I know people carve the Scriptures up to mean whatever they want them to mean but this article pushes me over the top.
People magazine features Aiken holding his son, born in August through in vitro fertilization with his gay lover. This is the part of the article that makes me close my eyes and shake my head.
"Aiken, who considers himself a born-again Christian, said he knows he may turn off some fans -- known as Claymates -- with his admission and his decision to have a child outside traditional marriage." This is on the heels of Contemporary Christian artist Ray Boltz coming out of the closet yet still maintaining that he is a Christian.
Now we can all stomp and scream and say that he is not a Christian because the bible says sodomites and homosexuals cannot go to heaven. But do you know who else the bible says will not go to heaven?
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.
Clay Aiken needs prayer and may God have mercy on this poor baby. Clay is demonstrating clearly that he is not a born - again Christian. But JUST AS BAD, are people who are in love with this world more than God. That is why you cheat on your taxes, covet what other people have, and worship other things than God. You cannot live as a fornicator in an adulterous relationship and then get married or break up and never repent of those sins and just pretend like they never happened and 'resume your Christianity." (Usually because you accepted Jesus when you were really young)
If we are going to take these Scriptures literally, I ask the question the disciples asked Jesus after he said, rich people won't go to heaven.
"Are there few that be saved?" The obvious answer if the Bible means what it says, is YES, few.
No holiness, no heaven.