God loves sinners

God's and Pastor Green's love for sinners
In his sermon that sentenced Pastor Green to prison he stated:
"We must never think that some people, because of their sinful lives, would end up outside of grace. Paul says about himself that he was the foremost of all sinners, but he encountered an abundance of grace and mercy".

And about the people with a homosexual lifestyle Pastor Green preached:
"Therefore we will encourage those who live in this manner to look at the grace of Jesus Christ. We cannot condemn these people -- Jesus never did that either. He showed everyone He met deep respect for the person they were, for instance the adulterous woman, in John 8, or the woman at the well in Sychar, according to John 4. Jesus never belittled anyone. He offered them grace. We must never belittle anyone who lives in sin. The sin we cannot bear -- but the human being [we must hold up]. Surely we still believe it is as Paul says in the Letter to Titus [2: 11-12]. Listen:

"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world."

It is by showing all people grace and mercy that we can win them for Christ. We never win anyone by giving them the cold shoulder.

(End of quotes from Pastor Green's sermon)

Some people argue that it's not possible to differentiate between a person and how the person lives his life.  That it's not possible to say that one loves a homosexual individual and at the same time condemn his lifestyle.  But of course it is.  All of us have areas in our lives that we wrestle with; nobody is perfect. But that doesn't mean that we can't like each other anyhow.  Take for example the parents who have a child who is addicted to drugs.  Of course these parents can love their child very deeply and at the same time hate his drug abuse that is ruining his life.

That's the spirit in which Pastor Green preached about the sin of homosexuality and how the Bible looks at it.  It was based on that part of his sermon that Pastor Green was sentenced to prison. 

But let's make it perfectly clear at the outset: God loves all sinners!  Which means that He loves all people in His creation.  But God hates all sin.  Otherwise He would never have allowed the enormous price of sacrificing His own Son to pay for our sins and to redeem us.  Some people involved in the ongoing homosexual controversy don't understand this difference.  Some of them even label themselves Christians.  There's an infamous group called "God Hates Fags" and they have the audacity to call themselves a church (Westboro Baptist Church).  In resorting to such name calling, the leader of the group obviously does not know biblical doctrine.  God does not hate anybody.  God loves everybody.  It cannot be any more clear than that.  The Westboro Church group has even published a terrible "monument" in honor of Pastor Green.  Of course, Pastor Green himself abhors such misuse of his name.  Likewise, Pastor Green is also greatly bothered when the neo-nazis in Sweden tried to make use of his good name.

In his sermon about homosexuality Pastor Green closely followed the teaching of the Bible on the subject.  He did not shy away from using the biblical terms used to describe this particular sin.  Biblical terms like wicked, vile, depravity etc. were not sanitized to sound less judgmental than what God intended.  This appears to have broken with a common approach in today's church life in Sweden and greatly upset the gay community. 

God's speaking to my own heart - Background to this website
My wife and I recently attended an all-day conference/workshop conducted by “Focus on The Family” in Fresno, California on the subject of homosexuality. The title of the workshop was  “Love Won Out” and was held in Fresno.  There were about a thousand participants.

To me it was a transforming event. God deeply touched my heart. I can’t remember weeping so much in a single day. Through many testimonies God showed me how much He loves the homosexuals, something many Christians (including myself) have such a hard time doing. So often we say that “we hate the sin but love the sinner.” “But how much do you really love the sinner?” God kept asking me. When I heard one personal testimony after the other how God had transformed former homosexuals and lesbians, by His amazing grace, I was moved to tears. And in testimony after testimony they all shared how God had finally brought them in contact with one or several of His faithful servants who had loved them unconditionally after they had for years felt only condemnation (whether real or perceived) from many other Christians.

The whole day was such a moving experience. In the afternoon Melissa Fryrear shared her life's story. How she had been molested and abused as a child and later became a lesbian. But now she is one of God's blessed servants. She preached from 1 Cor. 6:9 : "Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites...will inherit the Kingdom of God.......And such were some of you..." When Melissa came to the passage "And such were some of you" she lost her composure. And we all cried with her. The passage "and such were some of you"....was so true for everybody in the audience. Maybe different kinds of sins but we all knew that it was true for us all. "Such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus". Hallelujah. JUSTIFIED ! That means "Just As If" we had no sins. All because of Jesus. We all felt such love and understanding for Melissa and all the garbage she had suffered in her former life.

At the same time the Lord was telling me how important it is that we do ALL we can, ALL in our power, to help the little children in our country to not have to go through what Melissa had been through. To protect them from the molesters and from the predatory homosexuals who are ready to recruit them when they reach puberty. And to help each boy to have good male role models. And to tell them to flee from the homosexual lifestyle like the plague. To save them from such a life in depravity if at all possible.

That same morning, as we and a lot of other cars were driving into the church grounds (the big “People’s Church” in Fresno), we were met at the entrance by the customary gay activists with banners, bullhorns and invective words expressing their anger against us “bigots.”  I couldn’t help but noticing the irony.  Here we were, eager to learn about how to love them in the “Love Won Out” conference--and they were angry about the event!  But if we were to adopt the same name-calling and hateful behavior that the homosexual activists use towards us, we do not have the heart of Christ.  Instead, we must return hate with love.