At some point, we are going to have to address issues that we ourselves have difficulty understanding and adhering to, we will inevitably call people to be obedient to a standard that we ourselves fall short of, and we will give advice and instruction to our churches that we need a healthy dose of ourselves. But this shouldn’t cause us to shy away from preaching the Word of God in all its fullness.
If the end to which we were created is to revel in joy at the glory of God, then for the doctrines of grace to land on us any other way means that we don’t quite fully understand them.
Here I interact with Pastor Shawn Harrison from Greenville, OH about various practical issues concerning how to engage with the LGBTQ community.
It’s a beautiful thing to trust the Lord to carry out justice for us, and even when we fail God’s purpose still stands: He turns the ashes for beauty, our misjudgments (“Crucify Him”!) for our redemption, extending mercy and help for our pitiful efforts, leaving us to boast in His righteousness alone.
Second to the Gospel, it’s issues of gender and sexuality that drive the biggest wedge between the church and the world. And this is not going to change anytime soon. If we are going to engage the world with the Gospel, we have to understand and be willing to discuss the issues surrounding gender and sexuality.