Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Vicky Beeching Comes Out

Another so-called professing "Christian" has just come out of the closet. Like those who have gone before her—Ray Boltz, Jennifer Knapp, Clay Aiken, and Tonex—Vicky Beeching has failed to grasp the Gospel and fails to understand Who God is and what He expects. She has neglected to actually get saved. She claims that "What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love." Uh... sorry, no, that is incorrect. That is what the modern liberal church teaches with its watered-down "gospel." That is not what Christ Jesus taught. The radical message that Jesus taught was a complete 180-degree turn; turning from your sins (repentance), turning toward God (believing), forsaking everything (your sins, your right to yourself) and following Him. Jesus began His ministry with the word Repent. Essentially, the word means “change.” Change your orientation, change the way you are approaching things. Repent, change. Contrary to the lies vocalized by the LGBT community, you can change your orientation. What is orientation? It is the relative physical position or direction of something. Ever hear the words, "I'm feeling disoriented"? Disorientation is the loss of one's sense of direction, position, or relationship with one's surroundings. Homosexuals are disoriented. They have a disorientation. Like all sinners without Christ, they are broken. Unfortunately, many celebrate their brokenness as wholeness. Ray Boltz, Jennifer Knapp, Vicky Beeching, and others like them have not forsaken their sins and repented thereof. Instead, they choose to embrace their sin and lie to themselves that Jesus loves them the way they are. How many times did Jesus tell people to "Go, and sin no more"? How many times does the Bible tell us we need to kill sin in our lives? Why did Paul say "such were some of you" if Jesus loved them the way they were?

The 35-year-old former-Charismatic-turned-Anglican describes experiencing same-sex attraction starting at age 13, and says, "I feel certain God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people." First of all, experiencing temptations toward sin does not determine who or what you are. For whatever reasons, people have experienced attraction to animals. A sudden experience, or even several experiences, does not mean you are inclined toward bestiality. They are temptations toward sin. Nothing more. You become guilty of bestiality when you give in to those temptations and commit the sin. The same is true of homosexuality. Second of all, emphasis should be placed on the words "I feel." It does not matter what God's Word says, it is how she "feels" that apparently makes the difference, and this is the same kind of statement made by Ray Boltz and Jennifer Knapp before her. However, what she "feels" is not a determiner of truth or reality. Like Jennifer Knapp before her, Vicky Beeching has stated that God (1) made her a lesbian and (2) led her to declare it unashamedly to all who would listen. Such a declaration is in contrast to the revealed will of God found in His holy Word.

Beeching says she began to "feel conflicted in evangelical settings, where church leaders would pray against the demon of homosexuality they believed to be within her." She "no longer attends charismatic evangelical services and now prefers the more traditional services of London's main cathedrals." Why? Because the Anglican church is largely liberal and has sadly embraced homosexuality, even going so far as to allow homosexual ministers. She left one church that stood against her sins (despite all its other short-comings) in favour of another that tolerates and excuses her sins. Like Ray Boltz and Jennifer Knapp before her, Beeching thinks and professes herself to be a Christian, but the Bible clearly indicates otherwise.

Beeching tries blaming the church, saying, "The Church's teaching was the reason that I lived in so much shame and isolation and pain for all those years." Sorry, but the church's teaching comes from the Bible, the Word of God, which comes directly from God Himself, seeing as how it was inspired by and through the Holy Spirit. She is really blaming God for the shame she felt (although she will not admit it because she has committed idolatry by creating a god who accepts her sin), but her shame should have informed her that what she was doing was a sin. That is why we have a conscience. That is why we feel guilt. Apparently God's Word, and what it teaches, has no place in her life because she either ignores or tries to explain away the many passages that condemn the practice of homosexuality as a grievous sin; a perversion of what is normal.

Beeching has previously vocalized her support for equal marriage and LGBT rights, and has said that speaking out about LGBT rights is costing her: "As a result of raising my voice to support equal marriage, I’ve received lots of messages from conservative American churches saying they will 'boycott my songs.' If they don’t get sung in the mega-churches of North America, my royalties basically stop." Good! Let them stop. Maybe then she will realize how sin is no small thing with God. Like Jennifer Knapp's albums before her, I will be deleting Vicky Beeching's albums from my collection of music. She is not an ex-Christian; she was never a Christian to begin with. That is what people need to understand. People need to read their Bibles more and pay closer attention to what it says. She is not a "carnal Christian" (of which there is no such thing), she has not "back-slidden" (because she never slid forward to begin with), she was never a Christian to begin with. She neglected to get saved, the product of the modern church's watered-down gospel: easy-believism. Go read my blog entry on Genuine vs False.

The human race is clearly designed as male and female, with sexually complementary equipment. We are obviously intended to grow through childhood and enter puberty attracted to the opposite sex—because that is the only thing that makes sense of the biological design inherent in humankind. For many—or even most—homosexuals, in order to be Christians they will have to accept that their "orientation" is a manifestation of brokenness—not wholeness. Like the rest of us who are broken in some other way, they will have to reject that lameness and give it to God. They will hobble through life learning to love Him more and more—and yes, learning to obey Him. This is the character the Bible teaches us in regard to true Christians. Accept what God says to be true: Homosexuality is a sin. Though they may be tempted often, even strongly, they will fight against these temptations and submit themselves to God. "For if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God" (Romans 8:13-14). The Spirit does not lead us to embrace sin and make excuses for it.