Jackie Hill Perry, fresh from saying that all white people are Racists, that White People Only Care about Black Folk in the Womb , continues to serve as one of the worst authorities on the theology of same-sex, giving in interview after interview the sort of advice that denies the power of the gospel while relegating sodomy as the one sin Christ cannot sanctify.
We’ve previously explained that the resident gaytheist is just one of a whole gaggle of lesbians trotted out by the Gospel Coalition and its shell company, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (they share board members, writers, and contributors, including Jackie Hill Perry). By and large she is accompanied by a whole host of other lesbian gals, all of whom give a semblance of mumbling, self-unassured and unenthusiastic affirmation of the sin of actual sodomy, but none of whom believe the desire is sinful and none of whom believe sanctification can change their sinful passions.
This is seen no more clearly than in an interview with Hold My Mule, where same-sex attraction is functionally removed from God’s reach and ability to affect, even as she claims that she felt God tell her that being straight is something that she should not even worry about.
I feel the need to make that make that a point (that her same-sex thoughts have not been removed) Because another problematic assumption that people bring into all their conversations with those who are same-sex attracted, is that to come to Jesus means that you will be straight, that you will not experience the temptations that come with being whoever it is, that you call yourself to be. But that implies that to be a Christian is to not have temptation, yet, we serve a God who is tempted in all respects, yet without sin. And so how are you telling me that to be like Christ means that I won’t struggle, that’s nowhere in the Bible.
No one is saying it won’t be a struggle, but Perry routinely conflates never struggling with never having those feelings and inclinations lessened. She almost always will address the former but never the latter. For her, it’s a given both that God will practically never turn the gay man or woman straight, but also that he will never progressively conform them to him in a way that the temptations are lessened, and the desire for the opposite sex is increased.
And so I say all that to say, when I first came, when I felt the Lord calling me to himself, I was just like, ‘all right, I don’t really want to be straight, though’. This is what I told God in my conversation with him in my room. And I felt like God was saying, like, ‘don’t even worry about all that, like, Come, I’m calling you to me, I want you to love me, I want you to serve me. And we’ll work all of that out’.
Yeah…God didn’t tell you that. Someone needs to ask where why in her worldview, sodomy is the one unsanctifiable sin.
And so, initially, it was very hard because I was in a relationship with my girlfriend at the time. And I loved her, and I enjoyed her. And there was a real intimacy and a real love that we have for one another, that I then had to let go, in an effort to honor God as best as I could.
That was not ‘real love’ in the same way that a pedophile does not have ‘real love’ for the child chained up in his basement. Homosexuals are not capable of experiencing ‘real love’ but rather only selfish, sinful, self-serving and perverse affections.
But that didn’t mean that the attractions went away, it just meant that I had to find somewhere to put them, you know? I had to really believe God when He said that he is a great high priest- that I could come to his throne of grace, for help in my time of need, and I’m just one of those kinds of people that I’ve come to recognize that my time of need is always. And so I’m always needing to go to his throne of grace. Um, so I think that’s one of the things that I’ve just come to see is that man, temptation, as it is expressed, and being same-sex attracted, may not ever change for me.
I am a woman who was married to a man functionally heterosexual, love him, I like him, I enjoy him yet at the same time, I’m still very much attracted to women. Yet, I love God more than what I am tempted by. And so because of that, I am willing to disregard and suppress which the Bible tells me to do not suppress the truth, but suppress my sinful nature.
If a thief is saved and the Holy Spirit sanctifies him, is it unreasonable to suppose that his covetousness and his desire to take what does not belong to him will lessen over time, to the point that he no longer is a thief? Or do we take Perry’s perspective that he will always desire to steal, and that despite having a new heart of flesh, the most he can hope for is the power to not engage in thievery, despite the continued, unabated, overwhelming need to?
If a wife beater is saved and the Holy Spirit sanctifies him, is it unreasonable to suppose that his wrath and desire to throw his wife’s head into the fridge will lessen to the point that he is no longer a spouse abuser? Or do we take Perry’s perspective that he will always have a short fuse and will always view his wife with rage and feel the desire to hurt her? That despite having a new heart of flesh, the most he can hope for is the power to resist the temptation to paint her black and blue, despite the continued, unyielding, unabated, overwhelming need to?
If a habitual adulterer is saved and the Holy Spirit sanctifies her, is unreasonable to suppose that her lust and unfaithfulness will lessen and cease altogether, to the point that she will become faithful and loyal? Or do we take Perry’s perspective that she will always have a desire for her neighbor’s husband and a disregard for her own? That the most she can hope for is the power to resist the temptation to act on her sinful desires, despite the continual, unyielding desire to cheat on her husband and shame him and bring sexual sin into the bedroom?
If a habitual liar is saved and the Holy Spirit sanctifies her, is it unreasonable to suppose that her propensity to deceive will lessen, to the point that she will be known for her honesty and integrity? Or do we take Perry’s perspective that she will always have the overwhelming need to lie to everyone around her? That despite having a new heart of flesh, the most she can hope for is the power to tell the truth more, despite the continued, unchanging, overwhelming need to spread untruths?
Christ sanctifies every area of those he justifies. Unnatural affections are not the one exception or the one thing in this life that is beyond the reach of the omniscient, omnipotent Lord of glory.
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