Why has the church
made a campaign of
The Church Did Not Start This
Please note: the church did not fire the first shots
in this war. The church is merely responding to a
major attack on its values.
Recent decades have seen a huge, world-wide,
concerted campaign for “gay rights”.
In part that campaign is secular. There has been a
desire to change society’s values. People are
entitled to voice their views and to try to persuade
others. In fact, the efforts have been remarkably
successful. It is not long ago that the vast majority
of people found the idea of two men having sex
together disgusting. Now, most of western society
seems quite comfortable with it. Those behind the
campaign are to be congratulated on their success.
However, if the campaign is fundamentally wrong,
that is a concern for the church even if it only
impacted society. The church has a concern that
God is worshipped, that individuals find their
salvation in Jesus and that society is healthy. On
those ground alone Christians will feel compelled
to speak up. Christians also have a right to voice
their views and to try to persuade, and they will
exercise that right out of concern for society and
However, the gay rights campaign has not
restricted itself to the secular sphere. They have
also campaigned strongly for the church to change
its views; for the church to accept what the Bible
calls sin; and for the church to accept practising
homosexuals at every level including leadership.
Clearly this is utterly alarming for Christians who
hold to a biblical position. Most would probably
rather not have to fight political battles over this
issue but they have been forced to respond to an
The church is not the aggressor in this war but it
But why focus on this particular sin?
It certainly does seem that the church has reacted
more strongly against this sin than many others.
Indeed, it may be true that many churches are
turning a blind eye to other sins in the lives of their
If that is the case, the objection is absolutely
reasonable. There is no reason for elevating
homosexual sin above others and, where churches
rail against homosexual sin while ignoring adultery
or fornication or indeed sins listed alongside
homosexuality such as greed, drunkenness,
thieving, and slander (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
they are being hypocritical.
Christians do need to take a consistent approach
to sin, not focus on one as if it is more sinful than
Is homosexuality worse than heterosexuality?
Must there be winners and losers?
© Peter Cheyne 2017.
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality