“Love is love” is a very subtle and deceptive statement intended to defend a one-sided view in support of same-sex relationships. It boldly states that there is no difference between heterosexual love and homosexual love. Love should be the same across the board. Love in any form should be acceptable.
Manipulating the Bible
It is easy to manipulate the Bible or even church doctrine to fit anything we want to do. The gay community has ruled out homosexuality as a sin and therefore, the act cannot fall under any judgment for sin. Stating that love is love and that God endorses these actions can never be proved Biblically without personal interpretation.
Is this the message the Bible actually brings?
God Created Male and Female
The Bible teaches that God created a male and a female. When He looked at everything He created, He said, “It is very good” (Gen. 1:31). He made no mistakes. He gave no other options or alternatives. He created the female to join with the man in companionship and to continue creation. God designed a man for a union with a woman to replenish the earth with people who would love Him. He did not create another male for the man. He specifically handcrafted a woman to complement the anatomy of the male. Together, the reproductive system would function to continue God’s plan to have people that would enjoy the resources He provided.
There is no Biblical acceptance or promotion of same-sex relationships. There are only faulty interpretations and perceptions of what the scriptures say to support man’s lust and rebellion.
The Greatest Commandment
Jesus said the greatest commandment is, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38) This means it’s because of our love for God that we won’t do anything that offends Him because we put everything into loving Him first. We all come short of God’s glory, but when our affections are on things above (Col. 3:1), we make sure that everything we do pleases God to the best of our ability.
Keeping His Commandments
John 14:15 states, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” We demonstrate our love for God by our obedience to Him. In Matthew 15:8, Jesus refers to a people who talked all the right talk, but their heart was nowhere near God. They served God their way and did things that made them happy and feel good about their religious service, but they did not draw near to the living God from their heart to establish a real relationship with Christ. They did not love God.
What is love, then?
God’s Love for Us
God’s love is a foundation of the Bible. God has defined himself by love. This love is unconditional and is extended to every creation that has been born since Adam. His love is endless and can never be removed. His love has no limitations and no respect of persons. That’s agape love. It is the God kind of love that He shows to man who has continuously walked in rebellion against Him.
Our Love for God
Our love comes from the revelation of God’s demonstration of love by the sacrifice of Jesus. In return, we show our love to God by what we do every day. It is how we live our lives from the heart. We will not willingly walk in any lustful or sinful way because it hurts the heart of God. Since the Garden of Eden, mankind has always tried to get away with sin. People make excuses to live in their own way. However, a true demonstration of God’s love begins with denying ourselves and every sinful way to embrace God’s way. It is realizing that love starts with God, not with us.
Seeking God’s Face
When we want to please God, we don’t just run with every doctrine and wind of interpretation. When we want to return God’s love, we seek His face. We run to Him for guidance. We long to be in His presence and search His word for direction, healing and His leading. Our souls are too important to get this wrong. Eternity is too long to mess this up. God’s love never leaves us hanging. He will show us His plan and the magnitude of His greatness when we really want to seek Him. In essence, it is trusting that our Lord’s ways are higher than ours. It is knowing that His design for our lives is even better than the plans we could design for our own lives.
Pray and search the Scriptures. God never leaves us to confusion. He will show us the plan when we walk in His way and have a heart that wants to love Him.
Janet Boynes founded Janet Boynes Ministries in Maple Grove, Minnesota, in 2006. She authored the books Called Out: A Former Lesbian’s Discovery of Freedom, God & Sexuality, and her latest: God & The LGBT Community. Janet is an ordained minister under the Assemblies of God and travels the U.S. and overseas sharing a message of redemption and hope through the power of Jesus Christ.