In response to “A pastor’s dilemma.”
The very situation depicted in this neatly worded story is one that is, and will hopefully remain, controversial. Really, the dilemma this pastor faced was not really much of a dilemma when we view it in light of God’s holy word.
First, let’s take a look at how God views homosexuality:
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination (Lev. 18:22). We understand that “abomination” means sin and Paul tells us in Romans that “the wages of sin is death.” Now, the death we are referring to here is spiritual death, or “hell.”
Now if I stopped there, the arguments that the pastor in “A pastor’s dilemma” had within himself might seem logical, at least in man’s eyes. Would a loving God abandon the lot of us? Could it be that Jesus isn’t the only way to know God? God gave us a solution through the death of his son.
The other half of that passage in Romans tells us the gift of God is eternal life through Christ, the law no longer can condemn them who are in Christ Jesus. Christ died for all, this means the woman’s son in the story has an opportunity just as any other to be saved, gay or straight.
After salvation, the woman’s son will be molded by the Lord’s spirit unto the perfection of God’s will, which is that he should be conformed to the image of Christ.
This means that Christ will change the man’s heart and begin to make the man like Him. God does not abandon anyone, he proved that through Christ; we are the ones who abandon God and his perfect truth. As far as “religious beliefs” (assuming that is a synonym for doctrine) it in fact does matter; if it didn’t, then Christ wouldn’t have had to warn us of “false Christ’s and prophets” who will “seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.”
Along with that it is written that indeed Christ is the only one who can save. Jesus said, “I am the way the way, the truth, and the life, and no man cometh unto the father but by me.”
There is no other name given among men by whom we must be saved, Jesus is the only answer. So I believe I have the solution to the dilemma ... the perfect solution.