Yes You Can

Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.

(1 Peter 2:13-14) NKJV

Some people would answer YES, you can be redeemed and be gay. Those are the moderate and liberal Christians for whom the barn door was left open long ago and the horse ran off.

Evangelicals dismiss them scornfully as having no “standards“. Their church fellowships have many members who identify as LGBTQIA+, and who participate in all aspects of the ministry including leadership.

There’s an incongruity here. On one hand there’s a conflict with the moral teaching of the Bible, but on the other hand excluding people who identify with the LGBTQIA+ community is illegal. Church organizations which have large numbers of employees are expected to follow EEOC guidelines for diversity in the workplace.

This could be used as an argument for why religious organizations with enough employees to need an HR department are unbiblical, because the only way for a church to be able to apply a strict moral code in their employment practices would be if it’s an independent local church. Even then it’s still illegal to post a job opening that requires all applicants to be married men.

And what is marriage? The Bible tells us that a marriage is between one man and one woman, however, the law in many places tells us that marriage is defined much more broadly than that. Can we obey the law and maintain ourselves as morally pure? We’re going to have to if we want our church fellowships to survive the age.


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