• Homosexuality: You have died.

    February 28, 2012

    So what do we do with the Law? I think Paul would say, “Die to it!” And if you are a Christian, that is, if you are “in Christ” he would say you already have! You are dead to the Law, and it is dead to you. Period.

    ROMANS 7

    1 Do you not know, brothers and sister “for I am speaking to those who know the law” that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3 So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

    4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

    This is the message throughout Romans and throughout the New Testament. You are dead to the Law. You are no longer “married” to it. When Jesus died, you died, if in fact you are in him. And if you are, then you are no longer bound by that old Law to which you died. There is a new way of living.

    ROMANS 4

    21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

    We are justified, made right with God, by grace and apart from the works of the law. Period. You cannot mix the two, grace and law. You cannot say, well, yes, we need Christ for salvation, but also our own good works. For, not only are you dead to the law, but …

    GALATIANS 3

    10 … All who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.

    The Law does not contain (nor has it ever contained) a pick and choose option. If you choose to remain married to the old Law instead of to Christ if you choose to trust your ability to obey the Law versus his, your righteousness instead of his which comes to you by faith then you are obligated to keep all of the Law, and to keep it continually and perfectly. And that means you are doomed. Destined to fail. Under a curse.

    Paul and James sound very different in their letters, but on this point they are singing the same tune.

    JAMES 2

    10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

    When someone points to a verse in Leviticus as reason why homosexuality is an abomination, I like to take them on a trip through the letters of Paul and James. Things don’t end well for the person who insists on keeping the Law. A curse is a heavy thing to bear. You must keep the entire Law to succeed at keeping any of it. So Paul says, forget it! Let go of it! You are dead to it anyway and have taken on another “spouse,” Jesus. And if you insist on mixing obedience to the Law with faith in Christ, you make Christ of no value to you because he died to free you from that very Law.

    GALATIANS 5

    1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

    2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised [according to the Law], Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

    So forget the Law. Let it go. “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”

    It seems that we have a choice. Either the Law shall be of no value to us, or Christ shall be of no value to us. Take your pick.

    But what is sin, then, if not a violation of the Law? Does being free from the Law mean we can just cut loose? What is sexual sin? What do I do if I’m honestly just not sure what God thinks about homosexuality? Y’all come back now, yuh hear?

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