Faith

THE CHURCH AND HOMOSEXUALITY

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By AUTHORITY UGBENIN, Senior Pastor, NEWARK FOURSQUARE CHURCH, New Jersey.

This virus of Homosexuality is no doubt a threat to Christianity in this end time. As the Christian community in America shrinks to all time low, homosexuality is dealing a serious blow on many Christian families. With the bold voice of President Obama lending his support for same sex marriage, it has become popular for people to go to the media to declare their sexual orientation. All of the time, there is a special Presidential congratulatory message to such people from Obama and his wife Michelle.

The most serious problem of the church in this regard is the complicity of some popular pastors in America. Many celebrities even with Christian backgrounds have been found to be part of them.

As Pastors, we continue to face the challenge of having to explain to young ones why the church would not accept Gay people whole heartedly. Apart from Franklyn Graham and a few Ministers in America, some very popular Ministers are unable to take a clear stand on Homosexuality. A popular minister was once interviewed by CNN on the issue of Homosexuality and the church. All he could say was that he had no power to judge gays and that only God would determine whether a gay person would go to heaven. The disappointing part is that I have watch Lawrence O’Donnell specifically (of MSNBC TV Channel) rubbish the Bible and accuse God of bigotry after openly reading 1 Corinthians 6:9. Yet our so-called popular ministers cannot “contend for their faith” openly in media houses when they have the opportunities.

We are now facing an imminent threat of being charged for “hate crime” should one speak against it even in the church. This is because many states in America are now legalizing same sex marriage. Even the right wing (Republicans) who used to fight the fight are caving in for political expediency. The American Society has succeeded in convincing a lot of people that being gay is a Sexual Orientation natural at birth.

On my part, I have never stopped anyone from coming into my church because of what they permit in their lives. That is why they need to come and listen to the word of God. What I will never do is to stop calling Sin what it is. I will also not join any gay couple in marriage. I say this boldly in church almost every time and my congregation knows.

There is nothing we can really do about official clampdowns. Fortunately, churches operate here by bye-laws which are recognized by the government. Envisaging a future turn of events, many churches have decided to amend their Bye-Laws to close all loopholes that could allow gays to have their ways. That being said, it is a matter of when not if there will clampdowns in future. If it happens in my time, I am ready to face prison terms or any punishment that refusing to wed gays might carry. My brothers and Sisters are dying for being Christians all over the world including Nigeria.

Fortunately for me, my children are growing up within the church system and they see Homosexuality as abomination. I once had a lesbian in my church, but she has since left our church with her Mom. Also, our church is in a black community and most of our members are people of color from Nigeria, Jamaica, Republic of Benin, Cote d’ Ivoire and Philippines, and we all hold similar values when it comes to marriage and Sexuality.

In conclusion; I think the time has come for Christians to place a value on their faith. If it is not worth dying for, then quit for good. This is the end-time; sexual immorality will be greatly used by Satan.


Authority Ugbenin is the Senior Pastor of Newark Foursquare Church, New Jersey. Before relocating to the USA, he was Senior Pastor of Osogun Foursquare Church between 1996-2000, and Oriola Foursquare Church which he pastored between 2000 and 2005. Authority is married to Sandra, and they have four blessed children.

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