I’ve only recently heard of Hillsong Church. It’s described as a “mega-church.”
It would have remained anonymous to me except that Facebook lit up with some rather odd comments about the Bible and homosexuality made by some of the leadership. “Hillsong Church’s New York location reportedly draws ‘a lot of gay men and women’ among the thousands who flock there every weekend, according to head pastor Carl Lentz.”
The following comment created a great deal of controversy in Christian circles and praise by pro-homosexual advocates about Jesus and same-sex sexuality:
“Jesus was in the thick of an era where homosexuality, just like it is today, was widely prevalent,” Lentz told CNN in a June interview. “And I’m still waiting for someone to show me the quote where Jesus addressed it on the record in front of people. You won’t find it because He never did.”
Lentz’s wife, Laura, added: “It’s not our place to tell anyone how they should live. That’s their journey.”
Is Laura Lentz saying that in the ministry of Hillsong that they don’t tell anybody how to live regarding anything, and she is using Jesus as the example of this type of teaching? So even if Jesus did openly condemn homosexuality, Carl and Laura Lentz would not bring up the prohibition because such a condemnation would be telling people how to live?
Jesus spent a great deal of time telling people how to live. (See the Sermon on the Mount). On sexual matters who confronted the Samaritan women about her serial adultery (John 4:7-38), and who told the woman caught in the act of adultery to “sin no more” (John 8:3-4, 11)? These two examples seem to be telling at least two people how to live.
One blogger who attended Hillsong and identifies himself as a “25-year-old gay Christian,” asked “what would Jesus do?” Given the stories of the Samaritan woman and the woman caught in adultery, as well as other passages, Jesus would have said, “go and sin no more.”
If Jesus hadn’t told them how to live, their encounters would not have found their way into the New Testament. I have to say that what Laura Lentz said is absurd. I have to assume that she was caught off guard and did not know what she was saying.
Let’s take a look at the often repeated claim that Jesus did not address the topic of homosexuality.
The morality in the New Testament is based on the morality found in the Old Testament. For example, the Greatest Commandment (Matt. 19:19; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Rom. 13:9; Gal. 5:14; James 2:8) is a quotation from the Old Testament: “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:18). Notice that this love command is sandwiched between chapters that describe homosexuality as an “abomination” (18:22; 20:13). This means that loving your neighbor does not mean always loving what your neighbor does, especially when that behavior is condemned in the Bible.
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