PMW 2018-018 by Robert A. J. Gagnon
Gentry note: The postmillennial hope looks primarily to the worldwide dominion of spirituality and morality. Though these will give rise to political stability, judicial justice, and economic prosperity, spiritual and moral issues must always remain at the foundation to our hope. This article by Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon speaks to an important issue regarding homosexual practice, which must be distinguished from the more modern idea of homosexuality (i.e., a homosexual “condition.”). Dr. Gagnon is a leading conservative, evangelical voice against homosexual practice as normative.
Is Homosexual Practice No Worse Than Any Other Sin?
In my work on the Bible and homosexual practice I often encounter the argument that (1) no sin is any worse than any other sin; therefore (2) homosexual practice is no worse than any other sin. Usually the comparison is then made with sins for which accommodations are often made by Christians (like gluttony or remarriage after divorce), rather than with sins for which no accommodation is made (like incest or murder), as a way of either shutting up Christian opposition to homosexual practice altogether or contending that self-affirming participants in homosexual practice will still “go to heaven.” Even many evangelicals who neither support homosexual practice nor extend a pass from God’s judgment to those who persist unrepentantly in it subscribe to these two views. Continue reading