Someone sent me a posting from somewhere by a Miles Daniels, who says he grew up in Wanchese, and later served in a church in
One of the quotes in the article by a poster on face book stated, “I’d be willing to bet that man (Tyler) doesn’t know a single gay person personally.” Well, he would have bet wrongly. Another mention was made about the exchange on Craigslist rants and raves section. I know nothing of this part of Craigslist because I do not go there. I have posted nothing on this site.
I have received some interesting emails and phone calls from people who have accused me of being hateful, ignorant, and fearful. I am none of these things. As I stated, everybody has a past.
I have walked where Mr. Miller and Mr. Daniels walk. I know personally how it is to be preyed upon by an older man, a member of the clergy as a young teen. I remember the confusion and experience of not being believed by my family when I reported what had happened. I have had experience in the homosexual lifestyle. As I said in the first post, people can and do leave the homosexual lifestyle; in fact, this is one of the problems of keeping up with the number of individuals in the gay community at any one time.
It was interesting to note that all the emails and phone messages tried to straighten me out theologically, when I had not mentioned the Bible, only that people I had contact with were atheistic, and that one of the arguments put forth was "God made me this way."
One lesbian I talked with on the phone admitted that the Bible does teach that homosexuality is a sin..."but I am not going to end the relationship I am in," she said.
When talking with Erin James, the reporter from the Virginian-Pilot, the opportunity arose for me to explain to Ms. James, that according to the Bible, homosexuality is a sin, like adultery, fornication, idolatry, drunkenness, murder, blasphemy, etc. I also told her that there is no sin that the blood of Jesus Christ cannot cover, or that God will not forgive if it is repented of and forsaken.
Now when talking to one who is hostile to what you believe, one should not expect objectivity, and I was not disappointed with the reporting in the Virginian-Pilot. Ms. James may have said she was objective on the phone, but she lost her objectivity when she wrote the article. This was to be expected.
The article stated that the "Pridefest" organizers were not fazed by the reaction to their plans, and why should they be? They are not fazed by the fact that according to the CDC, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the US population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV and are the only risk group in which new HIV infections have been increasing steadily since the early 1990s. In 2006, MSM accounted for more than half (53%) of all new HIV infections in the
They apparently are not fazed by the report that the leading cause of throat cancer among young men is not tobacco related, but because of oral sex- http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ReproductiveHealth/hpv-oral-cancers-rise-oral-sex-popular-spread/story?id=11916068
Even the American Red Cross will not accept blood donations from MSM. According to their website:
You should not give blood if you have AIDS or have ever had a positive HIV test, or if you have done something that puts you at risk for becoming infected with HIV.
You are at risk for getting infected if you:
They are not fazed by the fact that the average age of homosexual males is in the mid forties, and that one in five of homosexual men living in urban areas are infected with HIV. Now the push is on by the homosexual agenda to redefine HIV. Why? Would that make the disease any less deadly, or stop its spread, or somehow make it go away? What this would do is encourage the very behavior that is killing so many in the gay community. The goal is to redefine everything is it not; even marriage? Calling sin by another name does not negate its consequences, nor does it change God's mind or Word.
The Word of God condemns not just the practice of sexual sins but pride. Psalm 10:4 tells us The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Proverbs 8:12-13 states, I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. 13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Chapter 14:2-3 says, He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
And, Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
I stated that everybody has a past, but the future for the gay community is not positive, but it can be. There are a plethora of voices from liberal clergy that are advocating for open sin. These people are not being intellectually honest by ignoring what the Bible plainly states, and what scientific research confirms: that homosexuality is a dangerous and deadly lifestyle.
There are numerous passages in the Bile that condemn not just homosexuality, but all sexual sins. In First Corinthians, Paul excoriates the church for allowing a man who is living with his step-mother in a husband-wife relationship. This is a heterosexual arrangement, but it is soundly denounced. In chapter six, Paul plainly states that the unrighteous shall not inherit the
I also stated that the intent of the Pridefest was to recruit children. According to the previous posting "What is Marriage?" this was shown to be correct by the agenda of the ACLU and other groups. Daniel Villarreal, a homosexual wrote this on Queerty-
"[Conservatives] accuse us of exploiting children and in response we say, 'NOOO! We're not gonna make kids learn about homosexuality, we swear! It's not like we're trying to recruit your children or anything.' But let's face it--that's a lie. We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it... Why would we put anti-bullying programs or social studies classes that teach kids about the historical contributions of famous queers unless we wanted to deliberately educate children to accept queer sexuality as normal?"
I will not use this space to detail what the homosexual agenda want to teach children. This has already been done on numerous websites. Look it up for your self. Suffice it to say, the behavior is not normal, or else, why would Mr. Villarreal label it queer?
Paul faced similar problems with believers at
One of the most critical issues that will affect and shape our society in the immediate future is marriage. The current debate not only has implications on what marriage means and how it is defined, but on society and the Church. Intrinsic to this debate, the problem of priority arises. Potentially, the Church’s ability to carry out its mission and ministry will be crippled by focusing solely on marriage. In assessing its priorities, the Church needs to address whether it is the church’s mission to save society and culture. If so, the Church needs to weigh the importance of the marriage conflict against its available resources. Additionally, the Church needs to decide whether its resources would be better spent addressing the broader erosion of Biblical traditions in the
THE PROBLEMS AND PARALLELS
There are many parallels between first-century
Thus, it is not hard to imagine what some in the church at
The testimony the Church should have had in the city of
Paul’s injunction against fornication is not limited to the individual guilty of incest or to this one sin. He condemns other forms of wickedness as well, citing covetousness, idolatry, railing, drunkenness, and extortion. The specific problem that surfaced in the body of believers might have been incest, but this was just the visible part.
The other problem that infected the church was pride. Pride, according to Daniel Defoe, is “the first peer and president of hell.” Paul warned against pride, arrogance, and general apathy towards sin. Unfortunately, this is where a substantial portion of main-line denominations and independent churches are today. In our multi-cultural society, there is a tendency for the Church to display acceptance of others no matter how extreme their positions. This is, as Francis Schaeffer points out, an example of how humanism has crept into the thinking of not just Western society, but also the
Although Roman rule supplanted Grecian sovereignty, Grecian culture remained. The Greeks, similar to Romans, were polytheistic in belief. Their gods and goddesses possessed the same, if not worse, moral attributes than their creators. Thus, when an individual in the church had his father’s wife, to some it was of no consequence. To Paul it was of great consequence. Paul was not bashful when it came to naming sin and the sinner. He withstood Peter to his face when Peter had been inconsistent in his walk (Gal 2: 11-14), and had even separated from Barnabas over John Mark (Acts 15:36-39). Paul did not limit himself to only rebuking the believers. Paul also preached to the lost, both Jew and Gentile, anywhere they were found, including a synagogue or market place and told them God requires repentance. This was the message brought home to the Church at
After pointing out the problem with incestuous individuals, Paul turned his attention to the Church and told them they had in effect, colluded with this man by not dealing with sin. Paul judged those culpable of incest and his recommendation was harsh: They were to “deliver such an one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh” (1 Cor 5:5). In other words, church discipline in the form of excommunication was necessary to purge immorality. Various views have been put forth on the meaning of the phrase, “to deliver to Satan.” One author suggests that its roots are in the Old Testament Day of Atonement where a scapegoat was released into the wilderness. This goat, he says, is delivered to Satan for destruction and thus removes the sin of
DARING TO DISCIPLINE?
The situation churches face today concerning discipline is not the same as first-century
In one such case in the South, a Christian school has been sued for asking two female students to withdraw after they admitted to having an inappropriate sexual relationship. Claiming “emotional distress” and “invasion of privacy,” one of the former students has filed a lawsuit seeking one million dollars from this ministry that did nothing but uphold the Biblical values consistently adhered to by the administration. As mainstream American society and the media continue to drift farther away from Biblical values, ministries that commit to stand firm on the Word of God can expect the challenges to intensify in the days that come.
One can see that even when the Church exercises its Biblical mandate of discipline in order to maintain integrity and purity, opposition arises from within.
Conversely, Paul does not limit discipline to just the individual guilty of incest. In fact, he implies with the phrase “such an one” that not only this individual, but also anyone practicing immorality is to be sanctioned as well. Infractions would include adultery, fornication on the part of the members of the church in a heterosexual relationship, as well as the others areas of misconduct mentioned in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11. Essentially, what Paul does in this passage is refuse to allow a redefinition of marriage. Any arrangement that deviated from one man and woman was outside of the realm of marriage. In fact, Paul re-gives the definition of marriage in chapter 6:15-17, where he states that two shall be one flesh and a heterosexual union is implied.
In a society where culture is changing as quickly as the next fad, absolute truth seemingly does not exist. Modern Americans, similar to first-century Paul, live in a multi-cultural society.
There were restrictions placed on marriage.
The definition of marriage, according to The
One is constantly being deluged by a stream of news and information lamenting the plight of same-sex couples that claim social inequality. These groups claim their struggle for equality is no different from the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. In order for this segment to be treated equally and fairly and with dignity, marriage has to be re-defined to include same-sex couples. After all, society is evolving, and constantly progressing; so society needs to keep up with the changes that humankind is going through. To this group there is nothing odd or unusual in this practice, it is perfectly normal and has been practiced as long as man has been around. There is, they claim, a touching example in the Scriptures of one mourning over the death of his same-sex lover where David laments over the death of Jonathan (2 Sam 1:26).
Accordingly, anyone who would deny this segment of society the same rights and privileges everyone else enjoys must surely be bigoted and homophobic. If the Creator made them this way, society should recognize their life style as valid and legitimate. The times have changed, so attitudes must change as well. If, in fact man is born with certain genetic pre-dispositions, then why legislate against any lifestyle choice? Taken to its logical conclusion, the serial rapist or serial murderer can argue their genetic predisposition contributed to their crimes and so they should not be held accountable for their choice. The opposite is true.
In addition, there are those who say the Bible should be made to fit current culture. One is not to impose their interpretation of the Scriptures on cultures and societies that differ, but are to make the message fit the culture. After all, the argument goes, the Bible came from languages and cultures far removed from ours, and however currently interpreted it is just a man’s interpretation. In other words, there is no absolute truth. There is no final authority to which to appeal except one’s own reasoning or feelings. Everything is relative, and therefore, truth is constantly changing. If evidence can be presented there is a final authority to which all humankind must answer, the previous argument falls. There must be, therefore, a cross-cultural perspective of interpretation of Scripture bridging the gap from not just original languages and cultures to existing society, but to other contemporary languages and cultures as well, making the message of Scripture authoritative. 
THE CHANGE IN CULTURE
Enormous changes have taken place in society over the last sixty years. Where once churches dotted the landscape, filled with the faithful worshippers that were converted because of great revivals, there are only empty meetinghouses. There is no true spirituality for the community in which many of these churches are located. The social scientists of Kinsey, Masters, and Johnson, and Dr. Benjamin Spock taught that what we had believed and practiced for generations was wrong. For the most part, society believed these teachings. According to these social scientists, society was wrong to restrain its natural passions and desires. The embracing of this information led to the belief that passion and desires were given to individuals by the process of evolution to enjoy and to ease the stress of life. The result of which leads one to conclude what consenting adults do is of no concern to anyone else. The old idea of adultery and fornication were out-dated, and were at the worst, victimless crimes. After all,
Dr. Timothy Leary expounded the virtues of mind-expanding drugs as harmless entertainment and that society ought to “turn on, tune in, and drop out.” Leary, a hero and pioneer of the drug counter-culture, also said that: “People use the word “natural”…What is natural to me is these botanical species which interact directly with the nervous system. What I consider artificial is four years at Harvard, and the Bible, and Saint Patrick’s cathedral, and the sunday school [sic] teachings.”
Here was the “new gospel” popularized by Marx and preached to the masses by the apostles of higher education with the choir of popular music providing the anthems for the new counter-culture that was coming into puberty, and validated by the highest moral authority of the land. Now we had proof that
Fortunately, current society is not under the same form of government that the Apostle Paul and the first-century church was. Modern individuals have the privilege of having their voice heard through the ballot box. When elected leaders do not perform as promised, one has the privilege of voting them gone. If enough popular support can be raised for or against an issue, society can be manipulated by whichever faction controls the election results. During the eighties, the pendulum of cultural consciousness returned to the conservative side of its ever increasingly shortened arc when evangelicals of diverse backgrounds came together on major issues. The nineties continued the trend with the election of conservative majorities to both houses. Thus, some would argue, the Church had influenced the political process to the point of establishing what some termed derisively a theocracy, even though the president was of the opposing party.
Still, others take a view the direction culture is taking society is controlled by the media. The media is one of the most influential forces affecting public opinion today. The media has the ability to mold and shape the attitude of the masses with its continuous stream of information. If those in charge of media favor a particular issue, then all the positive influence it can wield will go behind that cause. This is what abortion proponents did to get abortions legalized. In fact, it is such a powerful tool there has even been action in Congress to control explicit content. Liberal bias, or humanism has long controlled the content consumers get from mainstream media. Conservative evangelicals are seldom presented as positive role models and believers are most often portrayed as hypocrites and bigots leading to a false idea of what the Church stands for. This is a subtle form of persecution, the result of which leads to a denial of first amendment rights.
PROTECTION OR PERSECUTION
Even though the first-century church was persecuted by Jew and Gentile alike, Paul could appeal to protection of Roman law because of his Roman citizenship. It did not matter that he had converted from religion to a relationship with Christ, at this time Paul was free to worship as he chose. This freedom is the same privilege certain sects in society would deprive evangelicals. The Constitution guarantees an individual the right to the free exercise of his or her faith, even in the public arena, without the fear of government intervention. Yet, the government, though it does not bestow this God-given right, has a duty to protect that right. Sadly, this is being construed today to mean not freedom of religion, but to mean freedom from religion. Therefore, laws are being considered and passed today to limit the free exercise of religious expression.
To what authority does the church subject itself today? Romans thirteen tells Christians to be subject to civil authorities and Peter admonishes the same in his epistle (1 Pet 2:13, 14). If civil authority hostile to the church imposes onerous restrictions and condemns the worship of Christ as many nations have done, are Christians to obey these prohibitions? Does the body of Christ submit to the authority of the state and not to the headship of Christ when the state is in conflict with the Word of God? Peter and the other apostles made an important statement in Acts 5:29 when they said, “we ought to obey God rather than men.” It is very important that evangelicals know where these lines of civil authority and sacred authority are drawn. As Schaeffer points out, for the Christian there is no distinction between the sacred and the secular; all areas of life are to be brought under the headship of Christ. Every Christian is to be subject to the Lordship of Christ in all realms of life.
In modern society there are many trying to shape culture and society by the legislative process. When this fails, the judicial process is employed to circumvent the legislature. Ultimately, the courts have the final say in what becomes law, and laws are designed to prohibit certain behaviors. Accordingly, this is why so much emphasis is placed on who is appointed to judicial benches. The problem, however, is that law becomes something pliable and changeable in the hands of a powerful few and not the will of the governed via democratic process. Conversely, in Paul’s day this was not a problem. The emperor dictated law and his magistrates and army enforced it. Thus, that which the state allowed had serious consequences for its citizens. The primary question of importance to the early Church was the state’s role in determining how, when, and whom believers worshiped. That same question faces the Church today.
EQUALITY OR ENDORSEMENT
In order for the segment of society who desire their relationships legitimized and sanctioned by not just society, but by the state, the traditional view of marriage, has to be changed. This segment of society argues they are asking for no more than what the larger percentage of society already possesses. This includes “full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and the transgendered.” Further, this segment advocates recognition of their unions, the right to adopt and raise children, freedom from discrimination and harassment in the workplace and schools, and “to fashion a society that is truly diverse and tolerant.” In order to achieve these goals, a massive human rights campaign has been underway for two decades, including very high-profile court cases and mainstreaming in the electronic media in an effort to portray their lifestyle in a positive light. Their gains have been substantial. In order to better inform society about their goals and change public opinion, a lesson plan for public schools was developed. If one can educate the youth, one can eliminate prejudice and bigotry. This program, entitled: Making Schools Safe: Anti- Harassment Training Program, ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, was developed by Nancy Otto. The program has been successful in opening doors for Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs and pushing their agenda in public schools. Part of the program reads:
The program’s goals are: To alert school districts that they have a duty- backed up by legal liability- to change a school culture that ignores or promotes harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation. To provide those districts with the skill and resources they need to promote an environment that does not tolerate harassment and discrimination.
Homosexuals are just one segment of society that advocates redefining marriage. Another large and growing population of sub-culture who want the definition of marriage changed is those that are living in this country in polygamous relationships. The Mormons have long held the belief it was God’s will for them to have more than one wife. In fact it was one of the primary concerns of Prophet Joseph Smith, but “this ‘strong meat’ was not to be fed to the ‘Gentiles,’ who were to receive only the ‘first principles.’” In fact, they were driven from
What doesn’t make sense to many opponents of the legalization of same-sex marriages is that their challengers are seemingly unconcerned that the national acceptance of gay and lesbian marriages would not be the final test of the vibrancy of traditional marriage. Instead, proponents of plural marriages would be next in line, and their goal, according to the Traditional Values Coalition is to introduce ‘polygamy and polyamory’ as families.
In addition to the Mormons, another like-minded sub-cultural group is pushing for a change in current marriage laws. As Majeed observes, the rapidly growing number of African American Muslims practicing in secret and openly what she terms “polygyny” are “most prevalent in the
There are several reasons stated for the increase in polgyny. One, is after the men get over the idea of living with and supporting more than one spouse, they see it as a return to true Islam as practiced in the seventh century. Another reason for “man sharing” is the lack of available and eligible men. With the high divorce rate and increase of single mothers, latchkey kids and the stigma associated with unwed couples living together, polygynous arrangements seem to meet several needs at once. Majeed concludes that same-sex and polygynous arrangements have existed alongside of monogamous, heterosexual marriages and both are worthy of further study and consideration.
BACK TO BASICS
Looking at the directives that Paul gave the church at
The Scriptural definition of marriage is important for current society. There would not be an assault on it by Satan if it were not. In Mark chapter ten, where the Pharisees approached the Lord, and asked about divorce, He referred them back to “the beginning” (Gen 2:21-24). Christ was not asked about the sex of the first couple, nor was He asked about the number of wives a man could have, but only about putting her away or divorcing her. He answered all of these when He replied “for the hardness of your heart.” Adam and Eve, he told them, were made male and female. Regarding gender, Biblical marriage is between a man and a woman. This is, obviously, for procreation. Noah did not put all male animals or all female animals on the ark. A man was to have only one wife. The Scriptural injunction is plain: “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife. And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.” As to the question of how long marriage is to last: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Death is the only reason for separation from a spouse (Rom 7: 2, 3).
It is important to note that Christ, when asked about marriage, goes back to “the beginning” not the Law of Moses. Likewise, Paul, when discussing marriage goes back to “the beginning.” In 1 Corinthians 6:16-18 Paul uses the same formula as Christ, “for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.” Just as the ancient Jew understood
There is modern research to validate the Biblical wisdom of monogamous heterosexual unions. In an article entitled The Emotional Antecedent and Sequelae of Adolescent Sexual Activity, Dr. W. David Hager gives insight into emotional consequences accompanying pre-marital and extra-marital sex. Relying on studies documenting the chemical and hormonal reactions in men and women intimately engaged, Hager concludes couples “emotionally ‘super glue’ themselves to each other,” and as a result, “there is an addictive effect of being unified.” “Thus,” he says, “there is a biochemical basis for bonding and imprinting.” This bonding, when broken, has a devastating effect on the individual and society, resulting in escalating numbers of sexually transmitted infections and non-marital pregnancies.
CONCLUSION AND CHALLENGE
The church and the evangelical community can learn three things from the situation in first century
Secondly, the church has lost its purity. Like the man in
Lastly, the church has lost its power. The church needs to decide whether it will fight spiritual battles in the political arena, or in the prayer closet. Political freedom is one thing; spiritual power is another. Evangelicals have no influence in society and on culture, because there is no power with God, or with men. Change in society and culture is brought about by changing people. A change in people occurs when there is a change in their heart. A change in the heart occurs when the Spirit of God and the Word of God is presented in the power of God through the life of an obedient child of God. If this sounds simplistic, it is. It is His plan.
The battle over marriage is not the only challenge facing the Church today but its importance cannot be over emphasized. This fight should not take priority of the primary mission of the Church, but Evangelicals must be proactive in preserving the Biblical tradition of marriage. This is not just important for the Church, but for society and culture as well. The home was the first institution the Creator bestowed to His children and is the foundation of society. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3).
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 This should answer those that teach that the church, since the death of Christ, is not under the moral Law of Moses any longer.
 M. T. Cicero Pro Cluent 5.11-14, quoted in Simon J. Kistemaker, “Deliver This Man to Satan” (1Cor5: 5): A Case Study in Church Discipline, The Master’s Seminary Journal 3/1 (Spring 1992): 33-45.
 The New Dictionary of Thoughts, (1957) s. v. “pride.”
 Francis A. Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto, rev. ed. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books and Good News Publishers, 1982), 18.
 V. George Shillington, “Atonement Texture in 1 Corinthians 5:5,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 71 (1998): 29-50
 Ibid. 38. This, he says is the correct understanding of this phrase to which the reading as found in the NIV agrees quoting Adela Yarbro Collins, “The Function of “Excommunication” in Paul,” HTR 73 (1980) 257.
 Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, vol. 6 (
 See, Matt 18:15-20; Luke 17:3; 2 Cor 2:1-11; Gal 6:1; 1 Thess 5:14; 2 Thess 3:6, 10-15; 1Tim 5:19-20; and Titus 3: 10-11.
 Internet correspondence with Charlotte Cover, Gibbs Law Firm, P.A., Oct. 2006. (Gibbs Law Firm is otherwise known as Christian Law Association).
 This is happening in spite of Paul’s instruction in chapter 6 for believers not to go to the civil courts (the unjust) to settle their differences.
 Will Durant, The Age of Faith (New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1950), 380
 The New American Handy College Dictionary, 3d. ed. (1995) s. v. marriage.
 There have been scores of studies conducted over several decades in search of genetic or biological origins for homosexuality, including studies of identical and fraternal twins. (See: Byne, W., Parsons, B. (1993, March). Human Sexual Orientation: The Biologic Theories Reappraised. Archives of General Psychiatry. 50: 228-39 (228). for just one of many such studies.) The conclusion is that while there may be many factors involved in determining a person’s sexual orientation, genetics is not one of them.
 Charles H. Kraft, “Interpreting in Cultural Context.” In Rightly Divided:
 Alfred Kinsey published two works in the mid 1900s about male and female human sexuality. William Masters and Virginia Johnson based their research on the work of Kinsey. The difference in the methods was that Kinsey used surveys to gather data; Masters and Johnson used direct observation of men and women in a laboratory setting. These studies were instrumental in legitimizing sex out side of marriage. Dr. Spock also published his book on child rearing entitled: Baby and Child Care in the mid 1900s. His famous maxim “trust yourself; you know more than you think you do” led many to label him the “Father of Permissiveness” where child rearing was concerned.
David Kupelian, Innocent blood: How lying marketers sold Roe v. Wade to
 See Acts 16:37; 22:25-28; 25:10 where Paul asserted his civil rights as a Roman citizen.
 Shaeffer, 19.
 It is not the intent to go into detail about ancient Roman government. The republic was effectually done away with when Octavian declared himself Augustus Caesar (Imperator Caesar Divi Filius Augustus). http://www.historyguide.org/ancient/lecture12b.html
 Informing the Faithful :One-Day Legal Seminar, Gibbs Law Firm (2005) 45.
 Nancy Otto, Making Schools Safe: Anti-Harassment training Program, ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, for the Howard A. Friedman Foundation, by Jennifer Middleton, rev. Joshua Freker. www.aclu.org/images/asset_upload_fileG81_24003.pdf2005. “italics mine”
 Jan Karel Van Baalen, The Chaos of the Cults: A Study in Present-Day Isms (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972), 199.
 In January 2004, J. Bronson, G. Lee Cook, and D. Cook filed suit in U.S. District court against
 John Pomfret, Polygamists Fight to Be Seen As Part of Mainstream Society. (The
 Debra Mubashshir Majeed, “The
 This is the ideal. Christ in Matthew nineteen gives what some have labeled “an exception clause” clause. There is still much debate on the meaning of this passage. J. Carl Laney’s opinion is that to remarry after divorce is to be guilty of adultery.
 See Numbers 22-25. When
 Cf. 1 Cor 3:16,17; 6:15; 7: 1-40; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5: 30-32
 Shaeffer, p 55.
I know of no greater threat to the family that exists today than the homosexual agenda. They have for years (even though a small minority of the population) continued to push through a very radical agenda that is neither healthy nor wholesome.
In reading the press release or statement with the email I received; one of the things that stood out was their claim that "the afternoon festival on June 25th, located only one block from the Nags Head beaches along the
Homosexual deviancy in sex is not normal, nor is it hereditary, nor genetic. I do not have the time, nor space to answer all the accusations that have been directed against those of us who oppose this lifestyle, but I will touch on one or two.
1. God made me this way. This is interesting, because most of the homosexuals and lesbians I have talked to do not believe in God: most are atheistic. In that respect, it is still against nature, because it goes against evolution. Being unable to reproduce according to the process of evolutionary development, recruitment has to take place in order to propagate. Two males alone nor two females alone cannot reproduce because of the lack of sperm or egg needed to reproduce human life. This leads to the extinction of any species.
In 2009, the APA (American Psychological Association) released a publication that includes an admission that there's no homosexual "gene", meaning it's not likely that homosexuals are born that way. The statement, which appears in a brochure called "Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality," states the following: "There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles...."
That statement is at odds with the APA's statement in 1998, which said: "There is considerable recent evidence to suggest that biology, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors, play a significant role in a person's sexuality."
Even the APA has revised its guidelines because people can and do leave homosexuality, and for a variety of reasons. There has been much emphasis upon "civil rights" for this group; but the problem is not like race, where one is born black, white, etc, but choice.
2. During the debate in the Congress about the so-called "Hate Crimes" bill, or the "Matthew Shepard Act", there was much handwringing and emotional bluster about the need to pass this travesty in order to promote homosexuality into a protected class. It is obvious that equality was not the goal, but endorsement. One of the leading homosexual activists let the proverbial cat out of the bag when he said as much. Andrew Sullivan, who is one of the movers and shakers in the international homosexual movement said, "The real reason for hate crime laws is not the defense of human beings from crime. There are already laws against that, and Matthew Shepard's murderers were successfully prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in a state with no hate crimes law at the time. The real reason for the invention of hate crimes was a hard-left critique of conventional liberal justice and the emergence of special interest groups which need boutique legislation to raise funds for their large staffs and luxurious buildings. Just imagine how many direct mail pieces have gone out explaining that without more money for [Human Rights Campaign], more gay human beings will be crucified on fences. It's very, very powerful as a money-making tool."
I would recommend that families who love their children, keep them as far away from the event "OBX Pridefest", that will take place June 24-26, 2011 at First Colony Inn, Nags Head, NC, and the satellite locations mentioned in the release.
Here is an excerpt from their propaganda:
"The big difference between this gay pride festival and others you may have seen on the news is there will not be a big parade down the bypass", says board member, David Miller. "We want to steer clear of the "in-your-face" flamboyant images of large-city gay pride parades. These extremely "expressive" images represent a very small portion of our American gay community and that's just not our style here on the Outer Banks. The afternoon festival, the
The above is not true, because the "expressive" images, as he calls them are exactly who they are. This behavior is a scourge in any society that values decency and morality, law and natural order. The aim is to seduce the most innocent among us to their immoral form of depravity. Do not be taken in.
3. It is not a healthy nor happy lifestyle. I will close this for now with this statement from one of the gay communities own spokespersons. Matt Forman, whom I believe is no longer the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, agreed with the CDC, pro family organizations and a growing number of homosexual activists willing to admit that homosexual behavior is both extremely high-risk and primarily responsible for the spread of HIV/AIDS in the US.
"With 70% of the people in this country living with HIV being gay or bi, we cannot deny that HIV is a gay disease. We have to own that and face up to that."
Is that what you really want for your children?
Have you ever wondered what it will take for this world to realize its need for Jesus Christ? I remember before I was saved, I had no interest in church. In fact, I had very little interest in taking part with a bunch of rank hypocrites who only had time for God on Sunday morning. God saved me and He showed me that Christ-likeness was possible in everyday life by a good friend of mine. I saw the change that Christ had wrought in his life; how that he had been delivered from the bondage of drugs and alcohol, and God did the same for me.
Paul tells us that if any man have not the Spirit of Christ; he is none of His (Rom 8:9). He also warns us that there are choices that we are faced with, and that we can receive the grace of God offered throught the Lord Jesus Christ, or we can reject it. He speaks of a sinning willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth- this is a willful rejection of the love that God has offered us through His Son. It is also a wrongful rejection, because to reject the love of God in Christ is the greatest wrong that can be committed by man. It will lead to a woeful rejection of any man by God whose love is spurned for any reason.
Christian friend, you and I need to take very seriously our walk before the lost of this world, because they need to see that Christians are different because of the difference that Christ makes in our lives.
Sinner friend, think before you summarily dismiss what the Bible says about sin and its punishment. Your eternal destiny is the most important decision you can make- trust Him today, because He loves with an unconditional love and I love you. CT I Peter 4:11