Love Into Light: The Gospel, The Homosexual and The Church
Today we begin a brand new series. It’s going to be a series that most church people just don’t want to talk about. And the reason that they don’t want to talk about it is that we’ll… they’re not good about talking about it! It’s hard enough trying to find church people to talk about healthy sexuality within marriage, but today we’re going to talk about the Gospel, the homosexual, and the Church. My guest for this series is a pastor and author, Peter Hubbard, and we’ll be discussing his book titled, “Love Into Light.”
On today’s podcast, we’ll discuss:
- How God’s message of sexuality is a message full of grace and truth.
- How there has always been homosexuality beginning with Genesis 19, but Church history has never affirmed the lifestyle of homosexuality until now. Why is that?
So the question is why now? Why is our culture fascinated with homosexuality? Our government made same-sex marriage legal in 2015. President Obama celebrated by spraying rainbow colored lights on the White House itself. The culture is obsessed with it. It’s uncool not to be gay at this point from the world’s perspective, but why?
So what does Scripture say about being involved in the world? The Apostle John writes in 1 John 2:15–17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
Notice here that John doesn’t tell us to run away from, to hide from these topics and questions with homosexuality, he’s saying don’t fall in love with the world’s perspective on things. In fact, as we look at the life of Jesus within the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we see Jesus engaging the tough questions of his day as well. He didn’t shy away from adultery, the subject of evil and he indeed addressed the religious people of His day.