There has been a lot of discussion recently about homosexuality and Christianity. There has been a lot of discussion, on both sides of the issue and some who would pretend they could stand on neutral ground, of can a person be gay and still be considered a faithful and true Christian. I have a lot of issues with the whole premise, as the reader may have noted in my previous posts, that one could be steeped in sin, whether it be homosexuality, adultery, thievery, gossip, uncontrolled anger, maliciousness, and/or fornication, that said person could still be a contributing participant in any kind of worship. Is it possible to be unrepentant in your sin and offer credible worship?
The answer is: NO!
Any person, regardless of the stature in the church or Christian community, cannot be an unrepentant sinner and still offer worship to the Father that is accepted by Him. No one. It does not matter what the world says, what type of culture shift, what topics are in the public debate, or any social acceptance of what the bible considers aberrant behavior. One cannot worship in spirit and in truth if they are active in a lifestyle that falls under the biblical definition of unrepentant sin.
Sin is the barrier that denies us access to the throne room of heaven. There really isn’t much discussion to be had. The biblical definition of sin does not change because our culture and media says it should. If a person is in the worship service, lifting up their hands, gazing towards heaven, even squeeze out some tears with an expression of joy, their participation in the worship does not go any further than their outstretched hands. It will not be accepted because sin is still prevalent in that person’s life. Man may not be able to see the heart and mind but God always does.
It is empty worship.
Matthew 7: 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’