The Bible is the most unique book in all of human history. The four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John give the account of the life of Jesus Christ. While not addressing every aspect and detail of what He said and did, four different authors give four distinct perspectives sharing a seamless story without a single contradiction.
H.L. Hastings said, “Infidels for eighteen hundred years have been refuting and overthrowing this book, and yet it stands today as solid as a rock. Its circulation increases, and it is more loved and cherished and read today than ever before."
Someone else put it this way, “This book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy. Its precepts are binding. Its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s character. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, ruffle the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory and a river of pleasure. It’s given you in life, will be open at judgment, and remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor, and condemns all who trifle with its holy contents.”1
So it’s beyond ironic and borderline insane when someone (anyone) attempts to tamper with the Word of God by claiming it doesn’t really say what it means or mean what it says. However, that’s exactly what happened recently when Elton John weighed in with his opinion on what JESUS would say today about the issue of same-sex marriage. CNN reported: “In the same-sex marriage debate, Elton John believes he knows where Jesus would've stood. ‘The new Pope has excited me so much by his humanity,’ John said. ‘He's stripped it down to the bare bones and said it's all basically about love and taking everybody in, inclusiveness. And that has to be encouraged by the Church of England.’ So when it comes to issues such as vows of celibacy for Catholic priests and gay clergymen being able to marry, John said the church needs to catch up with the times.
‘These are old and stupid things, and the church hierarchy might be up in arms about it -- the traditionalists -- but times have changed,’ John said. ‘We live in a different time. If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen. He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together, and that is what the church should be about.’"2
So, according to Elton John, Jesus would say the exact opposite of what He already said in the Bible? Even though Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
I don’t want to go "breaking his heart," but Matthew 19:4-6 is very clear about what Jesus said concerning same-sex marriage: “(Jesus) answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh"? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.’”
The Bible says Elton John (and anyone living a homosexual lifestyle) is living in sin (1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10; Romans 1:18-31). So how could he presume to be a spokesman for Jesus or to know what Jesus would say? 1 John 3:6 clearly says, “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.” If you’re going to try to re-write the Bible, you can't say you’re speaking for Jesus or living for Him.
Anyone involved in sexual immorality of any kind: premarital or extra-marital sex, couples who live together (heterosexual or homosexual), without the benefit and blessing of biblical marriage, defies the Bible’s clear teaching in Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” They are also ignoring the strong, biblical admonition that we are to “flee from sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18), and should “present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).
Far too often even people who call themselves Christians and want others to view them as faithful followers of Christ live immoral lives and ignore the biblical standard that “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;” (1 Thessalonians 4:3) and that “among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” (Ephesians 5:3).
We should love everyone who lives like this, but we must love them enough to tell them the truth. God’s standards cannot be altered or lowered by man without denying clear, biblical authority and bringing the inevitable consequences of compromise and certain judgment of God upon ourselves.
To deny biblical authority is nothing novel or new. In Genesis 3:1, the first recorded words ever spoken by the devil were these four words ...
“Did God really say?”
© 2014. Barry L. Cameron
1 Bob Moorehead, Counsel Yourself and Others from the Bible (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1994) 102.
2 Breeanna Hare, “Elton John: Jesus would support same-sex marriage,” CNN, 30 Jun 2014, 17 Jul 2014 <http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/30/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/elton-john-same-sex-marriage-jesus/>.
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.