“Is it wrong for a Christian to be aligned with a company who employs openly gay individuals?

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Of course, the Bible’s answer depends upon what is meant by being “aligned”. Taking this question at its most basic level, the answer is No. Why? Because the Bible is very clear about what a Christian’s relationship should be with those who are living a sexually-immoral lifestyle: “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people -- not at all meaning the sexually-immoral of this world [Fornicator’s, Adulterers, Homosexuals, etc.], or the greedy, and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother, if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler -- not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside, ‘Purge the evil person from among you’” (1 Corinthians 5:9-13). The apostle Paul is saying that Christians should never eat or associate with a “professing” Christian who lives a sexually-immoral lifestyle, while clearly stating this does not apply to “the sexually-immoral of this world.” In other words, there’s no category in Scripture that allows for the following types of Christians: Christian Homosexuals; Christian Adulterers; Christian fornicators; Christian Bank-robbers; Christian drunks; Christian drug-dealers; Christian gamblers; Christian rip-offs; etc., etc., etc. So, can a true Christian commit any of the sins mentioned above? Yes, of course, in an unwise and uncontrolled moment, and no doubt, after much drifting from God (Hebrews 2:1-4), any of those sins, and many others as well, can be committed by a “true” Christian; but, he or she will not be characterized by them (Galatians 6:1), and when confronted about them, he will repent of and forsake them (Proverbs 28:13)! Therefore, if someone does not profess to be a Christian and is living a sexually-immoral lifestyle; then, the Christian is to be gracious, loving, compassionate, and merciful toward them (as he should be with all unbelievers), while at the same time; not making his church service a “sexually- immoral-friendly” environment for those visiting who are practicing any form of sexual immorality. Why? Because the gospel is always an offense to the carnal unbeliever (1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Galatians 5:11), unless God is drawing them to Himself (John 6:44). In this way, we maintain our goal of seeking to reach the unsaved, by reflecting God’s holiness to them, as we offer them lovingly, the gospel, in a “gospel-friendly” environment. Again, why? In order that they might repent of their sins, and then trust in Christ alone for their eternal salvation (Romans 10:17; Proverbs 11:30; Acts 4:12; 16:31; 17:30; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, et al). Thus, sexually-immoral unbelievers should always feel welcome, in a Biblically-sound church service; but, never ever should they feel affirmed in their sinful lifestyle at that same worship service or in the normal day-in and day-out operations of that church’s life and fellowship. The Apostle Paul and his new converts at Corinth took this God-honoring approach toward reaching the sexually-immoral of their city (not the moralistic, ashamed-of-the-gospel, treat everybody as-a-Christian, gospel-less, approach; which many “professing” Christians and their churches take today). And the final result was related to us in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11: “…do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually-immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Dear reader, there is always hope and forgiveness from God through our Lord Jesus Christ for every repentant “lost” sinner (including the unbelieving and sexually-immoral) who trusts in Christ alone, for his eternal salvation! That is, the grace of God!

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