Our nation is experiencing some tense times internally. Battles have been and are still being waged over same-sex marriage laws and all the implications of it. Dust-ups over religious liberty and abortion rights land on news websites every day. As a pastor, moments like these are opportunities to remind Christians of the bigger picture. Sometimes I think we forget what that is.

While I would love to see sins, in any form, eradicated, God has a larger objective: to eradicate the sin beneath sins. Underneath the sins of same-sex sexual intimacy, abortion, and coercive religious prejudice is THE sin of being “separate from Christ” (Eph. 2:12). It is our sinful nature that produces the sins of sexual immorality, murder, and persecution. God’s larger objective is to see people be united with Christ (Rom. 6).

Let me put it bluntly. There are people who believe in the goodness of marriage between one man and one woman who will spend eternity separated from God in hell. There are people who believe abortion is wrong who will spend eternity separated from God in hell. There are people who believe in the rightness of religious liberty who will spend eternity separated from God in hell. Believing in heterosexual marriage, sanctity of human life, and religious liberty saves no one!

To paraphrase Jesus, “What does it profit people to believe in heterosexual marriage, but lose their souls?” Don’t be fooled by culture war victories. Our enemy would love nothing more than to dupe us into stopping “Great Commission” ministry once Roe v. Wade has been overturned.

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