A Word From InPlainSite
It has recently come to my attention that this site has been listed as being a ‘hate’ site... Presumably one that ‘hates’ gays.
Horse Manure! I do not hate gays... I know more than one person who is gay and who I care about. However, the people I ‘dislike intensely’ are the stupid ones who cannot distinguish between being opposed to a practice, and hating those that indulge in it. In any case .. I‘m not the one that said homosexuality was wrong.. God did! If you disagree - take it up with Him. However, if you consider the Bible the Word of God you had better know what His opinion on the matter is. If you do not believe the Bible, you have the freedom to choose your own lifestyle .. everyone does! However remember that no one has the freedom to escape from the consequences of wrong choices.
What is "Agape" and How Did It Work?
We tend to assume at once that "love" means what it does to us in modern times -- in this case, a mushy sentimentality that never says a harsh word and never steps on the toes of others. but conceptually, it is certainly possible to love one's enemies, and yet also attack them; and the same for one's disciples or allies.
Homosexuality: Fact and Fiction
Millions of people in our society believe that homosexuality is a healthy and acceptable alternative lifestyle, but homosexuality is neither a normal nor a healthy lifestyle. This debate over the acceptance of homosexuality in our culture is one that has been clouded with many misrepresentations and inaccuracies.
Homosexuality And The Bible
The dynamics of New Testament ethics drive toward the sanctification of human life, not to the indiscriminate approval of any form of conduct.
The Inclusiveness of Jesus
It seems to be a common belief that Jesus ‘hung out’ with sinners and this is often used as an excuse for doing the same thing. Because the notion of inclusiveness is central to the current crisis in the church.. that of including practicing gay and lesbian people.. it deserves careful analysis. Is it true that Jesus was inclusive? And if so, in what sense was Jesus inclusive? Were there limits to Jesus’ inclusiveness? How does the teaching of Jesus help us to understand his inclusive practice?
Arguing Against Homosexuality
A response to challenges from a University of California Professor’s claims regarding the Bible's treatment of homosexuality.
Dialogue With a Homosexual
An E-mail exchange between a student at the University of California Santa Cruz and the author.
How has homosexuality, once deemed aberrant by an overwhelming majority of Americans, gained in acceptance while polygamy has remained an anathema to the public at large? To put it bluntly, many in America have allowed themselves to be snookered.
Banks vs. Boy Scouts
Yes--the Boy Scouts are discriminatory and prejudiced. But what's wrong with that? The point is that discrimination based on moral distinctives is not only the problem of the right wing moralists. Everybody does it. What the banks are really saying here is, "You can't discriminate based on your moral concerns, but I can discriminate based on mine."
Homosexuals in the Military?
This point relates to privacy as a policy issue and it doesn't relate to morality at all. In other words, if we think it appropriate to protect our sexual privacy in a heterosexual environment, the same considerations should apply for men and women who might be exposed to a homosexual environment.
"I Now Pronounce You Man and Husband?" .. An Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage
The common justifications for same-sex marriage are centered on a pseudo-understanding of the essence of marriage (love, commitment). If marriage is only about love and commitment, then same-sex couples qualify; however, if marriage is about procreation, then same-sex couples need not apply.
Same Sex Marriages
Acceptance of same-sex marriage represents a paradigm shift in American culture, and may well signal the beginning of the end of western civilization
The Marriage Amendment: No Rights Are Being Taken Away
A good place to start is by asking where rights come from. Rights do not simply materialize out of thin air. Neither do rights exist by a mere claim to their existence. Rights are specific sorts of things that come from a specific source. It seems to me that a right must come from one of two sources: a transcendent source (God), or an immanent source (man/government)..
Helping Teens Understand Homosexuality
In this article we look at ways to communicate the truth about homosexuality to teens. We examine the lies they are told and the sexual pressure they are under. We also look at ways to help kids process their gender confusion, as well as address helpful ways to encourage teens who already identify themselves as gay or lesbian.
The Gay Gene?
The real question is whether or not there is such a "gay gene." In fact, there is not, and the research being promoted as proving that there is provides no supporting evidence. How can this be? In order to understand what is really going on, one needs to understand some little-known features of the emerging study of behavioral genetics.
What If Homosexuality Were Biological?
Many of the same people who tell us homosexuality is inborn also claim that sociopaths may be born and not made. If one is born with homicidal instincts, would it be licit for him to commit murder? Don't scoff, for it's precisely the same reasoning; either morality is dictated by biology or it isn't.
In this essay we'll be looking at some of the homosexual myths that have pervaded our culture, and hopefully answering their arguments.
Can Homosexuals Change?
Interestingly, it doesn't seem to matter what the particular stronghold is in a person's life--whether it be homosexuality, gluttony, drug dependency, compulsive gambling or shopping, alcoholism, sexual addiction, or any other stronghold--the most effective solution is the same: intimacy with Christ.
Hope For Homosexuals
The church has too often failed to realize the depth and complexity of the problem. We have stood with Moses on Mount Sinai and hurled the commandments at them (along with a little lightning and thunder thrown in for good measure), but have seldom shown them any hope for freedom.
How Far We Have Fallen
Church jury acquits gay pastor: 11 of a jury of 13 pastors found a lesbian Methodist pastor not guilty of practices ‘incompatible with Christian teaching.' The other two were undecided. (below)
What The Bible Says
God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God. His phrase, "I will make..." suggests a plan. And the phrase: "I will make a helper suitable for him..." envisions a special partnership. Note: For the woman to be described as a "helper" is anything but demeaning. The same word is used elsewhere (Exodus 18:4; Psalm 121: 1,2) to describe God. Hebrew scholars interpret the phrase " a helper suitable" as meaning "exact correspondence." Marriage is a divine match-what one lacks, the other supplies. This was God's plan. [What God Says About Gay Marriage by Max Lucado]
Biblical Passages Stipulating Marriage as Being Solely Between a Man and a Woman
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Genesis 2:22-24 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Matthew 19:3-6 The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.
1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband
NOTE: The word translated in the above Genesis verses as “woman” and “wife” is the common Hebrew word for female (ishah), even as “father and mother” refer to a man and a woman. The Greek terms that are translated “man” (aner) and “wife” (gune) in the above verses from Matthew and Corinthians likewise connote gender as being male and female. This is the case throughout the New Testament. For example, in an extensive discussion of husbands and wives in Ephesians 5:22-33, Paul consistently uses the Greek term for “female” to refer to the wife, and the Greek term for “male” to refer to the husband.
The Bible never refers to a marriage as consisting of two men or two women. The Bible never refers to a man’s “wife” as being a male, or a woman’s “husband” being a female. And that’s not a matter of “my interpretation versus your interpretation.” (Apologetics Press)
Biblical Passages Against Homosexuality
Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.
Deuteronomy 23:17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
1 King 14:24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
1 King 15:12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.
1 King 22:46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.
II Kings 23:7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Timothy 1:9,10 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
Romans 1:2-32 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for EVEN THEIR WOMEN DID CHANGE THE NATURAL USE INTO THAT WHICH IS AGAINST NATURE AND LIKEWISE ALSO THE MEN LEAVING THE NATURAL USE OFTHE WOMAN BURNED IN THEIR LUST ONE TOWARD ANOTHER, MEN WITH MEN WORKING THAT WHICH IS UNSEEMLY, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Gay Pastor Acquitted of Practices “Incompatible with Christian Teaching.''
The ordination of a person to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament is not a civil right. Therefore, the question of the ordination of self-affirming and practicing homosexual persons cannot be made a civil rights issue.
However, The church has become an institution with it’s own rules and regulations, which have no relationship to the laws of the God it claims to represent. Apparently none of these people have read Leviticus 18:22 or Romans 1: 26,27, 28. Or, if they have, they simply do not care what God says. This is clearly seen in the following excerpt from an Article in the King County Journal by Elizabeth M. Gillespie. Associated Press. March 21st 2004. Washington State) (All Emphasis Added) [Please Note: The King County Journal has since been shut Down]
A lesbian Methodist pastor will be allowed to continue her ministry after she was acquitted Saturday in a church trial over her sexual orientation.
After about 10 hours of deliberations, a jury of 13 pastors ruled in favor of the Rev. Karen Dammann, 47, who disclosed three years ago that she was in a same-sex relationship. Two pastors were undecided and the rest found her not guilty of practices “incompatible with Christian teaching.''
Church law prohibits the ordination of “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals.'' But the church's social principles support gay rights and liberties.
“We, the trial court, reached our decisions after many hours of painful and prayerful deliberations, and listening for and to the word of God,'' the jury said in a statement released after the verdict. “We depended upon the prayers of the whole church, which undergirded our process. We depended on the leading of the Holy Spirit.''
“The church did not present sufficient clear and convincing evidence to sustain the charge,'' the jury statement said.
Dammann and Savage got married March 11 in Portland, Ore., where officials began allowing gay marriages earlier this month.
“I think the jury was looking for a way to be faithful to the Book of Discipline and I think they did that,'' Galvan said, adding that he looks forward to Dammann's return. (Methodist Bishop Elias Galvan)
The Rev. James C. Finkbeiner, who prosecuted the case, argued that Dammann, by her own admission, is a practicing lesbian and that is all the jury needed to consider to find her guilty.
After the verdict, Finkbeiner said be believed the jury overstepped the bounds of church law. “And I don't feel bad about that. Our process is fair.''
Then, with permission from Galvan, Finkbeiner spoke for himself, recalling what his wife told him as he left their Port Angeles home to represent the church. “She said, `Jim, I hope you do the best you can. And I hope you lose,''' he said with a chuckle. “I'm glad I lost on a personal basis.''