Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Is Being Gay A Sin? Part Five - One Anglican View Against Gays

Is Being Gay A Sin?
We are in Part Five of the blog series, "Is Being Gay A Sin?" What does most of the world believe? What do most Christians think about The Gays? In this section, we have already looked at the breakdowns of the types of Christianity most commonly in the discussion, as well as their common belief structures.  This is a blog showing how some are AGAINGST homosexuality. It's taken from an Anglican Website and is a differing viewpoint I wanted to present. As a Christian, it is our duty to prayerfully study and understand what God was trying to communicate to His people, not only in ancient Hebrew times, the more recent Greek and Roman times, but througout ALL time.


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With the schism in the Anglican communion, the Constitutional amendment in the United States to define marriage as between a man and a woman, and in light of various ‘human rights’ laws around the world that vilify those who speak against homosexuality, more Christians are asking what the Christian position towards homosexuality should be.  While only a tiny percentage of people are homosexual, the gay lifestyle is becoming mainstream – at least in some circles and in the media.  Let’s examine what the Bible says about homosexuality, and clear up a few myths in the process.   

First, let’s start with some fundamental groundwork.  Some people, uneducated in scripture, are under the mistaken impression that all forms of sexuality are sinful according to the Bible.  With this misconception, they readily disregard anything the Bible might say with regards to sexuality, choosing instead to side with their sexual desires.  What they don’t understand is that they are completely wrong.  Sex is a creation of God, who pronounced all His creation “good!”  Sexuality is not sinful.  It is a wonderful part of God’s plan.   
God put a limit on sex, though.  Yes, a limit – only one.  There is no long dissertation on the do’s and don’ts of sex.  The only caveat to the enjoyment of sex is this:  sex is meant to be enjoyed in the context of marriage – not outside of it.  Unfortunately, these days we must be specific.  Sex is to be enjoyed within the context of a marriage between a man and a woman.  That’s it!  That’s the limit.  Genesis 2:24-25 says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”  Hebrew 13:4 says, “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”  All sexual sins (i.e. promiscuity, adultery, homosexuality, prostitution, etc.) are sins because they do not conform to the limit of sex being a marital activity.  Now of course some of you will point out the list of sexual activity prohibited by the Mosaic laws, but let’s not address those issues of the law from which Paul said we are now free.  Instead, let’s stick to those ancient commands that endure eternal.  To that end, the above-mentioned single rule is how we are to judge sexual morality. 

The men of Sodom and Gomorrah were the first recorded in the Bible to face punishment for their sexual perversion.  In Genesis chapter 19, we find two angels that pay a visit to Lot’s home in Sodom.  In verse four, we find that “all the men from every part of Sodom” surrounded Lot’s house, and told Lot to bring out his visitors “so that we can have sex with them.”  The pro-homosexual revisionist argues that the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah was that the residents wanted to commit an act of rape.  That the rape would have been homosexual is not an issue, according to their argument. However, Jude 7 indicates that Sodom and Gomorrah’s punishment was due to their sexual perversion.  Their sin was not simply one of violence (rape) but of sexual immorality (homosexuality).  As further evidence of the sinful nature of homosexuality, Leviticus 18:22, and 20:13 both describe homosexuality as “an abomination.”   
Contrary to the opinions of some, the Old Testament is not the only place in the Bible that condemns homosexuality.  We previously mentioned Hebrews 13:4, where Paul exhorted us to honor the marriage bed and keep it pure.  In Romans 1:26-27 Paul is very specific, “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 of the 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.”  In 1 Corinthians 6:9, Paul wrote, “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.”  The Greek word from which the King James Bible gets the word “effeminate” ismalakos, which literally means something soft to the touch, but is used as a negative metaphor to refer to a boy kept for homosexual relations with a man.  The “abusers of themselves with mankind” are those men who engage in unnatural sexual relations with other men – homosexuals. That is also how the NASB, the NKJV, and the NIV translate that verse.  Also in the New Testament is verse 7 from the book of Jude, defining exactly why Sodom and Gomorrah were punished – homosexuality. 

Having established that homosexuality is a sin, we must now face that we live in increasingly pro-homosexual societies.  The media and the schools have become mouthpieces for the gay subculture, and are working hard to marginalize those of us who take a moral, biblical stance on the issue.  School sex education programs based on the curriculum developed by SIECUS champion homosexuality as being normal and healthy, while encouraging teenagers to ignore the values of their parents if their parents feel homosexuality is wrong.  “Gay” television shows are popping up on networks like Bravo and on other networks as well.   

In many nations, current and existing laws are including slurs against homosexuality in the definition of hate crimes.  In fact, some in Canada have found themselves in legal trouble for reading the first chapter of Romans over the airwaves.  This is a pattern that is sweeping the Western world, and I predict we’ll see similar legislation in the United States within the next few years.  While the Canadian Parliament claims that a religious exemption in their recent hate speech bill will protect speech of a religious nature, in practice Canadians have already been prosecuted by human rights tribunals for things as simple as listing the same Bible verses above in a newspaper advertisement.  

Even the church today is not immune to the mainstreaming of immorality.  The Anglican Communion, including the Episcopal Church in the United States is suffering a rift because of the appointment of an openly homosexual bishop.  This rift is widened because some of its leaders have deemed it appropriate to perform homosexual marriages.  The Methodist Church has allowed openly homosexual ministers to retain their positions.  Let me make this clear:  I do not oppose allowing homosexuals to attend church.  In fact, I think that’s where they should be.  However, we must not condone sinful immorality by allowing our clergy to practice it openly.  Homosexuality is a sin.  Homosexuals are unrepentant of their sin.  If they were repentant, they would no longer identify themselves as homosexual.  Just as no church would allow their minister to engage in an ongoing adulterous affair and retain his position, so we must not allow homosexual ministers to retain their positions of leadership.   

Homosexual advocates will contend that homosexuality is natural, and some will point to homosexual activity within some animal species as evidence.  However, it’s not hard to figure out that homosexuality is decidedly unnatural.  My wife and I used to have a couple of pendant necklaces.  Each of us had half of a pendant on our necklace.  When we put our two halves together, the zigzag pattern meshed together flawlessly to create a single, whole pendant (which, by the way, bore the words of Genesis 2:24).  God made men and women different, both emotionally and physically.  Physically, we were created to fit together anatomically much like our pendant.  Our parts just match up!  Remember the child’s game of matching the round peg into the round hole, the square peg into the square hole, etc.?  The homosexual is trying to force two pegs together, in blatant disregard for God’s natural design!  The argument above also falls flat on its face when you consider that some animal species also eat their young.  I don’t think we can extrapolate that into an acceptable practice for human beings.   
These same homosexual advocates will claim that homosexuality is genetic.  NOT TRUE!  Nobody is ‘born homosexual.’  In 1993, Dean Hamer of the National Cancer Institute claimed to have found a genetic link to homosexuality.  Yet in 1999, the results of an intensive study by the University of Western Ontario found that Hamer was in error.  The fact is that after all the attempts to show a genetic cause for homosexuality, no such genetic cause has been found.  A British psychologist has had enormous success in providing “reorientation” therapy to homosexuals who want to change.  This is not a surgery or a medical treatment, but it is effective.  How could it be effective if the cause of homosexuality is physical?  Well, it couldn’t be.  Homosexuality is a choice, not a genetic predisposition.   

Also untrue is the label applied to those who don’t approve of homosexuality.  “Homophobe” has been applied to anyone speaking negatively of homosexuality or of homosexuals.  But in 2002, a study by the University of Arkansas was publicized that showed that term to be inaccurate.  While a phobia is a fear, researchers found that those termed “homophobic” exhibited no traces of fear.  The study subjects’ reactions ranged from disapproval to disgust, but none showed any fear.   

God’s laws were handed down for our benefit.  HIV and AIDS, while no longer exclusive to homosexuals, are still much more rampant and spreading more quickly among the gay community (at least in the western nations).  Our children are at risk as well.  While GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) will tell your seventh-grader during a school assembly that heterosexual men molest more children than homosexual men do, they are not telling the whole story.  That statistic is only true because homosexuals make up less than 5% of the population.  Statistically though, a homosexual man is 10 to 20 times more likely than a heterosexual man to sexually abuse a minor.   

A few “Christians” have hurt the cause of morality by acting out violently and/or hatefully against homosexuals.  When Matthew Shepherd was killed for being homosexual,* a Baptist congregation gathered outside the courthouse during his killers’ trial.  They held up banners that stated how many days Shepherd had been in hell, and used some disgusting names to describe him.  They seemed to be happy that he had been brutally murdered.  Hate is not the answer to anything.  Every one of us is sinful, yet every one of us is loved by God.  Jesus did not celebrate the death of Matthew Shepherd, and neither should we.  “Hate the sin, but love the sinner,” is how the saying goes, and that applies to homosexuals as well.   

With that said, we must not be afraid to stand up and champion the cause of morality.  Some will call us bigots and homophobes for our belief that homosexuality is a sin, but we cannot let name-calling soften our beliefs in God’s moral code.  The pro-homosexual movement can only marginalize us if we allow ourselves to be marginalized.  There are two ways we can do that:  a) we exhibit hate toward homosexuals rather than love, or b) we remain silent.  We must proudly champion God’s love toward the homosexual without condoning his or her behavior.  Let His love shine through us, and may we all be examples of the morality God desires.

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