AN OLD PERVERSION
by Wayne S. Walker
Inasmuch as the topic I have chosen for this article is somewhat delicate, I hope I can write discreetly yet make my point. I recently read something that angered and disgusted me greatly. A heartbroken mother wrote to Ann Landers telling the advice columnist that her eighteen-year old son, whom she described as handsome and bright, had announced he was "gay" and asked his parents to accept him "as he is" because he had no desire to be anything else and was tired of pretending. The mother hoped that it was a passing fancy, a phase that her son would outgrow. Of course, Ann encouraged the parents to go ahead and accept him, and even urged them to get counseling as they were the ones with the hang-up. What a pity! My question simply is, who told the boy he was "gay" to begin with?
Sickness or Sin?
For several years we were told by leading psychologists that homosexuality was like a sickness or a condition; "biological maladjustment" they called it, though they never really decided whether the cause was congenital, physical, or environmental. On the basis of Biblical teaching we denied it. After "much study" on the subject in which no organic reason could be found for this "condition," those who wished to practice their unnatural vice had to find another cloak to cover their evil deeds besides "I can’t help it." Now the prestigious psychiatrists of the land like to refer to "men with men working that which is unseemly" (and women too, Romans 1.26-27) as an "alternative form of sexual orientation" and plead for it to become accepted and not to be discriminated against.
So as a result, we are now witnessing the rise of the "gay liberation movement." There is even a denomination of "gay" congregations called the Metropolitan Community Church. And homosexuals have large followings in nearly every other major denominational church in the United States. I hope and pray that the churches of our Lord in this country and elsewhere will be spared this insidious evil. But when the saints of God seem to be loosening up about unscriptural divorce and remarriage, and are no longer as militantly opposed to "having an affair" (called by God fornication and adultery), some supposed Christians even openly practicing such things, it would not really surprise me as much as it should if some so-called gospel preacher were to shock the brotherhood by admitting he was a homosexual.
Those who commit these things and those who consent with them have elected not to retain God in their knowledge, have become vain in their imaginations, have become fools, have changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible men, and have been given up by God through uncleanness and their own lusts to dishonor their own bodies. They have exchanged the truth of God into a lie, and are without excuse (Romans 1:18-32). All of this while many of them profess "Christianity" though it be a corrupted form. Do they not understand that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for this very thing? As could be expected, in order to allow for their activities, "gay" religious leaders either reject or "reinterpret" what happened in Genesis 19, as well as other Bible passages on the matter. In a Christianity Today news report concerning the Air Force sergeant who was dismissed for confessing to be a homosexual, a sympathetic theologian suggested that the Bible’s "negative judgments" on homosexuality may not be meant for our time. Is this not simple infidelity?
Open homosexuality is nothing peculiar to this generation. In ancient Greece, many well-known historical figures had their pederasts. Some of Paul’s preaching was done in the Greek city of Corinth, which was an extremely immoral society, as may be seen by the fact that in the Corinthian temple, one thousand young women gave themselves over to prostitution—in the name of religion, even. When Paul later wrote to the church in the city, no doubt consisting largely of many of his converts, he mentioned something about their former condition in I Corinthians 6:9-11. "Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you." The phrase "abusers of themselves with mankind" accurately describes those who engage in homosexual relations. What an interesting group of people Paul numbered them with! And what about their eternal destiny? But is there any hope for individuals engaged in such abnormal (mis-) behavior? Certainly, for Paul continued to these very people, "But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." Jesus Christ can provide the answer. Not the Jesus contained in the imaginations of men’s minds, but the Son of God revealed in the word of God, the truth. For only "the truth shall make you free."
But forgiveness, cleansing, and justification can never come to one who persists in sin. Those who want homosexuality tolerated are quick to turn to John 8 and point out that Jesus said to the adulterous women,"Neither do I condemn thee." Certainly we must have compassion and understanding for sinners as did the Savior, but let us not forget that Jesus also told, "Go, and sin no more." On another occasion (John 5:14), Christ ended a similar admonition with the warning, "Lest a worse thing come unto thee." The homosexual who would supposedly become a Christian but continue his homosexuality is "again entangled therein, and overcome" (2 Peter 2:18-22). He is like the dog returning to its vomit or the washed sow to her wallowing in the mire. Of these, Peter said that the latter end is worse with them than the first. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. "Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:12). He who would come to Christ for redemption must forsake his sin and "Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance" (Matthew 3:8).
Returning to the incident cited at the beginning of this article, I again ask, how did this young man decide he was "gay" in the first place? Surely his parents did not tell him; neither did his doctor. The only way an eighteen-year old could determine he was a homosexual would be by the decision of his own perverted mind. That one so young should be thus corrupted by the obscene and pornographic influence of modern libertines is indeed discouraging. This fellow should have been solving algebra problems, attending football games, and helping his parents around the house rather than experimenting with his own biological functions. Although I decry the use of prejudicial labels, since Webster defines the work "queer" to mean, "Differing from what is usual or ordinary, odd, strange," I see nothing wrong with applying this word to those who would pervert the natural and ordinary use of their own bodies. It is a shame that an article such as this needs to be written in a religious journal. But as "gay lib" has received so much publicity in the various newspapers, magazines, and television shows so common in our homes, something must be said publicly concerning the Biblical teaching on the subject. May what is written herein be useful in that regard.
—taken from Searching the Scriptures, Oct., 1976 (Vol. 17, No. 10). [The following note was appended by the editor of Searching the Scriptures. EDITOR’S NOTE: Wayne S. Walker was reared at Hillsboro, Ohio. While yet in high school he began to show a great interest in the Lord’s work, developing into the capable song leader and making talks when given the opportunity. He attended Florida College where he established a good academic record and then worked for about a year with a small group in Sandusky, Ohio. He is now working with the church in Warrenton, Missouri, and from all accounts is doing an excellent work. He has had several articles published in Truth Magazine and also in the Gospel Guardian. His writing style is clear and his work carefully thought out. We are pleased to introduce this fine young preacher to the readers of Searching the Scriptures.]