Sunday, December 28, 2008

Can a Christian lead a homosexual lifestyle?

This topic is becoming more front and center than ever. I notice displays of affection more and more among people of the same sex. It is particularly disturbing that many of them are jr high or high school age. Please pray for these young people who are so misguided.

5 comments:

Jean said...

Is it me or what, I think Ravi could have answered this easy question in a better way. He said this is a difficult question ??? Simple answer - no christian is a homosexual, those who are gay, repent and believe!

Robert Tewart said...

Thanks for your comments Jean.

First of all, as Ravi goes on to answer the question, he touches on growing trend to equate the rights of homosexuals with the civil rights we all should have access to. This argument seems to be gaining steam in liberal circles both political and religious.

Also notice that about 8:30 into the video where he comments on the possibility of a Christian to hold "that state of mind" (homosexuality) but not to be practicing in it.

Ravi Zacharias is a philosopher, apologist and rarely are his answers short and concise. He also frequently speaks to college age people who demand deeper answers to life's questions.

Jean said...

Thank you brother totally understand where you are coming from. I do listen to Ravi briefly now and again. I personally am not so interested in Christian apologetics, I believe its faith alone in Jesus Christ that can save and God uses the foolishness of the Gospel alone to save, but that's just me. I am not saying defending the faith is wrong, I understand there are times when we have to. Anyway I will put that aside and get to my point. There is growing concerns about Ravi recently, especially his lack of discernment and inability to clearly express what he stands for recently. As Christians we are called to be wise and be able to discern the truth and heresy. Please visit this site for more of what I am trying to say,

http://weblog.xanga.com/PerilousTimes/6868565024/ravi-zacharias-and-henri-nouwen.html

Blessings
Jean

Robert Tewart said...

Hello Jean. Would you please check the link you sent. It does not work. You may email it to me if you like.

I agree completely what you are saying about the Gospel alone being able to save. It is the "power of God unto salvation." Romans 1:16-17. However, Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23:

"19For though I am (A)free from all men, I have made myself (B)a slave to all, so that I may (C)win more.

20(D)To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though (E)not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law;

21to those who are (F)without law, (G)as without law, though not being without the law of God but (H)under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.

22To the (I)weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become (J)all things to all men, (K)so that I may by all means save some.

23I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it."

I looked at a related commentary and it seems that Paul was basically doing what Ravi Zacharias and other apologists do. He certainly was not sinning or compromising the truth, but getting "in their world." What do you think?

Thanks so much for your comments!

PS. Please send me a link that works. I'm very interested in looking at that article.

Jean said...

Robert,

Sorry about the link, I am very bad with computers and I think if I try again will just make it worse. I suggest you go on my blog, (thewomanofvirtue.blogspot.com)
on the left hand side I have a list of my favourite sites. Click on the link Perilous Times and there you go! The article was posted on the 24th December titled Ravi Zacharias and Henri Nouwen.
About 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 I think I understand it differently though I could be wrong. I think Paul is referring to culture here; for instance I am African by origin right, but am quite westernised. If I am to go back home and go to the most remote part of my country, I have to make an effort to be culturally and socially African ( of course without violating God's law and provided my conscience is clear) when witnessing to them. If I am going to act like a British snob in an African tribe then my chances of even communicating the gospel are next to none! Hope you get my point. As Paul said he had to act like a Jew when witnessing to the Jews, same as Gentiles, same as the weak etc. I think what Paul is teaching us here is to obey the commandment to go and make disciples of all nations, in doing so we have to humble ourselves and give up our comfortable 'civilised' way of life in the process and adapt to ways other people so different to us live!. That is my understanding of the passage. This basically means we have to humble ourselves in order to win souls, but the message of the gospel is never compromised. In apologetics I normally find the gospel compromised in one way or another, and people get lost and carried away in trying to prove a point rather than communicating the simple gospel. I do not think that is what Paul did at all, in fact in 1 Corinthians 2:1 - 4, Paul says the very opposite. Paul was never an eloquent speaker or great philosopher, non of the apostles were, they were just simple ordinary men. God uses the useless. The power of God is displayed in simplicity, in the nobodies and in the weak, so that no flesh may boast. Logic and reason is not the gospel. I understand some may disagree with me. But I feel very strongly about this....

Hope you will be able to read the article on Ravi Zacharias.

Blessings :)