April 27, 2019
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (NIV)
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
Some readers will find this harsh. But Pete Buttigieg, the engaging and winsome mayor of South Bend, Indiana is self-deceived and a deceiver. I’m sure there is much good in him. Indeed, he is sharp and thoughtful. And he seems like a very agreeable fellow. So please note … I doubt if he is a deliberate deceiver. Rather, he is self-deceived and in the grasp of the evil one.
A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, a scholarly man and a former Naval intelligence Officer, Mr. Buttigieg’s credentials are impressive. And now he has joined the candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. And, in doing so, his “Christian witness” has earned him both praise and scrutiny. Why? Because he is a self-avowed, active, unrepentant gay man who is “married” to his “husband” Chasten for a couple of years. Well…one hardly knows where to begin.
A few preliminary thoughts. This article is not gay-bashing. It is not hateful. But, I will bet my whole bag of golf clubs someone will tell me it is evil and cruel, and the writer must be a narrow-minded, ignorant bigot who should be despised for his intolerance. I understand. These accusations are not new. Be assured that I have ministered to gays for years. Yet, the true church must be committed to Holiness.
Thus, if a person identifies as an active gay, they should be called out of such behavior and encouraged to live in righteous celibacy.
I understand that homosexual proclivities are extremely hard to remove, and their origins are debatable. But far from gay bashing, we have always been gay-loving. Why? Because that lifestyle is abominable to God and destructive to the mind and body and spirit of the person who lives in it. More theology in a moment. For now, back to Mayor Buttigieg.
He has stated several times that if anyone has problems with his homosexuality, that person has a complaint against God who “made him this way.” This is an argument from nature. The gay person might say “Well, I can’t help my desires. It’s how God made me. This is how I am wired!” But actually, God did not make him that way; sin did. When Adam fell into sin, he and all of us were corrupted. Put another way, before Adam sinned, he would never have even thought of looking at another man’s wife with lust or looking at … another man. Sin corrupted everything. That is why he was banished from God’s presence.
If the argument that something is “natural” to any of us and therefore acceptable … is scrutinized, it collapses immediately. I have known few if any married men who will not be drawn to thoughts of adultery occasionally. Would we say to them “Oh go ahead? Try to seduce your neighbor’s wife. It’s natural to you.” And to the pedophile …. would we give that man permission because he really wants sexual intimacy with children? After all, he can’t help his desires? Of course not. So, Mr. Buttigieg’s strategy to attribute his desires to God is nonsensical. He does not have perverted desires as a gift from God but rather as an outworking of his sin nature.
Beyond that, he shows a strange “Doctrine of Scripture.” Remember, that means how we look at the Bible. If we believe it is the Word of God, we cannot pick and choose what parts to honor. If Mr. Buttigieg believes in the Lord Jesus and that his death upon the Cross paid for his sins…great! But why is he free to dismiss all the other parts of Scripture that are not convenient to his lifestyle? Consider these teachings from the Word of God:
Leviticus 18:22 (NIV) “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.”
Romans 1:24-27 (NIV) 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
A Bible-believing pastor must confront the person living in homosexuality. For their sake because God calls it “abominable.” Thus, if Mr. Buttigieg were to seek membership or regular fellowship in the true church, he must be confronted. If he refuses to repent, he must be put out. Is that harsh? Yes. And Biblical. The church is called to HOLINESS not to accommodation. Remember what Paul said to the Church in Corinth:
1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (NIV) 9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people– 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”
Hence, there are two tragedies at work in this man’s life. First, he is kidding himself. Second, he is leading others into the very sin that God’s Word condemns. In that sense he is like Satan, masquerading as an angel of light. Once again, the unrighteous world around us will commend him and condemn those who fear God and believe His Word. Nothing has changed. As Isaiah said 2700 years ago:
Isaiah 5:20 (NIV) 20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
And as we’ve said several times recently: pray for our nation. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to bring the conviction of sin upon the nation. Not just homosexual sin but all forms of Godlessness from heterosexual promiscuity to the murder of the unborn and all injustice.
I am merely attempting to dismiss the meaningless defense of any sinful behavior because it is “natural.” So, let us pray for a tidal wave of righteousness so that God may be feared. And pray … for Mr. Buttigieg.
Blessings! Pastor Alberta