FPN’s Policy Blog recently explored the disappointing trend among younger evangelicals to be more “accepting” of sins like homosexuality. (See: So-Called “Evangelical” Young People More Accepting of Homosexuality) These younger evangelicals claim to believe the Bible is authoritative, but they’re reluctant to share what it says about homosexuality with their gay peers.
Certainly, this apathy toward God’s standard of sexuality is a growing problem among the next generation of Christians, but it’s only part of the issue. Believe it or not, it’s becoming more common for students at Christian colleges to engage in homosexual behavior while claiming to be Christians. (See: “Gay Christian” Is a Loaded Term)
A new article from The New York Times illustrates the trend as it is occurring at many Christian colleges:
“Decades after the gay rights movement swept the country’s secular schools, more gays and lesbians at Christian colleges are starting to come out of the closet, demanding a right to proclaim their identities and form campus clubs, and rejecting suggestions to seek help in suppressing homosexual desires.”
These students’ brand of revisionism is telling; they undermine what Scripture truly says about homosexuality in order to extend to themselves a false sense of legitimacy. The abundance of their hearts dictates and shapes the lies they propagate (Mt. 12:34).
Homosexual students at Christian colleges who are pressuring their schools to abandon the Biblical position on homosexual behavior are the embodiment of Christ’s description of wolves in sheep’s clothing (Mt. 7:15). They speak eloquently of “tolerance,” but their minds are closed to the clear teachings of Scripture, and they are intent on plying their revisionist interpretations with their student peers. Indeed, they do not “tolerate” opposing viewpoints at all; they decry “religious oppression” as the source of their college’s opposition to homosexual conduct.
Sadly, these students are blatantly unrepentant regarding their behavior. They have already heard the simple message of Christ and rejected it numerous times. They know the infallible Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17) contains several passages that condemn sexual activity outside of Biblical marriage, including homosexual behavior (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10). Many of them have read that everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness (2 Tim. 2:19). However, it seems these students have no desire to turn away from what the Bible clearly calls sin. Rather, they reinterpret and revise clear Scriptural truths in order to validate their immorality, creating the very false teachings and doctrines their itching ears want to hear (2 Tim. 4:3).
This is a pivotal time for Christian colleges everywhere. The Times article notes that some liberal religious colleges, many of which were once orthodox on this issue, have begun to allow homosexual students to form support groups on campus. The article quotes Adam Short, an openly homosexual student who is fighting the Baylor University administration for official recognition of his pro-homosexuality campus group. “It’s like an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object,” remarked Short.
He’s right. Every Christian college will eventually be met with this battle. Will Christian colleges begin falling to the prophets of post-modern culture who demand acceptance of that which God has called sin? Or will they boldly stand on that “immovable object” upon which they were originally founded, God’s Word?
For the sake of the integrity of the Gospel, pray they will stand.
FPN Policy Blog: So-Called “Evangelical” Young People More Accepting of Homosexuality
FPN Policy Blog: “Gay Christian” Is a Loaded Term
The New York Times: Homosexual Students at Christian Colleges Want to Force Acceptance
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.(NKJV)