Saturday, June 15, 2013

Bible School Sued over Sexuality Stance

I probably shouldn't have been surprised when a Twitter friend made me aware of this story from the New York Daily News. Grace University in Nebraska is a Christian college that takes a biblical stance on sexuality issues, as one would expect a Christian college to do. But now they're getting sued by a student who was expelled after her lesbian relationship became known. On the surface, the lawsuit seems to be over repayment of loans and grants, but I think we all know what the real elephant in the room is.

If you want to see what Grace University president David Barnes has to say about this, here is a link to his statement. In the end, the only thing to say on this subject is what God's Word has to say about it in numerous places. There are many colleges and universities out there where one can study. If you attend a Christian school, you had best expect your conduct to reflect biblical Christian beliefs and values. Of course, that assumes the school in question has not gone apostate. I don't think that is the case here.

Sadly, as Romans 1 indicates (plus other Scriptures), we are only going to see more of this as time goes on. When God lifts His hand from a people in judgment, it doesn't take long for things to deteriorate. His people must remain faithful to Him and to His Word no matter what society says.

Pray for the school. And yes, pray for these young women, especially that they will be delivered and set free from their sin. Homosexuality is just one of many sins into which we humans can fall. We all have the sin bug. It just manifests itself in different people in different ways. But God provided a way out through His Son, and He will deliver those who seek Him with all their hearts—those who have truly repentant hearts and are willing to acknowledge (and turn away from) their sin.

I can't close this post without a final point. A key problem comes when professing believers try to throw Scripture out the window or cherry pick it with a pair of scissors, excising out the parts they don't like. God will not tolerate people trifling with His Word. Those who claim to be theologians or Bible teachers will incur a stricter judgment. The penalty for mishandling the Word of God is severe. Yet again, we were warned by the Lord Himself that there would be apostasy in the last days. This story is just one more piece of evidence that it's happening. It grieves His heart and it ought to grieve ours.

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