It is understandable why homosexuality has been treated somewhat differently in churches than other sins-- because it involves such a shocking reversal of the created order. We rightly blush when we see images on television of two men or women kissing or locked in a passionate embrace. It is understandable why people are embarassed to admit being tempted to homosexuality in the way people admit being tempted to gluttony or laziness. However, it is important to encourage those struggling with same-sex attraction to point out that the Bible always defines people in terms of the lifestyle they choose, not the temptations they experience. A drunkard is not someone who is tempted to drunkenness, but someone who actually does drink to excess. A fornicator is not someone who is tempted to commit fornication, but someone who actually gives himself to sexual impurity in thought or deed. Likewise, a homosexual is not someone who struggles with same-sex attraction, but someone who actually embraces a homosexual lifestyle. If a person who is struggling with same-sex attraction habitually rejects the temptation to engage in homosexual acts or fantasies, he or she is not a homosexual, for they are rejecting the lifestyle.
A challenge Although Malachi was addressing God's people with God's word it is still relevant for the Christian Church today.
Rev. Quigley's preaching on the problem the Church is currently facing is directed to the leadership with the challenge not to fear man but to fear God is powerfully presented.