Everyone has an opinion on the Phil Robertson/A&E scandal. Robertson spoke out in a GQ article coming out in January of 2014 on homosexuality, saying this as the bulk of what he was reprimanded for: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” It’s crazy how we’ve come to the point in our culture: someone famous can come out as gay and they’re labeled a hero, yet someone with different beliefs as a Christian comes out and shares, and they’re looked down upon? That’s a different topic however. Let’s look at the Bible to see where the truth lies.
Was Phil wrong in his comments? Is there such a thing as a “homosexual Christian”? And if there isn’t, then are we as Christians to judge homosexuals? Let’s get right into it.
Phil wasn’t wrong in his comments. First off, he spoke what he believed. If anything in this messed up culture of ours, we’ve been taught to challenge authority, educate ourselves, and seek things out on own. No matter what Phil says, unless he says something that demeans the government, the US, etc., isn’t he protected under the First Amendment, promoting Freedom of Speech? He is allowed, Constitutionally, to say what he wants. So on a strictly First Amendment scale, he is not out of line. Let’s look at what he says from a biblical standpoint. Phil paraphrases Revelation 21:8 in his comments, in which the John states, “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” So we know Phil was speaking the truth because he was paraphrasing the Bible. He spoke the Word of God in a civil and respectful manner. I don’t see where he messed up.
Is there such a thing as a “homosexual Christian”? No, in my opinion, based off Revelation 21:8 alone. If you want a more in-depth look, let’s look at 1 Corinthians 6:11 (the two verses before this echo what Revelation 21:8 says). Verse 11: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” So John is saying some of you were stuck in your sin; you were one of these people named as a “unrighteous”, but you were cleansed of your sin, only by the power of Jesus Christ. It’s hard for me to differentiate between at what point a sin separates you from God, and it’s something I will probably never fully understand. All we have is Scripture, people. The Word is real and it’s true.
Now that, if the Bible is right, we have determined there is no such thing as a “homosexual Christian,” at what point can we judge others? The word “judge” has a negative connotation, but it really shouldn’t. The purpose of judging is good, not bad. Matthew 7:1-5 is the scripture of judging that can be used in all situations. There’s a wrong perception of judging. Have you ever heard the phrase “Only God can judge me?” This is false, very false. The perception is if you judge, you are looking down on someone and that’s where it ends. But that’s not the point of judging! The point is, from a believer to a believer, to judge so you can help the person; judge in order to strengthen them in their relationship with Christ. But enough of my thoughts, let’s look at the word. Starting with verse 1 ending with verse 5: “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Most people end here, but verses 3-5 are just as important. “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Do you see where people are missing the point? You can’t judge if you have indwelling sin in your own life, but if you don’t have a plank in your own eye, that is, if you don’t have anything in your life to be judged upon, you are more than able to judge your brother or sister, in the hopes of strengthening them (Proverbs 27:17-“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”).
And finally, let’s flip back a chapter at 1 Corinthians 5:9-13. Literally, the title of the passage is entitled “Immorality Must Be Judged,” so I think we’re looking in the right places. Starting with verse 9: “I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Verse 11: “…I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner-not even to eat with such a person.” Paul tells us to not even eat with the sexually immoral. Again, whether or not you agree with my blog which is simply biblical scripture, is between you and God. We need to judge in order to keep each other accountable of sin.