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I don’t have any intention of beating to death my personal dustup with Ann Coulter, but I continue to receive a heavy volume of e-mail over this controversy – and some of it requires further exploration.

One insightful reader made this observation: “I think the most significant part of the note from Ann (about her speaking to a homosexual Republican group at an event called Homocon) is this: ‘also, FYI; my fellow evangelicals – and I know lots and lots of ‘em – all think it’s great that I’m doing this. (Of course, they know I’m not changing my mind on gay marriage even though I like gays.)’”

It’s true that much of the church is lacking the moral discernment it should receive from the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Much of the church is as blind to right and wrong as the world is. That’s alarming. But Jesus did warn us:

In Matthew 7:20-24, He says: “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them …”

Those should be alarming verses for all professing Christians. But I don’t think many American evangelicals give them much consideration.

In other words, it’s not enough to call yourself a Christian. It’s not enough to go to church on Sunday. It’s not enough to say some magic words. You’ve got to be sincere in your repentance and be obedient to His will.

I have no doubts that many who call themselves Christians have encouraged Ann Coulter to take this speaking assignment. I can’t judge their motives. Maybe they are enamored of her celebrity. Maybe they put their friendship with Ann above giving her what they know in their hearts to be sound advice. Maybe they’re afraid of being called names and cast out of impolite conservative company. Maybe they are misguided or immature or carnal Christians. Maybe they are not Christians at all.

I don’t get my notion of what being a Christian is or how to be one from other Christians. I get it from the Bible.

And understand what I am saying here: I do not suggest it is wrong for Christians to associate with homosexuals, as some have charged. In fact, if we love them – or, as Ann Coulter suggests, “like” them – we should engage them. We should bring them the truth. We should share the good news of the Gospel. And that, however uncomfortable it is, means confronting them with their sin – just as we would any other sinner.

I believe that’s what Jesus meant when He told us to love our enemies. The ultimate demonstration of love for a Christian should be to evangelize the lost.

There is no indication Ann Coulter has ever used one of her paid speaking engagements to do this. In fact, I’m not even sure a paid speaking engagement is an appropriate forum for evangelizing.

Nevertheless, I have heard from a few Christians who compare Coulter’s paid speaking gig to Homocon with Jesus sitting down with tax collectors and sinners.

That is not good discernment.

Coulter is a political activist, a pundit, a satirist. She is not Jesus. And she is not an evangelist. No one is likely to get saved at Homocon because Ann Coulter gives a conservative stump speech.

What will happen as a result of her appearance is that a compromise will be made with sin. Sin will be condoned or appeased. A conservative icon will find accommodation with a sin that would undermine the foundations of Western civilization, the Judeo-Christian ethic and the most basic biblical standards of sexual morality.

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