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Happy, Clappy, and out of the closet, Evangelicals?
Much of this theological change has begun in the United States, where evangelists like as Tony Campolo, his wife Peggy and the up-and-coming urban preacher Jay Dekker have gone back to the scriptures to argue for a theological embrace of homosexuality. Less liberal but equally radical preachers such as Brian McClaren have decried ‚Äúfundasexuality‚ÄĚ ‚Äď a term McClaren coined to illustrate the way evangelicals seem to be obsessed with sexuality to the point where they often treat homosexuals with little of the compassion that Christ reserved for the oppressed, the marginalised and ‚Äď crucially ‚Äď those he disagreed with.
In a recent book that has caused little shockwaves to ripple through evangelical communities Dekker, a straight, divorced and heavily tattooed preacher whose congregation meet in a New York bar, says homosexuality ‚Äď in loving, committed and monogamous relationships ‚Äď cannot be sinful.
Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: IT IS ABOMINATION. 24 DEFILE not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the NATIONS ARE DEFILED which I cast out before you: 25 AND THE LAND IS DEFILED: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
Also; Lev 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.
Since this is God's judgment upon homosexuality the true Christian will remain within this law.
Christ Jesus said, "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" Mat 5:18.
But slowly and quietly a revolution is taking place. A growing number of prominent evangelical theologians and pastors are beginning to speak in favour not just of tolerating gay men and woman, but preaching that they should be welcomed and recognised as good moral Christians That's an oxymoron ,you can't be a good moral Christian and be an openly practicing homosexual. Jesus didn't condemn the prostitute,he just said go sin no more. We are all sinners and fall far short of the glory of God. Until we as Christians start calling sin for what sin is we are increasingly being the salt that is good for nothing but to be trampled apon.
It's a time of confusion both within and outside the church. We must rely on what the Bible says. The Bible says that homosexuality is wrong in both the old and new testaments. It even says that people of faith will fall away and call what is evil, good and call the things that are good, evil. It makes true, honest believers look like the "bad guys" while the heretics look like the "good guys".
I do not suggest that homosexuals should not be allowed in church. On the contrary, we don't live in the age when the homosexual should be stoned, and church is the best place for them. However, the church should not be endorsing the behavior nor bending to the will of the militants among the group. This includes being forced into performing same-sex marriages.
A lot of these so-called church leaders will have much to answer for come judgement day--they are either ignorant at best or willfully deceptive at worse.
It is not that Christians are "obsessed" with sexuality, but that they have to fight for truth where it is being attacked at the particular moment of history in which God has placed them. The militant homosexuality community has initiated an attack on biblical morality as "outdated" and "oppressive," in an effort to eradicate existing marriage laws as discriminatory; their whole argument is based on a misrepresentation and twisting of Scriptural teaching. That is why the Christian community must be diligent in responding to this attack. The people mentioned in this article who changed their view on homosexuality failed to see that the exclusively heterosexual nature of marriage is rooted in Genesis 2-- God's teaching on creation-- not in Leviticus, which admittedly contains certain regulations, such as dietary regulations, that no longer apply literally to the church. Jesus affirmed clear in Matthew 19 that God ordained marriage precisely because He created mankind male and female. The sexual union in marriage is really a "reunion" between the two halves of humanity that bring about a "wholeness" necessary for the socialization, proper emotional formation and psycho-sexual development of children who are brought into being through the marital union.
This is the fulfillment of Romans 1. God is judging by turning people over to this practice. Tony Campolo has always been a liberal and McLaren is an emergent, relative professor in Christ. The point here is calling something clearly evil, good. It is not fundasexuality, it is truth. We are ALL fallen and need Christ, but pointing out the truth of homosexuality is just that, pointing out the truth. God help those enslaved by it and those who would try to defend it.
Seeing as how Christ made that comment, even before the end of the old Covenant, and he said something quite different (by your interpretation) in Matthew 15:3-4, I'd say best go back and reexamine the curious case of the women caught in adultery:
Elise wrote: Yes Hutus I think you should be ok so just get on with it, make sure you have a crowd there to help, and also the parents so they can see what a wayward son they have brought up, shouldn't have spared the rod, don't worry about embarrassment. Now before you start one thing is very important, so don't overlook it, make sure that the person who casts the first stone is without sin otherwise you can't continue. Wishing all the best.
Hutus wrote: Now, one of my neighbour's sons won't obey his father, goes to the pub, spends all his money and gets drunk. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 21:18-21 that he has to be stoned to death for this. What I want to know is can I get on with the stoning myself or do I have to invite the neighbours round, as it does say the stoning should be in public. I think that might be embarrassing for my neighbour.
Yes Hutus I think you should be ok so just get on with it, make sure you have a crowd there to help, and also the parents so they can see what a wayward son they have brought up, shouldn't have spared the rod, don't worry about embarrassment. Now before you start one thing is very important, so don't overlook it, make sure that the person who casts the first stone is without sin otherwise you can't continue. Wishing all the best.
Now, one of my neighbour's sons won't obey his father, goes to the pub, spends all his money and gets drunk. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 21:18-21 that he has to be stoned to death for this. What I want to know is can I get on with the stoning myself or do I have to invite the neighbours round, as it does say the stoning should be in public. I think that might be embarrassing for my neighbour.