Christian Perversion

Sometimes, I can get more truth from atheist Richard Dawkins than from my christian brothers. Recently, a specific “christian” group was brought to my attention.

The Lie: SoJourners

This “christian” group tries to tackling tough political issues like Gay Rights, War, or Social Inequality. As usual, I decided to do a little research, and found this simple question:

What is your position on gay marriage and same-sex relationships in general? They began all their answers by quoting scripture. Good. I thought this was a simple enough to answer straight from Paul. Here’s a great verse to answer this question:

“…Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

Homosexuality is a straightforward issue for me. But SoJourners didn’t choose my verse. Hummm… well, they at least got the same book.

“As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor can the head say to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.'”–1 Corinthians 12:20-21

Somehow, this was the best verse to talk about homosexuality. (Maybe I missed it – where does 1 Cor 12 mention gays?) Based on this strong scriptural evidence (this is the only verse he quotes), Jim Willis, the head of SoJourners, concludes we should:

  • “Pass anti-hate-crime legislation that prosecutes attacks on gays and lesbians
  • “Ensure that long-term gay and lesbian partnerships are afforded legitimate legal protections…”

You have got to be kidding me! Is it just me, or is skipping 1 Cor 6 (which talks about homosexuality) and instead referencing 1 Cor 12 (which talks about spiritual gifts) a Scriptural misinterpretation? No… it’s a perversion!

This is, at worse, awful hermeneutics; and, at best, a complete perversion. This is not the only time they put words in God’s mouth. Go read the entire FAQ if you are still in doubt.

Reverend Jim Willis

Willis is the GEO of SoJourners. He’s “a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life.” But the best way to paint his ministry is by where he lives – Washington D.C. He may be a Christian, and may even have a relationship with Jesus Christ, but he is so soaked by Washington that the Truth of Scriptures apparently has little meaning for him.

I hope you are now informed enough to be ware. He is a wolf is sheep’s clothing. His view of Scriptures? It’s basically just like the Sunday funnies: cut it to pieces so you can hang it on your wall.

The Christian Response

Willis is obviously wrong. But we should not treat him like an unbeliever. He isn’t the enemy. We should love him like a brother. An immoral enemy, you should love on and try to save (Matthew 5:44); a immoral brother, you should abandon and even excommunicate (Romans 16:17). Yes, you heard that right. We shouldn’t even associate with him.

This is why I found this blog from Donald Miller completely on the wrong track. Miller takes the other side of the coin: that Glen Beck was being un-Christian by attacking his friend, Jim Willis. His posted on Pastor Wallis’ response; to “turn the other cheek.” He is wrong. We should love our enemies when they wrong us, but that is not the right response to a believer who does not accept the truth (2 John 1:10).

You would literally be better to spend your time listening to Richard Dawkin’s “The God Delusion” than supporting the ministry of Jim Willis. I know this is counter-intuitive. If this stuff was natural, we wouldn’t need Jesus. So, get used to it.

Scripture: Remove the Evil!

Excommunication is mentioned several times, but let me just quote this one passage to remove any doubt that this is the Biblical response:

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (NASB)

9I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;

10I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.

11But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler–not even to eat with such a one.

12For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?

13But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.

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6 Responses

  1. […] “Christian” perversion from @brianfactor (JibeNow admin) […]

  2. Wow, I really appreciated this post. Thanks for standing up.

  3. That’s why church discipline is so crucial in the Church. Interesting post.

  4. I’m amazed that you posted this, especially the last section. It is a rare thing to hear the truths of I Cor. 5 ever mentioned. I’m thankful for your courage to stand up for Paul’s instructions in this area. One thing, though. I think you can be safe in saying that a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” is not a Christian…

  5. I liked your post. 😀 It triggered a question and I was just wondering what you thought about a homosexual couple (who doesn’t claim to be Christian) coming to church. Do you encourage them to keep coming to church (knowing that children are around and may be confused)? Do you talk to them about there sin and lead them to repentance in that sin as a prerequisite to coming to Christ? Or try to bring them to Jesus first before you talk about their homosexuality because unless they know Jesus then they’ll never see the need to change and they would feel judged and turned off before they understood what Christianity was all about?

    Just some thoughts that popped up after reading your post.

  6. I think Paul spells out a pretty clear rule of thumb: Judge those in your church righteously; let God judge those outside the church. If they claim to be Christians and members of the church, then they should be judged and removed from fellowship if necessary.

    The one thing that’s important to keep in mind though (which I didn’t discuss here, but is nonetheless important) is that we need to comply with Matthew 18:15-20.

    Basically, you don’t kick them out instantly. You first talk to them, then bring in witnesses, then talk to the church, etc. Excommunication is the last option. But the point is that it is an option when you’re dealing with a brother.

    This is the difference between judgment (Matthew 7:1) and righteous judgment. (John 7:24).

    ><> Brian

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