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Is God right to condemn homosexual behaviour?

  Caution: Due to the sexual nature of this subject readers may find some details offensive.

 

 

Part one.

 

"Does the Bible forbid homosexual behaviour? Now notice how I put that question. I did not ask, does the Bible forbid homosexuality, but rather does the Bible forbid homosexual behaviour? This is an important distinction. Being homosexual is a state or an orientation; a person who has a homosexual orientation might not ever express that orientation in actions. By contrast, a person could engage in homosexual acts even if he has a heterosexual orientation. Now what the Bible condemns is homosexual actions or behaviour, not having a homosexual orientation. The idea of a person’s being a homosexual by orientation is a feature of modern psychology and may have been unknown to people in the ancient world. What they were familiar with was homosexual acts, and this is what the Bible forbids" - Dr. William Lane Craig.

It is December 2003 as I write this first draft, (there have been 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..

The first openly gay Anglican bishop has sparked outrage for suggesting that Jesus might have been homosexual.

The Rt. Rev Gene Robinson, the Bishop of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church of the United States, said that Jesus was an unmarried, "non-traditional man" who did not uphold family values, "travelled with a bunch of men" and enjoyed an especially close relationship with one of his disciples. 

(By Elizabeth Day. Filed: 03/04/2005)

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)

And so the church splits began to spread far and wide. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] ...

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."

In September 2017, more than 150 Christian leaders issued 'The Nashville Statement' clearly affirming the scriptural plum-line on gender, marriage and sexual morality.

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.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; (2 Timothy 4:3)

C.S.Lewis - in his spiritual autobiography 'Surprised by Joy' - wrote,

 

"For the first time I examined myself with a seriously practical purpose. And there I found what appalled me: a zoo of lusts ..."

 

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.

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... that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-25 [emphasis mine]

We are called to be a people crucified with Christ, dead to self and alive to God. As the apostle Paul declared,

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20

 

He wrote,

 

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24 [emphasis mine]

God's marriage instructions always and only involve a husband and wife. (Matthew 19: 4-6) And He takes the marriage covenant very seriously.

... the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. Malachi 2:14-15 [emphasis mine]

 

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.

 

Therefore, just as through one man [Adam] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.... For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. Romans 5:12 & 15

 

And thankfully also clear on where, when and through whom we can be wonderfully rescued and delivered from its dreadful consequences.

 

In Him  [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7)

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)

 

David Whiting teaching on homosexuality

What does God's Word say?

I recommend this excellent teaching video by David Whiting of Northridge Church, Rochester.

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             Is God anti-Gay book   

 

There are some excellent books available on this issue, and I particularly recommend this book by Sam Allberry. What gives the book authority is that the author has a homosexual orientation.

Available on Amazon or on audio through Audible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

‘But now is the time of trial, to see whether we fear more God or man. It is an easy thing to hold with Christ while the Prince and the world held with Him; but now the world hateth Him is the true trial, who be His. Wherefore, in the Name and in the virtue, strength and power of His Holy Spirit, prepare yourselves in any case to adversity and constancy. Let us not run away when it is most time to fight. Remember, none shall be crowned but such as fight manfully; and he that endureth to the end shall be saved’

 

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.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:5-8) [emphasis mine]

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?

 

Warning: Some details and links in the remainder of this paper may offend. They are provided to inform Christians who have little or no understanding of what the gay lifestyle is like beyond the simple understanding that 'man A' loves 'man B'.   It allows Christian leaders to understand that when they honour, applaud or affirm the gay lifestyle they are blessing it in it's totality. And thus proclaiming that God does also.

 

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)

For instance when a video showing a nearly naked man lewdly dancing before a little girl waving a 'pride' flag, it was immediately removed from YouTube saying,

 

YouTube isn’t the place for nudity or sexually provocative content. Sexual content involving minors is particularly sensitive. YouTube prohibits uploading, commenting, or engaging in any type of activity that sexualizes minors.” 

 

They later allowed the video back on again. (caution: may offend)

 

STRONG WARNING: This online report contains an embedded video by independent journalist Lauren Southern showing samples of the gross excesses on open display in Gay Pride parades.

 

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,

 

Be open-minded. There will bodies of all shapes, sizes and in all states of undress. For parents like Ian Duncan, dad to 3-year-old Carson, this is part of the experience. “We’re not body shamers,” he says. “It all feeds into my son’s emotional intelligence and development. And it’s never too early to think about that.” Consider the experience as a great opportunity for some interesting discussion. Explain what you’re seeing, and be ready for questions.

 

To an online question "Are gay parades inappropriate for children?" one respondent confidently wrote,

 

If the kid continues to ask, focus on that one subject; stick with what's relevant.  "Timmy, he's grabbing his reproductive organs because humans value the joy these particular body parts bring them.  That increases into adulthood.  It's a little hard to explain right now, but the important thing is the meaning behind all this flamboyance.  There's a message in all of this.  He's basically telling people who won't let go of old prejudices that he's not going to change for them.  Remember, your penis isn't dirty; sex isn't dirty.  They're forcing people to confront their old, outdated ideas about how some body parts are dirty.  We know better, don't we?  Some people will reject this behavior.  Some people will embrace it.  What do you think?"

 

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,

 

The number of homosexual men who experience anything like lifelong fidelity becomes, statistically speaking, almost meaningless. Promiscuity among homosexual men is not a mere stereotype, and it is not merely the majority experience—it is virtually the only experience. Lifelong faithfulness is almost non-existent in the homosexual experience. (quoted here)

 

In William Aaron's autobiographical book called' Straight: A Heterosexual Talks about His Homosexual Past' he writes,

 

In the gay life, fidelity is almost impossible. Since part of the compulsion of homosexuality seems to be a need on the part of the homophile to “absorb” masculinity from his sexual partners, he must be constantly on the lookout for [new partners]. Constantly the most successful homophile “marriages” are those where there is an agreement between the two to have affairs on the side while maintaining the semblance of permanence in their living arrangement. [p. 208]

 

Gay life is most typical and works best when sexual contacts are impersonal and even anonymous. As a group the homosexuals I have known seem far more preoccupied with sex than heterosexuals are, and far more likely to think of a good sex life as many partners  under many exciting circumstances. [p.209]

 

A study by Matson and McWorda, out of 168 gay couples, not one could maintain monogamy for 5 years. (Page 139, 'Sexual Healing' by David Kyle Foster)

 

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.

 

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 moment a man enlists in the United States armed forces, his chances of being sexually assaulted increase by a factor of ten. Women, of course, are much more likely to be victims of military sexual trauma (MST), but far fewer of them enlist. In fact, more military men are assaulted than women—nearly 14,000 in 2012 alone. Prior to the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" in 2011, male-on-male-rape victims could actually be discharged for having engaged in homosexual conduct. That's no longer the case—but the numbers show that men are still afraid to report being sexually assaulted.

 

Men develop PTSD from sexual assault at nearly twice the rate they do from combat… Military sexual trauma causes a particularly toxic form of PTSD. The betrayal by a comrade-in-arms, a brother in whom you place unconditional trust, can be unbearable. Warrior culture values stoicism, which encourages a victim to keep his troubles to himself and stigmatizes him if he doesn’t. An implacable chain of command sometimes compels a victim to work or sleep alongside an attacker, which can make him feel captive to his suffering and deserving of it.

 

The army.mil website says,

 

"News reports in the past included accounts of soldiers arriving in Afghanistan who had been held down and sexually assaulted as a form of unit initiation," said Dr. Nathan Dr. Galbreath, Senior Executive Advisor to the Department of Defence Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

 

Relative to women, he said, men are more likely to experience multiple incidents of sexual assault, at the hands of multiple offenders, during duty hours or at their duty station, where alcohol is not a factor.

"This was something that for many of us stopped us cold in our tracks," said Dr. Galbreath. "This didn't look like the typical fact pattern of sexual assaults commonly portrayed in the media."

 

That type of bullying involves not just sexual assault, which is used as a way to humiliate a victim, but also other forms of violence as well. Dr. Galbreath said that male victims of sexual assault are more likely than women to experience physical injuries, or threats of physical injuries, during the penetrative sexual assault. Sexual assaults are often more about violence and asserting dominance, rather than sexual gratification, he said.

 

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]


Gay or lesbian couples adopting children is now legal, fashionable and generally highly praised. Many studies offer support to Gay adoption, with some advocates even claiming that gay parents were better.

 

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 found that 12% of those with a lesbian mother and 24% of those with a gay father reported having recently contemplated suicide, compared to only 5% raised by an intact biological family or a single parent. While 28% of those raised by a lesbian mother and 20% of those raised by a gay father reported being currently unemployed, compared to 8% raised by an intact biological family and 13% raised by a single parent.

 

One of the most remarkable findings was that 23% of those with a lesbian mother reported having been touched sexually by a parent or adult, compared to 2% of those raised in an intact biological family. The percentage was 6% among those with a gay father and 10% with a single parent. In another striking statistic, 31% of those raised by a lesbian mother, and 25% of those raised by a gay father, reported being forced to have sex against their will at some point, compared to just 8% of those raised by their biological parents.

 

Forty percent of those raised by a lesbian mother and 25% raised by a gay father reported having had an affair while married or cohabiting, compared to 13% of those raised by their biological parents. And 19% of those raised by a lesbian mother or gay father were currently or recently receiving psychotherapy, compared to 8% of those raised by their heterosexual parents

 

Twenty percent of those raised by lesbians and 25% of those raised by gay men reported having contracted a sexual transmitted infection, compared to 8% of those raised by their biological parents.

 

Interestingly, only 61% of those raised by a lesbian mother and 71% of those raised by a gay father reported identifying as “entirely heterosexual,” compared to 90% of those raised by an intact biological family.

 

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.

 

Jephthah's Children Book

The public consensus that there is no difference between growing up with a mum and a dad and growing up with a same sex couple goes largely unchallenged.

 

This book - written and edited by two scholars who were raised by same sex parents - allows children raised by same sex parenting to tell their story

 

It brings the above statistics to life and makes for very uncomfortable reading.

 

These are the facts and the stories that rarely, if ever, see the light of the main stream media and so society is never dis-comforted.

 

 

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,

 

Eleven years ago this month, Sir Elton John proposed to his partner, David Furnish, thus formalising a relationship that — as the whole world knows — has blossomed into one of the most blissfully happy of show business marriages.

We know this, of course, because Sir Elton and David have been generous enough to share almost every detail of their relationship and family life through the pages of celebrity magazines, in high-profile TV interviews and on social media … Truly, they come across as a wonderfully loving couple.

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 [1] 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..."


Despite some gay men stating that their lives are somewhat mundane and normal most studies reveal a staggeringly high number of sexual partners accompanied by very low levels of relationship fidelity. The high incidence of domestic violence and mental issues among homosexual partners is now well documented

“There is overwhelming evidence that certain mental disorders occur with much higher frequency among homosexuals.” For example, 40% of homosexual men have a history of major depression. That compares with only 3% for men in general. Similarly 37% of female homosexuals have a history of depression. This leads in turn to heightened suicide rates. Homosexuals are three times as likely to contemplate suicide as the general population. In fact homosexual men have an attempted suicide rate six times that of heterosexual men, and homosexual women attempt suicide twice as often as heterosexual women. Nor are depression and suicide the only problems. Studies show that homosexuals are much more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexual men. Whatever the causes of these disorders, the fact remains that anyone contemplating a homosexual lifestyle should have no illusions about what he is getting into. (Dr.Thomas Schmidt, 'Straight and Narrow? - quoted here)

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,

 

The typical sexual practices of homosexuals are a medical horror story -imagine exchanging saliva, feces, semen and/or blood with dozens of different men each year. Imagine drinking urine, ingesting feces and experiencing rectal trauma on a regular basis. Often these encounters occur while the participants are drunk, high, and/or in an orgy setting. Further, many of them occur in extremely unsanitary places (bathrooms, dirty peep shows), or, because homosexuals travel so frequently, in other parts of the world.

Every year, a quarter or more of homosexuals visit another country. Fresh American germs get taken to Europe, Africa and Asia. And fresh pathogens from these continents come here. Foreign homosexuals regularly visit the U.S. and participate in this biological swapmeet.

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.

Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) of all races and ethnicities remain the population most profoundly affected by HIV.

Although MSM represent about 4% of the male population in the United States, in 2010, MSM accounted for 78% of new HIV infections among males and 63% of all new infections. MSM accounted for 54% of all people living with HIV infection in 2011, the most recent year these data are available.

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'

 

Trend data show rates of syphilis increasing at an alarming rate. Men who have sex with men account for 83 percent of male cases where the sex of the sex partner is known.

 

Graph of disease among gay mep

 

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.

 

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator - who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Romans 1: 24-27

 

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.

 

As do these links with titles that I will not even put into words. [ One. Two. Three. Four. Five. ]

 

hankie codes

 

'Gay hankies' (caution: details may offend) worn on arms, or as headbands, or tucked under belt, or hanging from hip pocket are the colour coded signals to let others know what kind of gay sex they want to receive or to give.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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).

 

“I feel as a community, the queers have to stop saying, ‘Please help us. We’re born this way, and we can’t change’ as an argument for legal standing. I don’t think we need that argument, and that argument is going to bite us in the ass, because now we know that there’s enough data out there, that the other side is aware of as much as we are aware of it.”

 

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,

 

“Hence, directly contrary to the conventional wisdom that individuals with exclusive same-sex attractions represent the prototypical ‘type’ of sexual-minority individual, and that those with bisexual patterns of attraction are infrequent exceptions, the opposite is true. Individuals with non-exclusive patterns of attraction are indisputably the ‘norm,’ and those with exclusive same-sex attractions are the exception” (v. 1, p. 633). Most people who experience same-sex attraction also already experience opposite-sex attraction.

 

Laura A. Haynes, Ph.D., California Psychologist writes,

 

In other words, Dr. Diamond says, “Stop saying ‘born that way and can’t change’ for political purposes, because the other side knows it’s not true as much as we do.”

 

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 belief that sexual orientation is an innate, biologically fixed human property – that people are “born that way” – is not supported by scientific evidence.


The belief that gender identity is an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex – so that a person might be a ‘man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ – is not supported by scientific evidence


Only a minority of children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behaviour will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood. There is no evidence that all such children should be encouraged to become transgender, much less subjected to hormone treatments or surgery.


Non-heterosexual and transgender people have higher rates of mental health problems (anxiety, depression, suicide), as well as behavioral and social problems (substance abuse, intimate partner violence), than the general population. Discrimination alone does not account for the entire disparity.

 

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,

 

"So many aspects of the gay propaganda I had been so impressed by simply weren’t true.

Many of the young women students I had sat with as they came out as gay in their late teens and 20s, fell in love with men 10 years later, and asked me to rejoice as they planned their weddings. When I asked them is they had been truly gay when they came out, they replied, “clearly not.”

So far from being stable and faithful, I discovered that even the most committed of gay men had open relationships, in which they allowed each other a certain number of other sexual partners every month.

Restricting yourself to less than a certain quota of sexual partners per month, outside your relationship, was deemed to be faithful and stable.

I remember going to one of my favourite lesbian friends, a woman of intellectual and moral stature, whom I cared for and admired very much, when I discovered Scandinavian research which said that lesbian relationships were eight times more likely to fail than straight ones, and that lesbian relationships contained exponentially higher levels of domestic violence then straight relationships.

“Yes,” she said, “Both as things are true, and we are very grateful that the media never exposes them".

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,

 

There is almost no remote corner of this culture that is not marked by the toleration of vulgarity, or the outright celebration of depravity... A culture afraid to repress sexuality in any way is a culture headed for destruction.... The culture of vulgarity is now driven by so many sectors of our society that it seems virtually impossible to reverse. Furthermore, it is profitable beyond the wildest dreams of those who peddled vulgarity before the invention of the Internet. A society that increasingly sees all sexual restraint as repression hardly intends to turn back.

 

Ravi Zacharias in his talk on Secularism and the illusion of Neutrality said,

 

"Secularisation, when it has done what it will do, inevitably will leave us as a society devoid of a sense of shame"

 

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.

 

Most studies confirm that the proportion of child molesters among persons with a homosexual erotic development is substantially greater than that in persons who develop heterosexually.

 

Quoting from a Lifesite News report,

 

...a study published in the left-leaning Archives of Sexual Behavior of over 200 convicted pedophiles and pederasts. It found that “86 percent of offenders against males described themselves as homosexual or bisexual.” This demonstrates, as notes Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, that “homosexual or bisexual men are approximately 10 times more likely to molest children than heterosexual men.”

This makes perfect sense when coupled with another 2001 study in the same peer-reviewed publication. It found that nearly half of all “gay”-identified men who participated in research were molested by a homosexual pedophile as boys: “46 percent of homosexual men and 22 percent of homosexual women reported having been molested by a person of the same gender. This contrasts to only 7 percent of heterosexual men and 1 percent of heterosexual women reporting having been molested by a person of the same gender.”

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.

 

Most of the research into homosexual behavior shows a strong connection in the homosexual subculture with homosexual activity and paedophilia, as a simple glance through the personal classified advertisements in most homosexual magazines can show.

 

A short search through the Google internet search engine using the words, "gay", "sex" and "boys" reveals 2,900,000 hits with at least the first 550 websites being homosexual pornography featuring men having sex with young men, adolescents and boys.

 

A pro-gay website reporting on the connection between homosexuality and youth suicide, quoted studies that show that the preference of gay men for younger men and boys is a commonly accepted part of the homosexual "lifestyle" and is particularly accepted in Britain and Europe. [Blog]

 

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 from a Lifesite News report,

 

Take “marriage equality” activist Peter Tatchell, for instance. The GLAAD-affiliated blog “GoodAsYou” glowingly describes Tatchell as a “noted British rights activist.” He’s “one of the most widely respected leaders of the international LGBT movement” one of the blog’s commenters gushes.

Here’s what “widely respected” and “noted rights activist” Tatchell thinks of child rape. He wrote the following in The Guardian, one of the U.K.’s premier newspapers:

“The positive nature of some child-adult sexual relationships is not confined to non-Western cultures. Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13. None feel they were abused. … It is time society acknowledged the truth that not all sex involving children is unwanted, abusive and harmful.”

Or remember Kevin Jennings, President Obama’s “safe school czar” and founder of the sexual extremist group GLSEN?

Wrote the Washington Times of Jennings in 2009:

“A teacher was told by a 15-year-old high school sophomore that he was having homosexual sex with an ‘older man.’ At the very least, statutory rape occurred. Fox News reported that the teacher violated a state law requiring that he report the abuse. That former teacher, Kevin Jennings, is President Obama’s ‘safe school czar.’ …

“In this one case in which Mr. Jennings had a real chance to protect a young boy from a sexual predator, he not only failed to do what the law required but actually encouraged the relationship.”

Jennings later lied about the encounter until audio surfaced of him bragging on it. “I looked at [the boy],” he quipped, “and said, ‘You know, I hope you knew to use a condom.’”

Still, this pattern of homosexual abuse and facilitation of such abuse by the “LGBT” movement is nothing new.

Take Jenning's hero Harry Hay. Hay is considered the “founding father” of the modern “gay rights” movement. Among other things, he has been honoured as an “icon” for “LGBT History Month” by the entire homosexual activist community.

Not surprisingly, Hay was a child rape enthusiast and avid supporter of the pedophile North American Man/Boy Love Association, or NAM/BLA. In 1983, while keynoting a NAM/BLA event, Hay said the following:

“It seems to me that in the gay community the people who should be running interference for NAM/BLA are the parents and friends of gays. Because if the parents and friends of gays are truly friends of gays, they would know from their gay kids that the relationship with an older man is precisely what 13-, 14-, and 15-year-old kids need more than anything else in the world.”

Or take “LGBT” martyr Harvey Milk, a sexual predator known to have statutorily raped, repeatedly, a drug-addicted, teenage, runaway boy. Milk’s punishment? The Obama administration just awarded him an honorary USPS postage stamp.

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.

 

"..the feeling of having something in your rectal area is unique. It is often described as a feeling of fullness, which can be delightful.

 

"Anal sex and anal stimulation can be awesome, and if you want to give it a go, you do that. More power to you."

 

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,

 

'On June 27, the same LGBT magazine published an incendiary article attacking Elizabeth Johnston and her husband, Dr. Patrick Johnston. It contained numerous falsehoods and distortions, including that the Johnston's support the death penalty for homosexuality, favor arresting “gay” activist leaders, and believe that a man should be allowed to rape his spouse.

 

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.

 

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age... Titus 2:11:12

 

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,

 

No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11)

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.

 

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Matthew 5:13-16

 

Today we better understand God's Word to us through the Apostle James,

 

...Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4

 

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"  

 

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you". John 15:18-19

 

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. 

"Every man who opposes the spirit of the Gospel, and every teacher and writer who endeavours to lower the Gospel standard to the spirit and taste of the world, is a genuine Antichrist, no matter where or among whom he is found"

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.

Homosexuality is as old as sex. The Old Testament of the Bible would not condemn the act if there was no behavior to elicit the biblical admonition. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, written by Edward Gibbon, also explains that homosexuality and pedophilia exploded in Rome not many years before the Empire was over taken by the Vandals and the Visigoths. Gibbon credits part of Rome's vulnerability to the moral decline and the sexual perversion of its citizens. Increased homosexuality seems to flourish mostly in nations that have experienced an increase in the standard of living without a commensurate increase in moral convictions. As people have more opportunity to explore their lusts, sexual perversion becomes just another avenue of exploration leading to a deeper decline in the moral fabric of a community or nation. (comment posted below an online article already referenced above*)

 

And contrary to many statements Jesus did speak (albeit indirectly) on the subject of homosexuality. (As did the early church fathers)

 

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..

 

  1. illicit sexual intercourse
    a.   adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals 
          sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18
    b.   sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mk. 10:11,
  2. metaph. the worship of idols
    a.   of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to

              idols

 

The apostle John - speaking of Jesus - wrote,

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

 

...the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. John 1:14

 

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,

 

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:12-15)

 

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..

'a deep study of the issues around homosexuality has led me to understand that it can only be where one believes that sex (even in marriage) is sin that it could be judged as a sin within committed same-sex relationships'

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)

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 homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

A scripture that is often overlooked is Hebrews 4:15-16

 

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. [emphasis mine]

 

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.orgwww.hopeforwholeness.orgwww.restoredhopenetwork.com | www.genesiscounseling.org demonstrate that change is not only possible - but life changing.

 

You Tube carries many testimonies of born-again people, men and women, set free from their homosexual or lesbian lifestyle. Examples (1)  (2)  (3)  (4)  (5 (6)  (7)  (8)  (9)  (10)  (11)

 

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'

 

It is clear now that no-one is stuck with the type of brain they were born with. Our assumption now should be, change is possible in many behaviours – sexual orientation not excluded - and extraordinary effort will produce extraordinary change....

 

Neurons that Fire together Wire together

We strongly recommend the book by Doidge: The Brain that Changes Itself. This remarkable but very accessible work describes the overthrow of 20th century beliefs about the unchanging nature of the brain. The brain can change a huge amount, very encouraging news to anyone who is stuck in any habit or pattern of behaviour.

Doidge gives a neurological principle: Neurons which fire together wire together. In human sexuality this means that if something extraneous is often associated with sexual arousal it will tend to become part of it. So, it becomes very reasonable to suppose that (for example) intense emotional focus on someone of the same sex might get triggered together with sexual excitement, and if frequently repeated can ultimately seem to be very deeply ingrained homosexuality.
Because of brain plasticity it’s quite possible that homosexuals can become more heterosexual and heterosexuals more homosexual, though persistent work could be needed, about equivalent to mastering a new musical instrument. Mygenes.co.nz

[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,

 

The moral revolution we are now witnessing on the issue of homosexuality is without precedent in human history in terms of its scale and velocity. We are not looking at a span of centuries, or even the length of one century. This revolution is taking place within a single human generation. I would argue that no moral revolution on this scale has ever been experienced by a society that remained intact, even as no moral revolution of this velocity has yet been experienced. We can now see more clearly where this revolution began. It is virtually impossible to see where it ends. [More on this issue from Dr. Mohler]

 

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 David Kyle Foster)

 

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.  

Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? (Romans 6:16)

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'

 

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” 1 Corinthians 6:15-16

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.

I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner-not even to eat with such a person. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore "put away from yourselves the evil person." (1 Corinthians 5: 9-13) [emphasis mine]

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)

 

The true “orientation” of Christians is not what we are by constitution, but what we are by choice. - John R. W. Stott

 

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.

'For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin'. (Romans 7:18-25) [emphasis mine]

There is the war, and there is the One who gives victory.

Having said all that, here is the important overview.

 

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.

 

As already stated, we are called to make judgement calls within the Body of Christ but we are not called to judge those who are not yet Christian - only God does that.

 

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,

 

" The Church was not founded by Christ as a wellness center ... I prefer a Church that scolds me than a Church which mendaciously says yes to me and teaches me the Zeitgeist while making itself laughable and superfluous.”

 

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

Since you are God’s people, it is not right that any matters of sexual immorality or indecency or greed should even be mentioned among you. Nor is it fitting for you to use language which is obscene, profane or vulgar. Rather you should give thanks to God. You may be sure that no one who is immoral, indecent, or greedy (for greed is a form of idolatry) will ever receive a share in the Kingdom of Christ and God. Do not let anyone deceive you with foolish words; it is because of these very things that God’s anger will come upon those who do not obey Him. So have nothing at all to do with such people. You yourselves used to be in darkness, but since you have become the Lord’s people, you are in the light. So you must live like people who belong to the light, for it is the light that brings a rich harvest of every kind of goodness, righteousness and truth. Try to learn what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring then out into the light (It is really too shameful even to talk about the things they do in secret)’

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)

 

And that as true followers of Christ we are called to be an ambassador for the Kingdom of God, a living letter from Christ and a light in the darkness.

 

 


 

Part two.

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.

Jesus - reflecting His Father's heart - did not separate Himself from unbelievers but went out and about to engage with unbelievers. With gentiles. With the sexually immoral.

 

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.

In doing so He was called ‘a friend of sinners’ by the cold religious Pharisees of the day who kept 'sinners' at a safe distance.

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 recommend reading by David Kyle Foster - formerly a male prostitute in Hollywood for seven years.

 

Transformed into His image
Sexual healing
Love hunger by David Kyle Foster and Neil T. Anderson
Sexual healing - a refernce manual for ministring into sexual brokenness

 

 


 

The value of a soul. | Sin | Repentance | When God offends | Walls, gates and electric fences

 


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