SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2013.
HOMOSEXUALITY AND ITS EFFECT ON THE CHURCH II
DEFINITELY, the church of God will march on and the gates of hell shall never prevail against it. It is true the devil is fighting fiercely, but God through the blood of the lamb will keep His people pure and unpolluted.
However, some of the visible ways through which the evil affects the church include:
The introduction of a dangerous revisionist agenda by saying a man should marry a man (gay) and a woman should marry a woman (lesbian). This was not how God intended it according to the creation story. In the beginning, God made them male and female, Gen. 1:27 and we could see the reaction of Adam when he woke up and saw the woman God made by his side: ‘And the man said, This is now the bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man,’ Gen. 2v23. Any attempt to twist this is a negation and should not be encouraged at all.
The family is the nucleus of society, anything that affects it will also affect the wider society, if this shameful coming together of man and man, woman and woman is allowed, God’s intention for the marriage institution will be defeated. ‘For this reason a man should leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and they shall no longer be two but one.’
Sometimes homosexual swap when they want to have children; children born under this atmosphere sometimes are defaced, neither here nor there. Of course, they will not be normal children as some may take to alcoholism, drug addicts, armed robbery, street children, in short they will become instruments in the hand of the devil. Caldwell a great psychologist was right when he observed that: ‘the milieu of one’s development affects that particular development,’ we are the product of our environment.
Another point is that the future of the church with this generation of children will be at risk. You know they say: ‘you cannot give what you don’t have.’ In case they come into the ordained ministry, you can imagine the type of ministry they will be running. It is possible they will likely trample upon holy things of God because their conduct and their character do not depict them as worthy shepherds that the flock can look up to.
It is an incontrovertible statement that the activities of homosexuals will in no small measure weaken the faith of believers including the youths as some are drawn into this sinful act and are at crossroads already. But those who practice or encourage such will not inherit the kingdom of God. We pity the worldwide Anglican Church as this evil has brought a great division. It is no longer news that some Bishops could not attend the last Lambert Conference and have set up a parallel conference known as Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) as a way of running away from this pollution. Those who attend GAFCON believe in the original gospel and the authority of the scriptures. Sodom and Gomorrah could not escape. Do you think those who are involved today will escape it too?
Truly, homosexuality is a sin, a negation of biblical principles and comes from the pit of hell. Anyone who is involved in it.VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.