In a world where it has become trendy to challenge long-standing norms and sacred spaces are being persistently questioned and reimagined, it is intriguing to witness the growing fascination with the acceptance and celebration of aberrant sexual behaviors and lifestyles within church pulpits. What is the driving force behind this phenomenon, as evidenced by the increasing presence of drag queens occupying pulpits in churches and altars adorned in LGBTQ pride propaganda? As these stranger-than-fiction figures take center stage in so many pulpits, it begs the question: What is it about this radical departure from biblical orthodoxy that captivates both clergy and congregants alike, blurring the lines between the sacred and the profane, and challenging the very essence of a biblical worldview?
In a society rife with moral decay and rampant sexual immorality, we as believers in Christ are called to stand as beacons of hope and truth. As the Apostle Paul so powerfully and urgently addressed the Romans, we too must heed his words and call our world to repentance, pointing all to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Let us examine the words of Paul in Romans 1:24-27 (ESV) and exhort one another to rise against the tide of depravity and speak to the conscience of our generation.
As we peruse the societal landscape, we see a world that has been given over to sexual anarchy, a world filled with complete and utter rebellion against God and his design for humanity. The depravity is so pervasive that it has even taken over what we just a couple of decades ago would have called God’s people, the Church. The seduction of the world, given over to the ever-ensuing sexual revolution, is so powerful, the gate so wide, that despite the common grace bestowed upon Creation, few are able to resist it.
Today, instead of pulpits being filled by men who faithfully preach the Word of God and exhort their congregations to be obedient to the commandments of Christ, we see clown shows, pulpits filled with “drag queens” and altars adorned in rainbow gear. These false so-called churches are beginning to outnumber biblical churches in droves. Yet, there is only one explanation for why even those who name the name of Jesus would celebrate that which tops the list of God’s most hated sins: rebellion.
The inclination towards sexual depravity, as delineated in Scripture, can be traced back to the first sin, which marked the inception of mankind’s fall from grace. As Adam and Eve defied God’s command in the Garden of Eden, they unleashed sin and its far-reaching consequences, including the corruption of human nature, upon the world (Genesis 3:1-7). This inherent sinful nature, deeply ingrained in every human being as a result of this original sin, leaves man vulnerable to these sinful desires and actions, such as sexual immorality (Romans 5:12). The Apostle Paul, in Romans 7:18-20, poetically conveys the turmoil of this inner conflict, candidly recognizing the innate sinful proclivities that reside within him:
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
One of the most dominant factors fueling man’s inclination towards sexual sin is the penchant for idolatry and the subsequent rejection of God. As depicted in Romans 1:21-23, humans possess an innate tendency to venerate and serve created things instead of the Creator Himself. This repudiation of God’s truth engenders the darkening of the human heart, compelling God to relinquish them to their sinful desires, encompassing sexual depravity (Romans 1:24-25).
This propensity for immorality is further exacerbated by the pernicious influence of the world, which is firmly under the dominion of Satan, the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:1-3). Consequently, the world normalizes and even endorses sinful behavior, including sexual immorality, leading people away from God’s intended design for human sexuality (1 John 2:15-17). Satan, the arch-deceiver and father of lies (John 8:44), persistently beguiles humanity, further seducing them away from God’s truth, cunningly portraying sin as alluring and gratifying, while concealing the ruinous consequences of immoral behavior (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).
God conceived human sexuality as a resplendent and sacred gift, intended for enjoyment within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24, Hebrews 13:4). Regrettably, sin has desecrated this divine design, engendering the perversion of sexuality and the proclivity towards depravity.
Romans 1:24-27 states:
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
The language Paul uses is strong and unyielding, reflecting the gravity of the situation. We see that God has allowed those who have turned away from Him to indulge in their sinful desires, resulting in the degradation of their bodies and souls. This is not a vindictive act by God but rather a manifestation of the consequences of rejecting His truth.
As believers in Christ, we must understand the seriousness of this spiritual decline and rise to the challenge of reaching out to the lost. We are called to be salt and light in a dark world (Matthew 5:13-16), offering hope and redemption through Christ. Our mission is not only to speak out against the prevailing immorality but also to provide the gospel message of transformation and renewal.
Therefore, let us exhort our fellow believers and the world at large to repent from their sinful ways and turn to Christ. We must be steadfast in our faith and uncompromising in our stand for truth. We cannot remain silent as the moral fabric of our society unravels. It is our duty as the Church to awaken the conscience of a world given over to reprobate behavior and urge them to embrace the saving grace found only in Christ.
It is through repentance and faith in Him that true transformation can occur and with unwavering conviction and love, we must proclaim the Good News and call our world to repentance, for the glory of our Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.