I read a blog posting by a woman who was telling Christians if they want to help women in the sex industry they need to stop talking about Jesus, stop saying that things the sex industry does is sinful, stop complaining about pornography and prostitution and don’t say anything if the women decide they want to go back into the sex industry.
She even said that the sex business was A HUMAN RIGHT.
And get this…the woman says she’s a Christian.
And the person who allowed that posting in his “column” space? He claims to be a Christian AND is allegedly being considered as a doctoral candidate AT A SEMINARY.
And the website it’s on? Claims to be Christian.
None of them are Christian if they’re endorsing prostitution as a human right. None of them are Christians if they’re endorsing or promoting prostitution, period.
And most Christians, most Christian leaders, just shrug their shoulders and go on. A few people will challenge these heretics and get the inevitable hate thrown at them for it (because bullying is the major tactic for the “liberal Christians” out there.) They’ll spew the “who are you to say we’re not Christian?” routine and even some well known Christian leaders will pass the old “well, you don’t know someone’s walk…” routine rather than take a stand on the gospel.
There is NO way to say God is fine with prostitution. You cannot say you follow God, worship Him, are surrendered to Him and say sex work is perfectly fine.
And yet there are millions of people who say they’re Christians who endorse just that thing.
There are many people whose very own words show they do not bear the fruit of Christ. There are many whose actions show they do not bear the fruit of Christ.
And yet millions of Christians who DO follow Christ silently allow these people to continue to rot away the foundations of the church in America.
And you hear people wonder why the church is losing influence in this culture, why the church doesn’t have meaning to many people, why the church is fading away.
Church, we’re doing it to ourselves.
We’re too afraid of people running to Twitter or Facebook to attack us for calling them out on their lack of fruit (and getting tons of non-Christians and Christian-haters to back them up and stroke their egos with compliments) than we are of Christ. We’re too afraid of being pointed at as being “closed minded” or whatever the bullying term du jour is of the so-called “liberal Christians” are using to attack those who actually follow the Bible.
(By the way, there is no “liberal Christian”. You either follow Christ’s word, or you don’t. “Liberal Christian” is a way some people are saying “I don’t want to follow Christ, I want the world to love me, and this is one way I can do it while still pretending I’m seeking God.”)
We are seeing the church in 1 Corinthians 5 in real life and instead of being like Paul, standing for Christ and calling them out on it, we stay silent and allow them to define it as “an alternative lifestyle” that’s perfectly fine because it’s their life and we have no right to judge anything.
That’s why we need to stand up to the people like the folks I mentioned at the start of this post. We need to call them out and plainly state “you’re not Christian if this is what you endorse.”
(Note: there’s a word of difference between being mistaken and endorsing things that go against Christ. When you say homosexuality is OK, that abortion is fine, that prostitution is a human right, you’re endorsing things that go against Christ. Those aren’t mistakes.)
And when those people say we drive people away from Christ? Ignore them.
When those people say they’re going to leave the church? Let them go.
When those folks run to social media and say what a big blue meanie you are? Let them rant.
Christ’s church cannot be effective in communicating and living Christ if you allow it to be filled with people who reject Christ’s teachings and actively advocate and work against him.
You aren’t called to save everyone.
You ARE called to keep presenting the truth to people. When you show them the truth, when you point out the error of their ways, when you show them Biblically where they’re wrong, your responsibility in that case is done.
You don’t have to put up with badgering, harassment, name-calling, etc. from those whom you’ve pointed out they’re denying Christ. Shake the dust off your feet and move on. They’ve heard the truth, they’ve rejected it, and it’s on them. Not you.
When was the last time you looked at someone clearly advocating against God’s word (such as endorsing sinful behaviors) and told them they’re not in line with Christ? When’s the last time you said to someone (for example) “you can’t be a Christian and say that wife swapping is just fine?”
You have the knowledge, the wisdom, the guidance. You can see through these false teachers and yet you remain silent. If we can’t count on the leaders God’s put in place to call out the wolves in sheep’s clothing and protect the flock from those predators, who can we turn to? The silence of Christian leaders to the destructors in our midst is leaving it to the sheep to protect themselves from the hoards of wolves that run in daily through the unprotected gate while the shepherds say “well, we can’t really judge someone’s walk….”
Church, we can’t expect anyone to clean up their house if we don’t clean up our own.
It’s time to stop being polite to false teachers and heretics that are eagerly usurping positions within the church to undermine Christ for the benefit of the enemy. It’s time to stand up and say “Christ said this wasn’t right, we’re surrendered to Him, and we refuse to say this is right.”
It’s time to put Christ first in our churches again instead of the feelings of those who want to claim His name and actively deny His word.