Host: But Jesus didn’t condemn homosexuality outright, did He? He went to the heart issue and the commands against immoral behavior in the Old Testament.So Jesus doesn’t just condemn adultery, for example, as does one of the Ten Commandments. That means that whatever says in regard to sexual practices is what I believe to be true, loving, and ultimately best for human flourishing – even when it seems out of step with the whims of contemporary culture.
Host: You are a Christian pastor, and you say you believe the Bible, which means you are supposed to love all people. Host: But it appears to me that you and your church take a rather unloving position when it comes to gay people. So at our church, our arms are outstretched to people from every background, every race, every ethnicity and culture. We believe that the gospel is a message relevant for every person on the planet, and we want everyone to hear the gospel and find salvation in Jesus Christ.We’re a place for all kinds of sinners and people with all kinds of problems.Host: But you said there, “We’re a place for sinners.” So you do believe that homosexuality is sinful, right? Host: So how do you reconcile the command to love all people with a position on homosexuality that some would say is radically intolerant?What’s more, Jesus takes this sexual ethic a step further and goes to the heart of the matter.That means that any time I even lust after someone else, I am sinning.
Jesus’ radical view of sexuality shows all of us up as sexual sinners, and that’s why He came to die.
Jesus died to save lustful, homo- heterosexual sinners and transform our hearts and minds and behavior. And as a follower of Jesus, I’m bound to what He says about sex and morality.
Pastor: If you think my position on homosexuality is radical, just wait until you hear what else I believe!
I believe that a teenage guy and girl who have sex in the backseat of a pick-up are sinning.
The unmarried heterosexual couple living down the street from me is sinning.
In fact, any sexual activity that takes place outside of the marriage covenant between a husband and wife is sinful.