|It's not OK for Pastor Khong to throw stones|
Ps 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
Pastor Khong of FCBC was the big bully this week in his sermon "God's pattern for marriage", calling gay rights as the onslaught of the evil one, and seeing his apostolic duty to defend Singapore. "I believe that God has awakened to face one of the greatest attacks on the family by the evil one", said Pastor Khong.
In Matt 19:1-15, when Jesus talked about gays in the bible, in the eunuchs born as such from their mother's womb, it was in the context of the sin of adultery that was prevailing in the straight community.
Jesus was lamenting on the hypocrisy of the religious straight pharisees who were divorsing their wives once they looked ugly, but then insisted that the letter of the law be complied with by the general population.
For these religious leaders of faith, bible believing and honoring, Jesus then applied a higher scrutiny to be judged by the spirit of the law instead of the letter of the law, ie they have already sinned when they lust for another woman even though still in marriage.
It is of course partially true that the evil one is using gays to "attack the family". There is so much self righteousness within the leaders of faith, that when they see the gay community even though small and minding their own, the sin arises within these pastors to condemn gays even though marriage breakdown and abortions in the straight community is the issue.
It is the evil one whispering in the ears of the pastors to tempt them to condemn gays.
Why is temptation so effective? because there is sin within the church? there is sin within with a child born out of wedlock, a child growing up in their midst reminding them of sin. We have to cover up the straight heterosexual sin. What best, but to condemn gays, to wash our sins and placed it on the head of the gentle lambs.
It is straight divorces, adultery, and killing children in abortion by the straight community that is an attack on the family.
The answer to Pastor Khong came not from any ordained pastor matching his stature but in a young teen of 12, in Theo Chen's Youtube message that it is not OK to bully gays. Bullying gays doesn't make a person any more straight. Condeming gays doesn't make the church/community less sinless.
Rather than listening to the whisperings of the evil one about gays, why don't we listen to Jesus, the start and finisher of our faith.
How did Jesus defined his family? It was not one man and one woman. When His mum visited to bring Him back home, Jesus answered
John 12: 47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.” 48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”
For those who have no family, for the little children thrown out into the streets by their parents because they were gay, Jesus is our family when we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour.
In John 8:6, When the Pharisees brought the prostitute to Jesus, He gently said go and sin no more, with no condemnation. But the people of faith, the religious pharisees, left condemned, and not forgiven in their hypocrisy and self righteousness.
When we throw stones to kill others, our own sins are left unforgiven.
For the religious Pharisees, Jesus wrote on the rock/stone, their due condemnation according to the law. For the prostitute, Jesus spoke love, and forgiveness and grace and touched her. How much more will Jesus defend the innocent, the gay community.
Gays are not prostitutes, they are the little children of Matt 19:11-15, innocent yet not allowed to see Jesus. Jesus spoke in Mat 19:12 ".... He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.” for it is something that gays have to accept in their lives of their same sex orientation.
It is forgiveness that we seek from Jesus, being forgiven by Him at the Cross. Religion/faith seeks to judge and condemn by the throwing rocks of religious laws, but Jesus Christ gave the bread of grace, mercy and love.
We throw so many rocks at the innocent, and killed many, and they will be waiting in the courts of law in the land, and in heaven, with their cameras to take pictures of us when one day we too will be judged.
Out of the mouth of babes, wisdom and a word in season is given to the church because they could no longer hear in the midst of their loud applause for Pastor Khong of FCBC/Love Singapore in their tens of thousands.
We are all sinners saved by the grace of God in Christ Jesus.