Repentance or Expulsion?

Dear Church,
Today I shall speak on a touchy subject. I have been reading all sorts of articles, opinions and arguments about an often offensive question, and today I will share my thoughts on that question. Should practicing homosexuals be allowed to be church members?

Well, a lot of Christians don’t like to mention this, but some scriptures may suggest a very politically incorrect answer to this question. 
1 Corinthians 5:9-11

“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.””
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:3-12‬ 

“But 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. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.”

These are hard scriptures to swallow. Many Christians want to be totally inclusive no matter what a person’s sin may be, which they should be. Invite the sinners into your midst and break bread with them. That is exactly what we should do. However, once someone has accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour, and becomes part of the Church, they must not remain unrepentant. We, my brothers and sisters, must not remain unrepentant, and it is not right to be forever tolerant of those who do when they bear Christ’s name. 

So, with all the hullaballoo about wether or not gay couples should be allowed to be choir directors, what do the scriptures suggest? I would say the scriptures suggest they should not. Neither should unwed couples living together be in positions of spiritual leadership. Nor should pastors who lie about which pockets everyone’s financial offerings end up in be overlooked. It’s quite simple, and quite hard. I have often found that God’s ways are the simplest to follow, but the most difficult to obey. 

I know it’s difficult to obey, because I had to do this myself. When I was struggling with homosexuality I felt convicted to step out of the congregation for a while. No Christian told me to. In fact, when my church attendance came to an abrupt stop my parents were confused and concerned. They knew that I was trying to have a secret relationship with another girl, but they never even considered expelling me. However, I felt it was necessary. I felt that I shouldn’t be in the midst of other believers while I was refusing to repent of my sin. Thankfully I eventually did repent, and now I can attend church with the freedom that Christ has given me. 

We are the body of Christ. So, we must ask ourselves… Are we being like a cancer to the body of our Lord and Saviour by the way we live our lives? If so, what must we do to stop this? Is it the answer to remove the cancerous cells? Will we ever be able to welcome them back in?

I really want you to think about that. My brothers and sisters, think about that. Think about that image. Are we being like cancer to our King? I will think on this, too. I’m sure I still have some cancerous ways in my life. 

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope your life is enriched by my testimony. I hope your flesh is challenged by it. I hope your spirit is uplifted by it. I hope your relationship with Christ is given greater affirmation by it. 

God bless you and keep you. 

Deepest regards,

Anaisa Simpson

Embarrasment and Confusion: Part 2

A while ago I wrote a blog post that revealed a rather humiliating moment in my young life. Well, now I have another, and in is one, the humiliation isn’t even the worst part.

When I was probably six or seven years old, a male family member who was about three years older than me wanted to kiss me. (I shall call him Dave.) No big deal right? Lots of kids had that one time in their lives when they were curious about kissing, and decided a family member like a cousin or a sibling who’s around the same age would be fine to explore that with. Well, I didn’t feel that way. I was always baffled when I heard other girls on the playground asking “Who was the first boy who ever kissed you, and brothers and cousins don’t count!” Because this experience counted in my books. I tried coming up with excuses not to kiss him, one of which being that someone might see us. So he invited me into a closet for privacy, and in that moment I panicked. I made the excuse that I couldn’t kiss him because I couldn’t see him in the dark closet, and then I left. I retreated to the opposite end of the house and avoided him for a while. 

Later on, when I was about eight years old, strange feelings started to surface. I still can’t remember how this occured, but I have a vague memory of laying ontop of Dave and kissing him. I remember feeling dominant and powerul. What a strange thing to occur in the heart of an eight year old girl. Later on a friend of Dave’s came to visit, so he went downstair to hang out. I remember going downstairs and staring at Dave. I had seduction in my eyes. Oh yes, you read that right, an eight year old girl was trying to be sexually seductive. Suddenly Dave’s friend glanced over at me while I was intensely staring Dave down, and realizing that he glanced my way I snapped out of it. Where power, dominance and seduction had been growing, shame suddenly took over. Deep, unbridled shame. I have never felt such shame before or since. I went upstairs and wallowed my shame, and sank into the horror of my lustful heart.

I think that what terrified me the most about this, was that I was eight. My body was not fully developed. It was not fully capavle of sexual arousal yet. The lust I felt had next to nothing to do with my body. It was purely in my heart. How devestating that was to discover.

Thankfuly many years later when my husband and I were getting pre-marrital counseling we chose a lovely Christian counselor who saw the need to touch on this subject. I remember her quoting Matthew 19:14, from the King James version I think. “Suffer not the little children.” I cried. In fact I’m tearing up right now. It took me a long time to accept that I did not have to carry that shame. This lovely counselor helped me to see that through Jesus own words. 

Anywho, that is all I shall write for now. God bless you and keep you.