Affirmation Isn’t Love

Liberal churches love to go on and on ad nauseam about how loving and affirming they are; usually in reference to those engaged in a homosexual lifestyle. While there are many, many problems to point out with these types of churches, I want to settle on this one for today. Liberals love to brand themselves as the loving ones, and conservative (i.e. real) Christians as hateful and awful. This is utterly incorrect, as evidenced by their affirmation of the homosexual lifestyle. Allow me to explain.

In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, the Apostle Paul details some of the key behaviors of real love. Of most interest to us in this discourse is his statement in verse 6, that love “does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth”. It is clear, then, that if you are celebrating a sin that someone is committing, you are not loving that person. Why? Because the wages of sin is death. It’s like a child who, finding a jug of bleach, goes to take a big ol’ swig. No one in their right mind would say that it is loving for the child’s parents to affirm his choice to down a gallon of bleach, because bleach is lethal. The Bible is exceedingly clear that homosexuality is a sin. The proper response to this is not to affirm the sin and say it’s okay, nor is it to, like some who like to play at being holy, revel in the impending punishment of the sinner.

The loving and correct response to any sin is to call the sinner to repent. Only by repentance can someone engaged in homosexuality be saved from eternal damnation. To deny their need to repent, and tell them that they’re just fine is not loving, rather it is one of the most hateful things you can do to someone.

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