Moralizing

By Frank Himmel

Gregory A. Boyd is pastor of the Woodland Hills Church, a megachurch in St. Paul, MN. Unlike other “evangelical” preachers, Boyd preaches that the church should stay out of politics and give up moralizing on sexual issues. Boyd is correct in saying that Christianity is advanced by winning hearts, not elections or military conflicts. But he errs greatly if he thinks one can preach Jesus while ignoring what the Savior said about right and wrong.

Was not Jesus “moralizing” about sexual issues when He said, “But I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Mt. 5:28)? Or when He added, “Everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of fornication, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced women commits adultery” (v. 32)? Or when He observed, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man ...” (Mt. 15:18-19)?

Boyd says homosexuality is not God’s “ideal.” That’s for sure! It is as far from ideal as one can get! It is sin (Rom. 1:26-32), right along with lust, adultery, and fornication, about which Jesus “moralized.”

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