Can A Christian Be Forced To Deny His Beliefs?

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Hi C____,

This is surely an unconstitutional as well as an unbiblical assignment this professor has given you. It is illegal to require a person to repudiate his or her own religion in order to get a passing grade. Unfortunately, this is all too common in the academia of this country. You and I both know that you cannot write a paper explaining what is wrong with being heterosexual. This professor also knows that if there were no heterosexuals first, then there would be no homosexuals to complain about discrimination. The opposite certainly is not true.
Is this an assignment for this whole class, or is this professor simply harassing you? This letter and this assignment are nothing less than blatant bigotry against heterosexuals and would never stand up in a court of law even in today’s perverted society.
If this professor is bent on flunking you then, you certainly have a right to go to the University Administrators and reference the law against the very bigotry this professor is displaying even as he is decrying “Christian bigotry”. Even Paul pointed out “You judge me according to the law, and command me to be smitten contrary to the law.”

Act 23:3  Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

It is against the laws of our land to expect either a homosexual or a heterosexual to condemn and deny their own sincerely held religious views as this professor is demanding of you in this essay.
But as hard as it is to say this, I cannot advise you to go to law about this. We have Christ’s example when we are faced with illegal actions against us. He is our example, not the apostles who, like Peter separated himself from the Gentiles, “because of the Jews” who had come down to Antioch from Jerusalem, or like Paul who condemned Peter for doing that and then went out and circumcised Timothy “because of the Jews in that area”.
Here is what Christ tells us to do when we are being wronged:

Mat 5:39  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Mat 5:40  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [ thy] cloke also.
Mat 5:41  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

This is not a contradiction of the command to “resist the devil.”

Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

What we are to resist is inward sin, within the heart and within the body of Christ. What we are not to resist is those who would sin against us from outside of the body of Christ. So James continues:

Jas 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Stand up to this professor and let him know that you will not deny Christ. It was Christ who said “Man must live by every word of God”, and it was God who said that homosexuality is an abomination to Him.

Lev 20:13  If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [ shall be] upon them.

It is true that Christ has taken the punishment for this sin out of the hands of His followers.

Rom 12:19  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

He still tells us homosexuality is a sin, just like adultery.

Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:26  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:
Rom 1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in [ their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

“The creature” is the self. It is self gratification that drives both the adulterer and the homosexual, and God will not be second to self. So Christ, who said that He did not condemn the adulterous woman, did not say that He did not condemn her adulterous ways, but rather reproved her.

Joh 8:10  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
Joh 8:11  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Does the fact that Christ told this woman that He did not condemn her, mean that He condoned her adultery? What an absurd thought! Does the fact that He admonished her to “sin no more” mean that Christ was a ‘heterophobe’? What an equally ridiculous thought! Christ simply calls a spade a spade, and He calls sin a sin, and that is something that both adulterers and homosexuals do not like to hear.
I hope this serves to give you some direction. “Resist not evil” is a big piece of meat, which I will be praying God will help you to assimilate.
This makes my own natural man want to resist, so you are in my prayers at this time of your trial.

Your brother in Christ,

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