Church’s role in salvation
Several articles in June 29 editions about LGBTQ and the church (Religion). And the church is still wrestling with this issue.
The church, by accepting them, can take away their shame but it cannot take away their guilt before God. “And you [the church] are puffed up and have not rather mourned, that he which has done this deed might be taken away from among you.” (1 Corinthians 5:2-7) The worldly church is tolerant, but God is not. “Your glorying [puffed up] is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (2:6)
The purpose of the church is to present us as holy before God in the name of Christ. To do so, it must convict of sin so repentance of the heart and behavior might take place (2 Corinthians 7:9-11) and to restore them to fellowship with God and with His church (2 Corinthians 2:1-11). Most churches, following biblical principles, offer pastoral or professional counseling (at Mobberly’s Hope Road, for instance). They don’t want anyone to miss salvation because of unforgiven sin.
Salvation is not about taking away the shame of your sin, but about God taking away the guilt of your sin in order that He might sanctify your walk in His church.
— Robert Bauman, Longview