The pope made this statement today “Who am I to Judge Gay people?”
Now does this mean the Catholic Church has had a Change of heart?
Well not necessarily.
He went on to reaffirm that they still believe that the act of homosexuality is a sin.
But lets look at this carefully.
What does the bible say about sexual indiscretions?
(Note I’ll be referring to the New American Standard Bible, this being the one used at my church)
Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4 NASB)
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 NASB)
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10 NASB)
Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 NASB)
Now what about don’t judge? And the First stone?
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5 NASB)
Many non-believers can quote that without the slightest bit of trouble.
But do they remember what Christ said to the adulteress?
Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” ] (John 8:10, 11 NASB)
He didn’t say “Ok, I forgive you. The slate is clean, feel free to sleep around!” He said “Sin no more” turn away from what was unholy and do what is right in the sight of God. He did not condemn her because he knew the Judgment of her peers would be lesson enough.
Lets get back to this whole Judgment thing..
Christ does want us to correct our brothers and sisters in Christ.
“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. (Matthew 18:15-18 NASB)
As Christians we are to rebuke our brothers and sisters when they fall away from Christ.
Remember this doesn’t apply just to Gays. It’s applies to anyone in the faith.
The Pope is right not to Judge but I think he did miss out on a great opportunity to teach the world the love of God and his forgiveness.
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