Max Lucado and Brazilian Presbyterian Minister Apologize for Their Stances against LGBT Sin
By Julio Severo
Evangelical author and pastor Max Lucado issued an apology to the LGBT community for his past stances against gay “marriage.”
“In 2004 I preached a sermon on the topic of same-sex marriage. I now see that, in that sermon, I was disrespectful. I was hurtful,” wrote Lucado, pastor of Oak Hills Church, a nondenominational Christian church in San Antonio, Texas, in a letter in February 2021.
Lucado wrote that Christians may disagree about what the Bible says about homosexuality, “but we agree that God’s holy Word must never be used as a weapon to wound others.”
“To be clear, I believe in the traditional biblical understanding of marriage, but I also believe in a God of unbounded grace and love,” he said in his letter. “LGBTQ individuals and LGBTQ families must be respected and treated with love. They are beloved children of God because they are made in the image and likeness of God.”
Lucado suggested that just because people identify themselves as nominal Christians, they become automatically “children of God.” For him, homosexual “Christians” are in this category.
The problem is that Lucado’s teaching is in direct conflict with God’s Word, which says,
“To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12 ESV)
All people are born creatures of God, because they were created by Him. But to be a child of God is not a natural right. It is an acquired right, a right God grants to people who receive and believe in Jesus.
What does the Bible say?
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV)
The Bible says “men who practice homosexuality” “will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Yet, Apostle Paul said that some of the members of the church in Corinth were homosexuals. But after they received and believe Jesus, they “were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” That is, they were completely delivered from homosexuality. They left this sin completely.
The culture in Corinth was so depravedly homosexual as our current culture, but Paul and other Christians never succumbed to immoral cultural trends.
Paul never apologized for teaching that “men who practice homosexuality” “will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Paul never taught that men who do not leave homosexuality are children of God.
After Jesus had given a long blessed message, people, even His own disciples, thought that He had exaggerated.
“When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?’” (John 6:60 ESV)
Yet, Jesus also never apologized for His hard words.
Jesus never let the culture dictate His teaching.
Paul never let the culture dictate His teaching.
Why are Christians today letting the culture dictate their teachings and stances?
Christians in the past died as martyrs because they refused to deny their faith and stances on the Bible.
Today, Christians prefer to apologize because they do not want to lose their popularity and high-paying jobs.
Milton Ribeiro, the Minister of Education in Brazil, faced his own challenges, especially because he is also a Presbyterian minister. In a 2020 interview, he showed concern about homosexual indoctrination in sex education in the schools. He said that homosexuality “is not normal. The option that you have as an adult, of being a homosexual, I respect, but I do not agree.” He added that homosexuals come from “maladjusted families.”
After massive pressure of the left-wing press, the minister issued “his firmest apology, ever made publicly, to any and all people who have been offended by the words spoken.”
On February 25, 2021, Ribeiro had to give explanation to the Federal Police for his declaration that “homosexuality are the result of maladjusted families.” Again, he apologized to the Federal Police for his words against homosexuality.
It is an unimaginable situation the Federal Police being used to protect homosexuality from criticism. The LGBT trend is making our society worse than the Soviet Union.
While everybody in the Soviet Union was forced to worship atheism, in Western “democratic” societies everybody is forced to worship homosexuality.
If a famous Christian author as Max Lucado refuses to worship, he loses his fame and popularity.
By my own experience, I know that it is not easy to criticize the homosexual sin. I am the author of the first Brazilian evangelical book against the gay agenda. For years, I was mocked, sued, threatened and persecuted. Christian lawyers told me to delete all my articles against homosexuality to avoid prosecution, but I preferred to leave Brazil, just as Moses left Egypt in a time of persecution.
Even in foreign lands, as a pilgrim of God I keep defending the Bible teaching on homosexuality for the Brazilian public. But in the 1990s, when I warned Brazil that homosexual indoctrination would reach schools and pastors could be prosecuted for preaching against homosexuality, I was mocked and treated as a crazy man seeing things impossible to happen.
Homosexuality is martyring fame, popularity and posts of Christian leaders who refuse to apologize.
Should Christians apologize? Yes, when they sin. If a Christian is involved in homosexuality, adultery and other sins, he should apologize. But to say the truth, even a hard truth for our generation who loves the homosexual sin, is never a reason to apologize for.
God, the Author of the Bible, never apologized for condemning homosexuality in the strongest terms. He never apologized for punishing and destroying Sodom for its sin of sodomy (homosexuality).
Paul never apologized for defending the Bible teaching on homosexuality in a culture plagued by homosexual depravities.
Portuguese version of this article: Max Lucado e pastor presbiteriano do Brasil pedem desculpas por suas posturas contra o pecado LGBT
Source: Last Days Watchman
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