Recently John Pavlovitz, a self professed 17 year ministry veteran recently wrote a blog called “If I have Gay Children”. Pavlovitz’s ministry experience is unknown but given that his “About” page states, “generally trying to live-out the red letters of Jesus” and “I welcome you to say what you believe needs to be said in response, knowing that ultimately the truth is somewhere in the middle.” He is, in all likelihood, a liberal Christian if regenerate at all. His article also helps to make the point of his theologically liberal perspective evident.
I have included a link to his page so that you might read the entire article, but thought I would go through the paragraphs point by point.
Why take so much time to analyze the writings of an unknown ministry leader? Because these small potatoes leaders are truly the ones deceiving people by replacing the BIBLE with emotionalism. The little guys are the ones that go unopposed in their infectious worldview. As a Christian, we must expose all wolves in sheep’s clothing, not just the ones that have best selling books.
Let’s take a look at the paragraphs and put his well written and very emotional article into perspective. Pavlovitz makes four points.
Point #1 – “If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.”
His point is that if he has gay children he won’t try to cover it up. No major issue with this point except he states the following”
“most gay kids spend their entire existence being horribly, excruciatingly uncomfortable.”
Really? Is this true? In a society that not only embraces homosexuality but celebrates it, I find it hard to believe that MOST gay children feel uncomfortable. If they do, one might point to Paul in Romans Chapter 1 regarding the suppression of truth. They feel guilt because they are guilty; we all are! The Christian knows his or her guilt and looks to Christ for salvation from the guilt. The Christian doesn’t justify his guilt nor build his identity around it! There is, however a larger point here. Homosexuality is about sexual identity. Should a child have such an identity; either homo or hetero? Should children not be playing with friends at the park, riding their bikes and playing with American Girl dolls? If a young child has a sexual identity, one must look at the parents and ask why? What are you teaching your children if they have a sexual identity at such a young age?
Point #2 – If I have gay children, I’ll pray for them.
Certainly no one would disagree with that! We should be praying for our children no matter their sexual orientation, however my definition of prayer is vastly different than his.
“I won’t pray for them to be made “normal”. I’ve lived long enough to know that if my children are gay, that is their normal.”
That’s nice, this Christian ministry leader has placed his definition of “normal” above that of God’s definition. The bible defines homosexuality as abnormal and against nature (Romans 1). This “ministry leader” believes that God is wrong and he is correct so he won’t pray for God’s hand in his childrens lives but instead:
“I will pray for God to protect them; from the ignorance and hatred and violence that the world will throw at them,”
He will pray that those who believe in God’s word will be stopped from speaking the truth of God in the lives of his children. He will pray for his children to continue to live in rebellion against God and ask that God will protect them from the violence that is thrown at them. Excuse me Mr Pavolvitz, what violence are you referring to? Where is all this violence and hatred that you speak of? Over the last few years EVERY case of violence of intimidation against homosexuals has been shown to be false! I know I hear all the time about all the churches in the world getting all it’s ignorant members together to beat up gay people! You sir are the ignorant one! You are the one replacing God’s holy word and plan with your own feelings. That is I G N O R A N T and bigoted. I think honosexuality is a sin and you call me ignorant and hateful. How is calling those who stand on the shoulders of giants for 2000 years the ignorant ones? Are we to believe that 2000 years of theologians have gotten it wrong, but YOU became magically enlightened and have it right? Doesn’t that sound just a tad arrogant? Another win for liberal tolerance and liberal thinking.
Think about it, he presupposes that God is not powerful enough to redeem a gay child for His glory so why bother praying for it?
Point #3 – If I have gay children, I’ll love them.
Well, Mr Pavolvitz, I will love my children too, but the difference between my love and yours is that I will apply God’s definition of love, not my own emotional definition. God’s love is defined in the cross. God showed true love thought self sacrifice and this sacrifice requires us to be obedient to the Word of God! You defination of love is self gratification. As long as your kids are “happy” you have all you need to justify their sin.
You say you would:
“I won’t love them despite their sexuality, and I won’t love them because of it.”
I will love my children because they have intrinsic value to God and He is sovereign over them. I won’t accept their sin, but rather fall on my knees that God’s will be done in their lives. You want to replace the true and living God for the purposes of appearing tolerant to your liberal friends, I will be obedient to God’s word no matter the cost. This sacrifice is true love.
Point #4 – If I have gay children, most likely; I have gay children.
“If my kids are going to be gay, well they pretty much already are.
God has already created them and wired them, and placed the seed of who they are within them. Psalm 139 says that He, “stitched them together in their mother’s womb”. The incredibly intricate stuff that makes them uniquely them; once-in-History souls, has already been uploaded into their very cells.”
As I previously stated he presupposes that God is not powerful enough to redeem his children from homosexuality, but now he assumes that God created his Children gay. Don’t get me wrong, I believe God predestined such actions, but that does not mean that being gay should be celebrated. God created me with a desire to sleep with every female that walks the earth, but he put limitations on my use of sexuality to a marital relationship. I was “born to have sex” so am I to assume that if my wife looks down upon me for sleeping with my neighbor that she is intolerant?
His reference of Psalm 139 only works in this context if you assume that God creates people gay and there is no other factor in creating sexual identity! Furthermore, he assumes that anything as part of this creation is to be celebrated without boundaries. Where’s the evidence for that from within scripture or science? I, on the other hand, have the Bible to make my point:
“Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you WERE. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
We see from this passage that God doesn’t like sexual sin (among others) but He redeems it through the cross. Now why would God need to redeem something that He celebrates? Furthermore, contrary to Mr. Pavlovitz, God appears to believe that He has the power to change people from gay to straight! “Theses WERE some of you”. Lots of “weres” in that passage, not so many “ares”.
I think all of this can be put into one paragraph that is the caveat to his theology (or lack thereof):
“As you’ve been reading, you may have been rolling your eyes, or clicking the roof of your mouth, or drafting familiar Scriptures to send me, or praying for me to repent, or preparing to Unfriend me, or writing me off as a sinful, evil, Hell-bound heretic… but with as much gentleness and understanding as I can muster; I really couldn’t care less.”
This man is not seeking the truth of God. He believes he has it all together. He would rather commit societal child abuse by teaching his children that homoexuality is good, right, normal and godly than teaching them the true the living faith. He would rather contribute to the culture of death that is homosexuality than give his children the word the brings life. Though his article seems good, loving and tolerant, in reality it is an attack on the living God. He preaches worldly tolerance while calling 2000 years of believers ignorant, and hateful. We should see him through the lens of Christ and call him to repentance. How dare such a man call Jesus Christ, His apostles and his church hateful and ignorant? Do you not see the irony of such a statement? God got it wrong for 2000 years but now thanks to liberals, we are enlightened!
I will love, pray, and accept my children just as Pavolvitz will, but the love I show will be in Christ, not apart from it. Mr Pavlovitz, I will do something else as well. I will pray that the living God will protect your children from you. That He is more powerful than your rebellion and that in spite of you, your children will find the true and loving God what patiently knitted them together and predestined them to glory (I hope).