When gay marriage was a rite
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After I hesitated, together he and I walked over to the board. Should the authenticity of our sexual desires be the criteria by which we judge their rightness? In the icon, Christ is the pronubus. LSD arrived supposedly in , and became a "happening" in the Bay area in April 22nd, by Christian Research Institute Type:
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This article first appeared in the Effective Evangelism column of the Christian Research Journal , volume 23, number 1 For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: Twenty-two years ago I craved justification for my homosexuality. I had decided I was gay, and I felt utterly incapable of changing my sexual desires.
Instead of conforming my actions to biblical standards, I chose to adjust biblical standards to accommodate my actions. My subsequent six-year involvement as a staff member of the pro-homosexual Metropolitan Community Church became the fruit of that compromise and remains a source of deep regret to this day.
Like anyone steeped in propaganda, however, I knew which Scripture passages would be thrown at me Lev. When biblical integrity is discarded as it surely is when pro-gay theology is adopted , then a stand for truth is mandated. Two questions come to mind as we consider these arguments. Is there a divine intent for sexual expression, and, if there is, how do we determine what it is? When Troy Perry, homosexual activist and founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, writes about his sexual awakenings, he describes an encounter he had with another man.
Should the authenticity of our sexual desires be the criteria by which we judge their rightness? The pro-gay apologist might indignantly argue that same-sex contact between consenting adults is a far cry from the horror of pedophilia or incest; yet that response evades the broader issue: Are we to conform our sexuality to a revealed intent or to our own deeply ingrained preferences?
Movingly, he recounts years of prayer, psychotherapy, and shock treatment geared toward obliterating his homosexual desires. When all efforts to remove the temptation toward sex with other men failed, he determined by concession that, since his prayers to be relieved of homosexual feelings went unanswered, those feelings were therefore God ordained. Therefore, God must expect me to yield to them. In contrast, Francis Schaeffer provides a better approach to the frustration of deeply ingrained temptations: Is it not true that our prayers for ourselves are almost entirely aimed at getting rid of the negative at any cost rather than praying that the negatives be faced in the proper attitude?
Regarding sexual temptation, Schaeffer is more specific: It is not a matter of waiting until we no longer have strong sexual desires, but rather — we are to understand what Jesus means when He talks about denying ourselves that which is not rightfully ours. Placing the concept of being true to myself above self-denial, I and I fear many like me in the gay church decided homosexuality was natural because it came naturally to me.
That is the crux of the problem. If there is a divine intent for our sexuality — and, indeed, there is — then we do well to face what it is, not what we wish it to be. To do less is to set ourselves up for a lethal combination of heresy and tragedy.
How could that be if He disapproves of homosexuality? I can testify firsthand to the power of this line of reasoning.
The Corinthians were carnal and full of divisions 1 Cor. At the very least, as born-again believers, they had the Spirit of God within them, however grieved the Holy Spirit may have been with their behavior. Likewise, though our friends in pro-gay churches claim ongoing fellowship with Christ, their foundation is experiential, in contrast to the surer foundation Christ commended when warning against claiming a knowledge of Him apart from obedience to Him Matt.
All of this makes our encounters with those claiming to be gay and Christian reminiscent of an encounter between Jesus and a rich young ruler Mark When Jesus put His finger on this one area, the ruler walked away, unwilling to relinquish and obey.
Someday, perhaps years later, this same man may have reexamined the contrast between earthly and eternal wealth. The sound Bible teaching I received as a young Christian haunted me, pursuing me even in the midst of indescribable rebellion.
As we address the issue of obedience and truth with our friends caught in the deception of pro-gay theology and other self-serving theologies , we prayerfully hope they, too, may find the truer blessing of a yielded life. To provide Christians worldwide with carefully researched information and well-reasoned answers that encourage them in their faith and equip them to intelligently represent it to people influenced by ideas and teachings that assault or undermine orthodox, biblical Christianity.
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