Another Jesus, Another Spirit, Another Gospel
On Sunday June 2, 2002, three gentle Christians brought the Gospel of Christ to the White Rock Community Church in Dallas, Texas. Why would one bring the Gospel of Christ to a Church? Because White Rock Community Church is one of many springing up across our country proclaiming that homosexuality and Christianity go hand in hand. That's right! It is an evangelical church that brings the "luv" (not biblical love) of Jesus to the homosexual so that he can have his sin and die in it too! All the while believing he is a born-again child of God.
This evangelical tragedy is occurring all too often in churches called to be the backbone of moral straightness in America. The ubiquitous push for the tolerance of all life-styles, religions, and sin is overcoming the mighty Church of Jesus Christ. She is caving into the continuous pressure to be more tolerant, less judgmental, and more like the world. Yes, the world is conforming the Church of Jesus Christ into its mold rather than vice-versa.
Our hearts were crushed as we witnessed the false prophet of White Rock Community, "Pastor" James Walker, call precious people to come to the altar and give their hearts to Christ and be forgiven while continuing in their homosexual lifestyle. According to Mr. Walker, monogamous homosexuality is not sin and does not need to be repented of. He is his own final authority, and uses the Bible with familiarity to manipulate Scriptures and justify sin.
I met with Mr. Walker and found him a very convinced fellow who had been married for over thirty years. He is the father of five grown children and pastored Southern Baptist churches most of his adult life in Pennsylvania. He was looked upon as a very dynamic preacher of the Gospel of Christ. But he had known since he was 13 years old that there were homosexual desires in him that did not square up with the Gospel he was called to preach.
It was at this point that I interrupted him, "Welcome to the world of the sinful nature, Pastor Walker. We are, all of us, totally depraved! The sinful nature has different manifestations in all of us. For some it is homosexuality, for others adultery, ad infinitum. It is a battle we all must fight and it can only be won through the power of Christ. We must die daily to our sinful desires and the grace of Almighty God will keep us from giving into them. We are not to give in to our sinful desires that God's grace may abound."
Rather than laying the sin of his own homosexuality at the foot of the cross of Christ and finding the freedom that only Christ can bring. Rather than dying daily to the wicked inclinations of his own heart, Mr. Walker chose to give in to his lusts. These lusts captured him and made him a slave. He divorced the wife of his youth and his children, and is now living with his homosexual partner. He has been spending the rest of his days using his vast biblical knowledge to justify his own sinful behavior and lead others down the same wretched path.
Why has Walker remained in the Christian Church? Since being a pastor was all that he knew and digging ditches was hard work, this unjust steward (James Walker) decided he would cancel the debts of all those who owed his Master, thus winning the favor of debtors and providing himself with a good living.
He is doing just this at the White Rock Community Church. He is canceling the debts of those lost in homosexual sin so that he can provide for himself. This unjust steward of God's grace is peddling lies to those coming into his church to make them feel better about themselves and making them twice the child of hell than they were before. Yes, James Walker is canceling the sin of homosexuality so that he can win the favor of men. In so doing he is leading many into the very depths of hell. He told me: "My sole purpose in life is to bring people to Christ." But just what Christ is he talking about?
"But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough." 2 Corinthians 11:4.
T he Apostle Paul is directing this admonition to the Corinthian believers who are hearing the Name of Jesus proclaimed by the "super apostles," but it was a different Gospel and a different spirit than the one Paul preached. The Corinthian believers were hearing the Name of Jesus proclaimed by false prophets yet it was the same the historical figure (Jesus) that Paul was preaching. It was causing tremendous confusion in the Corinthian Church.
The Greek word for other than is (allon). This same word is used in John 14:15, where Jesus said, "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor…" The Greek word for another here is (allon). It means literally that God will send another (exactly the same kind as) Counselor to be with you forever. The Counselor and Jesus are one and the same. The Greek word (allon) then means "another of the very same kind."
This is important because the Jesus these false apostles were proclaiming to the Corinthians was the same historical figure the apostle Paul was preaching but it was a different (heteron) spirit and a different (heteron) Gospel. (Heteros) is a Greek word meaning different than. We get the English prefix hetero from this Greek word. Heterosexual is a word using this prefix indicating that there are male and female both of which are intrinsically different.
So what we have in the above text are false apostles
preaching about the same historical figure Jesus but it is of a different
spirit and it is a different Gospel. The Apostle Paul said of those false
apostles that they are: "…deceitful workmen, masquerading as
apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an
angel of light. It is not surprising then, if his servants masquerade
as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve."
2 Corinthians 11:13-15.
Satan's objective is to destroy the one entity that can stop him - the Church of Jesus Christ. This subtle, cunning distortion of Christianity will look good to a church that doesn't see the battle at hand. It certainly did in the Corinthian Church and the Apostle Paul had to deal with the false apostles head up. Its "seeker friendly" philosophy is so positive, entertaining, and seductive. Already, the "Evangelical Christian Gay Movement" has devoured many young men and women by its insidious lie that that one can be a practicing homosexual and love Jesus at the same time. This is a different spirit and a different gospel,
God's Church in America, like the Corinthian Church before it, seems unaware or unconcerned about this seductive lie and "continues to put up with it easily enough." But if we love our neighbor as we love ourselves then we must confront those who are bringing a different gospel with the true Gospel of Christ. Tolerance calls us to sit back and allow our neighbors to do whatever they want. Biblical love, on the other hand, calls us to speak the truth to our neighbor in love.
In Christian Love,