Are “Christians” Who Promote

Homosexuality False Teachers?

What about those, within the church, who promote homosexuality? Given that the Bible teaches that homosexual acts are sinful and that practising homosexuals will not enter the Kingdom of God, it is easy to reach the conclusion that those who teach the opposite are false teachers. But how does the Bible define false teachers? I have read an article that said that those who promote homosexual acts are not false teachers because 2 John 7 defines “deceivers” as those who do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, and homosexual proponents do not do that. They recognise Jesus as God incarnate. [1] That is an interesting argument but it seems to ignore the rest of the biblical teaching about false teachers including the adjacent verses in 2 John. Verse 9-11 are a definition and instruct us as to how to respond to false teachers. 2 John 9-11 9  Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.  10  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.  11  Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. The label “false teacher” is not reserved for those who deny the incarnation. Anyone who does not “continue in the teaching of Christ” or “does not bring this teaching” is a false teacher. Christians are not even to offer them hospitality, because they are not to aid them in their wicked work. Paul’s words are very similar. Romans 16:17-18 17  I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.  18  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people. False teaching is that which is “contrary to the teaching you have learnt” and the response of the Christian is to keep away from them. Note John’s words: 2 John 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be fully rewarded. We are not to stray from the gospel that has been handed down. We are to “contend for the faith that the Lord has once for all entrusted to us, His people” (Jude 3). To stray is to jeopardise the reward God is keeping for His people. “False teacher” is an extremely serious charge that possibly most would hesitate to make. Many will assume that this is simply a matter of opinion and there are good Christians who hold diverse opinions. Each has his/her own truth. Christians, however, must be bearers of the truth. We must work to know what God says and then uphold that. Declaring homosexual acts to be good clearly fits the definition of false teaching; it contradicts the teaching of scripture as upheld by Jesus. The consequences are disastrous. This false teaching a. Has divided the church b. Has brought the church into disrepute within society c. Has undermined the mission of the church d. Has encouraged people to continue sinning and, consequently, has kept people out of heaven We have already quoted Jesus’ words about those who cause others to stumble (Matthew 18:6-7; Luke 17:1-3a). I won’t tire you with them again but remember that they are strong words. Preceded by “woe!” they are words of impending judgement. It is no small thing to cause others to sin. Footnotes [1] Of course, that might not be true of some. Those who reject some biblical teachings tend to also be less than committed to others. Nevertheless, we will assume that “Christian” proponents of homosexuality do accept that Jesus is God “in the flesh” Related pages
© 2017 Peter Cheyne
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
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Are “Christians” Who

Promote

Homosexuality False

Teachers?

What about those, within the church, who promote homosexuality? Given that the Bible teaches that homosexual acts are sinful and that practising homosexuals will not enter the Kingdom of God, it is easy to reach the conclusion that those who teach the opposite are false teachers. But how does the Bible define false teachers? I have read an article that said that those who promote homosexual acts are not false teachers because 2 John 7 defines “deceivers” as those who do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, and homosexual proponents do not do that. They recognise Jesus as God incarnate. [1] That is an interesting argument but it seems to ignore the rest of the biblical teaching about false teachers including the adjacent verses in 2 John. Verse 9-11 are a definition and instruct us as to how to respond to false teachers. 2 John 9-11 9  Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.  10  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.  11  Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. The label “false teacher” is not reserved for those who deny the incarnation. Anyone who does not “continue in the teaching of Christ” or “does not bring this teaching” is a false teacher. Christians are not even to offer them hospitality, because they are not to aid them in their wicked work. Paul’s words are very similar. Romans 16:17-18 17  I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.  18  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people. False teaching is that which is “contrary to the teaching you have learnt” and the response of the Christian is to keep away from them. Note John’s words: 2 John 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be fully rewarded. We are not to stray from the gospel that has been handed down. We are to “contend for the faith that the Lord has once for all entrusted to us, His people” (Jude 3). To stray is to jeopardise the reward God is keeping for His people. “False teacher” is an extremely serious charge that possibly most would hesitate to make. Many will assume that this is simply a matter of opinion and there are good Christians who hold diverse opinions. Each has his/her own truth. Christians, however, must be bearers of the truth. We must work to know what God says and then uphold that. Declaring homosexual acts to be good clearly fits the definition of false teaching; it contradicts the teaching of scripture as upheld by Jesus. The consequences are disastrous. This false teaching a. Has divided the church b. Has brought the church into disrepute within society c. Has undermined the mission of the church d. Has encouraged people to continue sinning and, consequently, has kept people out of heaven We have already quoted Jesus’ words about those who cause others to stumble (Matthew 18:6-7; Luke 17:1-3a). I won’t tire you with them again but remember that they are strong words. Preceded by “woe!” they are words of impending judgement. It is no small thing to cause others to sin. Footnotes [1] Of course, that might not be true of some. Those who reject some biblical teachings tend to also be less than committed to others. Nevertheless, we will assume that “Christian” proponents of homosexuality do accept that Jesus is God “in the flesh” Related pages
© Peter Cheyne 2017.
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
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