Litmus Test Christianity

litmus-testLitmus Test Christianity

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” - John 14:6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

I have been involved in and among the so-called “ex-gay” movement for almost 21 years. While rare, there is an argument I have encountered saying that a person’s response to homosexuality is the litmus test of whether someone is truly applying The Gospel or not.

Every time I hear this it gives me chills. The truth is that if there actually is a litmus test, that test is Jesus Himself. To put anything else in place of Him as being the singular evidence of salvation, The Good News (Gospel), is simply idolatry by a different route.

Unfortunately those that choose to stigmatize homosexuality as the one sin on which a person’s salvation rests are putting themselves in a place of definition and power over a person’s life that they did not earn nor deserve. By raising the eternal costs of one particular sin they create inordinate attention to one issue, that they conveniently have all the answers to, instead of full devotion to Jesus Himself.

Condemnation of homosexual behavior, salvation from homosexuality, redemption of sexuality, and ongoing freedom from homosexuality is not The Gospel. Jesus, His finished work on the Cross and Resurrection is The Gospel.

When I first became a Christian, I was convinced that being a gay man was how I was created and that is all I would ever be. Regardless, even with that line of belief in my soul and literally defining every aspect of my life, I became a genuine Christian when I realized that in the grand scheme of my life I was a desperate sinner in need of a loving Savior.

I was as saved back when I identified as a gay Christian as I am today now that I have dropped the “gay” label and chosen a celibate life. Because the litmus test for being saved wasn’t my understanding of “gayness,” it was my receiving Jesus as my personal resurrected Lord and Savior.

Do I agree with those who identify as “gay” Christians? Not on everything. I strongly, and hopefully graciously, disagree with qualifying their Christianity by the label of gay. Do I think they are going to hell? Not if they truly believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. If they do claim Him as such, then we are probably going to have a healthy discussion on various topics concerning sexuality, relationships, and identity.

I say we cast down this golden calf of culturally driven “ex-gay litmus test theology” and quit making ourselves out to be some terminally unique application of the gospel.

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