hotbed issues

The short answer is this; We believe that the Bible clearly, specifically and categorically identifies abortion, homosexuality and same-sex marriage as violations of God’s will and Law. As a church, therefore, we stand against those practices, even though our Civil Government condones them. 
 
Now, for the long answer - let’s unpack that more fully. We are Christians. As Christians, we believe that the Bible is the breathed-out Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Because that’s true, we are committed to taking all of the Bible and only the Bible as our final, infallible authority in all areas of life. We believe God’s Word first, and man’s word second, and even then only when it aligns with God’s Word. If we allowed ourselves to be swayed by the changing winds of political correctness, we would be betraying the foundation of what makes us who we are. It is no different for you - you and I are both products of our habits and commitments, no matter what god you worship. As Christians, we are committed to the proclamation of the One True God, and the rule of His risen Son, Jesus Christ. It is in this light that we must see and interpret every issue that comes before us. 

homosexuality and same-sex "marriage" 

To speak candidly, the phrase, “same-sex marriage” is an oxymoron. It cannot be. Marriage, as defined by God, starting in Genesis 1 and reiterated throughout all of Scripture, is between one man and one woman. That is what marriage is. It is a solemn commitment in the sight of God and man to leave father and mother and cleave to husband and wife...till death do us part.
 
Not only does God’s Word bear this out, but God’s World does as well. Not to be explicit, but anyone who has taken anatomy will tell you how the puzzle pieces fit. Douglas Wilson recently illustrated it like this: “Attempting to redefine marriage as allowing for male on male or female on female is as silly as redefining a basket as a ball that doesn't go through the basket. It is like hooking up your stereo by using the Supreme Court's special electrical tape to bind two male couplings together. It is like watering your garden with a hose that is connected the wrong way to the spigot using egalitarian twist-ties.”
 
A man and a woman joined together as one flesh is right and good and natural, according to God’s own design, purpose and will. 
 
To speak of the homosexual act itself, in both Old and New Testaments, the Bible clearly teaches that it is sin in multiple passages. In Leviticus 20:13, for example, God’s Law specifies that, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “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.” These are but two examples of several places where God’s Word explicitly identifies homosexuality as sinful behavior. 
 
We’re aware that many people who do not view homosexuality as a sin, and who approve of same-sex marriage, dispute the interpretation of those verses. They will dispute the meanings of biblical words and contexts in order to argue that the Bible does not, in fact, condemn homosexuality (and by extension same-sex marriage.) In short, we’ve studied all of those arguments and found that, in every case, the exegesis and logic behind them is seriously flawed and compromised by a priori assumptions that drive false conclusions. For reference, Robert Gagnon’s book, The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics, is unsurpassed in its scholarship and treatment of every biblical text which deals with the issue of homosexuality. 
 
Many will say that it is hypocritical and sanctimonious to condemn homosexuality when we’re all sinners. Let’s be clear - we are all sinners. We have all of us fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But that fact doesn’t render any particular sin less sinful. 
 
The Bible still must remain our authority. The Bible clearly says that same-sex unions of a sexual nature are unnatural and ungodly, and therefore are acts of high rebellion against a Holy God. But so is stealing, or committing adultery, or murdering, or disobeying your parents. Because the homosexual community is unwilling to see that their actions are inherently sinful, they take any argument to the contrary as personal condemnations. But homosexuality is just one of many sins we humans are capable of being guilty of, and therefore can be covered by the blood of Jesus on the cross.
 
This is why the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer to this hotbed issue - just as it is the answer to every “coldbed” issue as well. Every one of us needs to be washed and cleansed by the forgiveness of Jesus. Every one of us needs the redemption that He freely gives. When such redemption is accepted through faith in Jesus, the reborn begin to see all of life differently, as if this world did not revolve around our own desires after all.

abortion

Again, our position on this, and every other issue comes directly from our commitment to the authority of God’s Word in the Bible. The Bible clearly teaches that all human beings are persons created in the image of God Himself (Genesis 1:26), who were carefully fashioned by Him as persons - inside their mothers’ wombs (Psalm 139:13-15). 
 
Let us once more be candid - “Abortion” is murder, plain and simple. The word “abortion” is a conveniently and politically sanitized term for the unjust killing of infant humans. It is interesting, in a deeply troubling way, to see the discrepancy between things that offend our sensibilities. For instance, we are horrified when we remember that Hitler and the Nazi regime murdered six million innocent Jews. And yet when we read of SIXTY million innocent babies being murdered (only since 1973, and only in America, and only on official record), before they even are allowed their first breath of this world’s air, we applaud the law that gives women the right to choose.
 
“But they are not babies when they are in the womb. They are fetuses. And so they cannot possible be human. It is no different than if a tumor was growing and needed to be surgically removed. Right?”
 
Wrong. The word, “Fetus” is simply a Latin word - which means “human infant”. Fetuses in the womb are babies. They are human infants, not non-human tissue. As one commentator says, “As a matter of fact and logic, humans conceive, gestate, and give birth to humans. We don’t magically become human at 23 or 24 weeks of gestation. We were human before viability and we are human afterward.” The child inside of the womb is the same child that is born is the same child that grows up to laugh and jump and play and cry when he scrapes his knee.
 
“Ok. So the fetus is a human being. But so long as it is inside the mother’s womb, she should have the right to decide whether or not to abort it, right? It’s her body.” 
 
The problem is, it’s not just her body. It’s the infant human-being’s body as well. And that human infant was created in the image and likeness of God, as is every other human being. An infant’s location relative to his mother’s uterus does not make him less human, nor change his right to live. The current Pro-Choice argument says that it does. But this is not only illogical, it is exactly the same horror as human slavery. 
 
Claiming that a woman maintains the right to kill her baby so long as he is located inside of her womb, in spite of the fact that he is a human being, turns abortion into a property-rights issue. It bases the “right” of the woman on the assumption that the person in her womb is her property, with which she is free to do what she wills. 
 
As a nation, we fought - and by God’s grace won - the battle against human slavery, which was based on the same terrible assumptions and rationale. This nation was founded on a respect for human life and human dignity. That must include the life and dignity of the unborn. But most importantly, that unborn child is made in the image of God, just like you and just like me. To kill an unborn life is no different before the eyes of God than killing a born life. 
 
It is striking how caring and attentive a NICU staff is toward a baby born 16 weeks early. It is striking because often in the same hospital, 24-week old infant human beings are killed through legally protected abortion. 
 
Again, as above, the answer is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all bent on having our own way. We are all determined, in our own hearts, to make this world revolve around us and our desires and what is convenient. But it doesn’t. This world is God’s world. And no amount of kicking will change that reality.

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