In recent years, the Christian Reformed Church has become a more culturally acceptable denomination. I suppose there are many reasons why a denomination would choose to do so, but none of them can be biblical. Homosexuality has been a big issue not only in the North American culture, but even so in the Christian church. It seems now that the CRCNA has become a more culturally relevant denomination by adopting views that are more acceptable, however in so doing, it has distanced itself further from the Bible, and from the Gospel.
The CRCNA’s position is that it has separated “homosexuality” from the practice of homosexuality as expressed in “homosexualism.” While this position may be more culturally palatable, one will note that there is not one single biblical reference given to defend its position. That’s because there is none.
The case is often made, that homosexuals are no different than heterosexuals who struggle with sexual deviations. However, that is a mistake in overgeneralizing the sin. There are clear delineations of sins in the Bible, and homosexuality fits into the category of “abominations” (Lev. 20:13). It seems that by adopting such a view, the CRCNA has forgotten that the gospel calls us to repent and turn to God. It is true that we are all fallen in our sinful nature, we are all under condemnation, but the Holy Spirit regenerates the fallen man, and then we can appeal to Jesus Christ’s sufficient atonement to justify us before God. That Jesus Christ suffered and died for sinners to bring us to God so that we can seek God in faith and repentance, is the gospel that the CRCNA seems to have abandoned. The gospel, therefore, calls all sinners to leave their life of sin and cling to the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
What then does the Bible teach about homosexuality?
1) It is among the sexual deviations punishable in the OT by death (Leviticus. 20:13). Other sexual deviations in this category that are deserving of death included bestiality, rape, and incest.
2) Homosexuality is contrary to the gospel of God (1 Timothy 1:9-11).
3) Homosexuality is a strong sign of the absence of God and is called a sexual “degrading of their bodies” (Romans 1:24).
4) Jesus made it clear that sexual immorality is a condition of the heart (Matthew 5:27-30).
5) Matthew 15:19-20 “For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”
Therefore, since the Bible is so clear about homosexuality, upon what basis does the CRCNA make such distinctions between “homosexuality” and “homosexualism.” If one is the “condition of disordered sexuality,” and the other is the “external and overt practice” how will the denomination, or even the presbytery of the local churches make the distinction. What exactly fits under “external and overt practice.” And how will they enforce the policy of accepting “homosexuals” while at the same time rejecting “homosexualism”?
If you are reading this and think that I hate homosexuals, nothing could be further from the truth. What I hate are churches that corrupt the Bible and compromise the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be a watered-down message of inclusivism.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is good news to the Homosexual as much as it was and is to me, a former alcoholic, who was once living in a self-condemned prison of hatred. When I came to Christ, I was accepted by Him. But I knew that I had to leave behind the life I lived for the life that I longed to live. I was filled with anger and hatred for the world and lived a self-destructive life. It was no life at all! I left a hellish existence of life separated from God, and gained a new life in Christ. The reason that the gospel was such good news to me was that my life apart from Christ was living hell, and the eventual condemnation I would have suffered apart from Jesus Christ’s atonement on the cross would have been an everlasting torment. I am eternally grateful for this new life. The same grace and mercy of God’s extends to all those who call on Him.
When we come to Christ, there is no more condemnation, but the homosexual, as well as all sinners must be justified before God through faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.
In Christ, there is acceptance, but we must repent of our sin and embrace the life lived though the Holy Spirit.
In Christ there is power to heal and make us whole.
The CRCNA’s beliefs on homosexuality not only betrays the Bible, but it emasculates the gospel from a life transforming truth to an inclusivist deception.