Tolerating The Intolerable

Roelf L. Ruffner

“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15).

I was saddened—but not surprised—when I read on the internet an article with the following title: “Lipscomb Students Celebrate National Coming Out Day” (Oct. 11, 2018). “Coming Out” or “coming out of the closet” refers to homosexuals telling the world that they are in open rebellion against God. These sexual perverts painted their faces and Lipscomb University’s (LU) Bison mascot statue in the colors of the rainbow (Colors high jacked from God’s word! – Genesis 9) and handed out doughnuts to other students on campus. Were they stopped by campus security and escorted off campus? No!

Imagine that! The leaders of a “Christian” university who claim to be affiliated with the churches of Christ allow activities which stink in the nostrils of the Holy One. They claim to be followers of Jesus Christ and the Bible but they tolerate depravity. Yet Paul, by the Holy Spirit, explicitly warned against this spiritual pacifism. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret” (Eph. 5:11,12).

Homosexual behavior is a sin against God and one’s own body which God created. “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves” (Rom. 1:24).

I was equally saddened when I read that some LU students did not agree with this immoral spectacle but remained silent. The implication was that they were afraid of speaking out. Maybe they were afraid that they would be labeled a “hater” or a “homophobe.” Perhaps they feared what the LU administration would do to them if they spoke out. Where are the Josephs, the Davids, the Josiahs, the Daniels, the John the Baptizers and the Timothys of Generation Z? Why did they not “come out” for righteousness? Why didn’t someone with the word of God in their hearts and hands rebuke these sodomites and try to save their souls from hell? “And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 22,23).

I do not blame these young people completely. I do blame religious liberals in the church who have swallowed the moral rot of relativism, subjectivism and political correctness while claiming they follow the Lord. “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). Are the apostates at LU teaching these young souls to tolerate the intolerable? Notice this quote from the article: “Dr. Paul Prill, director of the Honors College, is an unofficial advocate for these students. Prill was outside with the students throughout the afternoon, sporting a rainbow bowtie. President Randy Lowry attended a dinner for the students on Wednesday night in order to have conversation about their experiences on campus.”

Rather than tolerating their sin why not teach them to obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ which can free one and cleanse them from any sin? Yet some at LU prefer to go along with our sick popular culture which encourages such spiritual slavery rather than liberation (cf. Rom.1:32). “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:9-11 – NKJ). as of November 7, 2018.

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