From Andrew DeBartolo, Director of Operations at Liberty Coalition Canada, “On Sunday January 14th, 2024, Liberty Coalition Canada would exhort you to preach a sermon focused on a Biblical sexual ethic and God’s good design for marriage. We hope to have thousands of pastors worldwide participate in this initiative. We believe the Lord will use this united effort to both declare the sovereign Lordship of Christ over His Church and transform many lives through the life-changing power of the Word of God.” And so this morning we will take up the charge and unite with our other brothers and sisters across the globe to discuss this very important subject, biblical sexuality. First we will begin by asking, “How does the world define sexuality?” Secondly, we will discuss what the Bible teaches about sexuality. And lastly, we will answer objections from the gay Christian movement, those who teach it’s ok to be gay and Christian.
WHAT DOES THE WORLD BELIEVE ABOUT HUMAN SEXUALITY?
I’m going to focus my efforts on a particular segment of society, mainly those who are irreligious, agnostic, or anti-religious. And the reason for this is the difficulty level. When it comes to the big questions—”What is the meaning of life?” and “How did we get here?”—those who already affirm a higher power are much less squeamish about these topics. They believe that they have the truth, and proselytizing is on their mind as well. There’s a higher probability that they will be amenable to discussing these deeper topics. But with the irreligious person, it’s not uncommon to simply be stonewalled. They say, “Oh, I don’t talk about religion.” So the barrier to entry is much higher in these cases. But, God may put an atheist in your path one day, and maybe it’s an atheist who isn’t opposed to having a conversation. So when I say, “what the world believes about sexuality”, it is this type of person that I have in mind.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT HUMAN SEXUALITY?
Scripture References: Gen 2 / Lev 18 / Lev 20 / Rom 1 / 1 Cor 6 / 1 Tim 1
What are our foundational principles as Christians that inform our view of what a man and a woman is? Let’s start in Genesis. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. The Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. God created everything in 6 days and rested on the 7th. The Psalmist says, “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great.” Job says, “…ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
ANSWERING OBJECTIONS FROM THE “GAY CHRISTIAN” MOVEMENT
- If you condemn homosexuality as sinful, why don’t you condemn those who eat shellfish or those who wear mixed fabrics?
- The condemnation in Romans 1 only refers to pederasty.
- The word “unnatural” in Romans 1 simply connotes something “out of the ordinary,” not sinful.
- μαλακοὶ and ἀρσενοκοῖται are ambiguous terms.
- Aren’t we all sinners? Isn’t it the sin of pride to think that a gay Christian is less authentic than any heterosexual Christian?
- The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah is not about rampant sexual perversion, but rather, God destroyed them because they were inhospitable to strangers.
- David and Jonathan were in a homosexual relationship.
- Jesus is silent on homosexuality.
- The emotional argument
Section 1: I want to talk about the importance of sola scriptura when it comes to these issues. Ultimately, on virtually every apologetic issue it comes down to defending sola scriptura. And the gay Christian movement is no exception.
Section 2: I want to go back to 1 Corinthians 6 because this is the crux of the issue. It says this, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”