John 3:9).
Friend: The church I grew up in, and continue to attend, is an open and affirming church. During my faith journey in this church, I have been a deacon, an elder, and president of our church council. Since our church is open and affirming, and my Christianity has been brought into question, one can conclude that the faith of all 763 members of our church is in question, based on your position. I choose to love and respect all people regardless of their own faith, culture, or lifestyle. I have been married to women twice, and divorced twice. If two men or two women are perfectly content with each other, and truly love each other, I am perfectly content in that and would be supportive of them in any way I can. I often think the manual used in justifying our individual faith or agenda can be extremely damaging. We will agree to disagree, and I have enjoyed this little debate. I will forever choose to love and respect all people regardless of the journey they choose to take while on this earth.
Me: That is not my position, but the position of the Word of God and the Scriptures that I referenced. That is the manual! And not adhering to the manual is what is extremely damaging. Can anything be clearer than 1 Corinthians 6:9-11? Ephesians 5:5-6? Rev 21:7-8? And if time permitted, I could list a host of other Scriptures. This is the great deception of Christianity today, and one that I am currently and passionately speaking on and writing about. I love and respect all people for they are God’s own creation, but I don’t respect people’s sinful lifestyles that are contrary to the Word of God. True love and respect speaks the truth, and warns people of death, hell, and the judgement to come commanding them to repent. Be not deceived. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but God’s eternal Word will last forever. Our faith must be based on that Word.
JOY! Magazine (January 2019)