Let me be very clear about something before I address this announcement. There is no hierarchy of sins. Some people act as if a little white lie is no big deal, but homosexuality is practically unforgivable. That’s a distortion of God’s Word.
On one hand, no sin is “no big deal.” On the other, no sin, including homosexuality, is unforgivable (except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit). I’ve been good friends with men who were practicing homosexuals. I have never been homophobic. But homosexual behavior is a sin.
In an interview with Christianity Today, well-known Christian musician Ray Boltz announced Friday that he’s gay. Oh, and that God made him that way. In his words…
“If this is the way God made me, then this is the way I’m going to live. It’s not like God made me this way and he’ll send me to hell if I am who he created me to be …”
I’m not sure where he got that idea. I can tell you it wasn’t from the Bible.
I want to attempt a brief response to Boltz’s announcement by asking two questions.
- Is it possible that some people have a genetic predisposition toward certain types of behaviors? I think it’s not only possible but likely. I believe that could be true whether we’re talking about sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, drunkenness, violence, or any number of other behaviors the Bible describes as sin
- Does that relieve anyone of the responsibility for their behavior? No. A predisposition to violence does not make it okay to kill someone. A predisposition to sexual promiscuity does not make it okay to cheat on your wife. A predisposition to homosexuality does not make it okay to engage in homosexual behavior.
Pray for Ray Boltz, and pray for those who will be deceived by his rhetoric. It has an air of tolerance and acceptance that makes it appealing. But it is dead wrong.
The Bible is very clear.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
The good news of the gospel is that all of our sins can be forgiven, and that anyone can be transformed by the power of God’s Spirit, through faith in Christ. The next verse says:
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
Let this announcement cause you to have compassion for those who are deceived by sin, and to love them and pray for them. And let it make you fearful of compromising with sin in your own life.
NOTE: Revised on 9/15 to move CT article link to end of post. (Read the CT article)