The Kirk and Gagnon Debate

Professors Kirk and Gagnon debated on the same-sex controversy and whether LGBTs should be allowed maintain their current lifestyle and have church membership.

Professor Kirk made an interesting argument. He claimed that the Holy Spirit is forming his beliefs that LGBTs should be given church membership and be allowed to maintain their current lifestyle, but there is a serious problem with this. Let’s take a look. When the apostles met to understand God’s will for the inclusion of Gentiles into the body of God’s people, they had this to say:

“For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”
Acts 15:28-29, ESV

When the Gentiles were included in the body of believers, the Holy Spirit directed both 1) their inclusion and 2) that they should abstain from sexual immorality. Here is the problem with Kirk’s position: In order to maintain the position that the Holy Spirit approves of sexual immorality, he has to maintain that God the Holy Spirit is wrong in Acts 15:28-29. Um…not a place I want to go.

The culture is screaming at you right now that you must approve of someone’s sexual immorality to love them. The Pharisees are screaming at you that you must be doctrinally sound to the point of being unkind to LGBTs. The culture and Pharisaism are neither satisfying, only going deeper into truth, love, and obedience, so two truths: love does not rejoice at wrongdoing (1 Corinthians 13:6), and sinners loved to hang out with Jesus (Luke 15:1). They were probably amazed that someone so holy could be so kind. Jesus said of himself, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). Be patient and kind to whomever you meet. Point them to Jesus’ cleansing work on the cross for sinners and encourage them to repent. That’s being like Jesus.

Lust and sexual immorality do not come from the Holy Spirit of God (Galatians 5:19), which should convict the culture. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control come from the Holy Spirit of God (Galatians 5:22, 23), which should convict Pharisees in the church.

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