Kevin DeYoung offers a helpful answer to a reader’s question: “Could someone please give a short, simple explanation as to why the issue of homosexuality is not like Christians differing on baptism or the millennium? ” Here is a summary of his four points:
1. Approving of homosexual behavior violates the unity of the church.
“. . . When we make a decision (accepting homosexuality or tolerating those who do) that virtually every single Christian who has ever lived would consider unthinkable, we ought to pause and wonder if we’ve drunk too much from the spirit of the age.”
2. Homosexual behavior is so repeatedly and clearly forbidden in Scripture that to encourage homosexuality calls into question the role of Scripture in the life of the denomination that accepts such blatantly unbiblical teaching.
3. Far from treating sexual deviance as a lesser “ethical issue”, the New Testament sees it as a matter for discipline (1 Corinthians 5), separation (2 Corinthians 6:12-20), and an example of perverse compromise (Jude 3-16).
4. Most importantly, commending homosexuality involves the core of the gospel because it urges us to celebrate a behavior of which the Bible calls us to repent.
This is called the doctrine of separation, folks! We can’t just agree to disagree with people who challenge the gospel and the authority of scripture. It appears that the lines are drawn, and this issue will form the new “fundamentalist / modernist controversy” of our age. On the positive side, it may actually foster unity among bible-believing Christians.