An interesting article crossed my Facebook feed the other day and raised an interesting question: if all sins are equal, in regards to Christ’s atonement, then why are some treated as worse than others, specifically homosexuality? The article came from Dr. Robert Gagnon of Pittsburg Theological Seminary. Dr. Gagnon is probably one of the greatest apologists when it comes to defending traditional marriage (uh, such a terribly redundant phraseology) from the Scripture. Here is a great presentation about the issue and here is a discussion between Gagnon, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church, and Dr. John Corvino, and if one listens carefully, you will hear the “me-me-me” dronings of both Bishop Robinson and Dr. Corvino as they plead a case built on emotionalism.
“You shall not wear cloth of wool and linen mixed together.”
[…]Christ’s universal coverage of sin through his death on the cross does not mean that all sins are equal in all respects but only that all sins are equal in one respect: They are all covered. If they were not, no one would enter the kingdom, for God is so holy that any sin would disqualify a person from entry if moral merit were the basis for acceptance.
That is an incredibly important distinction to make, that the fact that Christ’s atonement for all sins doesn’t mean that all sins are equal. Paul highlights this, in Romans 1, fact by pointing out the fact that homosexuality is the highest form of rebellion against God because those who are engaging in it are rejecting 1) the fact that God has made his image bearers as male and female, and 2) that when those two image bearers are brought together the full image of man is revealed by the joining of the sexual spectrum.
The problem is that many people have made such a large issue of the severity of the violation that is incurred by those engaged in a homosexual lifestyle, that they can overlook their own sin.
Dr. Gagnon’s article is a great read and should really be taken up and really considered by all thoughtful believers as we stare down the barrel of the radical homosexual advance.