John Piper’s Desiring God ministry put the story of a young Christian who struggles with lesbianism in a place where it does not belong. The Front Page (here).
Delight in Truth’s disappointment is not with the story of conversion, and her declarations about God and His redemption.
Also, there is no disappointment in the correct theology described in this well written article.
I am also not disappointed with the attempt at evangelizing those who are in open rebellion toward God, and who practice lesbianism.
I am disappointed with the fact that Desiring God is promoting a person who apparently came to Christ, but who has not yet mortified her desires for the same-sex as prescribed by Romans 8:13.
“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”
She provides Scripture supporting the idea that homosexuality is wrong, sinful and abominable, but admits a struggle with it. This young woman has not yet been completely set free, while the possibility of being set free exists! Quote:
“There was a time in my walk with Christ where I experienced a lot of temptation about falling back into lesbianism. These temptations caused me to doubt God’s word. My temptations and desires began to become more real to me than the truth of the Bible. As I was praying and meditating on these things, God put this impression on my heart: “Jackie, you have to believe that my word is true even if it contradicts how you feel.” Wow! This is right. Either I trust in his word or I trust my own feelings. Either I look to him for the pleasure my soul craves or I search for it in lesser things. Either I walk in obedience to what he says or I reject his truth as if it were a lie.
The struggle with homosexuality is a battle of faith.”
She continues to struggle with these “lesser things” and feelings while she understands that they contradict God’s word.
Mortification of the flesh is not easy. Anyone who struggles with this level of flesh desire should not be promoted as an example in what is otherwise an exemplary ministry by John Piper.
When a compulsive liar who lies and exaggerates everyday, one who cheats every year on his income taxes, one who lives a continuous lie experiences the new birth, he will put to death the old tendencies of his nature and not want to commit them again.
When a heavy smoker quits smoking after Christ becomes the center of his life, he no longer desires the old cravings. Same with drug and alcohol addicts.
The solution for mortification of homosexual desire is found in the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. There are many examples of those who have achieved this, not on their own, but through God’s supernatural work in their lives.
These are the ones who should be promoted as examples of the complete work of regeneration by the Holy Spirit.