When two female pastors get married with the approval of a whole congregation of supposed believers, you know the church is headed down a very bad path. This is not consistent with Biblical theology! And sadly, while many celebrated this unholy union, one man stood ignored in the background, firmly rebuking them for their sin.
The wedding of Pastor Twanna Gause and Pastor Vanessa Brown was recently featured in the New York Times, described with dramatic, glowing language the beauty of the ceremony and the three-decade-long story of their romance by the famously leftist publication.
“I immediately felt this kind of strange, warm feeling wash over me, and though I had not yet spoken a word to her, I could see myself loving this woman forever. My head was just spinning,” Gause said of the first time she saw her future “wife” when they were teenage choir girls in New Jersey.
Here’s your first problem right away–this woman is listening to her feelings of lust, rather than receiving conviction by the Holy Spirit. We all struggle with lust and temptation, it’s what we do with it that counts.
Gause, of course, gave in to her lust. Although it was decades after their first meeting that they became romantically involved, the only reason they ever give for holding back was for fear of judgment from Gause’s father, not from God. When they first told him of their romance, he responded with a sound rebuke:
“He slammed the Bible down on a table and said to us, ‘Did you all read this book?’” Gause recalled. “He was furious.” Mr. Gause had apparently also wanted to confront a pastor on this matter who presumably approved of the sinful relationship.
Mr. Gause was not in attendance at their wedding.
“My father would not come here because he does not believe in same-sex marriage,” Ms. Gause says. “He told me the devil tricked me into this, and that if we had been married in biblical times, we would have been stoned to death.”
Mr. Gause is not wrong. Before Christ, according to Leviticus 20:13, homosexuality was punishable by death. While we have redemption for all sin, including the sin of homosexuality in Christ, the New Testament is still quite clear that homosexuality is an abonination. After all, repentance requires turning away from past sin, not embracing it.
But these women, Pastors themselves, listened to their own feelings and the confirmation of the world, rather than allowing themselves to be guided by the Word or heed the warnings of Gause’s more theologically sound father.
“Twanna very well knows I’m not for that kind of lifestyle,” he told the New York Times by phone a few days before the wedding.
“I believe that God wanted us to procreate through a natural process, and by no means am I happy about this because it is unnatural,” he explained.
“We all have a conscience. It is through that conscience that we hear from our creator as to what is right and what is wrong, and if God did not want us to procreate, then why didn’t he just create billions of people with no gender at all? He must have had a reason for doing what he did.”
The Pastor that chose to marry these women, on the other hand, seems to have as little regard for the authority of Scripture as they do, saying of Mr. Gause’s absence at the ceremony that “God has a way of honoring us when others won’t.”
This is actually true, although it is true about Mr. Gause, and not his daughter and her lover. God honors our commitment to the Bible, no matter what the world may say about us.
These women are being told by culture, society, and Biblically-unsound pastors everywhere to follow their feelings and embrace sin, as the New York Times depicts Mr. Gause as judgmental and unloving. It is Mr. Gause who is remaining true to his faith, however, and to true love–the true love that died for us on the Cross, to save us from our sins, not so we can practice them freely, but so we can overcome them.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men” nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (NIV)
Homosexuality is not consistent with following Christ, in fact, those who remain in the sin of homosexuality will not inherit the Kingdom of God, and are likened to those who commit other sins like adultery, theft, greed, etc.
However, Christ offers us freedom from all these sins. “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor 6:11 NIV)
It is not unloving or judgmental to warn these women of their sin, it is, in fact, the most loving thing this father can do, and it is clear what he feels for his daughter is far from hateful:
“I will talk to her at some point, I suppose, if she calls me, but I will not initiate the call,” he says. “I do have some words for her that she needs to hear. I’m not going to condemn her or judge her because I don’t have that authority, but judgment has already been established by God.”
Warning others of sin is the most loving thing we can do in this world!