Truth and love
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8
These two statements show that both truth and love are part of God’s character. We need to express both of them when telling others about God.
Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.
We must always speak the truth and what we say must be motivated by love. But what will happen if we speak truth without love or try to practice love while ignoring truth? We can find out by looking at two organizations in Topeka, Kansas, that do these things.
You have probably heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. They are well known for their hatred of gays and of anyone who supports them. They often stage protests in which they carry signs that have slogans such as “God hates fags!” They like the phrase “God hates fags” so much they use it as the name of their website.
Although they express hate instead of love, some of the things they say are true. God created Adam and Eve and united them in the first marriage. He has prohibited any kind of sexual activity except between a man and woman who are married to each other. Anyone who engages is sex with another person of the same sex or joins with another in a same sex “marriage” is committing a sin. Yet God has not abandoned those who sin but has made a way for them to be forgiven. He sent Jesus Christ to earth to die as a sacrifice for sin and then raised him from the dead to show that his sacrifice was accepted.
We must speak the truth to gays and tell them that they are sinning, but we must also show love to them by telling them how their sins can be forgiven. Westboro only gives them half of the truth. Because Westboro claims to be Christian, many gays who hear their message assume that all Christians share their beliefs. This prevents them from being willing to listen to any Christian who tries to help them.
Across the street from Westboro is a house called Equality House that commits the error of showing love for gays without knowing the truth. Here is what Wikipedia says about it.
The Equality House is a rainbow-colored house situated across the street from Westboro Baptist Church, an anti-LGBT hate group in Topeka, Kansas. The house was purchased by Aaron Jackson, the founder of nonprofit organization Planting Peace, after he saw a “for sale” sign on a nearby house when looking at the community on Google Earth. Through Planting Peace, Jackson purchased the house for $81,000. In March 2013, a military veteran agreed to paint the house the colors of the rainbow flag in tribute to the gay pride flag, and it was dubbed the Equality House. It was reported that a representative of Westboro said she loved the paint job because it kept the eyes of the earth on the church’s message. The house became a place for volunteers of Planting Peace to live.
Planting Peace, the organization that owns Equality House, is dedicated to helping people throughout the world.
Planting Peace is a global nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of spreading peace in a hurting world. Our projects focus primarily on humanitarian aid and environmental initiatives, including our multi-national deworming campaign, Equality House LGBTQ rights advocacy, a network of orphanages and safe havens, and conservation effort in the rainforests of Peru.
Most of the work they do is good, but when it comes to how they treat gays they are actually harming them because they don’t realize that they are encouraging them to live in a way that God has forbidden. Paul said about Israel, “They have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.” We could say regarding Planting Peace, “They have a zeal for good, but not according to knowledge.”
Most see Westboro Baptist Church and Equality House as on opposite sides of the struggle between good and evil. If we look at them from a Biblical perspective we see that both of them are tools that Satan uses to keep people from believing in Jesus and being forgiven. He uses Westboro to convince people that Christians are haters and he uses Equality House to convince them that it is possible to do good apart from God.
If you are gay and want to live a life that is obedient to God or if you care about helping gay people you may find these sites helpful. They achieve a Biblical balance between love and truth.
Is it possible to have compassion on a sinner without condoning their sin? Yes!
No man stood more strongly against sin than Jesus Christ who died to conquer sin, yet He showed grace and compassion on the sinners He encountered (Luke 7:36-50). God demonstrated His love toward us while we were still sinners and His enemies (Romans 5:8-10), yet His love did not excuse our sin (Romans 8:3).
At the risk of being misunderstood by fellow believers, we are thrilled—actually beyond thrilled—to follow Jesus in His kind, gentle, patient treatment of men and women who, by virtue of their spiritual battles, are deemed hopeless. There is no excuse for any sin, including the sin of withholding grace from other sinners.
Born That Way Ministries was born out of a genuine desire to help those dealing with unwanted sexual conflict and to enlighten those who are gifted to serve Christ without the burdens of matrimony. We believe that Satan has used many “good” well intentioned ministries and political activist to distract Christ’ church from providing an adequate, Christ-centered biblical response to persons struggling with unnatural temptations.
We believe in a biblically Christian sexual ethic: that God created human beings male and female, and that any sexual intimacy outside of a faithful, lifelong marital union between a man and woman is contrary to His plan. But we also believe that marriage is not the only way of life God calls us to, and so we seek to explore different ways of serving God in Christ-centeredness. And we further believe that godly, covenant-keeping friendships is essential to that task.
In trying to educate others in this area, we have studied Scripture, investigated historical testimony, and explored the dynamics of many different programs and ministries. We believe we are taking part in one of the greatest mission fields anyone has ever embarked upon. To God be the glory!
True Freedom Trust (TfT) is a confidential Christian support and teaching ministry that holds to authentically biblical teaching on sexuality. We offer support to individuals who experience same-sex attraction, but who choose not to embrace a gay identity or to pursue a same-sex relationship because of convictions of faith. We also support families, friends and church leaders of those who experience same-sex attraction.
Posted on March 3, 2017, in Bible study, homosexuality and tagged Born That Way, forgiveness, gays, God hates fags, gospel, Jesus Christ, love, Satan, sin, true freedom trust, truth, Westboro Baptist Church. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.