The church is (rightly) concerned about homosexuality, it is a perversion against the original design for humanity, it degrades and destroys society, and it means that there is no fruit of the womb.
However, the church should be, in this hour, more concerned about homo-sectuality. If a homo-sexual can only have sex with his same gender, a homo-sectual can only have fellowship and only learn from people within his small sect.
Some Christians are homo-sectuals. They really are – they cannot fellowship, learn from or receive from anyone outside of their sect. And like all homo-sectuals, they have no fruitfulness from their life because offspring only comes from differences.
Recently, one individual failed to go and hear a guest preacher at the Tree because they never went to or taught at Bible College X. They stupidly missed out on a real message of grace and love because they are homo-sectuals. It’s caused by pride and a tribal mentality – if it doesn’t come from my group, it can’t be good. That’s arrogance mixed with stupidity, with a dash of prejudice!
Another individual said to me recently “Did you study at Bible College X? You must have because you preached such an amazing message, and only people from Bible College X can preach that good?”
I said “No, I’ve never studied there in my life”
He said back, confused, “well I guess the message cannot have been that amazing then”. His devotion to his sect actually meant he re-defined reality to fit around protecting and elevating the sect. How can you have a fruitful life if that is the case? You can’t.
The truth is that the church is so much more varied and beautiful than we can imagine. And the people who offer the most to the Tree Network will learn from and absorb from a number of different streams. Sometimes you go and hear certain preachers and you will be criticised because they don’t do this and that – they don’t fit in our sect. Well, perhaps they were never meant to.
I was criticized recently for listening to a number of Billy Graham meetings. The person criticizing was a charismatic (like me) and said “well, you’ll never get baptized in the Holy Spirit listening to Billy Graham”. Well – I wasn’t listening to him to get baptized in the Holy Spirit, I was listening to get the wisdom he had gleaned over the years of running a huge, evangelistic ministry with integrity and longevity. Sadly, some people baptized in the Holy Spirit haven’t managed those last two points too well!
Learn to learn from those who don’t look like you. Remember we are part of the body of Christ. When your foot gets a splinter, you can’t take it out with another foot. You simply can’t. You need a hand. Yet when most Christians get into trouble, they end up going to people just like them. Selah!
Homo-sectuality. It divides people, it stops people encountering preachers and ministries and churches that would really bless them.
Homo-sectuality. It engenders pride, it engenders smallness of thinking. It refuses the humilty to say that I can learn from those who are different from me.
Homo-sectuality. It means you will spend your life barren – remember fruitfulness only comes when two different things interact!
Homo-sectuality. It causes you to redefine your world to fit your sect. It will mean your life paradigm will always be deficient.
Homo-sectuality. It’s so gay!