One of the hottest topics in Christianity today is the LGBTQ+ community. The conversations range from accepting them for who they are to they are damned to hell with no hope of repentance. Somewhere in the middle are the Christians who make sense of how to approach the topic.
Neither extreme is right. As ambassadors of God on Earth, Christians are called to stand against the world and sin, and Christians are also called to give the Gospel to a lost and dying world. Each extreme makes it impossible to do both at the same time. If we accept them and do not preach repentance, we are not standing on the Word of God. If we preach hell and no hope of repentance, we are closing off the Gospel to them.
Peter, Moses, Paul, and countless other biblical writers make it clear that sin cannot stand in the presence of a Holy God. Accepting them and not preaching repentance misrepresents Christ and the Gospel. This is why all of humanity is in need of grace, forgiveness, repentance, baptism, and the Holy Ghost.
Get that? All of humanity.
It was Paul who said, “and such were some of you.” (1 Cor 6:11) Paul listed the different types of sins and snares that the Corinthian church had been in before coming to Christ. The idea of all humanity needing a savior is why preaching to the LGBTQ+ community hellfire damnation with no hope of repentance is wrong. It misrepresents Christ and the Gospel.
Jesus told a parable about the lost sheep after He heard the pharisees and scribes talking about how He kept company with sinners. If Jesus was still in bodily form on Earth, it is not difficult to think that He would reach out to the LGBTQ+ community and preach the Kingdom of God and repentance to them.
Meanwhile, many in the church world are settled on two extremes that I talked about previously. Several denominations have embraced acceptance without repentance (I will not name names, but you’re free to look at those denominations – as I have). Then, several denominations are having difficulty grappling the topic because the topic of “gay” is so controversial and hot inside the church world.
No, Jesus would not accept sin and not preach repentance. At the same time, Jesus would not completely close off the Gospel to an entire community. Jesus would not accept a male as a female, but Jesus would talk to them about His acceptance of people with a past who are washed of their sins.
Such were some of us
Because ultimately, such were some of us. We were alcoholics, porn addicts, fornicators, idolators, thieves, extortioners, and liars. We are fully accepting that God would go after those lost sheep, but at the same time Jesus would find the lost gay sheep, too. He’d lovingly bring them back, and the church sometimes misses that. He would preach the Kingdom of Heaven and repentance to them, because He died and rose again for them, too.