The Fall of Matt Moore
I admit it; I was disappointed to hear about “ex-gay” Christian blogger and writer for the Christian Post, Matt Moore, being found on a dating site, called GRINDR. I have been reading Matt’s blog for a while, not just because he uses the same WordPress theme for his blog as I do, (which is awesome) but because of his honesty, his openness, and his proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The thing I appreciated was the fact that he readily admitted his struggles with homosexuality and his utter dependence on Jesus Christ. He did not deny that temptation still existed after years of being a Christian. He stated just prior to the “scandal”,
The power of my testimony is not limited to my road-to-damascus-like conversion experience, but is really found in my grace-enabled perseverance that points right back to the power, love, patience, faithfulness and goodness of Jesus Christ
I have no idea what his theology is, whether he is Reformed, Dispensational, Pentecostal etc. but I consider Matt as a kindred spirit and a brother in Christ; no I am not gay, but we both struggle with sins and temptations and we both trust in a God who is greater than both of us and our weakness. And we are both very public about all of it. As a fellow Christian Blogger, I can understand why he is taking a hiatus from the blogosphere.
Matt, my brother, yes you fell into sin, and you have openly confessed it to both God and the world. John 1:9 tells us:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
And Psalm 103:10-12
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Romans 5:3-5 tells us,
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Our trials are a gift from God. This includes struggling against sexual immorality including homosexuality. No, God does not tempt us, let me be very clear about that, but he will place trials in our path. Why? For his glory and for our sanctification, that we one day will be perfected and made like the holy one, Jesus Christ. Perhaps one day my brothers and sisters who do struggle with these things will be able to declare that God has released them from this particular sin. If not then on the last day they may declare that God carried them through their weakness. And if we do fall into sin, as Matt did, God will be glorified in enabling repentance and restoring the sinner.
I am disappointed in Matt’s “fall” because of his high profile… and that weakens the reputation of Christ in the world. But let me ask you…How many of us are perfect? None of us. Daily we all sin. Daily we all need to repent. We all need a saviour. I need a saviour. You need a saviour. Matt needs a saviour. Everyone needs a saviour…we are ALL sinners. So turn to Christ. Repent and Believe.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.