Caution: Due to the sexual nature of this subject readers may find some details offensive.
It is December 2003 as I write this first draft, (there have been a great many additions in recent years to keep pace with the rapidly changing events) and the visible church - especially the worldwide Anglican church - is beginning to divide.
It is sad, and yet it is right.
In the USA the Anglican Church confirmed Dr. Gene Robinson as a Bishop on November 2nd 2003 despite the fact that he divorced his wife and has openly led an active homosexual relationship with his long term male partner of 13 years - and 63 Bishops affirmed his confirmation. (update: He married his male partner in 2003, retired from the church in 2012 and divorced his male partner in 2014)
In 2005, speaking at the Christ Church of Hamilton and Wenham in Massachusetts he suggested that Jesus may have been homosexual.
The Telegraph newspaper reported..
In Canada a similar split took place following Bishop Michael Ingam's decision to bless same-sex unions in clear contravention of Church law. (Lambeth Palace 1998 Resolution)
A catechism commissioned by the former Archbishop of York stated "Homosexual Christian believers should be encouraged to find in their sexual preferences such elements of moral beauty as may enhance their general understanding of Christ's calling."
One response - from a Colorado church - and issued as the “The Denver Statement” stated that "the glorious variety of gender and sexual expression is a reflection of God’s original creation design and are aspects of human flourishing."
It seems as if the lusts of the flesh are no longer to be warred against but to be embraced. Not only the lusts of the flesh, but on this issue, the lusts of 'strange flesh' as scripture terms it. (Jude 1:7 NKJ)
Many have found this new teaching appealing as it promises to remove traditional Christian moral boundaries and give free reign to their erotic desires.
C.S.Lewis - in his spiritual autobiography 'Surprised by Joy' - wrote,
As followers of Jesus Christ our carnal 'zoo of lusts' are not to be cherished, celebrated and nourished!.
We are called to be holy. To be a people set apart by God.
To submit to Christ and to walk the narrow road called the Road of Holiness. We are called to put off the old man and put on the new man in Christ.
We are called to be a people crucified with Christ, dead to self and alive to God. As the apostle Paul declared,
God's marriage instructions always and only involve a husband and wife. (Matthew 19: 4-6) And He takes the marriage covenant very seriously.
Speaking on the sacred aspect of marriage in Ephesians 5:22-33 the Apostle Paul says that in this 'great mystery' the man represents Christ (the Bridegroom) and the woman represents the Church (the Bride). Thus a man-to-man or woman-to-woman marriage can never represent the Bridegroom and Bride. The Spirit of God would not propagate such a teaching.
Like all sin in its myriad shapes and forms homosexual activity is a consequence of the fall.
Scripture is clear on where, when and through whom all sinful behaviour entered mankind.
And thankfully also clear on where, when and through whom we can be wonderfully rescued and delivered from its dreadful consequences.
Many Christians are confused, nervous and fearful due to the relentless media onslaught and the persecution (and even prosecution) of anyone who declares a Biblical world view contrary to the current secular world view. Thus many Christians are beginning to bend, buckle or completely give up on this issue in order to relieve the real or imagined pressure from without.
I would encourage them to gracefully stand firm on God's Word.
His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Psalm 119: 105) If that lamp is dulled or extinguished in our lives we will stumble about in spiritual darkness.
God has entrusted us with His Word. Many have died rather than renounce His Word and of course He watches over His Word. (Jeremiah 1:12)
Can you imagine the world's reaction if tomorrow we all said "OK, it's obvious the Bible has got it horribly wrong, and the church has been wrong for 2000 years. Now please believe in God's Word and come to hear about Jesus"
Can you imagine heaven's reaction? Can you imagine the reaction of the saints and the martyrs who have gone before us. (Hebrews 11 and 12:1)
These stirring words of Bishop John Hooper were written in jail before he was burned at the stake along with 287 others between the three years of 1555 and 1558.
Will we be the generation that drops the torch?
In the USA, 48% of religious congregations now allow practicing homosexuals to be full-fledged members, according to a Pew research study. The majority of white mainline Protestants (62 percent) now support same-sex marriage, with Catholics (57 percent) close behind, according to a different Pew study.
I met one young 'christian' man who had regular gay orgies in his home, often using various bits of gay 'equipment'. His minister knew of his homosexual lifestyle and was happy to make him the worship leader.
Scripture exalts love that is clean and pure. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)
People loving people - including men loving men and women loving women - is not what God prohibits. Otherwise Ruth would have been wrong to love Naomi (Ruth 1:17) Jonathan wrong to love David (1 Samuel 18:1) and Jesus wrong to love John. (John 13:23)
It is sexual activity in any shape or form outside of the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman that He rightly prohibits. Marriage is honourable and the marriage bed should never be defiled by perverse activity. (Hebrews 13:4)
I believe this destructive development within the visible church is the beginning of apostasy. The great falling away. After 2000 years we hear another gospel being propagated and welcomed. A gospel of carnality that runs contrary to scripture. Where erotic desire trumps scripture. Flesh over spirit.
One has only to look at today's television programmes and newspapers to see that the world applauds, honours and is enamoured with the homosexual lifestyle.
Dr. Albert Mohler points out that homosexual marriage was never the 'gay' activist's original desire, but "affirmation of their orientation, relationships and lifestyle"
Thus when society granted legal marriage rights it bestowed it's ultimate moral approval which includes the accompanying sexual lifestyle.
Saying what you do is 'normal'.
What is that lifestyle like?
It has been extensively researched and documented and is increasingly on public display in the Gay Pride marches.
These huge Gay Pride festivals - particularly in the major cities such as London, Madrid, San Francisco, Sydney and Los Angeles - are regarded as 'normal' festivals despite some of the grossly sexualized acts and costumes which are brazenly flouted before the huge crowds that line the routes.A continual and impacting theme (caution: these sample videos may offend) is the flaunting of semi-naked and fully naked bodies (caution: may offend) decadent costumes, lust, and rebellion against traditional morality. There have been openly gay-oral sex acts, simulated sodomy and gyrating sexual dances on floats. (caution: descriptions may offend)
They later allowed the video back on again. (caution: may offend)
One obvious question is, if this is not sexual perversion, then what is?
The next obvious question is, would brazenly obscene, lewd, naked behaviour be tolerated on our streets anywhere outside of a gay parade.
Of course not!
Especially at what is continually termed 'a family day'
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation host a parenting web site where they encourage families to attend Gay Pride parades. They wrote,
To an online question "Are gay parades inappropriate for children?" one respondent confidently wrote,
In the UK a man walking or dancing naked in the street would be charged with outraging public decency. On average 400 - 500 'outraging public decency' charges occur annually.
Generally, in America, nudity is against the law in public places. Moreover, nudity is also generally illegal on a person’s own property if the nude person is visible to the public, such as through an open window or sunbathing nude in someone's yard.
Participants in gay parades appear to be generally immune from the law.
It seems that the culture is moving rapidly and unhindered towards becoming a society devoid of a sense of shame.
Banners are often displayed saying, "Jesus is gay" or "God is gay!" and no action is taken, yet when banners appeared saying "Allah is gay" police acted saying that it would cause offence. Even leading atheist Richard Dawkins was moved to tweet angrily against that! (caution: may offend)
From the wanton atmosphere generated in the gay pride festivals it comes as no surprise to find, particularly amongst the men, that sexual promiscuity is rampant.
Dr. Thomas Schmidt, in his book 'Straight and Narrow?' writes,
In William Aaron's autobiographical book called' Straight: A Heterosexual Talks about His Homosexual Past' he writes,
A study by Matson and McWorda, out of 168 gay couples, not one could maintain monogamy for 5 years. (Page 139, 'Sexual Healing' by )
Leading gay activists don't hide their view of 'monogany'. Rather the opposite. Despite his coordinating the annual 'Hump pornography festival', Fox News and other major media placed homosexual activist and anti-Christian author Dan Savage in its "LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame" He advocates crusading for married straight couples to be as non-monogamous as homosexual male couples.
The sexual abuse scandals that rocked the Roman Catholic church were generally thought to be mostly paedophilia in nature, but the latest report (2016) shows that the problem was mostly of a homosexual predatory behaviour. According to the report, 78 percent of the victims were male with 15 percent under age 10.
An earlier report by the John Jay Institute which examined abuses by priests between 1950 and 2002 showed 81 percent of victims were male, with 40 percent of those aged between 11-14.
A 2011 report refuted the popular assertion that the clerical sex abuse crisis could be attributed to the all-male priesthood and priestly celibacy. The statistics pointed to adult male sexual predators gravitating toward institutional roles providing them access to victims.
In the ten years 2004 - 2014, a total of 3,400 sexual abuse cases were referred to the Vatican. Somewhat surprisingly 2,572 priests were merely sentenced to 'a lifetime of penance' while 848 were defrocked, of which 384 were defrocked in just two years alone by the former pope in 2013.
In 2017 high ranking Monsignor Luigi Capozzi, was arrested for allegedly hosting a cocaine fuelled homosexual orgy in a building right next to St. Peter's Basilica. At the time of the arrest, Capozzi was allegedly so high on cocaine that he was hospitalized for detoxification for a short period in the Pius XI clinic in Rome.
In February 2018 Monsignor Pietro Amenta - a judge on the Holy See's highest court - was sentenced to 14 months jail for sexual assault on an 18 year old Romanian male and for possession of 82 male child child pornographic images on his computer. The Romanian man, who was waiting for his girlfriend, had his genitals groped by Monsignor. Amenta, who touched the man a second time, in spite of his protests. Police confirmed that complaints had preciously been filed against Amenta in 1991 for indecent exposure and again in 2004 for sexual harassment.
The previous month the Vatican's chief prosecutor revealed that Monsignor Carlo Alberta Capella - a diplomat in the Nunciature of Washington DC had been caught sharing child porn on a website from a the computer of a Canadian parish during Christmas 2016.
Then in March 2018 the Vatican was presented with a massive 1200 page dossier complied by a gay male prostitute. The dossier was replete with explicit WhatsApp messages, erotic photos and lurid descriptions of priests and seminaries involved in gay sexual activity and drug use. Several show what appear to be penis pictures of priests with messages about where and how they wanted to have sex with each other and the escorts. In one, an apparent priest invites the escort along to an ordination, after which they would have sex nearby. The message ends with “see you later, I’ll tell you when the mass is.”
The prostitute discovered he was the favourite 'toy boy' in a gay priest sex ring. One of the priests mentioned - 'Father' Luca Morini - lived a lavish money-fuelled gay sex life. The Catholic church did nothing about it until it learned that an investigative TV programme caught Fr.Morini snorting cocaine, lounging at a gay spa and kissing other gay men. Only then was he suspended due to an 'undisclosed illness' and moved him to a €200,000 house purchased for him by the diocese. Bishop Santucci gave Fr. Morini €4500 from his own bank account plus €1000 from the diocese account. The Bishop is (as I write) currently under investigation. Another diocesan priest said "It hurts me to say that Fr. Morini has behaved this way for approximately 20 years, stealing and deceiving the elderly and those most in need, all seemingly under the protection of the powerful."
Male on female rape within the military has been well documented but recently it has been acknowledged that male on male rape (sodomy) in the US military has reached frightening levels. GQ magazine reported,
The army.mil website says,
According to Wikipedia the Pentagon estimated that 26,000 service members experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2012, up from 19,000 in 2010. Of those cases, the Pentagon says, most involved attacks on men, mostly by other men. Recent statistics show that in terms of number of assaults, "the majority of the victims are men." It also states that although rare, women have previously aided men in sexually assaulting other women. According to statistics released by the Department of Defense, in fiscal 2012, more men were victims of sexual abuse than women.Turchik and Wilson found that "one problem that may be unique for men is confusion concerning sexual identity, masculinity, and sexual orientation after an assault, especially if the perpetrator is a man," and that "homosexual victims may…feel that the assault was a punishment for being gay, whereas heterosexual victims may feel confused about sexuality and masculinity, especially if their body sexually responded during the assault." [Emphasis mine]
However in 2012, doing 'Gold standard' research Dr. Mark Regnerus (associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin Texas University) published a study in Social Science Research showing that children raised by homosexual parents were more likely to suffer from sexually transmitted infections, depression, suicidal fantasies, and low income, to have been sexually molested, to have been convicted of a criminal offense, to identify as a homosexual, to have been involved in same-sex relations, to have engaged in substance abuse, and many other harmful outcomes.
He was so vilified for his study that the University was forced to set up an enquiry, even going through his emails etc. They found no flaw in his procedures.
The couple most actively promoted as representing the ideal of 'gay marriage' and gay surrogate adoption is Sir Elton John and 'husband' David Furnish. For instance in May 2016 the London Daily Mail wrote,
As I write (July 2016) there is currently a court 'gagging order' on (English and Welsh) media releasing certain details that run contrary to this carefully nurtured ideal, but for everyone who has access to the internet their lifestyle  and relationship facts are available.
In an interview Sir Elton John said, "I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems..."
The following is an extract from a blog by Doug Mainwaring featured on Lifesitenews...
Life expectancy is also greatly reduced. At age 20 years life expectancy for gay and bisexual men is between 8 and 20 years less than for all men. This means that life expectancy at age 20 for gay and bisexual men ranges from 34.0 years to 46.3 years, and that nearly half of gay and bisexual men currently aged 20 years will not reach their 65th birthday.
In the study by Dr Paul Cameron Ph.D - in the section headed 'The Biological Swapmeet' - he wrote,
Originally a major cause of the higher mortality rate was put down to 'anti-gay prejudice'
In 2014 the journal Social Science & Medicine published a study that claimed homosexuals who live in communities with “high levels of anti-gay prejudice” have a life-span 12 years shorter on average than those who live in “low-prejudice communities.”
However in November 2016 the same journal reported on a new and extensive study which showed that the original claims could not be replicated, and the study’s author, Mark Regnerus, says he attempted to derive the same results using 10 different methods of statistical analysis, but none of them yielded any statistically significant result, and in fact most of the results actually gave a slightly lower risk of early death for homosexuals living in communities that stigmatize homosexuality.
Despite repeated and standard requests to the authors of the 2014 study for details of their methodology to see if their finding could be replicated, they were never forthcoming.
Interestingly, another study published in 2014 in the prestigious journal Science, which purported to show that a 20-minute conversation with a homosexual was enough to convert opponents of homosexual marriage, was shown to be a complete fabrication after other researchers sought to replicate the results.
On top of the promiscuity, the lack of fidelity and the greater likelihood of domestic violence there is also the greatly increased levels of disease due mainly to the unnatural way (caution: details may offend) that homosexual men 'have sex.'
Among men who have sex with men, in 2015 there was a 21 percent increase in gonorrhea diagnoses, a 19 percent increase in syphilis diagnoses, and an eight percent increase in Chlamydia diagnoses.
In English sexual health clinics in 2015, 84 percent of syphilis diagnoses, 70 percent of gonorrhea diagnoses, 21 percent of Chlamydia diagnoses, 12 percent of genital herpes diagnoses, and 9 percent of genital warts diagnoses were in men who have sex with men.
A recent development is where a substantial number of gay men actively seek to be HIV infected as a 'badge of honour'
The US Government's Centres for Disease Control and prevention give the following cold facts.
The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention 2014 report stated that,
'Some groups bear a disproportionate burden of STD's' and stated that there has been a troubling rise in syphilis infections among men, particularly gay and bisexual men'
Scripture is as relevant today - probably more so - than when Paul - inspired by the Spirit of God - first penned it in his letter to the church at Rome.
As Ravi Zacharias says to those who engage in this lifestyle, "God gives you the most sacred gift of the prerogative of choice, but God does not give you the privilege of determining a different outcome to what the choice will entail"
In 'backroom clubs' - common throughout the USA and Europe - some homosexual men claim to have sex up to 30 times a night with anonymous partners. Common sense makes one question what 'spirit' can 'equip' men to do what no normal heterosexual man could ever do.
Homosexual terminology (gay slang) gives the researcher a broader understanding of the gay lifestyle.
The much propagated belief that homosexual people are born that way has been laid to rest by a top researcher (and lesbian activist) with the American Psychological Association (APA) - the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and the largest association of psychologists in the world - who has acknowledged that gays are not "born that way."
Dr. Lisa Diamond co-editor-in-chief of the APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology and acknowledged as one of the APA’s “most respected members," says sexual orientation is "fluid" and not unchangeable.
Dr. Diamond told LGBT activists near the end of her You Tube lecture to an LGBT audience at Cornell University (2013).
She said excellent and abundant research has now established that sexual orientation - including attraction, behaviour, and identity self label - all three - is fluid for both adolescents and adults and for both genders, and exceptions for LGB individuals are a minority.
In the APA Handbook, Dr. Diamond states,
Laura A. Haynes, Ph.D., California Psychologist writes,
In 2016 The New Atlantis published a report entitled Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences - written by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R.McHugh
They considered more than 200 peer-reviewed studies related to human sexuality and found that understandings of sexual orientation and gender identity as “innate” rather than fluid are “not supported by scientific evidence.”
They also found that “compared to the general population, non-heterosexual sub-populations are at an elevated risk for a variety of adverse health and mental health outcomes,” such as increased risk for anxiety and depression. Social factors such as stigma are not the only factors that likely lead to poor mental health outcomes.
One commentator summed up their findings this way,
The Reverend Dr Gavin Ashenden was once a spokesman for LGBT. However in this extract from an address he gave to Churches from 3 Dioceses in the Church of England in June 2016 he said,
Our once-upon-a-time, highly respected and much imitated, well mannered and polite, Christian morality based culture has gradually become thoroughly soaked in internet, television and film sexual immorality and vulgarity until it has transformed into an aggressive and sexually unrestrained, vulgar and amoral society, no longer capable of being shocked or disturbed by the blatantly immoral gay lifestyle. It has simply became part of the 'new normal'.
Dr.Albert Mohler stated,
Ravi Zacharias in his talk on Secularism and the illusion of Neutrality said,
There is much debate about links between homosexuality and Paedophilia.
Pedophilia is “a psychosexual disorder characterized by a preference for prepubescent children as sexual partners, which may or may not be acted upon". When acted upon it then becomes child molestation which is a crime. As such there is hetrosexual-orientated male-female child molestation and homosexual-orientated male-male child molestation.
Quoting from a Lifesite News report,
In a study by Abel et al of 377 non incarcerated, non-incest-related pedophiles, whose legal situations had been resolved and who were surveyed using an anonymous self-report questionnaire, found that heterosexual pedophiles on average reported abusing 19.8 children and committing 23.2 acts, whereas homosexual pedophiles had abused 150.2 children and committed 281.7 acts.
Another study stated that 25% of adult white gays admitted to sex with boys aged 16 or younger. (Bell, A. & Weinberg, M. Homosexualities. NY Simon & Schuster, 1978 - quoted here.).
Many leading Gay activists have been involved, endorsed or approved of “inter-generational intimacy”
Again quoting this report from a Lifesitenews report,
Whoever controls the media - especially cinema - gradually indoctrinates the masses. In 2017 we saw Hollywood apologise for the the myriad sexual scandals that had come to light. Kevin Spacey was rightly condemned for his alleged behaviour of trying to seduce teenage boys and young men into engaging in homosexual acts. And yet, during this 'sackcloth and ash-on-the-heads' apologies they released a new film called 'Call me by your name' [caution: trailer may offend]which tells the story of an older man’s affair with a 17-year-old boy. It's supporters confidently expect it to scoop up the Oscars.
Teen Vogue - a spinoff of Vogue- is a teen magazine targeted at the 11-17 age group. In 2017 it published an article titled, "A guide to anal sex" and sub-titled 'Anal Sex: What you need to know. How to do it the RIGHT way.' The article eulogises about the 'joys' of this activity and encourages trying it.
Many parents reacted - with Elizabeth Johnston, a Christian pro-family activist providing a voice for them (her facebook video condemnation has more than 11,000,000 views at time of writing) - but the editor - Phillip Picardi, a homosexual activist - was unapologetic. The leading gay magazine 'The Advocate' named him in their '50 Most influential LGBTQ People in Media. Lifesite News reported,
So, with such a relentless bank of researched evidence now available (but rarely talked about) how could anyone believe that God would do anything else but strongly prohibit such an immoral and destructive lifestyle?
And He does.
This page of scriptures from Old and New Testament show how strongly and how relentlessly God speaks against sexual immorality in all its forms (including homosexual activity). What we sometimes miss - and what this list clearly shows - is that sexual immorality not repented of is a salvation issue. Even in the final pages of the Bible.
'God's grace' is often quoted as a feel-good cover-all for our favourite lust or passion, but that is an abuse of what God calls grace. In Paul's letter to Titus he describes what God's grace is for.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon said "Grace is the mother and the nurse of holiness and not the apologist of sin"
'God's love' is often quoted as a feel-good cover-all for our favourite act of disobedience. But for God to intensely love He also has to intensely hate the opposite of what He loves. He loves children and hates abortion. He loves integrity and hates dishonesty. He loves purity and hates immorality. He loves men and women and hates the sin that destroys them.
It is vital to understand that sin is not harmful because it is forbidden. It is forbidden because it is harmful.
A caring father would never allow his children to get involved with harmful, destructive or immoral activity. Scriptures like this reveal the Father's heart towards His children,
But as they say 'here's the thing'. Our 21st century western society - which has relentlessly and deliberately removed God from almost every aspect of public life and which has willingly embraced the sexual revolution - doesn't care what the 'gay' lifestyle is like.
Dostoyevski correctly said that “If God does not exist, everything is permissible.”
Society's increasingly Godless world-view means that people are shocked / puzzled / offended when we say that God does exist, that He is Holy, that He does care, and therefore as God's people, so must we.
As Christians we understand that moral truth is fixed and unchangeable.
Today's culture speaks of moral values as relative - an evolving social construct continually open to change. Thus, when as Christians we say homosexual behaviour is 'wrong' they hear 'so you hate gay people?'
We hate abortion, does that mean we hate women who have aborted?
We hate adultery, does that mean we hate the adulterers?
We hate pornography, does that mean we hate those gripped in its claws?
Of course not!
Society needs the true church to be salt and light within a morally darkening culture. To be a courageous counter-balance within a society getting further and further away from their Christian roots.
Today we better understand God's Word to us through the Apostle James,
Jesus told us that the 'world' would hate us because it hated Him first. The moral revolution is but societies way of saying "we will not have this king to reign over us"
There are two life-determining world-views to choose from.
The God-centred world-view or the man-centred world-view. God does not do mixtures.
When those who minister before God begin to side with the spirit of the age rather than with the Spirit of God then it is time to graciously and lovingly stand and be counted.
Adam Clarke's commentary on 1 John 2:18 includes this challenging statement.
The Bible is clear on the issue of homosexual sexual activity, and there are - despite what some theologians have tried to intimate - no 'grey' areas on this subject.
I have read one paper where it is claimed that God does not say anything specifically about long term loving same-sex relationships, therefore monogamous sexual activity would be alright. God simply condemns the practice outright. There are no differing categories for long term or short term same-sex sexual relationships, loving or otherwise.
Three times in Matthew (5:32; 15:19; 19:19) once in Mark (7:21) and once in John (8:41) Jesus used the word 'pornea'- (usually translated as 'fornication' or 'sexual immorality')
The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon (Strong's Number 4202) has the word fully defined as..
The apostle John - speaking of Jesus - wrote,
When John wrote that, the Word in existence was the Old Testament.
Jesus validated the Old Testament writings referring to them as 'the scriptures' and 'the wisdom of God'.
He quoted from Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Amos, Jonah, Micah and Malachi.
The Old Testament law essentially had three divisions. Civil laws, Ceremonial and Sacrificial laws and Moral laws. Jesus fulfilled all three divisions but God's moral laws are always His moral laws and they still apply today - and are continued through into the New Testament. (For excellent teaching on this click here)
In fact, in some of the Old testament moral writings Jesus actually 'set the bar higher' (e.g. Matthew 5: 21-12, 28,32,34,44) while the rest of the moral laws remained as written.
Which affirm the moral laws on homosexual activity in Leviticus.
Speaking of events that would happen after His crucifixion and ascension He said,
When the Holy Spirit spoke through the apostles and inspired them to write the New Testament letters He was taking what was Christ’s and speaking to the church - and we see clearly that the moral laws on homosexual activity had not changed.
Thus the Old Testament, Gospel and Apostolic scriptures are all in agreement on this issue.
I read a letter from a lady to a Christian Newspaper which said..
I have always understood that sin was what God called sin and stated clearly in scripture to be sin, not whether we believed it to be sin.
God gave Adam and Eve (and thus mankind) freedom with the one condition that He would tell them what was good and what was evil. Satan approached Eve with the suggestion that they could be their own god and decide for themselves what was good and what was evil. (Genesis 3:4-6)
The rest is horrible history.
I read another report which said that all the references to homosexuality in scripture were really addressing the sole issue of pagan temple male prostitutes - sometimes referred to as 'sodomites' and this had nothing to do with loving same-sex relationships today.
In Paul's letter to the church at Corinth he includes both male prostitutes (sodomites) and homosexuals. He ended the sentence by reminding them that these things they once were. He was not saying that they no longer struggled with strong temptations. We all struggle with various temptations. He was saying that they had renounced and forsaken their active involvement in that lifestyle out of their love of God and their obedience to God. They had crucified the old man and put on the new man. They agreed with God that sex was to be confined between a man and his wife. (1 Corinthians 7)
A scripture that is often overlooked is Hebrews 4:15-16
In other words God allowed Jesus to face all the temptations that could beset us and have total victory over all the temptations that could beset us, so that in His strength we can live in victory. And many do just that.
The website www.livingout.org is an example of men and women with a homosexual background who take the Word of God seriously despite massive pressure from 'outside'. These are men and women who have had, or in some cases, still do struggle with same-sex attraction but deliberately live for God in a way that is submissive to His word and honours Him. Their understanding of scripture settles the matter for them and they come boldly to the throne of grace, that they may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Despite claims to the contrary, web sites such as www.pfox.org | www.desertstream.org | www.hopeforwholeness.org | www.restoredhopenetwork.com | www.genesiscounseling.org demonstrate that change is not only possible - but life changing.
Interestingly, the rapidly advancing understanding of how the human brain works is revealing that the brain is not - as was once thought - a fixed 'pre-programmed computer' but can be rewired one way or the other by persistent behaviour or persistent exposure to a behaviour.
These are two brief excerpts from Dr NE Whitehead's 'Brain Plasticity Backs Up Orientation Change'
[For a wider review of scientific literature on homosexual orientation, click here.]
As the moral revolution against God's clear commands gathers momentum it will most certainly have a momentous effect on our culture.
Dr. Albert Mohler says,
Almost every man I have spoken to who is enmeshed in the promiscuous homosexual lifestyle had father issues. Some very severe issues. One such man who watched a short film of a close father and son relationship that I show during my Father heart of God seminars started wailing loudly and had to be restrained from punching himself in the face to counteract the inner pain he was feeling. This father-son factor is much researched and much debated. [I recommend this site]
Indeed studies by Sy Rogers (former president of Exodus International) have shown that 90% of males and 25-35% of females who have homosesexual orientation have had a broken relationship with their same sex parent (Page 121 'Sexual Healing' by )
We all make mistakes and we all need mercy, but if that mercy appears to make the statement that God is permitting, agreeing with or condoning an ongoing and clearly forbidden lifestyle, then we have gone way beyond both the letter and the spirit of Kingdom living.
Mercy (not getting what we deserve) allows a new start to develop a Christ glorifying lifestyle. The accompanying phrase with mercy is 'go and sin no more' (John 5:14 & 8:11) If the Church's mercy does not have that phrase built into it's fabric then it is hostile to God's mercy.
The church is a safe covering for those who seek to live 'in Christ' and for Christ. For those who want to own both Christ and their sinful lifestyle there is no safe spiritual covering. Their sinful lifestyle will slowly but surely defile and consume them.
Sadly, I have spoken to 'Christian' men who are still living out their old lifestyle and all have confessed to living a grossly immoral lifestyle. One man was having random sexual encounters with strangers on a daily basis in public toilets ('cottaging') another was meeting up with strangers for sex in darkened car parks, another was standing on streets at night hoping to be picked up by strangers for sex, another going to his local swimming pool looking for 'action' while another had attended homosexual orgies on a fairly regular basis. Another was caught by his wife on a hidden camera sodomising one of his employees.
Whenever we choose to continually submit to a carnal drive, appetite or desire that is contrary to Kingdom Life in Christ we become enslaved by it. The greater the obedience we give to that drive, appetite or desire the greater the ensuing enslavement.
When we 'sexually know' another person we become one flesh with them. What is sometimes referred to as a 'soul tie'. If Christ is in us, why would we join Him to a 'harlot'
The Bible speaks of sexual immorality as fornication (sex outside of marriage) adultery (sex with someone other than your spouse) and homosexuality (sex with a person of the same gender) and the epistles to the early church on the issue of sexual immorality are abundantly clear. It applies equally to all persons. With no 'natural or unnatural' erotic orientation exceptions.
Note that, just as God's moral absolutes were for His chosen people Israel, Christians are not called to judge those 'outside' who do not yet know Christ, but to judge those who claim Christ as their Lord and Saviour yet willingly choose to embrace an immoral lifestyle in defiance of the call to holiness. (1 Peter 1:14-16 & 2 Peter 2:20-22)
When Christian men and woman choose to live in immorality as defined by scripture we can debate but we can no longer be yoked together, as scripture (Amos 3:3) rightly says, 'how can two walk together unless they be agreed?'
We always have the daily choice to sow to righteousness or to unrighteousness, and whatever we sow into is the harvest we must then live in come due season.
It is my belief that when a man or woman comes into full agreement with God on the matter then it is counted as righteousness even though it may not feel like such as the war rages within them. Such a war is but proof that they have made the spiritual choice which leads to life and not the carnal choice which leads to death. Paul - like all who would serve Christ - knew such wars.
There is the war, and there is the One who gives victory.
People who are attracted to the same sex are more than their sexual attractions. Reducing people down to the sum of their sexual attractions is ungodly. They are fathers, sons, brothers, friends, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. They are gardeners, charity workers, shelf stackers, doctors, accountants. They are chess players, folk singers, photographers, and rugby players. You get the idea. Exactly like us 'they' are made in God's image. Exactly like us their souls are precious to God.
But we are called to speak about the harmful spiritual, physical, and emotional effects of sexual sin in all it's myriad forms and to point to the One who died to save them from a fate worse than death. As one writer correctly said, "You know what’s ‘anti-gay’? Refusing to proclaim the fullness of the Gospel"...It’s “anti-gay” to not proclaim the Church’s teaching, because the Church’s teaching on human sexuality is compassionate, loving, and offers all people the true path to flourishing and joy".
A well known and openly gay theologian wrote,
With so many church leaders seeking to bend the clear understanding of many scriptures in order to accommodate the LGBT sexual lifestyle into the church we must sound a clear note. I recommend reading Joseph Sciambra's article 'Should the Catholic Church apologize to gays?'
In the midst of this confusion within the church on these issues we have seen a new thing happen. Third world Bishops - especially those in South East Asia - have risen up to strengthen the western church. (You can read their resolution here)
When Archbishop Malango of Central Africa was accused of meddling in the affairs of the United States he replied, 'If I look at my neighbour's house and I see that it's on fire, I go and I say to him, "Your house is on fire." 'And if he says to me, "I like my house to be on fire", what do I do? Well, I go and rescue the children first of all, and then I put out the fire before it spreads to my house as well."
I think this portion of scripture says it all. From Ephesians 5:3
Finally, it is important to remember that God is Holy and there is a coming judgement. (1 Thessalonians 1: 10) That Jesus Christ did not come to condemn but to save. (John 3:17) That through His Blood there is forgiveness. (Ephesians 1:7) That Jesus came with grace and truth. (John 1:14 & 16) and that love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)
Part one was written to give Christians an understanding as to why scripture clearly and determinedly condemns homosexual acts. Not homosexual orientation.
It was written to show that born-again believers have no mandate whatsoever to partake in homosexual activity in God's Name thus seeking to signify His approval of their lifestyle.
This part deals with what a Christian’s reactions should be to the unbelieving man or woman involved in homosexual activity”
The answer is surprisingly simple. And as usual, challenging.
His mission was not to condemn them - but to save them.
He welcomed them. Taught them about the Kingdom of God and represented it by His lifestyle.
They wrongly called Him 'a drunkard and a glutton' because they saw Him mixing with such people.
A 'sinful woman' (prostitute) washed His feet with her tears and they were highly offended when He did not reject her.
He defended an adulteress when she was about to be stoned by them.
To be fair, the Pharisees - knowing that God is Holy - genuinely thought they were reflecting His will.
But they weren't.
And we must be careful not to be like them.
Our job is to be a co-worker with Jesus in reaching the lost no matter who they are or what lifestyle they lead.
We are not called to pull the ladder up behind us once we are safely on board the salvation ark!
I also recommend reading by David Kyle Foster - formerly a male prostitute in Hollywood for seven years.