No, he’s not dead. At least not in the physical sense. As for his relationship with God, I seriously think he’s been fooling himself sick for quite some time. Here’s my response to reading his Wikipedia page.
Sorry, Tony Campolo, but you just made my “Out List,” as you found the exit door to Christianity as given to us by God and taught to us by God’s Word and Jesus Christ.
No, before you delete this, please bear with me, as your pants and pony stories carried me through much of my own development and life as a Christian.
1. On June 8, 2015, Tony Campolo released a statement changing his position on the issue of gay relationships, and stating that he now supported full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church. He cited several reasons including the institution of marriage primarily being about spiritual growth instead of procreation, what he had learned through his friendships with gay Christian couples, and past examples of exclusionary church traditions practiced “by sincere believers, but most of us now agree that they were wrong.”
That’s enough, as in direction violation of Romans Chapter 1, and given the fact that you were Bill Clinton’s “spiritual advisor,” it appears you’ve fallen astray, probably via your wife, whose stated beliefs lead your own and fall much further astray than yours. For that, you earn the “husband not leading the household” failure award.
I loved your “These are the pants!” and “There must be a pony around here!” stories. Truly inspiring! I still have the tapes.
Sadly, you have wandered from the truth: It’s not that God doesn’t forgive all sins (except blasphemy). He does. However, the “saved by grace THROUGH FAITH” part requires both acknowledgement of sin and repentance (turning away from) sin on our part. We cannot merely “accept God’s forgiveness” and continue to sin, and make absolutely zero mistake about it, homosexuality is sin, as undeniably established by biblical reference to Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19), Leviticus (18:22, 20:13), Romans 1 – ALL of it), and many more.
Perhaps you’ve been lead astray by claims that “the concept of sexual orientation didn’t even exist in the ancient world,” while failing to clearly recall Romans 1:26-27, which states: “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
Gee, Tony, if that doesn’t sound like both male and female homosexual acts, I don’t know that it can be better described 2,000 years later in modern parlance.
As for the claim about “sexual orientation” not having been present in the ancient world, that is so fantastically absurd for one simple reason: The LGBTQ community has repeatedly provided clear and unmistakable evidence to the contrary in support of their own lifestyle and based on rock-solid archaeological evidence.
This is the deceptiveness of sin, Tony. It tries to argue one thing on the one hand, while trying to argue another thing on the other hand. They key point is that the Holy Spirit ALWAYS knows what’s in both hands. It is we as fallible human beings who either deceive ourselves or allow ourselves to be deceived into thinking that what’s going on with one side of an equation has nothing to do with what’s going on with the other side of the question.
But who is that deception from, really? It’s from Satan, author of the original “divide and conquer” approach, one which has lead to the continually increasing dissolution of Godly, Biblical marriage in “favor” of un-Godly, non-Biblical “marriage” that cannot Biblically be described as any sort of marriage at all, but rather, an un-holy union of two or more “men [who] also abandoned natural natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
That’s what you support, Tony Campolo. That’s the level to which your “ministry” has devolved i.e. “fallen,” to attain the widespread monetary intake in support of your lifestyle but at the expense of your widespread support of sin that God calls “detestable, specifically, “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.” – Leviticus 20:13
You know what, Tony? Returning to a righteous walk with God may yet cost you your relationship with God. Who knows what happened to Paul’s wife? We just know that he was married, but when Christ called him to ministry, she more or less fell by the wayside, and no amount of effort on his part persuaded her to follow him into ministry. Although Paul did not divorce her, he had a choice to make: “Do I allow my wife to lead me astray, or do I follow Christ and hope my wife allows God to turn her around?”
Paul chose the latter. Even though it appears his wife did not follow, following Christ supersedes everything, including marriage, a roof over your head, and even how many pairs of pants you have hanging on your rack.”
Following Christ might very well mean you lose everything in your life, even life itself! But look at what you GAIN! Eternal life, communion with the saints, access to the throne, and even welcome unto God’s bosom (a person’s chest when it is thought of as the place where secret thoughts and feelings are kept). In today’s vernacular: No closer confidence available..
I am just a man, Tony. I am no saint, save for that which whatever God’s good graces and the blood of Christ may have given me access when I have had half the sense God gave a horse’s ass to simply avail myself of it. He loves us THAT much.
Yet the path to salvation remains narrow while the path to destruction remains wide. It involves the absolute simplest of choices, whether to choose one’s own will or God’s will, the latter of which has always been determined by His own word that he gave us from the beginning through the end, the “word” which he Himself revealed to us as Christ, the Alpha and the Omega,” a joint title of Christ and God in the book of Revelation.
Are you WITH me, Tony? Are you ready to return to a righteous path of service before our Lord and Savior?
It’s not hard. In fact, there’s nothing that God Almighty made easier in this world than his creation turning their hearts and minds to Him. Only Satan has convinced mankind that it is either too hard or too costly.