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I am in a ministry of reaching people who have entered into the unnatural lifestyle. Yes, I mean those who identify as gays, lesbians, queer, trans-gendered, et al. When I first entered this ministry, people warned me that I would come under vicious attack by those who support the unnatural lifestyle. Hollywood stars, gay activists, the liberal press and others who champion that lifestyle would certainly come after me with guns blazing.
While this has been true because they do not agree that their lifestyle is wicked and sinful, some respect the fact that I am not viciously condemning them. Nevertheless, you will never guess who has attacked me, called me vulgar names, taken my words out of context, distorted what I say, LIED about what I believe, and attacked anyone who is my friend. It is a fringe group who call themselves “Christian” but act more like the Westboro cult.
A friend recently told me why he believes this is happening. His answer floored me, but I think he is right. The issue is one simple thing: do you believe that a sinner guilty of “homosexuality” can be saved or do you believe they are hopelessly damned to hell?
Mark my words. The loudest people who oppose me, for the most part, have damned the souls of those involved in this particular sin. I cannot begin to tell you all the vulgar things they say about former “homosexuals” who have given their life to Christ. I am talking about name-calling and accusations that are libelous to the extreme. Here is the truth: these people want “homosexuals” to go to hell and believe they are irredeemably condemned to do so. But God is not willing that any should perish.
Be careful when you listen to those who criticize my ministry. Not because I am above criticism—I am not above objective review by any means—but because these people are not after my correction, they are after my destruction. But I will not join their damnation party. I refuse to damn any sinner to hell, so they misrepresent me and condemn me as well.
These slanderers hate “homosexuals.” Because I refuse to condemn “homosexuals” I am accused of condoning homosexuality. Try that on Jesus, my Pharisee friend. That is exactly what the Pharisees did. They tested Christ’s position on sin by tempting him to condemn sinners. Jesus did not come to condemn sinners (John 3:17), but to bring them to repentance (Luke 5:32). How did we miss that?
It seems to me that some Christians have decided that they are smarter than Jesus. Well, let me give you a bit of news: they are not. So far as I am concerned, I plan on standing up for the rights of God’s grace to save any sinner.
Now, if you want to side against that, you are taking the side for damnation. Do not blindly believe their claims about what I believe. Ask me instead. Read the book Born That Way After All for yourself and then ask any questions you may have.
These slanderers misrepresent, misquote and mislead with reckless abandonment and many have been deceived. So let me tell you what I plan on doing and what I truly believe. This is MY true position on the subject.
I hate sin. I hate all sin. I hate slander. I hate gossip. I hate envy. I hate murder. I hate bearing false witness. I hate adultery. I hate sodomy. I hate the unnatural lifestyle. I hate backbiting. I hate all sin. Are we clear on that? Let me repeat myself: I hate all sin, including the sin of sodomy.
I love the souls of those for whom my Savior died. That means I love everyone because everyone is a sinner and everyone has a soul. I love the souls of everyone. I do not want “homosexuals” to get saved more than adulterers or more than thieves or more than murderers or more than false accusers. I want every sinner to come to Christ. My life is built around winning the lost to Christ, which includes taking the gospel to everyone who is lost.
I hate the sin for which He died. The subject matter in Romans 1 begins with these words: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” (Romans 1:18).
Paul’s letter to the Romans addresses “all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,” and it gives the reason for “all” of man’s “ungodliness and unrighteousness” and God’s subsequent condemnation thereof.
The reason given is this: All men know about God but reject Him (Romans 1:18-21). All men are “haters of God” (Romans 1:30). It is not just homosexuals who hate God. Everyone hates God, as it is written, “The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Psalm 14:2-3).
Romans 1 is focused on “all ungodliness . . . of men.” Romans 1:18-32 addresses all of mankind (see also Romans 3:10-18). The reference to homosexuality in Romans 1:26 is simply ONE example in which a reprobate mind is manifest, as it is written, “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:” (Romans 1:26)
The “vile affections” that God gave them up to is not limited to the vile affection of homosexuality. Romans 1:29 says they are “filled with all unrighteousness.” That covers everything evil, all “vile affections,” and that is sadly the condition of every human heart (Jeremiah 17:9), as it is written, “. . . the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. (Ecclesiastes 9:3b)
Furthermore, the Bible is not unclear. “Homosexuals” can most certainly be saved. Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:” (Mark 3:28-29)
“All sins shall be forgiven” includes the sin of “homosexuality.”
My ministry happens to be that of bringing the gospel and the truth of redemption to a certain segment of people who have been condemned by many other Christians. I refuse to damn them. I did not ask for this. I was not seeking this. I was going along, pastoring my church, and minding my own business when the Holy Spirit worked in my own life and turned this “homosexuals-be-damned” preacher into a “homosexuals, be saved” soul-winner. Make no mistake about it—I do not excuse any sin because we are all without excuse. I merely give them the hope that is within me: Jesus Christ.
Jesus said that if He had gone to Sodom, they would have been spared (Matthew 11:20-24). If even Sodom is redeemable, then I will give all men the truth that there is deliverance in Christ. Be very clear: my desire is to take Jesus to Sodom.
I believe that all sinners were born that way. The Bible bears out that fact. We were born in trespasses and sins. Please follow me carefully in my explanation and do not misinterpret these words. I believe we are all capable of committing any sin, however I believe there is a certain predisposition that exists in some people to be overcome by a specific sin. How that predisposition takes place, I do not know. I never claimed that God made people to have “homosexual” desires. I never said that and never will. However, I do believe we are all born differently.
For example I know people who drink alcohol and never became drunks. They gave up alcohol without a second thought. Others have fought a very serious battle against alcoholism. The same is true with drugs. The same is true with rage or anger. The Bible says there are sins that easily beset us. Therefore I believe that a person can be born with a more likely disposition to fall into an unnatural lifestyle. That is not an excuse. It’s a fact. It doesn’t reduce their condemnation or guilt. It merely means that they have different predispositions than me.
I believe all sinners can be saved, and I believe all sinners can be delivered. There is probably not a sin you can name that I have not had the privilege of leading someone to Christ who was guilty of that sin. I have seen their lives transformed. I believe the power of God is greater than the power of sin, and that His grace reaches farther than sin could ever go.
The argument is not about our ministry or our book. These arguments hide the true battle. The battle is over souls. The Devil wants to damn as many souls to hell as possible, yet God is not willing that any should perish. By telling us that some cannot possibly be saved, the Devil will use God’s own children to secure an entire people for himself. Which side are you on? Do you love souls or do you hate souls?
So let me say this one thing to those of you who are confused about what Johnny Nixon believes. I do not believe that people who are guilty of committing the sin of unnatural sexual behavior are hopelessly damned to hell nor do I believe that God hates them. Be careful who you listen to and what you believe. Unless you are willing to say that Christ did not die for “homosexuals,” you better look out for those who are criticizing a ministry such as ours—because their goal is to further their Pharisaical agenda.
If God could save me, He can save anybody.