“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: Verbal Terrorism?



rainbow_flagMark Sandlin wrote an article titled “Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing” in defense of homosexuality. In his article, Sandlin emphasized the necessity of love from the non-homosexual community toward homosexuals (commonly abbreviated LGBTQ: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning). In particularity, he stressed the lack of love shown them from professing Christians.

As part of Sandlin’s commentary, he referred to Jesus Christ. He opined that Christ loved and welcomed everyone equally. To explain his views further, Sandlin mentioned Rob Bell’s provoking book on love (Love Wins), not by name but by its emphasis. Bell and Sandlin agree that love always wins (see my thoughts on Rob Bell here).

Frequently, the LBGTQ community mischaracterizes Christ and attacks Christians with these false narratives. The homosexual community then verbally accuses them of failure to act like the erroneous Christ they have portrayed. These denigrations divert attention from the truth as revealed in the Bible regarding Jesus and homosexuality.  Sadly, verbal assaults upon Christians have increased in frequency and fervor. They dominate the discussion instead of conversation on Biblical truth.

The homosexual community despises the phrase, “…hate the sin, love the sinner.” Yet, Jesus, whom they love to quote out of context, proved this statement in his ministry. Take, for example, his encounter with the rich, young man recorded in Mark 10:17-22.

This young man came to Jesus with a question: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied by quoting several provisions from God’s law as recorded in Exodus 20:1-17. The young man responded that he had kept each of those laws from his youth. Next, the text says that Jesus looked at him and loved him, (Mark 10:21). Then, Jesus described a plan of action for the young man that identified his sins that God hates and prevented him from obtaining the eternal life he sought. Jesus loved the sinner but hated his sin, which condemned him.

On other occasions, Jesus combined compassionate love for people and correction for their sins. For example, he forgave the woman taken in adultery but warned her to go and sin no more, (John 8:1-11).

Again, Jesus met a man at the Pool called Bethesda. The crippled man had suffered his infirmity for 38 years. He sat near the pool where the infirmed sat waiting for a healing movement in the pool from God. The first person into the pool received healing. He could never get into the pool first. Jesus came to him and healed him of his malady. Later, Jesus met him in the temple and warned him to sin no more lest a worse condition befall him, (John 5:1-14).

At other times, Jesus, who loved his disciples, rebuked them for their sins. When crowds gathered, Jesus identified their sins and called them to repentance.

Jesus loved sinners, which he proved constantly. He also hated their sins, rebuked them for them, and called them to forsake them. Jesus commanded his disciples to follow his example and love their neighbors.

The Bible also instructs the spiritual leaders of the church to adopt the pattern of Christ. Paul exhorts the leaders in Ephesus to speak the truth in love, correcting Christ followers from following false teachers and doctrines. Their teaching would help believers to become increasingly like Christ, (Ephesians 4:1-16).

In like manner, Paul taught his protégé Timothy to lead his Church with love and compassion, yet at the same time to rebuke and reprove those under his care, (2 Timothy 2:22-26; 4:1-4).

Contrary to what the homosexual community proclaims, the Bible declares by the example of Christ and by exhortation the need to love sinners but hate their sin. Granted, this combination does not come easily. It can result only in a life completely committed to Jesus Christ in reliance upon the Holy Spirit to enable someone to fulfill these difficult terms.

Christ followers have a difficult responsibility to love others as Christ loved people.  We must seek God’s supernatural ability to treat all people, not just those in the homosexual community, as Christ loved them and compassionately corrected them.

To those readers who long to experience the love of Christ as he demonstrated it, I urge you to trust him as he frequently called people to believe upon him, (John 3:16).  Jesus called unto those in distress to come unto him, and they would find comfort and rest. He promised relief from their burdens and sins to all who come to him, (Matthew 11:28-30).

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  • http://anziulewicz.livejournal.com PolishBear

    Yes, I’ve heard this sort of thing countless times before: “As Christians we must be
    compassionate and loving toward people who are struggling with homosexuality!” And we get the smiles and the hugs and airs of sympathy, but that still includes the following uncompromising messages:

    Gay people must not be protected from discrimination in the workplace.
    Gay people must not be protected from discrimination in housing.
    Gay people must not be protected from discrimination by businesses.
    Gay people must not be included in existing hate crimes laws.
    Gay people must not be allowed to teach in schools.
    Gay people must not be allowed to serve in the military.
    Gay people must not be allowed to adopt children.
    And Gay couples must not be allowed civil unions, let alone marriage.

    But remember, it’s only because we LOVE you!!!

    Yeah, RIGHT.

    • tony4516

      The first 4 should read MUST BE, the last 4 are correct.

      • ChristianDJ

        This is the exact anti-Christ, self-righteous attitude that betrays Christ and harms children. Tony you should think about the consequences of your prejudice and the damage you do to Christianitty.

      • tony4516

        This is not anti-Christ attitude. Shame on you for trying to label me that way! You see, you have believed the lie that if people don’t accept the whole gay agenda we are wrong or hate gay peope. You need to examine your beliefs.

      • CHRmusiclover

        Plus, Jesus Christ did not get himself into politics or politicians (at the time, Pharaohs, Kings, Queens). He was no part of the WORLD, and his followers (Christians) should not be part of this wicked world either.

      • tony4516

        So what do you mean? People aren’t allowed opinions? Jesus also told the woman caught in adultery go and sin no more!!

  • Steve03

    Jesus might not agree with the Rev. Hill. After all, our Lord wasn’t exactly in the closet. He never married and lived at home until he was in his 30′s. He chose only men as his disciples and closest companions, and he showed a penchant for falling in love with other men (Matthew 10:21, John 11:36). He warned his followers against lust for women (Matthew 5:28) but never criticized same-sex relationships. He pouted openly when Simon the Pharisee didn’t kiss him (Luke 7:44-45) and cuddled with his beloved disciple at the Last Supper (John 13:23-25), but he rebuffed Mary Magdalene when she tried to hug him (John 20:17). When he finally left home and met a woman at a well (John 4), he gave her a theology lecture instead of proposing marriage, as the courtship stories of Isaac, Jacob, and Moses (Genesis 24 and 29, Exodus 2) would have led one to expect.

    • CHRmusiclover

      I thought Christ Jesus’s main focus and mission was to be a sacrifice to any human, so that any human could come close to Jehovah God through Christ Jesus, not get married to an imperfect woman or imperfect women.

  • ChristianDJ

    Tom,

    Christians are coming to terms with the harm anti-gay proclamations, such as “love the sinner, hate the sin” have on real people. Most Christians do not believe or support your harmful and divisive ministry.

  • http://queeringthechurch.com/ Terence Weldon

    It’s not the LGBT community that is misrepresenting Christianity, but the garbage contained in this article.

    “Love the sinner, hate the sin” sounds fair enough – but hides the automatic assumption that same – sex love is in fact sinful. There is nothing whatsover in the Gospels to support this view – and an important passage to contradict it. When Jesus was asked by the Roman centurion to heal his sick “pais”, he was well aware that in the standard practice of the time, the relationship between centurion and his was probably a sexual one – and that is certainly how the Jewish onlookers would have interpreted it. But instead of berating the centurion for his supposed sin, he did even more than asked, and went right into the home.

    This important episode is recalled in every Catholic Mass, with an almost direct quote, recited just before communion:

    “Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof. Say but the word, and my soul shall be healed”

    The real sin associated with homosexuality is not love, but the prejudice and discrimination involved in homophobia. Fortunately, more and more real Christians are now recognising this, and taking pains to distance themselves from hatred masquerading as religious faith.

  • Alex Winston

    Why do you remove comments you disagree with? It’s cowardice.

  • jetwideawake

    Tom,
    I like that you want to love all people in community including homosexuals. It bothers me When you say in your article about Rob Bell that accepting homosexuals is like accepting. pedophiles. I agree that a homosexual can be a pedophile but so can heterosexual. It seems to me that many Christians have an obsessive focus on homosexuality. The body of Christ, the church needs to love all people And especially homosexuals since there has been a history of oppression against homosexuals. Look at Africa for example: The church there legitimizes and sanctions oppression against homosexuals. Thankfully, oh pression happens less here in the United States. Nevertheless, there is still oppression here in United States by many “men of God”. Tom, you’ll come before God one day and you will be accepted before God as a result of Jesus’s payment for your sin, even the sin of oppression. There were men of God who sanctioned oppression against slaves in United States and in South Africa just as they facilitate oppression against homosexuals today. The irony is that the Bible does take a clear stance on divorce, which damages the institution of marriage, why the silence. Yet the noise around homosexuality is more deafening than a clanging cymbal. All I can suggest: love and stop banging on that clanging cymbal.