A recent article in The Huffington Post quotes Desmond Tutu, the Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, as saying the following.
“I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”
He is further quoted as saying,
“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.”
I first read this story about two weeks ago after it was picked up by a conservative website. No disrespect intended to the site (which will remain nameless), but I wondered whether the story might be a rumor, or whether the comments were taken out of context for political purposes.
You see, these comments are so unbelievably brazen that it is hard to imagine anyone—especially “clergy”—uttering them. Yet, there they are, corroborated in The Huffington Post, which is hardly a bastion of fundamentalism.
From the article alone, it is unclear exactly what Mr. Tutu meant by “homophobic,” but in modern usage that word has come to indicate nearly any objection to homosexuality.But the Bible makes it clear that God objects to homosexuality and every other sin. His objections are not only found in the Old Testament,
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (Leviticus 18:22),
but also in the New,
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (I Corinthians 6:9-10).
However, I am not writing this piece to discuss homosexuality. Frankly, it is not Tutu’s particular views on homosexuality or any other individual issue that concern me the most (unbiblical though his views may be). Of greater concern is the attitude here of a supposed Christian leader who seems to think that his moral standard is higher than the one that God has expressed in the Bible.
His moral law flows from His own sinless nature, and He commands us, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (I Peter 1:16). For all those preachers who want to change God’s Word and God’s standards to suit modern sensibilities, I remind you, He commands us to be holy as He is holy. We do not command Him to be compromising as we are compromising.
With all due respect to Desmond Tutu and others of the same thought, either we believe God’s Word and live by it, or we don’t.
“Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it” (Job 40:2).