You shall be careful therefore to do as the LORD your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
God doesn’t simply say we must obey but warns about turning to the right or to the left. That is because there are two opposite ways in which we can disobey each command.
As one example look at what he says about homosexual behavior.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Two things are true about it: It is a sin which will keep people out of the kingdom of God but it is no worse that any other sin and like any other sin it can be forgiven. We should love those who practice homosexuality just as we must love those who commit any other sin but we have an obligation to warn them that what they are doing is wrong and to show them how there sin can be forgiven if they repent of it and put their faith in Christ. We must love the sinner but hate the sin.
One error is to hate the sin but to also hate the sinner. Westboro Baptist Church is a perfect example of this. They even named their website godhatesfags.com.
The other error is to love the sinner but also love the sin and fail to warn the sinner that what he is doing is wrong. A good example of this can be found just across the street from Westboro.
A few months back, Aaron Jackson, a 31-year-old Florida resident and the co-founder of the nonprofit group Planting Peace, hopped online, picked himself out a two-bedroom home in Topeka and purchased it for around $80,000, sight unseen.
There were two aspects of the deal that made it significant: 1. This particular house was located directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, the anti-gay outfit that regularly pickets everything from Lady Gaga concerts to the funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers. 2. Upon his arrival, Jackson paid to have his new house painted in the rainbow stripes of the gay pride flag.
In its first few days on display, the list of media outlets that picked up the story reads like a who’s who. The Equality House, so named by the group’s members, showed up in the Washington Post and Time Magazine and on “Good Morning America.”
I am certain that the members of Equality House love gays and want to help them. They simply don’t realize that by encouraging them to follow a gay lifestyle they are keeping them out of the kingdom of God.
To someone who doesn’t know what the Bible teaches Westboro and Equality House appear to represent different sides in the struggle between good and evil. In fact both are tools being used by Satan in his war against the truth. They are simply attacking from different directions.