As a follow up to a blog I wrote yesterday on the “LGBTQ affirming” church in Austin, Texas called, Austin New Church, I ask a very fundamental question: Why now?
First some history. Not long ago history, but within my lifetime.
In 1978, I became a Christian. I was 19 years-old. I was baptized in the Biblical manor in a Church of Christ in Phoenix, Arizona. (Acts 2:38, 1st Peter 3:21)
At that time, I had fellowship with a lot with other Christians in other congregations and I knew many in other denominations and I was always keeping up with the latest news of church happenings in Arizona and the US.
NOT ONE CHURCH or Christian I knew in 1978 was “LGBTQ affirming” and accepting of homosexuality. No “Gay Pastors” or “Lesbian Ministers.” No rainbow flags flying above church steeples. No churches, pastors, or evangelists were saying “Gay is OK.” There was no such thing as “Queer Christians.”
This was only 42 years ago. (I am 61)
So what happened?
Why in 2020 is this sweeping churches like a plague?
These questions become more chilling the further you go back into history. Why now? I don’t have all of the answers, and I don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories or far-fetched interpretations of the Book of Revelation. But the history of the church and our faith provides some clues to the answer of; “why now?”
For almost 2,000 years now, some of the greatest minds in and out of the church have studied every word, every phrase, every parable, every aspect of the Holy Scriptures. They have examined canonical and non-canonical books: most are in the Bible, others are not. They have looked at every context, every Greek and Hebrew word. Some names are known:
Augustine of Hippo, Justin Martyr, Clement of Rome,
Tertullian, Thomas Aquinas, Billy Graham, C. S. Lewis, etc., etc……
I could go on and on. Many of them you have never heard of.
And what do they all have in common?
What do all of these Christians from all over the planet going back to the 2nd Century all agree upon?
That Homosexuality is a grave sin.
That there is no dispute in scripture on Homosexuality.
So why now? Why in 2020 are there thousands upon thousands of “Bible-Believing” Christians, one church after another, embracing Homosexuality and dismissing what the Bible says about it?
What has changed from 180 AD to 2020 AD?
What new Biblical “truth” about homosexuality has emerged in the last 20 years that was hidden from Biblical scholars for 2,000 years?
What new evidence has emerged that God wants homosexuals to be preachers and teachers and accepted in the church?
The answer? NONE. No new evidence. No hidden Biblical truth revealed in just the last 20 years. No new scripture that contradicts 2,000 years of Biblical theology and scholarship. No new Dead Sea Scrolls have been found that say, “Gay is OK.”
I have no definitive answers, only suspicions.
Suspicions that the World, with all of it’s evil, now controls many large denominations and churches.
Which is more likely, applying an “Occam’s Razor” to the question? (William of Ockham was a Christian by the way.)
What is more likely?
(A) Over 4,000 years of Jewish and Christian theology and Biblical scholarship is wrong, and only now, in the last 20 years had God “revealed” his true feelings about Homosexuality. Namely, that Homosexual conduct is right and proper and part of God’s plan for humanity.
(B) That rather then the church “salting” the culture, the culture at large, steeped in sin, wickedness and rottenness, had rotted Christianity and the church from within, destroying it’s “saltiness” and rendering it malleable and soft for a takeover. 4,000 years of Biblical teaching has been rendered null and void in the last 20 years under the guise of “progressiveness” “God’s love” and “church reform.”
I believe that Homosexual activists and infiltrators have undermined churches from within, and renamed sin and degeneracy as “God approved loving relationships.”
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13