FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITS
volume 18, number 9, February 28, 2019
“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” -2 Corinthians 5:17
God’s Voice Versus Revoice
As many of you know I had the privilege the weekend of February 22,23 to speak at the God’s Voice Conference: A Biblical Response to the Queering of the Church. By the way, this term “Queering” is not a term anyone on the God’s Voice Committee enjoys hearing, seeing, or repeating. This word once meant, as you no doubt know, something strange, unusual, or bizarre. Not anymore. Today “queer” is how the LBGTQ+ community and powerful well-funded homosexual, bisexual, transgender organizations rebelliously communicate about themselves. The idea of “queering the church” comes from the heretical LGBTQ+ “Christian” movement. From their perverse perspective, the term “queer” or “queering” is the idea of adding something unique, perhaps positive or more diverse, to whatever is connected with the word. We chose to use this subtitle to speak to the alarming reality that there is a growing movement of religious activists who are seeking to “revoice” the Church and God’s word in order to embrace “queer” as something good or even holy. I urge you to go to <www.godsvoice.us> to watch the videos of each of the speakers as well as the testimonies of men and women who have come out of the homosexual lifestyle and are now fervently following Jesus Christ in gospel holiness. Not one of the speakers, some of whom were former homosexuals, nor those giving their testimonies, buy for one moment, the message of Revoice. We utterly repudiate it.
The God’s Voice Conference began on Friday night with Tom Littleton and Janet Mefferd speaking and Dennis Jernigan leading us in worship. The next day we went from 8:30 in the morning until 8 p.m. with a break for lunch and supper, and heard one message after another on the power of Jesus Christ to transform people, taking them from bondage to sin to freedom in Jesus Christ. At the conclusion of the meeting on Saturday evening, I was talking with a woman who told me that her thirty something son, who grew up in the church, is a homosexual. I asked her, “After all you have heard last night and today, are you coming away from these meetings discouraged or encouraged?” She said, “Oh, I am very encouraged. I now know there is hope for my son. Jesus can change him.”
This is the difference, in a nutshell, my friends, between God’s Voice and Revoice. If you have listened to any of the messages from the Revoice Conference last July at Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, or from the The Spiritual Friendship Pre-Conference, Learning to Desire Love which was held at South City Church PCA, St. Louis, then you know Revoice is all about “supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex attracted, and other gender and sexual minority Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.” Perhaps you also know that at the Revoice Conference last July one of the speakers suggested that the plight of same-sex attracted “Christians” may be such that they must lament, as Jeremiah the prophet had to lament. The message is clear. Revoice teaches that a homosexual or same-sex attracted male or female need not change their behavior or desires. In fact, we are told that they are born that way, and rarely change. This is due to the fall into sin, they say, and consequently these people are much like the man born blind in John 9 or the eunuch in Matthew 19. It simply is their lot in life, their cross to bear, at it were.
My friends, may I state what should be obvious to any Christian who has experienced the life-changing, transforming, regenerating power of the Holy Spirit? A Christian is a new creation in Christ. The old has passed away and the new has come (2 Cor.5:17). He is born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Pet.1:3). He has everything he needs pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet.1:3). He has been buried with Christ Jesus in baptism and has been raised up with Him, now walking in newness of life (Rom.6:4). The old man is dead (Rom. 6:6). He has been crucified with Christ. He no longer lives but Christ lives in him (Gal. 2:20). Because we have been raised up with Christ, we are to keep seeking the things above. We are to consider the members of our earthly bodies (our eyes, ears, mouth, hands, feet, and our sexual organs) as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry (Col. 3:1-5). Paul says that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. We should never deceive ourselves into thinking they will. That’s because fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, the effeminate (quite literally, the passive one receiving the homosexual act from a man), homosexuals (literally a man who lies in bed with another man), thieves, the covetous, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will never make it. They will go to hell when they die and one day be cast into the lake of fire. There are no Christian drunkards, no Christian thieves, no Christian homosexuals (1 Cor. 6:9,10). But Paul gives hope to us all, including the homosexual. He says, “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 Christ, and in the Spirit of our God,” (1 Cor.6:11).
My friends, here’s the difference between God’s Voice and Revoice. God’s Voice believes God can and does change people. They can be delivered from the sin of homosexuality, transgenderism, and same-sex attraction. The Bible proclaims it, and countless testimonies corroborate it. Revoice has no power. There is no victory in Revoice. They have lost confidence in the power of Christ’s redemptive work. They deny the authority and sufficiency of the Scriptures. This is all so so very sad. Not only are proponents of Revoice offering no hope of transformation, they are greasing the skids toward hell. This is abominable. This is lamentable.
“Many are the sorrows of the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice you righteous ones, and shout for joy all you who are upright in heart,” (Psalm 32:10,11). There is alway hope in Jesus. There is no hope at all in Revoice.
1. <www.revoice.us> If you scroll down several photos you will see one of the panel discussion from the Pre-Conference meeting at South City Church.
2. <www.revoice.us> Revoice 2019, June 5-8, St. Louis, Missouri