Recently, in an interview with the press, Pope Francis said, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?” This is basically all most media outlets are reporting. In fact, many I have read (CNN, New York Post, and others) have used this remark to suggest that the Catholic stance and teachings on homosexuality are changing. If you dig a little deeper you will find that he also said that acting on homosexual desires is sinful and goes against the teachings of the church and the Bible. But apparently the media is taking that one quote and expanding it to mean he has endorsed the behavior of those that are gay. That is not the case. Pope Francis spoke very bluntly and directly about the issues of gay marriage and abortion, affirming that both were in direct opposition to biblical teachings. When pushed on the issues he simply said, “You know perfectly the position of the Church.”
Jesus warns against judging someone else for his sin when you yourself are sinning even worse. That is the kind of judging Jesus commanded us not to do. If a believer sees another believer sinning, it is his Christian duty to lovingly and respectfully confront the person with his sin. The thing is, homosexual temptations are not necessarily sinful. However, the Bible clearly teaches that acting on those temptations and desires is sinful. The pope made a clarification of his remarks that is not being covered by most media outlets and that was to say that the biblical position remained that homosexual acts were sinful, but that homosexual orientation alone was not.
With the pope’s comment about not judging gay people, he basically re-stated what evangelicals and Catholics have been teaching all along, love your neighbor as yourself and do not judge them.
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