Years ago, I attended a Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY.
As a young teenager, newly saved, there were things that were good in attending this particular church and there were some things that I didn’t understand.
Generally, the sin of homosexuality wasn’t preached about.
In fact, sexual immorality was not one of those subjects either.
There were homosexual choir masters, piano players in the Baptist church I’ve attended.
3 or 5 have paid the price and are no longer on earth. To this day, I don’t know if repentance from dead works and faith towards God became evident in their lives.
I will say that I was “propositioned” by one of them, on a couple of occasions right after Sunday service concluded. But when you know that a male is “funny,” when you observed effeminate tendencies, even though you didn’t know anything about the sex acts of homosexuals, I knew enough not to consider it.
Of the two that remain, one pastors an inclusion church in California and the other still works in the music and acting industry.
Inclusion is just a cloak name for homosexual affirming house of worship.
In the Black community, “shacking up” or having a baby out of “wedlock” was clearly frowned upon. But it was not at an alarming rate.
In the 50’s and 60’s, single parenting were in the single digits.
One statistic declared that during the 50’s and 60’s, 70% of Black households had two parents, obviously male and female that were married.
I believe that this generation attended church services and held the reputation of a normal family setup to be in high regard. Folks didn’t like it when neighbors disdained such relationships that didn’t conform to Biblical standards.
But the one thing that I’ve noticed is that regarding homosexuality, it was much more a closet issue, but you’ve observed the tendencies. Especially among choir masters, pianists, and male choir members.
Now even though it appeared that among certain congregations that there wasn’t anything going on, don’t be fooled.
Every now and then you would hear about deacons and pastors sneaking around committing adultery and fornication, but also bisexuality.
For many that have been in church and observed these episodes, you may have had these scenarios where it ranged from blatant to covert, and everything in between.
But one thing is certain.
God and the Bible is constant and never changed, nor accepted any sexual immorality.
Numbers 25:1-4 (NKJV Strong’s) “Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove, and the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor, and the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of the people and hang the offenders before the Lord, out in the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may turn away from Israel.”
This may be the OT, but the Lord never changed His stance in the NT.
It’s called “consequential judgment.”
Romans 1:26-27 (NKJV Strong’s) “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
And when it came to entering into heaven in the condition of sin……
1 Corinthians 6:9-13 (NKJV Strong’s) “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
The Scriptures are clear that you can’t bring sin into heaven where the Holy Lord of heaven and earth dwells.
What happened in the houses of worship?
People, church leadership, and pastors grew weary of the commands of the Lord and tendencies, and preferences “suppress the knowledge of the truth in unrighteousness.”
Churches that accepted homosexuality experienced considerable decrease in attendance.
In the days where there were covert homosexuality, sort of like a “don’t ask, don’t tell” aspect, many churches had filled church services. However, once the pastoral leadership shifts into performing same sex weddings, people that maintained the standard of the Word of God voiced their objections and make for the exits.
But some have maintained their Biblical objection but remained members of that local church.
But why do people, church leaders, and pastors grow weary of the commands of the Lord?
A wide range or combination of answers.
Sadly, participation in sexual immorality is at the top of the list.
A person may develop an emotionally sympathetic attachment to sexual sins. Or there may be family members engaged in the sin of homosexuality and to tell them that they’re in sin is too much for them to bear.
Most people avoid confronting friends or family members and risk denying the Lord and His command to be holy.
Then there’s the outside “peer” pressure asserted by outside organizations or political connections.
These political connections lurk within many historic houses of worship.
To be outspokenly against homosexuality definitely risk any associations with those in politics.
Of course there were other vicious winds applying pressure for that local assembly to accept homosexuality.
While all of this went on, many family members were losing loved ones to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The consequential judgment of the sin of homosexuality manifested but what’s happened is that as long as homosexuals are “happy,” we could mitigate the disease associated with homosexuality by offering medical services, HIV/AIDS check for those practicing homosexuality, and other support services to give the appearance that this wasn’t judgment from the Lord.
The social agenda overshadowed the primary purpose of the local assembly.
The hijacking of the victories achieved by the Civil Rights movement was stolen by the elite homosexuals.
Some Blacks that worshipped in many denominational churches led by Black pastors gave in to the political, cultural, and social pressure.
The preaching of the Word of God regarding the Scriptures teaching that homosexuality is an abomination was deemed “hate speech.”
Yet, many Black people continued to acquire HIV/AIDS.
The Word of God offered a warning and deliverance from sin.
It’s like and it’s no different than turning away the help of a firefighter.
They risk their lives to rescue people but they turn the rescuers away.
But today, we’re seeing denominations or organizations of homosexual churches pop up. Instead of people turning away from sin, more people are assembling to honor homosexuality.
Many people in houses of worship have capitulated.
People’s attitude is that God must accept the way that I am.
People have demanded that God and His Word change and never the other way around.
The blame is squarely placed on the Creator and no responsibility for sin is accepted by fallen man.
Exactly what fallen man wants in order to continue in sin.
Just read Isaiah 5:20-21.
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