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Please Change Your Faith – To Suit Me

by Jeff Johnston

Students and alumni from several conservative, evangelical colleges have begun asking their schools to change policies, theology or position statements about homosexuality and transgenderism. Others have set up organizations to reach out to lesbian-, gay-, bisexual-, transgender-, or queer identified (LGBTQ) students.

LGBTQ- identified students, alumni and their allies have written letters, signed petitions, and created websites and facebook pages to promote their cause. The schools involved include Cedarville University, Hope College, Messiah College, Seattle Pacific University, Westmont College, Wheaton College and more, what the Wheaton LGBTQ and Allies website describes as “The Movement.”  

The Wheaton LGBTQ website is typical, stating, “We do not believe there is anything wrong with being gay. We don’t just believe otherwise, we live happily, and even faithfully, otherwise.”

The Cedarville group concurs, “Most of us still identify as Christian and are joined in our belief that God made us gay and that being gay is not a sin. Instead of a burden or a struggle, we see our and everyone’s sexuality as a gift.”

 To affirm homosexuality and transgenderism takes some major Scripture twisting. Here are just a few of the basic tenets of the faith that these colleges and universities would have to change to embrace LGBTQ theology:

  • Humanity is created male and female in the image of God
  • God established marriage to bring into union a husband and wife and as the foundation for procreation and family
  • The metaphor of husband and wife is the central biblical image that illustrates God’s deep passion for his people and Christ’s love for his Bride, the Church

To affirm homosexual and transgender identity and behavior is to ignore 5,000 years of Judeo-Christian consensus and teaching, and assault core features of what it means to be human.

God loves all people and wants His people to reach out with love and compassion. At the same time, we must not distort the truth. We pray that the staff, students and alumni from these schools can hold fast to the truth while reaching out in love.


  • Barby

    They want their cake and eat it too. So, what else is new in the gay world. What they do behind their bedroom door is their business but wanting to change the Bible to fit their lifestyle isn’t going to make things better for them. When they stand before God they will have to answer for their actions.

  • Chaplain Vincent Joy

    Dear Focus,
    I sincerely hope that these wonderful schools do not bend to the pressure of the groups that are requesting such changes. God’s word is timeless and does not require q reinterpretation based on the flow of current thought.
    I’ll be praying that every evangelical school will stand firm on the inerrant word of God.

  • Mark Brezic

    It used to be that what the Bible said, it meant the same thing for you, as it did for me. Today, we live in the age of “moral relativism” and “postmodernism,” so this is not the case – but, what’s really going on? . . . It’s the oldest trick in the book, Satan gets you to question the Word of God. Adam and Eve were the first postmoderns.

    The Bible is absolute Truth
    People who take the Bible out of context (like homosexual activists) are taking away words.
    Revelation says you can’t do that.
    Rev 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.

    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:6

    Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. – John 17:17

    Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. – John 16:13

    Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:12

    1. How important is it that our #1 core value is that God’s Word trumps ALL?
    2. When is it most difficult to make God’s truth preeminant?
    3. How do the Holy Lord and the Holy Spirit guide you into Truth?
    4. Will the Holy Spirit and the Word ever be in conflict?

  • Robert Hugelmeyer

    Religious tenets are believed deeply to be God’s law by the faithful otherwise they would not be believers. It would be the same for Muslims or any other Faith. This behavior is universally wrong and sinful but in the particular each person’s informed conscience is their guide to behavior. There should be no lowering of the standard reflected in the inspiried scriptures. Our understanding of the meaning of scripture is discerned with the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit who as Jesus said will be with us to the end of time. The dogma is not easily changed nor should it be.

  • Anonymous

    God is God and sin is still sin. God has not changed. According to His Word, homosexuality is sin. God loves the sinner and we are called to love the sinner, but never the sin.

  • Barb

    Thank you for bringing this vital info to our attention. We need to pray for our Christian colleges & universities & stand with them to uphold the truths of the Bible. Our entire civilization is at stake and our complete Christian faith could be wiped out. Barb

  • LJKelley

    Jesus didn’t mention homosexuality a single time.

    But beyond that, just because there is tradition, even 5000 years of tradition, doesn’t mean that tradition is correct.

    Slavery was tradition, in fact a tradition the Bible talks about. Women not voting was a tradition, from when Jesus roamed the earth.

    Jesus said in Mark 5 that nothing that can enter a man can defile him. This was in direct contrast to Leviticus and the religious leaders of the time. It is my firm belief, that Jesus would be against the majority of religious leaders today who believe more in tradition then in the freedom that Jesus taught.

    • Jeff Johnston

      Hi LJKelley,

      Thanks for your comments. Here are a few short responses to them, along with links to more in-depth articles and books.

      1. No, Jesus did not mention homosexuality specifically, but he did quote from Genesis 1 and pointed back to God’s original design for sexuality, a man and a woman uniting in marriage (Mark 10:6-9). If anything, Jesus went above and beyond the Old Testament teaching and said that not only was adultery a sin, but that looking at people to lust after them was also a sin. Joe Dallas gives a longer critique of this argument, here: Responding to Pro-Gay Theology: General Religious Arguments.

      2. There is a huge difference between “tradition” and “doctrine. ” Tradition can be man-made and can change. Doctrine comes from Scripture and is the church’s teaching about an issue, as guided by the Holy Spirit. Take another look at the three tenets of the faith I mentioned in the article – they cannot be changed without radically distorting and twisting who God is, how He designed and created us, what it means to be human, and how we relate to him. Sex between two men or two women is very different than the issue of slavery or a woman’s right to vote. Sex unites two-people in a one-flesh union, and, again, was designed for union between a man and a woman. If you’re not just throwing out some of the tired, old gay-revisionist arguments, but really want to dig deeper on these issues, I’d suggest reading the following:

      Apples to Oranges: Comparing Homosexual Behavior to Slavery and Women in the Bible
      Answering Newsweek on Same-Sex Marriage and the Bible

      3. Jesus is talking about food and man’s heart in the verse you mentioned Mark 5, not about sexual behavior. What we eat certainly affects our bodies, but it is not as significant an issue as sexuality, it does not carry the same moral import. Eating a shrimp does not have the same psychological, relational, biological or spiritual consequences as sexual relations. We know that God’s Law is good, that Jesus fulfilled all the Law, and that the New Testament contains teaching about which moral Law still bind Christians. In Acts 10 and 11, for example, all foods are declared clean and available to Peter and the church. But the New Testament never declares that we can do whatever we want to, sexually, and repeats the prohibitions against same-sex sexual practices. The freedom Jesus gives is freedom from sin – not freedom to sin.

      For even more information on Scripture and homosexuality, here are two of the best resources:
      Joe Dallas, The Gay Gospel? How Pro-Gay Advocates Misread the Bible, 2007 (Harvest House).
      Robert A.J. Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics, 2001 (Abingdon Press).

    • MichelleL

      If Jesus didn’t mention homosexuality, or other standards of living, then do we throw the rest of the bible out? Don’t think so. The word of God was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Paul states in 1 Timothy 1:9-11: We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

      He also says in 1 Cor 6:9-10: Or 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.

  • http://www.nomorelost.org/ Gemma H

    Jesus himself did not make any prohibitions about being gay, in fact he was the architect of the “Judge not lest ye be judged” foundation of christianity, its only from the Pauline letters that homophobia, and misogyny were brought back in.

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