Greg Johnson, pastor of the Presbyterian Memorial Church in St Louis, MO may be advocating homosexuality as a “fixed orientation”. Recently, his church hosted “Revoice18” an already held conference in St. Louis that works to “Promote LGBT Flourishing in Historic Christian Traditions”. Sounds a bit pharisaical. Some say Greg Johnson and his flock are caught up in “new age” views of human sexuality. May God restore and prevent the work of Johnson and his followers who are causing the LGBT identified an arousal of their sinful passions.
By advocating an ordinance to a several thousand year old Mosaic law prescribed to the Jewish nation, the struggling sinner is weighted down by a prescription that cannot bring restoration. This possible new age flock call their long-tasseled pharisaical demand “Christian sexual ethic”. “Right now, there are a lot of alternative voices out there offering a revisionist interpretation of the Bible’s sexual teaching-promising that a new sexual ethic can help same-sex attracted Christians flourish”, said Johnson.
To this born again believer (me), Johnson seems to imply that there are in fact gay Christians, and that since they were born with a fixed and unchangeable homosexual orientation, they better control it and not act on it or else! Greg Johnson and his followers suggest that gay and Christianity can mix but not in the bedroom! Johnson has revealed his position on sexual orientation as “fluid for some”. He also sites reparative therapy as “dangerous” accusing Stephen Black, executive director of First Stone Ministries, of falsifying his claim that 73% of men he counsels find lasting freedom from their once thought fixed homosexual orientation. Seventy-three and one percent, if you include me and my friends within Stephen Black’s success rate. May God be praised!
Greg Johnson may have falsified information unto the ripened harvest, that the Cross of Jesus Christ is no match for homosexuality, “For those of you who do not know, conversion therapy is dangerous and generally does not work.” Is Johnson referring to electro shock therapy or grace, without the law, provided by the death of Jesus Christ?
Thousands upon thousands of men throughout the generations, including Stephen Black and myself, are experiencing freedom from homosexual “orientation”. Our individual claim is that God has washed us, sanctified us, and justified us in the name of Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God as stated in 1 Corinthians 6:11. There is no need to follow any law which arouses sinful passion, but to rest in the grace of Jesus Christ. He promises that we are a “new creation” who can, in Him, fulfill God’s moral standards.
There is no doubt that Johnson’s seminary exit exam demonstrates his understanding of sanctification as taught by his educational institution. This St. Louis pastor fails to promote God’s plan for man’s sinful condition by hosting an event that demands LGBT identified persons to adhere to God’s law “Christian sexual ethic”, giving no hope of restoration, resting in the finished work of the cross.
My heart goes out to those who follow this kind of teaching as they will never find rest in Jesus Christ “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. Matthew 11:28. The very words of Jesus Christ, when followed, brings peace to the soul. Following after a law will never bring about salvation’s restoration. Fool me once pastor shame on me, fool me for a lifetime is a life thirsting for living water.
My personal restoration started with the same, very ridiculous notion. “I promise to be celibate for life.” This very common commitment never lasts under the strength of man, but it does give a sense of hope and something to brag about. For any pharisaical pastor this commitment is a prerequisite. But a man appointed as pastor by the command of God would usher his flock into covenant marriage between one man and one woman, never leaving anyone alone in celibacy unless the attendant was gifted as a spiritual eunuch.
Here is the problem. If you believe that a man born into sin is stitched with a natural, innate, immutable propensity to lie with a man as he would lie with a woman, you are way off the mark. If you demand an abstinence to the then presumed natural sexual expression by culturing a “discipline” so that your disciple will avoid the pits of hell, you have already ship wrecked his faith and have burdened the man into “flesh failure”, as Romans Chapter 7 describes. But if you want, for your friend, freedom from the desires of homosexuality and its identity, then send him into the Life of Christ as Galatians 2:20 illuminates.
What really gets my blood to boil are men who shepherd sheep to walk in circles. There are truly many homosexually identified men who want to be seen as right by God. They want a real tangible relationship with God. Knowing that sin mucks up the whole thing, sometimes we think the solution is to wash ourselves. The solution is not to abstain from abominable homosexual sex acts, establishing a righteousness of our own. Many men (I) have found that the solution is Jesus, surrendering to His grace, His “cross accomplishments”. Our continued belief in the purpose of our tangible very real-living-resurrected Savior, is that we begin to build and experience new life, a new nature, and a new environment-resurrection life! We are changed, sustaining a righteousness in Christ, even by the most hardened homosexually identified, such as I was. And so were some of you.
The conversation is over. Jesus died, He rose again to restore men and women into right standing with God His (our) Father. By Jesus Christ, men and women are being provided a new nature where the offence is quashed. We are called new creatures in Christ Jesus. Eventually, we walk, talk, and behave just as Jesus behaves, just as Jesus is.
The command is to believe in Jesus. As Abraham believed so we must, it will be counted unto us as righteousness.
To the modern Pharisee I say: “God’s unmerited favor was established with Abraham, and the law was added to keep the Israelites hearts toward God’s heart”.
What must blow the mind of the pharisaical leadership is this verse: “Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” Romans 5:20. Here is another verse that the blinded Pharisee cannot understand. “For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.” Romans 7:5. Are then the redeemed living outside of the flesh?
Here’s the truth. In The Beginning the heel of the Lord was bruised. The offence or trespass is the original sin that came into the world through one man, Adam. But by one man, Jesus Christ, many were made righteous.
I’ve decided to follow after Jesus, for He has set this captive free! Captive by what, you may be asking? Sinful nature, you stubborn wretch! Go, be free and live in resurrection life and stop following after the law. Start your new beginning by simply believing, trusting in the finished work of the cross. Trust in Jesus, the sinless man who died upon it.