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A Facebook friend of mine responded to something I posted with the following:

” If my bible is correct, God made us all the same and loves us all. So with that in mind, regardless of being gay, straight, cross eyed or whatever, God loves us all. God made us all. We are all perfect in his eyes because he does not make mistakes.”

Let’s get to the point:  This is total nonsense and not supported by the Bible.

The best lie has a seed of truth and there is a seed of truth here—maybe more than one.  Yes, God made all of us and yes, God loves us all.  No, God does not make mistakes.  However, we are NOT all perfect in his eyes.  If we were all perfect in his eyes, then Jesus, as a perfect being, is no more or less than we are.  And if we were all perfect, then we would have no need for Jesus, perfect or not.

The writer was suggesting this argument with regard to homosexuality.  I still insist she is mistaken.

As a heterosexual male and as a Christian, I am not free to sin sexually.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t–doesn’t mean I won’t.  What it does mean is that I choose to live my life to the best of my ability in accordance with a book and a teaching that says certain things are wrong.  I don’t get to vote on it or to change the text to suit my inclinations.  However, I do have the right to ignore that book and do what I choose.  That’s called sin.  Homosexuals don’t get a pass either.  Sexual sin is sexual sin.

So let me go down a dangerous path:  Is autism perfect?  Is spina bifida perfect?  Is cleft palate or hemophilia perfect?  I don’t know anyone who would say yes, yet millions have been born with these conditions.  Science and medicine have worked to identify the conditions, study them, and research in search of cures.  If these conditions were “perfect”, then no need to cure anyone with them.  Yet one would contend that we were “made that way” by God if we were talking about homosexuality.  You can’t have it both ways.

Homosexuality is NOT normal and is not a standard God created in nature.  You may argue that there are homosexual examples in nature.  Show me two dogs with homosexual tendencies and I’ll ask you to show me the pedigree of that dog.  I’ll guarantee that you cannot prove mans’ intervention over millennium in creating the breed even if it’s a mutt.  Show me two wild animals exhibiting homosexual tendencies and I’ll show you the same species licking its own rectum—and then I’ll ask you how their behavior relates to humans!

We are not mere animals, relegated to base instincts.

We are God’s creations, made male and female for the propagation of the species.  Sometimes that special privilege of creating offspring doesn’t work.  That’s because we’re NOT perfect.  We live in a broken and sinful world and have broken and sinful bodies.  The same God that so many hate, despise, and reject allows us to choose our own paths.  From time to time, those paths are evil.  Occasionally, they’re hurtful to others.  And there are times that what we do impacts others beyond what we can comprehend.  But don’t blame God!

 

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The Bible teaches us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  But there are a few problems with this teaching:

  1. We’re afraid to tell others that they are sinners
  2. Others don’t like being told they are sinners
  3. We keep changing the definitions around what is a sin

One of the issues at play here is how we tell others they are sinners.  Put gently and in a non-judgmental way, it’s received far better than if the message is delivered, finger in the face and Bible in the other hand.  But each of us who is saved had to be told and/or convinced at some point that WE were sinners in need of Christ.  Our basic job as Believers is to share that message in love and to share Jesus as the answer.  Remember that this Christmas!

Now, if we aren’t sinners, and if we don’t sin—or if we simply deny calling sin “sin”, then we don’t need a savior, that is, assuming we’re correct.  And if we are correct, then Jesus died for nothing and the Bible is a lie:  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

The way of America seems to be this:  There is no Biblical moral code and there is no sin.  There are no moral absolutes.

This is why homosexuality is such a hot-button issue these days.  Those who are in it don’t want to be called a sinner or be made to feel “unnatural”, and those who know and love these people don’t want to be judgmental.  They genuinely want to be supportive and loving.  I get that.  I’m there too!

But that begs the question:  What do you tell your friend or family member who is sleeping with a married person, not their own spouse?  It’s called adultery and the Bible says it’s wrong.  Do you not call it sin and try to correct the person who is trapped in the relationship?

I hope you would!  You see, to the people involved, it feels GOOD!  It feels NATURAL!  It’s a case of “Don’t tell me who I can love!”  You see, I’ve been there!  I know!  And someone was bold enough to call sin what it is!  This person came and knocked on my door and told me that what I was doing was wrong.  Thing is, I KNEW it was wrong!  And so did she!  But we went there anyway!

Sin is easy!  Sin is fun!

The consequences in this life may not always be so fun.  Her husband wasn’t all that thrilled and the fact that I’m able to sit here today and even type this is a blessing!

We must call sin what it is whether it is heterosexual sin or homosexual sin.  WE ARE ALL SINNERS AND FALL SHORT OF THE STANDARDS GOD HAS ESTABLISHED!

We cannot pull God’s standards down to our level, and we cannot pull OURSELVES up to his.  If we could pull God down to our standards, the wide range of what’s acceptable would be as varied as there are people.  There would be no point in God being Holy if each person could establish his or her own standards.

If we could pull ourselves up to His standards, Jesus’ life and death would have been needless.  Point is, we need him and his atoning death to bridge that gap.

A few times over the years I’ve taken my young son to the playground.  He tries to do a pull-up on the bars but isn’t strong enough.  He simply didn’t have the strength to pull himself up.  He joked once that it would be cool if he could stand there and pull the bar down!  Indeed!  Not much of a pull-up and not a very strong bar if that were possible.  As his dad, I was happy to lift him up to the bar.  Relying on a strength outside of his own body, he was able to crest the bar.

Let’s be bold enough to call sin what it is.  Let’s be bold enough to tell others, in love, that the bridge ahead of them is washed out—that they need to stop and turn around!  But let us also be resolute in knowing what a sin is.  Society doesn’t get to move the goalposts in this game.  We didn’t invent the game, we didn’t mark the boundaries, and we just don’t get to change the rules whenever we want to.

 

 

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Look! Homosexuality is not the pet sin of the day or of the year. It’s been around for a long time and opposition to it has been too. If you’re tired of hearing the opposing view, consider that those of us who oppose it are tired of having it thrown in our face everywhere we turn!

We’re tired of the notion that those in favor have more right or reason to express themselves than we do!

Sexual sin, hetero or homo, is a sin! Call it what it is… I didn’t make the rules! Be glad about that! BUT I have broken them too! No-one of us in opposition is saying we’re perfect. What we don’t do, hopefully, is flaunt OUR sin and expect you to wink and nod and accept it–so don’t expect us to do that for you either.

The culture of the day accepting something doesn’t make it OK.

You have a belief system that teaches a point of view. You also don’t get to pick and choose which points are right and which are wrong–God didn’t make a mistake on making MAN AND WOMAN in HIS OWN IMAGE to be together and to form a union. (Phil Robertson is right on that point as well!)

A faith that has us cowering in a corner out of fear is what Peter had. I get that. But it’s time to stand up boldly and stand firm on our faith. Otherwise, it’s time to abandon the faith and just go off and try to be nice people–Humanists!

I’m not judging anyone here except myself. I’m admitting I’ve sinned sexually.

If I’m judging anyone or anything else, it’s God and the Bible. I’m judging them to mean what they say and not be open to revision by cultures that want to do whatever.

If I murder someone or steal, both called out as sins in the Bible, is someone judging me if they then say “murder is a sin” or “stealing is a sin”? Can you imagine a society where BOTH are OK and you are called a hater for saying some sinned by killing a person or by stealing?

Things are a bit crazy when good is called evil and evil is called good!

Isaiah 5:20

New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.

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CNN reported yesterday on the ongoing deferral of blood donation by men who have sex with other men—“MSM” in the blood business.  The deferral has been in effect for a few decades now and stemmed from the early prevalence of AIDS in the gay community.  If you are a blood donor, you will see questions on the screening form asking if you fall into this or other “risk” categories which include IV drug use, sex-for-money, sub-Saharan Africa travel, etc.

Apparently, there are those who advocate for the LGBT community who believe that education, behavioral changes, and improved screening protocols negate the concern over possible blood-borne virus transmission of HIV.  Here’s the rub:  There is no question that same-sex relationships can contribute to the spread of HIV.  There is no question that HIV can lead to serious health consequences for those who become infected.  And there is no question as to the history of tranfusion-related infections and subsequent deaths.  Ryan White is perhaps the best-known case.  While it’s been 22 years since his death, the possible transmission of HIV has been enough to cause an ongoing deferral of gay donors.

I served in the military for 16-plus years, being willing to shed my blood in defense of this nation.  That military service took me to England for two and a half years (1983-1985) and Germany for two and a half years (1985-1987)—or five years total.  The standard is to have been in the UK for “three months” or more or in Europe for five years or more.  Because of this, I can no longer donate blood.  You see, the powers-that-be think that my blood may contain a contagion that could transmit Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a degenerative disease of the brain similar to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or “Mad Cow Disease”.  And there is no blood test for this contagion.

There is no proof that a human who consumed beef from an infected cow has contracted CJD.  Only concerns and fears over the possibility.

There is no proof that my time in England or Europe exposed me to the disease, yet out of precaution fear, I am deferred.  The irony is that I am allowed to be an organ and tissue donor and am a registered bone marrow donor.

One has to wonder whether it is purely political ambition to curry favor from the LGBT community that the likes of Rep. Mike Quigley, Illinois, and Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts, both Democrats, want the ban on gays donating blood looked into.

MORE:

http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/08/as-blood-donations-decline-u-s-ban-on-gay-donors-is-examined/?hpt=us_bn1

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Alex Haiken.

This fellow blogger commented on one of my posts a while back which is how I came to know of him.  He claims to be Jewish, Christian, and Gay.  I’ll not argue any of those points because that’s not where I want to go.  What I found interesting in his posts and comments is that he does not accept that the sin of Sodom was a sexual sin and more specifically, denies that the issue there had anything to do with homosexuality.  Their sin was a lack of hospitality.

I’ll say!

Angels appear and the depraved, lewd, and lascivious men of the city invite them out for a very one-sided party!  Their intentions were anything but hospitable.  But to think God destroyed a city because people were inhospitable—sorry!  Can’t get my mind around that heresy.

Sodom (and/or Gomorrah) is/are mentioned 47 total times (distinct verses) in the Bible (NIV).  I’ll stay away from the Old Testament for this:  In Peter 2:5-7, we find:

5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless.

Since Lot was saved from Sodom, one would have to read this passage as saying that the problems with these two cities were (1) ungodliness, (2) depravity, and (3) lawlessness.   While I don’t see inhospitable behavior as rising to that level, some would say that they don’t see sexual immorality (in the form of homosexuality) in this either.  Perhaps not.  So let’s go to Jude 1:6-8 and read:

 “6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

8 In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings.

I read this passage to say that the sins of Sodom were (1) sexual immorality and (2) perversion.  They were ungodly people and their dreams (or ambitions and lusts) led to the (1) polluting of their bodies, (2) rejection of authority, and (3) abuse being heaped on celestial beings.  Remember the angels they wanted to be “hospitable” with?

I’ve not gone to seminary and I haven’t studied Greek or Hebrew.  Even so, I don’t think it takes a seminarian to see the truth of these passages.  We don’t need to look up the definition of “sodomy” to know what it means.  While homophilic dictionaries today may offer a nicer definition, it is what it is and has been understood to be since, well, since Sodom!  The truth of the Bible is understood better through the clarity of the Holy Spirit than through hours of classroom study and wishful exegesis.

Sorry Alex—revise the Bible all you want but it won’t fly here.  It sounds as if you are trying to justify the selfish gratification of the flesh.  You and others can bash us all you want as homophobic but no matter what the protest, homosexuality will never be natural, healthy, or productive.  You may want to believe it is or hope that it is.  However, it ain’t so just because you want it to be!

(Painting by James Tissot, 1836-1902)

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Why does homosexuality exist?

If it is a genetic trait, one would think that absent scientific or medical interference, or absent a heterosexual encounter, the behavior would die with the individual.  No genetic material passed to a new generation, no new generation of homosexuals.

However, since we have new generations of homosexuals and as the media would lead one to believe, more today among us than in the past, something else must be happening.

Consider the options:

  1. Hereditary Genetic trait
  2. Hereditary Genetic mutation or defect
  3. Environmental Influence
    • Chemical or Substance (Non-Hormonal)
    • Hormonal
    • Social

I’ve already addressed my thoughts on #1.  If reproduction is limited for individuals with a particular trait, say green eyes, the trait becomes less common in subsequent generations.  That doesn’t mean eradicated, but certainly less prevalent.  In that homosexuality appears to becoming more prevalent, I doubt it’s genetic.  But who knows?

As for genetic mutation, I think the same pretty much applies.  To practicing homosexuals who have no heterosexual partners or medical intervention, there is no new generation to pass anything on to.  And adoption and surrogacy don’t count.

So that leaves environmental influences.  I’ve long suspected this anyway but have hesitated to write about it because of the expected backlash and hate comments.  But I was so impressed with this thought process that I HAVE to write about it!

Sadly, I doubt anyone will ever do a study on this because quite frankly, people either don’t care or don’t want to know.  If someone can show what causes the switch to flip to the other direction, then we get into a world of asking how to flip the switch back?  Or should the switch be flipped?  We could find a whole new litigious order of legal practice over culpable practices and products.  Certainly, industry doesn’t want that and no self-respecting homosexual wants to subject himself/herself to diagnostic testing in order for someone to find out what’s WRONG with him or her!

But what if…?

Sure!  What if we take what science tells us about how the fetus is bathed with hormones.  What if we take how this hormonal bath affects the sexual identity of the fetus and apply some simple logic.  No religion!  No platform!  Just logic!

Now, add in all of the hormones, man-made and natural, in our foods.  Milk!  Chicken!  Soy!  The list could go on.

Take the sexual revolution’s crown jewel, the Pill, and add this in for good measure.  Let’s mess with the mother’s natural hormone balances for years and years, sometimes starting as an early teen.  Let’s hope that the body cleanses itself of these hormones well enough before a pregnancy.  And if not, then what?

Could we have an issue when that naturally occurring hormone bath time comes?  I think so.

“According to scientific findings detailed in an engaging, accessible fashion in The Female Brain, the process starts very early indeed. In fact, it is during the first 18 weeks of pregnancy that waves of hormones determine whether a baby’s brain becomes male or female. “Until eight weeks old, every fetal brain looks female.” And then, in male babies, a huge flow of testosterone actually kills off brain cells in the communication centers and fosters growth of cells in the parts of the brain that support aggression and sex. The female baby brain, absent this male hormone bath, “sprouts more connections in the communication centers and areas that process emotion.”

Brizendine clearly lays out the facts. “Although we were taught that sex differences mostly came from how your parents raised you as a boy or girl we now know that’s not completely true,” she writes. “There is no unisex brain. Girls arrive already wired as girls, and boys arrive already wired as boys.”  (Source:  http://www.compleatmother.com/articles2/baby-brain.htm )

Proving this would be hard for the reasons I already mentioned.  No pharmaceutical company wants the liability and no doctor or pharmacist wants it either.  Certainly, Planned Parenthood would swing from the highest gallows for its involvement in the Pill trade!

Many of you won’t like this post because you don’t want to accept that homosexuality is (1) hereditary genetic trait, (2) hereditary genetic flaw, or (3) chemically or hormonally induced.

Could it be socially induced?   Influence from media?  Opportunity?  Boredom?  Curiosity?  You probably don’t like those choices either, opting to say that these social factors only serve to make one more self-aware and to act on their feelings more comfortably.  But it’s probably a hard-sell to pin “cause” on these.

That’s fine.

Of course, that leaves one other option—Choice.

If it’s none of the above, then it’s simply a choice.

Now, I know (personally) some who say they were “born this way” and I can’t argue the point with them.  But that suggests then that it’s one of the causes listed above.  A congenital condition.

“JoAnn Deak reports that the differences in male and female brains start in the womb. “Many female brains have more neurons in certain areas than male brains, as a result of having more estrogen bathe them during fetal development. A hormonal/chemical wash (estrogen for girls, testosterone for boys) actually enhances certain parts of the brain and changes them structurally before birth. Therefore, each of us is born with different hard wiring.”  (Source: http://www.pbs.org/parents/raisinggirls/brains/nature.html )

So if it’s chemical or hormonal, they’re right.  They WERE  born that way!  But that doesn’t mean it’s something to be paraded around and celebrated.  If it’s truly genetic, it’s a self-defeating trait and should have died off decades ago since purely homosexual individuals could not procreate.  I would think that natural selection would find it counter-productive to the continuation of a species and weed it out.  (Not that I buy into evolution.)

As for genetic defects, well, hemophilia is a genetic defect but you don’t see “Bleed Freely Pride” celebrations with people cutting themselves and bleeding in the streets!  Ever hear of “Huntington’s Pride Marches”?  Of course not!  So why Gay Pride?

Hey!  Look at me!  I’m proud of my genetic disorder and look how I act to celebrate it!”

Ridiculous supposition.

I have no idea what is behind the prevalence (or apparent prevalence) of homosexuality, at least in 21st Century America but SOMETHING is behind it.

Don’t just be a hater… Offer a better suggestion if you have one.

MORE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prenatal_hormones_and_sexual_orientation  (Best Evidence for my Point.  However, it supports a  point similar to saying that Thalidomide causes congenital changes too but we recognize those as birth defects.  Is homosexuality a birth defect too?  It clearly is not in line with nature’s model for procreation in a species.)

http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/tul/psychtoday9809.html

http://www.schizophrenia.com/sznews/archives/005384.html

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I don’t know her, she doesn’t know me.  I’d like to meet her though.  It’s rare these days to hear of people with such character.  You see, Laura stood up for her beliefs.  No doubt some will write unkind things to her and about her.  I prefer to send well wishes, kudos, and encouragement.

Laura is the Town Clerk in Barker, New York.  At least, for another few weeks she is.

The State of New York has fallen in line with the other morally bankrupt state governments in passing a same-sex marriage bill.  Objecting to having to sign a marriage license for a same-sex marriage on the basis of her beliefs, Laura is stepping down days before the law takes effect.  Good for you, Laura!!!  May you find peace and happiness in whatever job you choose to do after that.  Honorable businesses should be beating a path to your door to hire you!

The governor, Andrew Cuomo, is quoted by CNN as saying:

“The law is the law,” Cuomo said on Tuesday. “When you enforce the laws of the state, you don’t get to pick and choose which laws. You don’t get to say ‘I like this law, I’ll enforce this law’; ‘I don’t like this law, I won’t enforce this law.'”

He’s right.  He’s also a Democrat.  And I trust he supports President Barack Obama.  Which makes him a hypocrite.  But then show me a politician from any party who isn’t and I’ll show you a political wannabe!

What am I talking about?

Well, the Prez doesn’t want to defend the law.  The law of the land includes the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA as some call it.  It defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.  Obama doesn’t like that and has told the DOJ to stop defending it.  Kinda like how he doesn’t want states enforcing immigration laws within their borders—because that would infringe on the Federal government’s job and point out how inept and absent they are in enforcing those laws!  But I digress.

The interesting thing is that it was a Democrat—Mr Intern-Loving Clinton—who signed DOMA into law.  This was only 15 years ago and both houses of Congress passed the bill by a large majority.  How far we have fallen in that time!!!

Turns out a Federal judge said Section 3 of DOMA was un-Constitutional.  Despite an appeal which is still pending, Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder put forward an Administration position to no longer defend DOMA.  Here’s what Section 3 says:

Section 3. Definition of marriage  In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.”

Un-Constitutional!!!

Hmm!

Well Mr Obama, I only have one thing to say to you and Mr Holder:

“The law is the law.  When you enforce the law, you don’t get to pick and choose which laws. You don’t get to say ‘I like this law, I’ll enforce this law’; ‘I don’t like this law, I won’t enforce this law.'”

Think about it.  And Thank You Mr Cuomo for driving home that point!

Moreover, Thank You Laura Fotusky for standing up for marriage, for God, and the Bible!  That’s more than our married, “Christian” President is willing or able to do apparently.

Resignation Letter

Here in part is what she shared:

“I believe that there is a higher law than the law of the land. It is the law of God in the Bible.  In Acts 5:29, it states, ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’”

“The Bible clearly teaches that God created marriage between male and female as a divine gift that preserves families and cultures. Since I love and follow Him, I cannot put my signature on something that is against God.  Deuteronomy 10:12 says, ‘…What does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.’”

And to that I add “Amen”.

MORE:

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-07-13/us/new.york.same.sex.resignation_1_marriage-law-marriage-licenses-town-clerk?_s=PM:US

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Cuomo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOMA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Holder

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