Facebook recently decided to let people configure their profile with an available list of any number of genders. For them to publish a master list of the available options would obviously be way too confining, but one estimate puts the available options at 58 or so. One example is cisgender, a word for someone who, for the most part, identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth. And they also have genderqueer, for example, but they don’t have demiguy, and one only wonders when the hatred will stop.
If your inclination is to think the world has gone crazy, you are right. But it is crazy with a logic to it. There are reasons for the pomosexual revolt. There are hidden drivers, and if you understand them, you will understand the central features of what is happening. Here are some of the key principles.
1. You become like what you worship. There are many places in Scripture where this principle is laid down, but I will cite only two. The first is negative, having to do with idolatry. “Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: Eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: Noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: Feet have they, but they walk not: Neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; So is every one that trusteth in them” (Psalm 115:4–8). If you give yourself to the manufacture of idols that cannot see, cannot hear, cannot smell, cannot handle, cannot walk, and cannot speak, you are actually engaged in the process of becoming like a block of wood yourself. Adam’s rebellion wrecked our humanity, but there was still some of the image of God left. Idolatry is corrosive of that remaining humanity, perpetuating and accelerating the downward spiral. But the same principle applies to the restoration of the gospel, applying to those who have been brought by the Spirit into the worship of God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18, ESV).
2. The fundamental cultural choices are always a matter of “not whether, but which.” This connects to the first principle because all cultures will necessarily have an collective object of worship. Neutrality is an impossibility. As Dylan put it, in one of his lucid songs, “you gotta serve somebody.” It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you are going to go the way he says.
So the inescapable concept works this way. It is not whether we will impose a morality, but rather which morality we will impose. It is not whether our culture will have a God, but rather which God we will have. It is not whether we will have a shared, central organizing principle of ultimate value, but rather which shared, central organizing principle we will have.
We are seeing the effects of the transition from one principle to another on almost a daily basis. It is not a changing of the guards, it is a changing of the gods.
3. But nature just kind of is. I once saw a great t-shirt that said, “Gravity. It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law.” Reality, as it turns out, is not optional. Now by nature, I am not referring to anything that has autonomous or independent authority apart from its Creator — the Lord Jesus (John 1:3; Heb. 1:2; Col. 1:16). There is not a solitary atom in the created order of things that did not come off the lathe in the shop of the Lord Jesus.
When He made it, He made a particular universe, not another one, and He fixed the order of how things would go. He divided Heaven and earth, He divided the sea and dry land, and He divided night and day. At the pinnacle of His creation, He set up the ultimate distinction between male and female as a way of portraying the image of God in great glory (Gen. 1:27). After God painted the cosmos, He signed His name at the bottom — and a great deal of energy is being expended to get that signature off of there.
4. The unbelievers have an alternative story. They have a different account of nature. They believe that ultimate reality is infinitely malleable. Hydrogen is a gas that can take virtually any form. It all blew out of the Big Bang, and then over time turned into everything else. There is no fixity in the very nature of things, no givenness. It wasn’t given, it just happened. And if we can steer or direct these atoms in motion such that they wind up anywhere else, who should care? If everything changes, what’s the big deal with sex changes? They are conforming to their notion of ultimate reality, just as we are conforming to our understanding of ultimate reality. Their ultimate reality is matter in motion. Our ultimate reality is fatherhood (Eph. 3:15).
5. This means that the pomosexual account of the world and the believing account of the world are on a collision course. The two views of the nature of reality are mutually exclusive. They could be made consistent with one another if Christians dropped all claims about the cosmos, and the lordship of Christ over it, and retreated to the cozy spot of their faith community’s core values, or something equally treacley. But as long as Christians affirm creatio ex nihilo, and affirm that Jesus made the world, and that He has embedded His will in that natural world, and revealed His will in the Holy Bible, we will remain on that collision course. So long as we stand faithful, we are in the process of becoming enemies of the human race. We are talking about their version of the human race, of course, and we might as well admit it cheerfully. We are enemies of that vision.
6. Sometimes crime and punishment are identical. Some sins implode, collapsing in on themselves. “Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after” (1 Tim. 5:24). Some sins are revealed for what they were at the Day of Judgment, with the sin having been committed in time and in history, and the judgment falling later (Rev. 20:12-13; Rom. 2:6). Men will in fact be judged at the end of history. But some sins are also judged in the midst of history. If a man secretly embezzles money from his boss, he might not ever get caught in the course of his lifetime. But if he becomes a meth addict, judgments start to fall hot and heavy right now, and we don’t have to wait until the Last Day for those consequences to start happening. God is not mocked. A man reaps what he sows — but some crops ripen quickly. Some crops ripen now.
In Romans 1, we are taught that homosexuality is not a sin that brings about a penalty later. Those who go this direction receive “in themselves” the penalty of their error. Those who rush headlong into this sin are doing so because they are under the judgment of God already. The wrath of God is manifested in how He gives them up. America is not behaving in a way that will incur the future judgment of God. Rather, America behaved at some point in the past in such a way that we are under the judgment of God now.
And judgments are lifted when men repent. That’s how it works. That’s the only way it works.
7. A necessary hostility exists between the two visions of humanity. God established the antithesis between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent at the beginning of our history (Gen. 3:15), and this is the way it necessarily is. We believe that 58 genders is bizarre, the kind of thing that only an intellectual could believe. They find it strange when we refuse to plunge into the same flood of dissipation with them. “With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you;” (1 Peter 4:4, ESV). Idolaters don’t know what they are doing, but they still like what they are doing. They rejoice in the work of their hands (Acts 7:41). Not only so, but they are mortally offended when we do not join right in.
So, in sum, worship is central, and shapes what we are becoming. The political ramifications of this law of worship are given to us in an inescapable choice — not whether, but which. One of the reasons we must choose rightly is that nature – the way things actually are — is fixed in its place by the Word of God. “For he spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Ps. 33:9). But unbelievers don’t believe that the words of Almighty God created anything, much less with the result that they made everything “stand fast.” This means that two mutually exclusive views of reality are contending for the same public space. As we conduct this battle, we must remember that our adversaries are rotting away from the inside out. If we win, they lose. If they win, then they lose forever and ever. So we must contend with them, but in a way that offers them a standing amnesty at any time. Every last human being that God has recruited for His new humanity was drawn from the ranks of that disintegrating and wrecked humanity, and God intends to do a lot more of that before He is done. But this love that we have for our enemies does not erase the fact that they are our enemies. The hostility embedded in the antithesis is there necessarily. It was appointed by the words of the Lord.
Then the first step would be to identify the sin(s) for which we are being punished, by the means of this pomo-revolution.
Excellent post as always!
If anything, the Church needs to get this antithesis into her bones.
The World makes friends with Christianity the way Lucy makes friends with Charlie Brown’s field goal kicks. The Peanuts story and this trope is now a fixed and will not change. But Lucy will change her behavior long before the World changes its behavior.
Any advice on how to pray about all of this specifically?
Now the FB options are male, female, and “custom.”
“Those who rush headlong into this sin are doing so because they are under the judgment of God already.” So says Paul (who also required that women cover their heads and have no authority over men, by the way). He saw the desire itself as an indication of God’s abandonment. The problem is that there are thousands of Christian men and women who will insist that despite their earnest pleas and prayers, God has left them with a homosexual orientation. It makes it hard to insist that homosexual desire is a form of punishment for idolatry when the desire is… Read more »
Have you raised your concerns directly to God via prayer?
I have often puzzled about this, so I am asking for instruction rather than trying to be provocative. I am required to believe as part of my Catholic faith that homosexual conduct is seriously sinful, and that the orientation is “gravely disordered.” I have an “ick” factor rather than innate loathing, and I must truthfully say that if the Bible and my church had never condemned gay sex, I would not have innately known that it is an abomination. A little bit icky and a little bit unhealthy are as far as I would have gone. My question is this: … Read more »
Jill, you ask an excellent question. Here are some other things that would have been nice to get more specifics on: 1) Is buying and selling human beings for profit a sin or not? It doesn’t seem to follow the law of “loving others as oneself”, does it? Yet, had there been an explicit condemnation of the practice, perhaps we could have avoided that nasty war between the States. Unfortunately, the Bible’s ambiguity gave ammunition to both abolitionists and slave traders alike. 2) When should young women be married, exactly? 15? 18? 12? You would think some guidance on the… Read more »
Thanks for your insight Doug. James – you write like a machine-gunner and not a sinner saved by grace. I would like to ask you, should the Lord Jesus have died for you and I? Start there. There’s no fear of The Lord in your words, and wisdom starts there.
So the world ignores the divisions God put in place, and the church creates divisions where God said not to.
Pastor Wilson, what do you think of the notion that a crucial step in the right direction would involve the church repenting of the exclusion of young children from the Lord’s Supper?
Jill, but does God think homosexual acts belong in a special category of sin? I’d say it is definitely against the 7th commandment, because, other than the offence to nature, homosexual sin is contrary to the law to have sex only in marriage (marriage as God defines it.) Absolutely, homosexual sin is an abomination. But so is murder, which is an offence to God, nature, and your neighbor. The thing that makes Christians focus on homosexuality right now is that we’re being pressured to think it’s okay. We don’t hear about murder pride parades and the rights of murderers. Except about… Read more »
Jill, but does God think homosexual acts belong in a special category of sin? I’d say it is definitely against the 7th commandment, because, other than the offence to nature, homosexual sin is contrary to the law to have sex only in marriage (marriage as God defines it.) Absolutely, homosexual sin is an abomination. But so is murder, which is an offence to God, nature, and your neighbor. The thing that makes Christians focus on homosexuality right now is that we’re being pressured to think it’s okay. We don’t hear about murder pride parades and the rights of murderers. Except… Read more »
James, it seems like you want us to say it is okay, it isn’t a sin to be homosexual, but we can’t say that because it is. Sometimes God gives us incredible challenges. I have found in my own life that praying for the strength to handle the challenge and not for the challenge to go away, has helped tremendously. I believe that a serious Christian who prays for help will receive it. The desires may not go away immediately, but the strength to combat them will come. Please keep praying. I am sure many here will pray for you… Read more »
Jon asks: “should the Lord Jesus have died for you and I?” Jon, I am fully aware of my own flaws and even capacity for evil (which I believe fundamentally consists of malice or a lack of empathy). I’m simply speaking from experience: my brief flirtation with fundamentalism only blinded me to this capacity. It also made me a very big liar. No man is more dangerous than when he believes God is on his side. I look back on this period of my life with embarrassment. Perhaps ironically, it is this same rejection of my own personal capacity for… Read more »
Wow Mr. Bradshaw, you may be the first one I have ever run into that is lobbying God to make more laws! Guess you must be doing a bang up job of keeping the ones that are plain enough to understand. Kind of reminds me of what Samuel Clemons was said to have answered when asked if the parts of the Bible that he did not understood scared him: No, its the parts I DO understand that scare me. (not an exact quote – just a paraphrase from memory) I don’t know that old Samuel was a Christian, but if… Read more »
Carole, I’m not suggesting anyone here go against or stifle their own conscience. I’m simply suggesting that it’s a bit slanderous to put gay men and women (many of whom are, in fact, striving to live with some sense of ethics and charity) on some polar opposite of Christians and essentially label them The Enemy. If someone wants to make a case for what is ethical or good behavior, then great. However, when Doug and others assert that they’ve already been “abandoned by God” (for someone else’s sins, no less), where do you even go from there? What is there… Read more »
As so often happens, another comment (by James Bradshaw) posted while I was writing mine, making my last comment look rather silly. Sorry James. Seriously though, there is life after fundamentalism. I know because I was saved in a fundamentalist church. However, it is painfully obvious that you had a false conversion experience – I just cannot explain your disdain for God’s word any other way. My suggestion would be to start all over in a good church that is capable of teaching you the correct interpretation of scripture. Many of your statements in previous comments have gone unanswered not… Read more »
James, you asked where do we go from there, the answer is to our knees. That is the answer for all of us. As the pastor said, every one of us comes from that wrecked humanity. As he also stated there is ,”standing amnesty at any time.” You are asking us to pretend that God did not speak against homosexual relationships. He did. Either you believe in the Bible or you don’t. I don’t understand picking and choosing the parts you like. On this thread you stated you would never support a charity who practiced racism, but on the other… Read more »
“Wrecked” humanity, yes. But ALL of the image of God is still here, don’t you think, pastor Doug?
Eric, I don’t know about Doug, but Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck addresses this very question in his book “Our Reasonable Faith”: “It is upon this teaching of the Holy Scripture that the distinction usually made in Reformed theology between the image of God in the broader and the narrower sense is based.” The broader sense being that man is made with a rational soul, gifted with abilities far above the animals, the dominion given man over creation, the creativity exhibited by man, etc. But on the other hand, in the narrow sense, the image of God has… Read more »
James Bradshaw. Since homosexuality is fornication, lets focus on that as I was one and can speak to the sin involved. If the current pomo-stuff Pastor Wilson brought up was forni-stuff, then the principles involved would still be in play and I (previously) would be the subject of God’s ire–worthy of His judgement; If America had Bill Clinton Pride parades and sit-coms devoted to the naturalness of sleeping around (animals do that sort of thing you know, and humans are animals and how dare those christians deny their beastliness–the hypocrites) then we could speak of that as being an evidence… Read more »
This sexually confused generation is a direct result of the deconstruction of marriage, and the redefinition of “person” in abortion legislation 40 years ago. And that was the end result of the rejection of Genesis: Genesis 1: We rejected God as creator – Man and Woman. Genesis 2: We rejected God’s authority concerning marriage – Husband and Wife. Genesis 3: We now reject God’s definition of Father and Mother, and allow our offspring to be destroyed. It seems each of these steps takes one generation, around 40 years, and they align with the three statements that “God gave them up”… Read more »
If we did…? Which sit-com made in the past thirty years wasn’t devoted to that?
Mr. (Dr.?) Wilson, I understand your need to find a cause behind the effect of the homosexual agenda, but I feel your blame on naturalistic origins is misplaced. Also, if unlike forces can join in a united cause, you shouldn’t alienate potential allies. I am an atheist and evolutionist, but also very against the homosexual agenda (I prefer to dub myself a gender-normalist). Though people like myself seem rare, we are actually more consistent in thought than the pomosexuals. Homosexuality flies in the face of Darwin’s natural selection. The toleration, celebration, and elevation of the LGBT community has no survival… Read more »
I am interested in your post. I find myself in company a great deal with people in their 80s. When this subject comes up, many are opposed to homosexual celebration because of their concern over disease, but most of them are afraid to voice their concern to someone who isn’t a christian because they fear cultural censor. They are afraid they will look old and not “with it”.
Since you do not believe that the underlying cause of promoting the LGBT agenda is tied to an evolutionary worldview, what do you believe is the cause?
Homosexuality is not a new issue. Biblically, Sodom and Gomorrah comes to mind, which shows the concept was not foreign to ancient authors. We’ve heard about the homosexual pedophilia in Roman and Greek armies of old, and perhaps Alexander the Great, King James, and such being gay. Now, evolution only came around in the 1800s, and hadn’t caught on widely until early last century. You really can’t tie the two together. I will agree that homosexuality is an outward working of a strong aversion to rules. Christian or atheist, the enlightened among us believe the world runs by rules. Ignorance… Read more »
“…Bob Jones U would still be BJU, The founders would have still owned slaves, Solomon’s harem would have still existed and the adulterers would have still been stoned.”
So…just checking here: We do get to change the rules (sometimes) for what God thinks is right and wrong? But y’all just aren’t willing to consider that this rule (the one about LGBT people) might be wrong?
Hi delurking. God is the same today, yesterday, tomorrow and forever. When fallen men repent of their sin and turn to God in faith, He begins the process of moving us from what Paul calls “The Old Man” to “The New Man”. i.e. we become something new in Christ and are transformed into His likeness. God does not change, men change. We know if we are in Christ when we become more like Him. For a culture/nation/people the process is similar (if you want to discuss this aspect of God’s work, I must leave that to an elder… Read more »