You may remember Dan Savage as the founder of the “It Gets Better Project”—a website dedicated to telling gay children that homosexual behavior is okay and that their lives will get better as they get older. Today Savage launched a new website called “Not All Like That.” It works the same way as the “It Gets Better” site, except that the message this time is aimed at redefining Christianity.
In a nutshell, the website invites “Christians” to upload videos of themselves communicating the message that not all Christians are like the ones who say that homosexual behavior is sinful. Some of the initial videos include messages from so-called “evangelicals” who say that homosexual behavior is completely compatible with Christianity.
There is much that could be said about this, but here are my initial impressions:
1. Isn’t it interesting that this website singles out Christianity? Can you imagine a website like this aimed at Islam or Judaism? I can’t either. Gay rights advocates really do seem to define their mission in part as the total redefinition of Christianity, and the redefinition that they propose is really one that destroys it altogether. I think it is one more indication that the root of this conflict is deeply spiritual. And that is why they are waging a war with the pillar and foundation of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). They aim not just to remake society, but to remake the church—the last bulwark unbending to their error.
2. It’s one thing for someone to say that they are a Christian. It’s another thing to actually be one. And the Bible teaches that only those who actually follow the teachings of Jesus are actually Christians. It was Jesus himself who said that those who love him will keep his word, and those that do not love him won’t (John 14:23-24). Jesus’ beloved disciple put it this way, “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4). This means that our deeds often reveal more about us than our words. A person can say that they are “Christian” until they are blue in the face, but if they live a life of settled rebellion against Jesus their profession is a lie. That means that the people in these videos proclaiming their rebellion against Christ and His word are not really Christians. If you want to know what Christianity really is, these are not the people you want to be listening to.
3. Despite their confident assertions to the contrary, Christianity is incompatible with homosexual behavior. The Bible is clear about this, and I won’t rehearse all the arguments here. But I do encourage readers to check out the key texts for themselves: Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:10. They are unambiguous. That is why so many of the voices in these videos have to set aside biblical authority before they endorse homosexual practice. Tony Jones, for instance, says that the Bible is a “theological document,” not an historic document or a science book or a rule book. In so many words, he’s telling you, “Yes, yes, I know what the Bible says, but you don’t have to believe that in order to be a Christian.” This is high-handed treason against the Lord Jesus.
4. The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is so much better than the mess of pottage that these false teachers are peddling. If you are reading this and you are struggling with homosexual sin, the Bible has a word of hope for you. All of us are broken sinners, and we are all in this fix together (Rom. 3:23). And God sent His son into the world to save sinners like us (1 Tim. 1:15). And there is nothing you have done, no desire that you feel, or orientation that you feel trapped in that can prevent him from reaching you (Isaiah 59:1). Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, died on a cross to take the punishment for our sin and brokenness. And after three days, God raised him from the dead so that he could offer eternal life to all that believe in him (1 Cor. 15:3-5). He has done everything that needs to be done. All you have to do is turn from your sin and trust in him to save you (Rom. 10:9-10). That is the good news. Don’t listen to those who are telling you to ignore your sin. Trust in the one who came to rescue you from it.