Ordaining a Homosexual Pastor?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

There has been a lot of talk about a church in Nassau that recently ordained an alleged homosexual. Connected to that discussion, a friend recently forwarded to me an audio clip of someone asking why I and other pastors have not spoken about it. Although I heard the allegation, I had no intention of speaking to it, but I’ve had a change of heart since the recent ordination continues to drive many conversations.

It is unquestionable that the biblical position on human sexuality exclusively recognizes the male and female sexes and is opposed to any and all sexual conduct outside the bonds of marriage between one consenting man and one consenting woman. In short, Scripture teaches heterosexual sexuality; it condemns homosexual sexuality. Therefore, any church that knowingly ordains, or receives into membership, a person who practices homosexuality or identifies as a homosexual is not a faithful church. In fact, it can be argued that such a church is not a church at all.

However, it is important to recognise that there are Christians who are tempted with same-sex attraction, and it is important to distinguish them from persons who profess to be Christians and practice homosexuality or identify as homosexual. Scripture says it this way: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV). Accordingly, people who formerly identified as homosexual are called to renounce that identity and embrace their new identity in Christ, even if they still face the temptation of same-sex attraction, which they must resist.

Those who have been born of the Holy Spirit are the children of God, and their identity in Christ by far surpasses all else. It is that singular identity that they are called to embrace. All other identities are to be renounced, especially those that are contrary to Scripture. Therefore, a genuinely converted Christian who faces same-sex attraction can be ordained as a minister of the gospel or received as a member of a church. And they are called to live a holy life as are all who belong to Christ.

No doubt there are those who disagree with me. I would only remind them of the biblically supported fact that we live in a fallen world in which everything, including human sexuality, is broken, and we all experience broken sexuality in different ways and to varying degrees. For example, when a married man is tempted to lust after another woman, it is an expression of sexual brokenness. When a single woman is tempted to sleep with her boyfriend, it is an expression of sexual brokenness. Homosexual temptations are also expressions of sexual brokenness. And in all cases of immoral sexual desires, whether heterosexual or homosexual, we who are followers of Christ are called to resist them by God’s grace and pursue holiness.

Temptation is not sin; sin is sin. Therefore, it is spiritually harmful to tell a believer in Christ who is tempted with same-sex attraction (or any other sin) that he or she is not a Christian because of that temptation, even though that person, by God’s grace, does not yield to the temptation. And the spiritual harm is compounded when that person hears that unbiblical indictment from those who should know better: pastors.

I have no doubt that if the recently ordained pastor had a reputation of being an adulterer or a fornicator we would not even know he was being ordained. And that’s because many people make little of heterosexual sexual immorality and much of homosexual sexual immorality. But in Leviticus 18, the Lord abominates all sexual immorality — heterosexual, homosexual, and bestial. We would be wise to do the same. And our nation will be better for it. May the Lord who created the gift of sex for the bonds of marriage help us towards this end.

PASTOR CEDRIC MOSS

Nassau,

June 12, 2018.

Comments

joeblow says...

Agreed!

The blind cannot see on their own without natural or supernatural intervention and when offered help many refuse it. That is the real problem!

Posted 14 June 2018, 8:03 a.m. Suggest removal

Aegeaon says...

Again, Funny that we always put down people for sexual orientation, but never the drug lords and the gangs here. I understand the Word, but the people that are homosexuals or into bestiality isn't pointing a gun at someone.

Posted 14 June 2018, 2:31 p.m. Suggest removal

joeblow says...

FYI, the article was about a homosexual pastor, not drug lord and /or gangs.
Homosexuality is not an orientation issue, it is a lifestyle choice.
Having a homosexual or sweethearting pastor is like having a blind man drive the bus, it just does not work!

Posted 14 June 2018, 2:56 p.m. Suggest removal

Aegeaon says...

It's not about changing the subject, it's about seeing the logic of how we have much issues with gays or lesbians, but never on corrupt politicians, hetrosexual pastors that creates relationship affairs, murderers and money laundering that contributes to daily sins. Both sides, we all need respect and maturity.

Posted 14 June 2018, 3:14 p.m. Suggest removal

sheeprunner12 says...

This "sissy pastor" ran as the PLP candidate in the 2017 election in Long Island .......... and he is a sissy for real!!!

We had to keep our boys far away from him and his sissy posse for those six months.

How can this church elect a reprobate as their pastor??????? ............. SMH

Posted 14 June 2018, 5:16 p.m. Suggest removal

DWW says...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-23...

i dare you to read this to the end.

Posted 15 June 2018, 12:55 p.m. Suggest removal

joeblow says...

Repost:
Read it to the end and it is full of fallacies to support the LGBT narrative.

Even without the bible, common sense dictates that the species cannot be preserved through same sex relationships or bestiality. The first (primary) function of biblical sex is procreation, the immediate benefit is pleasure, but do not be deceived the purpose of sex is not just pleasure! It is misused and abused PURELY for the pleasurable component and people will say anything to preserve that 'benefit' in the context of their choice! .

Posted 15 June 2018, 1:12 p.m. Suggest removal

Well_mudda_take_sic says...

*Repost:* There must be a reason why In the beginning God created Adam and Eve rather than Fwreddy Boy and Fwreddy Boy's same-sex delight. Who knows the reason?

Posted 15 June 2018, 1:50 p.m. Suggest removal

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