Where do we stand in regard to the “Created Order” theory?
Most Christians argue against Homosexuality and the LGBT community as a whole on the basis of “Created Order”, the argument is as follows:
“God created Man and Woman, therefore men should be with women as it was designed and intended by God.”
While I agree with this statement, the ones often making this point disregard the Created Order of other things, such as the created purpose for the Seventh Day and what God intended to be food.
The Facebook Post
A while ago I came across this post, on Facebook, and realised that it made an excellent point.
If you’re a Pronomian Christian, as I consider myself to be, this post might make you laugh, because you probably do keep all of these commands, despite the ones which obviously show a misunderstanding of the scriptures (and “play American football”, which has no place there whatsoever) or you definitely try to. But what adds to the humour is that while for you, the answer might be “Yes! We do these things.” For most main stream Christians the answer is quite the opposite.
And this raises an important question: “What exactly do other Christians have to say?”
The strongest passages affirming that the act of a man lying with another man is sin, are found in The Law (Lev18:22 & 20:13). Most mainstream Christians have to painfully make exceptions to their rules in ‘Fulfillment Theology’ (that is, the theological position that Christ has fulfilled the law and that we are no longer supposed to keep it or that it is only for the “Jews”) so that they have a leg to stand on.
It’s Good To Be Pronomian
As one who affirms the ongoing validity of The Law, not for salvation, but as a means of sanctification, as a Christ-loving Christian in every sense of the word; I believe that I am doing something right, when I can say unhypocritically that the Bible is the standard for living. The Old and New Testaments. Both are undoubtedly relevant for reproof and edification of the body of Christ, to walk in an upright manner and I practice obedience to them to the best of my ability.
I also believe that when Jesus said, “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.“(Mat7:2) Even now, we are held, by unbelievers, to the standard of The Scriptures. And rightly so! If we hold others to its standard, we should have the integrity to say that we hold ourselves to the same standard.
If we claim, as some do, that the new standard of the law is simply “love God and love others”, with no more context, then what foothold do we have in the argument of Created Order? Neither loving God nor loving others, taken at face-value, presents a reason for homosexuals to change their behaviour, because loving others is what they believe they are doing and “who I share my bed with has nothing to do with my love for God”. But we know, as believers, that it is wrong in God’s eyes, according to His word.
So we have a paradox. Not Pronomian Christians, but main stream Christians.
Either they affirm that the law is valid, keep its commands and judge by the same law, or they hold to Fulfillment Theology, reject the application of the Old Testament Law in the manner of usage the apostle Paul exhibits, in Romans 7:7 which says, “I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet”, and go silently, completely accepting this manner of rebuttal from unbelievers without faltering in their theological position.
Fortunately, I have chosen to make the minor sacrifices and to say that I can fairly and rightly encourage my brothers and sisters in the Lord, who do not believe that the act of intercourse with the same-sex is, as per the biblical definition, a sin and therefore an action leading to death. Moreover, I bear the footing to speak against it in an effort to urge them to walk in a way that is Holy to our God. For this reason, I say, it is good to be Pronomian for the sake of the integrity and consistency of the Gospel message.