Another former Christian leader and darling of many Baptists has crashed into the dust raised by the homosexual lobby. The aptly-named Tony ‘Camp’olo has just publicly stated that he is ready to admit homosexuals to the Church and that sodomite marriage is fine with him.
This is nothing more than apostasy at its worst, or stupidity at best. Whatever, it paints Campolo as a turncoat of the worst order. Why a turncoat? Because he has for a number of years claimed that the only way to be a real Christian is to live by the words spoken by Jesus. None of this harsh judgmental stuff from Paul, Peter, John or the other apostles. Only Jesus.
Well that in itself is a silly thing for a Christian to say because the whole Bible militates against homosexual behaviour. But why does he only take SOME of the words of Jesus, and leave the others behind? Why doesn’t he see that Jesus also said a lot about God’s judgment on the Church and those who reject repentance? Can’t he read the English language of Matthew 10:15 where Jesus said that on the Judgment Day Sodom would be judged, but less harshly than those who totally rejected Him. I fear he may be in the latter category.
That verse doesn’t say sodomite behaviour is acceptable at all as Campolo seems to think – but that on the scale of things it is much worse to continually reject Christ by staying in one’s sin.
He says of the old hymn:
‘ “Just As I Am”, I want us to mean it, and I want my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to know it is true for them too.’
First up, homosexuals are NOT our brothers and sisters if they are not repentant, just the same as a drug pusher or a habitual thief or liar is not our brother. When they repent and call on Christ for forgiveness they will not continue to live a sinful lifestyle although they may stumble along the way like all of us. Only then can they become a child of God and our brothers.
Secondly he apparently has not even read the lyrics of ‘Just As I Am’. The author, Charlotte Elliott, would be totally horrified to think her hymn was being used to promote acceptance of sodomite behaviour in the Church. One verse reads:
Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come. [My bold text]
The point of this verse is that, yes, Jesus will accept any and all who repentantly admit they are sinners, in order that they may be HEALED by Him, not that they may continue in their degraded lifestyle. The lyrics just don’t have the capacity to be interpreted in any other way unless language has no meaning.
In conclusion this whole sorry saga is just another example of the Apostle Peter’s warning in 2 Peter 2:1:
“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.”
Let us continue to pray for Tony Campolo’s spiritual condition along with that of the poor deluded Christians in the Churches of Australia and around the world that continue to support him as some sort of Christian leader.