Progressive Christians need to take heed. Supporting gay marriage will not end with gay marriage. The cry for fairness will not stop there, and it will soon be unacceptable for anyone to say anything negative about homosexual practices (we are just about there already). My guess is that in 5 or 10 years we will see KAY jewelry commercials with gay couples kissing as the KAY jingle plays in the background (and if they refuse to make such commercials, they will eventually be strong-armed to do so in the name of “fairness”,”tolerance” and “equal rights”). It will become impossible for Christians who hold to the Biblical teaching that homosexual practice is sinful to watch TV with their children without being bombarded by gay and lesbian promotions, while anything having to do with Christianity will be mocked, ridiculed and deemed unacceptable (as is already often the case). Mark my words, that’s where this is leading.
It further needs to be stated that simply saying homosexual practice is a sin is not hate speech any more than saying lying or stealing is a sin is hate speech. But it won’t be long before you can’t even say lying or stealing or adultery is a sin without being labeled hateful and “intolerant.” Yes, it really is a slippery slope. It is also entirely false to say that if one regards homosexual practice as sinful that makes that person a homophobe. Thinking homosexual practice a sin makes one a homophobe is no different than thinking any particular activity is sinful makes one afraid of the person who commits the sin. Will we soon have adultryphobes? Liarphobes? Theifphobes? Cheatphobes? Pornographobes? Abusephobes? Only time will tell, but let’s get it right for the moment. If you support the gay and lesbian agenda and find homosexual activity as just an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle, learn to disagree with those who see it as sinful without resorting to “homophobe” and “hate speech” rhetoric. And if you believe that homosexual practice is a sin, learn to say so without being hateful (and there are plenty that are hateful towards those who engage in homosexual practice). In my opinion, nothing Phil said was hateful or homophobic.
In the end, we need to remember that according to Christianity, all sin separates us from a Holy God and God, in His grace, has mercifully provided a means for forgiveness and, yes, deliverance. That forgiveness and deliverance is made possible through Christ who shed His blood for all, that all might be set free from the bondage of sin. Why? Because God so loved the world (John 3:16-18, 36), and that world that God so loved includes those who practice homosexuality. Phil was simply quoting Scripture:
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? 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.
And that is what some of you were. 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 Cor. 6:9-11)
Thank God for verse 11. If it weren’t for that, we would all be lost.