‘No True Christian Hangs on to Their Sin:’ Author Responds to Vicky Beeching’s Coming Out


Beeching fbAn American-born apologist, ethicist and author is responding to the recent revelation by a UK-based worship artist that she is a lesbian and her claims that God is accepting of her just as she is.

“I felt like coming out was something I needed to do,” Vicky Beeching, known for songs such as Above All Else, Great is Your Glory and Glory to God Forever, told The Independent last week. “[M]y voice will make much more difference if I’m open about my sexuality, as I can share more honestly about what it’s like to be a gay Christian.”

As previously reported, during the interview, the singer/songwriter said that she had been struggling with same-sex attraction since she was twelve, and eventually decided to stop fighting it.

“What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love,” Beeching stated. “I feel certain God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people.”

Beeching, also an avowed feminist, outlined that she wants to work to influence those in the Church to be more accepting of homosexuals.

“I am not angry with the Church even though it’s been a painful journey. I still hold as tightly to my Christian faith as ever,” Beeching said. “I have a lot of hope for the future of the Church—that we can see a move towards inclusion, welcome and love for LGBT people.”

But Bill Muehlenberg, an American-born apologist and ethicist now living in Melbourne, Australia is speaking out. Muehlenberg is the author of the book Strained Relations: The Challenge of Homosexuality.

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“No true Christian hangs on to their sin, tries to justify it, and by doing so, calls God a liar, telling Him He needs to get with the times,” he wrote in a blog post on the matter on Monday.

Muehlenberg disagreed with several claims made by Beeching during her interview, including that God is fine with her homosexuality just the way she is.

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“He doesn’t love people just as they are. In fact, He loves people too much to leave them just as they are,” he stated. “People just as they are are sinners alienated from God and headed for a lost eternity. A God of love could never just sit back and allow that to happen. That is why Jesus came and died a cruel death on a cross for our sake, so that we don’t have to remain as we are, but we can become what we were meant to be.”

Muehlenberg also explained that every person on the planet deals with temptation and sin, but that there are two types of people in the world: those who agree with God by calling sin what it is and seek the Holy Spirit’s help in turning away from it, and those who willingly embrace their sin and refuse to be sanctified.

“No, [Jesus] did not teach a radical message of welcome and inclusion,” he replied in response to Beeching’s inference that Jesus permitted any type of lifestyle without objection. “He told people to repent and turn from their sin, or face the full wrath of God to come. One simply has to read the gospel accounts without homosexual-tinted glasses on to see this.”

But Muehlenberg also rejoiced that there is hope for Beeching—as there is for all mankind—if she will surrender herself fully to Christ, who died to set men free from the power of sin.

“[T]he good news is, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, ‘such were some of you.’ Some of you were homosexuals, or thieves, or adulterers (past tense). But you are no more, thanks to the transforming power of God,” he wrote.

“Vicky simply gave up on God. She stopped trying, and stopped letting God do his work in her life,” Muehlenberg stated. “Thankfully, God will not give up on her. His arms are still held out to her—and to all sinners. But His love and forgiveness is dependent upon us recognizing our sin, turning from our sin, and embracing his reconciliation through faith and repentance. It does not work any other way.” 

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  • Dean

    There cannot be faith without repentance. Faith without works is a dead faith. Even the devil has faith, he believes in Jesus, but he does not have saving faith, his faith has no works. There is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. Homosexuality is a of the flesh, so someone who is a practicing homosexual is walking after the flesh and therefore is not in Christ.

  • Betty

    “Our freedom in Jesus Christ isn’t the privilege to do what we
    want. Instead it is the glorious, abundant, supernatural power to do
    what we ought.” ~Adrian Rogers

  • Susan

    We all need to hold tightly to our Savior and deal with our own Sanctification process in Him. I wonder, how many angry responses to her were given by heterosexuals who are also having sex outside of marriage… or who are remarried after divorce… or who overeat… lie… gossip… viewing pornography… treating spouses like slaves? Being a Christ-follower is impossible with man, but all things are possible with God. If everyone would stay in the Scriptures and in dialogue with the Living God and showing love for our Lord through obediently having compassion on others instead of looking at the sins of others, we would all manifest Christ to our generation. We need to stop lynching people whose sins seem worse than our own.

    • Betty

      Susan, I agree, in part. A sin is a sin. It’s not the fact that she is a homosexual. The problem here is that she believes it’s “not” a sin.

      • Mary Waterton

        All sins are NOT equal. I challenge you to find a scripture that says they are. Romans 3:23 says “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” … but that statement says nothing about equality of sin, only that everyone has committed at least one. It is clear from Gen 18&19, Romans 1, etc that homosexuality lies near the bottom of God’s morality scale.

        • Nathan

          James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

          A sin is a sin. There is no such thing as one sin greater than another. There is no little sin.

          • Mary Waterton

            Nope. James 2:10 says that 1 sin will send you to hell as quickly as 1,000,000 sins if Christ is not your savior. James 2:10 says that Christ saves, the Law of Moses does not. It says nothing about all sins being equal.

      • Nicole

        Very true Betty. Susan seems to have mixed the issues

        • Betty

          Thank you, Nicole.

    • http://garthpenglase.com _garth

      Susan, I’d also say “true, in part”. Nowhere in his post did Bill Muehlenberg ‘lynch’ Vicky Beechings, however he gently and respectfully called her out for a public sin and for promoting that sin as acceptable in the eyes of God. We know it not to be so, and we have an undertaking to speak the truth, in love, which he did, not condemning her nor claiming his own sinlessness, but clearly stating the scriptural foundation for her error.

      Now, while I don’t seem to many (if any) “angry” responses on this post, I will agree that what you say about “having sex outside of marriage… or who are remarried after divorce… or who overeat… lie… gossip… viewing pornography… treating spouses like slaves?” quite true – it is not just many professing to be Christian who are living flagrantly sinful lives, but very sadly, many pastors and church leaders who do so, often in full view of their congregations. And yet where are those who are addressing these people and their sins?

      The primary attribute of God is that he is holy. In fact that’s what is perpetually sung around his throne… He cannot abide sin. yet he wants his human creation to share in His glory and presence for eternity. And His answer is to create an everlasting unbreakable covenant through himself in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, The Word. Having done this he then gives to those who believe AND follow His Son, the Holy Spirit empowering them with freedom FROM sin. So to be like Him we must strive to be holy as He is holy (his words, not mine).

      Now there is a false concept that we separate the sin from the sinner “hate the sin, love the sinner” – the bible doesn’t support this. It is the sinner who sins, not the sin that makes the sinner (we were born into sin being of original sin). We cannot separate the sin from the sinner. We are to love as God loves but we are to lead people away from sin. God will punish all for their sins, unless they renounce them and turn from them, and embrace holiness through His Power. At the judgement seat, we will be judged for whether we repented of our sins or whether we held onto and embraced our sin. So now, when our sins are made known to us, it is beholden of us to confess to it privately and turn from it – leave it long enough and it will be forced upon us publicly, because God loves us and will not let anything stand between us and Him.

      Any leader who remains in their sin should be publicly called out for it. Anyone who persists in grave sin is to be privately challenged and if after a time and repeated warnings it is not dealbt with then they should be put out of any church.

      So the answer is because the Western church no longer prizes holiness, and it no longer holds to the scriptures in the process of dealing with sin, especially public sin. Gluttony is a sin, it needs to be called out as does the rampant adultery that is rife in the Western church. And yes, I cannot see how much of the Western church can be speaking out against (any) sin within society when it is left unchallenged within the church as people operate in a *cheap grace*. Christ’s death was costly to God, and following Him is costly to real followers, so there is no “cheap grace” to be had – we are kidding ourselves if we think that we will be held blameless before Christ when he returns (Matt 25 sheep and goats) for papering over sin in ourselves and in those who profess to be Christians. And particularly in the leaders in churches.

      Vicky’s sin is being called out because it is wrong, it is being flaunted even celebrated and it is spreading lies about God’s Word that must be addressed. Additionally and very importantly, homosexuality is being used as a wedge into society to break up families, remove the protections afforded to – and importance of – marriage, and to indoctrinate children in an attempt to recreate society in the image of our adversary the devil. And this girl is perpetuating even accelerating that process that will further undermine Christianity and the things it upholds such as family and freedom.

      • Betty

        _Garth…..I would love to belong to your church,if you have one. If you don’t, you should.

    • Lindsay

      Susan,I would challenge you to search the scriptures and see if the way you are viewing sin is right. I believe that the bible points to sin having a downward spiral effect.For example, gossip is evil but we all know that murder is worse. Now gossip/backbiting could lead us on a trail to hatred-bitterness-malice-evl intentions-murder.
      This is something for us as christians to pay attention to. Why does Paul say to avoid anyone CALLING themselves a brother(christian) who is an adulterer, greedy,etc. ?? Plus, this is a public figure! We need to be aware not just burry our heads in our bibles and be cool with a person professing the name of our Lord and SAVIOR and living in such a way. A//A

  • Jfox

    She is not saved or she would have a desire to turn from her sin

  • https://mrtoped.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=111&action=edit Timothy

    To me it’s just promoting your sin, the problem is young people cling to theses so call artist and celeb-stars. I blogged on this via Mr. T’s opinion http://wp.me/p4jzm9-1N