Much in the news in Western Michigan recently has been a controversy over a sodomite teacher in a state high school. The teacher made public his homosexual relationship with another male. Conservative and Christian parents using the high school raised objection, clamoring for the dismissal of the teacher. Supporters of homosexuality in general and of the teacher in particular responded with a ferocious defense of the teacher and his position in the school. They railed against opponents of the teacher as narrow-minded, unenlightened bigots.
The result was a decision by the school board that the practicing homosexual will remain as a teacher.
Homosexuality is transgression of the seventh commandment of the law of God, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” The lust is depravity of nature. The deed is wilful rebellion. Explaining the seventh commandment as the requirement that we live “chastely and temperately, whether in holy wedlock or in single life,” the Heidelberg Catechism consigns homosexual relations to the category of the uncleanness that is “accursed of God” (Lord’s Day 41). The Westminster Larger Catechism expressly names “sodomy and all unnatural lusts” as among the sins forbidden in the seventh commandment (Question 139).
In the confessions, the Scriptures speak. God’s will for the use and enjoyment of sex is the marriage of male and female (Gen. 1, 2; I Cor. 7:1-5). Homosexual relations are disobedience to the will of the Creator. On account of the abomination of its homosexuality, as well as its other iniquities, Sodom was destroyed by the righteous God (Gen. 18:16-19:29; II Pet. 2:6-9; Jude 7).
I Timothy 1:10 lists “them that defile themselves with mankind,” that is, men who have sexual relations with males, with the “lawless and disobedient … the ungodly and … sinners.” Their sodomy is “contrary to (the) sound doctrine” of the gospel.
With other gross sinners, impenitent homosexuals (“effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind”) will not inherit the kingdom of God (I Cor. 6:9). Some who formerly practiced this wickedness are members in good standing in the true church. But they have been sanctified and justified, so that they are homosexuals no longer (I Cor. 6:11). They do not practice it. They hate and crucify the lust. They certainly do not speak out in defense of the unrighteousness from which the Lord Jesus delivered them by His cross, gospel, and Holy Spirit.
An avowed sodomite teaches high school children in Western Michigan with the official sanction of the school authorities.
Now the members of Reformed and other churches who for many years have sent their children to state schools, all the while despising and fighting the Christian school movement, are confronted with the consequences of their position and actions. Education that leaves God out, education that is not founded on the holy Scriptures, education that is not Christ centered, education that is not costly obedience to the demand of the covenant sealed in baptism to the children of believing parents, must come to this. Teachers instruct the children that the evil of homosexual rebellion against the will of the sovereign God is good.
Make no mistake, even though the teacher never says a word to his classes, he is teaching the students powerfully by his example. Of course, a school that has a homosexual teacher on its staff is going to justify his presence and defend his practice in its teaching.
Apart from the homosexuality as such, the teacher is promoting sheer lawlessness. He claims to be “married” to his male consort. But the State of Michigan does not recognize homosexual “marriage.” And marriage is a civil matter in which the state has a compelling interest. This alone puts the teacher in open defiance of the authority of the state.
From such a teacher, the children learn. And they do learn. One of the grimmest features of the controversy as it plays itself out in the newspaper is that, although parents object to a homosexual teacher, the high school students themselves are ardent supporters of the teacher.
Fulfilled is the prophecy of Martin Luther long ago in his warning to parents who rejected the Christian schools that the Reformation established:
Because they (parents — DJE) are not now willing to support and keep the honest, upright, virtuous schoolmasters and teachers offered them by God to raise their children in the fear of God, and in virtue, knowledge, learning, and honor by dint of hard work, diligence, and industry, and at small cost and expense, they will get in their place incompetent substitutes, ignorant louts such as they have had before, who at great cost and expense will teach the children nothing but how to be utter asses, and beyond that will dishonor men’s wives and daughters and maidservants, taking over their homes and property, as has happened before. This will be the reward of the great and shameful ingratitude into which the devil is so craftily leading them (“A Sermon on Keeping Children in School,” in Luther’s Works, Fortress Press, 1967, vol. 46, p. 218).
These educational developments in Western Michigan (and similar developments throughout the United States) are confirmation to Reformed believers of the wisdom and necessity of maintaining good, Christian schools.
Thank God that we have, and still can have, our Protestant Reformed Christian Schools!
But these developments are also a sign of the end. The community in which these things have happened is not San Francisco. It is a conservative, heavily Dutch Reformed village. In this suburb of Grand Rapids, it is now possible that public homosexuality be approved in a teacher in the schools.
The state sanctions it by the decision of its school board.
Evidently the majority of the people tolerate it, if they do not favor it.
The false church plays her prominent role. Professing Christians plead for the teacher and his homosexual behavior, with obvious sincerity, on the ground that God is love and accepts us all, no matter how we live. They have learned well the heretical lessons of countless sermons, that the God of Christianity is a God of one perfection only — love — being devoid of holiness; that God loves all men, ungodly and godly alike; and that the love of God saves men in their sins and with their sins, rather than from their sins. (This god a Reformed Christian detests with all his heart. It is an ugly idol. Such a god is not good. To have to live with it in its “heaven” would be hell.) A Presbyterian minister officiated at the unholy parody of holy marriage, and a Presbyterian congregation knowingly has the impenitent, practicing homosexual as a member in good standing.
So far has the abounding of lawlessness gone in this most Christian part of the “Christian West” (Matt. 24:12). The spirit of Antichrist in Western Michigan now changes one of the most basic laws of God the Creator in nature itself, to say nothing of Scripture — the law of male and female (Dan. 7:25; Rom. 1:18ff.). These are signs of the end of the world.
But this too is a sign, that the wrath of the holy God — the God who really is — falls very heavily now upon apostates who hold the truth in unrighteousness and change the truth of God into a lie. It is God who is giving the Western world up “unto vile affections” in that “the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burn in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recom-pence of their error which (is) meet.” No other explanation can account for our society’s embrace of a culture of vanity, sterility, despair, and death. “Knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death,” they “not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Rom. 1:18-32).
The sign speaks loudly to believers: come out of Babylon (Rev. 18:4, 5); wait for God’s Son from heaven, who delivered you from the coming wrath (I Thess. 1:10); lift up your heads for your redemption draws near (Luke 21:28).
And prepare for persecution.