Go to the Church for the
by Bishop Tom Brown
Oprah Winfrey asked Bishop TD Jakes his views on homosexuality and
same-sex marriage. The Bishop wisely answered, "I'm not called to give
my opinion. I'm called as a pastor to give the scriptural position on
His answer explains, in a
nutshell, the role of the church: It is to speak the truth where God has
spoken. Truth is a rare commodity. Fortunately, Jesus established the
church to be the "pillar and foundation of the truth" (1 Timothy
3:15). The church's purpose is to guide people to salvation and holy
lives by telling them the truth. Society has a place to turn to when
they want this kind of truth.
There are three basic reasons why
the church is reliable to tell the truth concerning salvation and
Reason 1: The church has received
Jesus Christ as Lord and He is "the way, the truth and the life"
(John 14:6). Jesus said, "Everyone on the side of truth listens to me"
Reason 2: The church has received
the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, as God's reliable,
written revelation of Himself. "Let God be true, and every man a liar"
(Romans 3:4). The Bible is God's written Word and, therefore, is
reliable in matters of salvation and morality.
Reason 3: The church has received
the Holy Spirit Who will "guide you into all truth" (John 16:13).
New moral issues, not directly mentioned in the Bible, crop up all the
time, so the Holy Spirit takes the principles of Scriptures, and He
reveals the truth to the church, so she can speak it to the world.
The church is the only
institution that Christ personally established in the world to tell the
truth. Other institutions have their purposes and graces from God, but
none are gifted with grace, quite like the church, to speak the truth.
Here are their purposes:
The media is
to factually report current events.
is to govern citizens.
to prepare students for careers.
to create wealth for society.
entertainment is to amuse and inspire people.
is the most important of all: it is to procreate and provide a
moral, stable and discipline environment for children to become
I have written this article for
First, to show you where to turn
when you seek the truth.
Don't look to a Hollywood actress
or pop singer or politician to tell you the truth about what is right
and wrong. They are not gifted and graced by God to speak moral truth.
Look to the church for the truth. On the other hand, the church is not
called to govern or entertain society. God did not set up a theocracy,
putting the church in charge of governing. And if you get bored at
church, don't be surprised, because the church is not to entertain you,
but to tell you the truth.
The second reason I write this is
to help those in other institutions relate better with the church.
The church, by its nature, cannot
change the truth of God. Right has always been right. Wrong will always
be wrong. The church should not get "blown here and there by every
wind of teaching" (Ephesians 4:14). So you should not expect a
bishop, pastor or priest to change their teaching. On the other hand,
you do expect a politician to change his position. If a politician does
not change with the winds, then he may not get elected to govern. But
the church's purpose is different; she does not look to cater to
society's whims of change. The church must be counted on to tell the
The greatest asset of the church
is to speak the truth. Sadly, a small number of churches that have acted
more "politically" correct than "truth" correct have lost millions of
members, because people understand that the church cannot change
morality to fit political correctness. The church must remain as a
pillar and foundation of the truth.
Regarding the original question
that Oprah asked Bishop Jakes about concerning homosexuality and same
sex marriage. The Apostle Paul clearly answered the reason why "women
exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones" (Romans 2:26) and
why "men also abandoned natural relations with women and were
inflamed with lust for one another" (v 27). Paul says the reason is
because "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie" (v 25).
Today's, gay activist justify their behavior because they reject the
truth of God and believe their own lie.
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