I am saddened by the recent decision of the General Synod of the NG Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church) on same sex unions. This official decision (9 October 2019) will only serve to create confusion around what the Bible teaches on the subject and thus be spiritually unhelpful, misleading and dangerous to people.
The decision refers to the appointment of office bearers and the acceptance of members regardless of “sexual orientation and identity”.
The Bible never condemns sexual orientation, but only sinful sexual practice. Christians may struggle with homosexual temptation or heterosexual temptation, but refuse to act on their temptation and desire. This fight against temptation is to be commended.
The Bible also calls us not to place our identity in our sexuality, or in anything else, except in Christ.
Thus the phrase “sexual orientation and identity” is unhelpful and misleading.
Many churches today have embraced the new sexual revolution in the name of love.
“As long as people love one anotherand are true to themselves”, is the new battle-cry.
These LGBT-affirming churches say that they are very loving and caring to affirm same-sex relationships, same-sex marriage and the notions of transgender and gender fluidity.
Churches and church leaders not affirming LGBT relationships are lampooned as bigots, homophobic and hatemongers.
In stark contrast, the letter of 1 John in the New Testament (the letter of love!), says that the LGBT-affirming churches and leaders are not acting in love, but rather in hate, because they are not telling those in their care the truth about sin.