Churches Targeted for Conversion to Homosexuality, Transgenderism

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Should our churches convert to homosexuality? Unitarians holding blasphemous ceremonies say yes - they are no longer of Biblical Christianity. Should we, could we, change God's word? (Unitarian Universalist photo)

Homosexualism (the radical left movement to promote homosexuality as good and Biblical Christianity as evil) is on a crusade to radically transform the Holy Bible into what they want it to say.

Advocates for homosexualism attack Biblical orthodoxy through a campaign called “the Reformation Project.” Included are slights against true believers and distorted presumptions used to leverage a sense of guilt upon our people whenever we do not cave in to their demands.

We’re blamed for suffering. We’re accused of naivety, and, as if immature in our faith – as if thousands of years of orthodoxy can not be trusted – we’re instructed to embrace sexual deviancy as if normal diversity, as if Biblical. Here is their project brief along with point-by-point responses to each:

1.      Condemning same-sex relationships is harmful to LGBT people. Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that good trees bear good fruit (Matthew 7:15-20), but the church’s rejection of same-sex relationships has caused tremendous, needless suffering to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

{Here’s a straw man: condemnation of “relationships.” There is also deception in stating that a gospel ministry is harmful. In a Biblical church, it is not relationships but sexual abuse that is exposed. There is no personal spite in us, no “bullies” among our elders, pastors and leaders. It is about loving instruction from scripture to flee self-destruction and harm to individual and community bonds with our creator, God. The good tree bears fruit of repentance from addictions to sins whatever the disorientation may be, including sexual disorientation.}

2.      Sexual orientation is a new concept, one the Christian tradition hasn’t addressed. Many Christians draw on our faith’s traditions to shape our beliefs, but the concept of sexual orientation is new. Before recent decades, same-sex behavior was understood along the lines of gluttony or drunkenness—as a vice of excess anyone might be prone to—not as the expression of a sexual orientation. The Christian tradition hasn’t spoken to the modern issue of LGBT people and their relationships.

{Let’s first of all reject the lie that a new thing can surprise the council of Biblical morality. There is nothing new under the sun. The deception here is that Christian tradition should address it at all. Only scripture is of such authority. However “new” a name or label for a sin may be, Scripture exposes it, including that which is sexual disorientation. Perhaps common sense may prevail so any addiction to any disorientation (straying from God’s standard) is understood as a vice. “Excess” is not in the scope of disagreement here.}

3.      Celibacy is a gift, not a mandate. The Bible honors celibacy as a good way of living—Jesus was celibate, after all—but it also makes clear that celibacy must be a voluntary choice made by those who have the gift of celibacy (1 Corinthians 7:7-9, Matthew 19:11.) Requiring that all gay people remain celibate because their sexuality is “broken” is at odds with the Bible’s teachings on celibacy. 

{Celibacy is not an issue at all. It is a deception to say that abstaining from sexual sins means celibacy. Some Christians may have said wrongly that the perversion of homosexual sex may be an abuse of a gift of celibacy. Instead of being disoriented from the natural use of the opposite sex, they stray from this other gift of God. That homosexuals succumb to a broken form of human sexuality is manifest either way.}

4.      Sodom and Gomorrah involved an attempted gang rape, not a loving relationship. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is commonly assumed to have been the result of God’s wrath against homosexuality, but the only form of same-sex behavior described in the story is an attempted gang rape (Genesis 19:5)—nothing like the loving, committed relationships that are widespread today. The Bible explicitly condemns Sodom for its arrogance, in-hospitality and apathy toward the poor, but never for same-sex behavior.

{It is a deception to say that homosexual disorientation had nothing to do with God’s wrath on Sodom: the men rejected the offer of women, Lot’s daughters, because their lust was for the men. True, the celebration of sexual sin was key, as Jeremiah noted: They commit adultery and walk in lies. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns his back on wickedness. They are all like Sodom to Me. (23:14) Orthodoxy recognized the involvement of homosexual disorientation from the day Sodom was vaporized by God.}

5.      The prohibitions in Leviticus don’t apply to Christians. Leviticus condemns male same-sex intercourse (Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13), but the entire Old Testament law code has never applied to Christians in light of Christ’s death. Leviticus also condemns eating pork, rabbit, or shellfish, cutting hair at the sides of one’s head, and having sex during a woman’s menstrual period—none of which Christians continue to observe.

{It is a tired old lie that the Old Testament lacks authority in moral instruction. All scripture is God-given and useful. Interesting: it is here conceded that homosexual disorientation is condemned in scripture – here it is – clearly condemned. We receive all scripture. Our applicable laws may be different now, and the law of Moses vanishes with the advent of the Word made flesh and the Perfect Law of Liberty, but with homosexuality, the Bible says that it is sin that disqualifies from the Kingdom of God.}

6.      Paul condemns same-sex lust, not love. Like other ancient writers, Paul described same-sex behavior as the result of excessive sexual desire on the part of people who could be content with opposite-sex relationships (Romans 1:26-27). He doesn’t have long-term, loving same-sex relationships in view. And while he describes same-sex behavior as “unnatural,” he also says men having long hair goes against nature (1 Corinthians 11:14), and most Christians read that as a reference to cultural conventions.

{Straw man: the ignorance of “ancient writers.” That’s our peek at what prompts this crusade: Paul and scripture are rebuked as other ancient writers. About love, Paul does NOT have “loving” homosexual sex in view, yes, and the reason is that it is false when it is “a man lying with man as with a woman,” you know, tenderly and lovingly in a relationship. It is a violation of God’s nature, and therefore false. God created us male and female. As for nature (again, it is here conceded): homosexuality disqualifies from eternal life, long hair is unruly. Nature indicates an orientation, but not how far.}

7.      The term “homosexual” didn’t exist until 1892. Some modern Bible translations say that “homosexuals” will not inherit the kingdom of God (depending on the translation of 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10), but neither the concept nor the word for people with exclusive same-sex attraction existed before the late 19th century. While the Bible rejects lustful same-sex behavior, that isn’t close to a condemnation of all gay people and relationships.

{Straw man: modern nomenclature. Our language didn’t exist when the Bible was written. It is a deception to say homosexual sex is not mentioned specifically by Paul to the Corinthians and Timothy. The term is clear: unlike the other Greek words for various lusts, Paul goes Hebrew in style, placing men “couched” together (culturally like “sleeping together”) Touching references in Leviticus of man with man as with a woman. This is obviously meaning homosexual sex through centuries of time until English verbiage so pronounced it.}

8.      Marriage is about commitment. Marriage often involves procreation, but according to the New Testament, it’s based on something deeper: a lifelong commitment to a partner. Marriage is even compared to the relationship between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:21-33), and while the language used is opposite-sex, the core principles apply just as well to same-sex couples.

{The matter of marriage is one reason why recent strides in the demands of homosexualism aggravate our people very deeply. Scripture and Christian orthodoxy clearly instruct that Christian marriage is the calling of God for a man to be as Christ for his bride. This represents Christ and the Church. It is blasphemy of Christ to unite a man to another man or woman to another woman in the name of Christ. Such ceremony is the doctrine of demons, and not at all a godly commitment, regardless of feelings.}

9.      Human beings are relational. From the beginning of Genesis, human beings are described as having a need for relationship, just as God himself is relational (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18). Sexuality is a core part of what it means to be a relational person, and to condemn LGBT people’s sexuality outright damages their ability to be in relationship with all people—and with God.

{Here we see the genesis of the problem with homosexuality and other newly invented genders. They replace true relationships, and disregard truth itself. God created, he provided abundantly, he gave clear instructions, but the woman and then Adam self-identified as equal with God, betraying that covenant. Self-identifying against God’s clear instructions and against truth has been the downfall of man from the beginning. God and nature did not make them that way, they strayed and became that way.}

10.    Faithful Christians are already embracing LGBTQ members of the church. From denominations like the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Presbyterian Church (USA) to increasing numbers of evangelical churches across the country, Christians across the country are already putting their commitment to LGBT equality in action. They’re showing their fellow believers what it looks like to be a faithful Christian who fully affirms LGBT Christians.

{It is a deception to say that those who are embracing the perversions of the “LGBTQ” cultism of sexual disorientations – of homosexualism – of lasciviousness – are faithful Christians. They are falling away into heresy. Those willing to embrace blasphemous ceremony, and to rebel against the loving-kindness of the savior Jesus who paid our sin debts at Calvary, and who commissioned us to obey his commandments and instructions until the end of the age, proves nothing else but reprobate mindedness. Such fellowships are damned as rejected, and it is impossible to renew them again unto the communion of the saints.}

Oh, precious followers of Christ.

Please pray with us that God will empower and embolden true witnesses to expose this insidious deception against God’s Word – this betrayal against the precious lamb, our savior, the Word made Flesh, Jesus.

Father, God, in the mighty name of Jesus we call on your Holy Spirit to empower and embolden your witnesses for the gospel of truth and against these deceptions of man. If these responses can be ready tools in the tool box of your warriors, oh Christ, let them copy and save them and keep them ready – help us to be in season and prepared for every encounter against deception as we all earnestly contend for the truth, oh God. In the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen.

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