John MacArthur On The Gay Agenda And God’s Plan For It

In this article over at Pulpit Magazine John MacArthur addresses the issue from a biblical perspective.  Should there be any other way?  Here are a couple quotes:

How should you respond to the success of the gay agenda? Should you accept the recent trend toward tolerance? Or should you side with those who exclude homosexuals with hostility and disdain?

In reality, the Bible calls for a balance between what some people think are two opposing reactions—condemnation and compassion. Really, the two together are essential elements of biblical love, and that’s something the homosexual sinner desperately needs.

And

Why does God condemn homosexuality? Because it overturns God’s fundamental design for human relationships—a design that pictures the complementary relationship between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:22-33).

And

As a Christian, you must not compromise what the Bible says about homosexuality—ever. No matter how much you desire to be compassionate to the homosexual, your first sympathies belong to the Lord and to the exaltation of His righteousness. Homosexuals stand in defiant rebellion against the will of their Creator who from the beginning “made them male and female” (Matthew 19:4).

There are more very good quotes I could add.  Go and read the article.  It is worth your time.

Chapter 20: The Gospel And Its Gracious Extent

Source: 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith

Chapter 20
THE GOSPEL AND ITS GRACIOUS EXTENT

20.1 As the covenant of works was broken by sin and was unable to confer life, God was pleased to promise Christ, the seed of the woman, as the means of calling the elect and bringing to life within them faith and repentance. In this promise the substance of the Gospel was revealed as the effectual means for the conversion and salvation of sinners.1

(1) Gen 3:15 with Eph 2:12; Gal 4:4; Heb 11:13; Luk 2:25,38; 23:51; Rom 4:13-16; Gal 3:15-22

20.2 This promise of Christ and of salvation by him, is revealed in the Word of God alone.1 Neither the works of creation and providence, nor the light of nature, reveal Christ or grace through him, not even in a general or obscure way.2 How much less, therefore, can people who are devoid of the revelation of Christ by the promise or the Gospel, be enabled [by the light of nature] to attain to saving faith or repentance.3

(1) Act 4:12; Rom 10:13-15
(2) Psa 19; Rom 1:18-23
(3) Rom 2:12a; Mat 28:18-20; Luk 24:46-47 with Act 17:29-30; Rom 3:9-20

20.3 The revelation of the Gospel to sinners has been given at various times and in a variety of places, together with the promises and precepts concerning the obedience required by it. As to the nations and persons to whom it is granted, this is solely according to the sovereign will and good pleasure of God.1 It has never been granted to them by virtue of their promising to improve their natural abilities on the grounds of common light received without the Gospel—no one has ever made such a promise, nor can anyone do so. Therefore, in all ages, the preaching of the Gospel has been granted to persons and nations, whether to a great extent or limited extent, in greatly varying measures, according to the counsel of the will of God.

(1) Mat 11:20

20.4 The Gospel is the only external means of revealing Christ and saving grace, and as such is totally sufficient for this purpose.1 Yet if people who are dead in trespasses are to be born again, brought to life or regenerated, an effectual, irresistible work of the Holy Spirit upon every part of the soul is necessary to produce in them a new spiritual life. Without this no other means will bring about their conversion to God.2

(1) Rom 1:16-17
(2) Joh 6:44; 1Co 1:22-24; 2:14; 2Co 4:4,6

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