Can a Gay “Christian” Rock Star Follow Jesus?

by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

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Because God is love (1 John 4:8), He has allowed humans to choose their own eternal destiny. Jesus Christ made this fact plain when He said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14). Joshua made a similar statement when He declared to ancient Israel, “…choose you this day whom ye will serve;…” (Joshua 24:15). Throughout the course of human history, there have always been those who claim to be choosing God’s way, but in reality choose the exact opposite. Of course, this has never fooled God, and it should not fool His followers. The Israelites could not bow down to graven images and honestly claim that they were “choosing” Jehovah as their God. Jesus’ listeners could not continue their lives of selfishness and disobedience to God and successfully maintain that they were choosing the narrow road.
This idea of choosing sin but calling it God’s way is not new, but it is being seen in our culture in more obvious and perverse ways than ever before. Take the case of Trey Pearson, the lead singer of the contemporary Christian rock band Everyday Sunday. He recently explained to his fans that he has been gay for 20 years. He married and had children, but will no longer live a heterosexual lifestyle. He hopes that his fans will continue to follow him and buy his music. He claims that his homosexuality is perfectly in-line with Jesus and His teachings. He stated, “There is absolutely no conflict with accepting who I am and following Jesus. God wants me to be healthy, authentic, whole, integrated, and my truest self” (Weber, 2016). 1
Trey Pearson is correct about one thing. God does want him to be healthy, authentic, whole, and his truest self. He is sadly mistaken in making the sinful, perverse claim that leaving his wife to fulfill his homosexual lusts is somehow the fulfillment of God’s plan for his life. Jesus and the New Testament writers absolutely did, in no uncertain terms, confine God-approved sex to a monogamous marriage between one man and one woman. 2 By defining marriage as between one male and one female, Jesus condemned all other arrangements, including but not limited to, one man and two women, one woman and two men, three men and one woman, three men and three women, one man and another man, one woman and one animal, etc. You can see the overwhelming logic of such. When He defined marriage between one man and one woman, He clearly showed that such an arrangement is the only one authorized by God.
Now to the main point. Homosexuality is a sin that people can choose if they so desire. They can even claim that their behavior is completely in-line with Jesus and His teachings. But the fact that they claim this to be the case, does not make it so. In truth, Trey Pearson and all others who claim to be following Jesus, but continue to practice their sinful, unnatural, perverse sexuality outside of a God-approved marriage are just like those to whom Jesus’ said, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” (Matthew 15:8). Again, Jesus cut to the heart of such illogical thinking when He said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21).

The only possible way for any of us to be true to ourselves and spiritually healthy is to repent of our sins, fall at the feet of our Lord, and obey His commands from the heart. Would to God that our culture would wake up to the reality and truth of the inspired apostle Paul’s statement, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). No adulterer, homosexual, liar, or the like is beyond the power of Jesus’ blood to forgive if that person will repent and turn from his or her sin. If our culture continues to cling to such sinful lifestyles as homosexuality, claiming that Jesus approves, then Jesus’ bold words will echo from the pages of the New Testament as a haunting reminder of God’s love and justice, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3). People can choose to practice homosexuality, but they cannot be following Jesus if they do.

ENDNOTES
1 Weber, Peter (2016), “Christian Rock Star Comes Out, Sees ‘Absolutely No Conflict’ in being gay ‘And Following Jesus,’” http://www.theweek.com/speedreads/627453/christian-rock-star-comes-sees-absolutely-no-conflict-being-gay-following-jesus.
2 Butt, Kyle (2012), “Jesus Didn’t Condemn Homosexuality,” Apologetics Press, http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=7&article=1627&topic=36.

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6 thoughts on “Can a Gay “Christian” Rock Star Follow Jesus?

  1. You got that perfectly friend. Though I accept them on the Church but I pray for them, for that is like a disease, you know I myself was into BDSM fantasies for years they were my pride. But later when Jesus came in my life, like really most of it is washed away by the blood of Jesus. I know I’m not perfect. But I know my God is my weakness is BDSM being dominant, but God has taught me to be submissive to his holy will to be humble completly opposite to my past nature. He realtered me. So If anyone of truely wants to change let them repent. For God is ever Loving merciful and Living one. He hears our prayers. Its like St Paul writes on his letter to Galatians The desires of the flesh are contrary to the desires of thr spirit. And you can choose one not two. Flesh will make you worldly incomplete and a slave to these perversions. But if you want to be complete if you want to control your perversion and not let it control you be in Spirit. Be in Jesus. And He helps like amazing. It might seem impossible to us, because we are just humans but Nothing is impossible for him who strengths us. I mean if a blind can see, a cripple can walk a dead can come into life, then why not us, who are dead in sometimes be alI’ve in Jesus forever? Hallelujah God Bless Amen.

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      1. Amen. Yes very true, but first we must love them and accept them lile Jesus would have done. So that they can see that Christ loves them AMD that when the world did not accept them, Christ did and died for them too. They will surely repent and surrender themselves on the feet of Jesus. And by His Grace and Grace alone they will be free from their sin, their weakness. And they will be Borm Again in freedom, in Jesus Christ Born Again to be perfect Like Jesus and Like our Father is. Amen Hallelujah God Bless you friend.

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  2. Answer: No. If he/she feels they are attracted to their own sex, and still desires to follow Jesus…then therein lies the conflict. I’d say they are either reprobates or for the sake of appearances, call themselves Christian, when in fact they are not- living a lie. Jesus, nor our Father condones that lifestyle nor those types of awkward abominable desires and has no part of that! There are no queers Christian, rock star or otherwise. Yes, only God knows the heart, but we also know who these reprobates are. They are cursed! Romans chapter 1 should give clarification.

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