The Roman Catholic Church has made news again with its difficulty in deciding how to best address the question of homosexuality. A recent Vatican report suggest the RCC should “welcome and appreciate gays” and quoting John Thavis, a former Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service, “Regarding homosexuals, it went so far as to pose the question whether the church could accept and value their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine” (Delia Gallagher, CNN; October 13, 2014). The CNN article goes on to say, “The Catholic Catechism calls homosexual acts ‘intrinsically disordered’ and calls on gays and lesbians to live in chastity. Under Pope Benedict XVI, the church had tried to purge men with ‘deep-seated homosexual tendencies’ from the priesthood. But Pope Francis, while hewing to Catholic teaching, has signaled a gentler tone, famously saying in 2013 ‘Who am I to judge?’ gays and lesbians.”
It is clear by these overtones toward homosexuals the Roman Catholic Church is moving towards its own fundamental beliefs that whatever is determined by the Pope is the belief and practice of the Roman Catholic Church. Left out of this process is what God has to say about the subject. With this new appeal to accept the homosexual and same-sex marriage dogma of the humanist man the Roman Catholic Church is shedding its veneer of faith. As water seeks its own level the teachings of men cascade toward the abyss of the lies of Satan.
Pope Francis will eventually bend to the persuasions of societal mantras to embrace the rights of same-sex marriage and acceptance of homosexuality. By his own words he shows the fallibility of his own office and mockery of the truth of the word of God. It is not his place to judge and for this point he is absolutely correct. “For the Lord is our Judge, The Lord is our Lawgiver, The Lord is our King; He will save us” (Isaiah 33:22). James writes, “There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another” (James 4:12). He answers that question in verse 15 when he says it is the “Lord’s will.”
The Bible (not the Roman Catholic Church nor the Pope) condemns homosexuality in very clear terms. “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:24-32).
Homosexuality is not love, it is lust. The act dishonors what God has created. Accepting homosexuality is against the “truth of God” and is nothing more than a “lie.” It is based upon the carnal desires of men for men and women for women; i.e. serving the lustful passion of the creation (flesh). Homosexuality is a “vile passion” or “degrading passions” and is against nature. This sin is shameful and often will find penalty as a result. The philosophy of this lie is a failure to retain God in their knowledge and His will and design is rejected. A debased mind or a mind rejecting the natural purpose of man and woman is the root of this evil. It is unrighteous, immoral, wicked, coveting of self-desires, malicious, envious, deceitful and hating of God. All of this is what the Lord said in Romans 1.
Paul further writes in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” In very plain language the apostle writes to a church located in a city given over to the paganism of Aphrodite. Corinth was well known as a city of drunken and immoral debauchery. He exhorts the Christians to recognize the wickedness of homosexuality and sodomites as repugnant to the will of God.
When men go away from the word of God they will embrace all the tenets of the word of Satan. The Episcopal Church has already declared its acceptance of the homosexual as well as many other religions. The end result of apostasy is the creation of a man-made religion satisfying the desires of a man-made faith centered upon a man-size desire for pleasure. The Pope has fully declared that it will be possible to accept what the Lord God has clearly defined as wickedness. But that is why this action affirms the Roman Catholic Church as nothing more than a machine invented by man to supplant the true church of the Lord as found in the scriptures.
The Roman Catholic Church does not believe in the Bible because nothing in scripture accepts anything more than what Jesus Christ Himself declared in Matthew 19:4-6, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,’ 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’ ? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” The changing whims of modern day man will not change this.
Homosexuality is as much wickedness as lying, stealing, adultery, extortion, cursing and murder. Jesus died on the cross to save the homosexual from sin and until that person comes to Christ for the cleansing blood that washes away sin there remains no hope of eternal life. Paul noted in 1 Corinthians 6 that among those who were homosexuals “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11). There is hope for those in sin. No one should every view the scriptures as a final condemnation on a person who struggles with sin. A homosexual can repent and become as God would have him be in obedience to the will of God. We should encourage and embrace those who desire to follow God’s will. Repentance demands a cessation of sin and this is true of homosexuality. Compassion – not hatred – must be given to those in sin.
The reason the Roman Catholic Church must embrace same-sex marriage and the acceptance of homosexuality is because it is nothing more than a machine built by man to satisfy the curiosity of man’s wisdom. This church is not founded on God’s word so what difference does it make? The Son of God said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:13-14).