What’s heartbreaking about this article is that it will undoubtedly be used as fuel against those persons within the LGBT community who wish to and or have already entered into a faithfully committed union with their same sex.
Those who have a clear conscience in their relational pursuits.
These persons no longer hold to the belief that they have to divorce their sexuality from their humanity. These persons no longer believe that God has asked them to do this, but instead have gravitated to an embrace of God that says their passions must be disciplined, honed, and filtered just as their heterosexual brothers and sisters – through a covenanted commitment.
These persons who have chosen to marry, rather than burn.
Those passions that war against the soul that Piper mentioned in the article as quoted by the Apostle Peter can also be passions that Paul instructs believers (in 1 Corinthians 7) that they must subdue in marriage rather that allow to inflame and consume.
Piper holds up a standard of blanket condemnation of persons who act on their same-sex attractions without accounting for the fact that there are ‘Christians’ who do practice ‘sodomy’ within their unions.
I emphasize Christian because this is who they are.
Those who have given their lives to a devotion and worship of the Son of God. Who strive daily to die to themselves and to appropriate what it means to follow Him.
This may seem strange to some but I submit to you that it is no less strange than the site of the Holy Spirit falling on ‘unclean’ Gentiles must have been to those members of the early Church. (Acts 10:44-45)
These Christians – these members of Christ Body just as Piper have poured over the very same Holy Script and come to different conclusions .
Rather or not one agrees with these completely different conclusions arrived at by other members of Christ body- it would be a huge disservice to many thousands of Christians on the other side of this issue to use language and imagery of eternal conscious death on an issue that is not as black and white and clear cut as Piper makes it seem.
Speaking the truth in love must first come from taking an honest look into the lives of married gay couples who bear fruit, fruit from the Holy Spirit that subsumes the lives of these individuals. Fruit that there is no law against it. (Galatians 5:22-23)
We must do better and must embrace dialogue over condemnation. We would do well to heed the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:5 when wrestling with this issue:
“Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.”