In Response to Channel 4 Interview about Gay Marriage 19:30 12-June-2012
I am very concerned about what is taking place in the UK and want to help everyone understand a Christian’s perspective on these issues. I will not be Politically Correct as that would mean using words that would dumb down the severity and importance of the issue at hand. I am not trying to hurt or upset anyone deliberately so please hear me out and try and see the issue from a Biblical perspective. The Bible had been around a long time and Old Testament for over 5000 years.
Firstly I would like to state that the called Church of England are not basing their stance on any Biblical doctrine of scripture. The bible states very clearly that Homosexuality is a sin and an abomination in God eyes. Men were never created or even evolved to be homosexuals as can be understood by what takes place in the act.
The Church of England is trying to please too many people and compromising their base beliefs.
A Moslem leader can state homesexuality and gay marriage is wrong without any problem in the UK but a Christian cannot and is seen as a bigot, dogmatic or mad. Why is this?
All Christian Churches either believe that an Omniscient God would know what would take place in the future and the bible is still applicable today as it was in centuries gone by. Murder is still murder and not severe anger for example. The morals and ethics of mankind have never changed. There is a saying that “nothing is new under the sun” and this is true.
The below article is an extract from a much larger document and talks about the US, but the same applies to the UK. I have a blog on Gay Marriage http://wp.me/pVEFC-uN
Is Homosexuality Biblical?
“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” (Rom. 1:26-27).
to address the very delicate and controversial issue of homosexuality, not only homosexuality as society knows it to be, but God’s Biblical standard concerning it. I do not wish to speak from standards of my own making here nor the ethical standards of our modern culture, but from the standards of a Holy God concerning this very critical issue of our time.
THE WORD “HOMOSEXUALITY”
Many today would try to argue that we can’t be sure how the Lord views homosexuality, because the specific word, “homosexuality,” is not found in Scripture. However, this argument is completely foolish, because the Bible does use plenty of other words and phrases which mean precisely the same thing. Besides, the word, “homosexuality,” did not even enter the English vocabulary until the early Twentieth Century. It is, in fact, for this peculiar sin that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, giving the word “sodomy” its Biblical origin. In Ecclestical Latin, “sodomy” is translated “pecatum Sodomiticum,” or the “sin of Sodom.”
THE MEANING OF HOMOSEXUALITY
Also, referring specifically to homosexual acts, Leviticus 18:22 says: “You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Leviticus 20:13 says: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” And perhaps, the most obvious evidence that the Lord opposes homosexuality is that it is simply unnatural. It clearly goes against His intention as Creator because it goes against the natural sexual expression of human beings. It also tears down the Spiritual Type the Lord intended for marriage to display. God created marriage, as a covenant relationship between a man and woman, as a picture of the covenant relationship a Believer enters into with the Lord when he is Born-Again. A Christian becomes one with Christ as a husband and wife become one. The family unit then becomes a means of protection, security, and love, which demonstrates the very provision the Lord provides for His Children. “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:22-24). I Corinthians 6:9, uses the word “effeminate,” which is a Greek word specifically meaning “sodomite” or “male homosexual prostitute.” It does not merely refer to a man with feminine qualities like we use it today. I Timothy 1:10 uses the phrase, “. . . them that defile themselves with mankind. . . .” The Greek word used in this verse is “arsenokoitais,” and means “male homosexuals.” Referring back to I Corinthians 6:9, this same Greek word was also originally used in place of the phrase, “. . . abusers of themselves with mankind.” Therefore, “arsenokoites,” more specifically refers to “abusers,” or “to be guilty of unnatural offenses; a sodomite; a homosexual; a sex pervert.” HH Here it likens homosexuality to predatorial abuse, even the abuse of oneself.
THE GREATEST SIN?
Yet, today, in city after city, there are entire areas given over to the homosexual lifestyle. The acceptance of this practice in modern society has been gradually building for some time now, but in the last several years we have seen an explosion in its growth, as the minds of reprobate men fail to understand its far-reaching consequences. With this delusion has also come the “demand” for the approval, inclusion, and support of homosexual “rights.” The demand is harsh and determined, and it is not only coming from homosexuals, but from our very own government. They press on, despite the fact that, historically-speaking, every time a city was inflicted with this vice and left to run its natural course, the city became so shaken that it crumbled and fell. Homosexual practice is, in fact, widely recognized as one of the causes for the downfall of the Roman Empire. They destroyed themselves by their own perversion, similar to ancient civilizations that literally sacrificed themselves out of existence. This is exactly what we are facing today in the United States!
It is evident that intolerance and outrage is already coming from both sides of the fence in America. The battle cry has been sounded, the fight has been started, and the stones have been thrown. Indeed, the nation is once-again divided, and the war for the soul of America has begun! So, how should a Christian fight? Certainly not with hate, because it is not the sinner which God hates; rather, it is his sin. It is homosexuality that we are against, not the homosexual. A true Christian will do everything possible to show a homosexual the Love of God and the Way of the Cross, for he realizes that he was also once lost in his sin. We would also welcome any homosexual to come to any Church as long as you conduct yourself properly and do not disrupt the Service in any way (which is the same requirements we have for everyone who attends Church Services). A true Christian can never fail to tell the homosexual the truth about his sin, no matter how much others may misinterpret the attitude of his heart. Love does not lie. The Apostle Paul once asked, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16).
Of course, laws cannot put a person in right standing with God, because the problem is more than ethical, it is spiritual, but laws help guide society as a whole. This is why it is important for Christians to vote in the right laws for our country and speak out as much as possible. However, this is also why homosexual advocates are pressuring the Christian community, as well as the heterosexual community in general, to cater to the homosexual agenda in every way possible. In the mean time, our minds are being desensitized by the media. Every time we turn around we find that a homosexual character in a story is also the hero of the story. Or, another one of our favourite celebrities unashamedly announces his homosexuality. We laugh at their jokes and admire their talents, but what we forget is that the homosexual community will not stop until it becomes a crime in America for anyone to call a homosexual act a sin. In fact, we just recently saw another major step in this direction. Bill HR 2015 (a.k.a. the Employment Non-Discrimination Act), which prevents employers from refusing to hire someone based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, just passed the House. Most of the time America’s citizens are denied the chance to speak out against the homosexual agenda, and those who try are quickly labelled as homophobic, narrow-minded, and ignorant. But, may we not force our moral and spiritual conscience to take a back seat because we fear our peers and the labels they may give us. If homosexuals can “come out of the closet,” so must we. Christians claim to be people of Faith, but remember that James said it well, “. . . Faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).
THE RIGHT SPIRIT
Also, contrary to popular opinion, it is possible for a person to speak out against homosexuality and vote against homosexual agendas without hating the homosexual or treating him harshly in any way. Anyone who does such is not dealing with the issue with a correct spirit or attitude.