Christian singer Dolly Parton made headlines recently when she embraced the LGBT crowd and suggested she's not in a position to judge—and that "if people want to pass judgment, they are already sinning."
Parton, a country music icon, said she's "struggled" in her life to be appreciated and understood and had to "go against" all kinds of people through the years just to be herself. As she sees it, "The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say someone else is committing. I try to love everybody."
Creationist Ken Ham was quick to point out the irony in Parton's statement: "By the way, in saying this, Dolly Parton herself was being judgmental against Christians." Then he asked a pointed question: Are Christians sinning when they judge homosexual behavior to be sin? The answer is a resounding no.
If idolatry and adultery are called sin, then why can't we call homosexuality a sin? If stealing and greed and drunkenness are called sin, then why can't we call homosexuality a sin? If slandering and swindling are considered sin, they why not homosexuality? 1 Corinthians 6:10 lists all of these lifestyles as serious enough to keep one from inheriting the kingdom of God.
Thou Shalt Not Judge!
One of the most common outcries against calling out homosexuality as a sin insists, "Thou shalt not judge." That's actually not one of the 10 commandments Moses brought down from Sinai when he found the Israelites worshipping Baal and got so angry that he took the golden calf they had made, burned it in the fire, ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it (Ex. 32:19-20).
"Thou shalt not judge" isn't actually in the Bible. Jesus did say, "Judge not, that you be not judged" (Matt. 7:1), but this was in the context of the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Jesus was talking about judging your brother in a wrong spirit. He actually went on to say that we should judge—but not until we deal with our own hearts (the speck in our eye). We have to speak the truth in love. Sometimes the truth sounds harsh to one in deception or sin. But our motive is never to cut. Our motive is always to heal.
Jesus also said, "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with a righteous judgment" (John 7:24). We judge what is sin based on what the Word of God says is sin. Homosexuality is clearly a sin, according to the Word of God. Condoning sin in the name of love is harmful.
Think about it for a minute. Let's say there's a patient sitting in a doctor's office awaiting test results from a biopsy. The results clearly show that cancer is killing him, but the doctor doesn't want to point out anything negative so he tells the patient everything looks fine and sends him on his merry way. The cancer progresses, and the patient dies. That's called malpractice. It's also called carelessness. The doctor didn't care enough about his patient to tell him the truth. That's not love.
Jesus Didn't Teach Us to Sanction Sin
When we judge in the spirit of Christ, we are obeying Jesus. We are pointing out the cancer. Calling homosexuality a sin in the spirit of reconciliation is an expression of Christ's love and grace. We are sounding the alarm so that people can turn and run in the other direction. Jesus didn't preach a message of tolerance for sin, nor did John, Paul, Peter or Jude.
We must remain loyal to Jesus. That means we must remain true to the Word of God. We must abide by the doctrines of Christ. We must be faithful witnesses in this generation. We must sound the alarm, hoping and praying that the ones who are living any lifestyle that would prevent them from inheriting the kingdom of God will repent and find deliverance. We must judge a righteous judgment. In order to do that, we must be students of the Word and sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
We cannot stand by—like a physician who doesn't want to tell his patient he has cancer because he doesn't want to hurt his feelings—while so many are earning the deathly wages of sin. That, my friends, is not love, and it's not biblical. And I won't take part in it. Amen.
Jennifer LeClaire is news editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and author of several books, including The Making of a Prophet and Satan's Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft. You can visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
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