About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
In 1971 the cult known as
the Children of God passed through our city.
The cult's young ladies prostituted themselves as a means of
enticing men to find Jesus. Their
prophet, Moses David, taught that this was their ultimate expression of
love to lost men. I'm sure you
would agree that prostituting one's self steps way beyond the boundaries
of Biblical truth and thus is not a true expression of Biblical love.
The Apostle Paul
commented on the idea that Christians are to live within the boundaries of
truth. In 1 Corinthians 10:26
he said that he had the freedom in Christ to eat all kinds of meat,
something Jewish Christians didn't believe they had the freedom to do.
In verse 27 he advised all believers not to ask questions about the
meat they would eat when invited to a Gentile home for a meal.
Gentiles would often buy meat at the market that was left over from
pagan worship services where animals were sacrificed to pagan gods.
If Jewish believers knew that the meat they were about to eat was
used in a pagan ritual, they would refuse to eat it.
Paul, on the other hand, would sit down, ask no questions, and
enjoy his dinner.
Paul's freedom to eat
meat did have boundaries. He
would not eat meat in the context of a pagan worship service where the
meat had been offered to pagan gods (verse 20).
That would be worshipping demons.
For Paul, entering into the worship of demons in an attempt to love
pagans would be stepping way beyond the boundaries of Biblical truth.
Paul's teaching is
relevant for us today. There
is a growing number of Evangelicals who are joining in worship with
Muslims as an expression of love for Muslims.
The truthful Biblical fact is that Muslims do not worship the God
of the Bible. According to 1
Corinthians 10:20 this expression of love is in fact worshipping demons
and steps way beyond the boundaries of Biblical truth.
It's not much different from the cult girls prostituting themselves
in the name of loving men into the
The same applies to those
who consider themselves part of the LGBQT community.
We can join with them in humanitarian efforts and be their friends.
We can do many things together, but we cannot participate in the
sacred ceremony of marriage with them.
As difficult and heart wrenching as it is, a father cannot give his
daughter away in marriage to another man's daughter.
That would be stepping beyond the boundaries of Biblical truth.
That sounds cold hearted and unloving, but Jesus did warn us that
association with Him could cause division within a family (Matthew 10:34).
A pastor, therefore, cannot officiate a religious or civil wedding
for a LBGQT couple. I believe
the same applies to a wedding photographer or any other wedding orientated
I know many will disagree
with me on this issue. What
I've written seems so archaic, so culturally incorrect, so unloving, but,
if I understand 1 John 3:18 correctly, love must be expressed within the
boundaries of Biblical truth. We
either stand on the side of Biblical truth or on the side of our
Biblical love has
boundaries. If we step beyond
these boundaries in our attempt to love, we no longer love, or so I