In the wake of today’s monumental and disheartening Supreme Court declaration that same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states I want to drop a few lines of hope, encouragement, and instruction.
1. God is still God.
2. Pray. Love. Repeat.
3. We cannot expect unbelievers to believe, embrace, and practice the Bible.
4. We cannot be afraid to call something sin that Jesus clearly states is sin in His Word.
5. Sin is sin and my sin is just as sinful as any other sin.
6. Jesus forgives sin, but He doesn’t excuse it. Remember, the last thing He said to the adulterous woman (after he defended her and forgave her) was “go and sin no more.”
7. Jesus befriended sinners. He didn’t push them away.
8. Let’s not forget that Romans 2:4 says that it’s the GOODNESS of God that leads people to repentance. [Tweet this!]
The Message translation lays it out like this: “God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.” -Romans 2:4 (MSG)
What does this mean? We don’t have to change to come to Christ, but after we encounter Him, He changes us.
9. Be careful what you post via social media. Be careful how you post via social media. Don’t react. Think and pray before you post. If you’re a jerk – no one is listening.
10. If I disagree with the SCOTUS does that mean I cannot remain friends with gay people? No.
Will I ever perform a gay wedding? No.
Will I continue loving gay people? Yes.
The following quote by Rick Warren has gotten a lot of internet miles over the years but it’s still true and still worth sharing:
“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.” -Rick Warren
So…what now? Pray. Love. Repeat.
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)
Grace & Truth,
Breach in america
Their is breach in america now
yea but its ok to drink coffee in the house of the lord as a stimulan….. a sin is a sin right
#how to interpret the the bible with “coffee” on sunday the Drug…………
You won’t have an answer to that will you?
“both are nonsense” Rick Warren …right chuck e tate?
#pick and choose your bible battles!
We love your sermons but this is a” sad day for RoCk ChUrch”
@polaris Thank you for taking the time to share your heart. Here are few things in response to your comments:
1. I’m not claiming to be without sin.
2. There is not one Scripture to support your claim that drinking coffee is a sin.
3. Scripture is crystal clear that homosexuality is sin (see Romans 1).
4. My intention is not to make you believe what I believe, but simply to communicate what the Bible says. You either believe the Bible or you don’t. This isn’t about Chuck Tate.
5. Apparently, you used to attend RockChurch, perhaps you still do, or based on your comment thread – maybe you won’t be back. If the latter is the case, it bums me out for more than one reason, but especially because 2 Timothy 2:4 (see below) is coming to pass in your own life.
“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.”
By the way, we have gay people who still attend RockChurch and they know we love them.
I have gay friends and they know I love them. They know my stance, I know theirs, and we agree to disagree.
We love you, too. 🙂
Chuck times have changed but the bible hasn’t, I have god in my life, really bums me out you wrote its a sad time for america 🙁
The apostle Paul wrote, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand” (Phil. 4:5), and that “…every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things” (I Cor. 9:25).
but it wakes me up……
We love you too Chuck, God bless you back!
Stay strong, Pastor Chuck. You speak of the truth, even though it may be unpopular amongst those who go along with the “fad”. Bless you and your church.