This is without a doubt the trajectory of American culture. Like or not, America's godless disposition is being more and more conspicuous. For years Americans have been able to hide behind a deistic moralism not far from the outward expression visible in Christian theism. However, the destruction of Scripture as the Word of God has resulted emboldened the younger generation and a significant percentage of other generations so that autonomous morality is now pervasive both in the culture as well as in most churches.
“Well, if you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that’s the next step where it gets enforced,” Cruz replied. “It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage.”The Church must certainly do a better job of preparing itself for what is coming. I am amazed that the same conditions of uncritical thinking, very little training on how to interact with these arguments, and no training or teaching takes place on how to relate to people who make these arguments. The bad news is that America is not even close to a Christian culture any longer. The good news is that America is a rich mission field with more opportunities to share the gospel and speak of God's truth than one could ever have imagined just twenty or thirty years ago.
It is far more difficult to engage people with the gospel when those people are convinced they are already saved and actually do love Jesus than it is to engage with people who are not afraid to express their unbelief directly. This landscape presents us with an opportunity to genuinely give many people the true gospel who have really never ever heard it before. What they hear is the pop-psychology version of the gospel proclaimed by men like Perry Noble, Steve Furtick, Rob Bell, Brian McClaren and others. This is not the gospel. From an apologetics standpoint, they hear men like William Lane Craig teaching a version of original sin that is far removed from Scripture and outright denying the exclusive claims of Jesus Christ for eternal salvation.
The homosexual movement is determined to put an end to the open and free expression of biblical Christianity. The reason is simple. Biblical Christianity says two things about the lifestyle that are simply unbearable to those who are living it. First, it says that this kind of sexual activity is unnatural and perverted. Second, it says that homosexuality is a sin that God will judge. Hence, from Christianity's perspective, homosexuality is both unacceptable from the standpoint of human nature as well as from the standpoint of divine morality. It is a lifestyle that is unnatural and immoral. This is a position the homosexual community is not willing to merely disagree with. They are not willing to agree to disagree on this point of view. They want this point of view eradicated from American society. And it seems they are doing an excellent job of making sure that happens.
The Church of Jesus Christ must continue to speak the truth in love. We must continue to focus on God's revelation, pointing out the truth about this lifestyle without hesitation or apology. The calculated refusal to express and defend God's truth in total would result in the eradication of Biblical Christianity from the American culture. We know that the Christian Church will never be destroyed. We know she will endure to the end. But there is no promise that the Church in America will continue to exist to the end. I suspect there will always be a remnant of the Church in America to the end. But I could be just as wrong about that as right. On the bright side of things, we can say that true Christians and false ones will continue to become more and more obvious. And for that, I am thankful.
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