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Basic Christian Positions

October 19, 2012

In this day and age of relativism and political shifting and maneuvering it is important to remember what basic Christian positions are or should be. In the political landscape of America I have heard that many Christians stand on opposite sides of many issues. Some of these are issues of preference or personality but many are issues that the Bible speaks quite clearly on. Given that we are supposed to all be operating from the same rule book (The Bible) it seems to me that we should be cross-referencing our opinions with the Word of God. So here is a list of relevant issues that I think gets confused all too often.

All People are Sinners
This one should not cause us to much disagreement but unfortunately it does. We are ALL guilty sinners before a Holy God. Even without considering God’s perfect standard all we have to do is tune into the nightly news to get a taste of mankind’s state of depravity. All of us, even Christians, are sinners. We are not better than others just because we are Christian and our message is not irrelevant just because we are not perfect. This is one of the major points of the Bible. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23 NASB). This is why we need Christ’s sacrifice and His righteousness because without it we cannot stand before this Holy God.

The scary part is there are people (even Christians) who will say they do not sin. The Bible speaks to this as well, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8 NASB.) Thankfully, this is followed by, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NASB.) We are all guilty so let’s stop saying that we are not. Also, while it is important to act in obedience to Christ we must understand that perfection will not be found in this life but that our sin should always drive us to repentance and faith in Christ. This is where our hope and assurance lies.

Abortion is Murder
I am truly sorry if you or someone you love have been touched by abortion. I do not stand in judgment over anyone for this or any other sin they may have committed. All I can say is what the Word of God says on this issue. It is very clear that the Bible considers the murder of another human being to be one of the more heinous sins. Truthfully, we would have to agree with that otherwise we need to set free all the people currently in jail for murder. So is the baby in the womb a human being? If so then abortion (which ends the life of the baby) is murder. The truth is that it is a human being. Life begins at conception. Once conceived, the embryo has a distinct human nature and will never become anything else if not interfered with.

The Bible could not be more clear on this. “For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13 NASB). The direct implication here is that even in the womb a human being is a human being. There is even provision in the law for punishment of a person who kills an unborn (Exodus 21:22-23). In Scripture the unborn possess personal attributes and are known by God from conception. There is no realistic way to read abortion at will into the pages of Scripture. To do so is to do violence to the Word of God. Abortion ends the life of the unborn child and is therefore defined as murder in the Bible. If you don’t like it, fine, but don’t say it is not in there.

The next thing people usually want to do here is make those who hold my view on this chase them around several other issues such as rape, incest, the decline of the family, etc. To be honest, I simply refuse to give chase. The issue is simple. Is the unborn child a human being or not? If not then when does it become so? After the first trimester? The second? After birth? Two years later? When? If it is a human being (and all evidence says it is) then to end the life of an unborn child is murder. It does not matter if this is legal or not. In God’s eyes it is still murder.

Homosexuality is a Sin
This is probably one of the most controversial subjects in our day, both inside and outside of the church. We are bombarded with claims that homosexuality is just as valid as heterosexuality and that people are born this way and to say that it is wrong is a violation of their civil rights. This has leaked into just about every area of our lives to the point that it has become almost impossible to avoid. Furthermore, this is one of the most volatile issues from a political perspective. People who say that homosexuality is a sin or that homosexual marriage is wrong are immediately labeled as bigots and religious fanatics and such. Well, if you are going to write people off as religions fanatics who say that homosexuality is a sin then you might as well stop reading now. However, if you want to be a little more open minded than that then please continue.

The Bible, contrary to what some would have us believe, is abundantly clear on this issue. Leviticus 18 and Romans 1 are just a couple examples of where the Bible clearly states that homosexuality is a sin. It is not held up as the greatest of sins nor is it passed over. It is simply against God’s moral law and His intention for human relationships. Some also will argue that Jesus didn’t address this issue but that is also false, “And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘ For this reason A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh ’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-6 NASB) Here, Jesus clearly proclaims God’s intention and design for marriage. He does not say the words, “homosexuality is sin,” but He does not have to. There is the clear teaching that the proper relationship in this context is between a man and a woman. Jesus also clearly states and affirms the content of the Old Testament (Matthew 5:17-19.) If He wished to make an exception regarding the laws against homosexuality, He had ample opportunity to do so but He did not.

Homosexuality is sin. I am sorry but it is, and it is not me saying this but God. You can hate me for saying it all you like but the only reason I do is to point you to Christ who can redeem you from this sin and all others just as He redeems me for my sins. I am not judging, I am merely one sinner proclaiming to others how to be clean from your sin and stand before a Holy God.

Jesus is the Only Way
Surprisingly, this is an issue that actually causes strife among professing Christians. Is Jesus the only way to be reconciled to God or not? Sounds like a simple question with a simple yes or no answer. And, in fact, it is. This comes down to simply whether you believe the Bible or not. “Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6 NASB) “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”” (Acts 4:12 NASB) Seems pretty clear to me. To deny that salvation is in Christ alone is to deny the Bible itself. At that point, why call yourself a Christian?

Looking at this logically we have to ask that, if there are other ways to be reconciled to God then why did Christ endure the severe pain and humiliation of the cross? Seems like a pure waste of a life and death. No, my friends, He went to the cross because a holy and righteous God has to punish sin and that punishment will either be paid by the sinner or one acting on the sinner’s behalf. No one but a sinless savior can be our substitute since anyone else would be paying for their own sin. Only Jesus, the lamb of God and God in flesh, can do this. Praise be to God for His gift.

Conclusion
I realize that I have been harsh in many parts of this article. But I hope that I have also been clear. You cannot be a consistent Bible-believing Christian and oppose these things. We can and do disagree on may things within the camp of Christianity (end times, fiscal policies, church government, etc) but we dare not compromise the basic premises of the faith and those things that God’s Word is clear on, to the altar of political or social expediency. No more compromise and no more retreat.

God bless.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 15, 2014 12:03 am

    You speak the facts, brother.

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