Archive for the ‘Homosexuality’ Category

A current commentary by Ingrid Schlueter at the Crosstalk Blog begins:

UK and American news sites have been reporting on the latest lurid conduct by “Hannah Montana”, aka Miley Cyrus, a role model to millions of little girls around the world. Miley is reportedly tired of her “good girl image” and is now working feverishly to undo her reputation. The photos of her performance this weekend at a club for homosexuals in London are so raunchy that I cannot link to them on this site.

One commenter on the article remarked that she was shocked that Miley was behaving this way in that she was supposedly a “Bible-Christian.” Welcome to the freakish world of modern evangelicalism where faking lesbian kisses while dancing scantily clad onstage at a club for sodomites is the behavior of young “Christian” girls…(source)

This is a prime reason that I do not allow my children to follow pop culture icons and become influenced by popular children’s television. Some have called me old fashioned, extremist, etc. but as a parent it’s important that we are the influence and not a pop star or a television sitcom.

The following link contains some images that many parents will find offensive and that are definitely not appropriate for children. I’m adding this link so that you can see the end result of the culture Disney is pimping out to our children via these superstar idols.

Miley Cyrus ends her London visit with a bang: Singer gives the crowd at G-A-Y her raunchiest performance yet

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Leviticus 18:22 (New American Standard Bible)

22‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (New American Standard Bible)

9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [a]effeminate, nor homosexuals,

10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

The Bible is very clear about homosexual relations. These types of relationships are forbidden by God. Since this is a growing issue in our country, the church must address homosexuality from the pulpit. We cannot be silent and allow the politically correct movement to mandate our speech and limit our religious freedoms. Since this issue needs to be addressed, how should we deal with it?

A good example of what we should not do can be seen as some Christians protest pro-gay rallies. I’ve seen videos and images of Christians screaming at pro-gay activists while holding signs with scriptures such as Leviticus 20:13,”‘If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.”  It disturbs me to see Christians yelling at groups of homosexuals with no evidence of truly trying to witness to these people. Yelling and being hateful to homosexuals only shows them a form of Christianity that is false. Instead of attacking these people, we need to witness to them in truth and in love. We can stand against the sin of homosexuality and present our arguments in a civil manner. There is no need to engage in behavior that is not appropriate and acceptable by true Christian standards. How can we present the Gospel of Christ to these people when we are yelling at them, attacking them, and calling them names? Do we really want to follow the Law and put homosexuals to death? If we follow the Law, are we willing to stone our children because they disobey us time and time again ( Deuteronomy 21:18-21 )? Are we willing to follow the Law fully? If we will pardon our rebellious children, then we should be willing to pardon the homosexual. If we break one Law, then we have broken all of them (James 2:10).

We need to:

  • Love the homosexuals enough to tell them the truth.
  • Welcome them to our church as any other person in need of Jesus Christ.
  • Distinguish between loving the sinner and hating sin.
  • Teach homosexuals that they must repent of the sin of homosexuality
  • We need to understand that we cannot change them because only the Holy Spirit can change them.
  • Be patient with them and treat them no differently than we treat our friends and family.
  • Take the time to answer their questions and explain to them why God called homosexuality sin.
  • Preach the Gospel again and again with love as we depend on the Holy Spirit to convict them of their sin.

What we should not do:

  • Hate the people who are homosexual.
  • Name call and belittle them.
  • Make it a point to target them from the pulpit just because they are attending our church.
  • Make them feel like 3rd class citizens.
  • Compromise the truth about homosexuality just to make homosexuals feel welcome in our churches.

Should we treat homosexuals any differently when they come to our church? Do we truly welcome them in to hear the Gospel? We should welcome everyone to our church without making them feel unwelcomed. I’m not accusing all Christians of this type of behavior, but I have been in churches where people with certain sin problems are not really wanted. I know some Christians will worry about how allowing gays into the church could possibly influence people in the church. Most gays know when they walk in the doors how many churches feel about their lifestyle. We must not compromise the truth just so gays will fit into our congregations. My advice is to treat homosexuals the same way we treat all people who visit our church. We must preach the whole council of God to all people and be mindful to where the Spirit is leading us. The Gospel is offensive to the carnal nature of mankind, but that does not mean we make it a point to target certain people just to offend them. I’m not saying to avoid the subject of homosexuality. I’m saying that we must preach in love and truth, trying to convey the love of Christ by teaching them how He offered Himself for the forgiveness of our sins. We must preach the truth about homosexuality even when homosexuals are sitting in our pews.

How do we address Christians who are openly homosexual?

If a professing Christian is a homosexual we need to rebuke him/her with the Scriptures. If s/he does not repent of this sin, then we have nothing to do with them (1 Cor 5:1-13). This rebuking and separating is the same for all open sin regardless of the type of sin because sin is sin. We should not make exceptions for open sin. God is sovereign and holy, therefore His Word is final. We cannot create a gray area in the Word where a gray area does not exist.

In the United States, we have the freedom of speech, freedom of religion (and freedom from religion), and freedom of the press. Gay people have a right to be gay by our laws. Gay people, like all citizens, are already protected by our laws; therefore, I do not advocate any special rights based on sex, race, etc. All Americans are under the US Constitution and all are equally protected by it. With that said, I have every right to condemn the sin of homosexuality and to speak against this sin. This does not mean that I hate the individuals, and it does not mean that I advocate any type of violence against these people. I advocate preaching the Gospel of Christ and praying for the Holy Spirit to draw them to repentance. Even when pro-gay groups demonize our beliefs as homophobic and racist, we need to stand firm on the Word of God while being as much like Christ as humanly possible. We need to stand by the Word of God and point out we are also protected by the Bill of Rights. We must remember that our freedom of speech and the freedom to peacefully assemble also applies to pro-gay right groups. Therefore we need to respect our Laws even when we disagree with those who are protected by the Law. When we are confronted by the politically correct, we need to hold fast to the Word of God with one hand and hold the U.S. Constitution with our other hand to remind them that we have every right to condemn the sin of homosexuality.

How do we benefit the cause of Christ by acting like a bunch of crazed soldiers from the inquisition who are out to rid the world of evil? We do not need to be like the Pharisee who condemned Jesus for eating with tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 9:11-13); we need to reach out to all sinners just like Jesus Christ reached out to those who were lost. We are all born sinners (Romans 3:23). We are not under the Law because we are under Grace (Colossians 2). We need to love the homosexual and hate the sin of homosexuality (Romans 12:8-10).

1 Timothy 1:6-15 (New American Standard Bible)

6For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion,

7wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

8But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,

9realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers

10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,

11according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,

13even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;

14and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.

15It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4, NASB)

They tell us it’s “a unique teleseminar event” that will feature 40 “deeply respected spiritual leaders,” such as Marianne Williamson and Barbara Marx Hubbard, “from every major tradition over 40 days.” As you’ll hear below Pagitt pretty much just lets Spong share his myths, until about 7:40 in, the interview takes a distinctly arrogant and condescending turn, which is actually quite common with these neo-liberals and their so-called Progessive Christianity. (source)

Please visit DOUG PAGITT AND JOHN SHELBY SPONG and observe how these heretics are trying to redefine our Christian faith. I’m thankful that Ken Silva faithfully warns us about the dangers of the emergent church.

Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning ‘made them make and female’, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-6, NASB)

No Such Thing As Same-Sex Marriage For The Christian

Apprising Ministries has long been covering an issue now—which also touches upon some others within it—that may well prove to be a defining one in our gelatinous generation should the Lord tarry. In articles like The Sin Of Homosexuality Is Different and Growing Gay Agenda In Evangelicalism I’ve been warning you that there’s a very dark and threatening same-sex storm right now approaching hurricane force and which, is currently only slightly off the coast of your own local church.

There is a very plain reason for this; with its open embrace of the egregiously ecumenical Emerging Church de-formation of the Christian faith aka Emergent Church—now morphing into Emergence Christianity (EC)—unless God sends revival, mainstream evangelicalism itself will soon stumble upon the same broad path followed by the now mortally wounded mainline denominations, who long ago cut loose their anchor of Sola Scriptura in favor of highly subjective Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism.

If you actually make the time, you’ll see in Emerging Church To Transform Outlaw Preachers that the EC has now completely embraced a rather biblically illiterate, and largely gay affirming, bunch who’ve crowned themselves as Outlaw Preachers (OP). These OPs are rallying around gay marriage advocate “pastor” Jay Bakker, himself now fast friends with heretical EC spokesman Tony Jones, “theologian in residence” at the EC church of his quasi-universalist pastor Doug Pagitt.

But, as I previously pointed out in Outlaw Preachers Khad Young And Jay Bakker Don’t Love Enough their “outlaw” message amounts to antinomianism, a no-law distortion of the grace of God. And what makes these spiritual adulters strange bedfellows is their common antichrist agenda to try and convince us that the deviant lifestyle of having sexual relations with another of the same sex, i.e homosexuality, is a viable one for the evangelical Christian.

You can see a classic example of this in Andrew Marin And Phyllis Tickle where Marin, who is somewhere in between gay affirming EC OPers like “queer inclusive” ELCA “pastor” Nadia Bolz-Weber, and others around the EC taking a more “traditional” stance such as Dan Kimball. In that aforementioned piece Marin tells us Phyllis Tickle—the Empress of Emergence Christianity—“is leading the charge for the Emergent movement” and also introduces her “as a representative of the Church—capital C here”.

Ignoring What The Bible Actually Says In Order To Serve The Self

Tickle then scratches itching EC/OP ears by rehashing long-ago debunked speculations originally posed by what cult expert Dr. Walter Martin (1928-1989) dubbed the Cult of Liberal Theology as she muses:

the church itself is gonna have to come to grips with the fact that, we have changed,…we have evolved—the Law. We now admit divorce, our Lord does not speak much about sexuality; but He’s very clear about divorce. Ah, it’s the only thing He’s really clear about. And we’ve…managed to get around the divorce issue…

The same thing is going to happen with the gay issue; ah, it’s in process…the issue really is—absolute Sola Scriptura; Scripture only, and only Scripture. Ah, did God put a period at the end of Revelation, or did He put a comma?

I happen to think Tickle is right when she says, “The same thing is going to happen with the gay issue…it’s in process”; Tony Jones himself has said, This is the shift that’s taking place in evangelicalism, people. Take a look at what’s been happening just recently in mainline denominations who’ve already injested that kind of spiritual cyanide as Protestant Churches Shifting Toward Affirming Homosexuality, further evidenced by ELCA And Homosexuality and PCUSA Votes To Ordain Lesbian Lisa Larges.

But John MacArthur, one of those the EC considers anathema, was dead-on-target a few years ago when he said:

One of the big issues is homosexuality in the emerging church; they don’t want to take a position on homosexuality. The Bible is not vague, or obscure, or oblique about homosexuality–it couldn’t be more clear.

A homosexual will not inherit the Kingdom of God; that’s pretty clear. Homosexuality in Romans, chapter one, is a perversion that is manifestly–when it happen in a culture–when it begins to dominate a culture, an evidence of Divine wrath and Divine judgment. So the Bible is clear… (Online source)

So in closing this first part, we look quickly at a ludicrous statement from Tickle: “our Lord does not speak much about sexuality.” How pious, “our Lord”; for sure, Satan is very pious. But the opening text I used above flies in the face of those foolish enough to put self at the center; however, it is written in the last days — People will be lovers of themselves (2 Timothy 3:2). Notice carefully that, concerning church doctrine, Tickle takes the emphasis off what God said—“the Law…Scripture”—and instead elevates the fickle feelings of human beings—“we have changed,…we have evolved.”

Again, Tickle is correct…but not the way she thinks. A sad result of the seeker sensitive Church Growth Movement is that evangelicalism has indeed changed; it has evolved…away from God’s Word.

See also:

JAY BAKKER RECEIVES AWARD

HOMOPRESSION IS AT LEAST AS BAD AS HOMOPHOBIA

ROB BELL, PETER ROLLINS, AND QUEERMERGENT’S ADELE SAKLER

KEN SILVA, JAY BAKKER AND HOMOSEXUALITY

EX-HOMOSEXUAL FRIEND OF APPRISING MINISTRIES

BUT DO EMERGENCE CHRISTIANITY AND BRIAN MCLAREN REALLY LOVE GAY PEOPLE?

THE NIGHTMARE BEGINNING FOR MAINSTREAM EVANGELICALISM

*The above blog was taken from http://apprising.org/

Screen shot 2009-11-07 at 9.00.30 AMTaken from: http://apprising.org/2009/11/outlaw-preachers-and-the-emerging-church/

For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 4, ESV)

Warning: Apostasy In Your Mirror Closer Than You Think

In posts like Meet Outlaw Preachers and Communion With Outlaw Preacher Khad Young recently Apprising Ministries has introduced you to a rather rapscallion bunch, who’ve crowned themselves outlaw preachers and who are now slithering up all around head Outlaw, gay affirming “pastor” Jay Bakker. As I previously pointed out, this growing, largely Biblically illiterate, group of  *cough* “preachers” is currently quite busy Turning God’s Grace Into An Idol.

For more on what is meant by that the interested reader is referred to ELCA, Gospel Reductionism, And Homosexuality; but simply, these “out” laws actually end up as “no” laws. The point being, their message over-emphasizes the grace of God neglecting the conviction of sin, which ends up in an antinomianism. But what’s this got to do with the egregiously ecumenical Emerging Church aka Emergent Church de-formation of the Christian faith—now morphing into Emergence Christianity (EC)?

I’m glad you asked; what’s important for you to know is that, as it continues swallowing up mainstream evangelicalism, it’s also embracing these self-styled outlaw preachers as well. We take for example a couple of EC “Voices” who were supposedly revealing “the way the Christianity will be changing in coming days” at the recently concluded Christianity 21, which was put on by heretical Emerging Church theologian Tony Jones and his equally heretical quasi-universalist Emergent Church pastor Doug Pagitt.

One of them is “queer inclusive” ELCA “pastor,” and former “professional f**k-up,” Nadia Bolz-Weber. In the AM post Outlaw Preacher Nadia Bolz-Weber you’ll see she has announced herself as an outlaw preacher and has already appeared on the Outlaw Preachers precast, hosted by the aforementioned Khad Young, which was the forerunner to the Outlaw Preachers podcast mentioned below. As a matter of fact Bolz-Weber is in this debut episode along with Bakker’s assistant “pastor” Vince Anderson.

And then yesterday EC pastrix Makeesha Fisher, who will be attending the Outlaw Preacher’s Reunion being held at Bolz-Weber’s church in May 2010, tweeted the below because she wanted to make sure those following the errors of this Emerging/ent/ence form of Christianity knew about the:

Outlaw Preachers podcast episode 1 http://post.ly/Bmer (Online source)

Evangelical leaders can sleep on if they want to, but some of us will continue to attempt to make you aware that the warped and toxic teachings of such as these have been dripping into your Youth Groups and Young Adult classes for years now. As I informed you e.g. in Ex-Homosexual Friend Of Apprising Ministries one of the pet doctrines of these vipers is attempting to convince us that the deviant lifestyle of having sexual relations with another of the same sex, i.e homosexuality, is a viable one for the evangelical Christian.

And this is why AM has been continuing to warn that there’s a very dark and threatening same-sex storm right now approaching hurricane force which is currently only slightly off the coast of your own local church.

See also:

EMERGENCE CHRISTIANITY—A POSTLIBERAL CULT SLITHERS INTO EVANGELICALISM

JAY BAKKER FEATURED ON OOZE.TV OF EMERGING CHURCH

HOMOPRESSIVE AS JAY BAKKER

DID NADIA BOLZ-WEBER JUST CALL JESUS “A SCHMUCK”?

MAKEESHA FISHER: SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA BE CRASS

MAINSTREAM EVANGELICALISM NOW ON THE RAPID SLIDE TO APOSTASY

THE SIN OF HOMOSEXUALITY IS DIFFERENT

In posts such as Contemplative Spirituality Growing Within Mainstream Evangelicalism and The Nightmare Beginning For Mainstream Evangelicalism here at Apprising Ministries I’ve been attempting to alert you to a very dark and threatening same-sex storm that is right now approaching hurricane force, and which is currently only slightly off the coast of the mainstream evangelical community.And further, that the egregiously ecumenical Emerging Church aka Emergent Church—morphing into Emergence Christianity—(EC) is right now working to make affirming homosexuality an issue within your own mainstream evangelical church. This is why I’ve been doing what we can to send you clear warning concerning the grave danger of kicking out Sola Scriptura in favor of highly subjective [i.e. feelings-oriented] Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM).

With stories like you’ll see below mainstream evangelicalism is getting still another peek at its own impending future. And the reason for this is really rather simple; by circa the 1960s most mainline Protestant denominations had already opened themselves to CSM, and now just look at what’s happening within them. As evidenced by the recent vote to affirming clergy openly committing same-sex sexual immorality and the lunacy in the Lord’s Name of a woman ”Queer Affirming” Lutheran ”pastor” defend it in Nadia Bolz-Weber Weighs In On ELCA Church-Wide Assembly. (source)

I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone when I read what is going on in the American Church. It’s like watching an episode of the Twilight Zone that takes place on a world without Sola Scriptura.

This issue is too important for those of us in Christ to sit around and do nothing. We must contend for the faith and never stop beating the drum of Sola Scriptura.

Please read the full blog over at Reformata http://www.reformata.org/2009/09/protestant-churches-shifting-toward-affirming-homosexuality/

Ken Silva from Apprising Ministries has been doing the grunt work for many of us by following the apostasy brewing in the emergent seeker-friendly movement.

Mr. Silva has another good blog about this problem.

The seeker-sensitive movement just keeps getting farther and farther away from Sola Scriptura. In their efforts to be relevant and inclusive, the seeker-sensitive emergent movement “moves” God out of the way.

The bible warns us about these types of false teachers and false prophets:

2 Peter 2:1-3 (New American Standard Bible)

2 Peter 2

The Rise of False Prophets

1But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

2Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;

3and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

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