I was reading, with some disappointment, about the recent decision by the Methodist Church USA to split over the issue of sexuality. It seems to be epidemic among the mainline denominations to open up the doors to an anything goes policy.
I see the advertisements in the local paper every week with the inclusiveness clause. Promises are made that you can come every Sunday without worrying about feeling convicted because of the choices you are making. They won’t mention sin, service, worship or sacrifice. No, you just come each Sunday feeling secure that nobody will ever judge you or tell you how to live. Why? Because you will be at...THE CHURCH OF ANYTHING GOES!
The Church I left years ago, The Episcopal Church, has been advocating un-biblical sexuality as for a while now. Some years ago several splits occurred within the denomination the Anglican Church in North America as an example over this very issue. Personally, if you think homosexuality is the only thing wrong with the Church of Anything Goes you are sadly mistaken. Once you put the stamp of approval on sin everything else crumbles along with it.
I had a recent conversation with a person who thinks that the movement in the mainline churches to be more inclusive and accepting is what God truly wants of his people.
So I said; “If that is truly what God wants then why not pull out all the stops. What about the heterosexuals in the church? They should demand an adultery pride parade. I mean come on; these people are only being themselves and to have sex outside of their marriage - for them - is normal. I mean maybe they were born that way. And maybe they are being told – unfairly - they are wrong. Right?? Didn't God say, ‘Be fruitful and multiply?’”
I continued, “Those who have sex outside of their marriage have been made to feel shame long enough. It’s time for them to come out and be proud of who they are. Why should anyone be ashamed of being an adulterer? A parade is the perfect answer. Marching up and down the streets of America, proudly proclaiming that, ‘I'm an adulterer!’ Floats, balloons, marching bands, a real time to celebrate the joy of committing adultery.”
And I also added, “Why stop there, what about pedophilia? I don't know about you, but I think it is a shame that in this great country of such diversity, people who enjoy having sex with children are treated like second-class citizens, denied their basic human rights, and discriminated against - even thrown in prison because of love! If you try to buy a new home for you and the nine year old you are in a committed relationship with, chances are good that you will be denied. If your significant other happens to be a twelve-year-old boy, they aren't going to be eligible for the same benefits married couples receive. A man and his pre-teen should be able to adopt children! How dare states limit marriage to a man and a woman of legal age and consent when a teacher and her 13 year old math student have every right to enjoy the happiness, fulfillment and full legal benefits of marriage? Why isn’t The Church of Anything Goes helping to insure the legal rights of those men and women, who by no fault of their own, are born to have sex with children.”
“Perhaps there is government money available to start public awareness campaigns to help society be more tolerant. A good place to start will be in the schools, educating children that there is nothing wrong with people who choose to have sex with kids. That is simply who they are.”
He had no answer other than to accuse me of being a “homophobe.”
Look; as much as I wish The Church of Anything Goes were a fictional church, the truth of the matter is that it really does exist. I’ve experienced them first hand. You will never hear about sin, how God expects us to live according to His Word, or about surrendering our lives to Him. You will only hear about how "God is all about love," and no judgment. You are told that “we all sin” so don't worry about it - and most of all - do whatever makes you happy. Do what feels good.
These are the churches that treat God's Word like a "nice book with some good ideas," but not something you should take seriously. These are the churches where you will find gross sins like homosexuality, abortion, people living together without being married, and many others accepted and tolerated because they don't want to offend anyone. In these churches, truth is not found in the Bible but is whatever you decide it is - from any source that works for you. These churches tell people there really is no place called Hell and there are many roads leading to a God of many names.
Once we compromise the Absolute Truth of God's Word, once the Bible stops being our final authority in all matters, it literally does become a church where anything goes - because it’s now left solely to the imaginations of men to decide what is right and wrong. There is only ONE TRUTH, and that is found in the Bible. There is only ONE WAY to God, and that is through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.
People who have chosen to live in gross sin have parades to express their pride in the sin they have chosen. People who sin will even use God's Word out of context to support their lifestyle. This, in spite of the fact they live in rebellion to that very Word.
There really are tremendous political efforts underway and existing programs to indoctrinate children in an effort to force society to accept as normal, the sinful choices certain men and women make. Pray for the members of these anything goes churches, for the people who are now asked to celebrate all sin be it sexual or otherwise as acceptable and appropriate and “normal.”
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (I Corinthians 6:9-11)
By Bishop Ian Anderson
Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Anglican Church