Posts Tagged ‘homosexuality’

A Lie Often Repeated…

June 21, 2010

I remember twenty-five years ago in seminary reading an article that made the assertion that Jesus was gay.  The only support offered was that at the last supper, John was referred to as the “disciple Jesus loved” and that when they tried to apprehend John in the garden, they grabbed his garment and “he fled away naked”.

Hardly enough to support the conclusion that Jesus practiced a life-style that carried a death sentence under the Mosaic law.

Now in 2010, we have Elton John describing Jesus as a “compassionate, super-intelligent, gay man”.

In this case two out of three is very bad.

I wonder how many people will assume that since Elton John said Jesus was gay, it must be true?

How many people will believe that erroneous conclusion?

The Mosaic law was perfectly clear in its condemnation of homosexual activity.  (Leviticus 18:23 and 20:13)

It is true that Jesus never addressed the issue.  He was speaking to Jews who understood and accepted the Mosaic law.  There was no need for Jesus to address the matter.

Paul, who worked with the Greeks and Romans, (Both the Greek and Roman culture accepted homosexual activity.)  made it clear that in Christianity,  homosexual activity was still a sin.  (I Corinthians 6:9&10, I Timothy 1:8-11 and Romans 1:18-32)

Christians who accept the Bible as the Word of God must recognize that homosexual behaviour is a sin.  Jesus was without sin.  Jesus was not gay.

A lie that is often repeated may be accepted as the truth… but it is still a lie.

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They Love Too Much

August 31, 2009

“They love too much”  was a comment made to me about the ELCA after the news about the decision to ordain individuals involved in a long term, committed, homosexual relationship.

God is love, so is it possible to love too much?

No, it is not possible to love too much, but it is possible to allow our love to corrupt our understanding of the nature of God. 

God is love, but God is also just.  The scriptures clearly speak about a coming judgement, where there will be a final division of humanity for an eternal  reward or punishment.  Hell, is an eternity without God and will be worse than anything ever imagined by mortal imaginations.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”  (Matthew 7:21-23)

We are saved by grace through faith for good works. ( c.f. Ephesians 2:8-10).  God’s grace combines with  faith and  results in a new relationship with God, which changes us from the inside out.  We are saved as we are, but we are not left in our sin. 

Do not be deceived.  We are called to repentance and faith, and repentance is not simply confessing our sins, but turning from our sins.  We may not achieve perfection in this life, but we ought not to call sin, righteousness; and righteousness,sin.

Rejoicing and Weeping in Iowa

April 4, 2009

Yesterday the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriages.  This is a reason to celebrate for some, a reason to weep to others.

For those who rejoice, they rejoice because the state is granting gays the right to a legal status that they did not enjoy previously.

For those who weep, they see this decision as a step for the state, further away from the particular religious morals that many still hold in their personal lives.

This is a land of religious freedom.  People are still free to believe that homosexual acts are sinful,  and to proclaim their belief.  It is a particular religious belief, and others are free to accept or reject that teaching.

People do not have to believe in God, or the Bible.  They can ignore or remove the parts that they do not like,  but I believe that we will all one day face the God of the Bible, and be held accountable for our actions.