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Coming Out of the Closet

By Justin Johnson

Coming out of the closet is not about homosexuality. It is about public acceptance of sins once done in secret.

The Bible tells me that it is a shame even to talk about these things.

“For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” – Eph 5:18

Yet, we are far past shamefacedness in our society.

Homosexuality is a type of fornication. Before homosexuality came out of the closet, fornication broke down the door and ran out of the house.

While Christians desperately try to put homosexuality back into the closet, they forget that the cat of fornication is already out of the bag.

The TV Show Mad Men, set in the 1960s, testifies of the normality of adultery and fornication years before homosexuality was acceptable. Homosexuality is the tail of the sexual revolution, not the head.

Talking about the dirty things in our closets, it was within churches that fornication was invited out of the closet to sit in our pews.

Doctrinal Fornication

Sin always becomes acceptable when doctrine is first corrupted.

The Corinthians were a doctrinal mess. They could not judge right or wrong doctrine if it poked them in the eye: they were carnal (1 Cor 3:1). Their wrong doctrine resulted in fornication and other sins.

“It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you…” – 1 Cor 5:1

When God’s words are distorted behaviors become distorted. This is fornication.

“ Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” – 1 Cor 15:33

For over a hundred years in our country, God’s word has been questioned and replaced with doctrine more friendly to the open sinner.

The Bible is said to be an old book that cannot speak to our modern problems. It became a sin to talk about sin. To be a fundamentalist Bible believer is now an insult.

The truth of God was changed into a lie, just as its always been done (Rom 1:25).

God’s word was said to be his love letter to us. Then, why would it condemn me?

As churches tried to meet the world on their terms saying “come as you are”, singing “just as I am”, they forgot to wipe their shoes at the door, and the floor got dirty with people “born that way”.

A Wrong Gospel, a Wrong Result

Churches expounded the false gospel that God loves us just as we are, and that he has a perfect plan for our perfect and wonderful selves. If we are perfectly and wonderfully made, then why are my feelings sinful?

If mommy and daddy don’t love each other, divorce becomes acceptable. If it is true love, marriage doesn’t matter. If two people are in love, why can’t they get married?

Wrong doctrine breeds wrong behavior.

Instead of changing people’s minds towards the gospel, God was changed into the non-judgmental silent psychologist trying to help us find our true selves.

Some people stopped going to therapy, and marched out of the closet when they found out the truth of this false god: If God loves us so much why does he try to change our lives?

Paul’s instruction fell on deaf religious ears, and became politically and religiously incorrect.

“Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” – Eph 5:7

Now in churches cultural lies have become accepted that the Bible does not speak of sex before marriage (fornication) or homosexuality (fornication). Fornication is now publicly accepted in churches.

Any law today against adultery or fornication is considered anachronistic. This was the case in Colorado which had a law on the books banning adultery until this last month. Nobody cared; the law was seen as outdated to everyone.

The Power of the Gospel

Fornication came out of the closet because it was so dark in the room. The answer to sin out of the closet is to turn on the light of right doctrine (Eph 5:13). Sin hates the light.

The light of the glorious gospel of God’s grace has the power to save (2 Cor 4:4-6). The light of sound doctrine is not the law.

Instead of focusing the flashlight of the law on sin, we need to preach the floodlight of the cross: Christ death for sins.

The preaching of the cross will not only expose the dirty things in the closet, but also the dirty things under your bed, and under your rug. It condemns us all, then it gives the power to save us all!

We live in a present evil world that publicly boasts in sins every day. It is shameful, it is wrong, it should not be a surprise to informed ambassadors.

Everyone has sins in their closet that have not come out. It’s better that they don’t. It’s a shame to speak about such things. We will all be judged.

“Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” – 1 Tim 5:24

Instead of ignoring sin we need to deal with it by the preaching of the cross.
Instead of fighting to outlaw sin we need to kill it by the preaching of the cross.
Instead of calling for God to bring judgment against those who sin, we need to be proclaiming the power of God’s grace to the ungodly.

The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16). Sound doctrine about God and the Bible can change minds, souls, and can change behavior.

We have the command of God to preach the ministry of reconciliation to a world that has rejected him (2 Cor 5:18-19). There is more power in the gospel of Christ than in any law or Supreme Court ruling.

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Published: April 6, 2013
Last Modified: November 18, 2014
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