It’s amazing to watch the self-justification exhibited by the Pastor of the Detroit Church which distributes condoms in ‘safe sex’ kits to anyone in the community who wants them.
In the name of the Gospel he attempts to persuade us that aiding and abetting immorality is a good thing. ‘People are having sex, so we need to make it safe’ is the logic underlying his claims but let’s think about that just for a moment. By distributing condoms his church is granting permission to whomsoever wishes to commit fornication and adultery (which are, whether he likes it or not, called sins by the Bible and by historic Christianity). He may think it unhelpful and old fashioned to refuse to bow the knee to our unethical society but immorality destroys far more lives than decency and far more people have STD’s who are promiscuous than those who rightly exercise the gift of sex within the context of a monogamous marriage.
Furthermore, though the reality is that people are promiscuous the Gospel calls us not to affirm evil but to replace it with good. Enabling evil is itself evil. The condom church is contributing, as it were, to the delinquency of society. This is not something to celebrate or laud, it is something to mourn and lament.
In wishing to seem ‘cool’ condom church has violated its own calling to be The Body of Christ which, when joined to a prostitute (or the profligate) ceases to be that and becomes nothing more than a club. A cool club the immoral will enjoy, to be sure, but not a Church. Indeed, anything but a church.
It’s great to care for people but it’s a lie to tell people that immorality is acceptable and to aid them in perpetrating immorality. Churches don’t do that. Churches worthy of the name lift people from the gutter, they don’t applaud them while they’re wallowing in the filth of the sewer.